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

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


Midwest Book Review, D. Donovan
"Best friends facing adulthood and an elite Los Angeles atmosphere also face the consequences of being 'almost royalty' in their attitudes - all but one (the protagonist), who observes (as an outsider) the ironies of nouveau riche thinking and turns these viewpoints into hilarious dialogue that successfully nails the fallacies inherent in unspoken class systems and ideals of royalty among celebrities and non-celebrities alike...


That Hamilton achieves this through precise plays on words is further evidence of her skills at blending social observation and romance with fun injections of humor."


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." 


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.

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)
  • Publication Date: May 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KN1H71Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lq on May 30, 2014
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on May 29, 2014
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It took me a couple chapters to realize that I couldn’t approach this as a typical narrative type story because the scenes jump around. Once I started reading each chapter as its own short vignette, I was able to find my pace and really get immersed in the story. The writing was solid and the characters were fun and quirky.

What I particularly liked was that through the small scenes and antidotes, the full story unfolded in such a way that by the end I felt like I’d developed with the main character. Though her thoughts and opinions were not always clear, her actions and voice were entertaining and I found myself both relating to her and rooting for her.

Thought not without a few flaws, I loved this book! I love that it didn’t fit the mold of my normal chick-lit fare, and even though I’m a sucker for romance, I love that the romantic aspect took second seat to a story about a real woman trying to come to terms with who she is and what she really wants out of life.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katarina Ortmann on May 30, 2014
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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 By Frank Tammariello on June 9, 2014
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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 By Kiran on May 30, 2014
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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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