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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry

A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (338 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they're the world's most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte's own search for love isn't going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust.

Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she's certain he's the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he's a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities— and challenges— of becoming a royal.

Some secrets can make or break a relationship. After Bronte Talbott, an advertising executive, breaks up with her Texan boyfriend, she meets a new guy, a really great British guy, Max Heyworth. They have a wonderful time together, but he’s withholding pertinent information. When Bronte discovers his doozy of a secret, she sees him through different eyes.

They break up. The time without him is tortuous because she has real feelings for him. He adores her as well, back in England. The two make their way back together, thank goodness, but their troubles aren’t over. He’s a duke. And wants to make her a duchess. It seems like a great deal, right? Well, there’s more to it. Bronte is the independent type. She doesn’t want her life controlled. The conflict tears away at their relationship.

These are great characters, and their troubles are explored in a natural, entertaining way. Will those problems split them up permanently? Bronte goes to London and gets a taste of the royal lifestyle. She runs into her ex boyfriend on the street for an interesting encounter. She meets Max’s family, his siblings and overbearing, cold mother. Lots of little things chip away at Bronte’s confidence, but she does love Max. Can love overcome all else?

This love story has steamy love scenes, adventures abroad, quirky secondary characters, and emotional explorations in abundance. It’s an enjoyable tale that readers of contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and those who are interested in the lifestyle of the royals will probably appreciate.