I feel like twirling like a princess. Hey, if Olivia Hammond can practically overnight turn into one, I can at least twirl.
I love Emma Chase. I’ve said that repeatedly in pretty much every review of her books I’ve read. She had me in Tangled and throughout anything else she’s written since. And now she upgraded us readers to royalty. In a way.
I really, really, really enjoy Chase’s stories. Especially her male POVs. She writes men like no other and the fact that the funniest parts in Royally Screwed were Nicholas’s prove it.
Prince Nicholas is the heir to the throne of Wessco. He has a brother, Harry, but no parents, having lost them as a young teenager in an accident when they were returning from New York. He also has his grandmother. Queen Lenora.
Olivia Hammond is poor, struggling to keep her late mother’s pride and joy bakery, Amelia’s, running. Her dad’s an alcoholic and her sister is still young. Olivia wants the world for her.
Nicholas is tasked by the queen with two acts to fulfill: 1. Deciding on a marriage match by the end of summer, and 2. Fetching his little brother from NYC when the latter is basically avoiding home and misbehaving, only to stumble upon a quaint bakery run by Olivia. Of course he’s drunk and can’t control his words, so he offends her deeply and Olivia, clueless as to who the gorgeous Brit is, shoos him away.
From here their whirlwind romance begins and is carried off to be continued across the pond, only to come to a screeching halt when, as usual, Nicholas acts like an idiot. Or as he’s putting it:
“I’m a horse’s arse.”
I swear, there won’t be even one reader who disagrees.
The coolest thing about Chase‘s writing is the puns, and the little jibes, and the way she fits them so amazingly into the drama, the humor, the sexiness, the romantic parts and the general awesomeness of the supporting characters that basically steamroll the plot forward.
I love Simon, and Nick’s security team, her sister is a gem in this book (so funny) and Marty is wonderfully shameless. I can’t say one thing that displeased me about this one, and I can’t wait for Harry’s story now.
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.
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.