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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

Royal Court By Jenny Frame






⭐⭐⭐☆



This is a contemporary romance but reads like a cross between a historical (thanks to the whole royalty aspect) and futuristic (where important heads of state are women and out British royalty are totally acceptable) tale. Nevertheless, it is highly engaging and entertaining.

Captain Quincy is a Royal Marines Officer decorated with the Victoria Cross for gallantry. However, when she catches a fellow officer sexually assaulting a young lady her anger overcomes her restraint and beats him to what is considered ‘excessive’. Instead of being court-martialled for this, she is assigned to protection-of-the-royal-family duty. Holly Weaver is a part of the royal entourage. She is the Queen Consort’s best friend and the royal dresser.

The author creates two very relatable characters. Quincy is introverted, haunted by self-recrimination for what she sees as a failure and a product of very tough upbringing. She feels so much and so deeply that she actively doesn’t allow herself to feel. Holly is physically bisexual, but emotionally gay. A past relationship with a woman has scarred her so badly that she choose to have only men in her life because she knows they cannot reach or hurt her more emotionally.

Quincey’s quietude and mental torture are offset by Holly’s openness and lust for life. Holly’s determination and tenacity in trying to reach Quincy are total wish-fulfilment of a person like that.

The chemistry and attraction is excellently built. However, after they get together for the first time, Quincy’s running-away act to add to the drama was unnecessary and excessive. If this wasn’t a romance, Holly would’ve just abandoned the relationship then and there. But this is a romance, so she hangs around and pursues Quincy despite unjustified jerkface behaviour.

Apart from that one glitch, this is a thoroughly enjoyable romance. And yes, there are a few utterly satisfying sex scenes too.     



⭐⭐⭐☆


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