REVIEW: Royally Not Ready by Meghan Quinn



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So there I was selling bikinis out of my truck in South Beach Miami, getting ready to kick off a wet t-shirt contest when the world’s biggest grouch approached me – Keller Fitzwilliam.

The man had the sultriest British accent I’ve ever heard. And he looked like he just walked off a Viking boat and into a suit tailored specifically for his impressively muscular frame. Only problem is, he had the warmth of an ice pick and he kept telling me he was here to take me back to his home country.

Of course, I didn’t follow him. I might be up for a good time, but I’m also educated enough to know leaving with a stranger isn’t smart. Well, that’s until he mentioned my mom’s name. My mom who passed away several years ago.

So after some serious fact-checking, my bikini-clad bum went with him to a sub-arctic country I had never heard of just north of the British Isles, where I found out my grandpa was the king of said freezing country, and I was the one and only heir.

Desperate to learn more about my mom, I decided to give this princess thing a chance.

Good idea, right? Wrong.

Because Mr. Ice Pick was put to the task of training me and he’s not just cold as ice, he’s pompous, aggravating, and possessive. And did I mention we have to share a bathroom in a tiny castle?

We are oil and water every single day and even though he’s training me to be queen, I have this simmering desire to kneel before him.

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An enemies-to-lovers royal romance, Royally Not Ready was the steamiest book I’ve ever read from Meghan Quinnand I’ve read them all. I’ve heard several other readers describe this book as a cross between The Princess Diaries, My Fair Lady and 50 Shades of Grey, and well… can confirm.

Full of feels and fire, Royally Not Ready was a wonderfully witty, enemies-to-lovers royal romance with a bit of a forced proximity spin. Quinn’s writing style is perfect in this multi-trope environment, and her engaging blend of side-splitting humor and heart-tugging moments makes for a completely addictive reading experience, which is why I find myself reaching for her romcoms over and over.

Narrated in duet by Emma Wilder and John Hartley, I listened to the audiobook. Hartley and Wilder were fabulous as Keller and Lilly, and they did a fantastic job bringing these characters to life in my ears. The title truly sets the tone of this romcom, as the heroine is unexpectedly thrown into a life, a world and a role that she is really not ready for. Keller’s job is to convince her to stay in his country and prepare her for her role as future queen, and to say that the sassy, stand-up-for-herself American puts him through his paces is putting it mildly. What neither expects, though, is the off-the-charts chemistry between them, and Keller, who’s life has been dedicated to serving—not seducing—royalty, isn’t quite sure what to do, while Lilly, who doesn’t give a hoot that he’s not an aristocrat, has plenty of ideas.

Royally Not Ready was entertaining, emotional and the most erotic romcom Quinn has ever penned. Bursting with heat, heart and humor, I listened to the audiobook in a day, laughing, swooning and blushing the whole way through it. Royally Not Ready by Meghan Quinn gets 4.5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo