Also in this series: Recklessly Royal
Published by Avon on 26 November 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, New Adult, People & Places, Royalty
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Also by this author: Recklessly Royal
Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, Minnesota // Lilaria
First Line(s): To say my day was not going well, would be like saying the French Revolution had been a bit troublesome for Marie Antoinette.
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase is a new adult contemporary romance that was cute and a quick read. Though I do think the synopsis is a bit misleading as Alex is all about pursuing Sam who just recently learned that she is a Duchess in the country where he is the Crown Prince. Sam is a very reluctant royal and doesn’t think that she is up to the task. Nor does she think she’s good enough for Alex and so is pretty angsty for most of the book as she pushes him away with weak arguments. I say weak as for much of the book she keeps telling herself it won’t work with Alex as he’s royalty and she’s an American commoner and she always forgets that her Lilarian rank makes her a potential match for him.
Overall, Suddenly Royal was a really cute read and I enjoyed watched Sam navigate the waters of her new life. I enjoyed the side characters of Cathy (Alex’s sister) and Chadwick (her personal assistant) and they both brought in some added humor to the story. Though too much time was spent getting Alex and Sam together which left little room for them to be a couple so their actual relationship felt rushed. I did like Alex and Sam as a couple and believed in their romance I just wished that they had gotten together earlier. I also liked how Sam was a strong character who didn’t want to give up all that she’d worked for in college and grad school just because she suddenly found herself with a title. She valued education and so really weighed the pros and cons of packing up her life and moving.
I found Sam to be real and genuine and didn’t mind being in her head for most of the book. Although I could have done without all the angst on if she should date Alex or not. That just got old, fast. I enjoyed her relationship with her Stepdad and wish that we could have seen more of him in the book and that certain events weren’t rushed where he was concerned. Suddenly Royal is a book filled with so much potential but that had some missed opportunities for greatness. So much time was wasted on buildup (as I mentioned above) and little details that don’t matter as much. As I mentioned, Suddenly Royal, is a quick read and I read it in just a few hours. I enjoyed the story but didn’t love it for all the reasons mentioned above.
I do enjoy Chase’s writing style and do look forward to her other books and think she can only grow as a writer as time progresses. Chase first published Suddenly Royal on her own before it was picked up by Avon and I believe the copy I read was her self-published version. While I believe there were some additions made to the story when Avon picked it up they weren’t details that actively change the main story line. I think that anyone who enjoys a feel-good romance (especially those that contain royals) will enjoy this book.