I hesitantly picked this one up after having read the Rebel Belle series (I loved book one, not so much books two and three). I was hoping because the genres were so different that things would work out better in this book - and much to my pleasant surprise, they did!

Hi everyone!

I am here with another book review, Royals by Rachel Hawkins. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

The story follows Daisy, the teenaged sister of Ellie, the woman who is engaged to Prince Alexander of Scotland. When Daisy becomes subject to some unwanted publicity, Ellie and the team of royal smoother-overers decide it is time for the two families to officially meet and brings Daisy over to Scotland. She meets her soon to be brother-in-law and after a few minor scandals, she is assigned to one of his friends, Miles, who is to help show her the ropes of royal life.

Setting and timeline-wise, this book hits that perfect sweet spot for dealing with teenagers without dealing with high school. It takes place during summer AND largely in Scotland so Daisy is focused on vacationing, not homework and school drama. I also really loved the Scottish setting - I just wish we got to see a bit more of it. There were a couple of times it was described, but once or twice I forgot the story was set there.

I did really enjoy all the royal drama and general mischief that the characters got themselves into. I don't usually get super hung up on royalty as someone who doesn't live in Europe so it was interesting to see some more intimate details of that lifestyle. I'm not sure how accurate Hawkins's portrayal is - although from following her on Twitter, it seems like she has done her research.

I also liked how the romance was super slow burning and didn't really get too intense until the end of the book (I. NEED. BOOK. TWO). Things built up at the perfect pace - not too fast but not agonizingly slow. I am looking forward to seeing how things play out in the next book, especially as we get closer to the Markle/Prince Harry wedding in real life. This book tackles a similar story of a 'commoner' marrying royalty, and while there are many differences and it's not the main storyline here, I could still see some similarities that made it more fun to read!

Overall, this was a fun and light-hearted read that I read in one sitting and I can't wait for book two!