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The Royal Treatment (The Crown Jewels Romantic Comedy Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I suppose you could say this story somewhat follows the formula. But holy hell! I have not laughed out loud while reading in a very long time, and I did so within a few minutes of starting this book. The characters were so authentic and engaging, the dialogue so witty and charming, that I honestly did not want it to end. The story is told beautifully in dual POav, and how this author made Arthur so realistic is uncanny. If I had to imagine how a really nice guy born into his situation would speak and behave, she nailed it. The same is true of Tessa, a girl who has taken a back seat to her brilliant brothers all her life, and who has been underestimated by most everyone around her.
This book was a great surprise. It is just awesome to start a book for which your expectations are low, then to be blown away by it. Can’t wait to read the sequels.
I'm not writing anything that will be a spoiler or a shock to anyone who loves chick lit -- after all, nobody is going to read some lighthearted rom-com to be disappointed in the outcome!
I haven't adored a princess-in-the-making novel this much since reading MaryJanice Davidson's Alaskan Royal trilogy - which, coincidentally, also starts with a book called "The Royal Treatment". I found myself frequently laughing out loud, and enjoyed the character development. Looking forward to finding out if Melanie Summers rounds this series out to a trilogy!
First, I'm not one for those "transformation" romantic comedies because there is a whole slew of problems with that premise. Prince Arthur is not a likable man in the beginning. I get that is to fuel the upcoming transformation, but it's been done so many times that I'm really just sick of sitting through someone being a jerk for 1/3 of a book. That's brings me to my biggest criticism.
Literally everything in this book is completely predictable. The author does not even try to hide what we all know is coming or present it in any way that's unique. The whole book is a series of (rather sexist) tropes that plays out like any other romantic comedy we've all seen. It also happened at such a quick pace, I couldn't even let my suspension of disbelief seep in to believe it was really happening. This also made it difficult to relate to the characters.
While I don't know if I even feel comfortable labeling this as a "comedy" I did laugh out loud a (literal) couple of times. By the end of the book, I felt more invested in the characters. I certainly made it to the end of the book because I was enjoying it on some level, even if I wouldn't recommend this book to others.
I also had to search far and wide for a contemporary princess story like this, so I'm glad it's filling a void.
Summary: It was fine, I guess? I wouldn't recommend it, but I'll probably keep reading because it's well written and the only story about contemporary royalty that I could find.
Prince Arthur has a plan, his plan is to invite Tessa to stay in the castle with him and his family. Not everyone is happy about it though. All he can think about is getting her on his side so that she would see the good that comes from having the Royal Family around. He hatches his plan and moves her in while his father (the King) is on yet another vacation out of the country.
It’s great reading, witty, full of humor. I loved the interaction between Arthur and Tessa as they get to know each other and figure out how to maneuver through daily life living in the same space while being such polar opposites. I laughed out loud so many times that my family learned to ignore me. If you want a truly funny read, I highly recommend this book. The best part was when I read about Prince Arthur sending Prince Harry a text congratulating him on his engagement, when I had just read that the real life Prince Harry had just gotten engaged!! Great job on that prediction!! I can’t wait to get into book two!!
* I'm an inordinately picky reader. Five stars goes to my addictions and falling-over good (such as Harry Potter). Four stars from me is still a jolly good book.