His Royal Highness
Author: R.S. Grey
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I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.
But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.
It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.
Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.
I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.
I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.
He’s just biding his time.
Making me sweat.
His Royal Highness always gets what he wants.
And he wants me.
It’s taken me forever to try and get my thoughts together for this review. I adore R.S. Grey and her novels, so it hurts to even rate this low, let alone type a review as to why this didn’t work for me.
I wanted to get caught up in the magic of this theme park and swept away by the romance between our characters, Whitney and Derek. Only one of those things happened and it wasn’t the romance. I really liked all the detail that the author gave this theme park. I remember on R.S. Grey’s Instagram that she went to Disney World for inspiration and that paid off. I had a vivid mental picture of this theme park and wanted to visit.
The characters, however, didn’t really get me to swoon. Let me take that back. Our main character Whitney wasn’t a girl I was very fond of. Her reasoning for being mad at Derek and her way of thinking was a bit morbid. She was so determined to be mad and lash out at Derek over the past when it really wasn’t that serious. He was 10 years her senior and she was only 18 at the time he left. What did she expect would happen? She had to know that nothing could have happened between back then. She just refused to let it go. She led others on in this process and she just didn’t really seem like a great person to me.
While she and Derek did have some steamy moments I just couldn’t full on root for them. How could I when I wasn’t a fan of half of the relationship.
All in all, this wasn’t what I was expecting to be and I wish I could have loved it.
I received an ARC via the author for an honest review.