Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons
to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.
Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is
really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.
Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever...
I had no idea this was a series. I probably would not have read Just One of the Royals if I had known that since I don't like to read books out of order. However, this could stand alone and it's really not necessary to read book one first since you get the back story in this one. The authors did a nice job of filling in gaps from the previous book without info-dropping key plot elements.
What they did manage to do, though, is make a very predictable story line. Typical cookie-cutter teen romance novel. In fact, one line in the book tells you exactly how book 3 will turn out.
I found that the characters were not relatable at all. It was incredibly hard to make connections to both Daniel and Madison because there was not much depth to either. I also found it incredibly unbelievable that Madison's super protective and future-focused doctor parents would allow her to travel "across the pond" for an entire summer without so much as meeting the "adult" chaperone or doing any sort of background planning. There was zero thought given to that whole scenario which was problem number one. Little issues like that kept piling up as I read.
I went into this book looking for a beach read. I wanted something light and fluffy that didn't involve a lot of brain power to sort out characters and plot twists. I can safely say I got what I was looking for. I can see the appeal this book would have for a certain group of readers. It's a good, clean romance that reads a lot like a Disney channel teen movie (i.e. Camp Rock or High School Musical). It just happens to not be the complicated, layered story that I prefer.