- File Size: 574 KB
- Print Length: 204 pages
- Publisher: Clean Reads (August 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014QPPQTE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Royal Pain Kindle Edition
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Prince Henry of Benignus lands himself in some trouble and ends up entering a program at Sweetwater Creek for part of his rehabilitation. Carleigh Phillips lives and works at the ranch which also houses patients undergoing treatment.
I think it’s pretty safe to say we know where this is going straight off the bat, right? ;)
Henry…is an arrogant, smug jerk and I kind of hated him from the get-go. I must admit, I didn’t completely warm to him as a character, but there’s a reason behind his behaviour that makes it understandable at the very least. Carleigh seems headstrong but also a little naive. I liked her much more than I liked Henry, though they work well together…they connected well as a couple, even if I didn’t find one of them relatable, is what I’m saying. However, I am not and never have been a play boy Prince so of course I’m not going to ‘get’ him lol
Having said that, Henry’s character development is pretty good, he was much more palatable at the end than he was at the start. Danielle Doolittle did well turning him into a likeable character when he started off as a complete brat.
Royal Pain is written in third person and switches between being Carleigh and then Henry centric. It is quite well written and flows steadily. Of course there’s a bit of drama (as there should be) which brings everything together. There’s also a bit of suspense and tension that I enjoyed reading, and some of the background characters are interesting (like Hattie, she’s fabulous!)
I’m kind of curious as to how the series will continue as this read like a standalone novel to me…I suppose I’ll just have to wait and find out!
All in all it’s a quick read, clocking in at 191 pages. Parts of it are a little cliché but there are some things that can’t be escaped in this genre (I mean that in a good way, I like a romance novel every now and then because I know what I’m getting!)
A great read for a lazy afternoon I think :) If you like your romance mostly clean and with a little bit of mystery, I can definitely recommend Royal Pain.
The writing was good, pulling me into the story right away. I found some of the character motivations to be slightly unrealistic or over-dramatized and cliche.
I liked both of the main characters. It was a typical "there is no way these two should fall for each other" circumstance, where they felt immediate attraction. I was glad to see them deepen their feelings by having shared interests (namely, the horses).
This "prince falls for commoner" story line has been done many times. I thought having the prince meet someone at a drug rehab center (basically) was an interesting twist to this commonly-used trope. The fact that it was an unusual set-up, at a ranch, piqued and held my interest.
To me, the plot was fairly predictable and the characters weren't always true to who the reader was led to beleive they were. I thought the prince turned himself around rather quickly and easily, which subtracted from my enjoyment of the story. Also, the ex-boyfriend dangers seemed almost to be an added element and since it was so predictable (although his sudden behavior change was rather scary), it subtracted from my enjoyment. I would rather have seen the conflict center on the different backgrounds creating insurmountable odds. In fact, this wasn't given its due consideration.
I won this book in a contest. I'm not sorry I read it, but it isn't the sort of romance I would normally pick up and read. This could have swayed my review to the low end of the scale.
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I don't like spoilers so I won't mention what spoiled my loving this... predictable ending.
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