So….a LOT of my friends have told me to read this series and give it a shot despite the first one being bad. Some of them have even suggested skipping this one, and going straight to the second but I wanted to test out the waters and see if I end up liking the author’s writing and seeing the way she handles her characters. And I sorta-but-not-really regret reading this one.
Prince Nicholas of Wessco falls in love with an American waitress named Olivia. Being a prince, he has to be pompous and egotistical, so he offers her a large sum of cash to sleep with him. And, being your typical lead, she throws a pie in his face and tells him to leave…..but she can’t forget his face. Or his eyes. Or his mouth. He shows up again the next day, asking her out on a date, trying to woo her and get her to give him a chance, and she relents. Then…as you can probably tell, it’s the usual Cinderella plot — poor girl meets prince, etc —and while other authors give this trope an interesting twist, there wasn’t really any original plot nor were there outstanding characters. Nicholas and Olivia are pretty dull, and they just started seeing each other since they both thought the other one was hot.
Nicholas is a dick. Very early on he uses “schizophrenic” as a substitute for crazy and basically objectifies every woman he sees. He gets aroused by the littlest things, and Olivia can barely utter a word without him getting a dent in his pants. I know how NA works, and it’s possible to write good ones without having to have a guy who has a 24/7 sex drive. He fucks up a lot in this book, and since he’s hot, Olivia forgives him anyway. He makes disgusting comments about her to another man (to stop said other man from taking an interest in her….ok???) and when she confronts him about it, he does pretty much nothing…..and then the next day accuses her of selling his secrets to the press..tells her to leave…..and then panics when she bolts? Livvy, blink twice if you need help I’ll get you out of there!!!!!
I also have to point these out: why is there a palace travel secretary (who gets to decide what a royal guest gets to take home with her) when the royal family has a private jet? Why is an employee even treating a guest condescendingly???
ANYWAY, the writing wasn’t bad. The plot was. Everyone told me to look forward to the second book since that’s infinitely better, so let’s go!!!!!
Title: Royally Screwed (Royally #1)
Author: Emma Chase
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
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