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Publisher's Summary

In this dangerously sexy rom-com that evokes the real life romance between Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, a royal prince who wants to live out of the spotlight falls for a daring American rapper who turns his life, and the palace, upside down.

©2022 Tracey Livesay (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Categories: Romance

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A Great Leading Lady with a Lackluster Leading Man

I was in the fourth grade before I settled on a career goal that wasn't princess, which is probably why as a general rule, I tend to enjoy books with royalty and commoners even though my logical brain doesn't really love the idea of a monarchy. Unfortunately, even with the basis that I should have enjoyed American Royalty and with the absolutely enthralling first 40%, the book just failed to live up to its promise for me. And I should have known that I wasn't going to wind up buying the romance from the beginning because even before Jamison and Dani meet, I already hated the way he watched her music videos and formed this idea of her in his head and objectified the hell out of her. And at the end of the day, Dani is such an incredible character that I genuinely wanted like a whole book just about her taking over the world and wanted Jamison to like... disappear. I didn't care to where. But Jamison's life is obviously complicated because, well, he's a Royal. Only, I don't care about Jamison's complicated life because he never seemed to want to be a royal so all of the obligations and trappings were much less interesting to me than Dani because she has actual goals and wants and desires and I wanted to watch her take over the world.

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It is okay.

Started off really slow! Love Wesleigh as always….did not like the male narrator for this role as much. Okay purchase overall.

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binge worthy

hands down one of the best romance audio books I've read! loved it! 😍

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Narrators good enough; story memorable, but ...

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So, if you like royal romance and you can erase your preset memory of who’s who in the British Royalty, Inc., then you may like this one.

The British Royal family has all new names, the names aren’t very British either. That took some seconds to get over, but the scandal, history of abdication, British Royal men running off with unsuitables or doing unsuitable deeds are all loosely replicated. Plus the queen is in charge, as the last “old world” royal; her husband has passed, his memory being a driving force in this novel.

Through all of that, Prince Jameson, the hero of this story, has escaped the terrible spotlight left by his father and the scandals that circle his aunts and uncles, and we meet him as a philosophy professor in Birmingham.

The British Royalty is now suffering the always present threat of “abolish the monarchy” and the need to stay relevant (very plausible) and Jameson’s grandmother, the queen, has dubbed Jameson as a hopeful face of the crown. She wrangles Jameson into arranging a tribute week-long celebration, synonymous with the real life Queen’s Jubilee that just happened, where the queen’s late husband is honored with a concert of his favorite artists, accompanied by a young artists component for PR reasons.

Jameson goes into it half-heartedly, and somehow he is inadvertently responsible for the inclusion of Danielle Nelson, a female rapper who goes by Duchess, in the festivities.

For the most part the heroine, Danielle Nelson, Dani, is the character whose conflict shapes the story. While Jameson’s conflict becomes solely his interest in Dani, when he finds himself in forced proximity with her, his inner conflict about his responsibilities to the monarchy recedes into the background; meanwhile, Dani has to contend with a rival of sorts and social media, which try to tear down her success and image; Dani also is written as a self-made: a black female artist who is an entrepreneur battling being over-sexualized and underestimated (kind of overdone and cliche, but it worked for at least half of the book).

Overall, Dani remains strong but the blows keep piling on, despite them being partly because of her own decisions. Jameson also shows strong moments when it comes to wanting to “be” with Dani, and this is what is endearing about him. After the initial dislike between the two, Jameson shows great appreciation for the Dani he realizes is underneath all the glamor and hot press. the romance developed between Dani and Jameson is daring, it is hot in the way that the steam builds unexpectedly; for instance, there are scenes I kept thinking about after reading.

The ending is less than tight because the conflicts weren’t solved very satisfyingly, and the HFN that is hinted at. But overall, not a bad read.

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Great book

I truly enjoyed everything about this book!…… I definitely need more lol hope it’s a second book coming soon

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Authentically narrated

I bought this book twice! I love Tracey Livesay's work that much. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrators. The voices were pitch perfect. The story was sweet, funny, at times irritating (Samantha!) and included the right amount of drama, angst, heat and just about everything you could possibly hope for in a good novel. I liked that Dani was unapologetic about herself. She was confident, savvy, and feminine and an overall powerhouse of a character. Jay wasn't quite what I was expecting and that was a nice surprise. He was all the things you like in your H. I loved this story and highly recommend it in print or as an audiobook!

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Love and be yourself

Loved it .
Samantha got what she deserved in the end, she was so busy trying to ruin Dani's life to make herself famous she ended up ruining her own life by sleeping a married prince.

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Tracey livesay !!!!

This book was fantastic!! From the plot to the mild smut, I could not put it down. Her characters were complex and addicting. Read this book!!

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Loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Wasn’t too fond of the male actors “female” impersonation but Wesleigh!!!!!! She never fails to deliver.

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cute story

This was a good story with exceptional narrators. However, I did not enjoy the male narrators female voice. He did a great job with the male voice. But honestly Wesleigh could have narrated the entire book by herself.