Alexandra Ryans grew up with the British royal family. As the daughter of an American ambassador, one of the King of England’s most trusted advisors, Aly’s life was, from a young age, intertwined with that of the princes. In her teens, Aly harbored a not-so-secret crush on Aiden, the oldest prince, first in line for the throne. But it was the youngest prince, Oliver, who became her best friend. It was Oliver who was always there for her. And it was Oliver who snuck into her heart without her even noticing.
Now, years after fleeing England to avoid a scandal (and embroiled in a scandal of her own back home), Aly is back in town for a royal wedding. She’s avoided both Ollie and Aiden for three years, but now she’ll need to face her feelings – and her fears – head on.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD?
Last summer, I read and absolutely adored Tiffany Truitt’s Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart. It was the perfect combination of sexy and swoony and heartbreaking and is still one of my favorite new adult books. I talked about that book so much that I even annoyed myself, so when I saw a new ROYAL ROMANCE by Tiffany Truitt, I knew that I had to request it. I might have had like eight other ARCs that I had to read first, but I finally got to it and it was good! I might have liked SWtLYH a tad bit more, but a good road trip/music-based book will always win my heart. (Pardon my pun.)
As the book begins, we have no idea what happened between Aly and the royal family. All we know is that she’s been summoned home for her childhood friend’s wedding and she is just dreading going back. The night in question comes back in bits and pieces through flashbacks from Aly’s point of view. An argument here. A kiss there. A couple princes acting swoony. It’s pretty easy to piece together the general gist of what happened, but it’s not until the end of the book that we get all of the details.
I, for one, could not decide who I liked more: responsible, selfless Aiden or wild, heartbroken Ollie. Both of them have their own reasons for acting the way they do and for the various decisions they’ve made over the years. Although I normally despise love triangles, Tiffany Truitt gave us two strong contenders in Aiden and Oliver.
I’m going to divert into music for a little bit here, but it’ll all make sense in the end. (I hope.) I went for a long walk today and was in a nostalgic mood, so I put on All Time Low’s So Wrong It’s Right, which has been one of my favorite albums for a good decade now. When Shameless started playing, I was a little dumbfounded by how well some of the verses fit this book. Take a listen, if you’d like:
Okay, I just fell into a YouTube black hole of All Time Low songs. I was seventeen years old again for a little while there. I’m back now, and here we go.
Aly spends a lot of time denying what Ollie’s words and actions mean. Even when Ollie makes a blatantly obvious move, she finds another possible interpretation:
Tonight I’m finding a way
To make the things that you say
Just a little less obvious
And then there’s Ollie, who has a love/hate relationship with the press. The press jumps on everything he does. He can’t stand next to a woman without sixteen articles about his newest girlfriend popping up. He can’t go to a party without a new article about his alcoholism or drug addiction coming out. Ollie can always rely on the press to say something about him and he knows how to use that to his advantage, but that doesn’t mean he likes the attention:
I walk a fine line
Between the right and the real
They watch me closely
But talk is cheap here
Like a weightless currency
Your words don’t mean shit to me
I’m always cashing out
Anyway. I hope that tangent made some sense. Back to the review.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Tiffany Truitt successfully messed with my heart again and I’m not even mad. The only real criticism I have is that both guys were so great that I wasn’t even sure who I was supposed to be rooting for. I hope the other brothers end up with their own books.
Also, I’d like to start an informal petition to get someone who looks more like the prince that’s described in the book on the cover. I’ll nominate Andre Hamann.
Final rating: ★★★★☆
I received a free ARC of Royal Attraction from the publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for my honest review.