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Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy...of Sorts [Kindle Edition]

Courtney Hamilton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“A hilarious, scathing tale of LA life.” -- Kirkus Reviews

Courtney Hamilton is a Velveeta-loving attorney driven to distraction by a city that seethes with soul-sucking status seekers. When her friend Marcie formulates an impossibly detailed rating system for acceptable men—the Los Angeles Eco-Chain of Dating—Courtney goes on a self-destructive binge that doesn’t stop until she gets thrown out of group therapy for insulting a former child actress.

Courtney is mortified as she watches her best friends give up stellar careers in law and the arts to marry entertainment royalty and civilian overachievers. Worse, they expect Courtney to do the same. So they hatch plots to get her to give up her career, break her addiction to fake cheese, marry into high-orbit wealth and rule the stratosphere alongside them.

But Courtney resists. She doesn’t want to be a poster child for the Opt-Out Generation. And she certainly doesn’t want to be molded into date bait for the top rung of L.A. society. All Courtney wants is to be left alone so she can search beneath the surface for a meaningful life. But between a meddling, narcissistic mother, a self-absorbed therapist and friends trying to send her to dating re-education camps, it seems that fake cheese is the only genuine thing left in the city. Social ambition combats self-actualization in this biting tale of one woman’s search for certainty in a city full of mirages.


                      Rave Reviews For This Hilarious Best Seller in the Women’s Fiction Category.



Tina Avon - Bookshipper
“This book was hilarious and wonderful at the same time.”

Theresa Ramcharan
5 stars. “I was sorry when the book ended and I hope there's a sequel!”

Debbie - Bookish
“So laugh out loud funny, I couldn't put this one down!”

Jill Knapp – Harper Impulse/Harper Collins Author of Chase
“UH-MAZING…Never have I laughed so hard while reading a book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy.”

Amanda's Daily Grind
"... I loved this book! I love that it didn’t fit the mold of my normal chick-lit fare..."

KKM Reads Blog
"Loved the story . . . Courtney giving her friends the what-for about how they treat her and act was priceless."

Ange’s Reviews - Goodreads
"The book is very well-written.. I would definitely recommend this book for other women who enjoy a little social commentary or humor."

Linda Quick Reviews
"I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone seeking a non-traditional chick lit read."

Mayda Reviews - Goodreads
“Pour a glass of your favorite white wine, get some Velveeta nachos, and settle down with this book. It’s time well spent.”

Emily Yinger
“A good book will make me cry. A good book will teach me things without my knowledge. A good book can be subtle and bold and crazy all at once. This was a good book.”

About the Author

Courtney Hamilton has worked in Hollywood with writers, directors, executive producers, actresses and actors in the entertainment industry in L.A., Las Vegas and New York, including Golden Globe and Emmy winners in television and feature films (particularly in the humorous fiction, humor romance and women’s fiction genres). Based in Los Angeles, California, Hamilton is a keen observer of L.A. Royalty and southern California society (which many consider a romantic fiction of its own). Almost Royalty is a fictionalized satire of Los Angeles social classes and especially those who aspire to be part of the city’s A-Level Royalty.

Sit. Read. Have some Velveeta. Enjoy. Laugh.


Editorial Reviews

Review

Kirkus Reviews
"A hilarious, scathing tale of LA life."


Jill Knapp - Harper Impulse/Harper Collins Author of Chase
"UH-MAZING...Never have I laughed so hard while reading a book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy."


Tina Avon - Bookshipper
"This book was hilarious and wonderful at the same time."

Theresa Ramcharan
5 stars. "I was sorry when the book ended and I hope there's a sequel!"

Debbie - Bookish

"So laugh out loud funny, I couldn't put this one down!"


Amanda's Daily Grind
"... I loved this book! I love that it didn't fit the mold of my normal chick-lit fare..."

KKM Reads Blog

"Loved the story . . . Courtney giving her friends the what-for about how they treat her and act was priceless."

Ange's Reviews - Goodreads
"The book is very well-written.. I would definitely recommend this book for other women who enjoy a little social commentary or humor."


Linda Quick Reviews
"I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone seeking a non-traditional chick lit read."

Mayda Reviews - Goodreads
"Pour a glass of your favorite white wine, get some Velveeta nachos, and settle down with this book. It's time well spent."

Emily Yinger
"A good book will make me cry. A good book will teach me things without my knowledge. A good book can be subtle and bold and crazy all at once. This was a good book."

About the Author

Courtney Hamilton has worked in Hollywood with writers, directors, executive producers, actresses and actors in the entertainment industry in L.A., Las Vegas and New York, including Golden Globe and Emmy winners in television and feature films (particularly in the humorous fiction, humor romance and women’s fiction genres). Based in Los Angeles, California, Hamilton is a keen observer of L.A. Royalty and southern California society (which many consider a romantic fiction of its own). Almost Royalty is a fictionalized satire of Los Angeles social classes and especially those who aspire to be part of the city’s A-Level Royalty. Sit. Read. Have some Velveeta. Enjoy. Laugh.

Product Details

  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 098372671X
  • Publisher: Forrest Thompson Publishers (May 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KN1H71Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Almost Royalty.
A comedy of contemporary bad manners. chronicles the horrible social crimes the venal inhabitants of Brentwood commit looking for love and skirting sexual politics for sport.

But don't for a moment think that it’s is not an entertaining adventure that exposes social media of the person to person kind. I was gleefully appalled at the code of misbehavior revealed in the pages of this book. I could not put it down. (Attention Showtime: I want to see these sexy awful deeds serialized on screen.)

And just when I thought it was all surface sensation ensconced in awkward situations it submerged me into deeply personal revelations and laid bare the heart of Courtney Hamilton who is struggling to make sense of her life while swimming in the shallow end of the dating pool - with sharks.

One might ask if the thirty-something dating scene in Hollywood (geographic and metaphoric) is as bad as all that. According to her research - which must be her personal experience - she proves her point persuasively with skill and dark hilarity. Her truth telling is so impacted with lacerating wit and barbed comic commentary that she skewers the most deserving (men) with will and grace. She finds these creatures guilty of hypocrisy and narcissistic dysfunction too well. I am confident readers, single, divorced or on the cusp, gay or straight, will recognize the type and modus operandi she reports.

By the time she rests her case by the end of the book one can only judge that all of her targets (girlfriends, mothers, therapists,talent agents, realtors, gurus and rascals) should be banished to hell for their uncivil conduct. But alas some that she satirizes are rewarded with success and some degree of happily ever after instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!! September 22, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As I started reading the first chapter I was instantly hooked and couldn't wait to get further into the novel. The first thing I loved was the way there was a chart of who’s dateable and who isn't dateable which is called “Eco-Chain of Dating” in the book. Each chapter in the book had a subtitle included (i.e. 10—How I Can Be More Perfect Than You.) I noticed that the subtitle of the chapter was what the author was dealing with at that point and in an offhand sort of way it gives the reader a little piece of wisdom as well.
At first I thought it was a work of fiction and once I read the back of the book a second time I realized that it was a memoir of Ms. Hamilton’s life. I thought there were a few areas in the book that made me laugh, but there were other areas that I felt aggravation and frustration at other people in Ms. Hamilton’s life. I couldn't stand the author’s mom and I found most of her friends to be a tad on the “bitchy” and self-centered side of things. I thought Courtney Hamilton should have gotten some better friends.
I found the chapters to be a little long, but once I got halfway through the first chapter I didn't really notice how long they were anymore. Overall I found this book to be a wonderful read and I think it will give readers a glimpse into how women try to be “Hollywood Royalty” and what they are willing to do to get there. I give Ms. Hamilton and Almost Royalty an “A.”
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Funny? No October 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The hours I spent on this novel are hours I will forever regret losing. The idea that this was supposed to be a funny and satirical novel leaves me speechless. Courtney our protagonist allows everyone in her life to walk all over her...from her nut case of a mother, to her 'best friends', and the men in her life.

Frankly I didn't even want to see if Courtney ever made it to a HEA.

Whatever is so funny about your mother stealing your clothes and showing off her inflated boobs at a family party? Or how about this - your best friend wants you to donate goods and services so she can have the wedding of her dreams. A wedding she can't afford because she isn't going to work to pay for it because it (work) isn't fun but insists this is the wedding she has to have. Courtney is presented a bill of over ten thousand dollars to attend the wedding, this is to help the couple pay for it. The bill includes handing over the wedding dress Courtney bought for herself and then spending her time at the wedding playing the violin.

If this is funny, then I am surely missing something...maybe it's my East Coast upbringing.

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4.0 out of 5 stars What A Crack up! June 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A crack up of what life is like when you are just a normal girl living in Los Angelos. I simply adored this story and how well it was told.
This was about Courtney a girl who makes it as a lawyer but lives a simple life in Los Angelos. She still believes in things like working, taking care of yourself and being a good person. OH MY!! How could she? Especially when she is living so near Hollywood. A funny take on what it is like to be surrounded by people, some even friends that feel this need to constantly impress and one up each other.
I found this story so incredibly funny. I honestly couldn't stop laughing. Some of the stories the author tells are even relatable to people who aren't living in Hollywood but can still relate to those people who feel the need to be better than the next person. There was a story about Courtney's therapist who seems to never be satisfied with anything she says. A story of the men she dates that seem to just want to know when they will end up in bed.

So laugh out loud funny, I couldn't put this one down!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Living In L.A. Means You Are “Almost Royalty”
Almost Royalty reminded of all the things I loved in White Girl Problems. I smirked along with Courtney as she made fun of the culture in Los Angeles that made for an excellent... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Dana
4.0 out of 5 stars Social Commentary Wrapped in Rollicking Tale
I so enjoyed this rollicking novel. It was fun, flirty and sexy, not to forget laugh out loud at times. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Janet
3.0 out of 5 stars Catty
Light reading for a little break from the bookclub fare. A little too snippy and mean to suit me. I kept wondering why anyone like Courtney ( intelligent and accomplished) would... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dorothy R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful
What a thorough failure of a book. Maybe there really are lives as confused, shallow and wasted as the ones Ms. Hamilton chronicles at such tedious length. Read more
Published 1 month ago by caitlin torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Comedy...of Sorts...
Courtney Hamilton is an attorney in LA. She's a professional woman, intelligent and smart, has a group of friends and practices for the LA Marathon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roxana
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Could not finish it. The reviews made it sound funny. But I did not find it funny and abandoned it for another book.
Published 2 months ago by Judy
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read!
This was a very cute, tongue-in-cheek story. Stylishly written as Courtney encounters ex-fiancé's, Mr. Maybe's, and unwelcome blasts from the past. Read more
Published 4 months ago by KarynsPlanit
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Entertaining!!
I loved this book! It was fast-paced, hilarious, and VERY entertaining. Living through her character was the most fun I've had in a while! I highly recommend this book... Read more
Published 4 months ago by TerriO
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and smart
Okay, this book was hilarious and wonderful at the same time.

I loved that Courtney was just a little bit off to the right, that is she never seem to be "just... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars ENERGETIC AND ENGAGING
This book takes you on a crazy journey as the main character comes to terms with the shallowness of the world in which she lives. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Enlighten Me
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Courtney Hamilton has worked in Hollywood with writers, directors, executive producers, actresses and actors in the entertainment industry in L.A., Las Vegas and New York, including Golden Globe and Emmy winners in television and feature films (particularly in the humorous fiction, humor romance and women's fiction genres). Based in Los Angeles, California, Hamilton is a keen observer of L.A. Royalty and southern California society (which many consider a romantic fiction of its own). Almost Royalty is a fictionalized satire of Los Angeles social classes and especially those who aspire to be part of the city's A-Level Royalty.

Sit. Read. Have some Velveeta. Enjoy. Laugh.

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