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Royal Disgrace – Elizabeth Lynx

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A future prince walks into her diner, pretending to be a pauper. Will one kiss cause all her dreams to come true?

Imagine for a moment being dumped by your boyfriend via paper airplane that hits you in the face. And, only minutes later, discover you’re being fired from a job you’ve had for years.

Sounds terrible, right? That’s my day, and it’s only Tuesday. Most of my life has been crappy like that but I refuse to let it get me down.

Hi, I’m Grace and I plan on following my dream no matter what gets in my way. What’s my dream? I think it’s opening an 80’s themed diner. That’s what my good friend told me since I love all things 80’s and diner food. It makes sense so why not?

The only obstacle I’ve come across is tall, with dark hair, an accent that will warm your, uh, heart, and desperate for a job at my diner.

I really wish I didn’t have to fire him.

I will level with you. I’m not who Grace thinks. She sees me as a cool, down-to-earth guy that is humble, caring, and one of the best employees at her diner. She also thinks my name is Nico Aster. I may have stretched the truth by a lot.

My formal title is Nicolas Aster Rowley Chillingham, current Duke of Ironlea and future Prince of Northern Cambria. After the holiday ceremonies and come the new year, I will officially be crowned Prince of Cambria. I’m desperate to get out of becoming a prince so I devise a plan to pretend to be an average guy looking for a job at a diner.

No one in Cambria will find me in the tiny restaurant in Chicago. I plan on returning to my home one day but when I’m ready. The only problem is the owner. The more times I spend getting to know her, the more I wonder if I ever want to go back.

I’d like to thank Enticing Journey for sending me an e-arc of this book it is very much appreciated. This is my first book from this author and the story description sounded so interesting and I loved royal books so I was really excited to read it. Sadly though I did not enjoy this as much as I thought it was.

I really struggled with this story, I could not get into this story. I don’t really know what it was but I just couldn’t get into it. I felt so disconnected from the characters and I didn’t really like them, they weren’t bad characters I just couldn’t connect with them.

This story felt incredibly fast paced and it just went from 0 to 100 real fast but I felt like it really didn’t work with what was happening in the novel.

Nico was a royal trying to run from his responsibilities for a little bit and he lands in the 80s diner belonging to Grace and he begins to work there as a janitor, he very much shrinks his responsibility leaving it to his sister to deal with. Grace is trying to find people for her 80s diner after someone quits and she hires Nico for free only after her brother Alex says no.

My issue with these characters is that they don’t seem 3D so to speak, I can’t really remember anything about them and I read this less than 14 hours ago. They weren’t very interesting for me. Another one of my issues was that I felt like these characters didn’t have any chemistry between them and I was not invested in their relationship.

Although I must say I really love the surprise pregnancy trope being put into this story and I think the author wrote that really well and that was the part of the book I was invested in.

2 stars

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