The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Book: The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Series: N/A
Pages: 454
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: April 7th, 2015
Source: Library
Date Started: August 3rd, 2015
Date Finished: August 5th, 2015
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The Washington Post and USA Today Bestseller
“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.

 

So to start off, I’m not going to lie. I read this book for a specific reason. Its been on my tbr list, and I keep seeing people just loving this book. But I thought there was no other perfect time to read this book rather than now. This past weekend I got engaged! Eeeeeeee! I’m already in wedding mode, so I thought a book featuring a royal wedding would be perfect.

This book isn’t a fairytale whirlwind romance that we think happens with today’s royals. This book feels like Kate Middleton fan fiction, but it comes off much more realistic than the small glimpse we get through the tabloids. Bex is in the middle of college and ends up at Oxford during a study abroad program. There, she meets Nicholas, the heir to the British throne. Its not like they instantly fall in love and end up married a month later. They spend time fighting their feelings while dating other people. Once they do get together, they spend time trying to hide from the paparazzi, balancing their social lives, the wishes of their families, and so much more. They make so many mistakes along the way and all these problems come crashing down on the eve of their wedding. They have to face reality and ask themselves if they can really weather the storm and end up with their happily ever after.

This story is so messy and complicated, and I loved it. It was a refreshing take on the royals and celebrity life. Not everything is perfect and flawless. Bex and Nick struggle so much with their relationship because of the paparazzi. One wrong move, and everything comes tumbling down. On top of that, there’s Nicks insane family with so many standards, and its enough to make anyone go insane. I think I would have cracked much faster than Bex did. But she held it together even though she could have walked out at any moment. I really loved the parts where she was starting to get lost and fought her way towards finding herself again.

I didn’t give this book a full 5 stars because of a few issues I had. Let me start off by saying that I read this in a little over 24 hours. I was sucked in to this book. In fact, on the first night, I read until 3 am and I didn’t realize it. I would have kept going if I didn’t need to sleep. Its that good! This book also had me laughing. I laughed so hard at the end when Bex’s twin sister, Lacey, said “The Queen Mum did walk by, but she just poked at me with her cane and told me a curtsy would have sufficed.” But what I had a problem with was the fact that Nick was missing for good chunks of the book. I wanted to see more interactions between them. I felt like Bex had more interactions with Freddie than she did Nick. I know that Nick is the heir to the throne and has many obligations, but I think seeing more scenes with them would have cemented their relationship a little bit more for me. The second thing I had an issue with was there was this point where I felt like I couldn’t relate to the character. She’s supposed to be this normal girl from Iowa who just happened to fall in love with a prince, right? Theres this part where Bex and Lacey get sucked up into the benefits of knowing the royals with the lavish parties, clubs, trips to exotic islands. And thats where I just couldn’t help by roll my eyes. Bex basically went on a bender, drinking every night, partying, dating movie stars, pictures for the press etc. Its just like, did her affiliations with the royals really take her that far? Let me also mention that theres lots of drinking in this book, which I don’t mind. The story takes place over an 8 year span to when Bex is about 27. I loved this aspect because I’m near that age and the book really became relate-able with the trying to navigate the working world, juggling friends, trying to figure out whose really your friend, etc. Not so much the dating a royal and flying to random parties part.

One other aspect that I did love was the fact that the story is set in London. I love London and everything it has to offer. Especially with them being at Oxford, Buckingham Palace, etc. It was great to see a book that navigates London so well, and not just all the touristy stuff. You got a glimpse of what its like to live there, to work there, etc. I really felt like Bex planted roots there, and it was great to see her transition from this college girl just trying to pursue art to this woman marrying a royal in the wedding of the century.

I know that my wedding will be nowhere as insane as the wedding planning thats in this book. And to be honest, I’m really happy about that. It was crazy. But it was nice to read a story about two people who just want to be together and will do anything to make it happen even though the stakes are really high and everything is stacked against them.  It makes you realize that royalty and celebrities can have messy lives like the rest of us and have to deal with the world watching their every move. I loved this book, and its really worth checking out.

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