A Royal Pain
By Megan Mulry
Publication Date: November 1, 2012
Reviewed from: a copy from my library
Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they're the world's most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte's own search for love isn't going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust.
Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she's certain he's the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he's a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities-- and challenges-- of becoming a royal.
I stumbled across this book and thought, it sounds intriguing—why not? I am fond of historical fiction set in Britain, so why not try this contemporary fiction spin? The bulk of the story does take place in the United States though (Chicago then New York), so if you are looking for a contemporary British setting, this may not be the right book for you.
If you want an often times laugh out loud romantic story that is not your typical Cinderella story then give this one a whirl. I will put a few disclaimers out there: Bronte is a modern woman so she does not really act like a damsel in distress. She also has a potty mouth, which could offend some but I did not feel it takes away from the story. Max does feel a bit cocky at some points to me but not so much that I would consider it a serious character flaw. It is a bit ironic as he is the traditional sort, wanting the commitment from the get-go.