Thursday, July 23, 2020

Book Review: His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey

Good evening friends! I've been on a audiobook kick recently and I've been binging the romantic comedies of R.S. Grey. It's mid-July and I'm on my 5th book of hers and it's safe to say that I'm obsessed. Tonight we will be discussing His Royal Highness, a romantic comedy that takes place in a theme park. A very fun setting, indeed.

Goodreads Summary 

I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.

But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.

It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.

Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.

I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.

I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.

He’s just biding his time.
Making me sweat.

His Royal Highness always gets what he wants. 
And he wants me.

My Thoughts

His Royal Highness is my first read by R.S. Grey. I've actually followed her on Instagram for quite some time. To be honest, I follow quite a few authors on Instagram who I've never read their books. What can I say? I have a very long TBR list and while my intentions are good, I don't always dedicate as much time to reading as I should.

But with that being said, I saw that His Royal Highness was in the recently added section on Audible Escape and the premise of the story just really got to me. It's about a young woman named Whitney Atwood who works at a theme park as a princess character. She has a degree in hospitality and a history with the theme park, but she's happy with her position. She likes dressing up and making families smile.

Enter Derek Knightly. When Whitney was in college, she worked at the theme park in a program that sounds very similar to The Disney College program. Since Derek was 10 years her senior and already involved in working for his family's company, he was assigned to be Whitney's mentor in the program.

You know how it goes. The two of them were slowly getting to know each other. Whitney had developed quite the crush on her mentor. But before anything could happen, Derek was whisked away to another country to work on a project abroad for the company.

Some things that I really liked about this story:
  • The angst between Derek and Whitney.
  • Derek's Grandpa Cal was a SUPER grandparent character. I love a grandparent character who enjoys playing matchmaker.
  • The fact that Derek was a good bit older than Whitney. I love an older man/younger woman romance.
I recommend if you like romantic comedies. I find that R.S. Grey romances really make me laugh out loud at times. I'm looking forward to reading more of her writing in the future.


Until next time,
Marian

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