23 September 2014

Book Review: Reluctantly Royal (Suddenly, #3) by Nichole Chase

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Format: Paperback
Publishers: Avon Books
Published: 26th August 2014
Pages: 384
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Max, Meredith
Date Read: 10th September - 17th September 2014
Rating Given:
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Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell's brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man's granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn't want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be.
Coming from a broken home and modest background, newly ordained Lady Meredith Thysmer has seized her chance to make a better life for herself and her son. She's not afraid to use her best assets to get what she wants. But when the unpretentious yet devastatingly handsome Max delivers his news, her plans for the future come crashing to a halt. In the challenging days ahead, Max's compassion, humor, and steadfast loyalty to Meredith and her son win her over. She quickly finds herself doing something she swore would never happen again: falling in love. And yet Maxwell still refuses to completely drop his guard. Somehow Meredith's got to find a way to seduce this reluctant royal.

I received this book for my birthday and seeing how I loved the previous books in the Suddenly series I thought I would start it straight away and I'm glad I did...

This cover is ever so slightly different to the previous book as they had the female character on the front this time around we have Max. I am so happy about this as the model used is gorgeous and I could imagine him as Max.

As soon as I started this book I knew I was going to adore this book just as much as the first one maybe even more well that was until the end. I know that I should stop giving books 5 stars when I can say something about the book that I don't like but for this series I just can't do it as everything else was perfection. There was a lot of different emotions for me throughout this book, first there was sadness and then there was anger but above all there was plenty of humour which is always a plus for me. The romance for me was so beautifully written with their chemistry leaping off the pages. As well as a romance novel this book had a lot of family issues which was a great edition to this story as it makes the whole story more believeable as it says to me not everything is perfect. As I said before the ending let me down a bit as yes there was a few questions answered however there was a lot left unanswered and with this being the final book I thought everything would be cleared up wrapped up in a nice little bow but that just wasn't to be.

I love most of the characters in this book and it was also nice to see other characters from the previous books to lay a part in this story. I was always excited about Max's book especially after the second book as he had this humour that I loved so imagine my delight when for the first time in this series we got alternating pov's with Max being one of them. With us getting some of the story from Max's side I was able to get a better understanding of him. As well as his humour he also had a vulnerable side which I actually like in the male characters as it makes them feel more real and because of all this and the way he was with Marty I just adore him just as much as his brother. Meredith was a surprise for me as in the previous book I thought she was going to be a gold digger but that wasn't the case in fact she was rather independent. Like Max we also see a vulnerable side to Meredith as well which when we had her side told I completely understood her wall that she had put up around her. One of the stand out characters for me (apart from the brothers) would have to be Meredith's six year old son Marty. He was so funny but he also broke my heart when he was upset.

Overall I have adored this complete series and I am so sad that it has come to an end!