Title – The Royal We (Goodreads)
Author – Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (Website)
Published – April 7th 2015
Genre – Fiction
Summary – American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
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A commoner becoming a princess? How can this not turn out to be a wonderful fairy tale story?
(Side note: Obviously this is some sort of a Prince Harry and Kate retelling / fanfiction, but I do not know enough about their lives to know how accurate The Royal We reflects their story. Outside of the overarching concept, I don’t think there are many similarities.)
I picked it up from the library and dug into it as soon as I could.
Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to what I made it to be in my head. Womp womp womp. Something was missing.
The romance wasn’t there. The emotion wasn’t there. And the characters weren’t doing it for me.
The first couple years of Bex and Nick knowing each other was mostly her having sex (though not in a relationship) with his best friend. How is that a solid start to a relationship? When they were finally dating we didn’t get much of them together, mostly because they couldn’t be seen together in public or the paparazzi would go frantic. Besides Nick not wanting them to be seen together, there were a few things off in the relationship such as Bex never meeting Nick’s parents, Bex letting Nick say some hurtful things about her, etc, etc. I don’t know – just wasn’t a heartwarming relationship to me.
Bex’s interactions with others wasn’t much either. I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters. When they were in college, they were out drinking at various bars fifty percent of the time. Classy. (I mean I’m all about having a good time but can a prince who is so worried about what paparazzi say get trashed in public that often?)
Readers get a tiny bit more of Nick and Bex together towards the end when they were getting close to the wedding. But at that point, it was too late in the book for me. Plus, they were discussing something (I won’t ruin it) that I would never want to talk to my future husband about. I was surprised that he could get over what she did.
Ugh! There was so much potential in this story. There was so many unexplored situations, confrontations, and explanations. The scrutiny of the publicity, aggravation of the publicity, unapproval of the royal family, uneasiness of Bex’s family. Plus the falling in love part. I was ready to swoon and have my heart wrenched, but it never happened. The end picked up enough to get me to finish the story but it was so very anti-romantic!
I wasn’t looking for the perfect couple and fairy tale romance, but I was expecting more emotion. I wasn’t moved at all.
WHHHHHAAAAATTT?? The reports on people.com and thehollywoodreport.com have got to be fake. It says The Royal We is being made into a movie by Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman? (These two were stars on the show Parenthood – one of my favorites.) It was posted in 2015 with no movie premier date set so I’m guessing it is not happening? Only a page on imdb.com says it is in production. Please, if someone sees any updates, let me know!