Book: Royally Screwed
Series: Royally #1
Author: Emma Chase
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.
Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.
Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.
Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.
There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.
But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.
Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.-Goodreads
Review: Warning, unpopular review!
I love Emma Chase and fully expected to love this Cinderella re-telling (albeit, I was hoping for a sexier, funnier version). What I got was...a predicable love story with boring main characters that failed make me chuckle even once. The book started strong and I loved how Olivia, a 20-something woman busting her tail in her family's coffee shop and Nicholas, a 27-year old prince (or a fake country in the UK) met. He was drunk and rude and she tossed a pie in his face. Unfortunately, there was no cat and mouse with them or sexual tension build up-it was an almost immediate "he's hot/she's hot" let's get it on type of situation. Olivia was also a complete doormat-at one point she hears Nicholas say some extremely crass things about her and she forgives him almost immediately, which was unbelievable.
Now, the positive. Chase did create some strong side characters. I really liked Olivia's little sister and Nic's younger brother, Prince Henry. The next book in this series is Henry so while I didn't particularly enjoy this, I will be reading the next one and I have high hopes it will be funny.
*I cannot help mentioning that one of the characters has sisters named Bippity, Boppity and Boo. While the reason is explained..I just did not find this funny in the least.