Heather-Cocks-Jessica-Morgan-TheRoyalWe-419x632The Royal We  by Heather Cocks and  Jessica Morgan
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star (4.5)
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

In their first adult novel, authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan take on a story of romance and rivalries inspired by today’s most talked-about royal couple: Will and Kate.

If I’m Cinderella today, I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy-tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess. But it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall – and thus Bex who accidentally finds herself in love with the eventual heir to the British throne. Nick is everything she could have imagined, but Prince Nicholas has unimaginable baggage: grasping friends, a thorny family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a native. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex reflects on what she’s sacrificed for love — and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.” – Goodreads

Review:

I adored this book. So much. It had me falling in love, breaking my heart, and falling in love all over again. Much like the two characters did throughout the novel. Although it was inspired by Will and Kate, thankfully it never read like Will and Kate fanfic, because it could have easily went there. I found the characters to be real, enjoyable, have flaws, and even poke fun at themselves. When Rebecca has a book wrote about herself, she often breaks the fourth wall and discusses with the reader how inaccurate it is.

Rebecca and Nick are the center of this story. They were two teenagers/twenty year olds who happened to fall in love in unusual circumstances.

I fell in love with a person, not a prince; the rest is just circumstance.–2% eARC

She was never meant to fall in love with the Prince of England, that was her twin sisters job. Her twin sister always ate into that “fandom” and she never cared what the royal family was doing. However, when she went to Oxford, she fell in love with Nick, the future King of England after falling into his tight social cluster. There is a good portion of the novel where Bex is constantly reminded she’ll never fit in and never, ever marry Nick, because he’s the future King of England and she is…a commoner. While Nick never makes her feel that way, and they have a lovely little bubble at Oxford full of bad food and bad TV, it is a problem they must deal with.

They also have to learn to grow with each other, even when the book was almost done, they were still learning to communicate.

When things got tough, we never figured out how to fix it without retreating into our Oxford bubble.–95% eARC

And it’s true. Not once throughout the novel did I not believe they didn’t love each other, or were willing to grow with each other, but damn they had a lot to learn about communication. Nick loves Bex because she treats him like a normal person, he always wanted to be treated as a normal person and he’s the first to admit this and Bex is there for him. Bex however makes mistakes. She’s human and throughout the novel I wanted to shake them because you guys make it work. Please.

Freddie is right. Whatever this is..it doesn’t happen twice in a lifetime. I’d rather work at this with you than settle for less with anyone else. –96% eARC.

I can’t promise you it will be easy, but I swear to you, Bex, I will always fight for you. For us. We’re a team.– 98% eARC 

During The Royal We I rooted for them. I wanted them to get their happy ending and honestly, Morgan and Cocks and me questioning until the last moment if they would, because true love doesn’t always work out happily.