SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)
FROM THE DESK OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER
Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.
I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:
- The engagement shall last ninety days
- Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
- Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties
The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.
P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.
P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.
I love books that have a Royal theme to them, maybe it’s my long buried inner princess but I love the idea that girl who isn’t royalty can fall in love and marry a prince or king. I don’t care if it is a made up land or a real life one, they call to me and I love to read them. Royal Ruin started off strong, but slowly I started to not like it as much as I had hoped I would. Keep in mind, overall I did like Royal Ruin but I just had some issues with Emily that just after a while worked on my nerves.
I love that Kit and Emily had a back-story together, that there was a connection there from before, that there was chemistry from before and that added to the tension between these two. Kit is next in line for the throne, after a tragic accident he has to leave his life behind to step up to take care of things that matter the most to him, his family. His grandmother is the Queen and she is feisty, sassy, and sometimes hard but you can feel the love she has towards her grandchildren when she doesn’t have her Queen hat on. The fun loving Kit is not the Ice Prince.
Emily is bitter, and she has a right to be. Her ex-husband not only cheated on her more than once but she feels that any sort of affection has been tainted now, even something as simple as handholding. Yes, I said handholding. She can have sex in the back of a cab but holding someone’s hand is a big no. Can you see how after a while she started to wear on my nerves. I wanted to like her, I did like her in the beginning but more and more little things just started to add up and had me wanting to yell oh for fuck sake get some professional help and put your big girl panties on.
I loved Kit’s siblings, especially the twins; they had me cracking up on more than one occasion with their antics and banter. I can’t wait to read their stories because I have a feeling I will be laughing a lot. I want more of their grandmother as well, she reminds me in a sense of how I imagine Queen Elizabeth being behind the scenes in real life when she can spend time with her family.
While Royal Ruin wasn't a OMG I loved this book read for me, overall it was enjoyable and one that I think most will like. Issues with Emily aside, I never got bored and it held my attention. As I stated I am looking forward to more books in this series.
Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com