Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney


Romancing the Throne 
by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
May 31, 2017
396 pages

Plot: For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne. If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne...and more than one path to happily ever after. (2019, Goodreads.com)

Review: In Romancing the Throne, the Weston sisters, Charlotte and Libby, have fallen for the same guy.  But, what I think is important to note, it wasn't at the same time. Charlotte is the glamourous younger sister, while Charlotte is the more studious bookworm older sister.  Both are complete opposites, yet they are best friends.  Prince Edward is caught in the middle.  Having dated Charlotte first, it goes without saying that dating the sister of your ex should be that "line" you don't cross.  But, that's exactly what happens after Charlotte and Edward break up.  It was one of those "It just happened" moments. And even though Charlotte and Edward were clearly not right for each other, you still feel sorry for Charlotte.

The entire book is told through Charlotte's POV, which was very interesting since most romance stories focus on the POV of the characters experiencing the romantic relationship.  But, this story isn't about Libby and Edwards romance.  It's about Charlotte and how she deals with her breakup with Edward and the betrayal from the person she trusted most, Libby.  Initially, you want to dislike Libby and Edward for what they did to Charlotte, but the author does a great job in making the reader experience the heartbreak and the path to forgiveness between the two sisters.  Lots of drama but no explicit scenes.  

Rating: 4 Hearts!
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