A hockey-playing prince, a most improper lady, and one accidental pregnancy…
When you’re an heir so spare that getting attacked by a shark is more likely than you ever wearing the crown, you’re only allowed certain liberties. Yet still, those liberties can bite you in the ass.
Good thing I’m such a charming devil.
Even then, I’ve been banished to America for a year under the pretense of playing professional hockey while my father cleans up my latest mess. But trouble follows me wherever I go. Generally trouble of the beautiful female variety, and Gracie Diamonte is no exception. Or possibly, she’s the best exception.
Until the dinosaur suit. The cookie incident. And the accidental pregnancy.
Of course I’ll do the right thing.
Just as soon as I solve that pesky problem of my royal betrothal.
I’m about to be the biggest scandal to rock my country and there’s a good chance my father may throw me to the sharks after all. The funny thing is I’ve heard that raising children may not be so different from swimming with the sharks. So no matter how you look at things I am Royally Pucked.
Royally Pucked is a hilariously wrong romance between a spare heir and the lady least likely to ever wear a princess crown, complete with dirty cookies, an emotional support monkey, and lots of pucking around. This romantic comedy stands alone with no cheating, cliffhangers and ends happily with a family of…more than two.
Pippa Grant is a USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she's not reading, writing or sleeping, she's being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies.
Royally Pucked by Pippa Grant is a stand alone rom-com although the characters do recur from her other books.
Manning Frey, professional hockey player with the Copper Valley Thrusters, has been given a year to play in the United States. Manning, otherwise known as “Your Highness,” is fourth in line behind his brothers and nephew for the crown of Stolland, a Viking country in the Norwegian sea.
Gracie Diamonte, younger sister of Joey, owns a little bakery in a tiny town in Alabama. She loves baking and is good at it. But she also found an extra way to make money. By printing pictures onto her cookies, certain dirty pictures of body parts.
“She draws me into her orbit by merely existing. I’ve been enchanted from the first moment I laid eyes on her.”
Gracie and Manning first met at a charity golf tournament and the chemistry was off the charts. Neither has been able to think of much else. So on the night when Manning found Gracie in the building after a game, when he was actually alone without his constant body guard, Viktor, they took advantage of the moment. Only their encounter had consequences. Gracie finds herself pregnant. She also finds out that the father of her child was betrothed when he himself was still a baby. Betrothed to a woman he wants nothing to do with.
“This is what’s been missing from my life. A woman who wants me because I’m a man. Not because the blood coursing through my veins is that of kings and Vikings.”
Manning can’t see a way out of his betrothal. It could cause a major international incident. But Gracie is not giving up without a fight. She wants her baby to know her father. And in order to do that, she has to help Manning. She will help him whether he wants it or not.
“That’s what Gracie is though. Joy. Light. Happiness. All wrapped up and braided together with strength and determination and a drive toward that which is right.”
Gracie has such a low opinion of herself. She feels like she would never be princess material. But she can at least help Manning to get out of this horrible agreement. Manning feels like the right thing to do is to let Gracie go. Not to drag her into his family’s mess. But the more he is around her, the less that becomes possible. Because even with everything that is going on, he can’t stop wanting her.
This was such a good book. It was fun but not too over the top. Gracie was so brave and strong. She would not give up on Manning. And it seems I have a thing for proper speaking heroes. Manning was every bit a royal in his manner of speaking. Every time he called Gracie My Lady, I got butterflies. Don’t even get me started on how sexy he is. These two together were so adorable. I couldn’t help but to cheer for them to get their happy ever after. All of the books with these characters are so much fun but I might love this one best!
“My blood may belong to my country, but my heart belongs to you.”
Once again Pippa Grant brings back her signature humour and takes us on a royal ride with Gracie and Manning. I have been so excited to read this one since they met in Joey's book. Although this one is super funny, it's not as hilarious as the others. And that's ok. We got a lot more in this story. Manning is trying to do right by Gracie and his family and marry his betrothed, Gracie refuses to let that happen and makes it her mission to save Manning's happiness, even if it isn't with her.
At first, Gracie comes off as too nice. Too sweet. Too náive. She finds her steel with Manning and her baby and quickly sheds most of those. She'd make an awesome queen. Sweet and kind while also being tough. Too bad that's not in the cards for her. Manning is his incredibly irritating sexy self. We also see a lot more vulnerability in him than with the others. He's trying to do right but seems to only mess things up more. He learns with help from Ares and Gracie.
I know I'm always in for a good time when I pick up a Pippa Grant book and Royally Pucked is no different. The humorous banter has you laughing out loud. The writing has you quickly turning pages. The characters have you laughing and rooting for them throughout the whole book! I'm so ready for Ares' book, he's been my favorite from book one!
Oh. My. Freakin'. Dog!! Get this book NOW! This has got to be the most side-splitting, gut-busting, laugh-so-hard-you-cry, spew-your-drink, my-side-hurts-make-it-stop, hilarious rom-com I’ve ever read! Somehow I found my way to this author's newsletters and that delightful entertainment prompted me to grab the chance to read an advance copy of this book. My only regret is my failure to highlight these laugh-out-loud gems as I read so I could quickly recall them the next time I need a laugh, which simply means a revisit to Gracie and Manning’s story in the near future. After I read the first book, of course, because there's no resisting catching up on Zeus and Joey's story, having had a small taste of them here.
So the basic premise is this: a spare heir to the throne of a small Nordic country wreaks so much havoc his father, the king, sends him to play hockey in the States while the messes get cleaned up in time for him to wed the woman he was betrothed to practically from birth. The naughty prince behaves just a little badly, resulting in an unfortunate future heir by way of Joey's sister, Gracie, a sweet bakery owner from Alabama. Royal mayhem and Southern shenanigans ensue. Throw in a monosyllabic gentle giant of a hockey player/roommate (Aries), a harridan shrew with a traitorous emotional support monkey (Manning's betrothed), and a woman with more attitude and testosterone than hockey players (Joey), then grab your popcorn, sit back and enjoy the show.
Don’t let the above lull you into thinking it’s all fun and games. There’s plenty of heat with the slow burn, off the charts chemistry between Manning and Gracie, but most of all, a ton of heart as Gracie and Manning sort out the mess and find their happily ever after. And did I mention bonus epilogues? They take place between the last chapter and the book's epilogue and are a perfect addition that you won't want to miss, so don’t forget to grab them from the link at the back of the book. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve already grabbed The Pilot And The Puck Up and read Zeus and Joey's story last night. Trust me, once you get a taste of these characters you're going to want more and more of them! These characters are endlessly entertaining, sweetly endearing, unique, quirky and larger than life. They’ll bulldoze their way into your heart, making themselves right at home, and you’ll love every minute of it!
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Every time I read one of Pippa's books, I am astonished by how much I love her characters. And every time I finish one of her books, I am torn, because I can never decide which of them I love the best. Manning Frey is the spare heir to the spare heir, and then once again. Having departed Stolland, under the guise of playing ice hockey in the United States, he left trouble and drama in his wake, in the form of the prime minister's daughter. Being a super-extraneous spare means playing the role of the mischief-making playboy and Manning plays it to the hilt, always with a smile on his face. But that cheeky grin is so often a front. It covers up turmoil and feelings and the fact that he has been betrothed, since birth, to a woman he has no desire to marry. Being born into royalty sometimes means doing things you don't want to. So Manning is willing to suck it up, and do his duty for king and country. But maybe he can let himself have just one last time to feel, really feel, before he submits to his fate?
Gracie Diamonte is no prude. I mean she prints genitals on cookies for a living for chrissakes. But as a younger sister to Joey "Fireball", she's often sheltered, protected. And living in Goat's Tit, a small, tight-knit community, she doesn't have a lot of options for dating. So when the opportunity comes to have a once in a lifetime fling with princely, handsome, Manning, she jumps on it (or on him?) Neither could have expected the consequences. And neither could have imagined the feelings that would develop between them. Shenanigans ensue and there will be much swooning and much snort-laughing.
Gracie often refers to herself as not being smart, or not worldly. Although in many heroines this character trait might come off as weak and whining, in Gracie it does the opposite. She questions her abilities in some areas, but recognizes her strength in others. And despite her not believing that she is clever and strong, she stands up for everyone. She is kind, she speaks her mind in order to help a friend in need, and she is a wonderful character. And Manning ALWAYS supports her, even to his own detriment, making the decisions he thinks will benefit her the most.
This book showcases Pippa's versatility as an author. She has that amazing ability to write completely over-the-top hilarity, but yet balance it with heartfelt moments, character vulnerability and a sweet romance. She is absolutely a one-click author for me.
Manning Frey is a Prince in the country of Stolland, a small country located in Scandinavia. But, as he says, he's the expendable kind of prince - he is fourth in line to inherit behind his 2 older brothers and his eldest brother's son. Not that he cares - he is not king material, though the role is largely ceremonial these days anyway. After a small incident involving the Prime Minister's daughter (it was just a friendly kiss), Manning has been "exiled" to the United States for a year under the guise of joining the NHL to promote tourism in Stolland. And so far, he has no complaints. His teammates are great guys; he loves playing hockey; and America has definitely embraced him. Well, there is one complaint... he has to have a security detail follow him around, not so much for security purposes but to keep him in line as his father has warned him: no more scandals, especially with his upcoming nuptials. Yep. Manning is to be married... but not to a lady of his choosing: to a woman he cannot stand who only wants him for his title. When he was a child, Manning's grandfather betrothed him to the daughter of an earl, and he has yet to find the escape clause.
Gracie Diamonte makes pornographic cookies. Yes, she does. She puts random people's genitalia on cookies and sends them all over the country, thanks to Etsy and a joke that went a little too far. But no matter, it pays the bills and keeps her little bakery in Goat's Tit, Alabama afloat. Not that anyone there knows about her little side hustle; otherwise, they'd probably stage an intervention involving holy water to save her soul. But Gracie's simple life is turned upside down after realizing the dream so many girls have: she got it on with a prince! But even though they used protection, Manning Frey must be carrying around some extra potent swimmers bc one time and BAM - she's pregnant. This is not how Gracie saw her life going, but it is what it is, and she has decided to rock single motherhood. The prince deserves to know he is going to be a father, though, so she treks to the big city for a surprise visit to break the news.
Manning is stunned. The one time he was able to shake his security detail for a few minutes (which gave him the opportunity to have explosive relations with the woman that had been on his mind since he first met her) resulted in a pregnancy?! Though his shock quickly changes to interest... in both being involved in his child's life AND spending more time with the enchanting Gracie. But since he has no way to get out of his marriage contract, is there any possibility of having the chance to do either? And since when does a woman NOT want anything to do with a prince like Gracie seems to? Is there any chance for a simple country girl and a polished prince to have a future together? But the bigger issue is... what the hell is up with the support monkey roaming around his apartment?!
What I liked: --- The sense of humor in Grant's books shines through in this one again - several moments had me doubled over --- I loved Manning's character --- More time with Ares! --- Steamy goodness! (Starts with a quick bang - literally - but then shifts to somewhat of a slow burn but worth it) --- 2 words: support monkey
What I didn't like as much: --- Some inconsistencies with characters (Gracie was kind of all over the place at times) --- The match of these two was a little off the wall - it was hard to see why they were actually attracted to each other (Gracie was a constant hot mess; Manning was the epitome of cool & collected 98% of the time); I guess it goes toward the "opposites attract" element, but I didn't really get a solid sense of why they were a thing
Overall, another cute story with unforgettable characters, plenty of humor, and steamy goodness! I am very much looking forward to Ares's story coming up next.
Plot --- 3.5/5 Main Characters --- 4/5 Supporting Cast --- 4/5 Steam Level* --- 3.5/5 Violence --- none I can recall Language --- yes POV --- Dual
*Note that steam level is not a rating so much as a how hot was it: 0/5 - clean; 1/5 - mild (nothing descriptive); 2/5 - 3rd base action/1 home run; 3/5 - now we're getting somewhere (a couple of full-on steamy scenes); 4/5 - yes please! (erotica territory); 5/5 - they did EVERYTHING in this one, y'all
What do you get when you mix a prince, a southern belle, dinosaurs, cookies, and a Berger twin? One hilarious, wild, royal romance! Gracie is from Goat Tits, Alabama and owns her own scandalous cookie company. She is the best heroine ever. She has some self esteem issues when it comes to her intelligence because of her dyslexia, but she makes up for it in all other areas. She’s strong, determined, and doesn’t try to impress anyone. She owns her personality and makes the best of everything. Manning is a spare heir with a fate that has already been determined. He smiles to prove to the world that he is okay and can handle anything, but it is all a front. He knows what he wants, but struggles with how to make it a reality. This romance was hilarious. The banter, wit, dialogue, and scenes will have you doubled over laughing. I love how the story is almost a reversal of the typical “Prince Charming saves the princess” story. In this story, Gracie takes all the reins and in return saves Manning. Most of the other characters from the previous books make an appearance, but Ares plays a big part in this book. He is such a strong support system for both characters, and his loyalty makes you fall in love with him that much more. You truly get an understanding of his personality, and I cannot wait for his book. If you don’t subscribe to Pippa’s newsletter, you need to do so now. There is a link to bonus epilogues that cannot be missed. These epilogues keep these characters’ stories alive and are just as hilarious as the books. I mean it is not too often that you get to read about dinosaurs roaming the royal castle!! -An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review. –
This is second in a series and the first establishes the characters and much of the situation. We also see the beginning of their courtship there. So I definitely recommend reading in order.
I'm stopping this at about two-thirds. I nearly stopped when Manning pulled a unilateral decision (I hate those), but Gracie's reaction was flat-out awesome. Indeed, it looks like it's setting up for the fair lady saving her prince. Which is great as a theme and I like seeing Grant leaning into that.
But that's also the problem. Because the only thing keeping these two apart is a giant contrivance that I'm having a hard time buying into. Being forced into a betrothal his grandfather sold for cash is idiocy in the first place. Making a vizier-type waiting in the wings who might take over the country from Manning's father should Manning default is ridiculous squared. And that's before you get to his betrothed, who is no more than a caricature and an unpleasant one at that.
I like Gracie. A lot. And I'd probably like Manning more if he weren't ground zero for the stupid. I wish we had more of them learning about each other and progressing towards trust and intimacy. But maybe that's the problem; they're so well-suited that it doesn't look like much but this drooling plot would keep them apart for long.
So this is two stars, mostly because Gracie is so cool. Sad that the rest couldn't line up.
This is probably the fastest burn by Pippa Grant that I have ever read lol. In chapter 1, smexxy times happen, and that’s how the accidental pregnancy comes in 😅.
Gracie (27) is a baker (erotic baker would probably be a better term for it lol) and has been attracted to Manning (29) for a little while. We actually see some of the tension in book one, but in this book, things heat up very fast. No tension needed lol 😅😬. Gracie’s sister Joey is with Manning’s teammate Zeus (book 1). When Gracie finds out that she’s pregnant a month later, she immediately goes to tell Manning the news. Unfortunately, she doesn’t realize that Manning has been betrothed to someone since he was six years old.😬
Manning is expected to marry royalty by the time he turns 30, which is just around the corner 😬. When Gracie tells him the news, he doesn’t know how to react. Don’t worry, Gracie has it all under control and only tells him as a courtesy. She expects nothing from him, because she can survive without him. She’s been struggling all her life with her dyslexia and reading obstacles- she can be a single mom without a hitch.
Of course, Manning’s attraction to her means that he needs to figure out a way to be with her, but the responsibility of marrying and not disappointing his Royal Blood weighs down on him a lot. They’ll need to figure out what to do- especially considering he only has eyes for her 👀.
Although we see them be intimate in chapter 1, I felt like it got a little slow after that (for me). Once they’re in the same room and acting out on their chemistry, I was able to read faster 😅lol. They gravitate towards each other and can’t help but sneak in some smexy times🔥, even though they’re not supposed to 😉lol. The forbidden’s always more alluring, and I was flipping pages like crazy to see how these two got it on 👀🥵. It’s not like she can get pregnant again 😅😂😂😂. That Lego scene was 🔥🔥🔥. The buildup was passionate and primal 💦. Gawd… I love how attracted he is to her 👏🏻. I love when the Hs see no one but the h 💅. Plus, Manning’s JP side came out 👀😅.
The side characters were HILARIOUS!!! Omg freaking Loki (the monkey), Ares (the man-of-few-words grump) and even Felicity (voice on the monkey 😂😂😂) had me busting!!! I can’t wait to read book 3. Also, I hear smexxy Victor (Manning’s body guard) gets a book too 👀.
Overall, I really enjoyed this.
⚠️safety squad⚠️ -no cheating/sharing -condom (doesn’t matter though 😂) -there’s like a one month separation after the ONS. Neither are with anyone -the h goes on a disastrous date after ONS. Nothing happens and it’s just plain awkward -the H is engaged. The ow comes around but it’s a volatile relationship. They don’t like each other and are civil because it’s expected- they don’t even kiss -the h sleeps in OM’s bed. They’re just friends and it’s mostly because the h wants to find ways of getting the H out of the betrothal so she needs to stay near him while the H is still engaged (his “betrothed” is in another room in the house)
Author's note, April 2020: I can't believe Manning and Gracie are two years old!! To celebrate, their audiobook has just gone live, with Jacob Morgan and Virginia Rose narrating. WOOT!!! Perhaps I should go have a dickookie now too... :-)
In the third book in Ms. Grant’s rom-com series, Gracie Diamonte and Manning Frey have had a flirtation going on since the last book, The Pilot and the Puck-Up. Gracie Diamonte is a simple girl from a simple world, otherwise known as Goat’s Tit, Alabama. *blinks* She’s a baker, and she’s got a thriving business making Dickookies and Pussookies.
Why yes, that’s exactly what you think it is. Manning Frey is a prince. Nope, not just a prince of a guy, a legit prince, who’s in the States for a year while the last scandal he actively created dies down and he figures out how to get out of an unwanted betrothal. Anyhoodle, when Gracie and Manning can no longer fight their attraction to each other, they have a blazingly hot ONS. About a month or so later, well, you can guess what comes next. Complications and hijinks ensue. And yes, romance happens.
The Good -The humor is raunchy and inappropriate at times, which is right up my twisted alley. -This is the fourth book in the series, and I’ve yet to have a bad time while reading it. Ms. Grant is moving up my list of go-to authors for rom-com reads. -I’m a big believer in the Firsts (meet, kiss, love scene) making a romance work and here, two out of the three are addressed well (more on that later). Gracie and Manning’s chemistry can sizzle when they’re alone, and their conversations are the mix of sexy-funny-sweet that melts my butter. Bonus, give me a good old fashioned trope like an unexpected pregnancy and I’m usually happier than a kid with unlimited pixie sticks. -There’s the usual obstacles to their love but I have to point out that while the story seems as if it’s going to go down the usual “the other woman is EV-ILL for reasons” road, it flips the script in a neat way.
The (mildly) Bad(ish) -A bit more Manning and Gracie time would have elevated these proceedings. The time spent apart and longing for each other would have meant more if we had seen that conversation on the golf course. Honestly, I had been hoping for it as part of a prologue for this book and was a little sad not to get it. If we had been given that, I think I could have really, really loved this more. -Not quite a standalone. Their initial meeting and that golf course conversation happens (kind of) in the previous book, and as I recall, that conversation was off-page in The Pilot and the Puck-Up. I don’t think it’s essential to read the whole series, but reading that book would be helpful. -There’s a bit of repetition with the reasons for Gracie and Manning being apart, enough that it was noticeable. -To be as spoiler-free as possible, I will not go into detail, so we’re going down a very vague path here. This is one of those points that is completely subjective and may or may not bother certain readers. The complication of the betrothal isn’t the big to-do it could have been, but...it does lead to some, let’s say, sleeping arrangements that I was not a fan of. It never crosses my hard lines of no physical contact/emotional connection with OM/OW, so rest assured that’s why this is just irksome, not a deal-breaker.
Everything in Between -That cover though. Lawd. It is pretty. The only thing would have made it perfect was if the model had been smiling, because that’s a huge part of Manning’s personality. He’s the type of person who is always smiling, because he knows how much it irks some people. -Manning’s last name. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you know what I was thinking. It has nothing to do with the story and everything to do with my GoT obsession. #isit2019yet -Goat’s Tit. That name. Yep, if you have a have a small town in your romance, make it funny and/or xrated. Please and thank you.
Gracie and Manning wiggled their smiling way into my heart. I really did enjoy their romance and seeing more of Goat’s Tit made me smile. Come on! I have to say that as many times as I can. Hush. Anyway, I think you’ll enjoy this book and I’d recommend for those who love their funny with their romance. Next up is Ares, and I am here for that. I too, am a firm believer in communicating in GIF form, so talk about a man after my own heart. Can’t wait.
**ARC provided by author via GiveMeBooks PR for review**
I knew it! I knew I would love that Royal Puckhead! And Gracie! OMG she is so perfect. This book is fighting for the number one spot with Mr. Romance (cause Knox, duh), it was just so good. If you're ever looking to literally laugh out loud while reading and at the same time sigh from all the romance, you need to jump on the Pippa train right this minute.
Manning is so damn swoon worthy it's almost disgusting (but not really cause he made me smile through the book), and Gracie is this little firecracker who has possibly the best heart a human being can have. I adored her so much. She is fiery, loyal to those she cares about, smarter than she believes and ADORABLE! I know I already said that, I don't care. You can feel the love coming off these two, you laugh with them, get angry with them, feel hurt with them. I guess what I'm saying is Pippa Grant can rock writing a book.
So many old and NEW characters this time around and they were all instrumental in making this book rock. Elin and her screeching were hilarious, Ares was on point the entire book (as was Loki), Joey was showing more of her marshmallow than normal (loved it!). Sweet Peach...please tell me she gets laid or shacked up soon, she needs to calm down, get some of that pent up frustration out or something. But as always, these characters were an awesome addition.
Oh right, and if you love her books, you should definitely sign up for the Pippa Report. Every time I read it I laugh, such a good pick me up in the middle of my week, and I get amazing book recommendations from Mr. Romance that I have really liked. And who knows, you could win a Bag of Crap!
What a great RomCom. The banter between the hockey playing Prince and the cookie baker from Goat’s Tit, Alabama is a just great. The author has written a funny storyline with perfect characters for the pets but trust me when I say it’s not all laughter and sunny days for sure.
Prince Manning is the Royal Family’s trouble child. He is always embarrassing his father the King and his knocking-up Gracie, the cookie baker, is not going to sit well. But Manning wants Gracie and the baby and not the life his family has planned out for him. As for Gracie, she doesn’t think she is good enough for the Prince and sets out to convince Manning she wants to raise the baby alone. But when the when the Royal Family arrives and families meet. Gracie decided to fight for herself and her man.
Does it work? Can Manning and Gracie find a way to be together and by the time all is said and done do they even want to be together or will they just co-parent across the miles? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Ms Grant has truly written a dandy in my humble opinion. I highly recommend grabbing Royally Pucked today; you won’t be sorry you did.
“What would you be if you didn’t have to be a prince?” I whisper. His attention lifts back to my eyes. “Yours.”
Oh Pippa, you're very quickly becoming my new favourite author!
This is the second book by Pippa Grant I've had the pleasure of reading. I've now gone back to the beginning of her catalogue as I need more!!
This book was brilliant! From the fantastically punny title, to the hilarious characters and heartfelt storyline; I loved every minute.
Royally Pucked is Manning and Gracie's story. Both characters are written brilliantly; their emotions and motives throughout the book are believable and relatable. As the story began, the two protagonists had already met and it jumped straight into the action. I thought I may struggle to get into it but it worked really well. Their backstory was explained throughout the book so there was no chance to feel as though I'd missed anything. Love Gracie's choice of career and her inner monologues are something else... One particular favourite of mine was her contemplation of mermaids due to her purchase of her sparkly green mermaid boots... Did make me think for a bit, and as Gracie so elegantly concluded; "I’ll simply have to wear my mermaid boots and have all the orgasms for them."
Royally Pucked is brilliantly written, funny and heartfelt, with some great supporting characters! (My favourite had to be Ares - the hunky hockey player of very few words!) I can't wait to read everything else Pippa has written...
Cute but I couldn't understand why certain things happened the way they did, when they did. For instance, Manning should've "manned-up" way earlier. I thought he was kind of dumb for not speaking up and resolving things sooner. I don't understand what happened to Elin. (Is it just me or her disappearance wasn't really explained?) I wish the author put in a scene about Gracie and Manning talking about her dyslexia instead of brushing over it in passing bec she isn't stupid and I wanted Gracie to have her moment of triumph and self-actualization.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Her eyes bewitch me. Duty and responsibility fade away, and all that's left is simple fascination for this woman who is unexpectedly carrying my child. Fatherhood is nothing I've ever wished for. Yet the idea of a wee one tromping around the meadows with her dark eyes, hockey stick in hand, torturing the sheep and running and laughing- It all takes my breath away and leaves the most natural rightness settling in my soul.
I loved Gracie and Manning's story. It wasn't as outrageous with the over-the-top hilarity like Joey and Zeus or Ambrosia and Chase's stories. It was sweet and still really funny, so it doesn't run the risk of diabetes level cuteness. Since I'm feeling lazy tonight, I'm not going to bother going into what I like about it or anything. I'm just gonna throw in a bunch of quotes and snippets that I liked.
Princesses don't say fuck. They don't dress up like dinosaurs to toilet paper the freaky weird blow-up Halloween decoration zoo on the high school band director's front lawn either, or count on people ordering sugar cookies printed with dick pics for half their monthly income. Wanna guess how many of those I've already done today? Well you're wrong. The toilet papering was last year. And, for the record, I've printed more cookies with pussies on them than dicks today. Which doesn't make any of this any better. Or worse, I guess.
My lips twitch up. She shall save me? "I believe it's the prince's role to save the damsel in distress, my lady." "Oh, fuck that old fairy tale. You need someone who can get shit done, and you're looking at her. Your Royal Highness." I'm unable to stop a bark of laughter. She's so bloody adorable. "And I'm to be your prize for slaying the dragon?" Her nose wrinkles. "No." "No?" "Princesses don't say fuck," she informs me, "and I have no intention of stopping, which means I have no intention of being your princess."
But I'm still not princess material. I just shipped out twenty-four cookies printed with the tip of a dick that was decorated with a Sharpie to look like a smiley face-and yes, the nose is what your thinking, though the smiley face was drawn upside down so that the head had giant hairy testicle ears, and yes, that does mean it's as short as you're thinking-and since I found my wallet last night, today I stopped in a fancy boutique I've been drooling over the last three days to buy those thigh-high green glitter boots that will undoubtedly make me look like a mermaid hooker if I pair them with a green glitter bra and matching g-string. And really, if you're going to be a hooker, a mermaid hooker is the way to go. Because I'm pretty sure mermaids don't have vaginas. So clearly they can't get pregnact, which is practically the biggest risk of sex. Trust me. I'm living it. Also, I don't have a clue where a merman would hide his dick in his own scales, so it's not like mermaids would be giving head or hand jobs, so are mermaid whores even necessary? And now that I think about it, it does beg the question of where baby mermaids come from, but do we really care? No. No, we don't. Until you consider that if they don't have vaginas, I also don't know where their orgasms would come from. And now I'm feeling sorry for mermaids. I'll simply have to wear my mermaid boots and have all the orgasms for them. With Manning. And his magical trident, if you know what I mean.
I gape at him as words start to slowly filter into my brain, but the words still aren't sifting fast enough for me to form coherent sentences. Mister Beans leaps onto the table between us, turns, and lifts his tail to show me how well he cleaned himself after his trip to the litter box. Manning sneezes. "Oh, dog," I whisper. He grins despite his rapidly reddening eyes. "Bring the cat. We'll dress in dinosaur costumes and chase it about the palace." I laugh. I can't help it. "You're insane." "I'm a man who has unexpectedly found himself head over heels in love."
Gracie from Goats tit, Alabama is a simple sweet girl who owns a bakery. She wanted to be a nurse but dyslexia held her back. She meets a lot of high profile folks and a unforgettable hockey player at a fundraiser where her sister was invited. The handsome hockey player is a prince sent to the USA to straighten him out and return home to be married (arranged). However these two meet one more time when Gracie is delivering cookies. Uh oh! An unexpected pregnancy. Gracie does the right thing by going Virginia to tell the prince, but betrothed comes to pay an unexpected visit. Manning is charming and the author did a great job with his Nordic speech. Gracie is just as charming with her hospitality and southern love.
Oh my dog, you need to read Royally Pucked right the hell now! Well, if you want to wait until after you read this glorious review that’s fine too. BUT be sure to one-click Manning and Gracie right there after. Don’t make me get Manning to issue a royal order or something . . . well, he’s like 10th in line for the throne, so maybe that won’t really work out for me after all . . .
So, the cat’s out of the bag. Manning Frey is really a prince. No, really. He’s a Crown Prince form Stölland and “on loan” to the US for a year to play hockey, to increase awareness of Stölland and maybe boost their tourism, oh, and to most definitely let things simmer down from his latest escapade. But Manning is still a man. A man who’s set his sights on one Gracie Diamonte. She’s wiggled her way under his skin and he wants more. More time with her. More knowledge about her. More of everything. Especially now that she’s carrying his child.
And Gracie wants more too. She wants to be a mom. She wants to be with Manning. And is bound and determined to make that happen. But more may come at a cost. See Manning’s betrothed. Engaged for those of you who don’t follow the royals. But Manning’s determined to carve out his own destiny, even if it creates the biggest scandal the royal family has ever seen.
I really can’t tell you appropriately how much I loved Royally Pucked from their ridiculous meet-cute with the T-Rex costume through all the ups and downs in dealing with an overbearing sister *I’m looking at YOU, Joey* to well-intentioned team mates, overly protective protective detail and a bitch-on-wheels fiancée. And I would be remiss to fail to mention Loki—the little scene stealer. Seriously, though I laughed, swooned, giggled, gasped, smiled, and I even admit snorting a few times because that laugh/swoon/gasp happened all at the same time. I absolutely adore these characters and cannot wait for more in Beauty and the Beefcake. ~Missy, 5 stars
Pippa Grant is back with her latest “Royally Pucked”. This is a standalone yet we do get to see previous characters that tie in to this story make appearances. In Royall Pucked, Manning Frey is a real-life Prince who is asked to leave his country by his father, the King, because his image was messed up and although he is not next in line for the throne, his father told him to go get that image fixed and fast-but it needed to be done outside his country. Manning meets Joey’s younger sister, Gracie, and the two have an immediate chemistry and they definitely go hook up. Gracie’s brother is very overprotective when it comes to his sister so Gracie has to do all sort of things to keep her private life private from her brother. Only thing is, Gracie has a huge secret that will out itself within a matter of months. Gracie is a very special person, and she feels like she is worthless and not someone special enough to be with a prince yet Manning does prove how special Gracie is to him. They go thru this long distance relationship and we get to see how strong and independent Gracie is, besides her kindness and sweetness. Manning and Gracie go thru this rough period and we get to see the ups and downs in a new relationship. Will Gracie’s secret cause Manning to run or will be prince up and prove their relationship is the real deal. This has a lot of angst, passion, humor, confusion, sizzling chemistry and most of all, LOVE. I really liked the latest from Ms. Grant and look forward to reading her again!
My Rating: 4.5 stars ***** “I received an advanced copy of this book from the author at no cost to me."
Royally Pucked by Pippa Grant “Hilariously disastrous in the best way, 5 stars”
Manning was banished to the states to play hockey and clean up his act. He was perfectly okay with this since it meant getting out of his princely duties and away from the woman he’s supposed to marry. What he never thought about before hand was Gracie and what would follow after meeting her. Gracie is not living the life she always wanted. She didn’t know a learning disability would leave her setting for her fall back career instead of the one she always wanted, but here she is rocking it. Then there’s her love life, or her nonexistent one thanks to her over protective sister. Gracie knew Manning was the perfect choice for a one-night stand, what she didn’t see happening is what followed. This is a hilarious romantic comedy about love and duty. Manning tries to find a way to not only help his royal family but also keep the woman he wants. His assigned bride doesn’t want him and he doesn’t want her, he wants the one who’s carrying his baby and definitely not the definition of a princess. Will the three find their way out of the mess they found themselves in and get the happily ever they all deserve? Read to find out. Plot-5/5 Characters- 5/5 Heat- 5/5 Writing style- 5/5 Overall- 5/5 **SBR Reviews**
Royally Pucked follows Gracie, the sister of the previous novel’s leading lady Joey, and Prince Manning of Stolland. Gracie is a small town baker who creates cookies with pictures of people’s faces, etc. and yes, even their genitalia when requested. Manning is on loan from his country to the NHL for a year so his father can smooth over his latest indiscretion before he’s to marry his betrothed once he hits 30. What these two have can’t even really be classified as a one night stand but nevertheless results in an unexpected pregnancy. In true Pippa fashion hilarity ensues along with a hot attraction and great chemistry between the two main characters. This was a total page turner and did not disappoint. As always, great job, Pippa!
Pippa Grant has done it again with another hilarious book. I have read every book of hers, and her wicked sense of humour astounds me time and again. She is definitely a one click author for me. You couldn't get two more polar opposites than Gracie & Manning, but even throughout all the craziness that is just Gracie herself, you could tell that these two were meant for each other. She has an absolute heart of gold, and I think Manning is lucky that out of all the men in the world, she chose him. Cannot wait to read Ares' book next, will be interesting to see how Pippa writes his story using gifs and texts!! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book
Showers of fairy sparkles I’ve got a huge girl crush on Gracie Diamonte. What an amazing heroine she is. Vulnerable, but so darn plucky. Full of bravado, and fiercely loyal to those she loves. Afraid, and brave. One of the most complex and delightfully endearing characters I’ve ever read. I loved her! And Manning is the Prince, the man, that deserves such a special woman. So much more than he appears. When you dig beneath the surface smile, and the carefree demeanor, you see the weight he carries. For his family, his country, and Gracie. Pippa Grant does it again. What a wonderful book!
I have loved all the Pippa Grant books that I have read and this was no exception. The characters and the plot were all so perfectly written and I was so incredibly charmed by this book. I fell in love with Gracie and Manning in The Pilot and the Puck-Up and it was so nice seeing them get together in this one. I'm not going to lie and say that Ares isn't my favorite character and I am the most excited I could possibly be for Beauty and the Beefcake, but I had such fun reading this book. All of the characters were such fun to read about and in usual Pippa style this book was hilarious. Gracie and Manning had some great one liners that made my heart positively sing! Great book, would highly recommend to any romance lover looking for their next funny read.
I feel completely satisfied and happy to finally have read this book! It was a totally fun, sexy, delectable romance with the humor I come to know and love from Pippa Grant. I laughed, I swooned, I giggled, I loved, I sniffled..it was all sorts of AWESOME!
This is a royal book of EPIC-NESS! I really...REALLY liked Gracie and Manning, heck of a lot more than I imagined I would. These two had great chemistry yes, but I felt like they were a match made in heaven. I loved the banter, the way they both seemed to think of each other's happiness and what would be best for the other person. It made me sappy and happy. I loved the fact that I got a romance that was both insanely humorous and sexy as can be. I ADORED Royally Pucked...ADORED people!
I give this book a SENSATIONALLY ROYAL FIVE SHOOTING STARS!
I’m not going to lie. I was surprised when I liked Pippa Grant. I know, I know. Hush my mouth when I’m talking to you. I fully admit I was wrong, but when I first read the book descriptions I thought they would be nothing more than completely over the top ridiculous comedy. Don’t get me wrong, there are over the top hilarious moments, but there is so much more. Now, I am rushing to get my hands on them as soon as they are announced. I honestly think they get better and better with each and every book, and Royally Pucked is no exception.
When Gracie Diamonte meets Manning Frey, her life is turned upside down. Manning is spare to the spare to the spare (etc.) heir of Stolland, a small Viking country. Manning is currently exiled to the USA to play hockey while his family cleans up the scandal he created back home. While he is to be laying low before returning to his betrothed, Gracie seems to be more than he can resist. When Gracie is captivated by Manning, their paths are forever changed.
I love Gracie Diamonte. She is such a complex character. She is strong and vulnerable. She is scared and so brave. She has insecurities, but she doesn’t let them get in the way of her fierce loyalty to those she loves. She is wonderful and brought all the feels. She may be under constant scrutiny from her protective older sister, Joey “Fireball” Diamonte, but that doesn’t mean she is completely innocent. Between her unique bakery and her one night stand with the prince, she shows us that where there’s a will, there's a way. However, the consequences of her fling with the prince are beyond anything she would’ve imagined.
Manning is layers upon layers of fascinating character. His constant smiling and easy going facade don’t even begin to scratch the surface of who he really is. Begin born royal, his life seems to be beyond his control. While he wants to fulfill his role for his family and his country, the pressure seems to be closing in on him. Allowing himself to take what he really wants with Gracie, just once, shouldn’t be asking too much, but it has the power to change his life forever.
I loved following Gracie and Manning through their journey. They were great characters individually and fantastic together. Pippa was able to make me laugh while bringing wonderful emotional moments with these characters. Her ability to balance comedy, romance, and strong emotional connections (romantic, friendly, and familial) continues to impress me. I can’t wait to see what comes next!
I received an advanced copy of this book with no expectations from or obligation to the author.
I was given this ARC as an honest read for an honest review. This was my first time reading Pippa Grant. She is full of surprises!! He characters are intense and complex along with being funny. This is Manning and Gracie's story. Manning meets Gracie at a charity golf event and is taken by her sweetness and also to piss her Sister Joey off. Then you have Gracie who is taken with Manning and how she feels so at ease with him. These two find moments of passion, that changes there lives. Gracie the cookie baker doesn't think she can have all that this wrinkle manages to do, and Manning feels he's undeserving and can't have his hearts desire. Can these two overcome there obstacles and be together or does other factor see to keep them apart? Read now to see if this amazing couple get there HEA!!
Another great read in this series! I loved Mister McHottie (Chase and Bro) but Manning and Gracie are a definite contender for my favorite with them. These two are just perfect for each other and even though it took unforeseen circumstances to bring them together, I'm glad they found their HEA with each other. I felt so bad for Manning being forced into a marriage with someone who he didn't love but also learning of the issues because that brought on the betrothal. This man deserved happiness. Gracie was so sweet and perfect you couldn't help but love her. She had the air of an innocent young lady with the creativity of a dirty person. I loved it! Great read, great author! Looking forward to more!
The best of the series! Entertaining, but meaningful. There was substance with all of the laughs and it was a more serious story than both its predecessor and successor but very well done. I knew there's a HEA coming but I still had my heart in my throat and I was just about dying.
O my Dog I like romantic comedies because they give you respite from day to day mundane and complexities of reality.. Pippa Grant really do it well when it comes to romantic comedy. Her characters are larger than life but still so relatable. I loved all her books. They all are unique in their own way and leaves you with anticipation to know about other characters. Manning and Gracie are cutest couple with a very interesting love story. Their journey is full of laughter and few small hurdles. Its a feel good romance which makes you chuckle and sometime full blown laughter. Side characters from previous books and new addition are interesting without overcrowding the plot. Even monkey and cat have roles which fits in the story really well..
Oh my DOG this book was HYSTERICAL! Another great read from this author! For the first time from Ms. Grant I wasn't blown away by the hero (Manning). I liked him, I just am more looking forward to Ares, but she writes him so well I understood him alot better and was for sure in team Manning by the end. But GRACIE! Oh how much do I love that spunky little cookie baker! She was hysterically funny, and SO endearing! If someone doesn't root for her happily ever after while reading this story there is something wrong with their heart and they should get that checked out! (Of course I'm kidding I know not everyone is always going to love everyone but Gracie really is the best!) The icing on the cake (or cookie as the case may be with this story) is for sure Loki! I loved his antics, and he fit right in with the Gods Zeus and Ares to have Loki who is a God of (fittingly) Mischief. I am so looking forward to Ares book next!