A gruff prince in need of a wife
A commoner impersonating a princess
And a bridal competition gone terribly awry…
Title: Royal Catch
Series: The Rourkes #1
Author: Kylie Gilmore
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: May 14, 2019
I am the crown prince of Villroy, heir to a kingdom, bound by duty to marry and produce an heir.
I expected a quiet arrangement through royal channels, instead I got a palace full of women vying for my hand. And how do they “win” this barbaric game set up by my crafty mother? By figuring out how to save the kingdom’s faltering economy through a series of challenges. This undignified circus is beneath a man of my stature! Proof being that a saucy, ill-mannered woman wearing body-hugging clothes is in the lead. I could never love someone like that, let alone marry her.
The plan sounded simple.
I pose as my friend, pick up her inheritance, and return with the cash to keep her out of jail. (Apparently, being a princess in hiding is no excuse for identity theft.) So, yeah, I’m not exactly royal. I’m an orphan, a self-made woman, and proud of it. Suddenly I’m in a battle royale with a bunch of crazy competitive women for “riches beyond our dreams.” I’m in a time crunch, which means I need to win this competition fast. Only, that means winning over the judge; the smoldering hot grim-faced Gabriel. And now I find myself wanting to compete for more than just the money. But could a royal prince ever fall for a commoner like me?
This book was a bit of a slow starter for me. There wasn’t anything I could put my finger on, so I think it was just a matter of personal preference, but I didn’t instantly feel the connection between the characters. They didn’t exactly get off on the right foot, so maybe that feeling just stuck with me for a bit. However, I stuck with it, and it definitely picked up for me the further I got.
Gabriel and Anna were interesting characters. While Anna was very much a what you see is what you get kind of person, she was pretending to me someone else much of the time, so it was interesting to see her thoughts and feelings compared to what she was showing on the outside. And while Gabriel appeared rough and grumpy at first, it was interesting to see all the different layers he had. His internal struggle between what he wanted (perhaps without realizing) and what he believed his duty allowed was interesting, and I was anxious to see if he would be able to have it all (and if not what he would choose).
Ms. Gilmore did a nice job with the side characters in this book as well. I had no problem disliking the other princesses or feeling compassion for what his parents were going through. They all added different puzzle pieces that revealed even more about the main characters.
If you are looking for a fun, light read with reality show type drama and royals this could be the perfect book for you!
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About the Author
Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.
Find out more about Kylie and upcoming books at www.kyliegilmore.com. Sign up for Kylie’s newsletter at kyliegilmore.com/newsletter
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