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A Royal World Apart (Call of Duty #1)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  284 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
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When duty wars with desire, which one wins?

With her life mapped out since birth, Princess Evangelina Drakos—known for her dramatic flair—hopes the minor scandal she plans to create will deter potential suitors.

Hired for Eva’s security, unemotional bodyguard Makhail Nabatov never makes a mistake—but the impulsive princess pushes his resolve to the limits.
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 2012 by Mills & Boon (first published January 1st 2012)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
A Royal World Apart stands out as a Harlequin Presents in good ways. We have a hero here who is very self-controlled, and physically dangerous, not just a guy with a lot of money and charisma who likes the ladies. In this case, Makhail is a man who took his responsibilities so seriously that he nursed a wife through a long illness (staying faithful to her while she was alive and even afterward). While Makhail isn't what I'd consider a passionate hero for most of the book, I loved that he was the ...more
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Jan 12, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall rating -- 4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book -- the hero was fantastic. My only quibble with the book is that the heroine is very young (the book takes place in the weeks just before and after her 21st birthday) and naive (her big complaint is that she's been sheltered and hasn't been able to experience the real world). I almost would have preferred that the hero and heroine (view spoiler)
Sep 19, 2012 Dalia rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! I m still reeling from this roller coaster
Mak is a WONDERFUL hero. He appears cold and unfeeling, a "robot" . But his past is heartbreaking. He has known love, loss, pain and guilt. He shuts himself off emotionally, finding some relief in the numbness of his feelings. The only thing that really matters to him is honor.
Being a rich princess doesn't guarantee happiness. But princess Eva is strong and she fights for her right to decide her own life. Princess Eva plan is s
Amazing book! Eva is a princess who is being forced to wed a man she doesn't love and she tries to rebel by acting out. Mak is her Russian bodyguard who must protect her reputation and tame her wild ways. Mak is widowed and shockingly a virgin. He married very young and after a car accident his wife lived 10 years paralyzed while Mak took care of her every need. Now she is dead but he still can't move on with his life. Until he meets Eva that is...

I have to say I fell in love with the hero. He i
Susan (susayq ~)
This was pretty good :)

Take one princess who is being forced to wed a man she doesn't love and add in a sexy Russian bodyguard who is widowed and STILL A VIRGIN and you get a love story that is pretty great. Mak stole my heart. He married young (at 17) and before he and his new wife could consummate their marriage, they got into a car accident and she survived, but bearly. She lived 10 years paralyzed and almost comatose while Mak took care of her. Eva feels like she's being used as a commodity
Alex is The Romance Fox
A princess and bodyguard love story, set on a lovely island and the Alps. And written by one of my favorite Mills & Boon authors. What could possibly go wrong here??????
I absolutely disliked Princess Evangelina from the first time we are introduced to her.
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What a spoilt, boring and empty person. The hero, Makhail, who has been assigned as her bodyguard, got it so right………..
“You are spoiled. Selfish. Characteristics brought on by a life with every amenity you could possibly imagine—and some
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
Dec 01, 2012 Sara HarlequinJunkie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-pick
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A Royal World Apart is a rivetingly emotional and passionate read; probably Maisey Yates best work yet.

Princess Evangelina is destined for an arranged marriage, her rebellion is to cause a scandal hoping to derail the Marriage plan…. unfortunately her plan is a bit flawed and she lands her self in a bit of a soup…and under the protection of Makhail Nabatov (Mak)

All Eva wants is a man who loves her, just her and a marriage that has nothing to do with politics…

It w
Jennie -  Webbweaver Reviews
Sep 18, 2012 Jennie - Webbweaver Reviews rated it it was amazing
Well, even though I found this story interesting, I also found some things ridiculous. Like the fact that the hero, Mak, was a 29 year old self- made billionaire who apparently had more money than the royal princess !
However, getting over the little things, I was able to focus on the story and by the middle of the book I couldn't put it down.
The Greek princess, Evangelina, is struggling for her freedom, to be viewed as her own person and to get out of a political marriage looming on the horizon
Limau Nipis
Dec 06, 2014 Limau Nipis rated it liked it
Now now now, once in a while you find a good book from Harlequinn / Mills & Boons.

I actually have given up on most of these books, but this one, surprisingly, have strong H/H characters. Even the plot is somewhat questionable.

I love that Mak has a deep layered character, and we can understand more about him when reading along the story.

At the same time, even though the heroine is quite young (gasp, at 21!), I like that since she is a royal princess, she is matured enough to know that she uph
Mar 19, 2015 Dianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: class-war
Short version: a story about a princess who is NOT carried around like a baby by her bodyguard at least once is missing a key success element.

Long version:
Eva is a princess. Her dad is King of a Greek island and she lives in a palace. She’s turning 21 in a few weeks, so it’s time for her to go marry another royal. Eva, however, is dissatisfied with the whole being a princess thing. She’s decided to stage a protest, in the form of ditching her bodyguards and hanging out at the casino with TWO ME
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I have to say, I adored Maisey Yates' style. Without using a lot of words, she drew a story of great depth and emotion. I loved how even her short sentences, some of them fragments, conveyed very telling emotions about both Eva and Mak and how they viewed themselves, each other and the situation they were in. Every scene was rich with poignant emotion, and I truly enjoyed every word I read.

From the beginning, I was drawn in by the characte
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Feb 21, 2014 Julie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holy-crap-wow
Ahhh...I am STILL swooning over this book and I read is YESTERDAY! I read the entire thing in one day! Talk about not wanting to put a book down! *SIGH!* It was so intense and so passionate. There have only been a few books that have made me cry. This made the list. When he told Eva he loved her, yep I was crying. How broken a person can be inside, and all it takes is one person....their laugh, their smile...and the world rights itself again. I am usually not a fan of buying kindle books, but th ...more
This was a nice story, and I feel a little surprised because there have been so few Presents books that I could say that about. I've read some good Presents stories, but few that made me feel good things about both the hero and heroine. This one did. The heroine is a princess of some small Eastern European/Greek country, who has recently decided she's tired of having all her decisions made for her, especially who she will marry, and is trying to misbehave her way out of any possible engagement a ...more
Feb 19, 2014 Gege86 rated it really liked it
Maisey Yates + Sexy Russian VIRGIN hero + A princess heroine = One amazing read!
The hero was... A 29 years old virgin! And I didn't get it until I finished more than half the novel, cause who could believe that.
I've read another novel with a virgin hero a few years back, but I didn't loved it that much, mainly because I found it totally unbelievable. Unlike this novel, which was so sweet. The circumstances that led the hero to be a 29 virgin was heartbreaking, and I found him to be a totally rom
Jun 10, 2016 SuperWendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, high-intensity, emotional story that I want out of the Presents line. I liked that the author had the characters grow over the course of the story and I felt their attraction to each other was believable. The emotional "black moments" at the end were really well-done and bumped my final grade up (from 3.5 stars to 4). Some over-the-top elements did come into play (the hero is a bodyguard but since this is a Presents OF COURSE he's fabulously wealthy and successful), but it just helped ramp ...more
May 05, 2017 Charlie rated it liked it
My younger self would have totally loved this story with our devoted H but grown up me finds him a little cold and boring.
She's a bit of a ditz who just really needs some life experience and to find her way bit her dads a control freak and emotional cold fish so she latches on to out hunky H and falls in lurve.
I guess I just didn't really warm to either character despite neither of them being offensive they were just boring (to me)
I’m such an impulse buyer when people are in a tweeting frenzy about a book. I end up downloading 20 books in one day then forgetting what the heck they were and why I bought them in the first place.

That was the case with this book, A Royal World Apart. I was in one of my OMG I have so many books but I don’t know what to read manic moments and saw this on my Kindle. Why did I download THAT book?The cover looks kind of cheesy…heads to Goodreads. Spoiled princess falls for cold, virgin, bodyguard
Jul 17, 2013 Vanessa rated it really liked it
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Dec 14, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When duty wars with desire, which one wins?

With her life mapped out since birth, Princess Evangelina Drakos—known for her dramatic flair—hopes the minor scandal she plans to create will deter potential suitors.

Hired for Eva's security, unemotional bodyguard Makhail Nabatov never makes a mistake, but the impulsive princess pushes his resolve to the limits. It's not long, however, before the beautiful and imprisoned Eva entices him to leave his bonds of duty and honor behind.

While their che

Jan 03, 2013 Tracey rated it it was amazing
A stunning read. Intense and sensual from start to finish. I couldn't put it down I was so gripped.
Princess Eva wants to marry for love not duty. To avoid disappointing her father she is determined to earn her bad girl reputation and therefore deter future suitors. But first she has to get past sexy Mak, the emotionally switched off man hired as her protector. Finally she has found a man who's touch she craves. Unfortunately it's the one thing he refuses to do. Can she break his resolve and fulf
Amber Meller
Oct 22, 2016 Amber Meller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can't win against your own emotional needs and desires. It's not possible, however, hard you try.

Makhail learns that when he is commanded to look over the protection of Princess Evangeline Drakos, even if it does mean messing with royal affairs. Eva is looking for a way out of an arranged marriage that she feels nothing for and would rather not go through with it. At all!

She was hoping that a minor scandal would break it, it doesn't. She has the guts to stand up to her dad and the fiancé i
Apr 12, 2014 Tawnya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maisey Yates definitely wrote Mak as a prince among men. Mak had a struggling childhood and then a marriage I don't think anyone would ever condemn him for seeking outside comfort. Yet even then the most he ever took for himself was a few days away, and a year later still honored the memory of his wife.
Eva is a princess, trying her best to garner a reputation to make herself unmarriagable. Until Mak shows up and as her now head security guard doesn't allow any questionable activity to occur. An
Nancy Crocker
Nov 22, 2012 Nancy Crocker rated it it was amazing
Did not want to put this book down. And the curveball about Mak ... WOW. And I really felt for Eva. Being born into riches does not bring you happiness. And I can't not imagine not being able to marry someone you love. There are a few favorite scenes in this book but I hate giving spoilers. But I have to say this, Loved Mak and what he did in the last chapter when he came back to Eva, also loved their first time together. And I am not saying anything else, cause my BIG mouth will give it away. G ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

It's difficult to take a pampered princess who acts out and make her an appealing character, but Ms. Yates does just that. Eva is a likeable heroine in this princess-bodyguard romance, and Mak is a great tortured alpha male hero. Unfortunately, I did find her to be a bit immature - not surprising, really given her age (20). She's clearly able to articulate why she feels how she does to Mak, so one wonders why she would not have spoken to her father about her feelings earlier.
Marianna Rainolter
Jun 05, 2015 Marianna Rainolter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edicola
Bello! Forse in alcune scene si poteva aggiungere qualcosa (sopratutto nel finale), ma alla fine è completo, tutto viene spiegato e ha un senso... Mak è fantastico davvero, un gran bel personaggio, il migliore del romanzo è quello meglio sfruttato. Eva e la sua famiglia un po' meno, si potevano spiegare meglio alcune cose sul rapporto con la madre, i fratelli e sopratutto (!!) con il padre.
Se amate il genere è consigliato che nonostante tutto è bello!
Mar 16, 2015 Marjorie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Princess Evangelina Drakos does not want to be put into a loveless marriage. She tries some stunts until the owner of the security firm, Makhail Nabatov, personally takes on the role as her bodyguard. His tragic past has kept him immune from women until the Princess gets past his guard. A beautiful love story with dancing in the moonlight as a highlight.
Mar 12, 2014 Blondel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was a little slow to me at first...then they took off to the chalet and it took off from there. Mak, as cold and hard as he appears, turned out to be such a sweet, adorable and loving character. How tragic for him and his wife, being forced into a bad situation at such a young age. I will read the other books in the series eventually.
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

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