Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins Review

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Prince Charming was a charming young adult contemporary.

Prince Charming, originally titled Royals, by Rachel Hawkins follows seventeen-year-old Daisy Winters after her sister gets engaged to a prince in Scotland. After Daisy’s ex-boyfriend exposes her to the press, the royal family whisks her away to Scotland to stay ahead of the tabloids. To keep the paparazzi at bay, the queen enlists a family friend to show Daisy the ropes of royal life.

I read the Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins a few years ago. While I enjoyed the fun hook and humorous lead in the first book, the series quickly went downhill for its lack of consistency in characters and pacing. While I overall enjoyed this book by Rachel Hawkins, I think readers of the Rebel Belle series will notice some of the same issues in the second half of this book.

Prince Charming (Royals, #1)

The highlight of this book was the humor. I literally laughed out loud during some of Daisy’s one liners. There are a lot of books labeled as romantic comedies, but I think this book definitely capitalizes on the comedy part more than others. The author also adds in a lot of ridiculous, but realistic humorous moments. For example, at the beginning of the book, we learn that Daisy’s former boyfriend tried to sell their prom pictures to the tabloids.

On the other hand, I feel like some of the synopsis, and new title, does not accurately match the book which may disappoint some readers. The book’s description largely emphasizes the prince’s younger brother and how Daisy shakes up the palace. Going into the book, I expected there to possibly be a love triangle with the prince’s younger brother and Miles. While it didn’t matter much to me when this wasn’t the case, it may irritate some readers if they expected the primary romance to be with a prince. Additionally, Daisy takes a more passive approach to the royal life, often going along with any of their schemes to appease her sister. Although Daisy does argue with several members of the royal family, she doesn’t actively combat them like the description suggests.

Another minor pet peeve that I noticed in this book, which I have noticed in several other books that I’ve read recently, are how some unnecessary scenes are added to open up the story for possible sequels, which ends up rushing other parts of the story. In this book, we get moments of other characters, like the prince’s siblings, that aren’t necessarily for the plot of this book, but are only included to possibly venture into their story’s later. Particularly with Sebastian, the prince’s younger brother, this irritated me because it was all over the place. It also served as the “all is lost” moment in the story, but actually never really affected the plot dramatically. Since I found the end of the story kind of rushed, especially the romance, I wished that the author would have put more focus into this story than the stories to come.

Despite my few issues with this book, I really enjoyed reading this book. Last year was a rough reading year for me because I wasn’t having fun with the books that I read and they never fully captivated me or transported me to a new place. However, Prince Charming was the perfect easy, fun read for me. I gave this book 3.5 out of five stars.

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