He was my older brother’s best friend.
Growing up, he sat at our dinner table every Sunday, teased me mercilessly, and pretended I annoyed him.
When I was old enough, he took me on my first date.
Royal taught me how to drive. Escorted me to my junior ...more
Hero leaves heroine (view spoiler)[ there's a justified reason as to why he does and at the start of the book (7 years later) he is with his boss's daughter. (hide spoiler)] No thanks!
While I didn't think the story was terrible, I found it extremely frustrating and disappointing during the most critical points. It started out really good actually. I liked reading about Royal and Demi's transition from cooties, to reluctant awareness, and finally full on consuming love as they grew up together. Then there's an event that pulls them apart. While it felt a ...more
AUTHOR: Winter Renshaw
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February, 2016
I've not read anything by this author before, BUT books like this are my guilty secret, I LOVE best friends brother, sister books (damn what a mouth full)
Royal is told in his/her POV's
ROYAL Starts off with Demi at the age of 10 in diary format to the age of 18..
He relentlessly hounded her to go on a date with him, he taught her how to drive in his truck, escorted her to prom and was the ...more
I picked up Royal because it’s an older brother’s best friend book and it’s been the number 1 romance book on Amazon for a few days. Yes I look at that. I thought the summary was interesting the cover very sexy.
The book starts out very cute and adorable. It’s about Royal and Demi. They know each other since they were 10 ten years old. Royal grows up in a foster home and is a friend of the family. Royal has been in love with her since. When they became teenagers the love grew to ...more
Royal was in love with Demi when they were teenagers. She wouldn't give him the time of day until he finally talked her into going out with him. They fell in love and were happy for 18 months but then something happened and Royal left without any explanation. Demi was devastated but moved on with her life. 7 years later, Royal is back just when Demi needs him the most but she can't forget the fact that he walked away without a goodbye.
I'm really picky about second-chance romance books but ...more
Well, this one started out pretty strong, and sucked me right in. I was looking forward to reading about Royal and Demi reuniting, but the "big secret" drug on for freaking ever. So long, that I started to not care anymore. I really never felt invested in Royal and Demi's relationship either, I just didn't feel the connection between them. Oh and, Royal's boss's daughter was seriously disgusting. (view spoiler)[I lost a lot of respect for Royal, knowing that's the type of woman ...more
It was some kind of torture, honestly. Demi was a pushover and I hate that in my romance books. She made me mad and annoyed and bored all at the same time. As for Royal, let's just say that if h showed up at my door after 7 years without explanation, his body would never be found.
Over and out
Not too heavy on angst and drama (thankfully) and a little tiny twist of mystery thrown in there.
A nice second chance love story.
I liked Demi and I even liked Royal. I was conflicted on liking Demi's parents though. Royal was taken from his mother when he was in first grade and had been moving from one foster home to another never staying in one place long. But the one place he felt like he belonged and finally had a semblance of a family was with the Rosewood family. He was best friends with the son Derek and in love with their oldest daughter, Demi. But ...more
This book is both frustrating and sad because of the following reasons:
1. Our hero was in foster care and one day something tragic happens to him. People who know the hero well, who accepted him as a son for so many years, didn’t believe him when he needed their help most and his life is ruined because of a set-up and having no one to believe him. He loses his best friend, the love of his life and all his hopes for a good future.
2. When he was finally able to see the ...more
2.5 to 3*
I liked both the cover and the blurb so this jumped right to the top of my list and it started well, really well I liked that we got snippets of Demi and Royal when they were younger but while it showed them growing up and growing together it wasn't quite enough for what was to come.
We know from the blurb that he leaves without explanation and he's gone for seven years. For the devastation she suffers and the love that never goes away I needed a stronger base, I needed more time with ...more
This one was just such a let down.
First off, Royal was the BF of 10 year Demi Rosewood's older brother Derek. Then when Demi was around 15, she and Royal became a couple. Three years later, Royal just disappeared. The whole Rosewood family knew why but no one told Demi. The family who claimed Royal was like a member of their family never lifted a finger to help him. Demi, the daughter of a top criminal attorney, never searched criminal records to find out about her true love.
Demi moves on with ...more
Royal is a misunderstood hero. When he suddenly disappears from sight and doesn’t return for seven years, needless to say there’s a price to pay with people who have loved him in the past. Has he lost the love of his life forever? At this point, Demi is kind of, sort of, might be engaged to another man – but he’s in a medically-induced coma and might not remember that ...more
The premise of this book completely sucked me in – childhood sweethearts… brother’s best friend… second chance romance. It’s the trifecta of romantic set-ups that I’m always a sucker for, so I knew I had to read it.
The book begins in the past, showing us the history between Royal and Demi. Royal was a foster kid who was befriended by Demi’s older brother, Derek, and who instantly became a fixture in their lives. He always showed an interest in Demi, and over the years she went from ...more
Once I started reading it, tho, I began to feel that awesome feeling I get when I read Colleen Hoover's books - the writing was simple and addictive. No wordy bullshit. No tiring, in-your-face, look-how-talented-I-am (I'm looking at you, Mary Elizabeth). Just a good ole' what-you-see-is-what-you-get. I liked that.
The story ...more
Ms. Renshaw writes compelling characters and I like the moments between Demi and Royal. But everyone seriously lacks communication skills and has trust issues in this book.
- Royal does not want to tell Demi, the love of his life, why he has to leave her because he does not trust that she will believe that he is innocent.
- Demi's father does not believe that Royal is being wrongly accused, even though he opened his home to Royal and treated him like a son.
- Demi does not tell her ...more
This is a note to self, everytime I go on Amazon and look at the top 100, then buy or download a free book.
I'm going to learn my lesson one day. I need to stop reading books that are over hyped. Just because they are bestsellers doesn't mean I am going to like it. I read less than half of Vegas Baby and gave up. Did I say "Ok this author isn't for you?". No I went and read Royal and I was doing this
I still don't know why Royal left. I gave up on chapter 18. The book dragged on and on and ...more
This was a compelling story about forgiveness and second chances. It was well written and I finished it in one sitting. However, it was very sad and maybe I just didn't want to be weighed down by what I read today. Plus I could have done without details of him with other women, even if it happened in the interim, so I definitely won't be reading this one again.
What I liked:
1) The writing. It was very engaging and I wanted things to work out for the MCs.
2) The h didn't ...more
I was gasping and making all kinds of audible sounds based on the words written on the pages! Rebel is my second read by ...more
Demi has loved Royal as long as she can remember. And ...more
Doesn’t he kind of look like Zayn Malik?Especially with the highlights in his hair... ;)
I bought this book on a whim. It was 99 and the cover was cute...More often than not, that’s not really a good thing for me as far as how much I enjoy the book. You get what you pay for and all that. But Royal was a winner and I really liked it.
Royal Lockhart and Demi Rosewood are childhood sweethearts. At 10 they had their first kiss. At 13 Demi finally gave in to her feelings for Royal. At 15 he...more
The beginning of the story briefly details the life and times of children Demi and Royal from ages 10 - 18 or so where Demi is the daughter of an attorney in a loving family, and Royal is a foster kid who is best friends with Demi's brother, in love with Demi and a major part of the family.
Then, he just disappears. The family knows why, but no one will tell Demi.
This leads into ...more