Thursday, 27 February 2014

Review: Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase

Title: Recklessly Royal (Suddenly #2)
Author: Nichole Chase
Release date: March 25th 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 215
Source: Edelweiss

Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

I adored Suddenly Royal, and since then I've been dying to read this one. I did enjoy Cathy and David's story, though not as much as its predecessor. The book is a little on the short side, but it's definitely just as cute as Suddenly Royal.

In Recklessly Royal, we first get to see a glimpse of Sam and Alex's wedding. Yes, that's right! It was pretty awesome to read about that, since they got engaged at the end of their book. This book follows Alex's sister Catherine and Sam's best friend David. Cathy believes she'll never find a guy who'll love her for who she is instead of her status and wealth. Until she meets David, of course. He's like a breath of fresh air - different from anyone Cathy's come across. But being with a royal is all kinds of complicated. The last thing they want is to hurt each other, though they definitely can't fight the growing attraction.

Cathy's character isn't as compelling as Sam's, but I really liked her regardless. She's always been the good girl, managing to stay out of bad press unlike her brother Alex. But she's sick of it. I felt really sorry for Cathy at times, since even though she's got everything she could possibly want, she can never be completely free. She's still in line for the throne, and that comes with a lot of responsibilities. Cathy's attempts to seduce David provided a lot of comic relief to the novel. It really was amusing to see that! Especially since David, being such a good guy, wouldn't succumb to her. Not at first, anyway.

I really couldn't helping loving David. He's a lot like Sam - not at all into the whole royal thing. But Sam has had to change since she really is royal. David, on the other hand, doesn't. He's helping out with the birds while Sam's on her honeymoon, and that gives him and Cathy a lot of chances to meet. Not to mention, Chadwick (Sam's personal assistant from the previous book whom I totally loved) is helping David sort stuff out. And he does whatever he can to bring those two together. I loved David's chivalrous nature, and he's such a good guy. He really sees Cathy, not just Princess Catherine.

It was awesome meeting Max, Cathy's other older brother. He really intrigued me, because he doesn't seem to like being royal at all. He doesn't usually handle any of the responsibilities, and he has no interest in anything regarding the throne. He's an introvert, kind of like David. But I loved seeing how much he cares about his sister. He's very protective of Cathy, and would do anything (even talk to the press instead of her) to make sure she's okay. I'm so very excited to read his story in Reluctantly Royal!

I wish this book had been longer, because I didn't feel like much happened in it. Some plot threads, regarding Tabitha for example, weren't tied up completely, and the end felt a little rushed to me. But on the whole I liked the novel, especially Cathy and David's interaction. I'm definitely looking forward to the next one!

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

1 comment:

  1. I don't know much about this series. I'm glad you liked it enough. Though it's not something I'd generally read, to be honest. :)

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