08 May 2014

Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Collins, (May 6th, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult/New Adult (Harper Collins is releasing it as YA, however, the characters are 18 and out of high school. It is a sweet book appropriate for any age.)
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Synopsis: Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?

Review: 3 Stars - Royally Lost by author Angie Stanton is the perfect light summer read with an amazing European backdrop which gives readers something extra to look forward to with this title.

In Stanton's latest title we meet Becca who, as the synopsis states is dragged on a family vacation to Europe. She doesn't want to be there. She doesn't want to spend time with her family who are trying to force “family time” thousands of miles from home. She's about to start college and was looking forward to a quiet summer before. That changed and she's now on a river boat tour surrounded by history and family she longs to loose.

Then we have Nikolai, crown prince of a small European country that he feels is behind the times. He wants different choices in his life and throws a few things into a backpack and takes off on his motorcycle in an unsanctioned vacation of his own. He wants a chance to be more than his title, more than the diplomatic parties and functions he's forced to go to.

Over a couple of days the two see each other from afar in two different towns. Almost as if they were fated to meet which before you know it they run into each other face to face and a friendship begins. They have things in common, agree on various things about life and the world around them and the more time they steal together the closer they become.

It's this point that I had trouble with the story. Everything happened just way too quick. The book itself could have been fleshed out a bit more and while I did enjoy it, it often felt too convenient how things managed to work themselves out over the week they knew each other.

There was also many things glossed over and never really enough time to have things evolve and play out with many answers feeling more like “Just because” than what could have truly happened.

It's light with a few smaller issues that some people could relate to. Even with a prince who's dealing with trying to make an identity for himself and to spread his own wings a bit to find out who he is, other than a prince which people can find parallel things in their own lives to relate to. However things in real life don't always happen and end with a nice fluffy bow in the blink of an eye.

Again not to say it's a bad book, just a bit to easy for my liking. I guess when I'm reading about characters who are dealing with troubles people can relate to if there isn't enough reality to the story that I can believe it can rub me the wrong way, which it kind of did in this story.

So, if you ask me who I'd recommend this title to I'd have to say to someone who's looking for a quick read, one that can be easily read in one sitting and readers who are looking for something more on the lighter side with an amazing European backdrop that in the end saved the story for me. It is classed as “New Adult” because of the characters ages and because of some language but there's nothing else to worry about if you are looking for a cleaner upper YA read. Future readers, enjoy!

About the Author: 

Angie Stanton never planned on writing books, she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in a rural setting with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head she began to write them down and the rest is history.

She loves dipping french fries in chocolate shakes, natural disaster movies and Broadway Musicals. When not writing, Angie is concocting ways to make more dreams come true, whether it be tickets to a Broadway show or convincing her family they should rent an RV and travel the country. She's still working on that one.

Angie is a proud double finalist of the 2011 National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em, as well as a finalist for the Golden Quill Awards.

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