New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase returns with a sweet and sexy standalone in the Royally Series.
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.
I love Emma Chase and I love this series. It’s always been one of my favourites and any time I get something new in this world, I’m happy. But when this book was first announced, I was under the impression that it would revolve around Henry and Sarah’s daughter so you can imagine my surprise when I found out it was actually about Lenora, the boys’ grandmother and the first Queen of Wessco. It’s not the story I expected, but I was willing to give it a shot because hello, it’s Emma Chase. She’s great. I’m glad I gave this book a chance but even after reading it, I’m still not all that convinced that we really needed it. It was fine, a nice addition to the Royally universe, but it’s not even close to being my favourite.
- I will say that I truly enjoyed learning more about Lenora’s history and seeing exactly why she’s the way she is. I’d always respected her in one way or another but there were times where her logic and decision making would kind of irk me, especially when she insisted Nicholas be married when he didn’t want to, or even insisting the Ellie get more involved in the royal world, I suppose. She had an interesting air about her but it was one that was hard to understand. But being able to see into her life growing up, from being groomed to take over the crown to a short rebellious phase to falling in love with Edward, it was all so wonderful. I feel like a lot about Lenora is pretty inspiring. I loved seeing how she didn’t take any shit from the other members of Parliament and would constantly push her ideas on them without ever backing down. I admired all of her ideals both before and after getting the crown and becoming queen; it showed how strong she was. And then falling for Edward showed her softer side and it was so cute seeing him teach her all things about romance. Though the way their relationship was written wasn’t my favourite, they became a pretty solid couple. But I do feel like the most important takeaway from this book was Lenora’s entire character and learning her ins and outs, understanding why she is the way she is when we encounter her in the future, and for that I am grateful for this book.
- I liked how there was this feminist undertone to this book, which should be obvious since Lenora is literally the first Queen of Wessco. But with the laws from Parliament and the insistence of her getting a husband to be taken seriously really helped emphasize not only Lenora’s feminism but just the idea of it in general. And a lot of that did come with Edward in the picture but it was more of how he became her champion. He understood how Lenora was the queen and that whatever he said shouldn’t hold more sway or merit than what she said. And when Parliament wanted to shut her down, he would bark at them until they would listen and agree with her. He never felt lesser than her or complained that he was simply a Prince of Wessco rather than actually becoming King. I loved the emphasis of Lenora truly being the most powerful being and she’s the first woman to be so powerful.
- So here’s the thing: I don’t think this book was necessary. I appreciate the history and understanding Chase was trying to do here but it felt very out of place to me in regards to the rest of the series. It was a nice story but as a full fledged book? Not so much. Part of me wishes that instead of making this the fourth book in the Royally series that Chase wrote this more as a novella, or a series of short stories released in between the others, and I think it would’ve read easier. The timeline was pretty rushed and the plot that Chase wanted to accomplish in this book wasn’t all that doable in such a low page count. There were a fair amount of scenes but in my opinion they lacked substance. It was like we would just bounce around from once scene to another without actually devling deep into what was happening and it was more to establish this history between Lenora and Edward on paper instead of truly getting in deep. And because all that lacked substance, the plot therefore became a bit boring to me. It came off as a lot happening but not too much did. There should’ve been more to this story but because it was so short there wasn’t enough room for the plot to bloom the way it should’ve.
- While I enjoyed Lenora and Edward’s relationship, I didn’t like how Chase wrote them. Just like the plot, they were kind of boring. There wasn’t a lot of time spent on them really getting to know each other and I think that’s another product of the quickness of the timeline, since we ended one scene just as fast as we started it, and I couldn’t really see how and when they fell in love. It was clear they cared about each other but it was like after the one scene of deep conversation they already achieved that love, I guess. Maybe because a lot of their relationship was developed off-page or maybe it’s just me, but that deep love and connection between them wasn’t there in my opinion. I think they’re adorable and aboslutely right for one another, but it’s almost like Chase told me rather than showed me, which is usually what a book like this does but just didn’t.
- Since Lenora was the focal point of this story, don’t you think she should’ve been on the cover? Maybe? Just a thought.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- I expected a lot more out of this book than I got and in the end, it was simply fine to me. I don’t think it was all that necessary to have this story even if I appreicated learning the history of Lenora and Edward. But, if want to skip this book I honestly wouldn’t blame you. You won’t miss much, I promise.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Royally Yours (Royally #4)
Author: Emma Chase
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Pages: 215 (eBook)
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