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The Royal We

by Heather Cocks

Rated: High

By Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Rebecca, known as Bex to her friends and family, decides to do an exchange program at Oxford for a year of her college experience, and there she immediately meets Prince Nicholas, the future king of England, a fellow student. Though her twin, Lacey, is excited by the notion of getting to meet and know royalty, Bex is content to just go about her business, which ends up including casually dating another student and being part of the group of friends who know Nick and watch out for his privacy. But then she and Nick become close friends and, eventually, fall in love.

Thanks to the realities of the royal family and the paparazzi (not to mention the fact that she’s AN AMERICAN), the two keep their relationship a secret for a long, long time. Years later, they get engaged. But in the middle, plenty of drama, difficulties and challenges make it interesting.

The Royal We steals a few pages from the story of Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and both fills in plenty of fiction and pokes a little fun at the idea of how much fiction is out there about the real couple. It’s a perfect read for summer, an entertaining tale that is just the right amount of fluff.

Rated: High, for just under 20 uses of strong language (one minor character pops up a few times and produces most of it in bursts), some other milder language, and some sexual scenes and references that are fairly mild and quite brief. There is a fair amount of drinking and casual sex, though the latter is really only alluded to with very little detail.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for about 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • The Royal We
  • by Heather Cocks
  • Rated: High
  • Genre: Fiction
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