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Publisher's Summary

Regal romance abounds in this flirty, laugh-out-loud companion novel to Prince Charming, by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Hawkins.

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. Heartbroken and ready for a change of pace, Millie decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools...the farther from Houston the better.

Soon, Millie is accepted into one of the world's most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Here, the country is dreamy and green; the school is covered in ivy, and the students think her American-ness is adorable.

The only problem: Mille's roommate Flora is a total princess.

She's also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can't stand each other, but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, but Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim...after all, real life isn't a fairy tale...or is it?

New York Times best-selling author Rachel Hawkins brings the feels and the laughs to her latest romance.

©2019 Rachel Hawkins (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Refinery29 Best Book of Summer 2019 

2019-2020 Florida Teens Read Award Nominee

"Her Royal Highness will make you swoon." (Entertainment Weekly

"Witty, awkward, and romantic." (Kirkus Reviews)  

"A quirky, fun read.... Readers will be clamoring for the next title." (VOYA

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A very cute romance!

Her Royal Highness was a very cute book. I love romances and I love Scotland, so put the two together and that's an amazing book for me. I loved the sapphic romance too: it was hate to love, which is one of my favourite tropes. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a sweet sapphic YA romance!

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Queer Treasure

In short, Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins, is a queer treasure.

Others have said this, but I want to reiterate; I thought I didn’t care for romance - especially YA romance. I was wrong. The reality is that I’ve seen enough heterosexual couplings and romance tropes that all I can do is roll my eyes. Seeing a common romance trope applied to queer relationships, with bisexual and lesbian representation, is refreshing and enjoyable.

I would especially recommend this for late bloomers, who never had the opportunity to explore their own teen romances and young loves due to the iron padlocks on the closet door.

I would also recommend this for teens who have never had the chance to see a same-sex relationship presented in that same typical and romantic context as the many straight versions of this story. I would also recommend this for those looking for something fun, uplifting and romantic to take your mind off the horrors of day to day life.

The characters feel like real people, not just stereotypical stand-ins. The chemistry between the main characters didn’t feel forced, as I often find it in other similar stories. The narration by Karissa Vacker was engaging and fluid. She seamlessly switched between American and Scottish accents, which brought the book to life.

While this is technically the second book in the 'Royals' series, you do not have to read the first one to read Her Royal Highness. They are two separate novels that stand on their own.

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  • Lissette C.
  • 20-06-2020

LOVE IT!!!!

Absolutely loved this book! Could not put it down. I wanted to keep listening to it but I either had to work or sleep. The characters had depth, the story was raw, and the performance was impeccable. Great story and great job all around!!! Would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a beautiful lgbtq+ romance and feel-good book. It has all the emotions in it. Give it a listen or a read. You won’t regret it. If you love love, you’ll love this.

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  • Tiffany M
  • 22-10-2019

Quick listen

It felt like a lot happened in a short period of time.
It is pretty unusual for a book with many characters to stand out and be recognized as individuals to me but this did that spectacularly.
All the characters besides Jude felt like good genuine people, and that level of realism was greatly appreciated.
The story didn't feel rushed.
The characters weren't inconsistent and the pacing was quite fast.
I was shocked in a good way at the intermediate level vocabulary / mature dialog.
My Only real problem was the lack of build up or background on sacks and Perry's relationship.

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  • Brooke
  • 03-02-2021

Cliché, but in the right way

Overall: It's heartwarming and a great love story. Would definitely recommend.

Yeah, it's cliché sometimes, but it's done in a way that I don't really mind. I could see a lot of the drama points coming and knew how it was goinf to be resolved. However, I didnt mind it because it was woven in quite nicely rather than added for the sake of content.

I wished certain things were tied up better. The side characters were well written, so I had hoped for more. I used to never like epilogues, but I really wanted on in this case. There were a lot of news article/blog inserts so I thought a news article to tie up the ending with their relationship in the near or far future would've been a nice touch.

Performance wise: Amazing! Life is brought to every character and I was chuckling throughout. There was never a confusion with who was speaking.

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  • Emily
  • 18-08-2019

Sweet princess romance

I found it to be a bit repetitive at times but that was a minor issue. Overall, it’s a fun romance! I love that it takes place in Scotland!

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  • cnycitylady
  • 07-10-2021

Boo

Don't waste your time. Seriously. It's so boring...
I have to add this sentence for my review to be published.

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  • Kas
  • 23-09-2021

Dropped the ball towards the end

The story is good and has interesting characters but the pacing is very off. The last 15% of the book is conflict between the two of them that's doesn't make sense because it's not addressed properly and it happens with about an hour of story left. The story could've greatly benefited from Flora's pov and having other personal conflicts that didn't only tie back to a romantic relationship.

It left me wanting way more than its able to give.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-2021

Blessed

I absolutely loved EVERY MINUTE of this book. I've seen this in my recommended list for a while now and I habe heard raving reviews as well. I am proud to add my name to the list of reviews. It definitely lived up to all the hype!

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  • Alyssa
  • 26-08-2021

Loved Flora but felt rushed bc of audio

I think I would prefer to read this book.
Flora is one of my favorite characters I’ve read. She is the perfect “villain” everyone loves.

My problem revolves around the narration. The southern accent is horrible and the Scottish one is better but still not the best. You get used to it pretty quick but it threw me at first. I didn’t mind it toward the end.

Also, the 2nd half of the book seemed so fast compared to the beginning. As someone in a lesbian relationship, I get it moving quicker than normal, but I wish the back story was downplayed. It ended up not being important to the overall story. I would have enjoyed reading more about her time in Scotland than Texas.

Also the ending…straight from any Hallmark or Disney movie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2021

Adorable!

This is one of the cutest books I’ve read in a while. Definitely my favorite book I’ve read this year. And the audio book performance was absolutely fantastic I loved all the distinct character voices and accents.

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  • flutterby
  • 09-07-2021

Disapointing

I listened to this book because I was interested in the idea and I had heard good things. I was incredibly disappointed. The story fell short for me the minute that a Scottish royal family was dreamed up with no connection to reality. It felt forced and lacking. While the story tried to be realistic, it felt like a lackluster reality; trying to be real and grounding but without any solid footing. The relationship felt rushed but also incredibly slow. It was very heavily reliant on tropes and didn’t give the characters room to breathe and develop.

I am always looking for wlw fiction of any kind. Sadly, this falls short. It may be wlw but it’s not a good story and I think that there are better stories out there.

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  • Pootlemcpootle
  • 18-06-2019

Great Story but Insulting Accents from Narrator

I recommend you buy this book in paper or ebook format. The narrator's ham-fisted attempt at multiple Scottish Accents (weirdly the posh English accents were closer to Scottish) is so far off that all the Scottish characters sound like they look like Shrek and Fiona. She paints 'ugly' with her voice quite effectively but totally ruins the characters as a result as they're supposed to be beautiful young royals. Respect all Rachel Hawkins' hard work and put some effort in yourself and actually read the story. It's a great story beyond Karissa Vacker's insulting and wholly distracting attempt at Scottish accents.

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  • Foxy
  • 17-07-2021

Royal School

When I read the write up of this book I was excited to listen to it, as it sounded different, and I haven’t listened to anything by this author or narrator before and I wanted a change. I will say firstly that the book was well written and I really enjoyed the story. The narrator was fantastic and brought the story to life and the voices of the different characters were individual which I love as I know who is who.

I will be keeping an eye out for this author and narrator in the future.

The only thing I would say is I would have liked the two main characters Millie and Flora to have more detailed story about their interactions they shared, the special moments that made them go from enemies to loving each other. As I felt that Millie spent a lot of time with her friends, which were great characters as well, but I personally wanted more of Millie and Flora together.

The story was written from the point of view of Millie.

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