Her Royal Duty
Author: Melissa McClone
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
#1 The Reluctant Princess – Release Date: April 25, 2019
She wants to work on a pit crew—not be a princess.
Mechanic Isabel “Izzy” Poussard’s life revolves around cars. Determined to be a member of a racing team’s pit crew, she’ll do whatever it takes to make her dream come true. The last thing she expects is for a gorgeous guy to step out of a limousine and tell her she’s a long-lost princess…and his wife.
Crown Prince Nikola “Niko” Kresimir of Vernonia wants one thing from Isabel—an annulment. The pretty American wearing grease-stained coveralls is too rough around the edges to be the future queen. Their marriage, the result of an archaic custom neither knew about, needs to end so he can modernize his country.
As sparks fly, Niko and Izzy fight their growing attraction for each other. Neither wants to remain in an arranged marriage, but that might be the only way to keep peace in the kingdom. Is a love match possible where all their dreams can come true? Or will aspirations and pride keep them from living happily ever after?
GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44786667-the-reluctant-princess
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A great book! The Reluctant Princess is a story about going from rags to riches. This is not your everyday Cinderella story though. Instead of a hopeful girl wanting to be a princess, you have a girl who would rather be anything but. That is what makes this book a unique read.
I liked the plot and characters in this book. They were written well and made me feel invested in the series. I really loved how I was able to relate to Izzy. She is what I would imagine myself to be if I was put in a similar situation. Well, maybe without the grease.
The one part about this book I felt could have been better was that sometimes the dialogue felt a little stiff. I didn't mind it too much since it is a royalty book, but at times, it did distract me.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and would read again!
Writing Style: 4/5
#2 The Not-So-Perfect Princess – Release Date: July 11, 2019
Princess Julianna dreams of marrying for love, but no one cares what she wants. The future of her kingdom—and countrywomen—depends on her arranged marriage. Too bad, her intended’s brother is the one who captures her interest with his good looks and sailing skills. She’ll just have to push aside her attraction and do what’s right for everyone else, if not for herself…
Prince Alejandro wants nothing more than to relinquish his title. He can’t wait for his older brother to marry and have a child. That is, until he meets the beautiful princess destined to be his country’s future queen. Julianna holds the key to his freedom, yet he recognizes a kindred spirit—someone trapped by the demands of being royalty—and finds her utterly irresistible.
Knowing the royal wedding must occur for the sake of their countries doesn’t stop them from wanting to be together. A happy ending could be theirs if they are willing to accept the consequences of following their hearts. Will duty or love reign supreme?
GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45298121-the-not-so-perfect-princess
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2ZrQtVW
What a unique story! The Not-So-Perfect Princess was so different than other books. I really enjoyed the fresh plot and dynamic characters. This book was even better than the first. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
Julianna is prim and proper, just as her father demands of her. The only problem is she has a wild side that she cannot seem to let go. Will an arranged marriage to a foreign prince tame her wild spirit? I really loved Julianna. Her wild spirit spoke to something inside of me. I really liked the sailing aspect of this book as well. I do not know as much about it, but I felt like I did by the time I got to the end of this book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one.
Writing Style: 5/5
#3 The Proper Princess – Release Date: August 8, 2019
She’s been a proper princess—but she wants to rebel.
After the death of her fiancé, Princess Madeleine knows a loveless, arranged marriage awaits her. She’s resigned to her fate until she meets her intended husband. Crown Prince Enrique is gorgeous, but he comes on way too strong, says the wrong things, and fumbles with apologies. He’s more court jester than Prince Charming. How can she marry him?
Enrique might be self-centered and lack social skills, but he’s trying to do better—for himself, his country, and his future wife. Despite their royal union being a political necessity, he wants his marriage with the captivating Madeleine to be a love match. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to woo her. How hard can it be to win his princess bride’s heart?
Nearly impossible, he discovers, because Madeleine seems unwilling—or unable—to give him her heart. On their wedding day, instead of exchanging vows, will the royal couple say goodbye?
GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46806218-the-proper-princess
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2M4q5P9
What a touching story. I will be honest. I was not so sure about The Proper Princess. I did not really like Enrique in the last book so I was still a little stuck on not liking him so much. Thankfully, this book changed my mind. I really enjoyed how the author was able to take his character and make him lovable.
This story has a lot of emotions in it. With a backstory like Madeleine's, I would expect no less. I really enjoyed every interaction and the plot overall. I especially liked reading from Madeleine's point of view. She was a great character to get inside.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I liked the emotion and character development in this book. This series has been amazing so far and I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next.
Writing Style: 5/5
With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa McClone worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published over forty romance novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She’s a USA Today Bestselling author. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house. They do!
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