This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Royal Treatment by M.J. Summers
Series: Crown Jewels Romance #1
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Indigo Group
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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Enough laughs to satisfy fans of Bridget Jones. Enough sparkly shoes and breathtaking ball gowns for fans of Cinderella…
Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle in an attempt to boost his family’s dismal public approval ratings, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends.
Ultra-private, ultra-hot Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart…
Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?
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PLEASE NOTE: The Crown Jewels Series is not a typical MJ Summers book. It’s a light romantic comedy, very heavy on the laughs with a low steam level (but lots of delicious sexual tension and some swearing).]
The Royal Treatment is a delightful, potty-mouthed, romantic comedy that will have you laughing out loud! Just thinking about this story has me cracking up! I would have to agree with the blurb about this story being satisfying to fans of Bridget Jones, because it was fekking hilarious but at the same time you will root for the underdogs and love the sweet romance. This is a charming little fairy tale romance that will appeal to a wide variety of readers.
This story is set in current times but in the kingdom of Avonia. In this kingdom is a Royal family that is a rather tight-lipped family who keeps to themselves and is very cut off from their subjects. Most recently the King has made a muck of things with a tax scandal and is more interested in bedding women than focusing on his kingdom. His son Arthur is stuck trying to clean up his father’s messes as well as run the kingdom. Desperate to turn around public opinion, Arthur makes a decision that makes those around him think he has gone around the bend. He decides that he is going to invite the royal family’s worst critic to live in the castle for a period of two months in order to persuade them that the Royal family serves a purpose. He feels that if he can change his harshest critic’s mind then it will make a difference in the public’s opinion.
Tessa Sharpe is a blogger (kudos to that) and she has several blogs going in order to sustain her independence. She was once a reporter but a bad choice in a love affair left her unemployed and essentially black listed. So, she turned to blogging until she was able to get herself back into reporting or journalism. One of her sites is an anti-royal site and she has the moniker of “The Royal Watchdog.” It is not necessarily that Tessa hates the Royal family themselves but she feels that they are really mismanaging pretty much everything and wasting their subject’s money and resources. She has the largest anti-royal followers and it is her anti-royal popularity that brings her to the attention of Arthur’s advisors. When the crowned prince asked for his harshest critic, is was Tessa’s name that was brought forth.
The decision to bring in an anti-royal critic to the palace was one that had major repercussions for both Arthur and Tessa. It put them both under a spotlight that they were unready for. Arthur thought that he could just woo Tessa as he was quite easy on the eyes with sex appeal and an ability to charm. He would bring her to the Royal’s side and be the hero that saved his family. Hmmm, but then he met Tessa and quickly realized that she was not interested in having an affair with him and was actually there to find the truth for the people. Now, when I said that she was not interested in an affair I really meant that she desperately wanted to shag the prince but she was not willing to give up her principles and was going to get the truth no matter what.
Both Arthur and Tessa were truly unprepared for what they discovered as the boundaries between them went from black and white to a lovely shade of grey. What started out as a political and social rousing for these characters morphed into something more and it was not all glitter and rainbows. There are characters that are out to undermine and defame both Arthur and Tessa for their own nefarious purposes. As Arthur and Tessa learn more about each other they find that despite their misgivings they develop a true appreciation for each other, until both of their ulterior motives are brought to light. Then it becomes a quagmire of blame and mistrust and both Arthur and Tessa struggle to determine what they really want out of the situation and from each other.
The Royal Treatment is told from alternating viewpoints of Arthur and Tessa. They had an utterly hilarious, witty, and snarky banter between them and this story was jam-packed many great one liners. With many characters that are developed and fleshed out, this is a story that will grab your attention and not let go. I highly recommend The Royal Treatment for those of you looking for a fun beach read or a romantic comedy that has all the feels. Warning though – this story will have you laughing out loud to the point of rolling around – read responsibly. 😉
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours & M.J. Summers for this complimentary copy of The Royal Treatment*