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

Courtney Hamilton
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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."


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.

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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,927 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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Satirical Fiction May 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It seems times have changed from Jane Austen's time when well-to-do men needing wives to be complete to today when all a woman needs to be fulfilled is apparently a husband and then children. I love how Courtney Hamilton's debut book took this head on. I haven't read smart chick lit in a while, so when I was asked to read this book in return for a review, I couldn't say no.

The book took a really good luck at the superficiality of what society and some women place importance on today. The issues are serious but they're handled in a light manner that will leave you laughing, shaking your head in disbelief, and relief that hopefully your life isn't like that of Courtney's friends.

I loved reading about Courtney's dating adventures and she went about taking control of what she wanted. If you need something smart and witty, then this book is definitely for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ENERGETIC AND ENGAGING June 11, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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. The episodes careen from bad dates to therapy session, and onto advice filled encounters with well meaning friends who carry their own baggage. Many of the circumstances are beyond what most of us would get ourselves into, but resonate in a real way that underscores our need to be valued by our friends and loved ones as who we truly are. This was a fun read as well as a pithy commentary on our material society. Well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and smart June 12, 2014
By Tina
Format:Kindle Edition
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 like" everyone else or even think like them. Of course, the fact that she finds herself in the dating pool without quite agreeing with the rules of society just added to the story.

I found myself laughing out loud at some of the darker side stories, yes, I guess laughing is not appropriate, but like Courtney, I never live by society's rules myself. Love this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Chick Lit May 30, 2014
By lq
Format:Kindle Edition
Quirky and funny chick lit tale of a woman trying to find herself, and her perfect mate, in LA - the land of Almost Royalty, and "ruled" by a pseudo caste system among potential dating partners.

This book is told in a series of vignettes. Each chapter could be read independently, but together they tell a cohesive story. The writing style took a bit to draw me in, but once I understood what the author was doing, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone seeking a non traditional chick lit read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 18 hours ago by Tiffany Artiaga
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 5 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 months ago by TerriO
5.0 out of 5 stars Super clever and such a page turner
I thought it was super clever and such a page turner. I really liked the lead character. I certainly got it, I wonder if all women can? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lori De Waal
5.0 out of 5 stars "Almost Royalty" - LOL Funny and a Great Beach Read
A totally fresh, hysterically funny story about the reality of living in L.A. which includes the hysterically funny issues of living among celebrities when you're a not a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ela
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
The way this book jumps from present to past, then back to present is so fun to read. The characters are well-developed and the author does a wonderful job of fully explaining... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtney Hamilton burns away pretense and artifice like some cool acid...
I tend to prefer books that offer insight into the way things work, tinged with clever wit and often turning
things upside down... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jyiki
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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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