The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica MorganThe Royal We by Heather CocksJessica Morgan
on July 15th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Pages: 464
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How much would you give up for true love? Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister is the romantic who fantasizes about glamour, fame and fortune - Bex has always been a tomboy. So when she spends a year at Oxford, and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, she is the only girl not interested in dating the future king.
But eventually Bex can't resist falling for Nick, and as their friendship turns to romance, Bex becomes immersed in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace - a world away from her humble upbringing.
The relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling ex-girlfriends, and a family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

You know, I pride myself on not being what some would call a “book snob”. Sure, I like my classics and literary fiction as much as anyone else, but I also take a great deal of enjoyment from fast-paced, entertaining and light books. Sometimes I just want some YA fantasy or fluffy chick-lit; you know what I’m saying?

So I looked past this book’s appearance (as an obvious William & Kate fanfic) to the positive reviews and all the good things this could possibly be – hilarious, silly, enjoyable, Bridget Jones/Lou Clark-style fun. I think I’d already shelved this under “guilty pleasure” when I picked it up and imagined the faux-embarrassed positive review I would write.

Well, I got it so wrong.

I’m not going to judge this book for basically being a retelling of the William/Kate romance with Rebecca instead being an American student at Oxford. Nor will I judge it for not being deep and offering new perspective – honestly, no one should be going into this book expecting that. And I’ll totally ignore the rather comical British stereotyping.

But I can’t ignore that this was just a boring, flat romance. Literally the only selling point this book as is that it offers lighthearted entertainment and cute romancing, but damn, these characters are so bland. The book isn’t funny or even a “hide it under your pillow” kind of guilty pleasure. Here’s a horrifying thought for you: Fifty Shades of Grey was more entertaining than this book.

Both Bex and Nick are one-dimensional and have no personality. At all. They’re two beautiful, white people, who are so nice, polite and dull that I’m genuinely very surprised to see they have so many fans. The “angst” of their relationship is centred around the fact that Nick is heir to the throne, but the actual romantic tension and/or angst between them is non-existent.

Most surprisingly, the plot moves very slow. This is an almost 500-page novel and a lot of that features drunken college nights (pretty tame ones at the local pub, I might add) and platonic TV-watching in Bex or Nick’s rooms.

I wanted to giggle and swoon. Instead, I was yawning and skimming towards the end.

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