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Suddenly Royal (Suddenly #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,948 Ratings  ·  1,027 Reviews
Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth wil ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Nichole Chase (first published March 30th 2013)
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I loved this book. Do you hear me???


Where do I even begin?

I don’t even… How do I…

Phew! Okay, I’m calm.

So, I started reading this after DNFing a “highly anticipated” novel by one of the “most successful authors of our time”. I stumbled across it on a whim, saw it was 99 cents on B&N and thought “What the hell?”

Best. Move. EVER.

I needed this book. It came along just when I was beginning to become truly cynical. It took me completely by surprise, slappe
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Apr 28, 2013 Haley ~ YA-Aholic marked it as to-read-i-own

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4 Charming Stars

Samantha Rousseau is a normal girl with a normal life. She is trying to get to the end of her degree in wildlife biology and trying to help her father get better from his disease.
But her life changes in a second.


In one day she is a normal girl… in the next one she is the heir of several lands in Lilaria (an European country that she never heard of) and not only that but she is a Duchess. Yes, she is royal family.
Trying to help her deal with all this new life is Alex. The heir
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Jun 17, 2013 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for something light
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Navessa
Welcome to The Princess Diaries : adult edition

There's the classification. I wrote it, even though I really want to pretend that I didn't, so I'm able to shelve this as YA.

It's the cover! That adorable, sweet, pretty pink cover with the cute (and very young looking) girl winking. I love it - absolutely love it! But does that cover scream royals be gettin' it on!!!? I didn't think so.

Nevertheless, I still love this cover even though I can't see a woman in grad school, even when I squint. And I li
Dropped at: 56%


1. I couldn't care less where the story is headed.
2. I couldn't identify with, or even like, Sam.
3. I feel like I'm reading a slightly older version of Princess Diaries, with a few alterations here and there. Too few to make it stand out, however.
4. This reads completely like a YA, when I was expecting something far more mature and steamy and sexy. Or really, anything but this washed-out, plain story.
5. I only mildly liked Alex. Combined with reasons #1-4, this made for a
Warning: sexual innuendos ahead. This review is also quite long because I had to pull out (view spoiler) geographical data and the like to make a point.

The actual rating is 3.5 stars.

If you're still on the fence whether to read this book or not, this review will make you a lot more excited than the blurb ever could. It's the review that started a massive readalong and it definitely convinced me.

So, what's this about? In short: American girl Samantha Rousseau
Humm, not a very original plot. It sounds like a mesh between Princess Diaries and the Prince & Me. We'll wait for reviews first.

Review with Spoilers

So my earlier assessment about the plot was spot on. Suddenly Royal is the blend of Princess Diaries and the Prince and Me. I could have ignored the extremely unoriginal plot if at least Chase had knocked it out of the park with an amazing story. But alas, Suddenly Royal couldn't be more bland if it tried.

The story reads more like a diary of a v
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Samantha, a snarky wildlife biology grad student, is thrown for a major loop when visiting royals comes to tell her that she's actually a wealthy heiress and a duchess in the tiny country of Lilaria. One of the visiting royals is Prince Alex, an amazingly hot dude who instantly takes to her. She's thrown for a loop because Alex and his aunt want to take her back to Lilaria to see her lands and officially accept her title, but she doesn't want to leave her ailing father or her studies. After a lo ...more
Sep 09, 2013 Marulett rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone :)
Recommended to Marulett by: Litchick

I really, really, really LOVED this book!!!! I couldnt put it down, I was hooked right from the start, even though it had its chessy moments...I just LOVED it!!!

Prince Yummy, was swoon worthy...

halfway through the book I was

Really peeps, pick up this book, you WILL NOT REGRET IT!! I hope you love it as much as I did.

Summer 2013 Read Along

After reading Cory's fab review Dee and I have decided to buddy read this one on
Jul 08, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarah by: Navessa
Sam is a grad student who is working hard to get her masters degree in wildlife biology, she specialises in birds of prey and she loves her studies and her job working with rescued birds at her university. When she is invited to dinner with a Duchess from Lilaria she assumes it is something to do with the program she helps run and hopes to secure a donation. The last thing she expects is to find out that her family not only came from Lilaria but that she is the heir to a title and the queen want ...more
Judging this book by its cover, I expected a fair amount of whimsy, humor, and charm. What I got were nonstop sexual innuendos, lewd winks, and wiggling eyebrows. There was nothing charming about this book, especially not the prince. Giving him dimples did not make up for the fact that he was a complete sleaze. Take this passage for example:

He leaned forward and pointed at the menu. “This is the word for stuffed. What do you think would be good stuffed?” His eyes twinkled at me in the candleligh
Dec 04, 2013 Didi rated it really liked it
**** 4 to 4.5 STARS!! ****

The premise of this book might sound familiar to you, right? Maybe Princess Diaries, or The Prince and Me? Well, although there are definitely similarities there, this story is it's own. Not to mention, quite steamy with loads of sexual tension and smexy time. And I LOVED IT!

Sometimes a book resonates with you. I loved this for so many reasons, but the main thing that stood out is the maturity of the main characters. Samantha Rousseau is a grad student that is trying to
May 13, 2013 Brandi rated it it was ok
I go between 'meh, it's ok', to 'I liked it', so I compromised and will give it a 2.5 rating.

This is a fast, easy, and fun read about an American grad student who finds out that she's distantly related to royalty in a foreign country. She is asked to come back and claim her title as Duchess and in the process she finds love. With the Prince of course.

Now, this isn't a bad story at all, but I had a few problems with it. There were a lot of errors that I think should have been corrected before pub
Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
Apr 27, 2013 Isabel (Sab The Book Eater) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
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I was pretty iffy about this book at first because it sounded a lot like The Princess Diaries and The Prince & Me but a few chapters into the book I found myself insanely engrossed that I forgot all about my doubts. Simply put, this book was amazing. It was cute and really engaging!

The thing that really captured my interest was Sam herself. She's really an interesting, well-rounded character and she was written so well that I felt that she was real. It wasn
Aug 29, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a sweet (and smexy) fairy-tale romance
Recommended to Angela by: Navessa
**ETA a star rating, which would probably help :P

I went into this expecting a light, fun, sweet read. I definitely got that and I got something more, too. I really quite enjoyed this book.

Samantha was a heroine I loved. She's smart, not afraid to stand up for herself or her friends, and just a little bit insecure. She's more than a bit cautious, and loves so incredibly deeply. Plus she's responsible. We're shown these things. Not told them. I love that. Sam's a grad-student in Minnesota studyin
twelvejan [Alexandria]
5* for Suddenly Royal.


I needed a fun and straightforward book after the turbulence that comes with The Infernal Devices series and Rome series. And this was only $0.99 on Amazon! Glad I picked this up.

The title alone could not be any clearer. Think Princess Diaries (1 and 2), and you pretty much know what to expect. So we have Samantha Rousseau. A grad student, a teacher assistant, and a raptor lover. And one fine day, BOOOOOOM! Her life changed for the better (or for the worse if you have pap
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Jun 11, 2015 Rachel (APCB Reviews) rated it it was ok
Shelves: fast-read
I loved the premise of this book, and it was lots of fun in places. The writing made me cringe so much though, and some of the things that happened were even more unrealistic than the plot in the first part. The adorable romance kept me reading though!
Apr 28, 2013 Lynsey rated it it was amazing
Raise your right hand if you loved The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot? Now raise your hand if you’d like to read a New Adult contemporary book along similar lines? *Puts hand up enthusiastically*. That’s what you get when you read Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase. I will admit to LOVING stories involving a prince and I will also admit that I was feeling a little bereft after finishing The Elite by Kiera Cass recently, so Suddenly Royal looked PERFECT for me and I’m pleased to say that it was.

AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator
Jun 24, 2013 AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator rated it it was ok
Recommended to AnHeC the Paperback Obliterator by: Navessa
Word count: about 100 000
Rating: Boy, that escalated quickly


*I’d like to point out that what you’ve read before affects your perception of the book to fallow. After finishing something awesome, this, especially the beginning, falls short. I’m not a giving person. I’m not your momma, I won’t cut you any slack. Slack has to be earned, ergo my ruthless review. Yes, I’m a judgemental bitch with a heart of stone. Ad

You should probably know that I have a sweet tooth for movies like these. I also have a habit of watching/sometimes DVR'ing ABC Family movies. Sometimes you need a little fluff in your life with a side of a Happily Ever After. Throw in a prince and I'm all set.

This is a cute read. It didn't disappoint in fulfilling my little guilty pleasures. An attractive prince who says and pretty much does all the right things, swoon worthy. A nicely wrapped up ending that was tied up with a 'and they ro
This is my first book by Nichole Chase and I wasn't disappointed. I had been reading a lot of emotional books lately and this book was exactly what I was looking for to change and lift my least until a small part at the end of the book that had me crying, but this story still lifted my spirits in the end. This book reminded me of the movies The Princess Diaries and Prince and Me all rolled into one, but still had enough of it's own story to make it really good. This book was such a ...more
Nov 27, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenn by: Jennifer
4.5 Happy Stars

1. Chadwick
2. The friendship between Samantha and Chadwick
3. The humor in this book
4. Banter between Chadwick/Sam & Chadwick/Alex & Samantha/Alex
6. Alex's flirty side
7. Hot sexy kissing scenes
8. The steam was perfect
9. All the feelings/love/emotion that Alex had for Samantha
10. Samantha- she was a great strong character
11. NO outside forces/people around to pull the couple apart
12. NO stupid drama
13. The emotions I felt while reading this book
14. The
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oct 22, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy triteness and flat characters
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Lili
Well, I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually find a new adult novel that I resolutely do not enjoy. While Suddenly Royal is largely inoffensive, it’s also so cliché-ridden that I wanted to cry. Billed as a Princess Diaries for an older audience and having received decent early reviews, I was resoundly disappointed with my experience here. If this is The Princess Diaries, then it’s the sequel, The Royal Engagement only without the random musical numbers, Julie Andrews, and hair that ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Jun 18, 2013 Aly is so frigging bored rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aly is so frigging bored by: Navessa
Shelves: contemporary, royalty
Rating: 3.5*
The first 20-30% almost bored me to death, but it got better for me after that.

Summer 2013 Read Along

After reading Cory's fab review Dee and I have decided to buddy read this one on the 14th of June. Anyone who wants to join us is welcome to (leave a comment to let us know you're taking part).

Come on it's currently only 0.99$ to buy in the kindle store and on barnes and noble - how can you resist that bargain??

Current Participants:
3.Cory (she's decided to re-read with us)
May 03, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Princess Diaries with a yummier and much naughtier prince? HELL FREAKIN' YEAH!!!

I already adored Nichole Chase's writing ever since I read Flukes so it's no surprise how much I completely fell in love with Suddenly Royal as well. Even though the concept is really not that original, I still loved her fresh take on it as well as the whole story development and character dynamics.

I really can't say much about the plot because I do think it's pretty predictable enough based on the title alone. It'
Jul 22, 2013 Lili rated it did not like it

Both Christina and I went at this one with positivity in mind. We decided to do a new adult read-a-long centering around this new adult re-telling of the Princess Diaries because we've struggled with a lot of new adult lately. We took to twitter with high hopes and hilariousness ensued because of our sheer hatred for this novel. I've been sitting on this review for a while simply because I disliked it so much. Disappointing does not begin to cover it and its lack of redeeming qualities. Really,
Fans of The Princess Diaries, that movie with Anne Hathaway in it, would absolutely adore Suddenly Royal!!! It's a wonderfully light-hearted read with lots and lots of fluff (but not so much that you're drowning in sugar.) Plus the love interest??

Hot as hell!!!!

Suddenly Royal is starts with Samantha Rousseau, a normal grad student, who gets invited to dine with the Duchess and Prince of Lilaria only to find out that she has blue blood running in her veins!!

Samantha Rousseau isn't that normal g
Oct 14, 2015 Mila rated it did not like it
So I finally got around making a review for Suddenly Royal... as my second video review! I'm on a roll here peeps! *Never posts anything else again*

So, if you want to watch me rant for five minutes here is the link

This review is going to be (for now) just one gif, that I thiiink sums up perfectly what I thought of Suddenly Royal:


Jun 16, 2013 Lyndi rated it it was amazing
I shouldn't be allowed to do buddy-reads because I finish way too soon. Prematurely, even? Anyway.

Adorable story! A little spicy and full of humor, I had zero complaints. I wouldn't add it to my "favorites" shelf, but it was a great book. Alex was yummy and Samantha was awesome. I think I expected a few more months of story, maybe another dozen pages... I'd totally settle for a full-length sequel. Could you get right on that, Ms. Chase? Thaaaanks.
Sharon L
May 08, 2015 Sharon L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11-2013
4.5 stars it was cute, sweet hot and delicious...but it took me forever to read...which means I had some issues with the pacing.

but still- HOT!!
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Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically wr
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