For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process.
Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing.
After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place.
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 for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and 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.
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. Agent: Louise Fury, Bent Agency.