Book Title and Author: The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory
Publication Date and Publisher: October 09, 2018 by Gallery Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick-Lit, Romance
Pages: 304 pages
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Date Read: September 21, 2018 (e-arc)
Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing.
After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place.
So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it.
Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.
I absolutely loved The Royal We, so I had to get my hands on The Royal Runaway after reading the blurb that pretty much said if you loved the one, then you’d be a fan of this book! Plus, I’m royal-obsessed anyway, whether it’s a real-life royal or a made up one, so I’m all about a book with a Princess in it but when you add the word “British spy” to the synopsis, that makes my mind race to thoughts of James Bond, and I’m more than sold!
Princess Theodora of Drieden has just been left at the altar by her fiance, Christian Fraser-Campbell, the ninth Duke of Steading, right before they were supposed to walk down the aisle and say “‘I do’.” In front of the entire world who has been watching their courtship unfold and wedding festivities play out on television, social media, and magazines, and not to mention all the heads of states and royalty who are in Dreiden to attend her non-happening wedding! Now, that’s not embarrassing at all, is it?
Instead of getting married, Thea, as she’s known to her friends, is sent by her grandmother, Queen Aurelia, to the Island of Perpetua in the North Sea for four months to pull herself together, a place where all the women in her family have been sent if they “couldn’t be controlled.” Apparently, Thea has spent a lot of time on this island because she likes to be rebellious and flout royal protocol by sneaking out of the palace quite frequently under her bodyguard’s watchful eyes because she starts to feel stifled and restless if she’s stuck in one place too long without any freedom to just BE. Since she’s second in line for the throne, as you can imagine, she’s very rarely given any time to be Thea but must be Princess Theadora most of the time and play the role she was born in to.
It’s no wonder that almost as soon as Thea’s back from Perpetua, she’s sneaking out of the castle and trying to hide in dark pubs. It’s there she meets a dark, dangerous, sexy Scot named Nick who is searching for his kinsman, one who is presumed dead. They flirt, they kiss, wow do they kiss, and they have some serious chemistry! Then Nick blackmails her with pictures he paid someone to take of them kissing because he wants her help. It turns out the sexy Scot is actually her ex-fiancés brother and a British spy. He wants answers like yesterday about where the hell his brother is since no one has seen him since the night before the wedding, so things just went from bad to worse.
Actually, things get a WHOLE lot worse when Thea has to run away with Nick because it seems like one or more of her bodyguards might be trying to kill her, so the two end up on the run trying to stay ahead of the bad guys and figure out what happened to Christian and who are the bad guys! Really, it could be anyone!!
Even though the story was completely implausible in parts, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the characters (or most of them). Thea is one strong, tough as nails Princess! I loved reading about an empowering female character; sure, she fell apart at first when she was left at the altar, but she picked herself right up and then did what it took to protect her country and her people and learns to walk a line between her royal duties and having freedom for herself. And this is a romance!! But don’t worry, it’s not a very heavy romance so don’t be turned off by the romance part! It was the perfect mix of romance, adventure, and everything in between.
The Royal Runaway left me with a smile on my face, and I found it a pleasure to read! If you’re looking for a fun read, then this is the book for you! Be sure to look for The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory when it comes out on October 9, 2018!
**Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for the ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.**