The Royal We by Heather Cocks

“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

The Royal WeAmerican 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. – Goodreads

So, if you’ve read my past reviews, you’ll know that I have this weird obsession with reality TV. What you don’t know is that that obsession spills over into all things concerning celebrity fashion and… the royal family.

I was BEYOND excited that Duchess Kate was pregnant again and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new little prince/princess, so of course it happened the day I was flying to Hawaii! I’m pretty sure the entire Honolulu airport heard me when I squealed in delight (it was probably more of a screech, let’s be honest) when I saw the twitter updates that Princess Charlotte had finally arrived (of course, at the time, we had no name). My point in all of this rambling, is that the Fug Girls (Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan) twitter is how I heard about Princess Charlotte’s birth, and they are also the same brilliant ladies that wrote The Royal We. They run the Go Fug Yourself site as well (if you haven’t checked it out, please do so asap! #hilarious) and I’ve followed them on twitter for… forever really. Now, on to the review!

The Royal We is absolutely amazing. I got sucked into it very quickly & fell absolutely in love with all of the characters. Having read the summary, it did frustrate me that the story doesn’t immediately begin with Nick & Bex being together, but as I read my way through and finished it, I totally understood and appreciated it. It’s definitely not your average fairy-tale!

The characters were so well built – I think because of the way Heather & Jessica write, it makes it very easy to feel the way they want you to about certain characters – one is rude, one is a total playboy, one is completely eccentric, etc. and you see them for who they are and who they could be. The one character and relationship that I really didn’t like, was Bex & Lacey’s. I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t have a (blood) sister, or because of all the stupid crap that Lacey ends up doing, but she really just frustrated me. I hated when Bex would bend to Lacey’s will and make excuses for her! That drove me absolutely nuts and honestly? The book would’ve been better without Lacey in it at all.

The story line itself, along with Bex & Nick’s relationship, totally won me over. I devoured this book and after I finished, I was totally left with a book hangover. Nothing else sounded good or interesting after this, and while I hate that, it’s a wonderful feeling to read something that’s just that good.

Overall, I gave The Royal We 5/5 stars on Goodreads. It’s a wonderful read, and I really hope Heather & Jessica write a sequel (or more)!

 

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