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A full-length STANDALONE romantic comedy from USA TODAY bestselling author R.S. Grey.

I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.

But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.

It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.

Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.

I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.

I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.

He’s just biding his time.
Making me sweat.

His Royal Highness always gets what he wants.
And he wants me.

326 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 14, 2019

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R.S. Grey

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five romantic comedies. She loves books, chocolate, reality TV, and cold weather. She lives in Texas with her husband, two daughters, and dog. Visit her at rsgrey.com.

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Profile Image for Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️.
1,794 reviews27.8k followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
December 15, 2019
DNF @ 32%

It’s cute, but I’m just bored.

I also think the heroine is acting fairly ridiculous. She’s upset over a crush she had on him when she was 18 to his 28 and acting as his mentee in a professional mentoring program. They exchanged some business-only emails, had a few 20-minute coffee meetings where they discussed business, and had ONE two hour meeting where she unloaded all her family issues on him...and she is still caught up on it eights years later that he never responded to her final and completely inappropriate “let’s get to know each other better” email.

I’m sure it’s cute all the way through, but I’m just not interested in investing anymore reading time.
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1,088 reviews17.4k followers
April 5, 2020
As much as I enjoy the author’s work, I feel like these stories are becoming quite formulaic now. There isn’t much that makes them stand out, no unique quality. I feel like I enjoyed her earlier work much more than the past few releases we’ve had.

The world was fascinating but I wish we got more insight into both Derek and Whitney and how the disconnect from their parents affected them later in life.
We got some for Whitney, but the resolve towards the end was too quick. As for Derek, it was touched upon but not expanded.
Their chemistry was great, I did enjoy that. But I needed more! More heart, more vulnerability, more depth over all.


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1,260 reviews9,897 followers
November 17, 2019
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}


I don’t know how a soul finds its mate, why it seemed like mind had latched onto someone who was the least logical choice. All I know is it’s been eight years and I’m still not over my silly crush on Derek Knightley.






HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS is a sweet and laugh-out-loud hilarious romantic comedy about a beautiful woman with a quirky personality and her teenaged crush coming back into her life after an eight-year absence. Whitney Atwood works at a fantasy-themed amusement park where she plays the role of Princess Elena who is adored by the thousands of children who come to visit. She’s sweet and somewhat awkward and even though she has blossomed into a beautiful woman, she still sees herself as the shy and nerdy eighteen-year-old that she was eight years ago when she started working at Fairytale Kingdom. She’s lived the life of a true Cinderella, always overshadowed by her older sister who received most of the love and attention from their parents, but her friends at the amusement park have become her adopted family.




Whitney’s teenaged crush and mentor, Derek Knightley returns home after having been in London for the past eight years. She realizes that the time apart has not diminished her crush nor her hurt feelings of how he left things between them. When she was eighteen, Derek only saw her as an awkward teenager. He never looked at her the way he is now. He’s completely enraptured by her, but Whitney isn’t about to put her heart out there again and it will take extreme efforts by Derek and a well-meaning matchmaker to get these two to admit to their true feelings.




Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 5
Plot:
Angst: 4
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5



”HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS” is currently available. If you love a funny and sweet romantic comedy with a dash of steam, you’ll want to add this one as your next read.



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Profile Image for Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads.
686 reviews13.5k followers
November 10, 2019
I AM IN LOVE
I AM IN LOVEE
I AM IN LOVEEE
I AM IN LOVEEEEEEEEEEE!

I legit cannot even control my feelings for this book. Like seriously, my feelings have feelings and those feelings have feelings. I AM JUST FEELING ALLLLLLL THE THINGS.

Hands down, a FIVE-STAR-MUST READ! Enchanting and sweet and sexy and funny and SO unique! An unrequited love story with a slowburn deliciousness that grabs you by the feels and forces you to fall head over heels in love. I’m telling you I’m just all heart eyes and melty, swoony, gushy, shouty, crazy over this book! Such an epic read! Full review to come.
Profile Image for Kayla Brunson.
1,287 reviews237 followers
November 9, 2019
It’s taken me forever to try and get my thoughts together for this review. I adore R.S. Grey and her novels, so it hurts to even rate this low, let alone type a review as to why this didn’t work for me.

I wanted to get caught up in the magic of this theme park and swept away by the romance between our characters, Whitney and Derek. Only one of those things happened and it wasn’t the romance. I really liked all the detail that the author gave this theme park. I remember on R.S. Grey’s Instagram that she went to Disney World for inspiration and that paid off. I had a vivid mental picture of this theme park and wanted to visit.

The characters, however, didn’t really get me to swoon. Let me take that back. Our main character Whitney wasn’t a girl I was very fond of. Her reasoning for being mad at Derek and her way of thinking was a bit morbid. She was so determined to be mad and lash out at Derek over the past when it really wasn’t that serious. He was 10 years her senior and she was only 18 at the time he left. What did she expect would happen? She had to know that nothing could have happened between back then. She just refused to let it go. She led others on in this process and she just didn’t really seem like a great person to me.

While she and Derek did have some steamy moments I just couldn’t full on root for them. How could I when I wasn’t a fan of half of the relationship.

All in all, this wasn’t what I was expecting to be and I wish I could have loved it.

I received an ARC via the author for an honest review.

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2,434 reviews4,554 followers
November 15, 2019
4 STARS

This was my most anticipated read, from the moment I read the synopsis I was impressed and I couldn't wait to read it!It was a heartwarming story with well developed characters and a great romance!

Whitney and Derek were fantastic together, I just find myself not liking Whitney as much as I was expected. She was a little bit immature for my taste but Derek stole my heart!And I just wish there were more moments together, between these two!

Overall, it was another fun and sweet read !


 


  
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352 reviews616 followers
November 15, 2019
Disney better watch out, rs grey is coming for their brand. That was truly straight out of a fairytale.

This might be my favorite of hers to date.

Let me go call my parents and demand why I wasn’t raised in a theme park.
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266 reviews208 followers
April 14, 2021
3 Stars

3.5 Stars

This could have been rounded up to 4 stars but I decided against it, just because I felt like this book wasn't as good as her previous ones.

There were times where I was beyond aggravated with the heroine because she was so resistant for reasons that weren't clear to me at that moment. She had this delicious species of a man (loved his smirkiness btw haha) trying to win her over and what did she do? Resisted and deflected his advances, even led on another guy. It was funny and cute at first but after a while... Well, fortunately, she redeemed herself again later on, but it still took some of my overall enjoyment away.
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315 reviews88 followers
April 5, 2020
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

“I don’t know how a soul finds its mate, why it seemed like mine had latched onto someone who was the least logical choice”


In this book we meet Whitney, a big dreamer and Derek Knightley, heir to the theme park built by the Knightley family. I don’t want to spoil the content of the book, because it’s seriously one you should enjoy on your own.

I’m still allowed to shared my thoughts though ;)
So Whitney and Derek meet at a mentorship programme for the students, and our sweet girl Whitney ends up having a crush on her mentor, Derek. Here I actually respect and love Derek even harder for how he was around Whitney. It makes sense okay, he was sensible.

“surviving, not thriving”


8 years later Derek returns to the only true place to be, the theme park. Meanwhile Cal, Derek’s grandfather, and Whitney have become not only good friends, but family. I loved the dynamic. I love the loyalty, the support, the theme park (I LOVE THEME PARKS).

“to love is to settle, to feel calmed by a lover’s embrace"


The story is built nicely, slow-burn, but I liked that aspect of this. Not too slow, and not too fast either. The writing was addicting, and I loved the details, especially Whitney’s character development, which I really liked.

The story to me, was very real. Although I would’ve liked a little bit more romance, I really liked that it was somewhat relatable and so were the characters. I just needed more overall depth and vulnerability too.

If I could I wanted to follow these two and their lives more (the epilogue, yes..). So so so sweet.

So if you want to read a funny and sweet, but real book, this one is just for you. It’s a book you just feel good about, and just want to stay in.

OMG AND I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT CHAPTER 18. I LOVE YOU CAL YOU GENIUS!!!! So cheesy, but I just loved all of this as you might’ve gathered from this rant of a review!

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OMG my heart. I literally finished this book within 24 hours, and I’ll just say that I loved it! Review to come on release day the 14th of November, preorders up Sunday 10th November!

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MOVE OVER OTHER BOOKS, BECAUSE THS GIRL GOT AN ARC! GOING IN!!!!
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781 reviews250 followers
November 18, 2019
Just because I get it doesn’t mean I liked it.

She’s 18, he’s 28. He’s her mentor for a month. She falls in love with him but he doesn’t really see her as anything more than a kid. He then dips off to London, sending her an email that he’s leaving, and returns 10 years later.

She’s still totally obsessed-ish/in love with him. Tries to play it cool, but fails. He begins to see her differently now that she’s older. Likes her.

In the 10 year separation, they’re both with OP. He said he dated here and there, had relationships. Remember he wasn’t in love with the h or harbouring any feelings. She on the other hand had two sexual partners. One was a one off where she lost her virginity. The other was someone she was dating. Both were sucky experiences because they didn’t get her off. Am I surprised, no, not really. She just carried a torch for the H through that all.

I just personally find it a little pathetic. Not for my taste of heroine I gotta say.

Within the book, she went on a couple dates with this OM. Really to prove that she was totally over the H. Which she was not. Kisses OM a few times. Not really any OW drama, the H just gets hit on in a bar.

Personally not safe for me, because I want safety from the first meeting. But maybe safe with exception for others because once they’re in a relationship, then that’s it.

She had massive parental issues which was the only part of the book that really gripped me. She’s the invisible sibling to her sister’s stardom. But the author tried to check and solve that issue within a chapter.
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978 reviews239 followers
November 14, 2019
This was such a fun, cute, and steamy romantic comedy that brought to life the fascination of working behind the scenes at a theme park (especially with an acclaimed character role being a princess). Working at a theme park is always something that I've been curious about because of how magical a setting it is. In fact, in the midst of reading this novel and learning about the underground tunnels within this story, I quickly fell down the rabbit hole of learning about the Disney Utilidors.

Within this novel, everything from the ease of the writing style to the natural flow of the story is enchanting. It's a mixture of magic, reality, and comedy that combines into an excellent and enjoyable read.

This is only the second novel that I've read by this author but each time I come away more and more impressed. Each reading experience has been so unique and pleasant that I immediately want to go and read the rest of this author's published works. However, at the same time, I hesitate knowing that I want to savour them and not finish them all in one go.

It goes without saying at this point but I know I will be reading more from this author in the future, especially with the extreme joy that this story brought with it.

***Thank you to the author R.S. Grey for sending me an e-ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review***
November 14, 2019
I don't know if you knew this about me or not but my two most favorite things in the whole wide world are romance novels and Disney theme parks. So when I saw RS Grey's instastories about her behind-the-scenes research into the secret theme park magic we don't often see as guests, I got a smidge excited to say the least. I knew Grey would be somehow bridging my favorite things in this story of a theme park princess and the company prince set to inherit the reins, but I wasn't at all prepared for the intense emotion and fiery push and pull that would unfurl from the pages. It had me so giddy with feels, this book, I could've twirled down Main Street with glee.

RS Grey is my go-to for fresh, fun, sweet romances that sweep me straight away into the most deliciously passionate, often complicated love stories between the most enigmatic characters. Well to say she did precisely that in His Royal Highness is a vast understatement. Not only did this author transport me to my favorite place, a theme park full of enchanted characters and lavish street parades, but she completely transfixed me with the most passionate, steamy, tumultuous story of unrequited love. This story took hold of my heartstrings and never let up. It's the kind of romance you never want to climb out of, a feel-good-even-when-it-hurts type of story that I couldn't help but devour.

With her stellar comedic timing and richly layered storytelling, RS Grey delivers another unforgettable romance in His Royal Highness. What begins as a story of unrequited love soon becomes a story of second chances, a friends to lovers workplace romance peppered with animosity and angst. It's ALL THE THINGS woven together seamlessly and I just couldn't get enough of it. It had me feeling so many tingly, deliciously addictive emotions on every single page. It's addictive, the kind of romance that comes out of nowhere and hits you in all the places that remind you of exactly why you love to read romance. Whitney and Derek are up there as two of my favorite RS Grey characters today and I won't easily let them go. I keep playing back my mental highlight reel from this book and it's got me giddily anxious for a reread already.

I can't recommend this book enough. There's no way you won't come away feeling all the things I felt while reading. It's sweet and sassy, light and fun but heavy with emotion at just the right times. It's one of the sexiest RS Grey books I've read, balancing out the hilarity with a good dose of sexual tension and steam. It's just TOO GOOD, so refreshing, such a heart warming love story that still packs an emotional punch for the readers like me who crave angst as much as we enjoy lighthearted banter. This is a MUST READ romance. I just can't say it enough!! I LOOOOOVED IT!
310 reviews15 followers
November 16, 2019
I have mixed feelings about books that use a formula for the story. On the one hand, yes, I know where you're going, which is comforting. On the other hand, I can predict every damn thing that's happening because the author's writing is now a total cliche to me and in this case, a pastiche of her last five books.

That's where I am with His Royal Highness, a book I compelled myself to finish, even though I cringed or rolled my eyes every 20 pages.

Here's the thing: I enjoy most RS Grey books. The humor is sweet. The guys are hot, capable, tall (obviously), usually dark-haired and deeply desired by every woman who crosses their path in the book. Sometimes the heroines are compelling, making the book worth finishing.

But she has a pattern. And it's this: mid-20s under-achieving woman with mid-30s over-achieving man. She makes up for the heroine's lack of professional achievements by making her "feisty" or "funny." The hero likes her because doesn't every man just want a hot, young woman who sort of challenges him, but not really? (insert sarcasm there- I know there are men who want more than just a hot and much younger partner). She's sexually inexperienced. He's worldly wise, although Grey never tells us much about the man's past partners.

So here's how that works in this book. The heroine is Whitney, a princess at a theme park. She's 26 and nurses a grudge against the heir to the theme park fortune, Derek, because when she was 18 (and he was 28), she had a huge and unrequited crush on him. Now he's back to inherit running the theme park, and realizes that he really likes Whitney (don't ask me why, I read the book and I don't see the connection, aside from the physical attraction).

Whitney is among other things, a chronic underachiever. She graduated from the theme park's hospitality program with a college degree. Her mentor is the theme park's founder (very Walt Disney ish character). And she insists that she'll figure out what to do next LATER... right now she's busy earning marginally above minimal wage playing princess. The reason for her diffidence is that her parents dramatically favored her older sister over her, because she was terminally ill. Yeah, I don't quite get the connection either but that's Grey's claim. I just don't get it. Or her.

Her interactions with Derek range from awkward and verbal diarrhea-ish to immature and almost teen-girl like. I don't understand her at any level. I don't get what motivates her, inspires her, makes her worth reading about.

Derek is your cardboard cut-out hot, tall, rich guy, made palatable because he's a genuinely hard worker and has some vulnerabilities that he reveals. He's good at sex of course, which comes in at the 80%ish mark. In one scene in the book he talks about how he resents theme park princes, because they have an "insert handsome prince here" quality, unlike the princesses, which all have distinct personalities. Well, that's certainly true here. Derek is pretty standard. He's like a dull cross between the rich guy in Make Me Bad and the hard working exec in Coldhearted Boss.

But honestly, Grey has written better versions of this book. If you want a big age difference and girl resenting guy for not liking her when she's younger, read Grey's Beau and the Belle. For quirky, earnest heroine done better, read Make Me Bad. For under-achieving heroine (albeit for a much better reason), read Hotshot Doc. For one of the sexiest heroes in romance, also read Hotshot Doc. It's really the only book of Grey's I can wholeheartedly endorse. (Not So Nice Guy was also pretty good- small age difference, guy is still considered hot by all and sundry, but at least they're both equally quirky and fun).
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1,745 reviews433 followers
November 14, 2019
R.S. Grey writes a delightful tale set in a magical place. I was automatically transported to Disneyland and wished I had my any pass again. Whitney is an optimist, incredibly nice and sweet and Derek was the perfect Prince Charming for her, a bit a mischievous and dirty to her sweetness.

Whitney and Derek may come from completely opposite backgrounds, but their back and forth were fun and sexy. Whitney tried to ignore her attraction to him, but he pushed all her buttons until she finally gave in to them.

The first half of the book felt a bit slow and it seemed that Whitney and Derek would be forever stuck despite some pretty craft matchmaking interference. But eventually get her head out of her derrieres and they lived happily ever after.

His Royal Highness a standalone contemporary romance by author R.S. Grey. It is an office romance, told from the heroine's point of view with a happy ending.

My super quick review/recap:
➵ Cover: 4
➵ Hero: 4 (I loved Derek, but felt like I could have gotten to know him better, probably because this was told from the heroine's perspective)
➵ Heroine: 4 (Whitney had a lot of growing up to do)
➵ Sexiness: 4 (slow burn)
➵ Feels: 4
➵ Plot/Pace: 4 (The plot was super original, I don't recall reading anything like it)
➵ Overall rating: 4

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *

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3,083 reviews415 followers
August 13, 2020
lately, some of RS Grey's books are a miss for me...I am sure I would finish it if I had it on audio but the rating would be the same..
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681 reviews7,426 followers
November 15, 2019
“I don’t know how a soul finds its mate, why it seemed like mine had latched onto someone who was the least logical choice. All I know is it’s been eight years and I’m still not over my silly crush on Derek Knightley.”

The magic of a romance novel isn’t just in the love story, and nothing quite spells fairy tale like a theme-park setting. R.S. Grey puts a fresh spin on the royal romance trope by setting her newest novel in a make-believe kingdom—a fictional theme park known as Fairytale Kingdom, stretched out along the shores of southern Georgia, and home to Princess Elena, Fairytale Kingdom’s main attraction, and her love interest, His Royal Highness. But, unlike most fairy tales, there are no archetypes in this story, or villains to fight, or evil curses to break for the characters to find their happily-ever-after. This is the story of two very real and relatable people who fall in love with one another by finding home and happiness in each other’s arms. Brimming with Grey’s trademark sense of humour and wit, this light-hearted yet richly crafted tale of love, family, and a woman’s journey of letting go of self-doubt packs an emotional punch even when it’s making us giggle, quickly becoming one of my favourite R.S. Grey romances to date.

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191 reviews22 followers
November 15, 2019
His Royal Highness is everything I've come to expect from an R.S. Grey book. It has a delicious slow burn, swoony moments, and lots of wit and humor. I found this one had a bit more emotions than some previous ones did, and didn't find myself laughing as much as I normally do with Grey's books, but rest assured, it is still completely a RomCom.

Whitney and Derek first meet when Whitney starts working at a theme park, and Derek is assigned to be her mentor. He's 10 years older, charming and gorgeous. Poor shy Whitney has no other choice than to start to have feelings for Derek. Of course things are never that simple or easy, and the mentor ship between the two of them ends almost as quickly as it begun.

8 years later, Whitney still works at the theme park, now as one of the princess characters. She hasn't talked to Derek in all that time. Present day Whitney is a lot different from 18 year old Whitney, much more outgoing and confident. Of course, when Derek suddenly appears in her life again, all those old feelings come crashing back.

And she'd like to avoid him, but she can't when they have to work together. Only now, Derek is noticing her in all the ways she wanted him to before. Eekkkk. I've said before it was a little repetitive that her books lately have all been co-workers plot, but thankfully this one feels completely different.

I thought Whitney and Derek were very cute together. I enjoyed watching their friendship form-both times. They had a lot of chemistry and there were a ton of sexual tension between the two. I was glad R.S. Grey steered away from the jerk-type Hero, because Derek is perfection. He's a little moody sure, but he's sweet and caring and sarcastic. He's a breath of fresh air. I liked him a lot more than I liked Whitney.

I did have one issue with the book, though. All through out the book we see Whitney dealing with her parents, and the awful relationship they had. This was something she really struggles with from the first chapter, and you can't help but feel Whitney's pain and frustrations . Then near the end, I felt the situation was fixed too quickly; within a page or so everything is fine. I didn't see enough growth from the parents suddenly be okay with them. I wish R.S. Grey would've spent a little more time with their resolution. It felt like an after thought to something we've seen Whitney deal with the whole book.

All in all this was a sweet, funny and charming book. The epilogue was one of my favorite parts!
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1,025 reviews562 followers
November 19, 2019
3.5 stars?

I found His Royal Highness is to be a cute romcom.
I adore R.S. Grey’s books but I do admit that this one wasn’t my favourite.
This book very much gave me a Hallmark movie vibe with a dash of steam.
FYI, Me saying that isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes you just want to read a book that is super romantic, magical and cute. 
Set in an imaginary magical theme park: Fairytale Kingdom, this book is a bucket load of fairytales and cuteness overload.
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596 reviews4,346 followers
November 15, 2019
Me rating a R.S. Grey book with less than 4 stars...in what world??? What is happening...

**Spoilers - Read at your own risk**

The book started as a solid 4 star read. Whitney and Derek meet the first time when she is 18 and he is 28 (for the people who do not like age-gape romances). Derek is her mentor in this mentor-mentee program she has to take part of and he is her first friend. The flashback scenes were cute. Whitney is an awkward 18 year old girl who does not know how to interact with people. She develops a hardcore crush on Derek and puts him on a pedestal. Everything is good so far.

Her friend Carrie pushes her to ask Derek out via email. Then Derek left for London to manage the park over there and Whitney feels crushed because he didn't say goodbye to her and his answer to her email in short is that she's getting another mentor (note: nothing happened between them, they have a strictly professional relationship).

Forwarding to eight years later. Whitney is 28 now, working as Princess Elena at the Castle in the theme park. She's really close with Charles Knightley, her new mentor after Derek, the CEO of the Knightley company and by the way the grandfather of Derek. Derek who has just returned from London gets a new job as The Royal Highness, the prince to Whitney's character Elena. That's where the book went down.

Whitney was literally such a pain in the ass. She was still mad that Derek left her and didn't return her advances. Like what did she expect? She was only 18, a shy little mouse and expected Derek to notice her? She rejects Derek in the present at every turn, because "she's still the same girl and he's still the same guy so why does he suddenly notice her now?" She couldn't let go of the past.

I usually like the unrequited love trope when the guy doesn't reciprocate the feelings, but in this one it was too much. Whitney was constantly pushing Derek away while still desperately pinning for him. Do you know how it felt to read the push and pull? Tiring. I didn't even understand why Derek was even attracted to Whitney. She's beautiful, but otherwise I didn't get why he even fought so hard for her. It felt like they spent most of the book apart than together .. so no I didn't feel the connections between these characters.

His Royal Highness was unfortunately a huge miss for me, but I know that R.S. Grey can write good books! Therefore I will continue to read her books.
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535 reviews84 followers
December 17, 2019
4.5 stars.

FULL review on my blog: https://t.co/BTF52vvy2W?amp=1

this was exactly what I was hoping for this book. I absolutely loved the setting and plot, the chemistry between the couple, the characters & side characters, the humor & friendships. It was just the perfect story to help with my book funk!!! definitely a favorite by this author.


*i was sent an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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2,295 reviews119 followers
October 24, 2020
ספר חביב אבל לא ברמה של הספרים של ר. ס. גריי.

וויטני עובדת כנסיכה אלינה בפרק השעשועים של משפחת נייטלי.

וויטני היא הילדה הדחויה במשפחתה, כשהיתה בת 18 הוריה עזבו עם אחותה לניו יורק כדי לקדם את קריירת המשחק של אחותה בברודווי. בשנה הזו היא פוגשת את דרק נייטלי, שמבוגר ממנה בעשור. דרק, הוא בן למשפחת נייטלי והוא אמור לרשת את מקומו של סבו בהנהלת הפארק. הוא המנטור המלווה אותה במהלך לימודיה והיא לא רק משתפת אותו בחייה אלא היא מפתחת התאהבות קשה בו. כשהיא סוף סוף אוזרת אומץ ומציעה לו פגישה על כוס קפה, היא מגלה במייל שדרק נשלח לאנגליה להקים שם פארק שעשועים דומה.

דרק לא טורח לשוחח איתה פנים מול פנים ועונה לה במייל קריר שהוא לא יהיה המנטור שלה ובמקומו סבו, קאל, המייסד של הפארק ילווה אותה.

שמונה שנים אחרי, דרק חוזר וויטני מגלה שלא קל להתפטר מהתאהבות. דרק מוצב כנסיך שמלווה את פרינסס אלינה מה שמאפשר לו שוב להתקרב לוויטני, אבל היא ממש לא סלחנית כלפיו.

דרק מגלה שהנערה צמחה לאישה יפה אבל לא סלחנית.

דווקא הדמות של דרק שפויה יותר בתנהגות שלה במהלך הספר. הוא ממלא מקום של סבו בהנהלת הפארק ונדרש להתמודד עם התפרצויות ועם האשמות של וויטני שלא ממהרת לסלוח ולשכוח גם כשהוא מסביר לה את הסיטואציה הבלתי אפשרית שהוא היה נתון בה.

הוא נחוש להוכיח לוויטני את הרצינות של כוונותיו אבל היא די תקועה בכעס וההשפלה שלה מלפני 8 שנים. כעס שמלובה ממערכת היחסים שלה עם הוריה. היא לא מצליחה להתגבר ולהתבגר בחינניות ולא מצאתי אפילו פיסקה אחת ששישעה אותי בספר.

הדמות של וויטני בניגוד ליתר הדמויות של הסופרת די בכיינית ומעצבנת. במובן זה הספר שונה מיתר הספרים שלה.

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Profile Image for Jan.
859 reviews161 followers
November 21, 2019
Got to 59% and thought, yeah..... whatever..... I just didn't care any more, so returned it KU. It started off OK, but it just didn't seem to be going anywhere. I didn't know enough about the H's true feelings and thoughts, and didn't really feel the connection between H and h.

The whole Disney theme park trope isn't my thing anyway. (I know, I'm just a grinch). But it was all a bit too cutesy for moi anyway.

I am a fan of Ms Grey's books - I've really liked some of them. But they are hit-or-miss for me, and this one, sadly was a miss. Many will enjoy though, so don't let me put you off. You might love it. It just wasn't for me.
Profile Image for Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*.
540 reviews119 followers
November 21, 2019
The most adorable romance story from R.S. Grey is exactly the right thing for cold autumn nights. It took the right balance of sweet and funny without giving me teeth ache. Something I'm finding is not exactly common, at least not in the books I read lately.

Over and out
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482 reviews213 followers
November 14, 2019
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

I have a rule I follow when it comes to rating certain books: generally, if I finish a normal-sized novel in 24 hours, it's going to automatically be a five-star read. I'm not someone who can usually sit still for hours and read nonstop. I like to get up, move around, be somewhat active every single day. Well, I'm happy to report R.S. Grey turned my Sunday into one of the most relaxing days I'd had in ages. I went into full couch potato mode because I was completely absorbed by His Royal Highness.

I don't know what I can say about R.S. Grey's books that I haven't already said a billion times. I love her books in between my usual heavy reads. She's hilarious. She writes books that are simple, sexy, and sweet. I look forward to each one because I know I'll love her characters, laugh a ton, and feel good after I finish the last page.

"FINALLY, my beard is tugged off and I'm a free woman."

This book is perfect because it takes us back to the fairytales we loved as kids, but R.S. Grey gives it a fun, adult spin. There are the usual pretty dresses, makeup, and the tall-dark-handsome prince, but those details are just for the kids, minus the prince of course. The goodness comes in the wicked chemistry between Whitney and Derek. Their story is almost a mix of a second-chance-romance and enemies-to-lovers, but not quite. The same feelings are all there and regardless, I couldn't help but root for these two through the whole delicious slow-burn!

I love knowing R.S. Grey researched this novel meticulously to find out what life is like for real-life princesses at Disney! How cool of her to share her amazing experience with her readers at her own fictional theme park, with characters we swoon with (and over). There was never a dull moment and the secondary characters were equally as fun to read about as the MCs! Seriously, just stop reading reviews and get to reading this book already! ;)
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571 reviews165 followers
November 14, 2019
5/5 Stars

Beautiful Setting, Beautiful Characters, Beautiful Story

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Whitney and Derek's story was so much fun, deliciously slow burn, while slightly emotional and super cute in such an incredible setting. I seriously loved all the behind the scenes aspects them working in a Theme Park and I really felt like I was there along for it all

Whitney was adorable, awkward, a little bit quirky but so much fun while also being slightly insecure and vulnerable. She is the type of girl who falls fast and hard but at the same time she falls safe, always going for the options she knows wont end up hurting even if its not what her heart truly wants. There will be times she frustrate's you, your heart will break for her, she will make you laugh and you will most certainly fall in love with her. She was such a well written character and watching her character grow, break down some of those safety walls she puts up while still remaining true to herself was a joy to read.

Derek was charming, sexy, flirty, confident while slightly arrogant and stubborn but he knows what he wants and wont stop until he gets it. He was dedicated to his job and the love he had for his grandfather Cal was truly special. He was so supportive of whitney and always wanted what waw best for her and honeslty i think I'm still swooning

This was more than just a romance and I loved every minute of it

HRH-3

《I was provided with an Arc in exchange for my honest opinion and review》
《book aesthetic's made by me》《I do not own the pictures all found via pintrest》
Profile Image for Kate R.
894 reviews38 followers
November 13, 2019
R.S. Grey is back with another fun romantic comedy and I LOVED every second of this one! It’s a second chance romance set in a theme park. Whitney started working at the theme park when she was a teenager and met Derek then. She had a huge crush on him, but he moved out of the country before anything could happen between them. He’s back 8 years later and sparks fly again. Things did move a little slow in the beginning because there was quite a bit of a past and background between these two characters, that we needed to know about.

This is not your standard romantic comedy. R.S. Grey’s usual humor is still there, but everything about the story was so different and filled with so many surprises. I thought it was original and a welcome change to the genre.

There was just so much to love about this story. Excellent writing, filled with perfect little one-liners that had me snort laughing. The characters were wonderful. Whitney had an odd, yet super interesting childhood, and now she’s unapologetically honest and hilarious. I swooned over Derek. All the secondary characters brought a lot to the story, especially Cal! The epilogue was everything you could possibly want and the perfect ending to this epic story! I cannot say enough good things about this book! You NEED this book in your life!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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