R.S. Grey’s next romantic comedy, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, is available today! Find out more below and grab your copy now!
About HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS
I’ve spent eight years wishing I’d fall out of love with Derek Knightley. Blowing out birthday candles, chasing after shooting stars, making it rain spare change into mall fountains—every time it’s the same wish: forget about Derek.
But the day he walks back into my life, I realize there are two things time has yet to soften: my feelings for him and his chiseled jawline.
It’s infuriating that my heart still races when he walks into a room. I refuse to fall prey to old unrequited love, so I decide the less I’m around him, the better. Avoidance is key.
Unfortunately, Derek isn’t going to make it easy. As a teenager, I would have crawled on my hands and knees to attract his attention. Now I can’t seem to escape it.
I’m not sure why he’s bothering. He’s not just out of my league—he’s out of my tax bracket. As the sole heir to the Knightley Company, he’s as close to American royalty as you can get. As for me, I’m just a part-time princess at Knightley’s flagship magical theme park.
I spend my days playing make-believe, but Derek has no use for fairytales. His unwavering confidence makes it clear he thinks I’ll surrender in the end.
He’s just biding his time.
Making me sweat.
His Royal Highness always gets what he wants.
And he wants me.
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Unrequited love…it’s definitely something that most people feel at some point during their teenage years, and for R.S. Grey’s newest heroine, Whitney Atwood, her time came at the age of 18; her one-sided feelings for Derek Knightley, a guy 10 years her senior, was something she wished she never felt and never struggled to get over because from their very first interaction when Derek becomes Whitney’s mentor at Fairytale Kingdom, she knows she doesn’t stand a chance with him because he’s about as far out of her league as any one person could be. But as the old saying goes, the heart wants what the heart wants, Whitney’s crush never fully dissipates, not after Derek leaves and his gone for 8 years and not after he returns and begins to show interest in the 26 year old version of her either.
The way that R.S. Grey sets up His Royal Highness: the backdrop of the amusement park meant to be magical days for those who visit; the unique circumstances that Whitney finds herself in when she first begins working for the Knightley Fairytale Kingdom and the subsequent years that follow; the way that Grey crafts both Whitney and Derek’s characters so that it’s clear just how much chemistry they have, despite their age difference, and just how deserving they both are to have their fairy tale endings come true.
There’s a freshness to R.S. Grey’s storytelling; even when some of her plot points appear to utilize the traditional components of the tropes she blends together, she always adds her own flair to what would be predictable scenes in any other romance story and that originality stems from the wit and humor that she infuses into the pages of her books and it is built up slowly, demonstrating just how much push and pull is between the hero and heroine and how good it could truly be if they took a leap of faith and trusted that, for once, it would all end up exactly how it was meant to be.
R.S. Grey’s newest release uses a unique setting for its backdrop and with the environment she creates, it allows the magic of the amusement park to merge with the reality of her characters’ lives, allowing readers the opportunity to make a wish upon a star and hope that it all comes true for our fair maiden and the man who has always been her prince charming, even when it didn’t know he was.
4.5 Poison Apples
About R.S. Grey
R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com