⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyed it despite some issues

The Royal Bodyguard

Fast-paced with plenty of mystery and a touch of suspense, there’s a lot to like about this royal romance. However, two things held me back from the loving it. The first thing is that I had no idea that this is actually the second book in a series, and isn’t a complete standalone. There were definitely moments where I felt like I was missing something, and things aren’t completely wrapped up at the end of the book. Secondly, the story is told completely from our heroine’s perspective, and while I liked our hero, when the book was over I still didn’t know much about him. He’s the strong, silent type, so not hearing his side of the story made the romance even more one-sided. Had these two issues been resolved, this would’ve easily been a 4 or 5 star read for me.

The story follows Caroline, a self-described “disgraced princess, widow, and recluse” who is hiding out after the sudden death of her husband. She’s tried to distance herself from royal life, but gets pulled back in with the reappearance of someone from her sister’s past. Things get even more complicated when her former bodyguard (and teenage crush), Hugh, appears as well. Ten years have done little to diminish her attraction to Hugh, but he’s never seemed to reciprocate her feelings. As Caroline and Hugh work together to piece together the mystery, old feelings surface and Hugh isn’t quite as immune to Caroline’s charms as he was in the past.

The writing is solid, blending some humor and lightness in with the suspenseful aspects of the story. It’s a clean read with no explicit scenes and a slow burn romance. It took a little while for Caroline to win me over, but I was definitely rooting for her and Hugh in the end. Without Hugh’s perspective, the reader is left to make assumptions about his feelings toward her (or agree with whatever Caroline is thinking). Getting to know Hugh better would’ve taken this story to the next level, and making the reader aware that this is the second book in a series might help them make an informed decision about whether they’d like to read the series in order. I’d definitely read more from this author in the future, and appreciate receiving an ARC via NetGalley. I am voluntarily leaving a review of this royal romance.

The Royal Bodyguard by Lindsay Emory. My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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