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Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: 21 February 2017
Publisher: Self Published
Series: The Royally Series, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
Oh Prince Henry, I knew the minute I met your troubled soul in Royally Screwed I was going to love you. You can be a bit of a cad but I love you all the more for it and now that you have been 'thrown under the bus' so to speak by your brother and left the Keys to the Kingdom I love you even more...I know, how is that even possible but trust me it is. Want to know who else I love?
Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the quiet studios librarian that changes your world forever. I love her because she is me, she is who all book nerds deep down strive to be. She is that seemingly normal girl who was born to make the world a better place but one that is also half afraid to live in it. As every great book reader knows we escape our reality by losing ourselves in the books that we love and Sarah is no different than us. Her reasons for escape may be more painful than our own but that escape is no less important for us. These two together, Prince Henry and Sarah are the perfect match, he's got enough wild to bring her out of her shell, allowing her to give that inner beauty that is uniquely hers to the world and she has enough sense and determination to make him see that he can be the man he's been running away from. He can be everything he was meant to be, not because he was told to be that man but because deep down he's always been that man.
I truly loved this tale, there is so much more depth to each of these characters than you first realize going in and Emma Chase let's that unfold for us slowly, so we grow and build with the characters over the course of the book. I loved that this wasn't just a story about a 'bad' boy gone good...it's so much more, it's about finding redemption, finding love, finding self, finding peace. It's about believing you can do anything when you believe in yourself and when other's believe in you as well. It's about accepting that the way you are is not the way you think people see you, that they know you are more than what appears and are just waiting for you to see it too.
This is a fun story even with all the deep soul changing moments. Prince Henry keeps us on our toes and Sarah is just too sweet not to love and have a giggle over every now and again. I appreciate that while there are some moments of angst in the story, Henry once he comes to terms with a few things never looses sight of his goals. One thing that always drives me a bit batty as a romance reader is when the hero or heroine knowing their feelings still acts against them, I am happy to say you don't really get that in this story.
I also love that we get to see the Queen in a bit of a different light. I am still not 100% in like with her but I can say I like her much better after Henry's story than I did after Nicolas's. I also loved that Nicolas makes a very important appearance. I would have been terribly disappointed if he hadn't, these brothers have a strong bond and I've come to rely on the fact that they will always stand beside one another even after just these two books. Their relationship is almost as important as the relationship between the stories couple.
There is also a lovely sneak peek in to what may be coming next and I can't wait. This series has quickly become a favorite of mine and I don't know if I will ever be ready for it to end.
~ HAPPY READING ~
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.