TITLE - Royal Ruin
AUTHOR - Jessica Peterson
From The Desk of His Royal Highness Prince Christopher
Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.
I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:
• The engagement shall last ninety days
• Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
• Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties
The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.
P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.
P.P.S—You looked stunning tonight.
“The royal and the commoner, 3 stars”
Kit is the grandson of the Queen and next in line for the crown. He met Emily when he was getting his PHD and she was in college as well. They had a short-lived fling and now they are in each other’s presence. All those old feelings come rushing back to both of them, what will happen?
Emily was studying abroad when she met Kit. She was happy and young and now she’s older and jaded. Emily doesn’t do feelings and that’s a problem when she starts to develop them for Kit again. Will she let the royal ruin her or will she make a run for it?
Honestly, Peterson is a new to me author. I saw British and Royal and one clicked. I don’t think I have ever gotten so frustrated while reading a story that I couldn’t help but laugh. I hated how Kit’s sister was treated like a pariah but his brother was just a playboy for doing the same thing. There were words that Peterson used that I had to stop and question why she was using them when they weren’t necessary. Emily was straight up annoying with her wishy-washy ways. Then Kit planning on asking her to marry him after not seeing or talking to her for months didn’t seem really realistic to me. I probably would have laughed in his face.
The concept of the story was a good one. The second chance romance, over the pond idea was good and solid, but execution for me was a miss.