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The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers

Blurb: Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other's arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?

Review: Books about royals aren't my thing. And we all know my complicated feelings on romantic comedies. But somehow The Royal Treatment worked. It gave off some serious Princess Diary vibes with the humor, royal settings, and embarrassing mishaps, but with enough differences to make it stand out from the royal romance pack.

Tessa and Arthur were a comical duo. Tessa was a quirky heroine whose motives for running an anti-royal blog were well-meaning, if ill-advised. She only wanted to redeem herself after a shitty mishap with an even shittier guy and make a name for herself in her family's eyes. I especially liked that she wasn't a perfect heroine. She made assumptions and mistakes, but she wasn't afraid to admit when she was wrong. And, even better, she wasn't willing to compromise her beliefs to get ahead in life.

As far as heroes went, Arthur wasn't pristine. He was a royal asshole who enjoyed the opposite sex far more than he enjoyed leading his country. I started the book annoyed with him and thought there was no way Summers was going to make him redeemable. But somehow the author managed to make even the most untouchable royal relatable. It was absolutely adorable watching him stumble his way through trying to earn Tessa's trust and change her mind about the royal family.

The Royal Treatment was an entertaining read that brought hot sex to the royal family. There's plenty of drama and misunderstandings and royal mishaps that will have you laughing as the characters navigate the nuances of falling in love with someone you want to hate. It's technically part of a connected series, but the first book wraps up without leaving you on the precipice of an irritating cliffhanger.

And it's out now.


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