Authors: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Provided Synopsis: American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.
Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.
Which is how she gets into trouble.
Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.
Spanning nearly a decade, The Royal We is a richly imagined, emotionally compelling novel that examines, with warmth and wit, what truly happens after your prince has come.
Review: Oh, come on! Look at that cover and tell me how you could possibly resist?
As one could easily determine, this book practically screams Prince William and Kate Middleton fan fiction, and I absolutely loved it for that reason. The similarities between the royal couple of our world and Nick and Bex were very easy to determine, but that is the charm of this book.
It all begins eight years ago when Bex goes to Oxford as an American exchange student and meets Prince Nick of England. The initial friendship between them deepens into something more, and I do not feel the need to rehash this part of the story since you should already know it quite well. What The Royal We does, however, is take you behind the scenes of a royal courtship, break-up, make-up, engagement and wedding. To be in love with the heir to the throne is no walk in the park, nor is it simple to maintain one’s sense of self in the eyes of the press, their lies, and the monarchy. Bex must navigate the expectations of others, the desires of her limelight-seeking sister and friends, and the lengths she will travel to be with her true love.
My favorite aspect of this book was undeniably the relationship between Bex and Nick. I am a sucker for Will and Kate’s love story, and I feel the authors of this book did a wonderful job capturing the friendship of the characters of their creation, along with the love shared between them. The lifestyle of being young adults capable of partying in London was also an attention-grabber that pulled me through the pages. If I could change something about this book it would be the second-half of the story as Bex and Nick are apart, with him essentially leaving her to cope with the demands of the palace on her own. Call me crazy, but that was a bit too much of the Charles and Diana situation than it was Will and Kate; it also felt off in the wake of how Nick’s character had been set up to be so protective and paranoid of what his position would expose Bex to. The end of the story was also a bit of a mess in terms of the randomly tossed together drama. It all came out of left field and it was never even resolved because the novel ended so abruptly.
Still, I would recommend this book to royal watchers like myself, particularly for the beginning stages of the relationship and the perfect timing of the book’s release with Will and Kate’s fourth wedding anniversary and the arrival of their daughter. It was a fun read and it definitely made me smile more than it made me frown.