Thursday, November 14, 2019

His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey ~ Release Day & Review!

His Royal HighnessSource: e-ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey

I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.

But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.

It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.

Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.

I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.

I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.

He’s just biding his time.
Making me sweat.

His Royal Highness always gets what he wants.
And he wants me.


I've been meaning to pick up an R.S. Grey novel for a while. All over the place, I see people saying great things about her books--on Instagram, on Goodreads, on Amazon. It made me so curious. But it also made me so nervous because what if I'm the one person who doesn't enjoy? Or what if I pick the wrong one to start with and BAM everything's ruined? But I finally took the plunge with His Royal Highness, because it sounded cute and fun and exactly what I want right now, and I am so glad I did!

The premise of this story is nothing less than magical. I mean, it's about a girl who works as a princess at a theme park and a guy who is part of the family that runs it. It pulled me in super easily and while it took me a couple of days to read it, the book was on my mind nearly all the time. 

The characters were fleshed out well. Whitney has a complex past that led to a jumble of feelings in the present, and I appreciated that portrayal. Derek had his own little situation, but I also appreciated his poise in dealing and just living his life. Their friends and families offered a lot to be interested in as well. Their friends were nice. Derek's grandfather was my fav. And Whitney's family...well, they're kind of a mess but it led to so much growth for her in the story. 

As for the plot, this was a romance. The main point of the story was Whitney and Derek falling in love. And I loved them! Truly! That said, I kind of felt like the getting of them together was drawn out more than it needed to be. I love a good slow burn as much as the next girl, but with Whitney and Derek it felt a little forced. Only a little, because I understand that Whitney was working through her own stuff, internally. But I didn't understand the times Derek seemed to run hot and cold. Never was it over the top or too angsty or anything, thank goodness, but at times I was confused. 

BUT. The romance in the second half of the book was on point and had me smiling. It was sweet. I really did love Whitney and Derek together. 

As for R.S. Grey's writing style, I liked it. In the beginning of the book, I felt like there were a lot of drawn out descriptions that didn't really need to be there. That could fall into the category of things that I noticed but probably won't bother anyone else, though. Personal preference and all that. Same with a of the jokes--usually ones in italics tacked onto something else being described. Not my cup of tea re: writing style. But none of that was bothersome enough to really drag down the book for me or anything, they were simply observations as I went on smiling and falling in love with His Royal Highness.

Overall, His Royal Highness was an enchanting romcom that I'm glad I picked up! If you're interested in dipping your toes in R.S. Grey's writing, I think this is a great place to start. You'll laugh and your heart will be so warm. :)

4 stars - An enchanting romcom that really made me smile!

About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at

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