Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
I bought this book on Audible on an impulse. I love stories about royalty for whatever reason and the cover was… well, you can see the cover. How delighted was I to discover that this book wasn’t just something to pass the time, but a book I genuinely loved. The narrators are fantastic and both really added to the experience; if you’re interested in audiobooks but haven’t taken the leap yet, this could be a good one to start with.
Nicholas is the crown prince of Wessco, a fictional country nestled between Scotland and England. His parents died when he was young, and so he has been groomed for direct succession from his grandmother since he was about 14. He has no other identity, just duty. The book opens with his grandmother drawing an ultimatum - he must marry, and marry someone suitable, by the end of the summer. The country needs it and he needs to get started on a family.
Because of reasons to do with his brother, Nicholas ends up in New York and drunkenly meets Olivia, a bakery owner who gives new meaning to the word ‘scrappy’. Holding her life, her sister’s life, and her father’s life together by sheer grit and determination, she has no time for this playboy with the good ass. Until, of course, she does.
This book is hot as all hell, fun and flirty, with banter for the ages. It is a frothy, soapy romp grounded in real emotions and choices we all must make as adults; who are we, who do we want to be, what are we willing to sacrifice to get that. If you are a fan of contemporary romances, I seriously cannot recommend this highly enough.