REVIEW ✧ ROYALLY ENDOWED

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“I’ll save her. Because that’s who I am. That’s what I do. Why I’m here – the only reason I’m here. And she belongs to me. Ellie is mine to have and to hold. To save and keep. Forever and always.”

☆☆☆☆

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??
Sexy. As. Hell.
And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.
For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.
To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.
The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.
But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.
Any woman would be proud to call him hers.
But there’s only one woman he wants.
For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.
He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.
But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.
Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

I was waiting for this book FOR. FREAKING. EVER. Ok fine, that’s obviously an exaggeration because I only started this series in February but I had to wait 6 months for this final book and the wait was killing me. I still remember all those months ago when I started this series and how this third book was still a mystery, and how my friend and I kept speculating as to who it could be about. We were beyond convinced that it would be about Logan and Ellie, not just because it was what we wanted, but because it made sense. And then I remember the day when it was officially announced and we LOST OUR MINDS. It was like our lives were made. So clearly, I had high hopes for this book (and the trope it focused on) and thank the lord Miss Emma Chase did not disappoint me. She gave me exactly what I wanted, like I knew she would, and added to the love I have for this series. However, and this is a very small however, there were some minor downsides for me in this book. Chase did a couple things that I wasn’t really a fan of and I’ll go into detail about it but the bright side is that it didn’t ruin how I felt about Logan and Ellie and their relationship overall.

Since this is the final book of the series, I can’t guarantee that there won’t be any spoilers so a slight SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • I think I mentioned this in a prior post but one of my favourite things about Emma Chase’s writing is how funny it is. I honestly have no idea how many times I found myself snorting or laughing out loud as I was reading this book and I feel like that really sets the tone not only for her writing but for this book as well. Because I was laughing and overall enjoying myself, I ended up enjoying the book a lot more and it made the reading experience a lot better. She always knows the right thing to have her characters say, regardless of the moment, and it’s always in tune with the character. I’m pretty sure every character (even the Queen!) had me laughing at one point and I loved it.
  • The bodyguard trope was done SO well here and I could not be happier! When I initially learned what this book’s plot would be I was beyond excited because there would be so much tension and unrequited feelings and slowburning. But a couple months ago when I read another book that also featured the bodyguard trope, a book that really disappointed me, I was nervous for this one. I didn’t want it to end up like that one. While my head was telling me all this, my heart knew that Emma Chase would never disappoint me like that. And thank god she didn’t. This book was exactly what the bodyguard trope was supposed to be. Honestly, my favourite thing about this was the fact that it was Logan who started falling for Ellie first. True, Ellie admitted her feelings for him first but it was Logan who fell first. I also loved that he was completely aware of her feelings for him, which I guess justified his own, but still knew he couldn’t act on them because of his job and that just added to the tension and the slowburn. And I loved it. I think the reason I love this trope so much, other than the tension and “forbidden” aspect of it all, is that the bodyguard is already protective of the person because it’s their job but when feelings start to be involved, that sense of protectiveness is multiplied by 10 and it becomes the bodyguard’s purpose in life to always be there for the other person. It makes them believe that they’re always supposed to be there for them, to protect them, and they belong to them (not in a creepy possessive way, of course). That’s what happened with Logan and Ellie and it was beautiful and perfect.
  • In regards to Logan and Ellie as characters, I really ended up loving them apart as much as I loved them together. To no one’s surprise, Logan ended up being my favourite male character of this series. I’m sure I don’t need to explain why, do I? Let’s see: he’s a brooder, a “reformed” bad boy, he can literally kill someone with his bare hands, and he’ll do anything to protect those he loves. *swoon* One of my favourite things that Chase touched upon in his character was his relationship with love, both the word and the feeling. Love was something that Logan never felt or said to anyone and I think that’s such an important piece to his character. With Ellie’s character, she initially reminded me of the ray of sunshine that is Daisy Calloway from the Addicted series, but then I quickly found out that while there are some similarities they are still quite different from each other. Sure, they both have a wild streak to them, but I feel like Ellie has a bigger sense of drive and knew what she wanted to do with her life. I don’t mean for that to be a dig at Daisy because I love her, but it’s what separates them for sure. And I loved getting to see the relationship between Ellie and Nicholas and I could tell that she respects him and thinks a lot of him, not because he’s a prince, but because of his love for Olivia. I also wanna say I really loved Tommy, another bodyguard and essentially Logan’s best friend, and I’m not sure if Chase will write another book in this series but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of him since he was such a bright spot.
  • When it came to the whole “finding out” after Logan and Ellie got together, I was terrified that Nicholas was going to scream at Logan and cut him out of his life, banishing him from the palace and forbid him from seeing Ellie. But thank god my man Nicholas did no such thing. It feels like something that would be out of character for Nicholas but given prior experience to these kinds of things I always expect the worst. So I was not only happy that Nicholas didn’t immediately kill Logan for being with Ellie but I was beyond thrilled that he actually supported them!! I’m really glad Nicholas supported them and that this was the way the plot went instead of something negative.
  • Chapters 6 and 17. That’s all I’m gonna say. Those chapters were gifts from God himself.

THE BAD

  • As much as I love Emma Chase and her writing, she did something with this book that really bothered me: constant time jumps. Now, while I understand that because this book spans 5 years, since we needed to see the build up between Logan and Ellie throughout those years, I expected the time jumps. I was actually ok with it initially. But as the story went on, the time jumps kept on increasing and it wasn’t something I could be ok with anymore. I was actually talking about this with my friend last night and she made me realize that this was my overall problem with this book: the timeline was too big for such a small book. If the book was longer, there would be more room for the timeline and therefore more room for scenes between Logan and Ellie. And I don’t mean just scenes with Logan and Ellie together, I mean more insight on Logan’s life and how he grew up and more exploration into Ellie’s growth. The time jumps, however, didn’t take away from their relationship and the overall story so I still enjoyed the book immensely despite that.
  • This point is in relation to the timeline “mess,” but I felt like there may have been one too many scenes focusing on Nicholas and Olivia or Henry and Sarah. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all so much, I really do, but this was Logan and Ellie’s book and I wish that there was a bit more emphasis on them. It also didn’t help that I read this book in intervals and every time I picked it back up I always started my reading with a scene involving one of the other two couples. So on one hand, I loved seeing Ellie’s relationship with both princes and her sister and Sarah, and Logan’s relationships with them as well, but at times it was a bit much.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • Even though this book felt like it was trying to do too much in so little time, the overall feelings and emotions outweigh that. The bodyguard trope was written beautifully and it ended up being everything I wanted, making this a wonderful conclusion for a wonderful series. Bravo Emma Chase, bravo.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Royally Endowed (Royally #3)
Author: Emma Chase
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Pages: 275 (eBook)
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Until next time,

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