16143323Suddenly Royal (Suddenly #1) by Nichole Chase
Release Date: November 26, 2013 
Publisher: Avon Books
Source: Library
Rating: starstarblank_starblank_starblank_star
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Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders. – Goodreads


Sometimes you read a book and you’re like “Damn, this is a me book.” Then you finish it and you’re like “oh, so not a me book at all.” That is how Suddenly Royal  was for me. It had everything I wanted. A prince, a sarcastic girl who was not interested in being a princess. I mean, in all seriousness, The Prince and Me is my movie (mostly cause of the Wisconsin part of it.)  Yet this book consistently was lacking something that made me want to devour the book.

Samantha is living her small town college life until one day she finds out she is the distance relative to the crown. The crown of a very small country, which depends on family, and since she is family she should just pick up her life and come to the palace. While Samantha was living comfortably, her mother had died recently and her father was not in the best of health and Lilaria has some of the best health care in the world that could assist him in getting better. Small world right?

So, Samantha decides to take them up on their offer, what is the worst that could happen?

Nothing really. Samantha fits right in Lilaria. Between Lilaria and the United States she is called “America’s Princess” and loved by all. Including Prince Alex, who is Samantha’s help getting accustomed to Lilaria. He is a notorious playboy, or so Samantha believes and she refuses to be a one night stand, so matter how hard Alex tries. Of course Alex is not the playboy that Samantha is so sure about. And slowly the begin to know each other better and know how good they could be together.

However, one of the things that didn’t work for me no matter how much I tried were the random pop culture references that were thrown in. They just didn’t work. It jarred me out of the story I was trying so hard to stay in. I felt that Chase was saying hi to some of her friends and they weren’t subtle, but painful to me. It brought this story from being a three star to me, to a two star.