Prepare to be whisked away on a romantic, glamorous and royal adventure!
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'If you like romance and a fun read, then this is the book'
'Fabulous, feel-good, uplifting'
'Not your typical romance novel!'
Filled with intrigue, romance and mystery, Lindsay Emory's The Royal Runaway is perfect for fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We with a splash of James Bond and The Bourne Identity. *Now optioned for film!*
Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House of Laurent is so over this princess thing.
After her fiance jilted her on their wedding day, she's back home, having spent four months in exile. Aka it's back to putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea's sick of duty, so when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change.
But just as she thinks she's found her Prince Charming, he reveals his intentions are less than honourable: he's a spy and he's not above blackmail. As they join forces to find out what happened the day her fiance disappeared, together they discover a secret that could change life as they know it.
Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.
Raves for The Royal Runaway:
'Captivating! Full of twists and turns, The Royal Runaway will keep you guessing and cheering for a Royal happily-ever-after!' Geneva Lee
'The perfect royal romp, like The Princess Diaries meets James Bond' Teri Wilson
'Thea is a whip-smart princess for the modern era... The story's greatest strength is its twisting spy tale, as it takes one unexpected turn after another' Entertainment Weekly
'Happily ever after gets a refreshing update. This imaginative, absorbing, and empowering story is a must-read' Kirkus Reviews
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This isn’t your typical princess story. Lindsay Emory makes a point of skewering such fantasies, starting with a royal heroine stood up at the altar. Subtly exiled after her jilting, Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria (or Thea, as she prefers) dreams of being an average nobody before falling into a tangled plot where modern romance and international espionage entwine. Told in mischievous first-person, The Royal Runaway draws a spryly funny adventure yarn from the overheated headlines of gossip rags. Imagine Nancy Drew starring in The Princess Diaries, with as many perfectly timed quips as there are skeletons crowding the royal family’s collective closet.
Emory (Resisting Santa) inelegantly jams crowd-pleasing features from the contemporary romance, period romance, spy thriller, and mystery genres into one unwieldy novel, but has neither the storytelling skills nor the flair for the absurd to pull it off. After Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden, a small European nation, is stood up at the altar, she evades her strict grandmother and escapes the palace, looking for adventure while trying to hide from paparazzi. Thea accepts a drink from Nick Cameron, a swoon-worthy bad boy Scotsman who claims to be a reporter but turns out to be a British spy and also her fianc 's brother. Thea and Nick evade royal security and engage in a bland, low-trust romance while following the links between the murders of people connected to her fianc 's law firm and financial transactions that might be tied to the royal family. Even genre readers who enjoy all of these ideas will find this kitchen sink approach yields underexplored themes and an inconsistent tone that's not very satisfying.