A Royal Pain
"A delightful love story...worth reading again and again."ÑPublishers Weekly Starred Review
A life of royalty seems so attractive...until you're invited to live it...
Smart, ambitious, and career driven, Bronte Talbot started following British royalty in the gossip mags only to annoy her intellectual father. But her fascination has turned into a not-so-secret guilty pleasure. When she starts dating a charming British doctoral student, she teases him unmercifully about the latest scandals of his royal countrymen, only to find outÑto her horror!!Ñthat she's been having a fling with the nineteenth Duke of Northrop, and now he wants to make her...a duchess?
In spite of her frivolous passion for all things royal, Bronte isn't at all sure she wants the reality. Is becoming royalty every American woman's secret dream, or is it a nightmare of disapproving dowagers, paparazzi, stiff-upper-lip tea parties, and over-the-top hats?
"Laugh-out-loud funny with super sexy overtones."ÑCatherine Bybee, New York Times bestselling author of Wife By Wednesday
"Take one sparky, sailor-mouthed American girl and one handsome English aristocrat. Put them together and watch the sparks fly. Sizzling fun!"Ñ Jill Mansell, New York Times bestselling author of Nadia Knows Best
"A whole new twist on trans-Atlantic romance-sexy, fresh, and delightfully different."ÑSusanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of Mariana
Mulry debuts with a delightful love story between Bronte Talbott and her modern-day duke. Bronte loves everything pop culture, including perhaps especially "royal gazing," mostly because it annoys her intellectual father. After a disastrous relationship with "Mr. Texas," for whom Bronte moved from her beloved New York to Chicago, advertising exec Bronte meets Max Heyworth, a "lovely young gentleman from England" and doctorial student in economics at the University of Chicago. It's not long into their whirlwind romance before Max wants to marry Bronte. Only two problems stand in their way: Bronte doesn't know that Max, who lives like a pauper, is actually the 19th duke of Northrop, and Bronte has some serious issues to work through, not the least of which being, once she does find out, deciding whether she even wants the life of a duchess. This delectable story, a little reminiscent of the movie The Prince and Me, is all about second chances and every girl's secret fantasy of marrying the perfect guy. Mulry creates a completely fleshed-out character in Bronte, with her insecurity issues and her envious good luck. She and the other characters make this charming book worth reading again and again.