Title: Her Royal Highness (Royals #2)
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Genre: YA, Romance
Edition/Pages: Hardcover, 304 pages
Millie has been dreaming of going to school in Scotland for the last year. She decides not to go for her best friend turned sort-of-girlfriend. But when Millie catches her kissing someone else, she immediately applies for scholarships.
Millie is given a full scholarship and flies off to Scotland for her last full year of high school. The prestigious boarding school is known for educating Scotland’s rich and royal – including the royal family themselves.
Not only is Millie out of place as the only American but her new roommate is Princess Flora – the princess of Scotland.
Flora wants nothing to do with the school, or Millie. But despite all her attempts to leave, Flora is there to stay.
This a really sweet, enemies to lovers, F/F romance told from Millie’s POV.
Content Warnings: Cheating
What I Liked
- Millie was such an amazing main character. She was independent and not afraid to put herself out there. I really appreciated her steadfastness in herself – especially as a teenager. While she wasn’t completely out, this wasn’t a story of her “becoming comfortable with herself”. She knew who she was and went after what she wanted. I love a smart, self-sufficient, and witty female main character.
- I still love the royal family. They are insanely dysfunctional and I can’t get enough. I really hope we get Seb’s story soon!!
- The school was wonderful. Boarding school is one of my favorite settings to read and paired with the Scotland backdrop, this setting was perfect.
- Saks and Perry are everything. They were such amazing best friends and their little romance at the end just tied everything up perfectly. They were my favorite side characters in this book, hands down.
What I Didn’t Like
- The switch from hate to love was a little quick for my taste. They wanted nothing to do with each other before the Challenge, then suddenly opened up to each other. While I understood, I personally prefer more build up in my enemies to lovers trope.
- While the big romantic gesture was really cute, it felt abrupt. I totally understood why Millie felt betrayed, but her decision to look past and the make-up-scene was so sudden. The entire conflict wrapped up in about 10 pages and I personally needed more. I don’t think I could have flipped a switch the same way Millie did so I had a hard buying into their reconciliation 100%.
Overall this was everything I wanted from this story. It was cute, sweet, and had amazing characters. I cannot wait for the next book in this series!