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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

ROYALS by Rachel Hawkins / Book Review #Royals

By: Rachel Hawkins
Published by: Putnam
Released on: May 1st, 2018
Series: Royals #1
Purchase from: Penguin | Amazon | B&N
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Rating: 4.5 stars 
Thank you to Penguin for providing an arc for my honest review

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins serves up a deliciously royal romance, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick. 

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.  
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings her signature humor, love of Americana, and flair for romance to this page-turning Princess Diaries turned-upside-down story. 

She's back! Rachel Hawkins is back and this book has been worth the wait! It feels like it was forever ago Hawkins took to Twitter about this story, and like many of her fans, I replied YES! I would read this story in a heart beat. I can't be more excited about this book. ROYALS was just as I was excepting it to be.

ROYALS is filled with Hawkins' signature character banter, chemistry, and humor I've come to love in her books. This book had me falling head over heals in love with it's story. I absolutely loved the setting. Hawkins' details had me feeling like I was traveling the beautiful Scottish country side along the Royals' characters. 

One of the things I enjoyed about this book, is that it's just a fun read. It's a book that made me laugh, sigh, and cringe at some of the things that happen. Mostly, I laughed. So much of what of this story's mishaps are ones that are so realistic. Not to mention this is also a story that takes that little kid fantasy of what would it be like to be a Princess, but turns that fantasy upside down and centers it on being the younger sister of the soon to be Duchess. There's so much more to being a Royal and this story sheds light on it in the most fitting Rachel Hawkins way. 

I absolutely loved Daisy. This girl is my kind of character. I liked her inability to bite her tongue when it comes to saying what she's thinking. She's not only not afraid to speak her mind. If there ever is a character to keep the Prince, her soon to be brother in law in line, it's Daisy. I also like how she relatable she is when it comes to her feeling like she doesn't fit in with the Royal society, nor does she want to be made to fit in. 

The chemistry between Miles and Daisy was spot on! I loved it. Some of the things she says to Miles when they first meet, and through out the story are comical. Their relationship is definitely not a love at first sight, nor a love at first meeting. Which makes it that much better. Despite not hitting it off, or being able to stand each other, Miles and Daisy are constantly thrown together, which makes for some great banter, and the beginning of a relationship that is oh so good. I loved seeing it grow into something more. Miles was definitely a surprise for me, and I appreciated being able to fall for him the more Daisy gets to know him.

I really liked the family and friendship dynamics of this story. I loved that Daisy's parents are very much apart of this story. Her dad is a riot. He was hilarious in this book. Daisy definitely gets a lot of wit from him. What would a Royals book be without a lot of Royal drama. The Royal family definitely has it share of traditions, secrets, and history. It was so good. I liked the mix of Royal blog posts, and articles written about the family, and Daisy's visit. It definitely makes for some interesting publicity. 

This is just the kind of book I need to read. It's a light, fluffy, fun contemporary read. I can hardly wait to read the sequel. If you're looking for a good, quick read, pick this one up! It's great for summer reading.