Summary (from Goodreads):
““I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.”
I absolutely adored this book. I am a huge fan of the real royal couple—I was the person who DVRed their wedding and waited anxiously for both of the royal births. So I am absolutely this book’s target audience.
While Nicholas and Bex aren’t exactly William and Kate (Bex is American, for one), there are definitely parallels (hello Ginger Prince Brother!).
This book is just a fun read, although there are also a lot of emotional depths here. It’s a perfect vacation read, but at the same time, it’s not so shallow that you’ll feel guilty for reading it.
I’m hoping that there will be a sequel. (There HAS TO BE, right?) I’m also holding out hope for companion novels and, if so, the first one should be on Prince Freddie.