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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance. Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance. Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality. Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?


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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance. Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance. Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality. Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?

30 review for Royal Holiday

  1. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars. Okay, now how long do I have to wait for Jasmine Guillory's next book? It’s crazy to think at this time last year while I had heard of Guillory I hadn’t read any of her books, and now here I am having read all four. Maddie (a main character in Guillory's last book, The Wedding Party ) is a stylist who gets an incredible opportunity to dress a royal duchess in England for the holidays. She takes her mother, Vivian, along, as she rarely does anything for herself and has never been out of 4.5 stars. Okay, now how long do I have to wait for Jasmine Guillory's next book? It’s crazy to think at this time last year while I had heard of Guillory I hadn’t read any of her books, and now here I am having read all four. Maddie (a main character in Guillory's last book, The Wedding Party ) is a stylist who gets an incredible opportunity to dress a royal duchess in England for the holidays. She takes her mother, Vivian, along, as she rarely does anything for herself and has never been out of the country. Vivian quickly becomes enamored of Sandringham, the royal estate where they are staying, not to mention the scones baked by the cottage's chef. She becomes even more charmed when she meets Malcolm, the Queen’s private secretary. They form a quick friendship that surprises both of them, as does the intensity of their attraction to one another. Both are willing to step outside their comfort zones for perhaps the first time in a long time, to positive results. And although Vivian is falling for Malcolm she is always practical and knows that a relationship like this—at their age and given the fact that she lives in California—will never be more than a fling. Malcolm knows the same, but it’s rare that he’s opened himself up to someone, particularly so quickly. They also realize that they are two very different yet similar people in many ways, and that's both a positive and a negative. When you’re a practical person, do you throw caution to the wind and let your heart do what it wants, even if you know it probably won’t work? Can you teach yourself to be as impulsive as your heart instead? Guillory brings her signature charm to this book, once again creating characters you root for. I love the fact that all four of her books are interconnected in that they share characters, yet you don't have to read them in order. And while this book seems a little more fairytale-like (read: unrealistic) than the others, I like that she dealt with more mature characters who had lifetimes of baggage to deal with. If you're a fan of rom-coms, you should check out Guillory's books. They're fun, charming, and heartwarming. Now I go through withdrawal until her next book!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    The fourth book in Jasmine Guillory's series focuses on Maddie's mum Vivian Forest and her meeting a smart and handsome British man. I like the way throughout the series the author created diverse characters that do not often get enough representation in romance books. This time she concentrates on slightly older protagonists - Vivian is 54 and has been divorced for more than three decades. She has also been working hard as a social worker in a busy hospital, raising her daughter as a single The fourth book in Jasmine Guillory's series focuses on Maddie's mum Vivian Forest and her meeting a smart and handsome British man. I like the way throughout the series the author created diverse characters that do not often get enough representation in romance books. This time she concentrates on slightly older protagonists - Vivian is 54 and has been divorced for more than three decades. She has also been working hard as a social worker in a busy hospital, raising her daughter as a single mother and taking care of her sister Jo who has had serious health probems. All this meant that she hasn't had much time for travelling or holidays. When Maddie Forest unexpectedly is invited to step in and substitute her mentor on a work trip to the UK which is scheduled around Christmastime, Maddie knows she can spend New Year with her boyfriend Theo, but Christmas...Christmas is for family, Christmas is for her mum. Luckily, Vivian is all in. The job is high profile as it involves the royal family and Ms Forest and Ms Forest get to spend a part of their holiday at a royal residence in the north of England. We do not see much of Maddie in this book as she is way too busy with clothes alterations and fittings, so Vivian has a lot of free time to explore the house and marvel at neverending cultural differences. Vivian's meet cute, Malcolm Hudson has an important job- he is a private secretary of Her Majesty. He has been divorced for six years, and his private life very much centres around his sister and his 19 year old nephew Miles. Malcolm is charmed by Vivian's smile and positive attitude: 'She had such a strong and playful sense of self...She was neither demanding nor bashful; just friendly and inquisitive and smiling'. Christmas holidays and New Year are a special time when unusual things can happen and even the most careful and realistic people decide to give in to romance. Malcolm takes time to get to know Vivian and what is important to her, as much as it is possible in the short time they have together. I love the way Vivian vents her feelings on the subject of surprises and how they are often about what the other person wants, not the person they are surprising, and Malcolm takes it aboard to make sure she feels comfortable with the things he suggests. The fairy-tale setting and royal guest appearances in the book might make you think that this romance is too far away from real life and difficult to relate to, but it isn't the case. Vivian and Malcolm live thousands of kilometers away, but, ultimately, they will understand that the connection they have is special and worth the risk. You don't have to be based in different countries to experience this feeling: No, we are too different...No, there is no way it will work... He/She is too set in his /her ways. His job/ college/family is too important for him...The logistics would be a nightmare... And another potentially beautiful relationship bites the dust before you've even given it a chance. Yes, our life experiences teach us that we have to be realistic and pragmatic, and avoid risks, and this is how we may end with a job that brings more money, but less joy and happiness, or refuse to apologise to a relative or a friend who might just have a different point of view, but be as right as we are. Vivian and Malcolm knew from the very beginning the risks, but, still, they decided to give it a try, and they certainly deserve their own happy ever after. This was not a laugh out loud book for me, but Jasmine Guillory's trademark sense of humour is still there, coupled with her impeccable writing style. If you loved her previous books, and the diversity of her characters and settings, you will definitely appreciate this slightly more mature romance. And if you love tea, scones, cucumber sandwiches and all things British, you will have even more reasons to enjoy this last instalment of Jasmine Guillory's hugely successful Wedding series . Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion. Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This had so! much! potential! to be a new favorite book of mine because it features two of my absolute favorite romance tropes (royalty and the holidays), but I still just.. really didn't like this. The writing did not work for me at all and I am SAD. Pretty sure I'm done with Jasmine Guillory now. Womp womp

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review After a little bit of thinking, I am bringing my rating down to three stars. This just completely fell short compared to The Wedding Party. It was rather boring and lackluster. Strange because I went in expecting so much and left with so little. I think I know why this happened. It felt like the author was holding back. Now, I’ve only read one of her other books but, compared to that one, this was Many thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review After a little bit of thinking, I am bringing my rating down to three stars. This just completely fell short compared to The Wedding Party. It was rather boring and lackluster. Strange because I went in expecting so much and left with so little. I think I know why this happened. It felt like the author was holding back. Now, I’ve only read one of her other books but, compared to that one, this was very tame. As far as I remember, all of the sex scenes were fade to black. C’mon, Jasmine Guilllory. That’s so PG-13. Also, was I the only one who felt kind of uncomfortable during the steamy scenes, even though they were tame. In The Wedding Party, Vivian, the main character of this book, was a mother and an authority figure. So, for some reason, I found it very weird to read a book about her… explicit thoughts. It felt like the equivalent of hearing your parents making out. And you know… now that I think about it, maybe that is the reason Guillory held back in the steaminess of the novel. Finally, this book was not Christmas-y. At all. Sure, it took place around Christmas time but there was no Christmas spirit. All that said, there were a few genuinely funny scenes. So… there’s that. Overall, I didn’t enjoy this novel but maybe you will. Give it a try! Happy reading! ------------ [12/15/2019] - 3.5 stars. ------------ [12/10/2019] - I'm really glad I have this audiobook because I'm going to be making 20 dozen cookies this Friday and it'll be nice to have something to listen to ------------ best early Christmas present ever [image error] Many thanks to INSERT for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    It pains me to give this two stars, but almost nothing about it worked for me. I'm upset about it. For multiple reasons. First to understand why I'm upset, here is the premise: The mother of the heroine from book three gets her own book. I really liked Vivian last book. The idea of a middle-aged romance is intriguing and refreshing. On top of that it is set in England, where the overworked mom is taking her first vacation in years, a mother/daughter trip spurred on by Maddie's job (she has the It pains me to give this two stars, but almost nothing about it worked for me. I'm upset about it. For multiple reasons. First to understand why I'm upset, here is the premise: The mother of the heroine from book three gets her own book. I really liked Vivian last book. The idea of a middle-aged romance is intriguing and refreshing. On top of that it is set in England, where the overworked mom is taking her first vacation in years, a mother/daughter trip spurred on by Maddie's job (she has the opportunity to style the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are never named, so it's obviously Meghan and Harry). They are spending Christmas in Sandringham House. Much potential for character development and fantasy wish-fulfillment. Instead, it was dull as hell. Vivian herself is lovely, but she is paired with the human equivalent of a warm sponge. They have pages and pages of the most uninteresting dialogue where neither of them really say anything, but both of them seem tickled pink by it for no discernible reason. The narration is constantly telling us they are having the best time, but I saw no evidence of it. Their conversations were stultifying. I could feel myself aging as I read them. Other than that he is very handsome and works for the Queen and likes scones, I know almost nothing about Malcolm's personality by the end of the book. Oh, except for the portions of the novel where he magically transforms from warm sponge to a sulking rude jerk. It's an *interesting* character choice for sure to have your hero behave like an asshole to your lovely main character, and make her have to put up with it and pull him out of it, but it's not a *pleasant* choice. I really did not like him by the end. Mainly, I felt this book wasted a bunch of potential: the premise, Vivian (who by sheer force of will saved the book from being one star, and Malcolm doesn't deserve her), the setting. THE SETTING. Oh, this really did not work. It felt like a bad fanfic where the author was just making stuff up off the most basic research. It felt like a Hallmark movie. And the writing! I have never found Guillory's writing to be so lazy before. But this felt lazy. Like she was trying too hard to make the book work, or like she just didn't care. I have no evidence if that is the actual case, but that's how it felt to read. Both characters were given cursory "problems" to solve by the end of the book, both of which had endings telegraphed a mile away. And the prose itself was mostly dull telling with very few moments of showing. I have never read a romance novel with the following sentence construction in it that has turned out well. It is always a sign that the author has lost control of the story, or doesn't know how to convey what she wants to, and it occurred multiple times: "How did she have this innate sense of trust for someone she'd known for such a short time?" "So why did this not-even a-kiss-but-almost-a-kiss have such lasting effects on her?" "How was it even possible for her to be this relaxed when she was this close to him? She had no idea, but she was." These rhetorical questions exist because the author doesn't know how to answer them, or show the answers to them, and instead puts the question there, like hanging a lampshade on it will make the problem of your characters' relationship feel magically fleshed out. Look, I see the problem! Therefore it is not a problem! This is a pet peeve of mine, and she leans on it a lot here. But the whole book takes lazy shortcuts. There was one part where Malcolm "laughed as he remembered Vivian's hilarious guesses" about what his nephew's good news could be. And we are not given any of these guesses. Presumably they live in the same imaginary space as all of the other hilarity we are told exists between them but somehow never see. And on top of that, where has all the banter gone? Where are the jokes and the friendships? All three of her previous books were great at all of those things. Maybe it was the discomfort of the setting (her previous books were all set in California) or the age of the characters (can't older people be funny, too?). Vivian was also very isolated. Where are her friends? All she seems to have is her work, her sister Jo (whom we never actually meet), and Maddie (who is most of the time off dressing the Duchess, and we don't get any of their mother/daughter bonding time in London). There were spots of brightness. Vivian being awesome, mostly. And a memorable scene with the Queen (and Vivian being tickled pink by it), and another involving very spicy food in a Nigerian restaurant. But those spots were few and far between for me. Hopefully her next book is back up to snuff, because this was a real bummer.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Cute romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This story had a bit of a unique twist on it in that it is the story of a mother and daughter taking a trip and finding romance. At first thought we would probably be thinking the romance was about the younger woman. However, the author focused on a middle-aged mom in this sweet story. Whisked away for a royal treat, the main characters spend the Christmas holidays time in England with the Duke and Duchess. The author gave us a lighthearted and delightful read that Cute romance. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This story had a bit of a unique twist on it in that it is the story of a mother and daughter taking a trip and finding romance. At first thought we would probably be thinking the romance was about the younger woman. However, the author focused on a middle-aged mom in this sweet story. Whisked away for a royal treat, the main characters spend the Christmas holidays time in England with the Duke and Duchess. The author gave us a lighthearted and delightful read that makes you smile the whole way through. Along with the added excitement of meeting a wonderful man unexpectedly, this story truly ignites the heart. Sparks fly from the beginning and we get to enjoy their new found attraction. Written with grace and a tiny bit of spice, we also experience emotional uncertainty as they try and figure out how to date and enjoy themselves after so many years of being single. There are scenes that are awkward, as awkward as one would feel in similar circumstances. There are scenes that are heartwarming and just so sweet. The author has a beautiful talent that describes the rich countryside, the lush accommodations, and the timid and tantalizing new feelings. With just the right amount of heat added to the mix, we have a wonderful story that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy. A wonderful romance for those that love to read stories with mature adults. Nice change of pace. * copy received for review consideration full review - https://amidlifewife.com/royal-holida...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Unfortunately, was really disappointed by this. I enjoyed The Wedding Party so much and that was what convinced me to request this one from NetGalley, but everything about this fell flat. To be fair, the characters are a bit older than me, so that had something to do with it, but I really didn't feel their connection and their conversations just felt bland and not funny at all (even though we're told over and over that they keep laughing). I did enjoy the escapism of Vivian dating the personal Unfortunately, was really disappointed by this. I enjoyed The Wedding Party so much and that was what convinced me to request this one from NetGalley, but everything about this fell flat. To be fair, the characters are a bit older than me, so that had something to do with it, but I really didn't feel their connection and their conversations just felt bland and not funny at all (even though we're told over and over that they keep laughing). I did enjoy the escapism of Vivian dating the personal advisor to the Queen (who even makes an appearance), and the descriptions of the locations of London were spot on, but otherwise this just wasn't for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Renaissance Kate

    2 stars The stakes were low, if not non-existent. The character growth was little to none. The plot trod along without ever really changing pace. The dialogue felt forced and cringe-worthily unnatural. I realized all of this about a third of the way through the book with the unfortunate (and correct) feeling that it wouldn't change as I kept reading. So I lowered my expectations significantly, and the story became much more enjoyable. Vivian Forest accompanies her daughter, Maddie, on a work trip to 2 stars The stakes were low, if not non-existent. The character growth was little to none. The plot trod along without ever really changing pace. The dialogue felt forced and cringe-worthily unnatural. I realized all of this about a third of the way through the book with the unfortunate (and correct) feeling that it wouldn't change as I kept reading. So I lowered my expectations significantly, and the story became much more enjoyable. Vivian Forest accompanies her daughter, Maddie, on a work trip to England. While Maddie works as the Duchess's personal stylist for the holidays, Vivian finds herself falling head-over-heels for the Queen's charming private secretary, Malcolm Hudson. I loved that our heroine and hero were both middle-aged (in their 50's), which is atypical of popular romance novels. I enjoyed experiencing England and the world of British royalty through Vivian's eyes. If you're ready to treat this book like a cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie, and you're looking for something light and easy to get you through the holidays, these are the only reasons I would recommend this book. Otherwise, there's not much more to say about it. It's filled with likable yet unused side characters and missed opportunities to heighten the stakes that left me wanting more. If I hadn't been reading it for a book club, I'm unfortunately not sure I would have finished it. Now that I have, I don't have plans to read any of the previous books in the series nor will I be on the lookout for the subsequent books. I didn't hate this novel, but I'm definitely glad to be moving on to the next book in my lineup.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yna the Mood Reader

    “Hey, Mom, I need an answer fast—do you want to spend Christmas with me in England?” Series: Yes, 4th, but can be read as a standalone. Genre: Contemporary romance. Cliffhanger: No. Content Warnings: Miscommunication between two lead characters. Read if: you are looking for Hallmark-ish Christmas read. Royal Holiday is my first read from the author, Jasmine Guillory, and I admit it is a little foolish of me to start a series in its 4th installment. But, I was in the mood for a holiday read “Hey, Mom, I need an answer fast—do you want to spend Christmas with me in England?” 📚 Series:  Yes, 4th, but can be read as a standalone. 📚 Genre: Contemporary romance. 📚 Cliffhanger: No. ⚠ Content Warnings:  Miscommunication between two lead characters. ⚠ Read if: you are looking for Hallmark-ish Christmas read. Royal Holiday is my first read from the author, Jasmine Guillory, and I admit it is a little foolish of me to start a series in its 4th installment. But, I was in the mood for a holiday read and this book is perfect for the readathon I participated in. I loved that this book shone the spotlight on an older couple, 50-ish, I think, because this is not a common choice for sweet contemporaries. Both the leads, Vivian and Malcolm, were fun to get to know, especially with the clashes in their personalities and cultures. I didn't expect much from this read aside from "getting out of your comfort zone" for a lead and some fun adventures. Luckily, this read was able to deliver that for me. All in all, this book was so endearing, passionate, and romantic. I am curious to read what the first three were about, especially since I've seen reviews that the first three were better than this one. 😅 ☁ THE CRITERIA ☁ 🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 🌼 Audiobook Production: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ☁FINAL VERDICT: 4/5 ☁ 📚 Blog ♡ Bookstagram ♡ Facebook ♡ Twitter 📚

  10. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    I adored this story. Vivian and Malcolm were wonderful together and I loved that they were a mature couple of color that found love. They were fun … they were funny … they were absolutely adorable. Vivian was wonderful. She was a self-assured mature woman who knew her likes and dislikes. She wasn't afraid to voice her opinion and wasn't afraid to accept the consequences. She had a wonderful sense of humor that shone throughout the story. She had a wonderful daughter and a family that depended on I adored this story. Vivian and Malcolm were wonderful together and I loved that they were a mature couple of color that found love. They were fun … they were funny … they were absolutely adorable. Vivian was wonderful. She was a self-assured mature woman who knew her likes and dislikes. She wasn't afraid to voice her opinion and wasn't afraid to accept the consequences. She had a wonderful sense of humor that shone throughout the story. She had a wonderful daughter and a family that depended on her. She also had a job that she adored. But, she never put herself first until her holiday to England. Malcolm was interesting. You would think, being the Queen's secretary, that he would be snobby, formal and utterly English. But, he wasn't. He was respected by all who came in contact with him, loved by his family and had a healthy taste for scones. He was taken with Vivian the moment he saw her and became a very uncharacteristic Malcolm to the delight of everyone around him. He was attentive, a gentleman and showed Vivian the utmost respect and support. From the kiss under the mistletoe to the fireworks on New Year's, I loved every moment of this story. It was fun and interesting. It brought out a mature sense of humor and romance. And, when they made love, it was just that. It was done with feelings not a sense of complete urgency and I loved, even at their age, they used protection! I thought that was the cutest thing. This was my first time reading Jasmine Guillory and can't wait to read more from her. Her characters were well-defined. I was thrilled with the way the story flowed. I loved the notes and the postcards. They just made this story so much more enjoyable. Then there was wonderful ending. I loved how she brought them back together and showed us that even a mature couple could have a healthy, loving relationship when they least expected it. Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I'm trying to read a mountain of holiday romances in time to do a recommendations episode of the Reading Envy podcast, so the short version of this is that it's the fourth in a series of books I have not read otherwise, featuring the mother of one of the previous characters as she accompanies her daughter on a work trip to England. As a woman of color in her 50s, she's not expecting to find love but meets the Queen of England's personal secretary and sparks fly. How often do you see an over 50 I'm trying to read a mountain of holiday romances in time to do a recommendations episode of the Reading Envy podcast, so the short version of this is that it's the fourth in a series of books I have not read otherwise, featuring the mother of one of the previous characters as she accompanies her daughter on a work trip to England. As a woman of color in her 50s, she's not expecting to find love but meets the Queen of England's personal secretary and sparks fly. How often do you see an over 50 romance? The sense of humor is fun. At one point, Vivian decides "It was time to put her bra on and do this." She's a social worker, so she has supreme people skills that smooth over a lot of precarious situations. She knows who she is and what she is willing to do, which I liked. And she appreciates a man who knows that the best position to sleep in is close enough to touch but never trying to hold her when she is trying to sleep! Real talk. I found the author to sometimes be needlessly repetitive, for instance a scene would happen, then she writes Malcolm's thoughts about the scene, and then Vivian's... when often their thoughts would be obvious from their behavior. Not sure if that's filler or a style but I noticed it on multiple occasions. I had a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, but it did come out October 1, 2019. I'm a bit behind.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had loved the previous books in this series and loved the idea of a holiday book in London. I liked Vivian and Malcolm well enough. They’re both sweet and unassuming and much too polite to have any actual chemistry. I was a little wary at reading a book with older people and perhaps that’s the reason I didn’t connect to either of them. Plot wise, it was so very bland. I quickly found myself skimming chapters just for the dialogue. As much as I love London {which is at an insanely high level of I had loved the previous books in this series and loved the idea of a holiday book in London. I liked Vivian and Malcolm well enough. They’re both sweet and unassuming and much too polite to have any actual chemistry. I was a little wary at reading a book with older people and perhaps that’s the reason I didn’t connect to either of them.Plot wise, it was so very bland. I quickly found myself skimming chapters just for the dialogue. As much as I love London {which is at an insanely high level of obsession}, I didn’t want to bother reading the descriptions of the city. One of the things I did really love was the letter writing, but sadly, that’s about it. Overall, I was really into this idea, but the execution just didn’t work for me. **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    Generally I don't read romances but the premise of Royal Holiday caught my eye and captured my attention. Vivian's daughter is hired to be the "stylist" for the Duchess. Since the work involves staying over in the UK during the holidays, she brings Vivian along with her. They have good fortune to stay at the "cottages" on the royal grounds. There Vivian meets Malcolm, the secretary for the Queen. Yes, it definitely will be a royal holiday for Vivian but can the magic continue once she returns to Generally I don't read romances but the premise of Royal Holiday caught my eye and captured my attention. Vivian's daughter is hired to be the "stylist" for the Duchess. Since the work involves staying over in the UK during the holidays, she brings Vivian along with her. They have good fortune to stay at the "cottages" on the royal grounds. There Vivian meets Malcolm, the secretary for the Queen. Yes, it definitely will be a royal holiday for Vivian but can the magic continue once she returns to the US. I loved the characters in Royal Holiday. They were funny, real, and had real life issues despite the fairy tale premise of the book. I also enjoyed the fact that Vivian and Malcolm are in their fifties - something rarely seen in romance novels - or any other novels for that matter. My only concern was that the ending seemed abrupt. That certainly didn't keep me from thoroughly enjoying Royal Holiday.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This book just did not work for me. I wasn't very enthusiastic about the idea of having a book solely dedicated to Vivian because I wasn't sure there was really a story to tell and I think that in some way I might have been right. Everything was just so bland. There wasn't any excitement or even something that truly drove the story forward. Malcom and Vivian were nice people but they lacked chemistry, I didn't feel the spark between the two of them. I'm sorry to say that this book mostly bored This book just did not work for me. I wasn't very enthusiastic about the idea of having a book solely dedicated to Vivian because I wasn't sure there was really a story to tell and I think that in some way I might have been right. Everything was just so bland. There wasn't any excitement or even something that truly drove the story forward. Malcom and Vivian were nice people but they lacked chemistry, I didn't feel the spark between the two of them. I'm sorry to say that this book mostly bored me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jeffers

    My least favorite Jasmine Guillory novel to date; I think it's because the set-up involves way more suspension of disbelief than her other books. The romance is charming but it was hard for me to really buy into the premise. More to come.

  16. 5 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    I loved this book! It was a sweet, slow-burn romance full of passion and no over-the-top drama. It was entertainment based purely on the real-life circumstances and situations between Vivian Forest and Malcolm Hudson, ... okay, as real life as one can get being Vivan is in England because her daughter is working as a stylist for the Royal family, and Malcolm is the Queen's private secretary ... their romance was believably sincere and lovely. You may remember Vivian's daughter Maddie from the I loved this book! It was a sweet, slow-burn romance full of passion and no over-the-top drama. It was entertainment based purely on the real-life circumstances and situations between Vivian Forest and Malcolm Hudson, ... okay, as real life as one can get being Vivan is in England because her daughter is working as a stylist for the Royal family, and Malcolm is the Queen's private secretary ... their romance was believably sincere and lovely. You may remember Vivian's daughter Maddie from the 'Wedding Party'? In 'Royal Holiday', Maddie has the opportunity to go to England over Christmas to help prepare the princess for the royal Christmas festivities. Because Maddie has never been away from her mother at Christmas, she invites her along. With Maddie working all day and into the night, Vivian is left to entertain herself. When the very handsome and intriguing Malcolm suggests he show her around, Vivian can't resist his charm, and goes all-in on her royal holiday! Rarely do we get romance stories with older characters and when we do, they are relegated to secondary ones. I was so excited to read about new love and second-chances experienced by older characters. I wish we had more of them! I was provided a review copy by Berkley; this did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Vivian is invited to spend Christmas with her daughter in England. Her daughter was hired as the temporary stylist for a royal. Staying in a “cottage” on the royal’s estate, Vivian has a chance encounter, over scones, with Malcolm, the Queens secretary. They have an instant connection that leads to a sweet romance. Royal Holiday is a light romance that spans two continents. Based on mature characters, it is a refreshing change. I received this ARC copy of Royal Holiday from Berkley Publishing Vivian is invited to spend Christmas with her daughter in England. Her daughter was hired as the temporary stylist for a royal. Staying in a “cottage” on the royal’s estate, Vivian has a chance encounter, over scones, with Malcolm, the Queens secretary. They have an instant connection that leads to a sweet romance. Royal Holiday is a light romance that spans two continents. Based on mature characters, it is a refreshing change. I received this ARC copy of Royal Holiday from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review. Royal Holiday is set for publication Oct. 1, 2019. My Rating: 4 stars Written by: Jasmine Guillory Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Berkley (October 1, 2019) ISBN-10: 1984802216 ISBN-13: 978-1984802217 Genre: Contemporary Romance Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Holiday-... Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/roya... Itunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/royal... Want more check us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook

  18. 4 out of 5

    Read In Colour

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I LOVE that this romance centers on seasoned adults. Yay for love over 50! I'm so excited about Royal Holiday for a number of reasons. I love that Jasmine Guillory took us "across the pond" this time, expanding the location of where black people are found. Also, the fact that Malcolm is a black man working as secretary to the Queen of England? Oh my God! But what stood out most to me were the ages of Malcolm and Vivian. Far too often protagonists in romances are 20 or 30 somethings, so it was I LOVE that this romance centers on seasoned adults. Yay for love over 50! I'm so excited about Royal Holiday for a number of reasons. I love that Jasmine Guillory took us "across the pond" this time, expanding the location of where black people are found. Also, the fact that Malcolm is a black man working as secretary to the Queen of England? Oh my God! But what stood out most to me were the ages of Malcolm and Vivian. Far too often protagonists in romances are 20 or 30 somethings, so it was refreshing to explore the romance of the 50 and up crowd. I loved how both of their past experiences (and wisdom) informed their conversations, how they acted with each other and how they conducted their relationship. I honestly can't get enough of Guillory's writing and can't wait to read more from her.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    3.25 Stars / 1 Steam Fan I wanted to love this book until the sex scene and then the ending. THAT ENDING SUCKED!! I also think that ending drops it out of the romance genre and places it into the women's fiction category. Vivian is the mother of a previous character and joins her daughter in England for the Christmas season. While on the grounds of the Duke and Duchess, Vivian meets Malcolm and their mutual interest are explored. I liked the swift romance between Vivian and Malcolm but I think 3.25 Stars / 1 Steam Fan I wanted to love this book until the sex scene and then the ending. THAT ENDING SUCKED!! I also think that ending drops it out of the romance genre and places it into the women's fiction category. Vivian is the mother of a previous character and joins her daughter in England for the Christmas season. While on the grounds of the Duke and Duchess, Vivian meets Malcolm and their mutual interest are explored. I liked the swift romance between Vivian and Malcolm but I think it started to do too much once it moved from a holiday fling to the possibility of forever. This one just missed the mark. This specific video review will be included in the September 2019 wrap-up. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5/ 5 stars This book was charming and wonderful! Royal Holiday is a contemporary romance in the Wedding Date series (it is book 4). It features Vivian, Maddie's mom. Maddie is the only crossover character in this book. The story takes place in England over the Christmas holidays and has a royal connection. This book will be a wonderful holiday read. The narrators are Vivian and Malcolm (3rd person POVs). Maddie gets a job in the UK working for the royal family. And she asks her mom to tag along. 4.5/ 5 stars This book was charming and wonderful! Royal Holiday is a contemporary romance in the Wedding Date series (it is book 4). It features Vivian, Maddie's mom. Maddie is the only crossover character in this book. The story takes place in England over the Christmas holidays and has a royal connection. This book will be a wonderful holiday read. The narrators are Vivian and Malcolm (3rd person POVs). Maddie gets a job in the UK working for the royal family. And she asks her mom to tag along. The inspiration for Vivian was Meghan Markle's mom. It was nice to see the main character be a black woman in her 50s. Malcolm works for the royal family. I loved getting to see so much of Maddie (she is featured in the previous books and her story is in the Wedding Party). I also loved the royal aspect of this story. Maddie and Vivian stay in a fancy place. And there are all sorts of great royal encounters. This book was quick, fun, charming and lovely. I really enjoyed it. Was it wildly unpredictable? No. But it will make you smile. This was a wonderful addition to this series. Thanks to edelweiss and Berkley for allowing me to read this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    I don’t read a lot of rom-com novels, but I make an exception for Jasmine Guillory’s books. They are funny, engaging, and filled with great characters. There’s also some steam involved! “Royal Holiday” is based on a fascinating premise - what if a woman who has been asked to style a member of the royal family during the holidays invites her mother along, and the mother happens to be a fictionalized version of Megan Markle’s mother, Dora. From that idea, Guillory creates a delightful story, one I don’t read a lot of rom-com novels, but I make an exception for Jasmine Guillory’s books. They are funny, engaging, and filled with great characters. There’s also some steam involved! “Royal Holiday” is based on a fascinating premise - what if a woman who has been asked to style a member of the royal family during the holidays invites her mother along, and the mother happens to be a fictionalized version of Megan Markle’s mother, Dora. From that idea, Guillory creates a delightful story, one where sparks fly when the woman meets a handsome and charming member of the Queen’s personal staff. This is a book sure to alleviate the winter-time blahs and bring cheer to readers’ hearts. A fun read and a great escape.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Renée | Book Girl Magic

    Such a cute little story. Made me think of my mother, as she's close to Vivian's age. Single mothers who find success in love are always at the top of my favorites list. Thinking of my mother the entire time while reading this, I'm thankful there weren't many love scenes throughout. lol - The Wedding Party is still my favorite of the four, so far bacause I can relate to Maddie in many ways. It was nice to see this spin-off of her story though. I give this one 3.5 stars!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Thank you, Jasmine Guillory, for giving us the romance heroine we never knew we needed: Vivian Forest, a 54-year-old African American social worker — hard-working, devoted mother, caring professional, and all-around amazing woman! And let me just say this part again: Vivian is IN HER 50s. When’s the last time you read a fun, upbeat love story with a woman in her 50s as the star? I’m guessing the answer is never. Royal Holiday is the fourth in the author’s loosely connected Wedding Date series — Thank you, Jasmine Guillory, for giving us the romance heroine we never knew we needed: Vivian Forest, a 54-year-old African American social worker — hard-working, devoted mother, caring professional, and all-around amazing woman! And let me just say this part again: Vivian is IN HER 50s. When’s the last time you read a fun, upbeat love story with a woman in her 50s as the star? I’m guessing the answer is never. Royal Holiday is the fourth in the author’s loosely connected Wedding Date series — the connection being that the stories’ characters are all linked by friendship or family, although each can easily be read as a stand-alone. Here, Vivian is the mother of Maddie, the lead character in the previous book (The Wedding Party), who in turn is best friends with the lead character from the first book (The Wedding Date). It’s fun to see how the characters’ lives connect and weave together, but as I said, reading the other books isn’t truly required to enjoy each one, and that’s especially true with Royal Holiday. The basic plot: Maddie, a successful stylist, is asked to fill in last minute as the stylist for a member of the British royal family for the Christmas holidays, and asks her mother to come along. Vivian rarely travels or takes vacations, but she and Maddie always spend Christmas together, and with a bit of prodding, she agrees to go. Staying at the Sandringham estate is magical, and Vivian is delighted by the beauty and splendor… and is instantly attracted to the very handsome Malcolm, Private Secretary to the Queen, when he appears at the guest cottage on the estate and offers to give her a tour. Vivian and Malcolm connect right away, bringing out each others’ playful sides as well as listening and appreciating one another as people, and they also find each other incredibly attractive. As Vivian’s holiday with Maddie draws to a close, Malcolm asks Vivian to stay on in London for a few more days — and while Vivian is the type to draw up pro and con lists for all decisions, she goes with spontaneity this time around and accepts Malcolm’s invitation. Ah, this book is such a delight! The romance and chemistry between Vivian and Malcolm is sparkling and fun and sexy… and yes, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, this book features attractive 50-somethings having a romantic and physical relationship that includes sex and flirtation and public kissing, and it’s glorious. Granted, there’s not much conflict or dramatic tension in Royal Holiday. There are a few minor disagreements and misunderstandings, but the main source of tension is whether the relationship should be a holiday fling or if they’re willing to consider a long-distance relationship — and even then, there really isn’t much question that it will all work out. I really like how seriously Jasmine Guillory takes her characters’ careers. Vivian is absolutely committed to her work, and it’s refreshing and inspiring to read about how much she cares for her patients and how energized she is by her ability to help people and improve lives. The big dilemma for Vivian much of the book is being up for a big promotion at work that would provide a higher salary and more prestige, but would mean focusing her time on administration rather than on direct care. I love how deeply Vivian feels about her work and the seriousness with which she weighs her decision. And at no time is it suggested that she chuck it all to move to London to be with Malcolm — they each have careers, and their challenge is how to make their relationship possible without either abandoning the work that is so meaningful to them. All that may make this sound more serious overall than it actually is. Above all else, Royal Holiday is a sweet, romantic, joyous romp, full of happiness and appreciation and heart. I can’t say enough good things! Except maybe one last comment: Vivian Forest rocks! More of her, please!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki S

    3/9/2019 WHAT IS THIS AND HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT IT?! **EDIT 10/2/2019** Not my favorite of the 4, but it was nice reading Guillory's writing again. Real review to come. **EDIT 10/24/2019** I remember seeing this pop up on Goodreads and was shocked like wth, how did I not know this? Jasmine Guillory is one of my favorites and I just thought I was up to date on all the things she was doing. And then she surprised me. Always with the surprises. Maddie has to get to London for a last minute job, and 3/9/2019 WHAT IS THIS AND HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT IT?! **EDIT 10/2/2019** Not my favorite of the 4, but it was nice reading Guillory's writing again. Real review to come. **EDIT 10/24/2019** I remember seeing this pop up on Goodreads and was shocked like wth, how did I not know this? Jasmine Guillory is one of my favorites and I just thought I was up to date on all the things she was doing. And then she surprised me. Always with the surprises. Maddie has to get to London for a last minute job, and she asks her mother Vivian to come with her. Vivian hasn't been on a vacation or taken time off for herself in quite a while, so she decides to go with her. When they get there, it's all they thought it would be. And when she meets Malcolm, it's even more than that. But the trip isn't anywhere as long as it should be, so when offered the chance to stay in London for a little while longer, Vivian doesn't know what to say. Does she stay with someone she barely knows or head back to what she knows as home. Even though I loved all three of the others, I didn't feel like this one was as good as those. Idk, it seemed rush in a way I guess. The plot was the main thing I didn't care for. It just seemed really repetitive. Like most of it was happening again and again. Don't get me wrong, it had romance and some troupes, but for the most part, there wasn't anything that stuck out and made it memorable. As for the characters, I liked them for the most part. But they weren't really memorable either. The first three books were MADE by the characters, and in this one, it was made by the setting. I don't know how to explain it. But when I think of the other books, I remember things characters have done. But with this one, I remember the places they went, and it just seemed different from the others. As a character driven person, this one is just different. Although it wasn't my favorite, I still liked it. It still has the same read-ability of the other Guillory books, but even still, it didn't feel like her other books. I felt like it was still missing something. The romance and the easy read is there, but I have to be honest and say I was looking for a bit more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Madeline Nixon

    This book did nothing for me and I’m really disappointed because I was super excited to read it. The romance felt forced, the writing felt rather juvenile at times, and don’t even get me started on the dialogue in that one sex scene. It also felt like the author needed to do more research on England. I’m sure some people will really enjoy this, especially if they liked the previous books in this “series” (I do think it’s cool that she takes minor characters from previous books and makes them This book did nothing for me and I’m really disappointed because I was super excited to read it. The romance felt forced, the writing felt rather juvenile at times, and don’t even get me started on the dialogue in that one sex scene. It also felt like the author needed to do more research on England. I’m sure some people will really enjoy this, especially if they liked the previous books in this “series” (I do think it’s cool that she takes minor characters from previous books and makes them main characters in the next), but I basically learned that I have no interest in reading more of her books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Madeline O'Rourke

    As I said of The Wedding Party, there's plenty I can criticise in the actual writing of Royal Holiday and the construction of the romance, but despite that, it wasn't an unpleasant read. I do love that Royal Holiday has two fifty-somethings at the centre of its romance, and I loved the change of pace from the U.S. setting of the previous novels in the series. I think Guillory handled the cultural differences well, and I was pleased that she got in some explicit critique of monarchy, and the As I said of The Wedding Party, there's plenty I can criticise in the actual writing of Royal Holiday and the construction of the romance, but despite that, it wasn't an unpleasant read. I do love that Royal Holiday has two fifty-somethings at the centre of its romance, and I loved the change of pace from the U.S. setting of the previous novels in the series. I think Guillory handled the cultural differences well, and I was pleased that she got in some explicit critique of monarchy, and the British monarchy in particular. That said, there wasn't a whole lot to the romance. It was very repetitive, and the reader is witness to very little of what actually happens. We get little snippets of conversations, but are otherwise just told that the couple get on really well and make each other laugh and have common interests. Lots of telling, very little showing, and just asking the reader to believe that the characters a well-suited. So in that way, the romance isn't bad, but the reader doesn't actually get to experience what makes the romance good—and the fluffy stuff that makes the romance is good is why I read romance novels! A nice little holiday read—even if winter Christmases aren't what I know—but nothing too noteworthy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    The Wedding Date Series: The Wedding Date: The Proposal: The Wedding Party: (3.5-4 stars/Undecided) Royal Holiday: Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review found here. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Listen, we all know I totally adore the warm and fuzzy (see also: steamy) set of novels that Jasmine Guillory has released so far. I may be biased about her but she just gives me all The Wedding Date Series: The Wedding Date: ★★★★☆ The Proposal: ★★★★★ The Wedding Party: ★★★☆☆ (3.5-4 stars/Undecided) Royal Holiday: ★★★☆☆ Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review found here. As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Listen, we all know I totally adore the warm and fuzzy (see also: steamy) set of novels that Jasmine Guillory has released so far. I may be biased about her but she just gives me all the feels, you know? I adore her balance of tense banter sessions, feel good chick flick vibes and sparkling chemistry between her characters. For that reason alone Royal Holiday was at the top of my list of most anticipated romances this autumn. It only helped that (a) it was centered around Maddie's mom (b) CHRISTMAS BASED!!!!! and most importantly (c) takes place abroad and there is royalty in it. Still, I felt a little let down by this one (although, I wasn't let down by Guillory? I THINK THIS ONE JUST DIDN'T CONNECT WITH ME AND THAT'S ON ME, not her) and had an issue with finishing it. It wasn't what I thought it'd be, either, in terms of plotline. A lot of what made Guillory's other books work felt like it wasn't present and that was very, well, dull for me. This is the first time I experienced that with a Guillory novel. It's completely disorienting because, whaaat? WHO AM I? As a whole, I thought that Royal Holiday was sweet and had more than a few charming moments. It just felt like it was missing something and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It really didn't have the same light-my-candle spark as the previous books in the series. I found myself wondering if maybe it was a mood read that I simply wasn't in the mood for. Admittedly, the second half of the novel felt more lively, and more Guillory, than the first half and I'm glad for it, but I still struggled with it in a way I hadn't with the previous books in the series. Let's focus on positives: Vivian is a great character and I would 10/10 die for her. To be honest, I probably would have given up on Royal Holiday sooner if it weren't for Vivian. SHE DESERVES THE WORLD, OKAY? And I love the interactions between her and Maddie. We stan a mother-daughter duo. I was excited when I saw that she was the main character because she was definitely a standout minor character in Maddie's story. The setting was fun! All the royal elements. I loved the fact that we not only got a holiday romance, but a charming romance. While I felt that it lacked the chemistry that Guillory is known for, it still made my lips tug upward into a smile. There's something undeniably cute about the relationship between Malcolm and Vivian, I just felt like some of it was underdeveloped and that disappointed me. Royal Holiday felt a lot less angsty than the other books in the series which was a nice change of pace. Ultimately, though, it was my least favourite of the series thus far. While it had potential to be a favourite, it fell short.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angie Elle

    ARC from the publisher 3.5 stars Jasmine Guillory is back with Royal Holiday to spoil readers with a fun Christmassy read. This is the fourth book in her The Wedding Date series, and while this does include a main character from a past book, you could read this one on its own. I’ll be honest; after The Wedding Date, which was a lukewarm read for me, I wasn’t sure I’d pick up another Jasmine Guillory book. But then The Proposal came out, and I couldn’t resist a copy. Same with The Wedding Party. ARC from the publisher 3.5 stars Jasmine Guillory is back with Royal Holiday to spoil readers with a fun Christmassy read. This is the fourth book in her The Wedding Date series, and while this does include a main character from a past book, you could read this one on its own. I’ll be honest; after The Wedding Date, which was a lukewarm read for me, I wasn’t sure I’d pick up another Jasmine Guillory book. But then The Proposal came out, and I couldn’t resist a copy. Same with The Wedding Party. Neither of which I’ve read yet. But at the end of the day, I found The Wedding Date so compulsively readable that I felt like I’d be missing out if I wrote this author off. And I am so glad I didn’t. I enjoyed Royal Holiday so much! This book was fairly slow pacing-wise, but I thought it served the plot well. Some might call it slow burn, but I found there wasn’t really a burn at all, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. This book was more sweet than anything. And I’ll attribute the fact that the slow pace makes sense to Vivian and Malcolm being older than your typical romance pair. They spend a lot of time reflecting - on the situations they’re in as well as themselves, and that’s something I would expect with the amount of life experience they each have. When Vivian accompanies her daughter, Maddie, to England for the holidays, she finds herself with a bit of time on her hands while Maddie is hard at work styling a duchess. She quickly charms the entire staff at the ‘cottage’ they’re staying in, and it’s not long before Malcolm, the queen’s personal assistant makes an appearance and charms her. Vivian and Malcolm had chemistry from the get-go; they genuinely enjoyed being with each other, and they were on the same wavelength when it came to almost everything. Malcolm loved showing Vivian his favorite parts of England, and she loved the new experiences. I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and even though the time frame was short, it felt like they really took their time to get to know each other. I loved the Christmas setting and the events surrounding it, and I loved their banter about the differences in what words meant in their respective countries. All in all, I thought everything about them was enjoyable. My one gripe about this book, ironically, is my favorite thing about this book. Their story was simple - that I loved. Their wasn’t a lot of drama, and I really didn’t feel like there needed to be. They were a mature couple who had learned from their mistakes. But, unfortunately they were simple as well. At least, they felt like it. They were constantly laughing at things most people wouldn’t laugh at, and I couldn’t figure out why. It almost felt like the author didn’t know how to write older people’s personalities. (I use the term ‘older’ loosely, as they were in their 50’s, if I recall correctly.) The laughter felt incredibly forced and out of place, and it often left me confused.But having said that, I still enjoyed this story, and loved seeing an older couple getting their happily ever afters. Also, like I mentioned before, Maddie makes an appearance here, and there are mentions of Theo. Maddie is the heroine from a previous novel in the series, and her character here felt like the catalyst in getting her mother to England. She didn't feel gratuitous or like she didn't belong here; her part in this book was perfect, and I think fans will be happy to see her. If you’re looking for a sweet holiday read that, like the first book in this series, is compulsively readable, you can’t go wrong with Royal Holiday.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    i am very ready for this

  30. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Ughhhh This book was complete trash, and with every single page I got more and more upset. The two main characters apparently found each other hilarious and kept sharing inside jokes and laughing with each other while never saying anything remotely funny, and none of the conversations had even an ounce of authentic dialogue. It seemed more like the author forced these horrid conversations into the plot in order to try and make the reader forget that the actual plot itself was terrible. If I try Ughhhh This book was complete trash, and with every single page I got more and more upset. The two main characters apparently found each other hilarious and kept sharing inside jokes and laughing with each other while never saying anything remotely funny, and none of the conversations had even an ounce of authentic dialogue. It seemed more like the author forced these horrid conversations into the plot in order to try and make the reader forget that the actual plot itself was terrible. If I try and remain objective to just the plot and not the (dreadful) writing, I'd have to say that it reads like an ignorant dream of what London could be like if you somehow magically ended up on vacation to work for the royal family. Don't even get me started on Hot Chocolate. I received this book as an ARC through Edelweiss

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