Series Review: The Young Royals by Emma Lea

Despite being the second child of the King and Queen of Merveille, Alyssabeth thought that if she kept a low profile she could stay out of the media’s glaring spotlight and live a relatively normal life. That was until her father, the King, and her brother, the Crown Prince, are both killed in a hunting accident.

Her dream of joining the UN is no more and instead she needs to return to the small European country of her birth to pick up where her father and brother left off. Her Harvard degree in International Relations is forfeit and in it’s place she must become Queen, that is if the misogynistic Parliament can see past their prejudices.

Not much has changed in the small country in her four year absence, but there are two noticeable differences. Her brother’s two best friends Will Darkly and Jordan Wicks have grown up into two very intriguing men. Jordan practically sweeps her off her feet from the moment she steps off the plane, but Will’s more reserved, darkly intense interest in her gives her tingles.

Release Date: June 2016
Age Group: YA, Contemporary, Romance (Clean)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Reviewed By:  Nat

The Young Royals series was a Kindle Unlimited recommendation... I was on a bit of a royal bender... no matter my age I still enjoy a princess.

A Royal Engagement felt like a modern day Pride & Prejudice but with the twist that the girl wasn't going to be destitute, in fact it was the opposite, she was going to be Queen. Naturally I was hooked. I loved the MC Alyssabeth, Will and I loved to hate Jordan! A jerk is always a good ingredient when mapping out a love story and Jordan was totally Wickham material. All the characters are fleshed out so well and have their own struggles and story, which I find is hard in a contemporary series. Sometimes I feel like I am re-reading the same story just with another characters name.

I sped right from one book to the next. Initially I thought there might be a theme of "re-telling" but each book had a unique story and no other had the P&P feel.  {As it shouldn't because there is only room for one Darcy!}

Emma Lea does a great job of keeping it fresh and exciting throughout the series. I love that each subsequent story follows one of Alyssa's Ladies in Waiting ( and begins with an "E").

A Royal Engagement introduces Queen Alyssa and her Ladies in Waiting.
A Royal Entanglement is Lady Alexandra's story.
A Royal Entrapment is Lady Priscilla's Story.
A Royal Expectation is Lady Jeanette's story.

You need to read them in order because you get little bits and pieces of each Lady and you will probably make the wrong judgments, I did. That made me love them more when I read their story! If I had to choose a favorite it would be between Lady Alex and Lord Frédéric's story {A Royal Entanglement} & Lady Jeanette and her Aussie {A Royal Expectation}.

Lady Jeanette and her Aussie, Drew, were really fun to follow. I kept thinking of the strong Australian accent he must have had and then that led to Thor and well.... he looks like Thor... #winning

I know this can't be the end of the series because there are still Ladies and I am waiting Emma... these are like my Hallmark movies, I gotta have my fix!

*This is a clean contemporary romance series. If you like Emma Lea's writing style, she has loads of other series but they are not G rated like these.

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