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A Royal World Apart (Call of Duty #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  181 ratings  ·  35 reviews
AKA Untouched Hero

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 (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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
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)
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
Jennie -  Webbweaver Reviews
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
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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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
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
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.
Fantastical Reviews
Quite an interesting story, it was easy to understand the characters and see them the way Yates wants us too. The way the story was structured made it easy to enjoy and you could see the relationship between the characters develop at a believable pace. This book is a pleasant read, would suggest romance readers give it a go.
Victoria Parker
I read this AGES ago but since it's my FAVE Maisey Yates of all time, I wanted it on my shelf! It is impossible not to fall in love with Mak and I adored Eva from start to finish. Fabulous original romance that scores the heart. This is a true keeper :)
Linnea Bassin
Cute story

I liked this story but felt it was a little predictable. It is well written with well developed main characters. It was an enjoyable read.
Nancy Crocker
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
Hello, Virgin Hero catnip. And on top of that, tortured hero.
ms bookjunkie
A slow-ish start but a satisfying ending. *wipes tears*
Amazing book! Loved 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.
Tanya Mayes
Awesome read I couldn't put it down. All the twist and turns. Mak what can you say he is a honorable man not many man would have done what he did for his first wife. He deserved to find someone to love him like Eva will. Together they will conquer all.
First and only HP book I've read. I liked it a lot. It was a simple story but it had a nice romantic tone.
Olivia Logan
Amazing- the sort of book that stays with you long after your put it down.
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Miniseries: The Call of Duty
Category: Classic Romance
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Miniseries: The Call of Duty
Category: Classic Romance
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