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

Courtney Hamilton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 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: #271,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well done May 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A very clever and funny read. Like an updated and Los Angelized Jilly Cooper's Class for the current decade.

It's a lengthy book, and at times a bit repetitive, but I think intended by the author to highlight Courtney's "doomed" life as a single mid-thirties woman.
It's definitely well written and very amusing to read. This satirical take is well done.
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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
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Buy this book to read! It's a must-read, must-have! This book is a great satirical comedy of sorts based upon her friends' lists of the how-to's in LA. It gets even better as you read on! Even though funny, I'm not talking slap-stick funny, but funny in the right places.
Meet Courtney Hamilton, no, not the author! A character in the story! (There you go! What author uses her own name as a character in a book?!!) She is single, a Litigation Attorney, and dating in LA. Among her friends, Courtney cannot be herself, but is expected to follow the 'plastics' (although they talk about and diss those who have done the plastic themselves, too, but would never dare admit theirs! In fact, they accuse Courtney of having some done, and she does not like that!)
She was instructed by her friend's lists starting with 'The L.A. Eco-Chain of Dating List of who to date and how. It is the 'who, money, pre-nup's, money (again), The Good, and The Bad'. There is another list of "How to Be an Imperialist Resident of the Westside of Los Angeles, C.A.", or better yet, it's the "How to Marry Up the L.A. Chain of Dating". LA also has a Celebrity Royalty list, too, the who, the how to or not to talk but knowing when to talk and what to talk about to whomever according to how the celebrity tiers list applies to! This list gets even more detailed from here. Lists, lists, lists to live by!
Another important list also includes who your parents are/were, the schools you attended (or were lucky enough to have your parents get you into or not), what your religion is/was, the college you went to, and how much further you went in education from there as well! Whoever would have thought dating and your social life in general revolved around all these lists!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and laugh out loud funny! May 30, 2014
By Kiran
Format:Kindle Edition
Almost Royalty by Courtney Hamilton is a tight, fast-paced, witty and at places, a laugh out loud funny novel. It deals with the dating scene of Los Angeles and more importantly, the class divide between the haves, have-somes and the have-nots. On a more serious level, this book is a light-hearted look at the hypocrisy that still exists in our society even today and on a non-serious level it is a ‘fly on the wall’ look at Los Angeles and Hollywood’s celebrity and looks obsessed culture, where appearances are everything and if you don’t live in the correct neighbourhood, don’t attend the correct school/college/university, drive the right car and don’t ensure that your children attend the correct school, then you are an ‘outcast’.

This novel is all about Courtney, a ‘Velveeta-loving’, group therapy-attending, entertainment attorney’s struggles through the L.A. world of dating and the trials and tribulations she faces. (Velveeta, for us Brits who don’t know what it is, is as per Wikipedia: ‘The brand name of a processed cheese product having a taste that is identified as a type of American cheese, but with a softer and smoother texture than cheese.’)

Her friends Marcie (aka Marcee) and Bettina think she is definitely ‘on the shelf’ and doing something wrong, as she should by now have ditched her career and gotten married to L.A royalty. Her friend Marcee has coined her own ‘L.A. Eco Chain of Dating’ where you should only be dating and eventually marrying a ‘mate’ who is on your level, in terms of ancestry, education, family background, etc. etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars When I first started reading this book I was expecting to hate it. I...
I will be honest. When I first started reading this book I was expecting to hate it. I actually put it down after the first chapter to read another book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Sense and Satire
Hilarious. A savvy, sophisticated, spot-on satire of characters with upscale lifestyles who are intent on climbing, or scrambling, ever higher on the ladder of success and... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jo Berryman
4.0 out of 5 stars I very much enjoyed this novel
I very much enjoyed this novel! Having grown up in the LA area I could relate to many aspects of the story, and there were moments in this novel that made me laugh out loud. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Alan Black
4.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is clever and smart and
It took me a bit to get into the groove of this novel, it's flow, it's style, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KD
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 2 months ago by Dana
1.0 out of 5 stars Funny? Not to Me.
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dianne E. Socci-Tetro
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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago by caitlin torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!!
As I started reading the first chapter I was instantly hooked and couldn't wait to get further into the novel. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tiffany Artiaga
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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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