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Just One of the Royals

(The Chicago Falcons #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.

Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is rea
Published June 2018 by Entangled Teen
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May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Princess Diaries meets the Mighty Ducks.
Just one of the royals has all my favourite books themes rolled into one.
- Best friends who secretly want more ✅Check
- Fake relationship ✅Check
- Ice hockey player ✅Check
- Misunderstood bad boy ✅Check

Daniel Sacachelli is a hockey player for the Falcons. His best friend Madison is also the girl of his dreams, but he needs to find the courage to tell her. Daniel is also hiding another truth. He's secretly a prince and his responsibilities are about to catch
Cute.. but super predictable.

Just One of the Royals is the second book of The Chicago Falcon's series. In it, you will meet Daniel who is a hockey player for the Falcons. His best friend, Madison, who just happens to be in love with him. Of course this is kind of like any kind of hallmark or lifetime movie.. but it was a cute and quick read.

They form a fake relationship and it turns into something real. Then he's a prince in disguise and vavoom - love is in the air. Now when I dove into this bo
Samantha (WLABB)
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just re-read my review for the previous book in this series, Just One of the Boys, and I have to say, I am harboring many of the same thoughts about this book, which is a positive thing.

I had adored Madison in the last book, because she was such a fantastic friend to Al, and I was happy that she was getting her own romance. I was also excited to see she was getting paired up with the resident bad boy, Daniel. They had a really close friendship in the previous book, but I wasn't sure if the att
This is a lovely teen romance with plenty of surprises along the way. To start with Daniel Sacachelli is the illegitimate son - and heir -of the King of Eldonia but no one at his school knows this. There he’s one of the star hockey players and best friend of Madison Myong. Actually he’d like to be much more than her best friend, but she has very controlling parents and he has a poor reputation so they’d find him totally unacceptable. Little does he know that Madison also wants to be more than hi ...more
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Just One of the Royals is the second book in a series about members of a junior hockey team. I haven’t read the first book in the series yet (from what I gather it sounds very similar to the move She’s the Man, but with hockey instead of soccer), but found this could be read easily as a standalone.

I really liked the friendships in the book. The guys on the hockey team, plus Madison (the trainer) were all pretty close an
Alja Katuin
A lovely,light story about true love and how sometimes it’s better to be honest and upfront! I loved it, I’m looking forward to reading more of this author
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Hold up a sec...
- Ice hockey player
- Guy is secretly a prince and needs to learn how to be more royal (Princess Diaries vibes)
- Friendship to romance trope

Yeah, I need in on this.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Just one of the Royals is the second book in the Chicago Falcons series by Leah and Kate Rooper. I loved the first book in the series, Just one of the Boys, so much that I actually re-read it before picking up this book. So I had a pretty good feeling I was going to enjoy Just one of the Royals. Leah and Kate Rooper make a great writing duo. I can't wait to see what the next book is going to bring for us. The Chicago ...more
Alja Katuin
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Absolutely loved how quirky and quick this read was. I need more of these kind of books!
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Just One of the Royals is a cute young adult story about a bastard son who has to learn to be a King for his people. Daniel has no interest in being the prince of Eldonia, let alone the king. However, after his father passes away, his sister comes out to America to ask for him to consider taking the thrown. In their country, only a male can rule the country, so if Daniel turns it down, Eva must marry a suitable man to rule the kingdom or the family will lose the thrown forever. This was sort of ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF at 57%

The concept was good.

But there was literally no character development – how old are they? Their dialogue was so juvenile, I was honestly thinking they were young teens (except when they said Eva was 16, that is the only part which gave me indication with how old they all were) but even then, yes, the dialogue made them sound like they were very young. And sure, you call them junior hockey team – is that junior in university? No, it couldn't be, because Madison wants to go to Julliard
nora 🪐
This was cute, but I'm a little too old for this. I probably would have liked this series if I had read this like five years ago. Either way, I will admit that The Princess Diaries is one of my favourite films, so no surprise I kinda liked this one.

A lil rant/info-dump idk about the Korean rep: (view spoiler)
Colleen's Conclusions
I received Just one of the Royals by Leah and Kate Rooper from Netgalley. It has no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.

I was very excited when I first heard about Just One of the Royals. It's very surprising, but I love a good hockey story. And if you add in some royalty to it? HUGE BONUS!! I quickly started it when I got it and was very pleased that it met my expectations.

Just One of the Royals is the second book to The Chicago Falcon's series by Leah and Kate Rooper. They could al
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I hoped for another version of the secret-prince trope, but this one wasn't bad.

Daniel is secretly a prince and now his father, the king of Eldonia, died, his sister shows up asking him to take over the throne or else she'll have to marry against her will thanks to some very old law. But Daniel knows his popularity isn't that high, so he gets the help of his secret-crush Madison, who suggests pretending they're a thing so he can show commitment.

I really wanted the actual prince trope. I
Note that I had no idea this was the second book to a series. Although this had been the case, the story was still easy to follow and was quite entertaining. In tradition to "The Princess Diaries" (except the main character is a prince), the story follows Daniel (an illegitimate son and heir to a throne) and Madison (an immigrant with a dream).

It was interesting to read about the thoughts of a secret prince and the other POV from Madison. They were similar to each other as they were both hesita
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Just One of the Royals was a fun and cute book to read during my royal wedding hangover!

One of my favorite things about this book was the focus on friendships! All the characters had such strong dynamics with everyone around them, and it warmed my heart so much! The authors were great at creating believable and fun friendships between everyone.

The romance in this book was very sweet and adorable! The romance was supposed to be the trope of a fake relationship to something more, which is one of
Princess diaries with hockey is a fun concept. The writing just wasn’t very good.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
1.5 Stars

I wanted to love this I really did. It has everyhing I'm looking for in a fluffy contemporary, but this just fell incredibly flat to me. I thought the plot moved fast, with little to no set up and the characters were one dimensional. The dialogue was rough and felt really juvenille. The whole story was just a miss for me. Can't win them all.

I received a copy of the book from Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Diane Lynch
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hockey-romance
Falcons' hockey player, Daniel Sacachelli, has a secret; he is the bastard son to the King of Eldonia. After his father’s passing, he needs to head to Eldonia to take up the crown, so his family does not lose their kingdom. He enlists the help of his best friend, Madison Myong, to help him clean up his image. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for young adults.

I like Daniel. He is a Junior League hockey player. He loves his half-sister, Evangeline Harwell. He would do anything for her
KarenJo Custodio
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 - Delightfully Cute and Fun Romance with a Royally Adorable Twist!

This book was a quick, lovely, and entertaining friends to lovers story with plenty of sweet, heartwarming and laugh out loud moments. It was enjoyable from beginning to end and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series.

Just One of the Royals by Leah and Kate Rooper is pretty much Princess Diaries, but instead of an awkward and shy teenage girl turned princess, we have an adorable and charming star hockey player w
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just One of the Royals by Leah and Kate Rooper is book 2 of the Chicago Falcons series. Daniel Sacachelli is the quintessential, All American , motorcycle riding, hockey playing bad boy. Except he's not, really. Madison Myong comes from a successful immigrant family and is destined to become a Doctor. Except she doesn't want to. Each is the best friend who wants to be with the other, but can't make the first move.

When Daniel's secret is revealed, that he is the bastard prince of Eldonia he needs
*I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This book and I didn't agree, but I was able to pull through and finish it. The thing is, 15% into the book I knew how it would end. Like, I've pretty much read this plot line before in both YA and adult romance books, so all the steps were pretty obvious... unfortunately. Someone new to romance might not know these steps, though, so it might be a good read for them. But for Madison, our main character who claims
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

There were some cute moments to this, and I'm a sucker for ballrooms and fake relationships, but the writing in this was choppy and a little sloppy. I would have liked a bit more editing for flow and style but otherwise it was an enjoyable late night read!
CrazyCat (Alex)
This was such a fun light read. A real feel good book. Sure, the HEA was a given, but it the way to it and the how made me laugh and I will definitely read the next book.
I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing!
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just One of the Royals by Leah and Kate Rooper is the 2nd book in The Chicago Falcons series. Just One of the Royals is a sweet, fun, and delightful YA contemporary romance and part of the Entangled Teen Crush series. Daniel Sacachelli loves hockey, but he has a secret. Madison Myong and Daniel have been best friends, but is there anything more? I love this genre, there is something so innocent about first loves. I love the quirky people and situations in this book, and watching the characters g ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I tried really, really hard to like this. It has elements that I love: POC as a love interest, hockey, secret royals, mutual pining, and the smitten bad boy. All of these combined could not get me through this book. The prose is cringe-y; the dialogue even more so. Though it disappoints me, I'll just have to find my hockey POC romance somewhere else. ...more
DNF 40%

I wanted to love this I really did... But I didn't.

Zoe Forward
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A hothead hockey player finds himself in the middle of the Princess Diaries. Only, he's the royal. Not her. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about teenagers being stupid teenagers who can't communicate how much they're into each other. Yep, it was totally annoying about their lack of social communication skills, but, hey, that's so true for any kid who's sixteen. I mean, how in the world could any teenager come to grips with suddenly taking on the mantle of ruling a kingdom? Especially a kingdom that ...more
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
This one has it all from BFF's to the always misunderstood bad boy. A quick read that's full of surprises and hearty laughs. I now must read the first book in the series!!

{I requested an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and made no guarantee of a favorable review. The opinions contained herein are unbiased and my own.}
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view.

After loving book 1, Just One of the Boys, so much, when this book became available to request on NetGalley, I don't think I could've pressed the request button any faster. Daniel and Madison were characters I was definitely intrigued about in the previous book, so having their story now told was a dream come true, and with the added royal element too. Daniel has been keeping a secret from all of his team ma
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Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters who live on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. Ever since they were little, they have loved playing make-believe. Now even as “grown-ups”, they play make-believe every day in the stories they write. When they’re not glued to their laptops, Leah and Kate are both studying Elementary School Education at university.

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“It doesn’t matter how many times I take Madison on my motorcycle, she always squeezes me tight enough to bruise. I swear, I get more roughed up from one motorcycle ride with her than I do in a Junior League hockey game. Not that I mind. I mean, I’ll take bruises in exchange for having her arms around me any day. Too bad she doesn’t realize that.” 0 likes
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