I’d been hearing a lot of great things about Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins (previously titled Royals), so when my lovely friend Imi gifted me a copy from my Amazon Wishlist for my birthday I was so excited! One cosy Sunday I decided I was in the mood for a cute, romantic comedy and this was THE perfect book. Keep reading for my spoiler free review.
Sixteen year old Daisy Winters leads a relatively normal life. She works in Walmart in Florida and is preparing for the convention of the summer with her best friend. Well, as normal as life can be when your sister is engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland.
After a run in with the press, Daisy and her family are swiftly relocated to the castle across the pond. They must learn to navigate life amongst the Royals. But, between the prince’s scandalous brother Miles and Daisy’s sass, the fairytale ending might be a little more difficult to achieve than they first thought.
My Thoughts on the Characters
At the beginning we are introduced to Daisy and her best friend Isabel. They’re planning to attend a con together that Summer, which they’ve been excited about for months now. Right away this resonated with me. I met some of my best friends through book blogging and our trips to book signings and conventions are so much fun!
I loved Daisy from the get go; she’s one of my favourite kind of protagonists! Daisy was silly and didn’t take herself too seriously, coming out with some cracking one liners making me laugh out loud. Even though I love her as a 25 year old adult (lol technically I’m an adult) I wish I would have had this series and character as a teen.
Seb was a really fun character to read about; he was cheeky, charming and I definitely felt that there was a depth to him that I would be happy to see explored in a further book. Despite being best friends, Miles was somewhat the polar opposite to this. He came across quite traditional, defending the honour of those he cared for and sticking to his morals throughout. He was also very swoon worthy at times and I couldn’t help but root for him.
My Thoughts on the Plot
The chapters were peppered with posts from gossip sites and tabloids. Although a little jarring they provided interesting background information and insights without having to info-dump during the main scenes.
I really enjoyed the inclusion of typical romantic tropes along with important discussions like sexism and homophobia within the Royal family. In fact, there were lots of moments throughout the book that really made me smile! Being as non-spoiler as I can, some of my favourites included a scene where Daisy and a certain romantic interest are riding horses, and another where Daisy and a certain romantic interest must seek shelter from the rain in an old cabin where they may or may not share a first kiss (this whole scene was just *chefs kiss*).
I only had some minor complaints about this book, preventing me giving it the full five stars. Firstly I imagined Daisy to be several years older than 16. Every time we were reminded of her actual age it threw things off balance for me. I personally felt it would have been more believable to have her a little older, considering some of the scenes in the book. There was also a potential love triangle situation introduced towards the end that felt almost unnecessary to me.
Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins was a heartwarming, cute and cosy feel good romance. It featured my favourite tropes of enemies to lovers and fake dating with no on page sex or smut. There were lots of scenes which made me feel all warm inside and I think that this would make such a great movie! I can’t wait to pick up the companion novel, Her Royal Highness, which features a f/f romance!
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