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My Best Friend’s Royal Wedding was impossible for me to ignore when I saw it up on Netgalley for request. Who doesn’t want to read a light and fluffy royal romance? The royal romance trope matched my mood and was the perfect distraction from the chaos going on around me. That said, this book was a slight disappointment. I went in expecting fluff and instead got a lot of angst. I’m not opposed to some angst in character development but this felt over the top for the issues explored. Nevertheless, it was a light and quick read with a satisfying ending.
Cocktail waitress Khara Thomas never expected to trade the dazzling lights of Vegas for European aristocracy but as maid of honour in the royal wedding of the decade she’s forced into an unexpected spotlight when her best friend marries a prince. Luckily for Khara, gorgeous but infuriating best man Adam Hatton is happy to show her the ropes. Khara knows Adam’s entitled rich guy type but as their connection grows she realises there’s more to this playboy than meets the eye. And when she learns his royal secret? She might just find that fairytales do come true…
KHARA – Made me so mad. Her constant premature judgement of others in an attempt to outline how unlike them she was really got on my nerves. In fact, almost all of the ‘rich’ characters in the book treated her with far more respect (despite her lack of money) than she showed them (because of their money). I mean… you can see how this would be frustrating to read, right? No one likes a hypocrite. She had a massive chip on her shoulder that never seemed to budge throughout the story and by half-way through the book her angst had officially driven me mad. Her character was the single reason I rated this book three stars instead of four.
ADAM – I loved him! He was entitled, selfish and utterly unmotivated. All of the things I’d usually judge a character for and yet… he owned up to every single one of his flaws. Adam was not a character inclined to blame others and live his life selfishly unaware. He chose to act the way he did with a full understanding of the implications and consequences. When he was forced in to a role that required him to consider the well-being of others, this created the perfect catalyst for his character development. The result was a heart-warming and believable progression from selfishness to selflessness. I think any reader would find it hard to dislike him!
Despite my dislike of Khara, the setting of the book was brilliantly done, highly engaging and made me want to jump in to see the historical and royal sites for myself. The pacing was fantastic and kept my attention throughout the entire story. It’s safe to say that with the exception of Khara, this book is a delightfully fun read.