Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Posted 19 May, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica MorganThe Royal We by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing) on April 7, 2015
Source: Purchased
Pages: 452
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"I might be Cinderella today, but 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, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love -- her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself -- will have been for nothing.

Here Are My Thoughts


“I didn’t come to England to fall in love with anything but England. I didn’t come to get married. I came to draw. I came to be inspired. I came for adventure. I suppose I got it.”

Screw it. I’ve spent the past couple of hours trying to come up with something to say about The Royal We, but I don’t have the words. To say this book was a whirlwind of a romance honestly diminishes the kind of story this is. Of course, it’s a hell of romance, which I loved to bits, but it’s also a novel that unreservedly captures what it’s like to love something and someone without capacity. So when it comes to stories that I just completely give myself over to — stories like this — I let my feelings speak for itself. (And, yes, those damned emotions are as loud and incoherent as ever.) Bear with me, guys.

Plot

Rebecca “Bex” Porter is an American college girl with dreams of studying abroad in England. So when she’s accepted to Oxford to study art, she gets every bit of the experience she’s ever wanted… and then some. It turns out Prince Nicholas — the heir to Great Britain’s throne — lives right down the hall from Bex. And being in such close proximity, Bex not only befriends Nick’s circle of friends, but falls for the royal prince himself — thrusting her into a world she never dreamed of being in.

Romance

Bex and Nick’s story spans almost ten years, and man, did I wish it was ten more. Quite a lot of reviews on Goodreads comment on the novel as “Kate Middleton fan fiction” (a compliment, of course), and in many ways, The Royal We is sort of like that. Bex meets Nick in college, they become friends, lovers, and everything in between. What this novel does, however, is delve deeper into these characters’ lives, beyond all the cameras and media, and inside the *royal* circle. It’s all fiction of course, but it’s damn good fiction.

We get to see years of Bex and Nick’s relationship as it grows and crumbles and grows again, and you realize that it never stops. There is a fair share of one night stands, angsty courtships, flirtations, and sex (a lot of sex) with and not with each other, but Bex and Nick never stop being…well, Bex AND Nick. They are such good friends and such good lovers and it’s the kind of disgustingly cute you’d gladly sacrifice your sleep to.

The Characters

I’m not going to say how much I want to BE Bex Porter only because I’d honestly rather have her as a BFF. She’s that down-to-earth kind of girl who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants, but she’s also angsty and awkward and I love her for it. And Nicholas Wales. I hate that he exists in words because now he exists in my mind and I can’t quit him. Being a prince makes him all swoon-worthy by default, but beyond that, he has an incredible soft spot for his mum and younger brother, AND he’s addicted to terrible TV. Bex is right, Nick is perfect and it isn’t fair.

Being floor-mates with the next heir to the British throne has its perks. For Bex, she becomes integrated into Nick’s royal circle of friends. You’d think they would be all snobbish and uptight, but from the very first encounter, I felt very attached to each character’s distinct personality, crazy wit, and easy banter. Most of all, I fell in love with just how close Bex and her friends were — like her relationship with Nick, she and her friends deeply care for one another, which became a constant refresher throughout the story.

Conclusion

I’ve ran out of my best words so what I will say is this: I am completely, utterly, irrevocably in love with this book. And I am terribly, terribly envious of those who have yet to read The Royal We and still have the chance to experience the story for the first time.

Five Stars


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