Thursday, October 20, 2016

Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman - Review


Colliding with a prince while dog walking isn’t how Rowan Palotay pictured meeting royalty, but then lately her life hasn’t gone according to plan. With one teensy tiny mistake, her job as a news reporter took a turn for the worse and now she’s lucky to have a small pet column in the local newspaper. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and magic, but she feels like she’s forever stuck on the naughty list.

Prince Theodore Chenery is in Marietta shortly after the death of his mother to meet his grandparents for the first time. When an accidental run-in—literally—with Rowan leads to an unexpected friendship, he finds himself enchanted with the outspoken, feisty country girl. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met and her special brand of kindness and honesty make it harder and harder to remember his obligations back home.

Rowan can’t afford one more mistake, and Theo’s future is already mapped out, but when they find it impossible to fight the passion and deep-rooted emotions between them, they discover what matters most. Until their relationship makes worldwide news… and Theo must decide whether to follow his heart, or his royal duty.

My Review: 

The prince and the country girl.  They were destined to be together.

Rowan Palotay was barely able to make ends meet.  After her professional reputation was ruined, her newspaper assignment was changed to writing the Pet Corner in The Copper Mountain Courier.  To supplement her income, she took on the job of a dog walker.  One morning while out with the dogs, she comes face to face with Prince Theodore Chenery who was in town to meet his grandparents for the first time.  It was not the introduction that Rowan wished to have when one of the dogs wrapped its leash around both of their legs and almost tripped them.  To top it off, one decides to pee on the Prince's leg.  How is that for a first impression?

After his mother's death, Theo decided to spend Christmas in Marietta with his grandparents and see the town where his mother grew up.  He had always been told stories about the place and he wanted to see it through his own eyes.  When it came time to return to Montanique, his father was to announce his engagement.  It was an arranged marriage, but Theo was willing to do it for his father and his country.  That was until he got to know Rowan. Now he is second guessing his plans.

Rowan and Theo knew there was a line that shouldn't be crossed when it came to their attraction to each other.  But it might be a little easier said than done, once they really get to know each other.  They are prefect for each other in every way.

This was a fun book to read. While Rowan and Theo were getting to know each other there are some funny and very memorable moments.  One of my favorite moments (beside the dog pee scene) was when they were at Rowan's house singing and dancing to the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.  It showed the playful side of both characters.  Both were very caring and willing to do anything for other people too.  The story was well written and kept my interest all the way through.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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