Series: Going Royal #3
Published by Carina Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Law Enforcement, Mystery, Romance, Royalty
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Being the best friend to a prince isn't all it's cracked up to be. As attorney and spokesperson for the royal Andraste family, Richard Prentiss lives under a microscope. Fair or not, he's not able to date like a regular person. So when his personal assistant retires, Richard knows her pretty replacement, Kate, is strictly off-limits.
Kate Braddock's resume includes special forces training and enough profiling work to pick a threat out of a crowd. None of that prepares her to resist the charming, down-to-earth attorney she's assigned to protect. Determined to treat him like any other body to guard, she struggles to maintain her distance. It's her job to step in front of the bullet with Richard's name on it, nothing more.
When threats against the royal family take a deadly turn and his new assistant foils two attempts on his life, Richard's grateful—and more than a little intrigued. There's more to Kate than meets the eye, but what is she hiding? He'll have to trust her with his life when the danger proves to be closer than either realized…
So I know the title of the series is Going Royal, but in this case it is about an attorney for the royals, and not an actual royal as the main character. Which honestly, made me like the book more. Let’s face it being royalty isn’t really something I can relate to all that much. Plus I really liked the suspense/build up in this book.
So main character Kate is a military brat (my kid of chick btw), She has a long history of being in the military and is a very capable bodyguard, so when it turns out that the Grand Duke’s friend needs some protection from an unknown threat, it just made perfect sense for him to hire Kate, since he has worked with her before. The catch is that Richard has no idea that Kate is there to protect him, he thinks that she is there to be his new secretary. I really liked Kate, she was just easy to like. She’s sure of herself in her job, and she really take pride in it and enjoys it. I liked that she stuck to her guns, she knew what she thought about things and didn’t faulted. I actually really loved that about her. But what was most interesting about Kate was watching her deal with a situation she wasn’t exactly accustomed too, dealing with her new found emotions for Richard.
I liked Richard as well, he has a more complex backstory I think then Kate. He is an attorney (as I’ve already mentioned) and he does a lot of work for high profile clients. But he does more than just the rich and famous busy work, he also does a lot of pro-bono work for people who wouldn’t be able to afford his help. The reasoning behind this is because he feels guilty about somethings that happened when he was younger, and this is a kind of way for him to feel better about it. He was a good hero for the book, I liked him.
The interactions between Kate and Richard were really nice, they have great chemistry and I thought the build up to the romance was really good. There was a lot of suspense in the build up the romance, which made it all the more better when it finally got there. (Hooray for no instant-love scenarios)!.
This was an easy read for me, I thought the pacing was pretty spot on for the story. I did think that the incident with Kate and Richard towards the end resolves way to quickly, like it didn’t feel true to Kate, but other than that I enjoyed it. I would recommend this book.