My Rating: ★★★★☆
Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.
It’s a big deal.
When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.
What she isn’t…is married.
It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.
Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.
Even Queens. Especially them.
Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.
And a sacred promise keeps him there.
To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.
Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.
Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.
This is theirs.
After I finished reading the third book in what was initially a trilogy, I thought that was it – the end of one of my absolute favorite romance series. Then Emma Chase announced that there was going to be a fourth book and I could not be more excited! I just didn’t know who it could possibly be about considering how things ended in Royally Endowed. Never did it cross my mind that the fourth book would be a prequel to the trilogy revolving around Nicholas and Henry’s grandmother, Lenora!
Things I Liked:
It was so fascinating to discover how Lenora became the way she is in the first three books – fierce, strict, and intimidating. I couldn’t help but feel empathy for her though because she went through a lot at a fairly young age, and I had no idea she became the queen at only nineteen! Out of all the books, her story definitely had the most heartbreak and I can’t help but admire her for being so strong and resilient through everything. I couldn’t help but tear up a few times reading this.
I enjoyed seeing Lenora’s relationship with her family and her friendship with Thomas. Never did it cross my mind that Lenora could have grown up feeling lonely, and I was so glad for Thomas coming into her life because he was such a light in her life and he ultimately brought her and Edward together. It was lovely seeing her relationship with her father as well, despite the emotional distance.
I don’t think there’s a way for me to not like whoever the main male protagonist is in any of these books because I absolutely loved Edward! His personality is the unexpected combination of Nicholas, Henry, and Logan – loyal, naughty, and fiercely protective. I love how he was always there for Lenora and never wanted to take over and try to surpass her authority as the ruling queen. Edward repeatedly says and shows how all he wants is to protect and support Lenora so that she can be the amazing queen that he knows she is. His never faltering confidence in her was so heartwarming to see. He and Lenora are surprisingly perfect for each other: he’s a worldly man who has been on so many adventures and she’s the sheltered woman who was raised for the sole purpose of becoming queen. I loved seeing how their love and relationship created the foundation for the royals we meet in the first books.
Things I Disliked:
It could just be because of the family relation, but there were a lot of times when Edward seemed too much like Henry and that was kind of weird. Although they weren’t completely the same, their personalities felt too similar and I found myself having to remind myself that this was Edward, not Henry.
Even though this book is technically a prequel, the end of it is so fitting and rounds out the series perfectly. If you’re looking for a feel-good swoon-worthy romance series, I cannot recommend the Royally books more.
About the Author:
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
Thanks for checking out my review! Have you started the Royally series, yet? I’d love to know your thoughts! Discuss and/or fangirl with me in the comments!