Suddenly Royal
by Nichole Chase
(Avon, $5.99, PG-13) 978-0-06-231745-2
*****
Suddenly Royal is a book that was first published in April 2013, but is being re-released with additional scenes. I did not read the original release, but can only assume that this re-released is to drum up additional interest in the March 2014 release of the second book of the series called Recklessly Royal.

In this first book of Nichole Chaseís Royal series, Samantha Rousseau is an unassuming graduate student studying birds and trying to make ends meet. There is a lot of hubbub on campus because the Prince from Lilaria is visiting and she just canít understand why everyone is going crazy. Sam is invited to dinner for what she thinks is a talk about a donation to the University, but when she arrives finds she is dining with the Prince and a Duchess from Lilaria.

Unaware of their intentions, she learns that she is a long lost relative of the Rousseaus of Lilaria and the Queen would like her to return to assume the title of Duchess. Sam is shocked and thinks it must all be a joke, but quickly realizes it is not. After a few days, Sam decides to travel to Lilaria and go on the adventure that may just lead to a new life. All the attention and flirting from Prince Alex is also encouraging.

Alex and Sam have a close connect and there are definitely sparks, but Sam is hesitant to move things forward for fear of getting hurt when it comes time for Alex to marry. This royal life is all very new and just getting used to the responsibility and media attention is overwhelming enough. The Prince canít possibly marry her and a relationship in the public eye will only make things worse. The sparks that fly when they are near each other are making it extremely hard to resist though.

Suddenly Royal is fun and entertaining. Itís written in first person from Samís point of view, which is not always my favorite, but it works for this story. Enough of Alex comes through in his actions and dialogue to not take away from his character development and allowing the reader to get some of his perspective.

Chase has depicted things well and the plot and story line are very believable. This modern take on royalty that is usually reserved for the historical romance genre is refreshing. I overwhelmingly recommend this book and look forward to the next one in the series.

--Nichole Howell


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