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A Royal Pain (original 2012; edition 2012)

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Title:A Royal Pain
Authors:Megan Mulry
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2012), Paperback, 352 pages
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Bronte is coming out of a failed relationship and decides that she needs a rebound man. Conveniently, she bumps into a delicious British doctoral candidate and convinces him-- without much difficulty-- to fill the role. The rebound relationship with lots of hot sex threatens to become more, but Bronte is stunned and dismayed to learn that her handsome Transitional Man is actually a duke and member of the royal family of England.

This is a delightful piece of bubbly chick lit. Megan Mulry's writing is very good, but habitual readers of chick lit should be prepared for extended passages of description and narration that do not involve dialogue. Like all good chick lit, however, it includes lots of great clothes, lots of killer shoes, and enough champagne to go around. The narrative-heavy sections moved the story along appropriately and the transitions flowed well, so the change from narration to more dialogue-heavy passages and back were not distracting. Several subplots were worked into the book, however, and the story line involving Bronte's relationship with her parents wasn't well-integrated into the main story until close to the end.

The ending will bother some readers, who will take issue with the choices Bronte makes and the reasons that she makes them. Still, anyone who enjoyed the movie The Prince and Me or Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number will love diving into this fun little fantasy of contemporary royal romance.

P.S. Lots of swearing. Bronte likes to swear.

Review originally appeared on my blog, http://readrunandrepeat.blogspot.com ( )
  readrunandrepeat | May 14, 2013 |
Review also published on my blog: AWordsWorth.blogspot.com
eARC received from publisher for review

Bronte Talbott has loved the British Royal Family her whole life, following their exploits and tracking their choices (fashion and otherwise). Until her hotshot Texan boyfriend leaves her in a lurch, and she swears off love and other foolish notions. Determined to take all her hard-learned lessons to heart, Bronte decides to transform herself into a modern woman - able to have a no-strings-attached relationship with any hott guy she wants, without getting her heart tied into knots or shattered to bits. Enter Max, a handsome, charming - British - PhD student who agrees to go along with Bronte's "just have fun, no questions, no attachment" demands until his dissertation is completed at the end of the summer.

Everything seems to be going great - Max is the perfect "non-boyfriend" - and Bronte is pleased with the success of her plan. Until the one thing she never counted on happens, and she falls in love. When faced with the choice to go with Max to England, Bronte panics (on an epic scale), realizing too late that letting Max go was quite possibly one of her biggest mistakes. So she does what any girl does: she Googled him, discovering that quiet doctoral student Max is actually royal. No, really. His grandmother was a princess, and he's a Duke -- and subsequent highly-eligible-match -- back in merry old England. To bury her shock (and unspoken heartbreak), Bronte buries herself in work, making a successful name for herself in boutique PR. And then, Life plays a trick on her still raw heart, letting Max cross Bronte's path in NYC a year later. What happens next makes their previous quasi-relationship seem cold and impersonal.

A Royal Pain is more than a feel-good love story ((with quite a bit of sexy-times, consider yourself forewarned, as it's a bit more sexed up than I expected)), it's also a story of personal growth as Bronte learns to come to terms with the ghosts of her past. Especially the distant specter of her father, and the role he played in shaping her character. Fighting to maintain her identity of a "modern, independent woman" while yearning to give in to the romantic dreams in her heart. It's a real struggle, and Bronte is a character I could relate to -- and whom I'm sure other young women can as well. Her personal journey is a nice balance to the sparkle of the love story. ( )
  RivkaBelle | Mar 9, 2013 |
Too many explicit sex scenes and overused bad language for my tastes! ( )
  ellebee57 | Feb 11, 2013 |
Bronte Talbott has a successful career in NYC and in the beginning of the book meets the wrong guy and moves to Chicago to be near him, which he does not appreciate. However, Bronte meets the right guy finally, but keeps flubbing it up. So does Max. Oh, man, these are some frustrating characters . . .

I enjoyed the book overall, but parts of it just moved oddly. It felt as if I was waiting half the book for Bronte and Max to just get together. It felt sloggy as I waded through all the back story as to how Bronte ended up in Chicago (which was very important for her career trajectory, too.) At the same time, we are supposed to understand Bronte's difficult relationship with her now deceased father, but there were very few flashbacks to help us understand what the real problems are/were.

I also hope that this is the first of a series, because it also feels as if it ends rather abruptly. ( )
  saffron12 | Jan 31, 2013 |
Great storytelling, but terrible packaging. More complex than chicklit or genre romance. ( )
  Janet126 | Jan 10, 2013 |
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Als je Bronte Talbott een jaar geleden had verteld dat ze ontslag zou nemen en haar leventje in New York zou opgeven (om wat voor reden dan ook, laat staan een romantische), zou ze je snel en stellig hebben afgewimpeld met "Ben je soms niet goed bij je hoofd?"
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Rebounding from a love affair gone sour, Bronte Talbott keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she's certain he's the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he's a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities--and challenges--of becoming a royal.… (more)

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