From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Becca is not looking forward to a boring riverboat cruise through Europe with her family, but things take an exciting turn when she meets Nikolai, crown prince of Mondovia and heir to the throne. No more than a day or two elapses before Becca and Nikolai fall in love, and though Nikolai poses as a commoner, it does not take very long before the press catches up with him. The idea of a handsome prince gone AWOL from his kingdom will appeal to many readers, but those seeking a more credible portrait of a European royal may be disappointed to discover that this prince uses far too many American expressions and is a bit too picture-perfect. Becca, repeatedly gushing that she "can't believe" she is "dating a real prince" seems far more like a lovesick high school groupie than a young woman closer to adulthood. Snapshots of notable European landmarks are mentioned briefly and add little to the plot, though the main protagonists spend a great deal of time traveling on and off a riverboat. The predictable plot should appeal primarily to teens content with Harlequin novelettes and Walt Disney—style romances. Though Royally Lost is not a lost cause, meatier royal fare can be found in Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries (HarperCollins, 2000) or Scholastic's "Royal Diaries" series.—Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY
From the Back Cover
What would it be like to fall in love with a prince?
Dragged on a family trip to Europe's ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, overeager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is, until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.
Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for—he's a crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have . . . is freedom. After staging a revolt, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.
When Nikolai and Becca meet, it's their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say good-bye when his destiny catches up to him, or will they change history forever?