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For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process. Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing. After her fiancé For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process. Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing. After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place. So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it. Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.


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For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process. Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing. After her fiancé For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process. Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing. After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place. So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it. Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.

30 review for The Royal Runaway

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Last week on one of the hottest days of summer, I took a road trip with a couple of friends and we decided that ice cream would be the perfect treat to cool us off. As we were driving, all of us were talking about what flavor of ice cream we were going to get. I was torn, do I get my safe, consistent, and reliable vanilla. You can’t go wrong with vanilla or then my mind wandered to the rich, decadent, exotic taste of chocolate. I walked up to the counter, money in hand, still debating the voices Last week on one of the hottest days of summer, I took a road trip with a couple of friends and we decided that ice cream would be the perfect treat to cool us off. As we were driving, all of us were talking about what flavor of ice cream we were going to get. I was torn, do I get my safe, consistent, and reliable vanilla. You can’t go wrong with vanilla or then my mind wandered to the rich, decadent, exotic taste of chocolate. I walked up to the counter, money in hand, still debating the voices in my head, when the decision became so simple. I will get a vanilla and chocolate swirl, the best of both worlds. Plain and exotic all rolled in one. Lindsay Emory’s, The Royal Runaway, is just like that swirl cone I had. It was fun with some added mystery and adventure mixed in. Jilted at the altar, Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden, comes back home after a forced four month exile by the monarchy in hopes of letting the rumors die down. Thea is expected to jump back into her role of the “perfect” princess and tackle all of her royal duties with her perfect princess smile and wave. The beginning of this book has all of the makings of the perfect Hallmark movie. We see Thea portray the rebellious Princess as she sneaks out of the palace one night for an evening of “regular” fun. Of course per script, she meets Mr. “Tall, Dark and Ruggedly Handsome Nick”. I found myself daydreaming as to who would play the roles of Thea and Nick, the book takes a deeper turn and suddenly the chocolate portion of the book begins. Mr. Rugged Handsome Nick, is a British spy in search of Thea’s former fiancée, who happens to be his brother. Thea and Nick find themselves involved in a mystery with threads of lies, betrayal, crooks, deception, blackmail, kidnapping, and danger. Thea and Nick must uncover the mystery surrounding his brother and the monarchy before it’s too late. So if you are looking for a fun, fast paced, intelligent Princess story, then The Royal Runaway is the book for you. Just remember to have both vanilla and chocolate ice cream on hand while reading. I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. #netgalley #royalrunaway

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    I flipping love this book! Awesome combination of genres and so entertaining. I could not stop reading. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love it when a book is completely different than what you expect when you read the synopsis. This is the first book from this author that I have had a chance to read and review. Showcased as a contemporary romance, this book is so much more than that. Emory crosses multiple genres with interest and intrigue. From the very first chapter I knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy thi I flipping love this book! Awesome combination of genres and so entertaining. I could not stop reading. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love it when a book is completely different than what you expect when you read the synopsis. This is the first book from this author that I have had a chance to read and review. Showcased as a contemporary romance, this book is so much more than that. Emory crosses multiple genres with interest and intrigue. From the very first chapter I knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy this book. You just get a feeling from the flow of the story and I was so happy that I was completely right. This book captured me in the beginning and I was sucked into hours of reading at a sitting. The author has crafted a story that takes a look into the sheltered life of royalty. Sometimes we think how wonderful it would be to live life like that. But then you read a book such as The Royal Runway, and you realize much of their life is lived in the public eye. Even heartbreaking shame is laid out for all to see. This is not a story of just romance per se, but more a story of truth, history, intrigue, treason, connection, emotion, and protection. This book is a complete package that will leave you breathless in many parts, and engrossed throughout. I absolutely love this type of story because it grabs a hold of you deep down inside and leaves you begging for more. A wonderful five star effort by this author. I will definitely be looking for more from her in future * advance copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-royal-ru...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristy K

    3.5 Stars If you’re looking for a silly romantic comedy with just a touch of suspense to escape into for a few hours, this is your book. It’s advertised for fans of The Princess Diaries and I think that’s the perfect way to describe this. The plot may differ but that entertaining, fun quality with a touch of a fairy-tale is there. I found all of the characters to be highly entertaining and I really liked the dynamic between Nick and Thea. This is a great book to read on the beach or after a bad d 3.5 Stars If you’re looking for a silly romantic comedy with just a touch of suspense to escape into for a few hours, this is your book. It’s advertised for fans of The Princess Diaries and I think that’s the perfect way to describe this. The plot may differ but that entertaining, fun quality with a touch of a fairy-tale is there. I found all of the characters to be highly entertaining and I really liked the dynamic between Nick and Thea. This is a great book to read on the beach or after a bad day at work. It doesn’t take itself seriously and neither should you. It was just a lot of fun and left me smiling at the end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I absolutely loved The Royal We, so I had to get my hands on The Royal Runaway after reading the blurb that pretty much said if you loved the one, then you'd be a fan of this book! Plus, I'm royal-obsessed anyway, whether it's a real-life royal or a made up one, so I'm all about a book with a Princess in it but when you add the word "British spy" to the synopsis, that makes my mind race to thoughts of James Bond, and I'm more than sold!  Princess Theodora of Drieden has just been left at the alta I absolutely loved The Royal We, so I had to get my hands on The Royal Runaway after reading the blurb that pretty much said if you loved the one, then you'd be a fan of this book! Plus, I'm royal-obsessed anyway, whether it's a real-life royal or a made up one, so I'm all about a book with a Princess in it but when you add the word "British spy" to the synopsis, that makes my mind race to thoughts of James Bond, and I'm more than sold!  Princess Theodora of Drieden has just been left at the altar by her fiance, Christian Fraser-Campbell, the ninth Duke of Steading, right before they were supposed to walk down the aisle and say "'I do'." In front of the entire world who has been watching their courtship unfold and wedding festivities play out on television, social media, and magazines, and not to mention all the heads of states and royalty who are in Dreiden to attend her non-happening wedding! Now, that's not embarrassing at all, is it?  Instead of getting married, Thea, as she's known to her friends, is sent by her grandmother, Queen Aurelia, to the Island of Perpetua in the North Sea for four months to pull herself together, a place where all the women in her family have been sent if they "couldn’t be controlled." Apparently, Thea has spent a lot of time on this island because she likes to be rebellious and flout royal protocol by sneaking out of the palace quite frequently under her bodyguard's watchful eyes because she starts to feel stifled and restless if she's stuck in one place too long without any freedom to just BE. Since she's second in line for the throne, as you can imagine, she's very rarely given any time to be Thea but must be Princess Theadora most of the time and play the role she was born into. It's no wonder that almost as soon as Thea's back from Perpetua, she's sneaking out of the castle and trying to hide in dark pubs. It's there she meets a dark, dangerous, sexy Scot named Nick who is searching for his kinsman, one who is presumed dead. They flirt, they kiss, wow do they kiss, and they have some serious chemistry! Then Nick blackmails her with pictures he paid someone to take of them kissing because he wants her help. It turns out the sexy Scot is actually her ex-fiancés brother and a British spy. He wants answers like yesterday about where the hell his brother is since no one has seen him since the night before the wedding, so things just went from bad to worse.  Actually, things get a WHOLE lot worse when Thea has to run away with Nick because it seems like one or more of her bodyguards might be trying to kill her, so the two end up on the run trying to stay ahead of the bad guys and figure out what happened to Christian and who are the bad guys! Really, it could be anyone!!   Even though the story was completely implausible in parts, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the characters (or most of them). Thea is one strong, tough as nails Princess! I loved reading about an empowering female character; sure, she fell apart at first when she was left at the altar, but she picked herself right up and then did what it took to protect her country and her people and learns to walk a line between her royal duties and having freedom for herself. And this is a romance!! But don't worry, it's not a very heavy romance so don't be turned off by the romance part! It was the perfect mix of romance, adventure, and everything in between. The Royal Runaway left me with a smile on my face, and I found it a pleasure to read! If you're looking for a fun read, then this is the book for you! Be sure to look for The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory when it comes out on October 9, 2018! **Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for the ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review.**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Emory

    I mean, if the author can't give it five stars, who can? ;-)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)

    ~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~ Fluffy. A little bit funny, a lot ridiculous. Requires much more suspension of disbelief than my usual picks, but even still it was entertaining enough to finish. The title feels a bit misleading, as Thea never really seems to run away…she just sort of flounces off and disappears for a few days but doesn’t really go far. But anyway… The plot is a bit…farfetched. Hence the required suspension of disbelief. The locale is obviously based on England, but the ~*Full review here on The Bent Bookworm!*~ Fluffy. A little bit funny, a lot ridiculous. Requires much more suspension of disbelief than my usual picks, but even still it was entertaining enough to finish. The title feels a bit misleading, as Thea never really seems to run away…she just sort of flounces off and disappears for a few days but doesn’t really go far. But anyway… The plot is a bit…farfetched. Hence the required suspension of disbelief. The locale is obviously based on England, but the author has invented another country (I suppose so no one can say she’s dissing the actual British royal family?) and culture. Said country and culture is pretty much England…except England is also mentioned. Color me confused, for the first few chapters until I gave up trying to understand and just rolled with it. Then there is the issue of Princess Thea’s fiance’ abandoning her at the altar, and all the other super-secret-squirrel-stuff…and then there’s the other guy, who, yes, sounds hot, but in a very generic sense. Oh well, it was still cute. I struggled a bit to really connect with and feel for the characters. Both Thea and Nick are just kind of…flat. Not in an annoying way, there just didn’t seem to be a lot there other than Nick’s oh-so-attractive-secretiveness about his past life and Thea’s terribly, exhausting choices between family duty and her heart’s desires. Oooookay, first world problems much? That is, at least, pointed out in the book. Thea needed a backbone. Nick needed to think more with his big head instead of his little one, all James Bond style. The end was a little rushed, but it tied up all the loose ends nicely. All in all The Royal Runaway was a light, quick and easy read but without a whole lot of substance – which sometimes is exactly what is needed. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Blog | Twitter | Bloglovin | Instagram | Google+

  7. 5 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    ***4.5 Stars!*** Do you love a slow burn romance, with sexual tension and sarcastic banter? How about romance with a side of mystery? The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory has all of that, plus intriguing characters, and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat while snorting with laughter. ❝Does this work with women, usually? This ...❞ I gestured to all of him. ❝This roguish scoundrel act?❞ ❝You're having a drink with me; you tell me.❞ Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Ro ***4.5 Stars!*** Do you love a slow burn romance, with sexual tension and sarcastic banter? How about romance with a side of mystery? The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory has all of that, plus intriguing characters, and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat while snorting with laughter. ❝Does this work with women, usually? This ...❞ I gestured to all of him. ❝This roguish scoundrel act?❞ ❝You're having a drink with me; you tell me.❞ Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is also known as the Runaway Princess. She's second in line to the crown, and while she fully accepts her destiny, she often feels suffocated within the walls of the palace and needs to escape. Especially after having been left at the altar. Not able to take it any longer, Thea sneaks out of the palace and ends up at a local bar. Dressed in running gear, she hopes the locals will not recognize her because she's very aware that she doesn't have her security detail. When she meets Nick, she may be on guard, but she can't help but fall for his charm. It is when she discovers that he is the brother of her former fiance' and a blackmailing British spy that her already shaky world turns upside down. ❝I'm not meant for the spotlight. Or for cages,❞ he said, gesturing at the centuries-old painted ceiling above us. ❝No matter how pretty.❞ He stepped in front of me and pulled me to him. ❝Neither are you.❞ ❝You don't know me.❞ ❝I know you'll run. You always do.❞ Nick's eyes glinted. ❝You aren't meant for cages, either,❞ he said, a dark promise in his words. I trailed my fingers along the leather spines of the history books I'd been studying. ❝One man's cages is another woman's duty.❞ ❝One and the same, Princess.❞ GAH! I can't get this grin off my face! I loved this book!! This charming story was funny, sexy, and mysterious. It was a perfect choice this rainy weekend as I as hole up in bed with a nasty cold. I was provided a review copy by the Gallery Books. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    3.5 stars This book was put on my radar by a good friend who loved it and after reading the synopsis, I was all over it. I liked Thea and Nick. She’s struggling, but loves her family and the history of the monarchy. He’s gruff and gruff and just so very gruff. Together they bicker and have some sweet moments and flashes of chemistry. There are several other characters, but this story is all Thea. Plot wise, it did lag a bit for me. Even with the secrets and spies thread, I was expecting things to 3.5 stars This book was put on my radar by a good friend who loved it and after reading the synopsis, I was all over it. I liked Thea and Nick. She’s struggling, but loves her family and the history of the monarchy. He’s gruff and gruff and just so very gruff. Together they bicker and have some sweet moments and flashes of chemistry. There are several other characters, but this story is all Thea. Plot wise, it did lag a bit for me. Even with the secrets and spies thread, I was expecting things to fall more on the clandestine rendezvous side of things...not the constant searching for papers and detailed recounts of oil pipelines. I was looking for banter and kissing with a side of spies and it was the opposite. Overall, it was a fun read. And while I enjoyed the characters {and the epilogue}, I was never really captivated by the story. **Huge thanks to Gallery Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy Reichert

    A fun mashup of THE PRINCESS DIARIES meets Jason Bourne. This was outstanding from start to finish. Add to your TBR.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vocke

    THIS is the princess book I've always wanted to read! The usual fluff, and jewels and gowns and balls? NOT part of this story! This book has some serious girl-power, with a kick-a$$ princess who is seriously OVER being just that. Meet Thea, Princess bad-A$$ of Dreiden, who takes no BS, charts her own path, and just might save some lives in the process, all the while taking charge of her own Happily Ever After. We start off at a pretty low point in Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Dreiden's THIS is the princess book I've always wanted to read! The usual fluff, and jewels and gowns and balls? NOT part of this story! This book has some serious girl-power, with a kick-a$$ princess who is seriously OVER being just that. Meet Thea, Princess bad-A$$ of Dreiden, who takes no BS, charts her own path, and just might save some lives in the process, all the while taking charge of her own Happily Ever After. We start off at a pretty low point in Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Dreiden's life. She's been embarrassed in front of the entire country - left at a the altar at her own wedding by her fiancé - no explanation, no warning. Just gone. She's been in seclusion for months, to mend her broken heart, while the queen attempts to take the spotlight off the controversial princess and the drama that's unfolded. But now she's back. And not sure if jumping back into public appearances and faking smiles is really what she wants to do with her life. Soooo.... she sneaks out to a bar. And with all good stories that start with sneaking out to a bar, craziness ensues! A thrilling mystery, a super hot Scottish dude named Nick, and secrets uncovered about not just her missing fiancé, but of the entire monarchy. And she's determined to get to the bottom of it (and Nick ;) as well) I loved this fact-paced high-energy story and I tore through this book in a day. I loved the characters, the dialogue, the royal aspect, and the rugged sexy (maybe) Prince Charming. Lindsay Emory has written a super fun tale that I think is worthy of a crown!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Renee (itsbooktalk.com)

    DNF 40%....I gave this a good chance to turn around but even with skimming this wasn't for me. I felt no chemistry between Thea and Nick and expected more romance and less running around trying trying to be spies

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bex | TotallyBex.com

    ★★ 4.5 stars! ★★ Set in the fictional European monarchy of Drieden, The Royal Runaway reads like an Old Hollywood whodunit caper set in modern times. The story is part mystery, part suspense, and part romance, all told in the fresh voice of Lindsay Emory. Princess Theodora isn’t necessarily happy with the royal status quo, but she’s resigned to the fact that she was born second in line to the throne of Drieden. This familial obligation has both dictated her upbringing and her decisions, but has al ★★ 4.5 stars! ★★ Set in the fictional European monarchy of Drieden, The Royal Runaway reads like an Old Hollywood whodunit caper set in modern times. The story is part mystery, part suspense, and part romance, all told in the fresh voice of Lindsay Emory. Princess Theodora isn’t necessarily happy with the royal status quo, but she’s resigned to the fact that she was born second in line to the throne of Drieden. This familial obligation has both dictated her upbringing and her decisions, but has also taken its toll on Thea and her happiness. Not only was she willing to settle down with a man who was deemed suitable by the queen (not for love), but she was humiliated by being stood up on her wedding day. Thea’s quite headstrong and loves to take as much time for herself as a busy schedule affords, which means she is adept at sneaking out of the castle unaccompanied. Enter Nick, the enigmatic stranger Thea meets in a pub on one such excursion. He oozes danger and intrigue, which is exactly why Thea is initially drawn to him. The adventure they embark upon is both intriguing and dangerous. It’s definitely not all-danger-all-the-time and we get to see several tender moments develop between the characters. All of it had me flipping pages to get to the end, not only to find out who the culprit was but to see if there would be a happily ever after. I’m so happy to have discovered the ‘make-believe monarchy’ trope. Not only are they a fun glimpse into modern royalty, with its juxtaposition of traditions and history balanced with current issues and struggles, but they are also highly entertaining. The Royal Runaway definitely checks all of those boxes and I recommend it if you are looking for a cozy, suspenseful mystery! ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. ▸ Purchase: Amazon US | Paperback ▸ For more reviews, visit http://www.totallybex.com

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cocktails and Books

    I wanted to live this book. The elements were there. But I felt like I was supposed to believe in a romance that was never really seemed to develop between Thea and Nick was there. That the government would let a little thing like embezzlement go. And in the end, the bad guy never really gets caught. It all made for an underwhelming story, despite having a quirky heroine I liked.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Suzi

    Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing. You know that romantic comedy with a little touch of suspense and investigation here and there? If you like this kind of story, then enjoy this book! Thea, Princess of Drieden was abandoned on her wedding day in front of thousands of people. Christian, her fiancé, didn't show up and nobody heard anything from him. After this, Thea spends four months in exile — an island where they send women Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing. You know that romantic comedy with a little touch of suspense and investigation here and there? If you like this kind of story, then enjoy this book! Thea, Princess of Drieden was abandoned on her wedding day in front of thousands of people. Christian, her fiancé, didn't show up and nobody heard anything from him. After this, Thea spends four months in exile — an island where they send women who can not be controlled — to regroup. Back to Drieden and tired of the continuing pressure of interviews and public appearances, Thea sneaks out of the palace one night and ends up meeting Nick, a handsome Scotsman. That in the future is also revealed to be a spy and also Christian's brother. After blackmailing Thea to discover information about his brother, Thea joins him to gather clues and find out what happened to the missing fiance. "You are wrong, this princess has no need of a prince." I expected to love this book, really. In some places I got a bit tired of reading (maybe it was some problem of mine) and in other points I was excited about the reading. "No matter what happens, Thea, I will never hurt you." I was expecting a book full of humor and romance. It was not as I expected, the humor was quite sparse. And I missed the romance between Thea and Nick (Okay, they were busy looking for information about the missing person) but the interactions were as meager as the humor, that feeling that something is missing did not leave my head. But anyway, it's a book that will probably work for many readers, it's an easy and interesting read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nina Bocci

    Being a fan of all things Royal and especially Royal romances, I had high hopes for it and it didn't disappoint. It takes the usual Royal trope and flips it on it's ear. It's got banter, mystery, romance and a sharply developed plot. Thea aka Princess Theodora is engaging, whip-smart and funny. Her chemistry with the sexy Scot, Nick, was off-the-charts. I read this in one-sitting and I highly recommend it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Quinn

    If you grew up loving #ThePrincessDiaries then boy do I have a book for you! This book, The Royal Runaway by @LindsayEmory is such a great read. . Theodora is the princess of Drieden and is set to marry Christian but when he doesn’t show up to the wedding and leaves Thea at the alter, everything changes. Four months later, Thea meets Nick a sexy Scottish man, who just so happens to be a British Spy OH and her ex-fiancé’s brother. . Theodora isn’t your typical princess. She’s a very strong women, t If you grew up loving #ThePrincessDiaries then boy do I have a book for you! This book, The Royal Runaway by @LindsayEmory is such a great read. . Theodora is the princess of Drieden and is set to marry Christian but when he doesn’t show up to the wedding and leaves Thea at the alter, everything changes. Four months later, Thea meets Nick a sexy Scottish man, who just so happens to be a British Spy OH and her ex-fiancé’s brother. . Theodora isn’t your typical princess. She’s a very strong women, trying to decide what’s best for herself and her country. . The book comes out officially on October 9, go check it out! . Thanks Netgalley for my free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linh

    Definitely enjoyable. There was a solid plot here and I was surprised by how much I liked the conspiracy. Give me a strong Scottish man any day and I'm sure I will love it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Young

    This book was so much fun to read. The Princess Diaries meets Stephanie Plum. Its a fast-paced suck you in and you will read it in 24 hours book. I'm a big fan of princess Thea and I hope I will be able to meet her again - please let this be a series. (I won an advanced copy of this book which is how I read it before the publish date)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aila

    1.5 stars Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for the review copy! To give you a clue on how I felt about this book, THE ROYAL RUNAWAY ruined my post-Royal Wedding haze. Yes, the Royal Wedding that happened less than a week ago (per writing this review) for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that I couldn’t escape from social media, and subsequently ended up enjoying. I really wanted to like this book - I really did. There’s a super cute cover, a tight and engaging premise, and in general just sound 1.5 stars Thank you Netgalley and Gallery Books for the review copy! To give you a clue on how I felt about this book, THE ROYAL RUNAWAY ruined my post-Royal Wedding haze. Yes, the Royal Wedding that happened less than a week ago (per writing this review) for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle that I couldn’t escape from social media, and subsequently ended up enjoying. I really wanted to like this book - I really did. There’s a super cute cover, a tight and engaging premise, and in general just sounded like a fun ride. Instead, I get lackluster chemistry, lackluster character development, and a cardboard love interest. Around the 50% mark, I was looking at the time to see how fast I could finish it. The answer? Not fast enough. We start the book with the incredibly spoiled and privileged main character, Thea, being jilted by her fiance who she only agreed to marry out of duty. We never really get to explore her feelings about this whole event, as she’s shipped to an island to recuperate and explains in her narrative that she cried a lot and slept very little. All this for a man she never really loved. WHAT was her reasoning for this? A LOT of her actions did not make sense, which made me incredibly frustrated and disgruntled with her. It’s one thing to make a realistic mistake and grow from it, it’s another to continually make illogical decisions, backed by illogical reasoning, to create unnecessary scenarios. And that’s exactly what this privileged princess did. “Other women felt like princesses on their wedding day. Me? I really was a princess. I had the tiara, the palace, the framed certificate, and everything.” I don’t think I would recommend this to anyone, but maybe this appeal to other romance readers. So perhaps come in with low expectations and an open mind. Full review to come on One Way Or An Author

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Garrett

    Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of "The Royal Runaway" by Lindsay Emory. This book wasn't quite what I expected. It sold me on its comparison to "The Princess Diaries"--which are hilarious, sweet, and goofy books. "The Royal Runaway" isn't that. It did have a pretty hot, sexy romance, but it was more of a spy novel than chic lit. Or maybe it's truthfully a combo of both, but it was a lot more spy novel than I expected it to be and I'm not much of a spy novel reader. That being said, I s Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of "The Royal Runaway" by Lindsay Emory. This book wasn't quite what I expected. It sold me on its comparison to "The Princess Diaries"--which are hilarious, sweet, and goofy books. "The Royal Runaway" isn't that. It did have a pretty hot, sexy romance, but it was more of a spy novel than chic lit. Or maybe it's truthfully a combo of both, but it was a lot more spy novel than I expected it to be and I'm not much of a spy novel reader. That being said, I still thought it was a cute book and I did like Princess Thea and Nick. I was impressed with the amount of world-building Emory did--creating an entire country with a fleshed-out history, economics, political systems, etc. This book might seem like light fun, but Emory goes deep into some really technical, complicated topics that I didn't always understand. But again, I'm not a spy novel reader. So I guess the success of this book is I still mostly liked it even though I'm not a spy novel reader, mostly because of the romance and the royalty aspect. I was a little disappointed that I didn't love it, but all around it was enjoyable enough to get a pass from me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Carey

    I thought this was going to be a silly romance novel, but I was pleasantly surprised! There is a romance component but it’s also a mystery and spy novel all in one! I loved Thea, our heroine, who is smart and brave! Super entertaining, it’s a fun weekend read. Perfect to cozy up on the couch with, you can finish in a day or two.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I picked The Royal Runaway to read because I was so excited about Harry and Meghan's wedding and I love all things royal. I'm not sure what I expected, but this novel was a delight to read. Princess Theodora, or Thea to her friends, has been left at the altar right before her internationally publicized wedding. Trying to get over it, she sneaks out of her castle to a local pub where she runs into a rough Scotsman named Nick. When she discovers Nick is actually a spy and her missing ex-fiance's b I picked The Royal Runaway to read because I was so excited about Harry and Meghan's wedding and I love all things royal. I'm not sure what I expected, but this novel was a delight to read. Princess Theodora, or Thea to her friends, has been left at the altar right before her internationally publicized wedding. Trying to get over it, she sneaks out of her castle to a local pub where she runs into a rough Scotsman named Nick. When she discovers Nick is actually a spy and her missing ex-fiance's brother, she's thrown into an adventure, searching for why Christian is missing and why everyone around him is dead. I'm a sucker for a fun spy adventure and royalty, so this book had me from the beginning. I really think this would be a fun series if done right. I've never read anything by Lindsay Emory before, but I'm looking up her backlist now. I received an advanced copy of this title from the publisher.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    The Royal Runaway is my favorite book of 2018 (so far!) I almost fell over myself excited when I was given an early copy to read and review because I adore Lindsay Emory's Sisterhood is Deadly series. I read The Royal Runaway on a weekend getaway and it was the perfect book to escape with! Her voice is so unique and it is easy to be instantly transported into another world within the first few lines. The world of Princess Thea is fantastic and fun. This isn't a romance, it's an adventure, and I The Royal Runaway is my favorite book of 2018 (so far!) I almost fell over myself excited when I was given an early copy to read and review because I adore Lindsay Emory's Sisterhood is Deadly series. I read The Royal Runaway on a weekend getaway and it was the perfect book to escape with! Her voice is so unique and it is easy to be instantly transported into another world within the first few lines. The world of Princess Thea is fantastic and fun. This isn't a romance, it's an adventure, and I *love* adventures, especially when a mysterious Scotsman is along for the ride. If you're looking for a book to escape the real world, this is the book to get! I hope there's more!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cristina (Girl in the Pages)

    *Huge thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC free of charge!* *Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars* If you know my reading tastes at all, you know that word "royals" in a contemporary novel hooks me every.single.time. That's why I've had my eye on The Royal Runaway for a while now, and it's comp titles are The Princess Diaries and The Royal We (two of my favorite contemporary reads EVER) so I screamed when I was approved for it on NetGalley and immediately dove in once I knew I had s *Huge thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC free of charge!* *Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars* If you know my reading tastes at all, you know that word "royals" in a contemporary novel hooks me every.single.time. That's why I've had my eye on The Royal Runaway for a while now, and it's comp titles are The Princess Diaries and The Royal We (two of my favorite contemporary reads EVER) so I screamed when I was approved for it on NetGalley and immediately dove in once I knew I had some good, solid uninterrupted reading time. The Royal Runaway features a small, imaginary European country (Genovia, anyone?) called Drieden and centers on Princess Thea, second in line to the throne after her reluctant crown prince father. Knowing that her father would NOT make a good king (nor does he want to be one), Thea's been brought up with much of the pressure of being a crown princess and the knowledge that she will probably see herself on the throne sooner than most would anticipate. The story begins in the aftermath of her royal wedding disaster, where she is left at the altar by her fiancé, who didn't even bother to show up at the wedding. After spending a few months in isolation while the scandal died down, Thea returns to her home country only to be swept up in a conspiracy situation that involves spies, murders, political corruption and, interestingly enough, a psychic. I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Royal Runaway was not a romance novel, but much more of a spy story. When Thea finds out her ex-fiancé may be in danger and perhaps skipped the wedding by force, she teams up with Nick (a Scot, presumed dead, who's now a spy) to find out what really happened and face some of the corruption in her country head on. I was not a fan of Nick and Thea's relationship personally (I didn't feel like they'd actually end up liking each other and there wasn't enough time for a true hate-to-love romance to develop, and I also just think Nick was kind of a jerk), there weren't too many romance scenes. I was 100% there for the scheming, betrayals and political intrigue and think that this book honestly could have stood on its own without the romance. Things did take a weird turn when a psychic/astrologer got involved (still not REALLY sure what her role was in everything?) but I also don't think realistically a member of a royal European family could jaunt around Europe solving mysteries unnoticed so I'm acknowledging a certain suspension of disbelief was needed to enjoy this story. What I really enjoyed about this story was that Thea was a truly intelligent protagonist, and unapologetic about it. She has a true passion and love for her country's history and politics and is always spouting off anecdotes and mini history lessons about her royal ancestors (I loved all the alternative history in relation to the other European nations) and though pretty much every characters gives her crap for being a history nerd she never cares. She's also not a ~special snowflake~ character who miraculously has everything come easily to her and becomes a kick-butt heroine- she really has no idea what to do with a gun or how to defend herself but manages to get herself out of some tough situations with her quick thinking and princess training. Overall: The Royal Runaway was an extremely fun and quick read that covers some of my favorite topics in fiction. While it's not an all time favorite for me, I really looked forward to sitting down and reading it and definitely see the potential for a sequel based on some loose ends at the end of the story, which I would definitely read!This review was originally posted on Girl in the Pages

  25. 5 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    3.5 royal stars Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review A little bit funny. A little bit sad. A little bit of intrigue. This book had a little bit of it all. I was expecting this book to be little bit more lighthearted than what we got - that's not a bad thing, though. I did enjoy Thea and Nick's story. However, I didn't feel the connection between Thea and Nick. Other than the "he's my ex-fiance's-brother-and-he's-hot", I just didn't feel it. And I definitely did not feel anything about th 3.5 royal stars Copy received via Netgalley for an honest review A little bit funny. A little bit sad. A little bit of intrigue. This book had a little bit of it all. I was expecting this book to be little bit more lighthearted than what we got - that's not a bad thing, though. I did enjoy Thea and Nick's story. However, I didn't feel the connection between Thea and Nick. Other than the "he's my ex-fiance's-brother-and-he's-hot", I just didn't feel it. And I definitely did not feel anything about them falling in love - but this could just be me. Everything is a little far fetched (though that's why we read fiction, isn't it) and you really did need to just go with the flow with the whole Royal meets Bond kind of thing. Whilst I didn't love this book, I did like it and it filled a fun couple of hours for me. The Royal Runaway is my first read by Lindsay Emory, and I will read more in the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    After being jilted at the alter by her fiance in the most public way imaginable (a royal wedding), Thea returns from four months of seclusion determined to get her life back on track. But when taking an unapproved jaunt into town to burn off steam, she meets the sultry, crude Nick Cameron, who quickly embroils her in an adventure of running from her guards, creative financing, hacking and the idea that her missing fiance might have had a nasty demise after all... Parts of this I absolutely adored After being jilted at the alter by her fiance in the most public way imaginable (a royal wedding), Thea returns from four months of seclusion determined to get her life back on track. But when taking an unapproved jaunt into town to burn off steam, she meets the sultry, crude Nick Cameron, who quickly embroils her in an adventure of running from her guards, creative financing, hacking and the idea that her missing fiance might have had a nasty demise after all... Parts of this I absolutely adored. I liked Thea, even though her "I'm a princess and must be perfect at all times" attitude was a little annoying (well, that is how she was raised), and I got super annoyed at how Miss Intelligent couldn't put two and two together to figure out what the hell was going on until it was actually happening. And she decides—inexplicably, illogically—to trust Nick, the man who blackmailed her, above everyone else. But she does rally and gather up her courage and strength at the end of the story to turn things to rights, even if I was mildly disappointed by how she handled it. I had a love-hate relationship with Nick. He maybe have been a handsome Scot, but he was handsy, rude and a downright asshole, and this doesn't really change throughout the entire book. Even when he decides he has feelings for her (they have an insta-lust thing going on), he's still a dick. It's just that Christian is an even bigger asshole, so I suppose Thea didn't have too many options to begin with. So let's focus on what I loved. I absolutely loved the made-up country of Drieden. I loved all of its pretty extensive history and how it was laid out and wrapped into the storyline, and how Thea loved her family and her people's pasts and tried to use them to guide her. I wanted to visit it, particularly the cold and sea-lashed island-convent of Perpetua where Thea was exiled. I wouldn't exactly call this similar to The Royal We, since that book was unabashedly a Kate Middleton fanfic (with two adorable and very real characters in Bex and Nic), although it was kinda like The Princess Diaries. I'd call it more like most romance novels venturing into the thriller aspect of things. It's a quick, fun read. Just don't start analyzing the details or asking too many questions about the plotline, because you'll get a headache. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily Leyland

    I'm not sure how to feel about this book. I read it fairly quickly and was invested in the story, but I felt a little confused the entire time. What I thought was your typical princess book turned into a spy chase, mystery, something-or-other book. That's not to say I'm not a fan of genre-bending books, but this iteration was not so successful for me. I guess that's what I get for not reading plot summaries well enough. Oops I was impressed with Lindsay Emory's ability to build a world - Drieden I'm not sure how to feel about this book. I read it fairly quickly and was invested in the story, but I felt a little confused the entire time. What I thought was your typical princess book turned into a spy chase, mystery, something-or-other book. That's not to say I'm not a fan of genre-bending books, but this iteration was not so successful for me. I guess that's what I get for not reading plot summaries well enough. Oops I was impressed with Lindsay Emory's ability to build a world - Drieden felt like it could be a forgotten little country in Europe, but other than that a lot of plot points just felt lackluster. Thea sure seemed upset to be jilted by someone she didn't even really like, her adherence to duty was completely negated by her so-called "love of running away" (besides her jaunt with Nick this was more of a tell but not show kind of characteristic), and the romance between Nick and Thea just felt eh. Nick was a character of few words so I'm not exactly sure how we're supposed to fall in love with him. Maybe I'm just over overtly-manly men in 2018. I want that manliness balanced out with some moral fortitude and a vocabulary that extends past 20 words. The story felt rushed, and the ending...wasn't really there. (view spoiler)[The bad guy didn't get caught, and the independent spy who faked his death to avoid familial duty somehow really easily gave in to the fate of being a consort in very, very public view? (hide spoiler)] I'm not buying it. Maybe the details will be sorted out in a sequel, but I'm not sure if I'll be tuning it. This book wasn't terrible by any means, I was just hoping for something more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Blandine

    Après mes lectures en fantaisie, j’avais envie de retrouver un univers plus contemporain, et The Royal Runaway a été une parfaite transition. Encore humour, romance et action, je ne me suis pas ennuyée à découvrir ces personnages et les suivre dans leur périple. Cette lecture a tout bonnement était un très bon moment de détente et de rire. Les personnages ont chacun une part d’humour parfois hilarante, et l’auteure a su se jouer des situations pour nous arracher des sourires, même dans les situat Après mes lectures en fantaisie, j’avais envie de retrouver un univers plus contemporain, et The Royal Runaway a été une parfaite transition. Encore humour, romance et action, je ne me suis pas ennuyée à découvrir ces personnages et les suivre dans leur périple. Cette lecture a tout bonnement était un très bon moment de détente et de rire. Les personnages ont chacun une part d’humour parfois hilarante, et l’auteure a su se jouer des situations pour nous arracher des sourires, même dans les situations les plus délicates. De plus, Nick et Théa sont sans cesse en train de se lancer des piques. Bien que l’attirance soit assez rapidement flagrante, ils vont rester chacun sur leur gardes, non seulement parce qu’ils ne travaillent pas pour le même gouvernement, mais aussi parce que l’ombre de Christian pèse sur eux. C’était un point très positif pour moi, une romance qui ne va pas trop vite et qui ne prend pas le pas sur l’action principale de l’histoire. Pour finir, l’auteure touche à notre âme de petite fille, en nous dépeignant une princesse des temps modernes, tout en parlant à l’adulte en nous, car elle la confronte à l’abandon le jour de son mariage, à l’espionnage et au blanchiment d’argent… Ce roman fut donc une bonne lecture que je recommande à toutes celles et ceux qui souhaitent participer à l’enquête sur la disparition de Christian, tout cela en compagnie d’un très bel Écossais ! (car oui, pour ne rien gâcher, Nick est écossais !!)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arrington (agirlandher_books) Moore

    I went into this book wanting a light read which was what it was. I thought that the beginning and first half moved a little slow but once I got to know the characters I became a little more invested in what happened. The ending was even a little action packed and had me wondering how it was all going to play out. Princess Thea of Drieden is tired of being a princess and has struggled since she was left at the alter by her fiance. She ends up escaping the castle and meeting the charming Nick who I went into this book wanting a light read which was what it was. I thought that the beginning and first half moved a little slow but once I got to know the characters I became a little more invested in what happened. The ending was even a little action packed and had me wondering how it was all going to play out. Princess Thea of Drieden is tired of being a princess and has struggled since she was left at the alter by her fiance. She ends up escaping the castle and meeting the charming Nick who ends up sweeping her off her feet and making her do things she would have never dared to do before. But, could this lead her into trouble? Fun, energetic, and refreshing this book will have you rooting for Thea and Nick to solve problems and figure out their own relationship.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Romance Schmomance (Malia)

    BLOG | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON PROFILE | BOOKBUB | TWITTER The Royal Runaway was a first time read from this author and I enjoyed this story full of twists and turns! I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to pick this one up. It was pretty low on the romance, but I quickly realized there was more to the story than Princess Theodora finding love. It was time for her to pave the path of her future. The blurb is what sucked me into this book, I was so intrigued and couldn't BLOG | INSTAGRAM | AMAZON PROFILE | BOOKBUB | TWITTER The Royal Runaway was a first time read from this author and I enjoyed this story full of twists and turns! I wasn't exactly sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to pick this one up. It was pretty low on the romance, but I quickly realized there was more to the story than Princess Theodora finding love. It was time for her to pave the path of her future. The blurb is what sucked me into this book, I was so intrigued and couldn't wait to start as soon as it landed on my kindle. Who in their right mind would leave a princess at the altar?! Crazy, I tell ya. And that was just the beginning of a journey to find out the truth about the disappearance of her ex-fiance alongside a rather sexy Scot named Nick. I absolutely adored Thea, she craved nothing more than to put duty aside and be her own person. To be free to do whatever she wanted to do, to have that bit of freedom. As the story progresses, we see a bit of her naivety fall away and the truth surrounding people she has known for most of her life, even her family. And that's when she started to take control back in her hands and do what she can to protect her people and country. I really loved witnessing her journey of coming from a low point and picking herself back up again into a much stronger person. Nick was always quite a mystery throughout this entire book, I was curious about his true motives. It was evident that there was something strong between them, but he rarely let up about it. He made it pretty obvious that he was fighting his attraction towards Thea also while trying to stay on task of what he was trying to do, but you can only push for so long. I'm not going to lie, I was a bit disappointed with the clean romance in this one, but I know soooo many out there will appreciate that fact. It was still enough for me to just fall in love with these two! I loved watching the growth in Thea, someone who grew to be a much stronger leader for her country. There were some moments in the middle that felt like things were moving a bit slowly, but it picked up right away to get you to the end. From the adventure, the journey towards strength and confidence and the bits of love in between, made for a very enjoyable read! I'll definitely look forward to reading more from this author. Major thanks to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the advanced reader's copy!

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