— BLURB —
I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.
But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.
It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.
Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.
I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.
I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.
He’s just biding his time.
Making me sweat.
His Royal Highness always gets what he wants.
And he wants me.
— MY REVIEW —
I’m always excited to read a new one from R.S. Grey. Why? Because her books always have a way of making everything light and airy, happy and stress free (even if it’s only for a few hours) — Instant mood boosters, I tell ya! I always find at least one relatable character in her books, along with hilariously embarrassing scenes I can picture myself starring in in real life. And His Royal Highness is no different.
Ever since Rachel mentioned that this story was somewhat of a She’s All That-esque scenario where the male lead finally notices the shy girl and now wants a chance with her.. Ugh I knew I wasn’t gonna miss it!
Now that I have? All I can say is.. do you like The Little Mermaid? Yes? No?
Because it gave me such strong Ariel and Eric vibes, I’m not even kidding! (Minus trading one’s voice to have legs, and having a villainous octopus named Ursula getting in the way, of course). Luckily for me The Little Mermaid is one of my all time fave Disney movies so I was literally picturing Ariel and Eric’s facials as I was reading this. Lol. 😄
Like, for example:
This is legit how I pictured Whitney at the beginning whenever she’d see Eric… oops I meant Derek. 😉 That excited, giddy, yet anxious look about her. How self conscious she’d get whenever he was around. Ahhh young love. Hehe.
You can’t have that witty banter without having the guy jokingly mock the girl, or make a comment (knowing she’ll get embarrassed) just to drop the subject because he’s gotten the reaction he’s wanted from her. Ah yeah, she likes ya! #Cheeky
I like to call this the “why-don’t-things-go-the-way-I-want-them-to?!” reaction. Don’t forget to include that little huff in there too lol. And trust me, there were plenty of moments throughout the book where this reaction was called for (by Whitney. Even I found myself reacting the same way at times). *Huff*
And who doesn’t love when the guy your crushing on gives you one of these looks, after you’ve said or done something that did. not. come. out. right?! Anyone? Yeah…
Either that. Or this reaction.
Ugh. Tell me which is worst: The raising of the eyebrow, or the poorly half-hidden chuckle? Hahaha…
Okay. This one is probably the image that popped into my head the most. Due to the out-of-nowhere lines that made my eyes bug out. The things Whitney said or did. Yeah. This image summed up a lot of my feels throughout the book. And I’m not gonna lie.. there were a few scenes that made me wince, thinking why oh why, Whit. Why oh why?! Would you look at Eric’s face? I can only imagine it to mirror Derek’s…
Aaaaaaand finally— whenever they had a moment together… yeah this image came to mind! Would you look at that kiss?! Swoon…
His Royal Highness had all the right things included in its storyline to keep you reading. Yes, it did have a few things I felt dragged on a little, and I wasn’t always a fan of Whitney’s actions and reactions–and at times she still seemed like an immature teenager instead of the adult that she is. What matters is it didn’t deter me from wanting to see Whitney and Derek get together. Yes, she’s blossomed in some ways, but I would’ve liked to have seen more maturity from Whitney throughout the book and not just towards the end.
In my opinion, HRH is somewhat of a coming-of-age story. Whitney is first introduced at 18 years old, introverted, comes across quite lonesome, but who’s also dealing with some deep personal issues. After several years, you get to see her as the woman she is in the present, the changes in her life, and the path she’s chosen for herself and why.
The side characters in this story were a support group to Whitney, adding extra oomph and lightness, especially during scenes that could easily have been real downers. But that’s just the magic that is Rachel’s writing. She always seems to have the perfect one liners strategically placed that’ll have you unexpectedly snort-laughing. (Or maybe it’s just me).
Nevertheless, without a doubt, an enjoyable read!
A teenage crush. ✔
Some heartbreak. ✔
A chance meeting years later. ✔
A double take from the guy who she had said teenage crush on. ✔
A bit of playing hard to get, and a bit of banter. ✔
A second chance romance. ✔
Funny one-liners. ✔
Lots of swooning. ✔
And of course— a HEA (Happily Ever After)! ✔
Fudge yeah! 😁😁
If you love feel good rom-coms, then you have got to check out His Royal Highness, along with the rest of R.S. Grey’s books! Perfect for hopeless romantics (like myself)— who love to swoon over adorable, smexy AF characters who can absolutely charm the pants off you! 😉
Thank you to R.S. Grey for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗
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