Happy Friday y’all! I’m so excited about a long weekend! Wooo for more time for reading! I was supposed to have a pool day this weekend, but it’s supposed to rain most of the weekend and be in the 60s, so definitely not pool weather, but for sure reading weather! Speaking of reading, I was transported back to Valeria this week with Royal Trouble by Jennifer Bonds (thank you so much to Entangled Amara and Netgalley for letting me read an e-ARC of this book) and man y’all, I love Valeria and this royal family. (Also, side note, this is book two in a series- if you haven’t read book 1 yet, don’t read this review- read my review for book one, then read book one, and then come back here).
Royal Trouble 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
It’s time for everyone’s favorite bad boy, Prince Alexander Stanley, to clean up his act. Given the rare opportunity to lead a new royal program that aids veterans and their families, Xander can’t afford to be making scandalous headlines anymore. He has only two months until the program launches. No more overindulging. And definitely no more women.
Then halfway into it, his good behavior streak is threatened by a devil in a fuchsia dress.
Everly Wilson has kept a secret for years. She was the mastermind behind the celebrity dirt website Royals Gone Wild, which exposed some of her home country of Valeria’s juiciest secrets. But once she was out of school, she left the website and her past behind, moved to New York, and became a serious writer.
A seriously broke writer. If she doesn’t find a fresh story to earn her top dollar, she’ll be out on the street, with nothing but her laptop and a stack of unpaid medical bills to keep her warm at night.
But when a friend’s wedding brings her back home, it seems like the fates have aligned to deliver her the scoop of the year. Prince Alexander is suddenly on a mission to clean up his act, avoiding the escapades he once embraced—and she’s determined to be the one to catch his inevitable screwup. So when things between them start to heat up, and Xander’s walls start coming down, Everly might be the one royally in trouble this time…
I barely remember Xander from Liam and Elena’s book, but man do I remember how fun these books are! I love Valeria and the royals and the fact that both Everly and Elena are New Yorkers. I also love the interjections from the Daily Scoop- they’re such trashy gossip articles, but at the same time, they’re fun to read too. The story moved along at a great pace and while there were a lot of cliches within the book, they didn’t detract from the reading experience in any way. I really enjoyed Everly as a main character and I wish we could have had more time/focus on her relationships that she has with her father’s family. I also loved that Lotte made a recurrence in this book and that she was just as mean and vicious as she was in book one- the girl wants to be in the royal family and she’s going to do whatever she can to make that happen. Now, I cannot wait to read Pippa’s story!!! Royal Trouble came out on May 24, so make sure you go grab it today!