The Royal Runaway
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.

The Royal Runaway Details

TitleThe Royal Runaway
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501196614
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Contemporary

The Royal Runaway Review

  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    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 considerationfull review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-royal-ru...
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    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.**
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  • Lindsay Emory
    January 1, 1970
    I mean, if the author can't give it five stars, who can? ;-)
  • Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    ~*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+
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis 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 starsThis 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**
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  • Cocktails and Books
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Amy Reichert
    January 1, 1970
    A fun mashup of THE PRINCESS DIARIES meets Jason Bourne. This was outstanding from start to finish. Add to your TBR.
  • Nina Bocci
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Nancy Carey
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Nikki Young
    January 1, 1970
    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)
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  • Michelle Garrett
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Alexis
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • FMABookReviews
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided a review copy by the publisher. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.
  • Belinda M
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI’m a bit iffy when it comes to royal romances but The Royal Runaway was pure enjoyment. A jilted princess left at the altar, her fiancé missing, a once thought to be dead brother of the fiancé is not dead and shows up to investigate why his brother is missing. So many things happened that kept the interest going for me. I liked the mystery of what happened to Thea’s fiancé, Cameron, and the danger that arose as a result of looking in to it. Nick, the brother was sexy but he had me with 3.5 StarsI’m a bit iffy when it comes to royal romances but The Royal Runaway was pure enjoyment. A jilted princess left at the altar, her fiancé missing, a once thought to be dead brother of the fiancé is not dead and shows up to investigate why his brother is missing. So many things happened that kept the interest going for me. I liked the mystery of what happened to Thea’s fiancé, Cameron, and the danger that arose as a result of looking in to it. Nick, the brother was sexy but he had me with his dry humour. Thea herself was funny and smart, and the two of them sparred well with each other. The Royal Runaway is a fun, quick read that has a bit of action and romance to keep you guessing.
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  • Rachel Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Joy Novel Thoughts
    January 1, 1970
    I was hooked on The Royal Runaway from the blurb and once I cracked open the book and dove in head first I was submerged into a story and a land that I never wanted to leave! I want to live in Drieden and be a citizen!!The Royal Runaway reminded me of the movie, Chasing Liberty from 2004 with Mandy Moore, but with suspense and intrigue. The idea of a princess on the run was utterly fascinating, especially because most of the time she didn't really know where she was running to and why. That is u I was hooked on The Royal Runaway from the blurb and once I cracked open the book and dove in head first I was submerged into a story and a land that I never wanted to leave! I want to live in Drieden and be a citizen!!The Royal Runaway reminded me of the movie, Chasing Liberty from 2004 with Mandy Moore, but with suspense and intrigue. The idea of a princess on the run was utterly fascinating, especially because most of the time she didn't really know where she was running to and why. That is until she meets the Irish rouge, Nick.Nick completely flips Princess Theodora's life upside down, even more so than it already is after her ex left her, the Princess of Drieden, second in line to the crown, at the alter! Nick becomes so much to Thea as they embark on a risky venture to figure out what happened to her ex and why he never showed up on their wedding day.The Royal Runaway is charming, witty and intense! I need more from this world and I am dying for this story to be turned into a series! You don't want to miss this incredible story, there are twists and turns everywhere!
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 starsThank 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 starsThank 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
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  • Arrington (agirlandher_books) Moore
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Alyson Goodman
    January 1, 1970
    Once The Royal Runaway hooks you, don’t intend on putting it down! This was such a surprising, terrific read.When Princess Thea is stood up by her fiancé, Christian, on her wedding day she is sent away for a few months to get over her heartbreak. But once back with her royal family, Thea can’t stay still at the palace and sneaks out one night to a local bar where she meets a stranger named Nick. Nick isn’t just a handsome stranger, he is a British spy who just so happens to be the brother of Chr Once The Royal Runaway hooks you, don’t intend on putting it down! This was such a surprising, terrific read.When Princess Thea is stood up by her fiancé, Christian, on her wedding day she is sent away for a few months to get over her heartbreak. But once back with her royal family, Thea can’t stay still at the palace and sneaks out one night to a local bar where she meets a stranger named Nick. Nick isn’t just a handsome stranger, he is a British spy who just so happens to be the brother of Christian who hasn’t been seen for months. Thea and Nick team up to try to unravel the mystery of what happened to Christian and along the way, they uncover secrets of the monarchy.This book is the perfect combination of mystery, adventure and romance all rolled into one. It is a fast paced read that I couldn’t put down. This was the first book I have read by Lindsay Emory and now I’m eager to read more!Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of the book.
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  • Sarah Perchikoff
    January 1, 1970
    Oh man did I need this book. After reading what seems like every depressing, sob-inducing book of the year, a nice romantic, royalty/spy story was exactly what I needed. While there are certainly some intense moments, The Royal Runaway was the kind of light romance I had been craving for months. The fact that it also included royalty, murder, and spies just made it that much better! Let's get to the review!Synopsis (from Goodreads):Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal Hous Oh man did I need this book. After reading what seems like every depressing, sob-inducing book of the year, a nice romantic, royalty/spy story was exactly what I needed. While there are certainly some intense moments, The Royal Runaway was the kind of light romance I had been craving for months. The fact that it also included royalty, murder, and spies just made it that much better! Let's get to the review!Synopsis (from Goodreads):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.Princess Thea is the next in line to be the queen of Drieden. Her father would be next in line to the throne, but he was never fit for the role and the Queen, Thea's grandmother, and he decided he would take his name out of the running, making Thea the next to take the throne. Thea is very aware of what is expected of her. She has done just about everything that has been asked of her. Taken the etiquette classes, learned the history of the country, and gone to every event to prepare her to become queen one day.Well...maybe she hasn't done almost everything.She gets antsy when she spends too much time in the castle, and when she gets antsy, she has to escape. Thea escapes to the village to try to let off some steam. She's still a young woman after all.And it probably has something to do with the fact that she was recently left at the altar by her fiancé, Christian, in front of the whole country.Yeah, not so great.Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), this also leads to a man, who turns out to be a British spy, sort-of blackmailing her. He leads her to a bar, kisses the hell out of her, and pays off some of the locals to take pictures of them. He pretends to be a journalist and that he's going to publish the pictures unless she meets him and tells him what he wants to know. It turns out the so-called journalist, Nick, happens to actually be a British spy and brother of her former fiancé.Yeah. Shit is complicated.When they meet in the museum to talk about the pictures, Thea's guards start shooting at them and Nick swiftly whisks them away to safety.The rest of the story follows Thea and Nick as they try to hide from the people looking to hurt them. And as they run around the country, their relationship does not stay antagonistic for very long.REMEMBER: THIS IS A ROMANCE *flails with delight*And don't be fooled, the people who are out to get Thea and Nick may not be who you think they are. Is it Nick's brother/Thea's former fiancé, people looking to de-throne Thea's family, or Thea's own family hunting them? You'll have to read the book to find out.While I would love to give all the spoilers, the surprises are just too much fun to not experience on your own. If you need a fun story after reading too many sad books (there are SO MANY out right now!), add this book to your TBR. I am giving The Royal Runaway 4 out of 5 stars. It's just such a delightful book. It will make you smile.The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory comes out October 9, 2018Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nicole Wren
    January 1, 1970
    This book was "Princess Diaries" meets "I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you." This book had a great, moving plot line that kept me captivated throughout! I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a cutesy romance with a little bit of action! Given how many moving parts and characters there were in this book, I was glad it was told only from Thea's perspective. Thea is a princess who I thinks stays true to herself the whole book-- and my favorite thing was that she di This book was "Princess Diaries" meets "I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you." This book had a great, moving plot line that kept me captivated throughout! I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a cutesy romance with a little bit of action! Given how many moving parts and characters there were in this book, I was glad it was told only from Thea's perspective. Thea is a princess who I thinks stays true to herself the whole book-- and my favorite thing was that she did not change her ambition to chase after a man. In the beginning of the romance parts of the book were a bit off for me from just he nature of going from one brother to the other, but by the end of the book I was routing for the couple to work out!
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  • Laura Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    The drama surrounding Harry and Meghan's royal wedding has nothing on Princess Thea's. After being jilted at the altar by her fiance, she's just returning to royal life when she meets a handsome stranger at a bar who changes everything she thought she knew about her ill-fated nuptials and her family's legacy. With at ticking clock--and a growing attraction to her new partner--Thea must uncover the mysteries surrounding her life while also coming to terms with her duty to the crown.Part heart-pou The drama surrounding Harry and Meghan's royal wedding has nothing on Princess Thea's. After being jilted at the altar by her fiance, she's just returning to royal life when she meets a handsome stranger at a bar who changes everything she thought she knew about her ill-fated nuptials and her family's legacy. With at ticking clock--and a growing attraction to her new partner--Thea must uncover the mysteries surrounding her life while also coming to terms with her duty to the crown.Part heart-pounding romance, part spy thriller, I stayed up half the night turning the pages as quickly as I could to find out what was in store for Thea and Nick in this fast-paced story. This was a fresh and welcome take on the royal trope, and I enjoyed every moment.
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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible! This book was so well written. I couldn't put it down. Thea is a rebellious princess who got left at the altar. After going to her family's island for 4 months, Thea returns to her country of Drieden. Her ex-finance, Christian, hasn't been heard from or seen. She meets his brother, Nick, accidentally at a bar one night, where he pretends to be someone else. Shortly after discovering his identity, the two of them are on the run together. This novel has multiple twists and turns along Incredible! This book was so well written. I couldn't put it down. Thea is a rebellious princess who got left at the altar. After going to her family's island for 4 months, Thea returns to her country of Drieden. Her ex-finance, Christian, hasn't been heard from or seen. She meets his brother, Nick, accidentally at a bar one night, where he pretends to be someone else. Shortly after discovering his identity, the two of them are on the run together. This novel has multiple twists and turns along with an underlying romance that grows. The characters pull you in and you can go through the mystery of figuring out where Christian has disappeared to. Nick and Thea uncover an even bigger secret the queen has been hiding for years. Everyone connected to this secret has disappeared or had an 'accident' resulting in their death.I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Web of danger. Lies and deception. Betrayal and Cover Ups. Royalty and Crooks.Well that just summed it up nicely but you know we can't have a party without Granny.So wait a sec you mean that while the Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Dreiden was not only let go but also was kidnapped?Ok, but do go on! Theodora meets up with Scot after this jilting and low and behold he has a connection with Christian Fraser Campbell 9th Duke of Steading who just stood her up.That pub must be crawling but a Web of danger. Lies and deception. Betrayal and Cover Ups. Royalty and Crooks.Well that just summed it up nicely but you know we can't have a party without Granny.So wait a sec you mean that while the Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Dreiden was not only let go but also was kidnapped?Ok, but do go on! Theodora meets up with Scot after this jilting and low and behold he has a connection with Christian Fraser Campbell 9th Duke of Steading who just stood her up.That pub must be crawling but along the way we also have an issue with the higher powers that be and the not so higher ones trying to gain control over some oil pipelines.Wait, What? OIL!Yes, well Christian who we thought vanished did but may not be dead after all, and while this is going on Nick is the night who saves us all.Or so we think but can the Princess trust Nick?This has a light airy feel, with honesty, humor, and love in the horizon but who knew my wedding spot with my narcissist ( ahh you know the duty free, tax free, off shore accounts) yup, well sometimes hiding things for toxic people is not that hard ... really!Uhmm I won't give up too much of the story but suffice to say Perpetua was once a place to keep royals you wanted hushed.So is there a cover up here?Well the papers on the House of Laurent, ownership of pipelines, oil revenues, and the Driedish Parliament are fluttering in the breeze and someone needs to check on them.The last thing we need is someone left w/o a crown and voting to not take place as there appears to be a jump in the succession now in the making for the royal crown. "Perpetua belongs to the House of Laurent by law."Yes but we all know the the drilling and pipeline contracts are an issue and so too is Magdalena Energy.If we could just connect the dots to who paid off who and why but look who cares if Theodora is set to inherit it all.Well, I beg the differ somebody may care and somebody may wish to have a word or too but in the end Pierre Anders may just be the key to unravel this mystery.Such a wonderful new read by Lindsay Emory.Thank you to Lindsay , her publisher, NetGalley and Aldiko for this awesome ARC copy in exchange for this honest review.If you'd like to try your luck enter the goodreads giveaway that is currently going on for The Royal Runaway as you can thank me later.Good luck and Happy Reading!
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  • Hitha
    January 1, 1970
    A royal wedding that never was. A jilted bride. A missing fiancé. A dark, mysterious stranger. Yes, it is as predictable as it sounds. Yes, it is as addictive as it sounds. If you loved The Royal We or Romancing the Throne, then definitely add The Runaway Princess to your list.Princess Theodora (Thea, to her close family and friends), is left by the alter by her Scottish duke fiancé. After four months in seclusion in a remote island, she returns back to the main city of Drieden and immediately e A royal wedding that never was. A jilted bride. A missing fiancé. A dark, mysterious stranger. Yes, it is as predictable as it sounds. Yes, it is as addictive as it sounds. If you loved The Royal We or Romancing the Throne, then definitely add The Runaway Princess to your list.Princess Theodora (Thea, to her close family and friends), is left by the alter by her Scottish duke fiancé. After four months in seclusion in a remote island, she returns back to the main city of Drieden and immediately escapes the palace for a secret night on the town. She meets a handsome stranger. She meets a handsome stranger. He unwittingly ends up blackmailing her, and then they find themselves on a goose chase to find out what happened to her fiancé, which leads them to a plot to overthrow the very monarchy she belongs to.It's a brain candy book at its best. I thought the writing was strong, the character development was solid, and I particularly like how Queen Aurelia, Princess Thea, and the women overall were written in this story. They're complicated, conflicted, strong, vulnerable, and stubborn. They are what women are in real life, and I deeply appreciate that we write princesses who we view in this sort of historical antiquated lens much in the same way.There were a couple twists that I had mistakingly thought I solved, and the predictably sweet ending. I throughly enjoyed it.I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    This is not your standard princess story, and that is a very good thing. Princess Theodora of Drieden, or Thea, is jilted by her fiancé on her wedding day. Her grandmother, also known as the Queen, had been talking about changing the order of succession when she was going to be a new bride, but the newly single princess finds herself exiled to a lonely island instead for some R&R - and not a tropical one. Back from her seclusion, Thea feels the need to break free from the castle walls and fi This is not your standard princess story, and that is a very good thing. Princess Theodora of Drieden, or Thea, is jilted by her fiancé on her wedding day. Her grandmother, also known as the Queen, had been talking about changing the order of succession when she was going to be a new bride, but the newly single princess finds herself exiled to a lonely island instead for some R&R - and not a tropical one. Back from her seclusion, Thea feels the need to break free from the castle walls and finds herself in a local bar, where she meets a sexy Scot named Nick. Things, however, are not as they seem. Nick’s a British spy in search of his brother, who happens to be Thea’s cold-footed fiancé. Meeting Nick launches Thea into a caper that leads her into an adventure beyond what she could have ever expected. While a princess, Thea’s no damsel in distress. She’s bold and capable and takes matters into her own hands - confronting her destiny. Royal wedding watchers and rebels alike will enjoy this book. Add it to your TBR list, as it debuts on October 9, 2018. Many thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    You know when a book makes you gasp & cheer at the same time? I have been a fan of Lindsay Emory’s fresh & hilarious voice...and it positively sings in this mystery-fueled romantic caper. Princess Thea is a dutiful princess...so dutiful she’ll marry without thinking of love...until she’s jilted at the altar, shipped off to “recuperate” and suddenly realizes she hasn’t thought much about what SHE wants....Turns out she wants to discover more than the platitudes she’s been fed about her ab You know when a book makes you gasp & cheer at the same time? I have been a fan of Lindsay Emory’s fresh & hilarious voice...and it positively sings in this mystery-fueled romantic caper. Princess Thea is a dutiful princess...so dutiful she’ll marry without thinking of love...until she’s jilted at the altar, shipped off to “recuperate” and suddenly realizes she hasn’t thought much about what SHE wants....Turns out she wants to discover more than the platitudes she’s been fed about her absent financee...and this hot Scottish spy she meets is need of answers too. What’s really intriguing is their chemistry, and the development of Princess Thea’s backbone. Where once she might have inherited the throne while lying down, it turns out she’s ready to fight for what matters to her. The world building in this book is excellent - I found myself wanting to open European history books to cross check events - and the making of a modern royal is fascinating to watch. Plus there’s dead bodies & kissing...bottom line, if you like royal history & are hungry for adventure, mystery & modern princesses, The Royal Runaway is an auto-buy for you.
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  • Gail
    January 1, 1970
    I must thank Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy of The Royal Runaway. I found it to be a great summer beach read that I had trouble putting down. No, Princess Thea is not your "normal" princess and this is not a "normal" fairytale - which is probably why I loved it. Thea has an edge to her. She's been jilted, she's smart, she's been raised to lead a country, but she's human and she had doubts. There's more to her than meets the eye. I would love to know more of Nick's back story, a I must thank Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy of The Royal Runaway. I found it to be a great summer beach read that I had trouble putting down. No, Princess Thea is not your "normal" princess and this is not a "normal" fairytale - which is probably why I loved it. Thea has an edge to her. She's been jilted, she's smart, she's been raised to lead a country, but she's human and she had doubts. There's more to her than meets the eye. I would love to know more of Nick's back story, and maybe there's another book in the works to tell it. The similarities between the two and their understanding of each other grow with the story. I must admit that I am a fan of Lindsay Emory. Without fail I get sucked into everything that she writes. I can't wait to read more by this amazing author.
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