Series: Suddenly #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Royalty
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Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.
Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.
While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
So I am generally on the fence about royalty romances, I don’t know why, maybe because modern day royals just don’t seem that exciting to me, or just completely unobtainable, but whatever the reason a royal doesn’t get me all hot and bothered. The reason why I picked up this book is because the girl is royal, but she grew up not knowing about it, so she’s a pretty normal chick, which I liked.
So Samantha is the girl in the story who finds out one day that she is in fact royalty. She goes from being in college, teaching classes, and taking care of the birds under her care to suddenly thrown into a world she doesn’t understand, and with so many questions but with no living relatives who can answer them for her. I really liked her. She was just so easy to like, it was effortless for me to enjoy reading her character. She’s so down to earth and just such a genuine girl that its easy to see why Alex would end up liking her. She’s a great friend and she’s there for her stepfather, who you can tell she loves so much.
So Alex is the crowned price, and he is one of the people who show up in the US to tell Samantha of her lineage. He has a reputation as a party guy, but by the time you meet him in this book you can’t help but feel that it’s not true. I mean he’s just a nice guy. He wants to help Samantha in whatever she chooses. And he always does really thoughtful things for her, like when she is struggling with going with them back to Lilaria because of her sick stepfather, he spends all night coming up with information on treatments for him and puts her in contact with one of the best doctors in the world. He’s just a good guy.
Normally in romance books I tend to like one character way more than the other, but in this book I felt like I liked both of them pretty equally. They have some things to deal with in the course of this book, but they end up doing it so gracefully, and they are just good for each other. You literally can’t help but pull for their happy ending almost as soon as the book starts.
I also really liked the cast of secondary characters, from Alex’s sisters to Samantha’s friends from back home. They are definitely a colorful group of people, and would make for some great main characters as the series progresses. This is just such a fun and easy book to read and enjoy. I love this writer’s writing style. If you like royalty romances, or even if you have never read one but are looking for something new, you should try out this book.