*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.
While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.
Review: This book had me feeling giddy the whole way through! It was the perfect amount of snark, humour, and Royal family drama. I didn’t know I needed a book that had the sass and drama of The Princess Diaries and the romantic entanglements of She’s the Man, but here it is! It’s basically like the lovechild of those two things.
Royals follows Daisy Winters as she is forced into the limelight because her sister Eleanor gets engaged to the future King of Scotland. While her sister was basically born to be a princess, Daisy would rather live her boring old life working at a dead-end grocery store and nerd out with her best friend. Ever since her ex-boyfriend tried to sell her out for money, Daisy has resented her sister’s engagement. But of course, the press discover who she is and suddenly her world and her sister’s world collide.
Daisy unwillingly gets sent to Scotland so that she doesn’t cause any more trouble before her sister’s wedding. But somehow she manages to end up on the front page everywhere she goes, and ends up causing more scandal than she’s worth. The worst part is that Eleanor’s soon-to-be brother-in-law Prince Sebastian is a Grade A troublemaker and he drags her down with him. It certainly doesn’t help that he is surrounded by a group of friends named the Royal Wreckers.
One of those friends is Miles, who is supposed to keep an eye on Daisy and make sure she doesn’t stir up any more drama. The problem is that Miles hates her guts and trouble seems to follow Daisy wherever she goes. She also hates being told what to do and her rebellious nature definitely doesn’t help. What I loved about her character is that she is just so unapologetic about who she is and she has no shame when it comes to not fitting in with Scottish Royalty. Daisy is so completely sarcastic and brutally honest, which I couldn’t get enough of! But hey, with the world out to get her for being herself, who can blame her?
One thing I will point out is that this book did have a few bad Scottish stereotypes that kind of made me cringe a little bit, but that’s the only thing I’m iffy about. Rachel Hawkins has created an awesome fictional version of the Scottish Royal family with loads of drama and humour as well as just a hint of fluff. This was such a scandalous contemporary romance that had me borderline snorting with laughter. I can’t wait to see where the next book goes because I’m hooked!