The Royal We (Royal We #1) by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

What can I say? I’m a sucker for books about royals. So when this tongue-in-cheek book series about the royal family crossed my radar, I had to check it out.

The Royal We is the story of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, sort of. Except that The Royal We is completely different, but written in a way that draws you in and you start wondering if certain events really did happen to William and Catherine. The only thing for sure is that Prince Nick is the future heir to the throne of Great Britain and the reader is in for a wild ride.

From the publisher: “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.”

The Royal We was like reading the latest People magazine about the royals, and at the same time, reading a romance about finding soul mates. It was, in a word, addicting.

I became fully invested in Bex and Nick’s love story, as well as the lives of all the supporting characters. The fact that Bex is an American, and has a twin sister, Lacey, that she’s very close with makes for a good twist in the story. And the fact that Lacey gets rather chummy with Nick’s younger brother, the fun-loving Freddie. The whole book is frothy fun, especially knowing that it is probably not even close to what happened in real life to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, except for the occasional college party.

I liked the fact that real locations were used, or I think the story would have been harder to follow, like Buckingham and Kensington Palaces, but that all the characters have different names and titles than in real life. For example, Queen Elizabeth is Queen Eleanor, and Prince Charles is Prince Richard. And there’s even a Princess Diana-like character very much alive in this version of the royal story.

There are some really good plot lines in The Royal We, as well as a few that I thought dragged the story down a little. I thought it was rather ambitious to end the book with a cliffhanger, and then take five years to write a sequel! Luckily I discovered this book now, right after The Heir Affair came out, otherwise I don’t know know if I could have waited five whole years for an answer to the questions proposed at the end of The Royal We.

A review for The Heir Affair will be coming in the next few week weeks because I just couldn’t wait to dive in for more Bex and Nick and the crazy royal world they lived in.

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