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ARC Netgalley Review: The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

38532225Summary: For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process.

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 received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review!*

My Thoughts:  This book caught my eye on Netgalley with “Fans of Princess Diaries,” and it did not disappoint.  I fell in love with Princess Theodora’s feisty demeanor and confidence.  She was raised to be a princess and she is unapologetic of that fact, but she was she was still very relatable.  I absolutely loved her relationship with Nick, and they had great, undeniable, swoon-worthy chemistry.  The development of their relationship was gradual and believable, and  I was rooting for them the entire time.  The world building was fantastic, including a full and well-planned history of the country, Drieden.  It was a seamless addition to the world as we know it, and I wish it was a place I could actually visit.  The plot is super quick and definitely delivered on the promised twists and turns.  I’m not generally a spy novel person, but I really enjoyed the story of this one.  I never knew who to trust and it kept me guessing until the end.  The reveals were timed and spaced out well, keeping the pace and energy up.  There was plenty of action and I loved that it never got too dark.  They were dealing with some pretty heavy stuff at times, but it never got dragged down.  I think the idea of a romantic comedy/spy novel is really clever and original, and this one just worked.  It was an incredibly enjoyable read, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun royal adventure.

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