Book Reviews

Book Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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Title: The Royal We

Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Published: 2015

Pages: 454

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Format: Book borrowed from the library

My rating: 3.5/5

Review:

“American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.”

Perfect timing as Valentine’s Day is right around the corner <3!

Parties, sex, alcohol, relationships, love, family, loyalty, loss and everything in between. Definitely not what I expected, as I had anticipated a fluffy love story. However, that makes it seem somewhat more realistic that it’s not a typical love story – and I should have known that as the plot is an American marrying a British Royal. Don’t get me wrong, there was still some fluff and cheesy moments that we would expect in a fairy tale, but more often than not, moments of jealousy, hatred, and manipulation reigned. The story is told in Bex remembering everything leading up to the big day – which didn’t waver my thoughts that they wouldn’t end up together in times of turmoil. I was somewhat living my fantasy of studying abroad at Oxford and later living in London as  I read through, putting my shoes in Bex’s when I saw fit.

A fairly easy read, although much longer than expected for a love story and in first person narration. It felt never-ending and I’m not sure if that was a strength or a challenge of the story. I wasn’t completely blown away by the plot and the predictable character development, but was not deterred either. Some elements were a little slower and drawn out then others and yet the romantic notions were elegant. When you’re in want of a read that is charming and involves several emotional and trying relationships, I’d pick up this pseudo- Will and Kate story.

Read The Royal We if you like the themes of:

  • British Royals
  • Will and Kate
  • Drama
  • Love
  • Duty and Sacrifice
  • Sibling roles and dynamics
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