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Royally Yours: A Standalone Romance (The Royally Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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"If you've enjoyed watching The Crown then you are going to go wild for this times about a thousand. All of the mid-twentieth century royal flavored atmosphere, along with as much sweet and sensuous emotion and drama, you could ask for. The whole series has been nothing short of delightful. And hot. Royally hot." -Kylie Scott, New York Times bestselling author of It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time
"This was a lovely read. Lenora's loneliness radiated off the pages. Edward's arrival saved both Lenora and me. It was a touching, sexy, beautiful romance. I feel fortunate to have read it." -Jen Frederick, New York Times bestselling author of Be Mine
"With all the timeless enchantment of a modern fairy tale, Emma Chase weaves a delightfully romantic royal affair that took my breath away. Long Live Queen Lenora!" -Natasha is a Book Junkie blog
"Something about Emma Chase's writing creates a hungry hole inside me and sucks all of me in. Lenny and Edward are two people with extraordinary lives who find the gift of normalcy in the way they are able to love each other, and it's a beautiful thing. I teared up, smiled widely and did not want to return to real life." -Sonali Dev, author of A Distant Heart--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07JVL4DRG
- Publisher : Emma Chase, LLC (October 28, 2018)
- Publication date : October 28, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 414 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #153,820 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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We knew her as Her Majesty the Queen. We knew her as the mother of the sweet and sexy princes that we fell so hard and fast for in Emma Chase's previous royal romances. But we never really know her until now, until her epic life story is brought to life in Royally Yours and IT. IS. MAGNIFICENT. Lenora and Edward's romance is STUNNING. Brought together by a common loss, a marriage of convenience ensues and what unfolds on these pages is a classic, timeless royal love story that I could not have possibly loved more. I was in the biggest reading rut before I got my hands on this novel. I went from being unable to connect with anything to being unable to put this book down.
There's a profound sadness about this story though. So often we read royal romances that feel glamorous and shiny, sexy and decadent. But this story is different. This queen, my heart ached for her. Queen Lenora's isolation, her grief, her loneliness are a palpable entity in Royally Yours. There's a shadow of loss that clouds her story and it gripped me in ways I simply did not expect. I hurt for her. I could feel her solitude, her silent despair, her longing for a connection with someone after all that she'd lost. I turned every page of this story with an achy heart, consumed by every ounce of her journey. And there's so freaking much to feel. This is a story that felt so unbelievably beautiful but also stings painfully at times. It's a barrage of intense emotion the entire way through and I already wish I could go back and experience it all over again.
I have to admit that as I read, I kept catching myself searching for some missing inexplicable thing. I'm a romance reader, obviously, so I've come to expect the cliche aspects of any good romance novel: the first bits of attraction that tend to catalyze any romantic relationship, the "fall" into love that coincides with your garden variety love story. I eagerly anticipate the first taste of desire, the sting of reluctant attraction, the lust and longing that typical couples endure in the early stages of a relationship. So, for a bit there I was missing something I couldn't pinpoint. It was just hard for me to wrap my head and my heart around the impending nuptials between two characters who hadn't even kissed yet. But that's when it all clicked and I realized what a stellar job Emma Chase did in crafting Lenora and Edwards's romance. This royal romance is EVERYTHING it was ever meant to be and in the end I realized that there wasn't a single thing missing from ANY of it. This is an arranged marriage, a marriage of convenience at the start. And everything that typically comes first comes later... all in its due time... and when it does, IT. IS. SPECTACULAR. How often do we read royal romances where the older generation speaks of their own arranged marriage, their own fall into love after their obligation to wed was fulfilled? So often we're told those stories after the fact but we never get to see what that looks like firsthand. Here, with Royally Yours, Emma Chase illustrates that complicated, unorthodox dynamic between two characters who agree to wed even though they don't know each other yet, even though their attraction is evident but the depth of their feelings hasn't had the opportunity to develop... and it's stunning. It's beautiful. It's all consuming and unputdownable and I was enthralled. I've loved this series so completely and it all comes full circle here in this book. It truly is magic what happens on these pages, and I can't wait to do an entire series reread as soon as I can.
4.5 stars — Well this one had me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Seriously. I mean, yeah, perhaps I was PMS-ing a wee bit, but I was honest to god bawling at one point and had to put the book down. There’s just something about the way Ms. Chase writes that has me connecting to her characters so fully that I *feel* their heartbreak, their loss, their loneliness. I’m not sure what I was expecting from Queen Lenora’s story, but I don’t think I was quite prepared for that.
She got to me, you know? Lenora had such a strange upbringing, and she was so isolated in so many ways, I just felt for the weight of responsibility on her shoulders, and how she felt such a barrier between herself and everyone else. It just got to me. SHE got to me. I kind of want to go back and reread the series, b/c now I have a different perspective on her. She was so fierce. I mean, yeah, she was stubborn, and somewhat entitled (reasonably so in her position), but she was also principled and the strength it took to step into that position at such a young age…well she is the stuff to be admired. I loved the way she loved her country, and truly fought back as much as she could in that time period to do what she thought was right.
We didn’t really get to meet Edward until well into the book, so I’m not sure I felt like I connected with him quite as much. In the end, I didn’t know *him* so much as the him he was in relation to Lenora. That didn’t bother me, it’s just something I realized as I’m writing this review. But I did love the Edward that came home. He dealt with some pretty heavy blows, but became a real strength to Lenora…he connected to the woman underneath and not the Queen. I loved the way he supported her, and that even though he faltered at times, he took responsibility for his actions. He was very much an alpha in so many ways, but he was also not afraid to be vulnerable. I loved that dichotomy.
And their romance was truly a story worth telling. I think because of all the different aspects that Ms. Chase wanted to convey, the story occasionally felt a little choppy with the time jumps, mostly near the end. But I loved the rest of the story so much, it really didn’t affect my enjoyment at’all. I ADORED the feelings they developed for one another, and how I connected with not just their attraction, but their genuine deepening feelings. I believed the progression of their relationship, and it made my heart so happy! And hoo boy, the steamy scenes were delicious!
One last point: Thomas. There were many fantastic secondary characters (Miriam, Alfie, Winston), but Thomas took the cake. I was half in love with him at the first dance. He took this story from beautiful to extraordinary. I can’t say more without giving spoilers, but I adored the glasses in the pocket. When you read it, you’ll understand.
So yeah. I don’t know what it is about the way Ms. Chase writes, but I just connect with her characters. I laughed and cried and just felt all the feelings, from grief to pure joy. And it didn’t hurt that when I was reading the steamy scenes, Edward was *almost* saying my name… 😉
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Fortunately, the problem of finding an acceptable or suitable suitor is solved when Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke appears. He had previously walked away from his title to seek a life of freedom and adventure in the wider world. Then on his return to Wessco, he makes a promise to his dying brother that he and Queen Lenora will marry. But does she agree to marry him? Do they fall in love?
Well, I suggest you get a copy of this book if you want the answers.
Far from Disney reimaginings her succession is marred by the veil of loneliness at the loss of her parents, but professional to a fault, her years of tutoring have stood her on firm ground to rule the nation and people she so much loves. Some describe her as cold, but her heart beats for her country and she is unflinching when it comes to acting in its best interests.
Though she may be Queen Parliament have always held great influence and it is their wish that Lenora should marry. The idea is most unbecoming but Lenora eventually relents when hears her young unmarried status may leave Wessco open to attack from domestic and far flung enemies.
Trust is a priceless commodity and there is none Lenora trusts more than her friend and confidant Thomas. He loves Lenora as though she were his own sister and so he proposes his brother Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke as her betrothed.
For years Lenora and Thomas have poured over letters of Edwards adventures from continents all over the world. His time has come to return home and take up his duty to his household… and country.
The common love they share for Thomas is as far as kinship goes for these two. Edward (unjustly) finds her detached & unemotional, and Lenora so used to independence cannot relate to Edward’s free spirit.
It’s both thrilling and heartbreaking to experience life through the eyes of Lenora. She holds her role as protector of her Nation to the highest regard, and it’s upsetting to the witness the moments of recognition that there is no one to protect her from the burdens of duty. It’s only after Edward stumbles upon Lenora in an unguarded moment does he truly begin to appreciate the woman beyond the crown.
I so much adored the intimacies between Lenora and Edward and revelled in the love and power of their union. Royally Yours is a gem in the crown of the Royally series and a story I didn’t appreciate how much I needed to be told.
"Don’t be sad, Edward. This time I’ll be the one traveling. I’ll try to write and tell you all about it.” Edward gives him a smile—and it’s a beautiful smile. Then he presses his hand against Thomas’s cheek, patting him gently."
Chase has taken all the previous books in the series and has given the reader a different angle to look at the characters of the first 3 books. Even though they are not mentioned in the story, understanding Queen Lenora gives a new meaning to the previous books and Chase has done it brilliantly!
Also it a pleasure to see Lenora as a young sexy sassy filthy loving person, it was a lot fun listening to her and Edward's story.
Well worth it!!