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.
I have a rule I follow when it comes to rating certain books: generally, if I finish a normal-sized novel in 24 hours, it’s going to automatically be a five-star read. I’m not someone who can usually sit still for hours and read nonstop. I like to get up, move around, be somewhat active every single day. Well, I’m happy to report R.S. Grey turned my Sunday into one of the most relaxing days I’d had in ages. I went into full couch potato mode because I was completely absorbed by His Royal Highness.
I don’t know what I can say about R.S. Grey’s books that I haven’t already said a billion times. I love her books in between my usual heavy reads. She’s hilarious. She writes books that are simple, sexy, and sweet. I look forward to each one because I know I’ll love her characters, laugh a ton, and feel good after I finish the last page.
“FINALLY, my beard is tugged off and I’m a free woman.”
This book is perfect because it takes us back to the fairytales we loved as kids, but R.S. Grey gives it a fun, adult spin. There are the usual pretty dresses, makeup, and the tall-dark-handsome prince, but those details are just for the kids, minus the prince of course. The goodness comes in the wicked chemistry between Whitney and Derek. Their story is almost a mix of a second-chance-romance and enemies-to-lovers, but not quite. The same feelings are all there and regardless, I couldn’t help but root for these two through the whole delicious slow-burn!
I love knowing R.S. Grey researched this novel meticulously to find out what life is like for real-life princesses at Disney! How cool of her to share her amazing experience with her readers at her own fictional theme park, with characters we swoon with (and over). There was never a dull moment and the secondary characters were equally as fun to read about as the MCs! Seriously, just stop reading reviews and get to reading this book already! 😉
Rating: 5 stars