Her Royal Highness (Royals, #2)
Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.Millie can't believe her luck when she's accepted into one of the world's most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.The only problem: Mille's roommate Flora is a total princess.She's also an actual princess. Of Scotland.At first, the girls can barely stand each other--Flora is both high-class and high-key--but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn't a fairy tale . . . or is it?

Her Royal Highness (Royals, #2) Details

TitleHer Royal Highness (Royals, #2)
Author
ReleaseMay 7th, 2019
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781524738266
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, LGBT

Her Royal Highness (Royals, #2) Review

  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I really thought I didn’t like contemporary romance but turns out I was just bored of reading about straight people pulling the same shit over and over again and I’m definitely here for the concept of “falling in love with your royal classmate in boarding school BUT MAKE IT GAY”
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  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    you hetero bitches have been getting "I'm falling in love with a man whoops turns out he's a prince" stories for YEARS and finally, finally us sapphics are getting ours. 20gayteen is officially extended into 20biteen
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was SO CUTE and I am SO GAY.
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    i really would like to pretend i added this for normal people reasons but no, i totally added it because it was gay. gay princesses ftw
  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    this was so cute i am dead
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    🌈 Full review now posted! 4.5 royally sapphic stars I devoured this book on audio in basically a day and oh my god, friends. There is a very specific emotion that us sapphic girls feel when presented with good sapphic content in fiction, and depending on our tastes in terms of tropes and genres, different sapphic books will hit us differently. The feeling I got from this book was one of pure joy from getting a royal romance, usually reserved for a girl falling in love with a prince, starring two 🌈 Full review now posted! 4.5 royally sapphic stars I devoured this book on audio in basically a day and oh my god, friends. There is a very specific emotion that us sapphic girls feel when presented with good sapphic content in fiction, and depending on our tastes in terms of tropes and genres, different sapphic books will hit us differently. The feeling I got from this book was one of pure joy from getting a royal romance, usually reserved for a girl falling in love with a prince, starring two girls.I loved Millie, the protagonist, right away. She's smart and she wants to be a geologist!!! She wants to go to a school in Scotland and part of the reason why she loves Scotland is because of its cool geology. Not to be so me, but give me any girl protagonist who's a scientist or wants to be one and I'll immediately be ten times more invested in her story. Also, her interest wasn't just mentioned once in passing, it's actually pretty much present throughout the book and she has her own collection of minerals and rocks (I do too!! okay, technically my mom does, but that's not the point) and UGH I love her so much okay!! I have no actual idea how accurate some of the things she said were. Since I was on audiobook I didn't feel like pausing every time and google or ask my mom if the geology stuff was correct BUT whatever I appreciate the sentiment in any case (and if you're a geologist don't @ me I'm just here for a fun gay time). Okay now I made it sound like this is way more about geology than it actually is, but no, it's just I feel very strongly about geology so pardon me.After a brief introduction to Millie's family and friends back home, she gets to Scotland and we get that Hogwarts-y feeling of arriving to a place you know very little about (despite all the research Millie has done) and having to navigate through a new school and new people, most of which are filthy rich or straight up aristocrats. Among which is HRH Flora and, surprise surprise, Millie's roommate.Their relationship can only be described as hate to love, as it often is when the couple starts off as roommates. Only after weeks of forced vicinity Millie's perception of Flora starts to change, and I think although we don't get Flora's POV, the same could be said for her. I don't want to wander too much into headcanons, but I believe that Flora started to view Millie under a new light after Millie's coming out, and I found that such a realistic experience for sapphic people.Speaking of coming outs, they were two, in two separate moments (Millie's, which we know about since the very first page, but she comes out to her new friends in the school - she's bi, and Flora's, who is gay), and they both warmed my heart so much because of how they were handled. There's also a "wait, you're straight???" moment for one of the side characters that had me laughing for hours (okay, not literally but I have to laugh whenever I remember it). (No, don't worry, there was no queerbait.)While I wouldn't call this book super diverse as a whole, it does deliver on casual queerness and on people never making a big deal out of it. I really appreciated both aspects and how much a non-issue it all was, I really felt like it was a book written for queer people instead of just about them, you know? ♥Back to the romance, I loved Millie and Flora's relationship. You can't help but hate Flora in the beginning but by the end you're almost as in love with her as Millie is (okay, not sure that's possible actually). They got such cute and cliché romantic moments and they were TO DIE for. Twentybiteen is giving us such sapphic goodness!!!!Anyway it's been a while since a full-on gush review and I usually don't really review audiobooks because those are the books I read purely for fun without reviewing in mind, but I couldn't not talk about this. I went into it only for a good sapphic time and it never ever disappointed me. I do want to say that if you're expecting this to be completely realistic you should maybe change your mindset a little before you start reading. Yes, we all know there is no queen of Scotland and therefore no princess of Scotland. Maybe the blurb should make it more clear that it's a fictional/alternate Scotland, but that's hardly the first book series that does something like this. Of course, that's easy for me to say because I've never been and I have no ties to Scotland, but I understand not liking the idea of changing things for the sake of the book. You do you and while it never bothered me I wanted to mention this aspect.Another brief note for those who want to read this but haven't read the first book in the series yet, go for it! I haven't read book one either and as you can see I loved this book. It follows different characters and we do get to see the protagonists from the first installment (one of which is Flora's older brother), but the book pretty much explains everything and we're not left wondering who these people are. And if you've read book one and want to see them again, well read this book!In conclusion, I don't think this book is perfect, and if it hadn't been f/f maybe I wouldn't have liked it so much, but as you can see I loved it so much and I had such a good time reading it. I 100% recommend it to everyone!TWs: mentions of loss of a parent in the past, mention of casual homophobia ("it's just a phase"), several instances of "more than friends"(not challenged), sort of cheating (not the main couple)
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    Hate to love???Princess????Roommates???SAPPHIC?????
  • chan ☆
    January 1, 1970
    oadsfjgofjd lassyeah too lazy to think of a clever tagline but this was cute! i adored the setting and the overall ~mood~ of this book. i felt like i was in scotland and for that, this book gets 3 stars. but there were a few things that bugged me.- the audiobook narrator's deep south accent for a houstonian (sorry bro we don't sound like that)- the beginning of the book- the mc's motivationsidk, my biggest issue was that the things i was supposed to deeply care about, and the things that MC shou oadsfjgofjd lassyeah too lazy to think of a clever tagline but this was cute! i adored the setting and the overall ~mood~ of this book. i felt like i was in scotland and for that, this book gets 3 stars. but there were a few things that bugged me.- the audiobook narrator's deep south accent for a houstonian (sorry bro we don't sound like that)- the beginning of the book- the mc's motivationsidk, my biggest issue was that the things i was supposed to deeply care about, and the things that MC should have cared about just... weren't there? like she wants to go to scotland because she watched Brave as a kid. and i guess as a teenager that is as good a reason as any, but as an adult it was hard to understand "oh yeah that makes sense" or why millie's dad was like "oh you like Brave? def go to a scottish boarding school."and the romantic relationship had the makings of something special. there was lots of lead up and enemies to lovers goodness. but ultimately it kind of fell flat at the end. there needs to be a transition from hate to love and i think it happened a LITTLE too quickly for my liking.that being said, i did enjoy this book. it was a fun easy listen. and it's always refreshing to see FF romances in YA. i do recommend it.
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  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐ cheesy starsI liked the lesbian rep and love story but it wasn’t remarkable in any way. I felt like the characters were decently crafted but not explored as deeply as they could have been. The cuteness was there but I didn't really feel a romantic connection between the characters, therefore, I didn't really ship it. The rest of the characters blur in my mind, which shows how poorly developed and used they were.The romantic plot was pretty straightforward and classic, so no surprises there. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ cheesy starsI liked the lesbian rep and love story but it wasn’t remarkable in any way. I felt like the characters were decently crafted but not explored as deeply as they could have been. The cuteness was there but I didn't really feel a romantic connection between the characters, therefore, I didn't really ship it. The rest of the characters blur in my mind, which shows how poorly developed and used they were.The romantic plot was pretty straightforward and classic, so no surprises there. I wish there was more diversity in this book, and more comparison between the top 1% and the bottom 99% our MC is a part of. It could have been deeper and explore other things than the romance but it stayed focused on that. If Netflix buys this and turns into a movie I wouldn't mind spend 2h watching it but it could have been better.
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  • Nikki Poulos
    January 1, 1970
    20. April. 2019Big shout out to netgalley for providing me with an arc excerpt!Just like the previous novel in this series, you will be captivated by the first page. Hawkins is extraordinarily talented at grasping you from the moment you open her books. ----------------------HI YES HELLO I WOULD LIKE TO SELL MY SOUL FOR AN ARC?? PLEASE AND THANK YOU
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  • anna (readingpeaches)
    January 1, 1970
    every sapphic girl deserves to fall for a princess, thanks for agreeinganyway, someone tell hawkins you gotta actually develop your characters before you throw in the angst and you can't do that at the very end bc pacing does matter Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Reads Rainbow
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  • Haadiya // Hiatus
    January 1, 1970
    NSNSJJSKSKWKEEKEKEKEKWKWKJEIEJEJE I LOVE THIS SO MUCH PLS
  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    Listen, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS is not just a lovely sapphic royal contemporary but it's also.. fun. I thought this of the first in the Royals series, too. Are they perfect books? No. Infact, I thought the mini breakup in this one to be.. not awesome, both a little sloppy and too out of nowhere, but that doesn't negate all the warm fuzzies and overall entertainment, and did I mention fun, that it provided. And I needed some (a lot) of fun, so, #winning."Millie, you know this is just a school, right? Listen, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS is not just a lovely sapphic royal contemporary but it's also.. fun. I thought this of the first in the Royals series, too. Are they perfect books? No. Infact, I thought the mini breakup in this one to be.. not awesome, both a little sloppy and too out of nowhere, but that doesn't negate all the warm fuzzies and overall entertainment, and did I mention fun, that it provided. And I needed some (a lot) of fun, so, #winning."Millie, you know this is just a school, right? This isn't your Hogwarts letter.""And you're not an owl but this is absolutely the closest thing I'm ever going to get to a Hogwarts letter, so hand it over."Also like the first in the Royals series I'm rounding up because of all said fun. This is a fairly short, and rather uncomplicated, sorta-hate-to-love, thrown in with being roommates at a boarding school in Scotland, plus the royalty element, and maybe some staying-warm-for-survival, and listen, I could go on; Hawkins doesn't skimp on the tropes and cliches and I wanted, and loved, them all. "Wait, you're straight?""Yeah. Wait, you didn't think I was? Saks, we've known each other since we were five. How could you not know that?""It's hard to tell with you lot, to be honest.""My lot?""You know. Pale weedy aristocrats."We have some fabulous diversity, besides the gay princess element, and I loved the supporting cast of besties, as well as a mini reunion with some of the characters from book one in this series. Really, my only complaint was already mentioned : the break-up was dumb. But whatever it was resolved in like twenty pages, so, voila! "They're just people. End of the day, same as anyone else.""Do you actually believe that?""Oh god, no. Bloody terrifying, the whole lot of them, me included."If you want something a little silly, a lot fun, and different from your typical royal YA romance, pick this one up. It's charming, it's sweet, and you'll probably laugh out loud. I know I did.3.75 "what's Scotland got that Texas doesn't? other than discernible seasons, I guess" stars** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    January 1, 1970
    Realistically more of a 4.5, but I’m high off of all the swooning I just did so FIVE. STARS.
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsFull review hereJust as the first book in this series, this was a fun and quick read. I loved Millie, the main character. She was interesting and funny and definitely tried to adapt to all things royal. It was nice to see another side of Flora and to get to know her better. Their relationship was very sweet, even though a bit sudden. From the moment Millie realized she had a crush on Flora it all happened very fast, whereas in the first half of the book they didn't get along at all and 3.5 starsFull review hereJust as the first book in this series, this was a fun and quick read. I loved Millie, the main character. She was interesting and funny and definitely tried to adapt to all things royal. It was nice to see another side of Flora and to get to know her better. Their relationship was very sweet, even though a bit sudden. From the moment Millie realized she had a crush on Flora it all happened very fast, whereas in the first half of the book they didn't get along at all and didn't even interact very much. The side characters were also very nice and funny and I hope to see more of them in the next books (hopefully there are more? I don't know, nobody tells us anything here).
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  • •°• gabs •°•
    January 1, 1970
    HDHDJDJDJJDJD
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had liked the first book in this series and was absolutely here for gay princesses. Sadly, this one fell short for me. Millie was just okay to me. I did love her smarts and dedication and love for her family. Flora was actually more of a marshmallow than I was expecting and was quite sweet. I just couldn’t ever get invested in either of them or their relationship. Plot wise, it was boring. I do love a good boarding school setting, but this didn’t do it for me. The entire story read like “this I had liked the first book in this series and was absolutely here for gay princesses. Sadly, this one fell short for me. Millie was just okay to me. I did love her smarts and dedication and love for her family. Flora was actually more of a marshmallow than I was expecting and was quite sweet. I just couldn’t ever get invested in either of them or their relationship. Plot wise, it was boring. I do love a good boarding school setting, but this didn’t do it for me. The entire story read like “this happened and then this happened and then this happened” and that got really old really quick. The saving graces for me were Saks and Perry and I could have easily read 100 more pages of just the two of them. Overall, it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t see the connection between the girls and the ending definitely left me wanting. However, if Seb is getting a book, I’ll probably read it. **Huge thanks to GP Putnam Sons BFYR for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • julia ♥
    January 1, 1970
    SO. CUTE! 4/5.
  • saaj
    January 1, 1970
    i came for the fluffy wlw romance + minimal plot and i was not disappointed
  • Sahitya
    January 1, 1970
    This book has been on my radar for quite a while, and I won’t deny that I do love me some royal romances; they are fairytale-esque and provide some cheer in a gloomy world. And after really having a lot of fun reading the shenanigans of a gay Prince in Red White and Royal Blue, I wanted to indulge in some sapphic goodness and enjoy the story of a gay Princess this time around.Amelia or Millie is a young Texan who is very excited to spend her senior year in the charming mountains of Scotland at a This book has been on my radar for quite a while, and I won’t deny that I do love me some royal romances; they are fairytale-esque and provide some cheer in a gloomy world. And after really having a lot of fun reading the shenanigans of a gay Prince in Red White and Royal Blue, I wanted to indulge in some sapphic goodness and enjoy the story of a gay Princess this time around.Amelia or Millie is a young Texan who is very excited to spend her senior year in the charming mountains of Scotland at an exclusive fancy boarding school. I loved how nerdy she was and her love of rocks and her budding geologist ambitions were awesome. Princess Flora on the other hand is not happy about being at the school away from her family, is always trying to get expelled and just cross with Millie for being her roommate. There never really is much of a reason for their antagonistic dynamic and it changed into an unlikely friendship and then a crush pretty quickly. It was sweet and adorable to read about and I quite enjoyed all their moments together. There are also some fun side characters, and I really loved both Saks and Perry. I definitely wouldn’t mind a book featuring more of them. I haven’t read the first book in the series, so I didn’t know what to expect from this one, but the writing was very easy and pleasing to read. I just flew through this one and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments. It’s a fairly short read and that might be a reason, but I felt there was not much of a plot. While I loved some of the descriptions of the Scottish Highlands, there’s not a lot of it to appreciate. The characters and their relationship while being cute, also felt pretty superficial but I’m not holding that against it because I guess that’s the tone the author was aiming for. Everything just happens within the span of a few months but these are teenagers, so I’m not too surprised. There is a little bit of conflict too but I thought it came out of nowhere and then was resolved within a few pages. The sexuality of the characters is also just all fine, and everyone is very accepting (even the royals). While it feels unrealistic for our times, we can all hope for that future. Finally, I just want to say that this is a very sweet and adorable, low stakes and no angst high school Royal romance, and all the sapphic vibes you can ask for. It’s a light, breezy and fun read and will definitely make you smile, or atleast make you forget your woes on a bad day. Read this book when you need a little pick me up and you won’t be disappointed.
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  • mahana
    January 1, 1970
    read the last chapter and try to convince me that the author didn't base it off of dancing with our hands tied by taylor swift
  • milou ☁️
    January 1, 1970
    …No, what surprises me is the sudden, jolting, and undeniable realization that even I didn’t want to, I’ve fallen for an actual princess. Millie has lived her whole life in Texas and decides to flee from her cheating girlfriend by attending an exclusive boarding school of Gregorstoun all the way in Scotland and moving there. Her roommate is no one else than stubborn and self-centred Princess Flora. The two but heads right from the start and certain events draw the two young girls closer and M …No, what surprises me is the sudden, jolting, and undeniable realization that even I didn’t want to, I’ve fallen for an actual princess. Millie has lived her whole life in Texas and decides to flee from her cheating girlfriend by attending an exclusive boarding school of Gregorstoun all the way in Scotland and moving there. Her roommate is no one else than stubborn and self-centred Princess Flora. The two but heads right from the start and certain events draw the two young girls closer and Millie gets to see a side of Flora no one has seen before.I’m going to flat out admit that I haven’t read the first book in this series and that’s mainly because that one involved a hetero couple of which there exist way too many books already, so I wasn’t interested in that. But when I read the synopsis for the second instalment of this series my interest was definitely peaked because this time a f/f couple is thriving. And it was great.This was incredibly soft y’all. 👸Millie Quint: A bisexual girl from Texas who attends a school in Scotland filled with people from wealthy families. She makes friends easily with almost everyone except her new roommate Flora.👸Flora: The princess of Scotland who ends up in the newspapers regularly for causing all sorts of scandals. She carries a huge secret with her with might explain her rambunctious behaviour. I mean what is not to like about tropes like this? I’m all for it. Especially the setting of a luxurious boarding school in Scotland felt very refreshing. This book takes us to some other famous sightings across Scotland like Skye and Arthur’s Seat which keeps things charming.The plot is something that took me a bit to get into, but once Millie has officially settled in Gregorstoun and her first classes are starting the plot drags you in. This is definitely a cute book which I will recommend to everyone who is looking for a cute royal f/f romance book because this is the one.Books in the series: ↠ Genre: Young Adult, LGTB↠ Pov: First Person - Female↠ Type: Book 2 out of ? in the Royals Series↠ Rating: 4 starsTwitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm
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  • Carley (ꈍ ᴗ ꈍ✿)
    January 1, 1970
  • Cora Tea Party Princess
    January 1, 1970
    Can I have this now please?In my heart I am hoping that Flora gets a STEM GF.
  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    hi did u say ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS at a BOARDING SCHOOL in SCOTLAND with QUEER GIRLS???? one of whom is a PRINCESS???talk about being the target audience for something 🙋
  • Janani(ஜனனி)
    January 1, 1970
    look, i don't care how many books i'm currently reading. i heard that this book is so gay and i can't waste my time by reading the previous book. so here we are.
  • Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
    January 1, 1970
    This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.I read Her Royal Highness at the end of April, and I absolutely adored it! I’m a sucker for a boarding school setting and anything royal so this was the perfect read for me. It’s the companion novel to Rachel Hawkins’ Prince Charming (see my aesthetic here) and loved it even more than I did that one! I really loved watching Millie and Flora’s relationship grow from roommates who hate each other to friends to something more. Annnnnn This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.I read Her Royal Highness at the end of April, and I absolutely adored it! I’m a sucker for a boarding school setting and anything royal so this was the perfect read for me. It’s the companion novel to Rachel Hawkins’ Prince Charming (see my aesthetic here) and loved it even more than I did that one! I really loved watching Millie and Flora’s relationship grow from roommates who hate each other to friends to something more. Annnnnnd I’m definitely all here for anymore stories Rachel has set in this world—I really hope we get Sebastian’s story next or a follow-up to Daisy and Miles or even Ellie and Alex as their wedding approaches! Just give me all the royal romances!*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.*
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  • ↠ dan ↞
    January 1, 1970
    rachel hawkins is really out there fighting for my royal lesbian rights huh,,, i loved this so much !!!
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    January 1, 1970
    Fresh off a break-up, Millie is decidedly not running to Scotland. Nope. Not at all.She's just your average Texan high schooler—who scored a scholarship to attend the prestigious (and expensive) Gregorstoun School, which has educated royalty and has now opened its doors for women.Unfortunately for Millie, her roommate is the frosty Princess Flora, Scottish princess and fed up with everything Gregorstoun. And really, really pretty.~This was an altogether too cute f/f story featuring bi and lesbia Fresh off a break-up, Millie is decidedly not running to Scotland. Nope. Not at all.She's just your average Texan high schooler—who scored a scholarship to attend the prestigious (and expensive) Gregorstoun School, which has educated royalty and has now opened its doors for women.Unfortunately for Millie, her roommate is the frosty Princess Flora, Scottish princess and fed up with everything Gregorstoun. And really, really pretty.~This was an altogether too cute f/f story featuring bi and lesbian rep, along with secondary gay characters (!!)—and it has two of my favorite tropes: enemies-to-lovers and alternate history royalty (yes, I am a sucker and no I did not get up at an absurdly early hour to watch any royal wedding because I like sleep way too much—but I did watch the recaps).I really liked Millie, who was smart and outdoorsy and grounded and really into geology (I wish there had been more of that), and totally not going to put up with Flora's snobbishness. That Veruca Salt joke was perfect, particularly from someone who does not do confrontation.Flora was...well, a spoiled princess who slowly changed and became less of a brat and more of a person. There's definitely more room for her to grow, and honestly I felt like there were some serious issues with their relationship that was glossed over for the sake of HEA (look, this is a romance, so the HEA is not a spoiler, k?) that kinda signaled danger danger danger this relationship will not last but happily for now? Maybe? (view spoiler)[Although...the river thing with the packs was a little hmmm, because if the river was only a little over hip height and the packs were that heavy, then all they had to do was root around in the water a little bit to find them and then they'd have their packs. A little wet, but they could have finished the Challenge? You know, the thing Millie was super duper crazy excited about? The thing that had her scrambling to apply to Gregorstoun of all Scottish schools? (hide spoiler)]Anywho, it's cute, it's short, it's brain candy, and while it's fairly predictable it still left an ooey gooey feeling of happiness in my stomach because 1) I love alternate royalty done well (and Hawkins does it well) and 2) f/f romances are the best.And bonus: there's an eccentric groundskeeper who randomly tries to award students with ancient dueling pistols that...actually fire. And are kept loaded because gun safety is totally not a thing in Scotland.This disaster of a review brought to you by tramadol. Yay chronic back pain!
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