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Career woman Bronte Talbott never intends for sexy Brit Max Hayworth to be anything other than her TM—transitional man. But as the Duke of Northrop, Max wasn’t raised to be the “love-’em-and-leave-’em” type that has burned Bronte in the past. The two meet in a Chicago bookstore eight weeks before Max finishes his doctoral work and has to return to England to assume his title. Max is reluctant to reveal his lineage when he discovers that Bronte is obsessed with the royals, but the sudden death of his father reveals his secret, and Bronte realizes that it is she who will be making a transition. Mulry, a newcomer to the romance genre, moves between the perspectives of Max and Bronte with perfect timing, and their relationship is believable in its idiosyncrasies. Though the premise may be that of a fairy tale, the very human characters keep the plot fresh, funny, and engaging, with Mulry’s lavish descriptions of fashion an added bonus. --Amber Peckham


"Take one sparky, sailor-mouthed American girl and one handsome English aristocrat. Put them together and watch the sparks fly. Sizzling fun!" - Jill Mansell, New York Times bestselling author of Nadia Knows Best

"A whole new twist on trans-Atlantic romance-sexy, fresh, and delightfully different." - Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of Mariana

"I adored this book. Megan Mulry is a must-read author. Highly recommended!" - Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain

"Megan Mulry's vivacious Bronte is every Englishwoman's nightmare-the straight-talking, hot-blooded all-American girl who bags the Duke! Now, if only all English aristos could be as delicious as Max..." - Hester Browne, New York Times bestselling author of Swept Off Her Feet

"Sex and the City Goes to London. A Royal Pain is often laugh-out-loud funny with super sexy overtones. Filled with urban, rich, and royal characters, it is a wonderful debut that shouldn't be missed. I anticipate spectacular things from this author in the future." - Catherine Bybee, New York Times bestselling author of Wife By Wednesday

"Megan Mulry gives us a sexy and witty tale in a sophisticated urban setting." - Miranda Neville, author of The Importance of Being Wicked

"With fashion and flare, Mulry mingles American ambition and English aristocracy in this tale of savvy skeptic Bronte Talbott and the delectably eligible duke who shows her that fairy tales can indeed come true. A dazzlingly stylish and dreamily satisfying read." - Katharine Ashe, author of How to be a Proper Lady

"A delightfully fresh spin on a classic fairy tale...a sassy American heroine and a twenty-first century duke meet, duel it out, and fall in love in a trans-Atlantic romance that will win your heart. I can't wait for the next Royal!" - Anne Calhoun, author of Liberating Lacey

"A delightful love story... worth reading again and again. Starred Review" - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A Royal Pain is a fabulous debut! Megan Mulry brings together an iridescent American woman and her irresistible British gentleman with pitch-perfect dialogue and a keen eye for the dynamics of modern relationships. Equal parts romance and psychological drama, this book kept me up late and had me dipping back for more. I loved it!" - Beatriz Williams, author of Overseas

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Product Details

  • Series: Unruly Royals (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402269978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402269974
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Megan Mulry writes sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. Her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today bestseller. Before discovering her passion for romance novels, she worked in magazine publishing and finance. After many years in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago, she now lives with her family in Florida.

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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By wordwitch on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
The premise of this book is great. I expected, and hoped to really like this book so well that I would be salivating for the author's next.

I applaud anyone's abiilty to write a book, because writing is hard work. Producing a really good book takes a lot more effort, thought, and
talent than I believe is displayed by the author.

What didn't I like? I didn't like Bronte, for one thing. She didn't start out as a tell-it-like-it-is, no holes barred, shoot from the hip woman. She actually was written into that character, as it was not evident from the beginning that this was her character. The author formulated that for her and it was noticeable to me that once Mulry decided she was a cursing fanatic, she became a cursing fanatic. Had Bronte been cursing from the beginning and trying NOT to curse, I would have felt her character more believable. All the way through her romance with The Texan, not a "f---" to be seen, or not a noteable one. Also, she was a true b---- about her father, regardless of his shortcomings.

Once she met Max, with whom she supposedly fell head over heels in love, her character was formulated even more. All of a sudden it was F--- F--- F---!

I liked Max, but felt he should have left Bronte for good when he returned to London. Every silly excuse Bronte had was a plot device to keep the book going. I skipped pages and pages because I just could not get into her mannerisms, her poor and weak excuses for throwing tantrums, her treatment of Max, or her fear of Max's Mom. No cursing, no-holes-barred, shoot from the hip American woman would have been trembling in her shoes about meeting a woman who terrorized her future husband as well as his sisters and brother.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Woodland TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Bronte Talbot is a modern American woman brought up by a mother she adores and a father she hated for reasons never fully articulated. At least not that I completely grasped - not for the level of hatred she had for the man. She is career driven and she curses. A lot. I didn't understand the need for that particular personality quirk because it came and went and added absolutely nothing to the plot or truly to the character. She has problems with men because she feels that by compromising within a relationship she is thereby granting control to her partner and she will be in control of her own life, damn the consequences.

After some really bad experiences with men she meets the man of her dreams, Max, but he is keeping a small secret - he happens to be just lightly royal. In fact, he will be the next Duke of Northrop. Oh, Bronte is quite fascinated by the royals and Max is loathe to tell her of his lineage for fear of losing her when she realizes she would have to a.) move to England and b.) the amount of responsibility involved and c.) his mother is a bitch.

There were some entertaining moments in the novel but there was much whining on Bronte's part. Whining about her father, whining about "giving up her freedom", whining about the aforementioned control. Whine, whine, whine. Bronte was not a 19 year old girl - she really should have had it figured that two people can work together and they do not "control" each other unless one of them needs serious help.

Can you tell the angst annoyed me a bit? I think I am just too happily married and getting to old to enjoy these "finding myself and the man of my dreams" books. The book is well written and I suspect for the right reader it would be very enjoyable. I was just not that reader.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kelly on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
A young beautiful American woman and a handsome British Duke...what more could you ask for in a story?? Royal Pain is about a young woman, Bronte, who has had bad luck finding the right man until Max Heyworth..the attraction is instant. Bronte has always had an attraction for the 'royals', she knows everything about them, well most of them. When she meets Max she has no clue that he has some "royal" blood in his veins. Their relationship takes a turn and they go their own ways for a year and meet up again when Bronte is on a trip to London. The attraction is still there of course but when she finds out that Max is a Duke she has reservations about a lifelong relationship. Max's mother does not help as she is a very snooty woman who feels that Bronte is quite common. Can Max and Bronte overcome the obstacles that they face?? A story full of passion,sassy humor and colorful characters. I loved it and highly recommend.
I received a review ebook from Sourcebooks and was not monetarily compensated for my review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Martin VINE VOICE on November 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Chick lit meets romance....and they have a beautiful baby! I read a lot of romances but don't read chick lit at all. I have never seen an episode of Sex in the City. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this romance between career-driven Bronte Talbot and British graduate student Max Heyworth. He neglects to mention that he is next inline to be the Duke of Northrop.

They were supposed to meet at a party thrown my mutual friends but his flight was late and she was swept up by Mr. Texas. She and Mr. Texas begin a whirlwind affair that ends up with her moving to Chicago to be with him and then deciding that he is only in it for fun and doesn't really want her. She is heartbroken and decides to find a Transitional Man - someone for a quick affair but nothing emotional and certainly nothing lasting. Only she stumbles over Max in a used bookstore and he isn't ready to fall in with her plans.

Both Max and Bronte have parent issues. Bronte's father was an incredibly bitter elitist; Max's mother was a neglectful parent who didn't bond with any of her three youngest children. Bronte chose to rebel by going into advertising instead of something more academic and she also developed a fierce need to control her own life and not give in to any pressure from a man. Max was raised by his loving father which gives him a more open heart. Of course, being in line to be a duke also gives him a certain level of arrogance and desire to control those around him.

These two strong people meet head on and have to find ways to compromise that will satisfy both of them. The romance was very realistic and still very romantic. Bronte doesn't find it easy to fall in love and change her life.

Fans of both chick lit and traditional contemporary romances will both enjoy this story.
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