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Friendly PSA that if you haven’t already picked up The Royals Next Door, you need to do so immediately. One of the most engaging and dreamy books I’ve read all year, I couldn’t put this one down.
The Royals Next Door follows Piper, a reclusive school teacher living on a small island in BC with her mother, and Harrison, the quiet, brooding head bodyguard to the Harry and Meghan-esque royal couple who move in next door to Piper and her mother for the summer.
I adored Piper. Her wit, charm, and vulnerability made her a compelling character. I appreciated that this book was about more than just her romance with Harrison—it was also about her coming into her own, her relationship with her mother (who has BPD and DPD), and her relationship with the island’s community. Even if it had just been about her romance, though, I still would have loved it; they were electric. Harrison, too, stole my heart. Let it be known that this is now a grumpy and gentle giant stan account.
The parallels to Harry and Meghan were obvious, which I know some folks have found a bit heavy-handed. I personally enjoyed it, though. And I liked that even though the main romance wasn’t a royal romance per se, we got elements of one (the struggles with notoriety, celebrity, tradition, etc.).
The Royals Next Door is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year and is a must-read for romance fans!