Friday, November 15, 2019

Review: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Title: Royal Holiday
AuthorJasmine Guillory
Year Published: 2019


Genre: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 295
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (CA) the UK

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): When Vivian Forest has the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie's work trip to England to style a member o ht royal family, she can't refuse. She's excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn't expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent and unyielding formality.

Malcolm Hudson has never given a personal, private tour in his time with the royals--until now. Intrigued by Vivian, he finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. Soon flirtatious banter results in a kiss under the mistletoe sure to keep the frostiest winter chill at bay.

But with Vivian's return to the US fast approaching, she and Malcolm will have to decide if this is simply a holiday romance--or a love affair set to change their lives for ever.

Review: What a fun book! I was pondering about what rating to give it and decided that it gets a 4.5 because I am not comparing it to the more literary books that I have ranked that high, but within its own genre. I read this book in two sittings, smiled as I read it, and enjoyed the escapism.

Is it realistic? No. Will it make a really good rom-com/holiday movie? Definitely.

I love Vivian. She is my age, spends most of her time at work, and thinks she has it all figured out. Until she doesn't. I love that she takes life by the horns and enjoys life to its fullest. She laughs easily, tries new things, and doesn't take herself too seriously.

Malcolm is also fun. He is more conservative, proper, and well, British (I can say that since my whole family lives there, right?). I like that Vivian helps him to relax and live and see beyond his stiff exterior that he has for his job.

And they are having fun together, learning that in middle age things can still be exciting and spontaneous. It's all good.

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