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Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase #BookReview

 

 
Overview
 

Author: Emma Chase
 
Title: Royally Screwed
 
Series: Royally
 
Book #: 1
 
Genre(s): Contemporary romance
 
Release date: October 16, 2016
 
Publisher: Self-published
 
Length: 294 pages
 
Heat level: High
 
Review copy provided by: Purchased
 
Reviewer recap: Royally Screwed is unapologetically a modern-day Cinderella story. When Prince Nicholas stumbles into Olivias coffee shop in New York, she's barely keeping the lights on, and she's shouldering a load no young twenty-something should have to bear alone. One whirlwind romance later, reality starts to set in and Olivia learns what being royal really means...what this admirable, charming, powerfully commanding man has been bred to do and what he means to his people. Throw in bestselling author Emma Chase's signature first-person laughs-and-loves style, and this story stands tall and proud amongst so many other great romances in 2016.
 
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Writing style & finesse
9.5


 
Originality
9.0


 
Authenticity
9.0


 
World-building
9.0


 
Character development
9.6


 
Likeable/relatable characters
9.8


 
Plot tension
9.3


 
Flow & pacing
9.0


 
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.8


 
Total Score
9.3
9.3/ 10


User Rating
2 total ratings

 


Bottom Line

This story is an absolute delight, a guaranteed roller coaster of passion and privilege and charm and want and lust and soft hearts in gilded cages. Author Emma Chase had me laughing and crying and yearning throughout the entire read. Royally Screwed is easily one of the best romances of 2016.

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Posted November 4, 2016 by

 
Full Review
 
 

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Fame is a strange thing. A powerful thing. Usually it ebbs and flows like a tide. People get swept up in it, swamped by it, but eventually the notoriety recedes, and the former object of its affection is reduced to someone who used to be someone, but isn’t anymore.

That will never happen to me. I was known before I was born and my name will be blazoned in history long after I’m dust in the ground. Infamy is temporary, celebrity is fleeting, but royalty…royalty is forever.

Being a fan of several of Emma Chase’s previous books, I was very excited about this one. Extravagance? Check. Alpha male with an attitude? Check. Can’t-keep-me-down heroine with a heart of gold? Check! Royally Screwed has all that, and so many great moments. I absolutely adored this book. Here’s why…

Being friends with me is harder than you’d think. I mean, I’m a great friend; my life, on the other hand, is a pain in the arse. I can’t just drop by a pub last minute or hit up a new club on a random Friday night. These things have to preplanned, organized. Spontaneity is the only luxury I don’t get to enjoy.

This story is DELICIOUS! The first thing that really grabbed my attention–aside from Emma Chase’s delightful male perspective storytelling voice (something that keeps me coming back book after book)–is just how ROYAL the royals actually sound on page. That posh, upper crust Brit-Scot accent practically dripped off the screen of my ereader, the requisite titles and precious jewels present in all but name.

Nicholas and Olivia jump right into the drama when he strides into her coffee shop and makes quite the indecent proposal…

“I’m not sleeping with you for money.”
“Why not?”
“Because I’m not a prostitute.”
“Of course you’re not. But you’re young and beautiful, I’m handsome and rich. The more applicable question is why aren’t we fucking already?”

These two banter so naturally that any serious conversation stands out starkly….

“What’s your name? I don’t know if I asked before.”
“You didn’t. And it’s Liv.”
“That’s an odd name. Were you ill as a baby? I mean, is live what your parents were hoping you’d do or did they just not like you?” Her lips fold like she’s fighting a grin. Amused is in the lead.
“Liv, Livvy—short for Olivia. Olivia Hammond.”
“Ah.” I nod slowly. “That’s a beautiful name. Much more fitting.”

Royally Screwed is unapologetically a Cinderella story, and it flips the saved-by-a-prince trope on its head. And—of course—Prince Nicholas dances, drives motorcycles, flies helicopters, prepares sushi, and woos small children with natural grace. And he’s HOT. And lusty. Even Disney couldn’t pen a more ideal prince (uh, minus the ‘lusty’ part… you know what I mean!).

I stare. Openly. Hell, rudely. My etiquette tutor is rolling in her grave. And yet, I just can’t be bothered to give a damn. I want Olivia. In my bed, on my cock, over my face. And I want her to know it.

Nicholas is a commanding man, with confidence and authority born of a lifetime of privilege. But he’s also unexpectedly insightful and kind under all that sass and charm.

“When can I see you again?” he asks. “Say tomorrow.”
I laugh. “God, you’re bossy. Okay, tomorrow.”

Both Nicholas and Olivia also have quick tempers. It might take them a while to get to flash point, but when they do…whew. Royally Screwed showcases some spectacular verbal sparring, and it is powerfully written.

Emma Chase is one of my go-to authors for a guaranteed good time. Whether I’m in the mood for charm, humor, sass, physical comedy, or just really hot sex, this lady delivers. And Royally Screwed is everything I expected and more. The sex scenes—even the latent chemistry between the characters—are effortlessly scorching. These are the kind of people I would genuinely like to spend time with, and the plot cleverly spins an age-old, much loved trope.

The book also smoothly sets up some of the (extremely likeable and appealing) secondary characters for their own stories later in the series. Oh Prince Henry, how I look forward to watching your future bride walk right past all that charm and force you into facing your demons. And Ellie is just a storm of energy and youthful determination; she’ll make some perpetually tired man very happy.

Royally Screwed is a wild ride, with such epic emotional highs and then devastating lows that I could not tear myself away. I devoured this book in less than a day! I ached with and for Nicholas and Olivia.

This story is an absolute delight, a guaranteed roller coaster of passion and privilege and charm and want and lust and soft hearts in gilded cages. Author Emma Chase had me laughing and crying and yearning throughout the entire read. Royally Screwed is easily one of the best romances of 2016.

PS – If you’re new to Emma Chase’s fab writing style and just can’t get enough, go back and check out Tangled. This was one of GraveTells’s top Picks for 2013, and I still love it now!

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


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