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.
Whitney has harbored a huge crush on Derek since she was 18 years old, despite their ten-year age difference. But eight years have gone by since the two crossed paths, and when he comes swooping back into her world, she’s determined to keep her cool and get over him. Except Whitney isn’t the nervous 18-year-old Derek remembers, and all he wants is to spend more time in her orbit … and maybe keep other possible suitors away from her.
The banter between these two was delightful, and I loved Whitney’s frankness and openness with Derek (even as she resists his ongoing charm). And it was charming to see how enchanted Derek was by Whitney as an adult.
As much as the romance kept me swooning, I also really loved Whitney’s relationship with Cal, Derek’s grandfather and the founder of the Fairy Tale Kingdom. I loved their rapport and his desire to see her happy and loved. Their bond is a large part of what made HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS feel so special to me.
And of course, the idea of a romance blossoming behind the scenes at a Disney-esque theme park was just the extra hook to really make this book a complete winner for me. This was such a fun spin on a familiar romance trope, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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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
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