Date published: November 1st, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Synopsis: Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they're the world's most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte's own search for love isn't going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust.
Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she's certain he's the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he's a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities-- and challenges-- of becoming a royal.
What I Thought:
This was the first book by Megan Mulry I read. Since I read this book in 2012, I've read two others by her in the same series, and have all four that are currently available in paperback. You might say I'm a fan of Megan's books/writing. Well, you can definitely say I'm a fan.
When I first heard about A Royal Pain, I was very excited. I love the royal and commoner trope. I don't know if it's from my childhood and all the books I read, but there's something about royalty that interests me. I love that Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier of Monaco, I adored Princess Diana, and Roman Holiday is one of my favorite movies. So I had high hopes I'd enjoy this book, and I did.
Bronte and Max are perfect for each other. I love how well they complement each other. Bronte is brash and sarcastic and Max is refined and smooth. I wasn't very surprised to see the confident Bronte doubt herself so much when it came to running in Max's circles; when you're not on familiar ground, you're always on guard and wary. I do wish she'd have known what I did, she had no reason to.
The chemistry between Max and Bronte was phenomenal. I felt like they set fire to the page. That and their banter kept me turning the pages. Their friends and family, also played important roles in the development of the story and helped us get to know Max and Bronte better.
I'm not really sure how to categorize this book. It could be "romance", "chick lit", "women's fiction", "general fiction", "new adult", etc., but I think it falls into "amazing" and that's good enough for me!
*A copy was provided by the publisher for review via Netgalley in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About the Author
Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her family in Florida.
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