Royally Screwed Review
Title: Royally Screwed (Royally, #1)
Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: October 18,2016
Publisher: Emma Chase, LLC
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.
Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be. There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
In response to Prince Harry and Megan Markle getting engaged I thought I would post a review about Prince Nicholas of Wessco and Olivia- a restaurant owner and baker.
This book is so well written, which I’ve come to expect from author, Emma Chase. She is an amazingly good writer and story builder. I’m always immediately enchanted by her books. Yes, this book has the trope of a rich man helping a poor woman, only in this case the rich man is a prince and the poor woman really does not want the prince messing up her life. If you can ignore the trope, I guarantee you will LOVE this book because the characters are so enduring and real. They have flaws, problems that everyone deals with, family pressures, money, and of course unreliable chemistry and love for each other and family.
Nicholas and Olivia’s story is literally a modern day fairy tale come to life. It is witty, light-hearted, and whole-heartily sexy and addictive. Nicholas is completely swoon worthy, I found myself wishing I was Olivia! The reason I love Emma Chase’s writing is because it is fun! I can never find a good stopping place, I just fly through the pages because I’m so absorbed in her stories. I’m always so excited to see how the book turns out that I just keep reading and then I’m really sad when the book is over and wish the story had been longer... I know, bookworm problems...
Nicholas’ character arc is great! At first he comes off as kind of arrogant and well…princely. However, the reader sees that Nicholas uses these traits as a way to keep the real him hidden from the world. Eventually, you are able to see he is a sweet and loving guy who is just trying to do right by his country and grandmother- both of which he loves dearly. He does not expect to meet or fall in love with Olivia but he does and she changes his life in more ways than he could ever count.
Olivia is a hard worker and she does everything she possibly can to keep her family afloat and together. She runs a coffee house and bakes all the pies that are served in it- pretty much by herself. Here is where the tropey-ness comes in, she is broke and has piles of unpaid bills and Prince Nicholas comes to the rescue (eventually).
Both Olivia and Nicholas get their world's turned upside almost instantaneously. With one pie to the face Nicholas is practically in love and Olivia finds the arrogant prince to be more of a prince charming. These two must face the media, a mostly cranky and traditional grandmother, and worst of all the challenges of being in the spot light and under public scrutiny 24/7 while developing a new relationship.
The entire story is positively delightful and fun loving! As soon as I finished I found myself reading the next one in the series and then the next one after that. Emma Chase is an amazing writer and definitely cracks my top 5 of best romance writers. She is able to write characters with wit and substance that the reader is totally able to fall in love with. If you’ve never read a book by Emma Chase I highly recommend you read one as soon as humanly possible.... like right now... You will not be disappointed. Plus, I mean, just look at that cover… totally worth having just for the book cover candy!!!