Series: Royally #1
Published by Everafter Romance on October 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness”, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant—hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face. Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately—the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia—Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is, but more importantly, who he wants to be: a King…or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
I can’t resist love stories about princes and commoners, so the only way you could have stopped me from reading Royally Screwed is to physically restrain me or something morbid––like maybe poke my eye out. There have been hundreds––maybe even thousands––of rags-to-riches love stories, but if you give me a new one to read, I will do it and will most likely love it with every fibre of my being. The hopeless romantic and Emma Chase fan in me could not resist this newest standalone book.
Olivia and Nicholas have come from two different worlds. Olivia Hammond lives and breathes for her family in New York by making sure Amelia’s, the family business, stays afloat. She starts her day early to make pies, and ends it late to close the cafe.
Prince Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, the future king of Wessco, lives and breathes for his country. His first duty is for the queen, his grandmother Queen Leonora, and the second for Wessco. Dispute in Parliament and lack of more reputable heirs bring in fear of the abdication of the royal family. Now, Prince Nicholas is given a new task of finding a wife, and he has to relinquish is bachelorhood in five months. First, he needs to fly to New York to find his wayward younger brother, Prince Henry. And he’s going to enjoy his last days as a bachelor before he gives up his freedom for the crown.
When Nicholas and Olivia first meet, he didn’t leave the best first impression, but Olivia certainly did. I mean, I think it’s pretty hard to forget a gorgeous woman who rejects your indecent––and drunken––proposition, and throws pie in your face. Not that it’s hard to forget a man who offers you ten grand for a romp in the sheets, of course, but yes.
Despite the disaster that was the first meeting, the two are still drawn to each other. They know they have a time limit, but they’ll do their best to spend their remaining months together in bliss. But Olivia realizes that falling in love with the prince isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.
As charming as Nicholas was, there were times when I didn’t like what he said/did. The first meeting, for one. He’s charming, confident, a little arrogant, and perpetually horny. However, I do agree with Pearl at Pages of Pearl that he’s a lot like Drew Evans from Tangled. I would have wanted someone more different, and I’m placing my money on Prince Henry.
I love the side-characters! Prince Henry, Ellie, Simon and Franny were interesting characters; Franny and Prince Henry, especially. We were given different descriptions of Franny––Simon, Franny’s husband, is madly in love with her, while Nicholas isn’t exactly a fan. Prince Henry is a seemingly-happy-go-lucky bloke who has ghosts haunting him. He reminds me so much of an endearingly annoying little brother, and I really want to read more about him.
Royally Screwed made me laugh, swoon, cry, and feel excited for the next books to come. I absolutely adore Prince Henry––maybe more so than Nicholas––and I look forward to reading his HEA.
All in all, Royally Screwed had the humor, charm, and heat I’ve loved in Emma Chase’s books, with the pleasant addition of princes, palaces, and grand gestures.