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Review: Just One of the Royals

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Title:Just One of the Royals

Author:Leah and Kate Rooper

Series:Book 2

Rating★ ★ ★ 

Note:I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewYou can find the review for Book 1 here.

Synopsis

Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons
to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.

Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is
really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.

Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever…

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Daniel was kind of hot-headed and impulsive but also really loyal and caring.

Madison was dedicated and creative. She was also really passionate and positive.

Eva was really committed to doing what was best for her kingdom and she was also really intelligent and charming.

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I swear, I get more roughed up from one motorcycle ride with her than I do in a Junior League hockey game.

Not that I mind. I mean, I’ll take bruises in exchange for having her arms around me any day.

Too bad she doesn’t realize that. 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!

I was a huge fan of Just One of the Boys, the first book in The Chicago Falcons series so I was really excited to read book two. I already knew from the synopsis that this book wouldn’t be about the same characters, but I was excited at the prospect of getting to know Daniel and Madison better. And I feel like the plot for this book was perfect for all this royal family craze.

In Just One of the Royals, we find out that Daniel Sacachelli is the prince of Eldonia. His sister, Evangeline comes to him asking for help. She needs him to step up and take the throne, or else risk losing her freedom and kingdom. But, it won’t be as easy as they think because Daniel has a reputation and in order to earn the support of his people he’ll have to remake his image.

And who better to sculpt his image than mastermind of disguise, Madison! She was one of my favorite characters in Just One of the Boys because of how supportive and charming she was, and that didn’t change with this book. Madison was really animated and just happy all the time. She put on a brave face for others, especially Daniel. Madison was loyal to her friends and didn’t back down easily. I thought she was ambitious when it came to her plans and she just always did her best.

Daniel was a little bit of a different story. It was harder for me to connect with and like Daniel’s character because of how explosive his emotions could be. He was hot-headed and impulsive, but he also had a different side to him that Eva and his friends brought out. When it came to people he loved, Daniel could show the best of himself. He could be super dedicated, loving, and willing to put others’ needs before his own. Daniel was complex that way. He fluctuated between angry and sweet. I also didn’t like that he acted like an idiot at times, letting people bait him into situations that got him in trouble and that he pushed Madison away so much whenever he thought she wasn’t interested in him (or was only interested in him because he was going to be king).

❝ I see the way Daniel’s eyes light up when he steps onto the ice. The Falcons get to live their dream, and I spend all my time helping them. Isn’t it my turn? 

And as a side-note–because this bothered me quite a bit–I wasn’t really okay with Evangeline calling Daniel “Dan-dan” because it made her seem really childish. I don’t know, it just felt weird and didn’t fit with her overall personality. It never failed to throw me off. But, other than that I felt like Evangeline was a pretty average character. We didn’t get to spend as much time with her as other characters, so that may be part of the reason. I’m really looking forward to seeing her character in more detail in the next book since I saw a tweet from Leah and Kate a while back that looked like they were dropping some hints about book 3 haha. One thing I knew for sure was that she loved her kingdom.

Finally, let’s get to the plot and pacing. Was I excited to have a princess/prince themed book? Um, yes! I love books with royalty so I was happy about that aspect of the book and I liked the direction that the authors took with the whole “reluctant heir”. I’m not going to lie, it was a little ridiculous to have one of the characters be a bastard prince, but that’s kind of the theme of this series. In the first book, we had Alice pretending to be a boy for a whole season and she fell in love with the captain of the team. That’s just something I expect from the series. These crazy, drama-y, over-the-top stories that are really a guilty pleasure

The only problem with the plot for me was that there wasn’t a clear line of where it was going. Yes, Madison was remaking his image, but I didn’t know exactly how she was going about that. It felt like things just developed over the story and I guess it being so organic rather than planned threw me off. For example, when there was a fire and they planned the charity event to help rebuild. It wasn’t necessarily bad but more of personal preference. Most books I read usually have at least a couple of points/steps of the plot that we know are coming and help me gauge where we are plot-wise, but I didn’t get that with Just One of the Royals so it made the plot progression seem slow at times because I wasn’t sure what the next step was.

I think overall this was still a fun read, but it felt less smooth than Just One of the Boys. This is still a series I’m looking forward to continuing and I hope the next book will be even better! ❤

Just One of the Royals was released on June 4th, go check it out!

 

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