Royally Screwed – Emma Chase

Reviews by Yael Waknin


Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

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My review

I’ve read Emma Chase’s books – Tangled and Twisted. Even though I tend not to read sequels books, I prefer to end a story in one book and move on.

I chose this book because of the author and a recommendation from a friend – I decided to hear it on audio because I love the narrators Shane East and Andi Arndt.

Out of 28 episodes, I stopped at 14, forcing myself to continue after episode 11.

The story itself is so beautiful and legendary – he is a prince (with a devastating British accent) who comes to New York and falls in love with one of the ordinary people (American no less). He can not be with her, so they “enjoy their time together” until he has to return to his kingdom.

But there is a but – I was exhausted.

There was a lot of nothing throughout so many episodes that the truth, if not the narrators, I would have stopped long ago.

I love the chemistry of these narrators, and I love the tone they bring to the books, but even they have not been able to save this book.

I tried to convince myself to continue because the book’s synopsis showed so much potential and fit the style I usually like, but something there did not work for me.

Sorry – I DNF.


Click here for an interview with writer and narrator Andi Arndt

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