The Royal We – Heather Cocks

Synopsis

“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

Review

I read somewhere that this book is essentially glorified Prince William/Kate Middleton fan fiction, and that is honestly a pretty good description for it. It is still a work of fiction, but the influence is definitely there.

But still — very fun, very sweet, and a great fluffy read. I was a big, big fan of the little moments (like watching “Devour”) and interesting ideas (Coucherator! Hell the theme club!).

The media definitely played a large role here, and they made such an impact on each of these characters. It really makes you sympathize with celebrities and people born with immense duties. There is never an “off” switch, and fair weather friends are all too abundant.

My main gripe was with the ending. Come on, don’t leave us there! I want to know about a royal baby… or heck, even information about the next day! The ending was far too open-ended.

Related Reading

  • The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot
  • The Selection – Kiera Cass
  • Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters – Natalie Standiford

Rating: 4.5/5

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