The Royal Runaway

The Royal Runaway

For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process.Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing.After her fiancé...

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Title:The Royal Runaway
Author:Lindsay Emory
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The Royal Runaway Reviews

  • Lindsay Emory

    I mean, if the author can't give it five stars, who can? ;-)

  • Amy Reichert

    A fun mashup of THE PRINCESS DIARIES meets Jason Bourne. This was outstanding from start to finish. Add to your TBR.

  • Chris  C - A Midlife Wife

    I flipping love this book! Awesome combination of genres and so entertaining. I could not stop reading.

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    I love it when a book is completely different than what you expect when you read the synopsis. This is the first book from this author that I have had a chance to read and review. Showcased as a contemporary romance, this book is so much more than that. Emory crosses multiple genres with interest and intrigue.

    From the very first chapter I knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy thi

    I flipping love this book! Awesome combination of genres and so entertaining. I could not stop reading.

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    I love it when a book is completely different than what you expect when you read the synopsis. This is the first book from this author that I have had a chance to read and review. Showcased as a contemporary romance, this book is so much more than that. Emory crosses multiple genres with interest and intrigue.

    From the very first chapter I knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy this book. You just get a feeling from the flow of the story and I was so happy that I was completely right.

    This book captured me in the beginning and I was sucked into hours of reading at a sitting. The author has crafted a story that takes a look into the sheltered life of royalty. Sometimes we think how wonderful it would be to live life like that. But then you read a book such as The Royal Runway, and you realize much of their life is lived in the public eye. Even heartbreaking shame is laid out for all to see.

    This is not a story of just romance per se, but more a story of truth, history, intrigue, treason, connection, emotion, and protection. This book is a complete package that will leave you breathless in many parts, and engrossed throughout.

    I absolutely love this type of story because it grabs a hold of you deep down inside and leaves you begging for more. A wonderful five star effort by this author. I will definitely be looking for more from her in future

    * advance copy received for review consideration

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  • Kristy K

    3.5 Stars

    If you’re looking for a silly romantic comedy with just a touch of suspense to escape into for a few hours, this is your book. It’s advertised for fans of

    and I think that’s the perfect way to describe this. The plot may differ but that entertaining, fun quality with a touch of a fairy-tale is there. I found all of the characters to be highly entertaining and I really liked the dynamic between Nick and Thea.

    This is a great book to read on the beach or after a bad d

    3.5 Stars

    If you’re looking for a silly romantic comedy with just a touch of suspense to escape into for a few hours, this is your book. It’s advertised for fans of

    and I think that’s the perfect way to describe this. The plot may differ but that entertaining, fun quality with a touch of a fairy-tale is there. I found all of the characters to be highly entertaining and I really liked the dynamic between Nick and Thea.

    This is a great book to read on the beach or after a bad day at work. It doesn’t take itself seriously and neither should you. It was just a lot of fun and left me smiling at the end.

  • Stephanie

    I absolutely loved 

    , so I had to get my hands on

    after reading the blurb that pretty much said if you loved the one, then you'd be a fan of this book! Plus, I'm royal-obsessed anyway, whether it's a real-life royal or a made up one, so I'm all about a book with a Princess in it but when you add the word "British spy" to the synopsis, that makes my mind race to thoughts of James Bond, and I'm

    than sold! 

    Princess Theodora of Drieden has just been left at the alta

    I absolutely loved 

    , so I had to get my hands on

    after reading the blurb that pretty much said if you loved the one, then you'd be a fan of this book! Plus, I'm royal-obsessed anyway, whether it's a real-life royal or a made up one, so I'm all about a book with a Princess in it but when you add the word "British spy" to the synopsis, that makes my mind race to thoughts of James Bond, and I'm

    than sold! 

    Princess Theodora of Drieden has just been left at the altar by her fiance, Christian Fraser-Campbell, the ninth Duke of Steading, right before they were supposed to walk down the aisle and say "'I do'." In front of the entire world who has been watching their courtship unfold and wedding festivities play out on television, social media, and magazines, and not to mention all the heads of states and royalty who are in Dreiden to attend her non-happening wedding! Now, that's not embarrassing at all, is it? 

    Instead of getting married, Thea, as she's known to her friends, is sent by her grandmother, Queen Aurelia, to the Island of Perpetua in the North Sea for four months to pull herself together, a place where all the women in her family have been sent if they "couldn’t be controlled." Apparently, Thea has spent a lot of time on this island because she likes to be rebellious and flout royal protocol by sneaking out of the palace quite frequently under her bodyguard's watchful eyes because she starts to feel stifled and restless if she's stuck in one place too long without any freedom to just BE. Since she's second in line for the throne, as you can imagine, she's very rarely given any time to be Thea but must be Princess Theadora most of the time and play the role she was born into.

    It's no wonder that almost as soon as Thea's back from Perpetua, she's sneaking out of the castle and trying to hide in dark pubs. It's there she meets a dark, dangerous, sexy Scot named Nick who is searching for his kinsman, one who is presumed dead. They flirt, they kiss, wow do they kiss, and they have some serious chemistry! Then Nick blackmails her with pictures he paid someone to take of them kissing because he wants her help. It turns out the sexy Scot is actually her ex-fiancés brother and a British spy. He wants answers like yesterday about where the hell his brother is since no one has seen him since the night before the wedding, so things just went from bad to worse. 

    Actually, things get a WHOLE lot worse when Thea has to run away with Nick because it seems like one or more of her bodyguards might be trying to kill her, so the two end up on the run trying to stay ahead of the bad guys and figure out what happened to Christian and who are the bad guys! Really, it could be anyone!! 

     Even though the story was completely implausible in parts, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the characters (or most of them). Thea is one strong, tough as nails Princess! I loved reading about an empowering female character; sure, she fell apart at first when she was left at the altar, but she picked herself right up and then did what it took to protect her country and her people and learns to walk a line between her royal duties and having freedom for herself. And this is a romance!! But don't worry, it's not a very heavy romance so don't be turned off by the romance part! It was the perfect mix of romance, adventure, and everything in between.

    left me with a smile on my face, and I found it a pleasure to read! If you're looking for a fun read, then this is the book for you! Be sure to look for

    by Lindsay Emory when it comes out on October 9, 2018!

  • Jenny

    Last week on one of the hottest days of summer, I took a road trip with a couple of friends and we decided that ice cream would be the perfect treat to cool us off. As we were driving, all of us were talking about what flavor of ice cream we were going to get. I was torn, do I get my safe, consistent, and reliable vanilla. You can’t go wrong with vanilla or then my mind wandered to the rich, decadent, exotic taste of chocolate. I walked up to the counter, money in hand, still debating the voices

    Last week on one of the hottest days of summer, I took a road trip with a couple of friends and we decided that ice cream would be the perfect treat to cool us off. As we were driving, all of us were talking about what flavor of ice cream we were going to get. I was torn, do I get my safe, consistent, and reliable vanilla. You can’t go wrong with vanilla or then my mind wandered to the rich, decadent, exotic taste of chocolate. I walked up to the counter, money in hand, still debating the voices in my head, when the decision became so simple. I will get a vanilla and chocolate swirl, the best of both worlds. Plain and exotic all rolled in one.

    Lindsay Emory’s, The Royal Runaway, is just like that swirl cone I had. It was fun with some added mystery and adventure mixed in.

    Jilted at the altar, Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden, comes back home after a forced four month exile by the monarchy in hopes of letting the rumors die down.

    Thea is expected to jump back into her role of the “perfect” princess and tackle all of her royal duties with her perfect princess smile and wave.

    The beginning of this book has all of the makings of the perfect Hallmark movie. We see Thea portray the rebellious Princess as she sneaks out of the palace one night for an evening of “regular” fun. Of course per script, she meets Mr. “Tall, Dark and Ruggedly Handsome Nick”. I found myself daydreaming as to who would play the roles of Thea and Nick, the book takes a deeper turn and suddenly the chocolate portion of the book begins.

    Mr. Rugged Handsome Nick, is a British spy in search of Thea’s former fiancée, who happens to be his brother. Thea and Nick find themselves involved in a mystery with threads of lies, betrayal, crooks, deception, blackmail, kidnapping, and danger.

    Thea and Nick must uncover the mystery surrounding his brother and the monarchy before it’s too late.

    So if you are looking for a fun, fast paced, intelligent Princess story, then The Royal Runaway is the book for you. Just remember to have both vanilla and chocolate ice cream on hand while reading.

    I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. #netgalley #royalrunaway

  • FMABookReviews

    Do you love a slow burn romance, with sexual tension and sarcastic banter? How about romance with a side of mystery?

    by Lindsay Emory has all of that, plus intriguing characters, and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat while snorting with laughter.

    Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Ro

    Do you love a slow burn romance, with sexual tension and sarcastic banter? How about romance with a side of mystery?

    by Lindsay Emory has all of that, plus intriguing characters, and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat while snorting with laughter.

    Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is also known as the Runaway Princess. She's second in line to the crown, and while she fully accepts her destiny, she often feels suffocated within the walls of the palace and needs to escape. Especially after having been left at the altar. Not able to take it any longer, Thea sneaks out of the palace and ends up at a local bar. Dressed in running gear, she hopes the locals will not recognize her because she's very aware that she doesn't have her security detail. When she meets Nick, she may be on guard, but she can't help but fall for his charm. It is when she discovers that he is the brother of her former fiance' and a blackmailing British spy that her already shaky world turns upside down.

    GAH! I can't get this grin off my face! I loved this book!! This charming story was funny, sexy, and mysterious. It was a perfect choice this rainy weekend as I as hole up in bed with a nasty cold.

  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

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    Fluffy. A little bit funny, a lot ridiculous. Requires much more suspension of disbelief than my usual picks, but even still it was entertaining enough to finish. The title feels a bit misleading, as Thea never really seems to run away…she just sort of flounces off and disappears for a few days but doesn’t really go far. But anyway…

    The plot is a bit…farfetched. Hence the required suspension of disbelief. The locale is obviously based on England, but the

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    Fluffy. A little bit funny, a lot ridiculous. Requires much more suspension of disbelief than my usual picks, but even still it was entertaining enough to finish. The title feels a bit misleading, as Thea never really seems to run away…she just sort of flounces off and disappears for a few days but doesn’t really go far. But anyway…

    The plot is a bit…farfetched. Hence the required suspension of disbelief. The locale is obviously based on England, but the author has invented another country (I suppose so no one can say she’s dissing the actual British royal family?) and culture. Said country and culture is pretty much England…except England is also mentioned. Color me confused, for the first few chapters until I gave up trying to understand and just rolled with it. Then there is the issue of Princess Thea’s fiance’ abandoning her at the altar, and all the other super-secret-squirrel-stuff…and then there’s the other guy, who, yes, sounds hot, but in a very generic sense. Oh well, it was still cute.

    I struggled a bit to really connect with and feel for the characters. Both Thea and Nick are just kind of…flat. Not in an annoying way, there just didn’t seem to be a lot there other than Nick’s oh-so-attractive-secretiveness about his past life and Thea’s terribly, exhausting choices between family duty and her heart’s desires. Oooookay, first world problems much? That is, at least, pointed out in the book. Thea needed a backbone. Nick needed to think more with his big head instead of his little one, all James Bond style.

    The end was a little rushed, but it tied up all the loose ends nicely. All in all The Royal Runaway was a light, quick and easy read but without a whole lot of substance – which sometimes is exactly what is needed.

    Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Stacee

    3.5 stars

    This book was put on my radar by a good friend who loved it and after reading the synopsis, I was all over it.

    I liked Thea and Nick. She’s struggling, but loves her family and the history of the monarchy. He’s gruff and gruff and just so very gruff. Together they bicker and have some sweet moments and flashes of chemistry. There are several other characters, but this story is all Thea.

    Plot wise, it did lag a bit for me. Even with the secrets and spies thread, I was expecting things to

    3.5 stars

    This book was put on my radar by a good friend who loved it and after reading the synopsis, I was all over it.

    I liked Thea and Nick. She’s struggling, but loves her family and the history of the monarchy. He’s gruff and gruff and just so very gruff. Together they bicker and have some sweet moments and flashes of chemistry. There are several other characters, but this story is all Thea.

    Plot wise, it did lag a bit for me. Even with the secrets and spies thread, I was expecting things to fall more on the clandestine rendezvous side of things...not the constant searching for papers and detailed recounts of oil pipelines. I was looking for banter and kissing with a side of spies and it was the opposite.

    Overall, it was a fun read. And while I enjoyed the characters {and the epilogue}, I was never really captivated by the story.

    **Huge thanks to Gallery Books for providing the arc free of charge**

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