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Rocky Royal Romance #1

Chasing Down Her Highness

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Princes aren’t used to being ghosted.

Edward has been patient. Five years. He waited for his best friend (and betrothed) to return home and fulfill the marriage contract they signed. But he can’t wait anymore. Embroiled in a war he fears he can’t win, he must ascend the throne ASAP with Abbie ruling beside him. If he can just reason with her face to face, he knows they can work it out… that is, assuming she’s more reasonable than she used to be.

All Abbie wants is a cup of coffee, her marriage contract voided, and a horse that doesn’t talk. Is that so much for a princess to ask? But when Edward tracks her down, her dreams of a simple, common life go poof. Now she must choose a life of freedom or one of duty. If only Edward wasn’t so dang alluring, the choice might be easier …

Can an insecure prince and a headstrong princess find enough common ground to fall in love?

Chasing Down Her Highness is a sweet, modern fantasy take on Cinderella with heart and wit. This five-book series is complete; dive into the mixed-up world of the Rocky Royal Romances today! Content warning: death of a parent. This book was previously published under the title The Ex-Princess.

270 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 1, 2019

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Fiona West

25 books110 followers
Fiona West is an American author living in the Pacific Northwest. Writing romance is her favorite thing, followed closely by reading, knitting and drinking tea while looking out the window. When she’s not doing those things, she’s spending time with her husband and two kids. Her debut novel, The Ex-Princess, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named one of their Best Books of 2019. Could Be Something Good, the first book in her new Timber Falls small-town romance series, is out now. Find out more about Fiona at http://www.fionawest.net or sign up for her newsletter at http://www.subscribepage.com/westwind.

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Profile Image for Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight).
885 reviews123 followers
January 16, 2019
3.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

This book was a lighthearted and fun fantasy about royals, romance, and life with chronic illness! I loved some things, I had issues with others, so this is a good time for some lists. As usual, I'll get the negatives out of the way first.

Things I Disliked:

- I was so confused about the world. It had modern Earth things and alluded to products/books/phrases/etc. that we have, but it wasn't Earth. There was an area inside the Veil and an area outside the Veil, but I have no idea what the difference was. They had cell phones and social media and airplanes, yet they traveled by horse instead of car. There was clearly magic of some sort since there was a talking horses, sand ships, and people with sparkly skin, but none of that was explained. Maybe this was supposed to be the "modern fairytale" aspect mentioned in the blurb, maybe I just wasn't supposed to think about it too hard, but it felt like a discordant mishmash. Not enough to ruin the story though, and of course this is subjective, so other readers may love this combo of real and fantasy.

- There were some writing choices that also made me confused at times. It wasn't always clear who was speaking. At one point, the narration went from referring to the prince as Edward to referring to him as Parker; that was his childhood nickname and the name he was going by while they were traveling, but the way it suddenly changed in the narration was jarring, and I'm not sure what I should call him now. There were a couple times when information was withheld and then popped up at a random time, and then I was left trying to figure out how it fit with everything or what the characters were talking about.

Things I Liked:

- The romance was great! I've been shying away from romance-focused books lately for various reasons, but this romance worked so well for me. From their very first phone conversation, I could feel the connection between Abbie and Edward. It felt natural and realistic. The flirty banter was fun and exactly what flirting should be, and the more intimate moments (no sex, just hand touching, kissing, that sort of thing) were just the right amount of serious and pulse-pounding. It's been a while since I've had those beginning-stages-of-a-potential-relationship feels, but this book captured them perfectly. The other great thing about the relationship was that it was imperfect. In most books, every kiss is mind-blowing, the hero is always smooth and has swoon-worthy speeches ready at the exact right moments, etc., but not in this book. Which is not to say it was bad! Quite the opposite. The romance was very sweet, and I loved it even more for how realistically and endearingly imperfect it was.

- Edward was adorable! Any girl would be lucky to have him. He was so earnest, open, patient, and sweet. He was a big nerd, and I loved it. But he could also be playful and flirty, and I loved that too.

- I liked Abbie too. She had more rough edges, but she was good-hearted. To the other characters, it might've seemed like she just shirked her responsibilities, but she didn't do it because she was callus; she did it because everyone else was, and she had to look out for herself. I liked how she didn't let anyone pressure her into doing things she knew would only hurt her.

- The disability rep was wonderful! This is the first SFF book I've even found, let alone read, with a main character who has a chronic illness somewhat similar to my own (she has lupus). I loved how the rep included things the average person doesn't think about or realize about living with chronic illness. It didn't so much focus on symptoms but rather how the illness impacted her life and how she was treated because of it, and I could relate to much of that. I also found the ending to be very satisfying not only in terms of the romance but also the chronic illness. It didn't just brush it aside as though it suddenly didn't exist or matter, and it was all the more happy of an ending for it (and don't worry, it was in fact a happy ending, one that could easily be enjoyed as a standalone even though there will be more books).

- There were some other types of diversity as well. Edward had very dark skin and wore glasses.

Overall Thoughts:

Although I did have some issues, all the most important things were great and easily outweighed the negatives for me. Most importantly, I had a good time reading this! This was a lighthearted fantasy romance with a fun romance, likeable characters, and great chronic illness rep!

Recommended For:
Anyone who likes lighthearted fantasy romance, endearingly imperfect relationships, and chronic illness rep.

Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

Initial Thoughts:
A really cute and endearingly imperfect romance, a lighthearted fantasy story, and wonderful chronic illness rep! 3.5 or maybe 4 stars. Full review soon.
Profile Image for Lindsay.
1,263 reviews222 followers
September 20, 2019
Delightfully minimalist world-building of this alternate-world fantasy romance made this a fun read.

Abelia was the crown princess of her country before she fled to make an independent life for herself in a different country. She has very good reasons for doing so, but that doesn't stop the prince of yet another country trying to track her down five years later to enforce a marriage contract. It's half politics, as a marriage between the two may head off a war, and half fulfillment of a romance that the two of them began as kids. Unfortunately Edward's need for Hannah to be his wife doesn't fix the reasons she left in the first place.

It's an alternate Earth (with dirigibles of course!) where all sorts of high tech coexists with magic and some countries live with more or less magic based on what side of a magical Veil they're on. Phones, internet, talking horses and floating ships are mixed together completely matter-of-factly. The reason Abelia left is deftly handled and is respectful of people with the same "hidden" medical issues while showing how those issues need to be managed to live a relatively normal life.
Profile Image for Niken Widyastuti.
380 reviews1 follower
February 14, 2020
This book somewhat managed to surprise me, in a very good way. I thought that this was just another love story with some twists, yet some elements of this book were not so common being brought up in a romance book, nad nicely done at that. There were some aspects that confused me, like whose POV at the time sometime confusing, the setting as well as it was not really earthy yet not so fantasy either.

Despite the confusions I felt during the reading, I loved this book. I loved it so much that I’m honestly afraid to read the next book for fearing it wont be as great. What I loved most was the main characters, Abbie and Edward. They had distinctive character. Abbie was strong, the kind of girl I’d love to be best friend with. Edward was the best book-boyfriend ever.

I was provided a complimentary copy by the author / publisher through BookSirens, but this in no way influenced my thoughts or opinions
Profile Image for Jackie.
Author 8 books149 followers
November 8, 2019
I picked this up after it was named a best romance of 2019 by Publishers Weekly, and was expecting a light contemporary romance, given its photo-realistic cover. Weirdly, it proved to be a fantasy novel, although a fantasy set in a very strange world. Or, actually, NOT strange; it actually sounds a lot like our current world, technologically: cell phones, the Internet, computer games, NSAIDs and other current medicines, etc. But airships instead of airplanes? And countries on the same continent that have wildly different attitudes towards gender? And skin color that varies widely from country to country? And a "Veil" under which some of the countries live, for no reason really explained? And romance novels?? This entire world left me scratching my head.

And the romance did not compensate for the lack of thoughtful world-building, alas. Our couple are two royals: Abelia Olivia Jayne Venenza Ribaldi Porchenzii, princess of Brevspor, who has abdicated her title and run away to Gardenia; and Edward Kenneth Francis Benson Broward, Prince of Orangiers, who is currently engaged in a war with his older brother, who tried to stab their father and take over the throne before his allotted time. The two were friends as children, and were betrothed to each other when they were twelve, before Abbie's older sisters died, leaving her as Brevspor heir. But Abbie has a chronic health condition that she believes makes her unfit for the role, hence her abdication and running away. But for some reason I never really understood (will it make his own heirdom more secure?), he needs Abbie to return and live up to their marriage contract. So he sends two trusted agents to retrieve her from her self-imposed exile, while he pursues his errant brother.

But others are on the hunt for Abbie, too, and the story turns into a road trip adventure. Weirdly, mid-story, Edward suddenly decides to join Abbie on her flight back home to see her dying father (if he could reach them with such ease, why couldn't they reach him??). And the two rekindle their romantic feelings (although not in an overtly sexual way, although there's lots of innuendo; apparently this is a "clean" fantasy, "sweet with a little heat").

It was interesting to think about a story featuring a princess with a disability. But this read more like a middle grade adventure novel than a romance for adults. Don't think I'll be picking up the sequel...
Profile Image for Angela Boord.
Author 8 books89 followers
February 13, 2019
This was a sweet indie fantasy romance that was exactly the kind of light, fun read I needed while taking care of a house full of sick people. And probably it was a little more like 4.25 stars.

Abbie is the heir to the throne of a queendom, but she's given up her potential throne because of a secret she's hiding. Unfortunately, that also means that she wants out of a marriage contract she signed when she was twelve. But Edward, her fiance, isn't going to let her out of it so easily. He needs a queen to nullify his own brother's rebellion and premature grasp for the throne of *his* country.

And also, Edward likes Abbie.

I really liked both Abbie and Edward, too. They were genuinely nice people, their banter was fun, and it was nice to read a romance between two characters who seemed genuinely to care about each other. (Also, I enjoyed Edward's endearing nerdiness.)

Fiona West plays with a lot of romance tropes in this book -- which is why I would classify it as a fantasy romance instead of romantic fantasy -- so it was definitely a comfort food kind of read for me, but her world offered a fresh twist. It's a soft magic world which is almost the twin of ours -- there are smartphones and hashtags -- but magic is controlled in certain countries and left wild in other places. Magic is controlled by something called The Veil, and you can't use cars and airplanes because of pollution, so everyone rides horses or trains or dirigibles. So it's a fantasy romance that reads in some places more like a contemporary... except for all the weird things that happen when you cross the Veil. The characters also use "Jersey" as a substitute for cursing, which I found kind of funny; "What the Jersey" is a phrase I think I should use more often. (With apologies to all my friends from Jersey.)

I do think that this book fills a slot in publishing that a lot of readers have been asking for. The characters are in their early 20's, dealing with the kinds of issues people have in their 20's -- getting married, student debt, etc. But it still has a bit of a YA feel to it.

I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a sweet, light fantasy romance with diverse characters and a touch of humor.

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630 reviews64 followers
December 27, 2018
A princess fantasy with a modern twist, this book kept me on the edge of my seat! There was action, mystery, adventure and romance - everything you could want in a fairy tale for adults. Besides the two main characters, there were many other secondary characters that grabbed my attention as well, including a talking horse who brought humor into a few very serious situations. This book had a great balance of many themes, and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Abelia Porchenzii used to be a princess. She is not anymore - got it? She is just a plant worker now, making her own money and trying to steer clear of any mention of her royal family. She has a harder time doing so, though, when messengers find her to let her know that her father is dying...and that her betrothed, a prince, insists that she honor their marriage contract. Growing up with the prince, she knows loving him would not be a problem, but there is a secret she is keeping from him. One which caused her to run away in the first place and which could threaten the fabric of her world should she become a Queen.

Abelia was a difficult character for me to settle an opinion on. I loved her independence and her stubborn nature - I could relate to that. However, not really giving the reader a backstory made it difficult for me to understand where her refusal to rule was coming from. Since it was a secret from everyone else, it was kept secret from the reader as well. So Abelia sometimes came across as a bit immature and unreasonable. Of course, later on, it all made sense, but still, an explanation in a prologue or maybe a flashback would have been useful. Her counterpart, Edward Broward, had loved Abelia for years, and his last wish was to force her to do something. But he needed someone by his side, and she was the only person he wanted to hold that position. I enjoyed his character a lot more, simply because he was so understanding of Abelia and cared for her. His approach with her took into account their past and her anxieties, and he was easy to fall in love with. The politics of the world were a bit vague at times, but I found it interesting how Edward and Abelia fit into it all. Particularly the fact that they were a interracial couple, and it wasn't dwelled upon all that much. Instead, it was often brought up how their skin would react when blushing or being sunburned. But otherwise, they were just two people in love. I liked that.

Fiona West is an author to watch, for sure! I am intrigued to see what she writes next. It's sure to be a fun romp of a read!

**I received a free copy from the author and this is my honest review.**
Profile Image for Janna.
590 reviews56 followers
December 4, 2019
General Info

A runaway princess is forced to return home to say goodbye to her dying father and to try and get out of her marriage contract. There's also an award for her capture so she has to stay hidden while traveling. Her fiancé joins her at her journey and together they travel and get to know each other again.

Things I liked

I think I like everything in this book. The story is an amazing page-turner and there's not one moment that the book gets boring. The adventure they are on has twists and turns and it never gets too easy. It also keeps you on your toes at all times and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
The characters are complex, interesting and realistic. The princess is not perfect and they don't fall in love at first sight. The characters are also funny and there were times where I was laughing out loud.

All in all, I loved this book! I love that there is a happy ending and that it was not easy for them to reach it. It is a beautiful and interesting adventure with a hint of romance in the mix.

* Free copy of this book received from Book Sirens for an honest review
Profile Image for Nikki Edwards.
219 reviews1 follower
October 17, 2019
Firstly, this book has no smut or anything that could make you blush ☺️ .

I loved the main characters, although the place names were a bit strange,

I loved the story, although it doesn't really explain the veiled and unveiled very well, except for the talking horse and witness of walking through the veil!

One thing that bugged me was the use of m

Parkers name all 6 of them on his voicemail😂

It was a lovely romance and I will read the 2nd book.

There were some spelling errors🙀

I received this as an ARC free of charge and have left this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Jessica.
2,116 reviews13 followers
December 4, 2019
This love story full of magic and intrigue and fighting amongst countries in this parallel realm is interesting and quirky. On the run for 5 years, Princess Abigail is finally found and coerced to return home to fulfill her end of the engagement contract and marry Prince Edward. The two meet up and travel back towards his kingdom all while trying to convince each other, they are the one in the right. He for wanting to uphold the marriage contract regardless of her Lupus, and her, for wanting to dissolve it and be left alone. It’s a sweet romance in a intriguing new type of world.
The worldbuilding was very confusing to me. Even Abbie, was confused and you would think she would know more about the Veil and the people who live there. A background, glossary or something would have been very beneficial.
I received a free ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Profile Image for Renee Marski.
Author 31 books69 followers
January 19, 2023
Marriage contracts and royalty

Abbie is an ex-princess with a marriage contract over her head. Her fiance needs her help and sends emmisarries to retrieve her. She goes, fighting tooth and nail, until Edward himself comes to get her. Their feelings reignite but will it be enough to keep them together?

Such a fun book from a new-to-me author. Her characters are spunky and well-developed. Highly recommend!
3,396 reviews29 followers
November 3, 2019
The book is a good fantasy romance read. The story has a good story line. The characters are good, and they have good chemistry. The story is an enjoyable, fun, and light romance read.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
532 reviews8 followers
April 24, 2020
Tremendous Fun

Great travels with highly colorful characters. Tough decisions for royal leaders resulting in much drama. Will love win or lose.... wonderful adventure along the way.
Profile Image for Nancy.
Author 46 books634 followers
December 5, 2019
Former Princess Abelia has a secret that made her flee the palace and assume a nondescript identity in another country. But when her father falls ill, she is summoned home to fulfill a marriage contract signed years ago. Various political factions would prefer this marriage not take place, endangering Abelia and her companions. The Ex-Princess is an intriguing fantasy that will capture your interest.
Profile Image for S.M. McCoy.
Author 9 books205 followers
July 2, 2022
Charming Sweet Romance

The characters are fun and the world building is well balanced with the quirky sweet build up of two childhood friends once again rediscovering their affections for each other through a budding war and internal conflict about ruling nations. Abby is trying to live a life free from royal politics, and Parker is trying to avoid war, and return with a queen that is also his best friend.

A cute clean read that will have you convincing yourself to read one more chapter until you're pressing that button for book two.

Happy reading!
683 reviews7 followers
January 31, 2021
This was a world and cast of characters I just fell in love with. Funny, witty, sweet, sarcastic, caring, tender, and incredibly stubborn and mule headed. Abbie is an amazing character dealing with an autoimmune condition that is dealt with in an honest, real and raw way that is rarely seen. The enemies to lovers romance is so well done - oh Edward - my heart! Clean, slow burn, relationship based- the kind of deep love that isn't afraid to laugh at the awkward moments and battle though the conflicts. All wrapped up in a fantastic adventure you won't want to put down.

The world is unique as well, with strict boundaries containing magic and tech. The magic seems almost sentient at times - and playful and capricious. This book chronicles both the ex-princess' journey back home and her journey to accepting who she is. Along the way she encounters a large cast of dynamic characters, many of whom you will be loath to leave behind. Definitely a world I want to spend more time in.

This is the first book in the Rocky Royal Romance series and can be read as a standalone - no clffhanger ending. The world and characters are so richly drawn you'll want to dive right back in though. There is a bit of set up for the next book in the series and promises of more danger, swoon-worthy kisses and laugh out loud hilarity.
Profile Image for Kaye Hinds.
23 reviews
February 14, 2020
So good! I was a little confused when the past met the present but caught on pretty quickly. I have Book 2 waiting.
Profile Image for Cheryl.
220 reviews2 followers
September 7, 2019
This was a fun, light read. I’m anxious to read the next in this duet. It was a bit confusing at first, but hang in there. The author just needed to last out her new world for us to explore as she told her story. Characters you will love and those you will love to hate! Read and enjoy!
Profile Image for Raquel.
361 reviews71 followers
January 4, 2019
This book was so good!
I loved it. There are no other words for it. It had an immersible world and characters that were flawed and lovable and relatable and I can’t wait for the next one.

The world was impressive. The mixture of modern technology with old timey prejudices and practices were so clever, I didn’t even notice it until after I had finished reading. The Veil was such an interesting part of the book that it became it’s own character for me. I wanted to know more about where it had come from, or had it always been there, and whether or not it did have a negative effect on the peoples’ brain. It was the largest and the most invisible character in the book.

The character growth was done so well and so seamlessly. I was awed. Abbie, the main character, starts out so sweet and innocent and still a badass and then turns into just a really epic badass. I mean, she even takes on a guy everybody is afraid of. To be honest, I kinda got Aelin (from the Throne of Glass series) vibes from her but that is definitely not a bad thing. She is just so..yeah. And she learns too. It’s not a conscious thought like: “Oh, I’m in a new part of the world things are different here.” No, it’s completely organic and beautiful. See, she’s in charge of an entire country. A matriarchal country. Which means that women are held up higher than men. She accepts it and doesn’t think anything of it until one point, she reunites with her brother and he isn’t announced into the room. Whereas she can’t go anywhere without being announced. And her thoughts are so perfect. “No one announced him; it shouldn’t have surprised her as men were never announced in Brevspor, but it somehow now felt wrong.” I mean! If that’s not growth, I don’t know what is.

And the relationships between her and her father, her and Parker, and her and Rubald and Rutha were so sweet and added an element of tenderness to an otherwise arranged marriage AU story.

That’s not to say I don’t like arranged marriage AU. I do. A little too much. Probably why this book tugged and plucked every single one of my heartstrings.

I was hoping for a bit more of an explanation or maybe flashbacks to her relationship with her mother and the effect it had on her. We were able to catch glimpses, little words and volleys thrown back and forth between Abbie and her mother’s memory in her head but I would have liked more.

All in all, I am counting down the days for Un-Queen which doesn’t come out until June. UGH!
Profile Image for Vanessa  Ramirez .
528 reviews2 followers
March 24, 2021
She stood up. “That’s the thing, Parker. They don’t understand. People just think you’re lazy or flaky or making it all up.”
I discovered Fiona West because of bookstagram and I am forever thankful. Everytime I  read one of her book, I feel seen and heard.
Chasing Down Her Highness was such a sweet and cute book. I loved the banter between Abby and Parker. They were perfect for each other. I loved that both of them saved each other. I loved Abelia's independence and her strength. The storyline was good and the topics of gender roles were one of my favorite things about the book. Parker was great from his support to his use of fancy words.
This book made me feel seen because I've struggled with a chronic illness for almost 2 years. I felt Abelia's pain and her fear of being judge because of it. I know what it feels like for people to say you are just lazy or that you brought the illness on yourself because of your lifestyle. I understood her worry about being with Parker because of the illness and the thought of holding him back.
Profile Image for Laurie.
1,407 reviews23 followers
March 13, 2021
"Chasing Down Her Highness" by Fiona West was a fun, refreshingly creative blend of adventure, fantasy, and romance that featured lovably quirky characters and a fast-paced, engaging plot. For good reason, female lead character Abelia (aka Abbie), the erstwhile princess of Brevspor, gave up her claim to the throne and left to build a life of her own. Her betrothal contract to childhood friend and fellow royal Prince Edward of Orangiers remained in effect, however, so when Edward's brother attempted to murder their father and set off a potential civil war, he decided to track down his wayward fiancee. Edward hoped that marrying Abbie and solidifying their countries' alliance might be enough to prevent the coming battle. Unfortunately, he didn't plan on Abbie's refusal to honor their contract, mercenaries intent on kidnapping her to prevent the marriage, or any number of other threats along the way. They were forced to undertake a lengthy, arduous journey in disguise on horseback through unknown (and often unfriendly) territory to get back home.

I loved the way Abbie and Edward's romance slowly grew over the course of the story as they got to know each other again as adults. Even though the book ended in a HFN (Abbie and Edward's story continues into book two with their wedding), their story felt complete, and I wasn't disappointed at all with where they ended up. I also loved how much growth was evident in each of their character arcs.

The book's secondary characters were a tremendous amount of fun and added a lot of depth and humor to the story. My favorite was Stargazer the talking horse because he was so amusing; his lines were some of the best in the book. I also liked Abbie's traveling companions, Rubald and Rutha. Rubald was sometimes a bit gruff, but his wife Rutha was so kind and loving, and they each took good care of Abbie in their own way.

Overall, I really enjoyed "Chasing Down Her Highness" and recommend it for fans of YA and/or adult fantasy romance. I plan to continue with the series.

*Review copy provided by the author. All opinions expressed are my own.
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398 reviews8 followers
April 17, 2022
Clean and sweet romance set in a fantasy world blending scifi, magic and 1900s societies

I loved this sweet actioney romance! 21yo Abbie is living a normal life, working as a waste middle-manager when two strangers appear on her doorstep to remind her of her royal contractual obligations - to marry the prince of a neighbouring country who is also her childhood best friend. Soon it transpires why Abbie chose to abdicate her position as heir to her own matriarchal kingdom’s throne and she is on her way to see her dying father when her fiancee Edward who likes to be called Parker joins them mid-trip. I loved Abbie’s and Parker’s interchanges and the way their relationship developed as adults through highs and lows. The author has created a fun universe where inside the Veil the city is present-day upscaled with high tech but without magic while outside the Veil, the magic manifests (with the princess’ horse acquiring speech) but the territories are more wild west with blimps but no cars. I liked how Abbie’s self-doubt in her ability to rule turned into a resolve to find a workable solution in the end. For me, the book blended a feel of The Mummy, Hunger Games and Back To The Future (returning 200 back in time), but that’s just me. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for other Rocky Royal romances. Recommended for lovers of sweet and clean college or new adult romance set in a world with a mix of historical, magical and scifi societies without resorting to actual portal hopping.

Trigger warnings: child trafficking.
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3,581 reviews55 followers
January 17, 2019
Fiona West’s The Ex-Princess (The Borderline Chronicles Book 1) is a fabulously innovative and imaginative work for so many reasons. It’s world building is unique: a mixture of lands with and without technology (but don’t worry, those over the veil have fun things like talking horses and look down on those in the “box”). It’s got a mix of almost medieval royalties and political intrigue, etc., mixed with modern things like press conferences. Ugly war based on claims to a throne but countries where racial tolerance is the norm. It’s got plot lines that run the gambit from a quite recognizable autoimmune disease and it’s impact, to family dynamics, to politics and intrigue to great romance, action and adventure. This book most definitely does not fit into a category but the overall story, and especially the romance of Abbie (the ex-princess) and Peter (heir to another throne and her contracted mate), is a truly wonderful one. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises. The book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
50 reviews
June 20, 2019
I read this book in one sitting. If you like a fun, light-hearted book, this is for you.

Abbie (Abelia), a princess who has renounced her title and position in line to the throne, moved away from her home. 5 years later she has been found to keep to her side of a contract she signed when she was 9 years old.

Edward who was Abbie’s best friend and play mate is ready to marry his bride. Will she marry him? And will she get home to see her father who is very ill?

This book kept me on edge as I didn’t know until the end if Abbie and Edward would marry or not?

A really good read.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers and I am so glad I did.
11.5k reviews50 followers
January 6, 2019
She is enjoying her new life when they appear to tell her She must do her duty and marry but she does not want to marry. Although she wants to see her dying father. He is unexpected in the throne after his brother went off the rails and war may be coming. He needs his bride but will it happen? See what will happen between them

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
683 reviews7 followers
September 14, 2020
Set in a unique fantasy land with strict boundaries containing magic and tech, this book chronicles both the ex-princess' journey back home and her journey to accepting who she is. It truly does a beautiful job dealing with invisible disabilities and the complications they spawn.

Full of adventure and friendships, the large cast of characters was amazingly dynamic. The love story was funny and sweet, a slow burn that was relationship based. Definitely a world I want to spend more time in.
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257 reviews18 followers
August 16, 2020
Loved the unique twist on this fantasy world where the Veiled countries are modern tech and the Unveiled countries are full of magic and low-tech. Modern tech fantasy with cellphones is something you rarely see. The romance was a bit overplayed in my opinion, but I liked the way the author handled the main character's illness.
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152 reviews
June 10, 2019
Interesting read

At first I wasnt for sure I was going to like this book because it was a new to me author. I was in for a pleasant surprise. It kept me hooked with all the comical and romantic aspects. Will definitely be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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39 reviews1 follower
June 28, 2019
I received this book directly by the author herself via voracious.... what a brilliant book... the tension between the two main characters was amazing and fun to read. it is well worth the read and I'll be downloading the 2nd book now
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992 reviews6 followers
February 26, 2019
This book kept me speechless. There is so much being swept up into an unexpected turn going on at at each turn of the page. It has an amazing intense storyline and strong plot roaring to life

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