Overall: 3/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Truly Madly Royally would be great if you’re looking for something easy to read and basic. It’s not great, but it’s fun.
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Release Date: 7/30/2019
Publisher: Point Paperbacks
Page Count: 304
When Zora goes to a prestigious summer college program, she never expects to meet an actual prince. She also didn’t expect the instant chemistry they would share. But dating a prince comes with attention, and being in the spotlight isn’t always fun.
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This book really is a lighthearted contemporary romance. The writing matches the tone perfectly, being straightforward and easy to understand. However, at times, some of the dialogue felt a little fake. It would feel disingenuous. Whenever slang was used, it felt like an adult trying to be cool, but really, really failing. Instead of adding to a scene and grounding it, it just took me out of the book.
This book is pure romcom. There’s nothing really new added to the typical romcom formula. There’s some drama and some cute moments, but there isn’t really an overarching plotline or anything to add pressure or weight to the story. However, that makes it perfect to pick up and read in one day to get you in a happy mood.
Where to begin? The characters are okay. They have some quirks, and a hint of depth, but for the most part, they are fairly surface level and exist for the cute plot. Zora does have some interesting aspects to her, but she also seems a little too perfect a lot of the time. The same goes for Owen. He doesn’t really have any flaws I can think of??? To be honest, none of the characters feel really grounded, but instead like they’re part of this perfect fairytale. If you’re looking for something gritty and realistic and honest, this book doesn’t have it, but these characters do serve their purpose for a cute romance.
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Pros- Fun, easy read
Cons- Not much depth, writing is meh
Overall- 3/5 stars.
Truly Madly Royally is ultimately just a cute, lighthearted summer romance. There’s nothing more to it, but also nothing less.
Have you read Truly Madly Royally? What did you think?
Also, what’s your favorite contemporary romance with royalty? It’s one of my favorite tropes and I’m always looking for new recs!