Review and Excerpt Tour: Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase

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royally-screwed-for-webEmma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series & Legal Briefs Series, returns with the first of three sizzling standalone books about a family of racy, irresistible Royals.

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness”, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant—hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

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Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately—the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia—Nicholas is worth it.

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Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is, but more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

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My Review

“Fame is a strange thing. A powerful thing. Usually it ebbs and flows like a tide. People get swept up in it, swamped by it, but eventually the notoriety recedes, and the former object of its affection is reduced to someone who used to be someone, but isn’t anymore.”

“Nicholas presses his mouth against mine. Possessively. Boldly. Like he owns me. And in this moment he does.”

“The downside of responsibility and duty is that it gives you tunnel vision–you don’t see the big picture, the options, because the options were never yours to have. You see only the track that you’re locked onto, the one that takes you through the tunnel. But every once in a while, even the most dependable trains jump their track.”

I absolutely loved and adored this book. This book is exactly what a modern fairy tale should be. I fell in love with the characters and the story-line instantly and could not put it down. I actually had to force myself to slow down and savor this book; it was that good.

Royally Screwed pulled me in from the very first page and showed a very realistic look into what it would be like to live the life of a royal. Where despite the fact that you’d love to do what your heart desires, there is a conflict, duty before your own wishes. Where making the right decision is not always an easy task….

Prince Nicholas was everything you could ask for in a royal and more. He’s sexy, cocky, and confident. He is used to always getting his way and what he wants. And Olivia is about to give him a run for his money. Olivia and Nicholas couldn’t have come from more different backgrounds, and I think that is one of the things that intrigued Nicholas. Olivia was hardworking, loyal and sacrificed so much for her family, proving once again, just how different she was from the girls Nicholas was used to. However, Nicholas didn’t make the best first impression and even though he stuck his royal foot in his mouth and should have left well enough alone, he couldn’t get Olivia out of his head. She was just so different from all the other girls. She didn’t want a piece of him because he was royal and she didn’t bend at his will. She was sweet and honest. She was exactly what he needed. And let me tell you, the chemistry between these two was intense. You could feel the sparks almost jumping off the pages. I couldn’t get enough of the two of them and couldn’t wait to see how their story would end.

Royally Screwed is incredibly well written and is probably my favorite “royalty” story that I’ve read to date. This story was so much more than I expected. It took my heart and just ran away with it. The characters and story-line were just so much fun, it was impossible to not get caught up in the story and just fall in love. Royally Screwed was perfectly balanced with just the right amount of humor, angst, drama, romance and swoon worthy moments.

I think this series is off to one amazing start and I can not wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

EXCERPT

She’s even lovelier than I remembered, than I dreamed. Delicate midnight tendrils frame a face that belongs in a museum—with stunning dark sapphire eyes that should be commemorated in vibrant oils and soft watercolors. If Helen launched a thousand ships, this girl could raise a thousand hard-ons.

She’s prettily made, the top of her head coming only to my chin, but fantastically curvy. Great full tits that strain the buttons of a wrinkled white blouse, shapely hips in a black skirt tapering to a tiny waist I could wrap my hands around and toned legs encased in sheer black tights finish off the whole package very nicely.

An unfamiliar anxiousness fizzes like soda in my gut.

“The door was open,” I explain.

“It’s broken.”

Logan flicks at the lock. Security is his life, so a broken lock would annoy him like a puzzle with the final piece missing.

“What do you want?”

She has no idea who I am. It’s in the defensive way she holds herself and the accusatory note in her voice. Some women try to pretend they don’t recognize me, but I can always tell. Her ignorance is rather…thrilling. There are no expectations, no hidden agendas, no reasons to pretend—what she sees is what she gets. And all she sees is me.
My throat is suddenly a barren wasteland. I swallow, but it’s difficult.

“Well, he’s desperate for some pie.” I hook my thumb at Simon. “And I…wanted to apologize for the other evening. I don’t normally act that way. I was on a bit of bender…”

“In my experience, people don’t do things when they’re drunk that they wouldn’t do normally.”

“No, you’re right. I would’ve thought all those things, but I never would’ve said them out loud.” I move closer, slowly. “And if I’d been sober…my opening bid would’ve been much higher.”

“She crosses her arms. “Are you trying to be cute?”

“No. I don’t have to try…it just sort of happens.”

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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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