Title: Royal Games
Genesis Kelley didn’t just get her heart broken. The aspiring veterinarian had it crushed in front of millions of viewers on the dating reality show Marry Me. Now, just as she’s getting her life and dignity back together, her royal heartbreaker, Prince Rafael of Monterra, has landed in Frog Hollow, Iowa. And he’s renting out her aunt’s guest cottage.
Deceiving TV audiences for his brother’s sake cost Rafe the girl of his dreams. But he’s going to fix it, even if it means moving from his mountain-kingdom home to small-town Iowa. A prince doesn’t give up on his rightful princess—especially once he realizes Genesis is in deeper danger than she knows.
Between fixing her truck, whisking her off to Monterra for a whirlwind date, and charming the entire town, Rafe is thawing the ice around Genesis’s heart. Will it be enough to earn back her trust, protect her from her past—and sweep her into a real-life fairy tale?
Author: Sariah Wilson
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I really wanted to love Royal Games, all the ingredients for a good book were there: Reality TV stars, a Prince and a Main character with a troubled past. It fell flat in the execution and the story was not able to sustain my interest. This book is part of The Royals Of Monterra and can be read as a standalone (I did not read the other books in this series).
Once she was done with her reality show, Genesis got back to her hometown and her life. She is living with her aunt and she is trying to forget about Rafe and her reality showmance. Easier said than done, Genesis aunt decided to rent a bungalow to Rafe and just like that he is coming back into her life.
Having read a couple of books about characters that were in a reality shows I was expecting some great moments. I was not disappointed, it was the strongest part of the book and that kept me wanting to know more about Genesis and Rafe adventures. It was full of great details with some humor, It was really fun to read.
Genesis has been hurt in her life and the only thing she is asking is to never lie to her. Rafe did lie in the Reality Show and she doesn’t want to be near him any longer, even though she still has feelings for him. I get the point that to her it was an important request but she is acting childish and that was an issue to me. As the story progress, I resented her more and more. I just wanted to shout to her to get over it and to live her life. That’s the main reason why I was feeling that the story line was going nowhere and it got me frustrated.
Rafe is a Prince from Monterra and has a twin brother (both of them were in the Reality Show). Rafe is a loving and passionate guy. He fell madly in love with Genesis and he is doing everything in his power to have her love him back. He has a golden heart, helping the population of Genesis hometown by starting a new company and hiring locally. I just love this character, but honestly, I don’t get why he is still trying to win Genesis over after her childish actions and reactions. If it would have been me, I would have just said Sayonara.
At about 75-80% of the book that’s when the action happened, I was waiting for it for a long time and it happened too late to have a big impact on the story. If it would happen at 50% it would have given the story another direction and then I might have liked it more. The ending was predictable and felt rushed, I will not read the other books in the series. If you are a fan of this series, you might very well like that book, though. This author has talent, it just was not my cup of tea.