Hello, everyone! Today, as part of PenguinTeen’s Summer Lovin’ Blogger Campaign, I am so excited to welcome author Rachel Hawkins to the blog for a guest post about her favorite royal romances from history. This topic was, of course, inspired by her excellent YA contemporary Her Royal Highness (the companion sequel to last year’s Prince Charming), which happens to be one of my favorite 2019 releases I’ve read so far this year. Without further ado, I’ll hand it over to Rachel!
about the book
Her Royal Highness (Royals, #2) by Rachel Hawkins
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.
Millie can't believe her luck when she's accepted into one of the world's most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.
The only problem: Mille's roommate Flora is a total princess.
She's also an actual princess. Of Scotland.
At first, the girls can barely stand each other--Flora is both high-class and high-key--but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn't a fairy tale . . . or is it?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
favorite royal romances from history
a guest post by author Rachel Hawkins
ROYAL ROMANCE. Was there ever a term that implied more drama? Royals of course bring their own chaos and OTT Shenanigans to most all of history, and when you add romance to that? Well, it’s a full-on Parade of Dramz, and I am INTO IT. So here are a few of my personal favorite Royal Romances!
1) Henry VII x Elizabeth of York: Look, YES, this story got its own book (The White Princess) AND a miniseries based on that book, but I still don’t think we give these two enough attention. Warring Families reach peace via the marriage of two of their members? A new dynasty formed? This is the romance that gave us Henry VIII who in turn gave us Elizabeth I. Bow down.
2) AND SPEAKING OF HENRY VIII. Did his romance with Anne Boleyn end in beheading, aka A Very Unromantic Thing? YES. Is it STILL A Royal Romance for the ages? INDEED. England got a whole new religion out of this one! Come on!
3) Akbar x Jodhaa Bai: I can’t lie. I mostly love this Royal Romance because it was the basis for an amazing movie starring two very beautiful people, this is who I am, I am fine with it, also, DEFINITELY watch Jodhaa Akbar (it’s on Netflix!) But it features one of my favorite aspects of Royal Romance, i.e. that whole, “We have to learn to work together, wait, are you hot, I think you might be hot,” trope.
4) Edward IV x Elizabeth Woodville: Hot Teenage King Meets Gorgeous Older Widow, Throws Entire Country Under Bus to Marry Her. YES!! PLEASE!!
5) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Like I could leave these two off! Obsessed with everything about them. She is the epitome of #goals, he clearly knows that, AND they’ve given us a new royal baby named “Archie Mountbatten-Windsor,” and if ever a name GUARANTEED future Royal Shenanigans, it is that!
A huge thank you to Rachel Hawkins for sharing her faves (which happen to also include some of MY faves)! Do you have a favorite royal romance from history?
If you enjoy royal romances, be sure to pick up a copy of Her Royal Highness, in stores now!