Review for Once Upon a Royal Summer

Review for Once Upon a Royal Summer

Once Upon a Royal Summer: A delightful royal romance from Hallmark Publishing, Teri Wilson, Dress, Yellow, Romance, Humour, Cute, Teri WilsonI received this book from Netgalley/publisher in exchange of an honest review.

I just had to get this book! Romance x Theme Park x Royalty = Give me more! I love that it takes place in summer, that is also why it took me so long before I read it. I wanted to read it in summer. Not in spring when I got the book on Netgalley.

In this book we get two POVs. Lacey, who just broke up with her boyfriend and is not in the mood for dating, also is our theme park princess. Henry, our royally yummy prince who isn’t looking to date. As you can see, these two aren’t planning on dating… but then they meet each other and I was just swooning all the way. These two are flirting, talking whenever they have a moment, but also pondering… should they go for it or not (which was at times a bit frustrating because HELLO, just do it), and would it work out? I really loved that we got both POVs, because I am not sure if I would have liked Henry 100% if I just had seen Lacey’s POV. Now we get both of these people and we learn a lot about them. From Lacey and her reasons to become a princess and how her persona is totally different from her princess persona to Henry who lost his wife years ago and is struggling + battling against his mother concerning who is best for his daughter (I was on his side all the way). These two are totally sweet people and I am happy to meet them.

We also have a fantastic cast of side-characters. Well, OK, it took me a LONG time to get used to Henry’s mom, the queen, but after a while I could see a different side to her. But Ava? Loved her from the start and love how supportive she is. I also love all the gossip she brings. Haha. Then there is Rose, the daughter of Henry who was an absolutely sweetpea and I just loved seeing her finally be a bit more kid, smile, have a good time. Plus, I loved how she connected with Lacey! Then there is Ian, the bodyguard I guess. I just loved how he and Henry talked, they are really friends. He was very sweet towards Rose which made me smile!

I loved all that Lacey did in this book. For Henry, for Rose. She really did some remarkable things full of kindness.

Oh yes, is it Madison or Madeline? When we got to this Fairy Godmother the names switched around which confused me greatly. XD

I love that the first 50% of the book takes place at the theme park and the next percentage is our girls preparing (and our prince of course) and then the rest of the book takes place in the palace/in Bella-Moritz. It was the perfect balance.

Yes, things were rushed. But did I mind it? Normally maybe.. but now? No. I actually loved it. It fitted perfect with this being promoted as a Hallmark book. That ending was necessary for the fairy tale feel that this whole book goes for. And it made me swoon! It is funny how that works. Generally I am not a fan of rushed, but with this, go for it.

I am really happy I had the chance to read this beautiful, fun, cute, romantic, funny, swoon-tastic, sweet, adorable, and do you need more adjectives?-book. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a fun and sweet summer read featuring two great people and a great cast of side-characters. Oh, and can we PLEASE PLEASE just get a book featuring Ian and Ava? I need that. I will also be looking to see what Hallmark Publishing has published more.

Star rating, 5 stars

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