Her Royal Highness: Royals, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Regal romance abounds in this flirty, laugh-out-loud companion novel to Prince Charming, by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Hawkins.
Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. Heartbroken and ready for a change of pace, Millie decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools...the farther from Houston the better.
Soon, Millie is accepted into one of the world's most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Here, the country is dreamy and green; the school is covered in ivy, and the students think her American-ness is adorable.
The only problem: Mille's roommate Flora is a total princess.
She's also an actual princess. Of Scotland.
At first, the girls can't stand each other, but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, but Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim...after all, real life isn't a fairy tale...or is it?
New York Times best-selling author Rachel Hawkins brings the feels and the laughs to her latest romance.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 43 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 07, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #42,533 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#68 in LGBTQ+ Literature & Fiction for Teens
#78 in Contemporary Romance for Teens
#95 in Multicultural Fiction for Teens
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While it was an enjoyable, binge-in-one-day read, it isn't the strongest, most developed romance I've read. Given that the main character has been close with her friends back in Texas since before grade school, apparently, it seemed odd to let the characters drop off completely by a third of the way through the novel.
There were also some plot points in the book that never got resolved or happened "off-screen," that the novel would've benefited from having shown.
Finally, I felt that the novel's pacing was a little inconsistent, with the narrative taking its time to unfold and introduce you to the characters at the beginning and shifting into high gear after the setting changes, even though this portion could've used an equally paced exposition. I think this pacing issue came down to relying a little too much on telling (through dialogue or internal stream of consciousness) instead of showing. Having maybe 50 more pages in the book would've given it the space it needed to really create well-rounded, reoccurring characters, making the novel more believable as a slice out of someone's intricate life.
There were also a few things that I really loved about the book. I loved that the main character is unsure of who she is but isn't all consumed by it and is just slowly finding her way, which is a perspective not often found in YA. Usually an insecure character is angsty beyond reason, but Amelia/Millie had a great balance of nervousness and unabashed passion for what she likes, like studying hard and geology.
I also loved that the book was in first person and was told in a stream of consciousness way, making you feel closer to the MC and privvy to her changing thoughts about those around her, including her love interest.
I additionally enjoyed the snippets from the tabloid magazines between each chapter, as I thought it was a creative way to move the plot forward and give different perspectives. I wished it would've been flushed out a little more as it could've provide a better connection to her old friends in Texas. I also would've liked a resolution to the tabloid's insider source (which continued after the supposed guilty party was caught?).
Overall, it was an enjoyable, fast, cute read. Perfect both for sunny summer days or for cloudy, rainy days (as it fits the Scotland mood perfectly). The romance progressed a little fast from hate to love and felt more insta-lovey, but it was still sweet.
While I'll never be certain, the me who went through 7 additional years without finding (though in some of those years I was not reading as much as I did in the sixith grade) a story about a girl falling in love with another girl, a lot of pain could have been avoided if this book had been right by the hex hall trilogy.
With Hawkins' signature humor and love of All Things Scottish, it's a delight!
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All of the relationships in the book were equally satisfying and solid. Millie isn’t running away from a problem family, she’s got a family and support system that she loves. Flora and her brother have a strong, loving relationship that leads to them supporting each other rather than fighting. I just love to read about characters with healthy families behind them – long gone is the YA trope of getting the family out of the way and forgetting about them. The friendships in the book were equally satisfying and I loved Millie’s relationship with Lee, Saks and Perry. They’re wholesome, supportive friends, and I was feeling warm and fluffy the whole time I was reading. My only real criticism is that the ending felt a little rushed, and I desperately wanted to read about Flora meeting Millie’s family and friends. At least there was one single fanfiction waiting to scratch that itch.
Exactly the book I would have wanted when I was 16, and even years later it doesn't disappoint.
The gay does not lack or disappoint.
Really hoping there’s a Royals #3 in the works...