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Royal Service

(Royals of Danovar #1)

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King Phillip is a real life Prince Charming. Golden haired with a Danovian accent, and a solid gold crown sitting on his head, he’s every girl’s daydream. He’s a good man and an even better king, but the one thing he’s been terrible at is choosing a royal wife -- fearing a marriage that’s more about policy than passion. But when his mother invites all the eligible maidens ...more
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Published May 24th 2018 by Relay Publishing
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Royal Service is book one in the Royals of Danovar series by Leslie North. This is a sweet modern day retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale.

King Phillip Gregory Humbert Alcott is the King of Danovar. Phillip is almost thirty years old. It is the law that in order to hold the position of King, you must marry by your thirtieth birthday. Phillip is completely dedicated to serving his people and if that means choosing a wife by her ability to be a good Queen, that it would be a marriage of servitud
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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CINDERELLA love story! Fun to read the connections between the fairy tale and North's Royal Service. Light hearted romantic telling of King Phillip and his hunt for a wife. At his first sight of maid Ella; Phillip was drawn to her. Ella has dreams of training horses and the freedom to go back to America. Sweet meetings lead the couple to admit their true feelings. HEA!! "A copy of this book was provided by Relay Publishing via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my hon ...more
Space Cowgirl
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
⏰Waking Up Dead💀!
Adults Only Cinderella Tale.....
👑King Phillip🐺🍆🌋 is almost 30 years old and he needs to find a wife👰 soon, but having a large party where all the eligible noble women are invited at one time is ridiculous. It's his engagement party, and he is supposed to just practically flip a coin and pick a woman he doesn't even know.
If he doesn't find a wife👰 before his birthday, he loses the throne, and his younger brother Eric will become 👑King.
When he sees two women arrive with a Perky b
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free advanced copy of this book and voluntarily gave a review.

Royal Service appears to be a modern twist on the classic Cinderella story. King Philip has to get married by the time he turns 30. To solve this issue, his mother invites all the eligible women to an estate, similar to The Bachelor. Philip ends up meeting Ella at the estate, and the rest is history (for the sake of avoiding spoilers - you will have to read the book to find out about this history).

The description of the b
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Royal Service is a sweet, sexy retelling of Cinderella.

King Phillip needs to find a wife but he's not thrilled about having to pick from a crop of "eligible" ladies. Especially when he spies a maid that he wants. Ella's not really a maid, though. What she is is a sweet young woman who is always on hand to help out her stepsisters, both of whom her stepmother is intent on presenting to King Phillip for marriage.

As the two of them fall into a clandestine affair, their hearts are starting to becom
Isha Coleman
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A dashing hero, a feisty heroine and a reality show are a few of the highlights from the modern day twist to a Cinderella story. With the recent surge of royal fever Phillip and Ella couldn't have come at a better time. North brings the sexy and heart with a sprinkle of humor to modern romance. Ella dreams with her heart and it's those fantasies that have saved her from the heartbreak that is her life. Phillip is a realist that has forgotten how to dream. Funny that it takes a Bachelor type sett ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I laughed, cried, screamed and fell deeply in love.
Feb 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
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King Phillip is a real life Prince Charming. Golden haired with a Danovian accent, and a solid gold crown sitting on his head, he’s every girl’s daydream. He’s a good man and an even better king, but the one thing he’s been terrible at is choosing a royal wife -- fearing a marriage that’s more about policy than passion. But when his mother invites all the eligible maidens to The Summer House Party, Phillip is trapped in a real-life Bachelor where he won
Nancy D
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In This story Leslie has taken the old tale of Cinderella and brought it up to date. King Phillip is looking for a bride, well actually his mother is looking for a bride for her son. All of the eligible young ladies are brought to their Summer House Party so Phillip can scope out the women and make a choice of a woman to marry. King Phillip would rather marry for love, not duty but goes along with this plan. Ella Fernstone is there posing as an assistant to her step sisters with one plan in mind ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book via Hidden Gems and am voluntarily leaving a review. What a wonderful twist on an old fairy tale of Cinderella. This is bringing Cinderella into the 21st Century. Ella does have a stepmother and two stepsisters. However, instead of being forced into servitude, she gladly serves. Even though her stepmother was never maternal to her, she was never cruel. All Ella dreamed about was her freedom to pursue competitive riding in America. Even though she ...more
A Klue
With a touch of Cinderella meets a somewhat male version of The Princess Diaries, I found myself presented with a main couple that I just couldn’t root for, folks. At only 40% into it, I was repulsed by the idea sweet, gullible, always taken advantage of Ella was OK with having a very brief fling with King Phillip then deliberately handing him off to marry one of her stepsisters. The fact he was more than ready to do the same didn’t endear me to him, as well. No, frankly, I didn’t find that roma ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A modern day Cinderella with glittery shoes
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my 20th book by Leslie, as one of my favorite authors! Leslie quickly pulls you into the story of King Phillip of Danovar is not thrilled to have to marry by the age of 30, and his mother’s idea of a Summer House Party as a way to meet his bride. Ella was born in Danovar, but has lived in the United States after her father remarried. Her stepmother is trying to marry off one of her daug
Peggy R
This is the first book I have read by this author and I found it to be a quick, easy, enjoyable read. I liked both characters and thought the author did a great job of developing their chemistry. I liked that they developed part of their relationship through letter writing. It was old fashioned and sweet. I liked that Ella knew what she wanted and didn't settle. I also liked that in this updated telling of Cinderella, the step-mother and sister weren't the typically selfish individuals.

I'm looki
Julianne Macneil
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
King Phillip has to choose a wife and many women come to try and catch his eye. When Ella comes with her two step sisters, she wants to get one of them married to the King so she can leave and start her life over in the US knowing they will be taken care of. The King has to marry within a certain class and he really wants to marry for love. When he sees Ella, he is attracted to her, but thinks she is a maid. When Phillip learns who Ella is, he pursues her and tries to convince her to marry him. ...more
Lori  Wertz
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a modern Cinderella story with out the wicked stepmother and step sisters. The only thing I did not like was how easily Ella gave in. I think she should have made Phillip beg a bit more.
Melanie Jo
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great Royal romance. I actually enjoyed this one as it reminded me of Cinderella but with a modern touch to it. Ella was such a great character and I loved her with Phillip. The writing was great and kept you hooked throughout the whole book. If you love Royal romances, I definitely recommend this one.

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
Christi Adkins
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Royal Service was an awesome ten star read. I loved this whole book from beginning to end. I couldn't put it down. You will love every minute of this smooth talking alpha and the suspense this read offers. Go grab this royal temptation now. ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very enjoyable book. I laughed, snorted, cried and was deeply touched.
It has a fairy tale ring to it but deviates in a lovely way.
Of course there is a sexy hunk of a king, but an equally engaging soon to be queen.
Easy read that captures your heart and just makes you want to read more.

My view, my own words and my own review.
Hsu Lee
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily offered to review this book with no obligations and my opinions are honest
The characters + storytelling were very captivating
Phillip was prepared to marry anyone to keep his crown.
Enter Ella.
I don't think that Ella really thought what being a queen really was.
Now Phillip + Ella will have to see if their love is strong enough so survive this "royal mess."
The storytelling + the character's build were awesome!
It has all the ingredients that you need for a great book!
Sian Jennings
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a sweet, Cinderella-esque fairy tale that perfectly satisfies your royal cravings post the Royal Wedding.

King Phillip is the king of Danover, a fictional nation, and at almost thirty years old it's time for him to take a wife. As the law of Danover states that he must be married by thirtieth birthday or he can't rule, time is of the essence. As he is completely dedicated to serving his people, he wants to marry a woman who will make a good queen since he cannot marry for love. Phillip'
Angel Hatfield
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
King Philip Gregor Humbert alcott knelt beside his favorite vintage Indian motorcycle . he wished he could stay there or better yet ride off into the sunset- once the motorcycle was fixed. There was unfortunately a gaggle of women halfway down the drive. His mother was throwing a Summer House party for him to choose his bride. Firing up the motorcycle usually brought Philip peace. But with his thirteenth birthday close there was hardly any peace for him. According to his country's law and his mo ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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I love a good retelling of classic fairy tales and Royal Service does Cinderella quite proud. Just about everything you need to know upfront is in the cover description blurb.

Phillip is a charming man who wears the crown with pride and not a little hesitancy about his future bride. In order to rule he must marry, and that deadline to find a royal bride has about run out. He’s not looking forward to this get together at all, but one woman has caught his attention… even
Miriam Wolfe
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.

Cute modern version of Cinderella's story but with nicer step-sisters and step-mother. It was almost Cinderella meets The Bachelor until Phillip finds out that Ella was part of the nobility and he could marry her.

Parts were sweet when they would meet secretly and their note writing but it seemed like Phillip changed when Ella agreed to be his queen. He couldn't find time to see her and was already trying to change her. Granted, I thought that Ella w
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A modern day fairy tale retelling that manages to be fresh, inventive and unpredictable. Yes, there are some parallels to Cinderella, but there's also enough differences to make it feel like an original story. Not only did I like both main characters but I thought that all the secondary characters were well drawn as well.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, with enough going on to keep my interest and make me want to see what happened next. There was one incident however (no spoile
Irene S
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lighthearted and sizzling version of Cinderella…This is a lighthearted and sizzling version of Cinderella. King Phillip is close to reaching his 30th birthday. Phillip has to either marry by then or allow his irresponsible brother to become king. His mother has set up a week long house party with all the eligible guests. Ella wants her one of her step-sisters to marry the king. Then Ella would be free to return to America to pursue a horse training business, Ella isn't sure if she wants to go fr ...more
Johanna Sawyer
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to the publisher for a copy to read and give my honest opinion.

Cute cover, but all this mess with the Royal Wedding had me grabbing this book. Have to tell you though, the blurb is longer than the book. I think the blurb is a bit more detailed too since I don't recall some of that in the book.
Ella is a nice play on Cinderella type novelette as she takes her stepsisters to the party. The only explanation that the author gives is that Ella is better at taking care of her stepsisters than
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a clear nod to Cinderella, this book was a sweet and sometimes steamy fairy tale come true. I rather enjoyed that it wasn't a strict retelling, with only a nod to the old tale. Our King Philip isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, just afraid to let his country down. And Ella isn't held under her stepmother's thumb with evil stepsisters. They actually seem to care about her, but are just a little too dependent on Ella's good nature and willingness to help.
The story of how Philip and Ella ge
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This light hearted romance is a wonderful twist on the classic Cinderella story. King Philip of Danovia has to marry by his thirtieth birthday or the crown goes to his younger brother. He is having problems choosing his bride, so his mother invites all of the eligible maidens to The Summer House Party.

Ella Fernstone has retreated to the role of servant/personal assistant since her father's death. Her stepmother is forgetful in her determination to make sure one of her daughters marry the king.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A modern version of Cinderella mixed with the Prince and Me and a little pinch of The Selection and you have Royal Service. The Danovian prince Philip is supposed to be married before his 30th birthday. Therefore, his mother invites all eligible ladies from the country to stay with them in the palace, so Philip can pick a bride. When Philip spots Ella, he is strangely attracted to her. Thinking her a maid, he knows he should not be meddling with her, but with the other girls. Ella offers to help ...more
Leslie Ooten
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a nice, quick read! Even though it is a short book, I didn't feel like the story was missing anything. The writing flowed well, and I liked the characters. I didn't realize going in that this was a take on Cinderella. I was happy to find out that it didn't have the typical evil stepmother in this story. Phillip and Ella were good together, and I thought they had great chemistry. I got annoyed at both characters a little bit at different times. Ella, because I felt like she was leading P ...more
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