SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER
- The engagement shall last ninety days
- Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
- Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties
of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.
This is another trope that is catnip to me. Royals! Yes, I can’t get enough of them. But what really stands out for me with Royal Ruin is Kit. Yes, the hero of the book. He wasn’t an alphahole, domineering and generally an ass. He was sweet, had inappropriate thoughts about Emily but still maintained his stiff upper lip when he needed to. Also, he didn’t back down when it came to Emily and her ex, Luke. The bar scene alone had me cheering. Let’s not forget that he had family issues to deal with and you had an almost perfect hero. Yes, almost perfect. He had his flaws like not really understand Emily when it came to her business. I know, the Ms. Peterson is trying to mirror the real royals and she really does in so many instances.
Emily is a great heroine. In the beginning of the book, I really wanted to hate her for what she did to Kit but then if it were different then there would be no book. But she also stood out for me because of her convictions to her business. Yes, it was a major source of irritation from both Kit and Luke but it was who she was and she wasn’t about to let that go. But I will admit that at times I felt like I didn’t quite know her. Ms. Peterson hasn’t written the book from both Kit and Emily’s POV but we get way more of Kit’s than hers. Did I like that? Yes, because we normally don’t get the hero’s POV at all. That said, I felt a bit cheated when it came to Emily. I would have liked some more about her.
Kit’s brothers, Rob & Jack and his sister, Jane are an absolute HOOT! I can’t wait for Rob’s book. They kept Kit grounded and had him realize that no matter what, they would be there for him and back him up with whatever decision that he made in regards to Emily.
The writing is fast-paced, hilarious, sweet, hawt, but above all honest. I liked that Kit and Emily could talk to each other and mean it. There was no pretense with them and in the end…sorry. Spoiler, almost. Ms. Peterson’s use of the King’s English is spot on and funny. Yes, I said King’s English. I read this book in one sitting and I can’t wait to re-read again. Plus, waiting for Rob’s book. Ms. Peterson has a winner of a book and a great start to a series. Pick this one up. You won’t be sorry.