by Sariah Wilson
Published by Montlake Romance on July 5th 2016
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Genesis Kelley didn’t just get her heart broken. The aspiring veterinarian had it crushed in front of millions of viewers on the dating reality show Marry Me. Now, just as she’s getting her life and dignity back together, her royal heartbreaker, Prince Rafael of Monterra, has landed in Frog Hollow, Iowa. And he’s renting out her aunt’s guest cottage.
Deceiving TV audiences for his brother’s sake cost Rafe the girl of his dreams. But he’s going to fix it, even if it means moving from his mountain-kingdom home to small-town Iowa. A prince doesn’t give up on his rightful princess—especially once he realizes Genesis is in deeper danger than she knows.
Between fixing her truck, whisking her off to Monterra for a whirlwind date, and charming the entire town, Rafe is thawing the ice around Genesis’s heart. Will it be enough to earn back her trust, protect her from her past—and sweep her into a real-life fairy tale?
Slight spoilers for the second book, Royal Chase.
I became an instant fan of Sariah Wilson after I read The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back. So when this book became available to request on NetGalley, I knew I had to read it. Plus, it’s a modern day fairy tale complete with royal princes mixed in with a dose of reality TV shenanigans.
Unfortunately, Royal Games didn’t quite bring the same giddy fun as The Ugly Stepsister. It was okay. The main character Genesis was gorgeous (but doesn’t know it) small-town girl who is kind and beloved by everybody. She used to be contestant of this reality show, much like the Bachelor. There she meets the bachelor, Rafe. But Rafe isn’t just any other bachelor. He’s a prince of Monterra and he has a twin, who is also the bachelor. Genesis and the rest of the contestants didn’t know that they were royals and there are two of them.
Things got even more convoluted when one of the contestant, who Genesis became close to fell in love with the other twin. But since they both didn’t know there were two of them, they thought they’re both in love with the same person.
Sounds complicated, yes?
So at the start of the book, Genesis is back in her hometown, trying to pick up the pieces after being humiliated in front of millions of show watchers. Rafe came and groveled for forgiveness. And this is essentially where the book started.
First off, I loved the grovel. Rafe went far and beyond to try and earn Genesis’ forgiveness. He was earnest and he felt sorry for what happened. Genesis, because of her background was having a hard time letting him back in, which was perfectly understandable, despite moments where I wanted to shake her for her stupid pride.
Second, Genesis was the perfect heroine. She’s sort of an outsider. She’s also very capable and she’s nerdy, loyal, kind and gets along with everybody. And Rafe is a prince. Enough said.
But despite the seemingly perfect characters and angsty set-up, I can’t seem to find it in me to care about these two characters. I just…I don’t know why but I just didn’t care if they get back together or not. And that’s pretty much a death knell in book.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.