- File Size: 1246 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1549735799
- Publication Date: September 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075L1M7F1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #152 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Lesbian Fiction
- #159 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Lesbian
- #163 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks > Romance > Lesbian Romance
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When Penny and Astrid first meet, they feel a mutual attraction to each other, and eventually enter into a relationship, but Astrid has a secret that she is reluctant to share with anyone, not even Penny.
Astrid seems to have a love-hate relationship with her mother, who lives back in her home country in Europe. Her mother wants her to return home, but Astrid refuses, and says that she wants to stay in New York. When her mother learns that Astrid is not going to return home and is instead going to medical school, she cuts her off financially, and threatens to disown her.
The only problem I saw with this story is that Astrid's mother went from threatening to disown her daughter, to acceptance of her daughter's wishes and her sexual orientation, in a very short time. The story would have flowed a little better, if we had seen her mother come around little by little, rather than all at once. Nevertheless, this was a very entertaining read, with a very sweet love story. The girls were completely committed to each other, and the story has a very happy ending.
Here is a quote from the book, “Now, you’re a bit of a mystery,” Charlotte says when she looks at her. I can only assume it’s about her stalking. “You do a very good job of keeping yourself a secret.” Astrid’s face looks about as uncomfortable as mine had when she met me on the side of the street outside. “We’ll have to keep a careful eye on this one,” Charlotte says, and the three of us laugh.”. There is more but you will need to read the book which I can recommend. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.
I think with that knowledge however, I would've loved to see a risk taken like falling for a woman of color in a story like this, but it was still cute.
It's more of a fluffy romance, which I see is needed in f/f and lesbian romance(a bunch of it is tragic, unfortunately)and while I wish the sex would've been more graphic and frequent, it'd probably satisfy the reader looking for romance instead of a book full of sex(I don't see why it can't be both!).
Overall, it was good!
I received an ARC of this book voluntarily from the author.
I loved this book! I felt the connection between Penny and Astrid from the start. The anticipation of their first kiss killed me. It's pure love between two people, something so beautiful it can't be defined by their sexes. Royal Pains contains sex scenes, but very mild.
All books need a conflict and Magnolia Robbins crafted a good one. How would we react if we're told our girlfriend of one year was a princess? For a split second, I was concerned for our heroines, but all good books have a good ending. Royal Pains is one of them.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who sees love for what it is, and likes a relatively clean story. No swearing, very little sex. Great read.
I'm glad I had this opportunity.
I'd known all about 'killing 'em with kindness' but this book kills you with cuteness!
To be absolutely frank, right now all I want to do is hug the author tightly and thank her for writing such cute novellas!
In a world where cold, intimidating CEOs are dominating the stories, sweet and kind characters like Penelope and Astrid are much needed!
I had so much fun reading their story and the happy ending left me with a warm fuzzy feeling. <3
So yeah, Royal Pains was sweet as a German Cheesecake and as good as apfelwein!
While maybe not a page-turner like a thrilling spy or who-done-it novel, but the story flowed well. Enough that I am intrigued to try another of Ms. Robbins' books.
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