Feature: Royalty Fever

Contributed by Ashia, Romancing the Books and More

Royalty fever is in the air, egged on by cute pictures of Prince George and Princess Charlotte,  Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new pregnancy, and of course the fairy tale romance between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (I was like, wow, when I first heard. I mean, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Rachel Zane from Suits?)

Well, if you’re a Harlequin books junkie, you’d know there have always been royalty stories in contemporary settings for the romance-consuming public since way back. But though I devoured these in ages past, I can’t seem to remember a single one now (I don’t have a lot of storage space in my brain, so sadly, unimportant info have to be thrown out [Remember the movie Inside Out?])…

Aha! I can remember one: The heroine is a commoner working as a waitress when it turns out she’s the princess of this small European country, who was smuggled out when she was baby for her protection. But now they’ve found her, the rightful princess (queen?), and she has to help her poor (literally) country find a way to earn money, and guess what? She found out that her country has a natural resource and she tapped on that to produce flavored mineral water (if I remember right) that they can then sell to other countries! Finances solved! As for the romance, yes, there’s a romance, but I don’t remember with whom. Alas, I can’t even remember the title.

Anyway, enough trips down memory lane, which I seem to be doing lately. I’m just so happy we’ve got new Royalty books to devour and obsess over. Royalty Fever books that are on my radar are:

Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes (Amazon)

What I love about this is the angst. Married to her sister’s ex, the man she’s loved like forever? Lots of conflict and angst there! Yes, squeeze my heart out until I bleed. Can’t wait to get into this. I love storylines like this.

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Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and thattwerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase. Continue reading