"I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next."
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love - her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself - will have been for nothing.
©2015 Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan (P)2015 Hachette Audio
I so want to give this book five stars. It's charming, well written, touching, and a lot of fun. I love the Fug Girls (the authors) and their website, and I found the story to be engaging. I also came to adore nearly all of the supporting players...including Lady Bollocks and Pudge. But my feminist heart just can't completely get on board with this book because I found Bex to be a really, really disappointing heroine. Here we've got a girl who arrives in England brave, smart, and independent. Over the course of the novel, she relinquishes nearly everything that makes her who she is, all for the sake of keeping a man. She loves him fiercely, there's no doubt about that, and the times they spend together are lovely. It's a running theme--the idea that Bex is losing herself. Maybe the reality is that to live that royal life, she'd have to give herself up completely (though I hope not; I hope Kate Middleton managed to hang on to her soul). But I can't get behind a literary heroine who does that, and by the end, what I really wanted was for Bex to leave her prince, go home, get a job, and recapture who she was at the start. Like real people, I feel like characters in stories should evolve into something new and better. Your 20-year-old self shouldn't be your best self.
My favorite parts were when the group was at Oxford. I found all their shenanigans and adventures to be charming and fun. The stuff with Nick and his mother was wonderful and heartfelt, and I even didn't mind the soapy nature of the later twists and turns. If Bex had just managed to regain herself amid all the attacks and attempts to change her, I'd have loved it. But in the end, the message seems to be that to find true love and the joy that brings, you have to hide or even lose your soul. I just can't get behind that.
That said, the reader was fantastic.
I bought this book on a whim because I thought the story looked cute.
It proved a great choice. The reader is easy to listen to, and does a great job on both American and a variety of British accents.
Even though I knew from the start that the American girl would get her prince, the story took a number of twists and turns that I did not expect. I liked both main characters, and the secondary characters were fleshed out nicely.
I have already re-listened to it, which is unusual for me with an audiobook.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
I thoroughly enjoyed this summer read, but by no means would I recommend it as great literature or a profound work; it is simply a meaningless fairytale to get lost in while lounging on a beach, in bed, or wherever you choose to lounge. The number of familiarities with the current young royal couple (Will and Kate) and their families is almost too much to bear; I would have preferred more fiction than fact or close-to-fact.
While looking for a light and fun book to listen to while doing different projects, I found The Royal We. Based on the majority of reviews, it sounded good so I ordered it. Main thing is I can't believe I listened to the whole book waiting for the good part. The story hoped to follow along Prince William and Princess Kate but other than their meeting at college, that's it. Nick, the one day King meets Rebecca, the American girl who grabs his heart, but who also does nothing but drink and watch TV and party along with their friends. The whole story is filled with the drama of drinking, sex, wrong person to have sex with, wrong sex to have sex with, jealousy and more crying than at 50 funerals. It is a poorly written story with the couple's entire relationship after 8 years based still on how hot they are for each other. A very silly book. Not worth a credit nor worth the credit of being published.
I am Melissa, a twenty-something that is living on the outskirts of Vancouver British Columbia Canada. I am a book hoarder and tea addict.
I have been in a reading dry spell lately. So, a fluffy romance was just what I needed.
The Royal We was a perfect choice; I had been eyeing the book on audible for awhile, and I finally decided to give it a try.
I found that the Royal We captured my attention at the beginning of the story and held on until the end. I had a difficult time putting the book down at night. The plot to this book a blatantly obvious parallel to Will and Kate.
The plot to this book is a blatantly obvious parallel to Will and Kate; which, as a Royal Family enthusiast, I found wonderfully charming to read.
The characters were quirky, and appealing to the reader. My only complaint with the characters is that I found Bex's twin to be irritating and narcissistic. However, it was not enough of an issue to ruin the book.
Additionally, I believe that Christine Lakin did an excellent job narrating the story. I would listen to more books narrated by her.
Overall, this was a cute story that didn't have a deep or complex plot; perfect for summer.
I would, without a doubt, recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fluffy, fairytale romance.
I loved this story and got so immersed into the lives of the characters. I melted a little during the romantic sexy bits. I finished it and now am sad that I will no longer be visiting Nick and Becks on my ride to and from work.
First, Christine Lakin did a wonderful job. Various accents from both sides of the pond were well done and believable. The differentiation between genders and characters was superb. I could tell which character was speaking at all times and the production values were top notch.
The characters were likeable and I desired to know what would happen to them. The story was light and fun overall, if overlong.
If you want light and fluffy romance that's a pleasure to listen to, here you go.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This was a very enjoyable listen. There were obvious parallels with the real British royal family and I would imagine that the descriptions of life inside the web of the palace are pretty accurate. The story is very heart-warming at the end, and no spoilers... was in keeping with the relationship established during the rest of the book. Characters were well developed and the author did a great job at this. Worth the credit.
This book was ten times better than I could have dreamed. Each character was perfectly written but especially loved Freddie and her dad. I've already recommended it to several friends and I'll read it again many times. Didn't want it to end.
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