OMG! Look what got a fancy new cover! Yes, Royally Yours by Emma Chase! This series is amazing, a favorite, and this book is such a must read. Seriously, so so so good. You can grab it now for a STEAL (it’s ON SALE to celebrate the new cover) and get alll the book / series info down below!
Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.
It’s a big deal.
When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.
What she isn’t…is married.
It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.
Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.
Even Queens. Especially them.
Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.
And a sacred promise keeps him there.
To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.
Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.
Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.
This is theirs.
Holy hell! THAT PROLOGUE!!! The prologue of Royally Yours gave me chills all by itself. Goosebumps. Heart flutters. A rush of instant endorphins. I was IMMEDIATELY rapt. I was so beyond anxious to dive right in to whatever Emma Chase would serve up in Royally Yours, ready for the romance, for the passion, for the exquisite grandeur and the royal tradition. I was ready to get lost in an unforgettable romance, in a story that would undoubtedly live up to every promise set forth by the intensity of that prologue. I was ready and anxious and so over the moon excited… and still, I couldn’t have anticipated how breathtakingly magical this royally epic this love story would be.
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.
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PS: This is a series of interconnected standalones!