"A Royal Pain" Review

"A Royal Pain"
by Megan Mulry

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: Nov 1, 2012
Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Summary from goodreads.com:
Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they're the world's most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte's own search for love isn't going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust.

Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she's certain he's the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he's a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities-- and challenges-- of becoming a royal.

My Review:

Like the lead character of the book, Bronte, I read a lot of historical romances, so when I had the chance to read about a modern day romance with a Duke, I couldn't resist. I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. It was way more 'romance-y' than I expected it to be, and for me that is a great thing! I thought it would be more of a chick lit book, but even the writing style was like a romance, because the reader is able to see both Bronte and Max's points of view.

Max is pretty much perfect. I mean, there aren't any flaws that I can think of at all. Of course, Bronte finds about 25 flaws in Max per day. She was a little irritating in how much she pushed him away and put him off even though he had proved himself to her time and time again. This was one of the only aspects that I didn't care for about the book. I also didn't really like their long absence from each other, but that's something I never care for in romances. I want the couple to be together 24/7!

Once they finally made it to England, it was really fun to read about Max's eccentric family. I loved his brother, Devon, and I just found out that the second book in the series will focus on Devon and one of Bronte's American friends!

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5

Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5 (yay fascinators! I also like that the back cover shows Bronte from the back, cute detail)
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line: A very fun, very romance-y modern tale of a royal romance.

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  1. Great Review!!! I am like you in that I just love historical's and I think I might have to try reading this one....I think its sounds like a fun read!!!

  2. Yeah, stop pushing him away, he is a Duke! ;)

  3. I haven't heard of this but I imagine this will be popular with the recent royal wedding.

    It sounds like a fun read, although it's a shame when characters are a little annoying like Bronte, but Max sounds cool :)

  4. The cover does look more like a chick lit novel than a romance. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed this. As someone who likes movies like The Prince and Me, this sounds like it would be right up my alley.


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