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October 30th 2018
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.
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
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When I started Royally Yours I knew deep in my bones that it would be magical. Of course I don’t expect anything else from Emma Chase but this installment in the Royally series is a little different. Sure, it has the author’s trademark humor, swoon worthy her and wonderful heroine but it’s way more emotional than the other three.
From the other books we know that Queen Lenora is the unmovable object to her grandsons’ moving ones. She always seems to draw up a facade and only drops it for the ones she loves. Royally Yours guides us through the first 20+ years of her life, which were saturated with love but also tragedy that doesn’t stop even for a future queen.
Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is ours.
This time I would like to talk about a side character first who so thoroughly captured my heart. I adored Lenora’s friendship with Thomas. Theirs was true, honest and full of innocent love only two long time friends share.
He’s become my rock and my fun skipping stone. The someone I’d been missing my whole life. My friend.
Lenora was a sweet teenager with a wild streak. From an early age she has been prepared for one role only: being the ruler of her country. Being a child, acting like one was never in her cards. One of the most important lessons is to never show emotions in public.
After the loss of her parents she had to grow up fast and be the first queen of Wessco which isn’t at all the awesome job they made us think it is in first grade. Lenora has to fight a lot of resistance, and it’s pretty lonely if there is no one who has your back…
Lenora’s loneliness made my heart ache, she was conditioned to not show emotion so when things got bad she cried behind closed doors. Good thing she met Thomas’s brother, however, who would soon become her closest ally and biggest champion.
I was made for this . . . for her. To cherish her, protect her and challenge her, to guide her and follow her— to be the man she needs, so she can be the woman, the queen, she was always meant to be.
Edward was everything I want from a male main character. He was absolutely smitten with Lenora, her spirit which she showed when she was among familiar faces, her stubbornness and he loved to rile her up. He had a dirty mouth on him and taught Lenny that it’s absolutely OK to be not as queenly proper in the bedroom. With Edward, Lenora was a woman first and with him she could be the wild girl she had inside of her. Although she outranked him there was never a feeling of imbalance in their relationship. Edward was possessive of his firecracker queen and spoke his mind. I adored their relationship that was based on honesty and acceptance and a soul-deep connection and love that grew naturally.
She’s ethereal— a heavenly creature and a sin-tempting spirit all in one— and she takes my breath away.
I didn’t expect this story to be so deeply emotional although we got a little of Lenora’s backstory in the other books. Royally Yours is an absolutely romantic fairytale that managed to make me laugh and cry at the same time. This may be the story you didn’t see coming, yet you’ll fall head over heels in love with it. I had my heart in my throat from the first to the last page. Lenora and Edward’s epic love was perfection and I wouldn’t mind getting more books in this series.
My wife, my love, my Queen . . . my life.