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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 England to style a royal fami(Entertainment 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 England to style a royal fami(Entertainment 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. 4 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 her 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. 4 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 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

    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 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...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review best early Christmas present ever

  5. 4 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 r 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.

  6. 4 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 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.

  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 a 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

    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.

  9. 4 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 (sh 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.

  10. 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 'Wedding Part 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.

  11. 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 hi 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**

  12. 5 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 Group. This is my honest 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

  13. 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    ARC received!! Thank you to the publisher via Edelweiss for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 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 m 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.

  16. 5 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 it s 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.

  17. 4 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 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.

  18. 5 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, s 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

    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!

  20. 4 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.

  21. 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/>The/>The 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    i am very ready for this

  23. 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. Neither of which I/>3.5 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cortney

    3.25 Stars “But what if it was all worth it?” A cute little contemporary with a historical romance feel due to the passing back and forth of hand written love notes and visiting Royal castles. Reading this book took me on a little trip down memory lane to my vacation in London a few years ago and I will definitely have to go back soon. I miss all the foods mentioned in this one and Jasmine Guillory books will make you hungry. It’s her brand. They are also charming and light 3.25 Stars “But what if it was all worth it?” A cute little contemporary with a historical romance feel due to the passing back and forth of hand written love notes and visiting Royal castles. Reading this book took me on a little trip down memory lane to my vacation in London a few years ago and I will definitely have to go back soon. I miss all the foods mentioned in this one and Jasmine Guillory books will make you hungry. It’s her brand. They are also charming and lighthearted reads that I think anyone can enjoy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jamie beauty_andthebook_

    Having absolutely loved The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory, I was really excited to learn she would be releasing a second book in 2019! Unfortunately, I think I was maybe just not the target audience for this romance. The main characters are in their 50s (one of which is the mother of Maddie from The Wedding Party) so I found a lot of that to be hard to relate to especially from a romantic perspective. What I did like was the Royal tie-ins, like crown jewels and Buckingham Palace references - Having absolutely loved The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory, I was really excited to learn she would be releasing a second book in 2019! Unfortunately, I think I was maybe just not the target audience for this romance. The main characters are in their 50s (one of which is the mother of Maddie from The Wedding Party) so I found a lot of that to be hard to relate to especially from a romantic perspective. What I did like was the Royal tie-ins, like crown jewels and Buckingham Palace references - because who doesn't love a good royal component to their books?! Guillory's writing is sharp as ever here but this one just was not for me. I'll be first in line to pick up her 2020 book (right after I confirm the age range of the characters) *Note - I love reading books about characters of all ages, generally. There was just something in a romance novel that I couldn't get around the ages with. Thank you to Berkley Romance for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 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 mai 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.

  27. 4 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 w 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 3.5 Stars Not too long ago, I had done a blog post about the lack of "mature" heroines in romance novels, and shortly thereafter, I heard about this book. Obviously, I was really excited about it. I would like to think, that love is a possibility at any age, and I enjoyed reading this "seasoned" romance. Both Vivian and Malcolm were wonderful characters. They were interesting, witty, and I enjoyed getting to know them. More importantly, I adored seeing them get to know each ot Rating: 3.5 Stars Not too long ago, I had done a blog post about the lack of "mature" heroines in romance novels, and shortly thereafter, I heard about this book. Obviously, I was really excited about it. I would like to think, that love is a possibility at any age, and I enjoyed reading this "seasoned" romance. Both Vivian and Malcolm were wonderful characters. They were interesting, witty, and I enjoyed getting to know them. More importantly, I adored seeing them get to know each other. I loved their interactions and thought they really well suited for one another. I found myself enjoying their time in England a LOT. The walks, the riding, the museums, the notes - I thought it was all really sweet, and I smiled as their attraction and affection grew. As a matter of fact, I never wanted to leave the holiday "bubble". It was great seeing these two get their second chance at love. Their romance was sweet, endearing, and passionate, and I was all about this ship. I did want a little more from the ending, but overall, this was a very pleasant and charming read, which was quite fun and left a smile on my face. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

    In my favourite of the Wedding Date series, the protagonist is Vivian Forest, mother of Maddie whose story was introduced in Book 3 of the series. Maddie is chosen to dress the Duchess of Sussex over the Christmas holiday in Sandringham and invites Vivian to accompany her so that they can spend some time together over Christmas. While Maddie is busy dressing the Duchess, Vivian meets Malcolm Hudson who works for the Queen. Vivian is not only smitten by Malcolm, but star struck by the environment In my favourite of the Wedding Date series, the protagonist is Vivian Forest, mother of Maddie whose story was introduced in Book 3 of the series. Maddie is chosen to dress the Duchess of Sussex over the Christmas holiday in Sandringham and invites Vivian to accompany her so that they can spend some time together over Christmas. While Maddie is busy dressing the Duchess, Vivian meets Malcolm Hudson who works for the Queen. Vivian is not only smitten by Malcolm, but star struck by the environment she is spending Christmas in. Malcolm encourages Vivian to spend a few extra days with him in London prior to her return to California and with a push from Maddie to live for the moment, she agrees to extend her stay. Life at home alone becomes a lot more depressing once Vivian returns to her everyday life, as she begins to learn more about herself and realizes what she really wants in life. I was thoroughly entertained by this book. I enjoy books about the holiday season and books that highlight the differences in cultures. The book was sweet and full of charm. The story really spoke to me as someone over 40 and wish that more rom-coms were targeted towards this demographic. I rate this book 4/5 stars. Thank you to Edelweiss + and Berkley Publications for the opportunity to read an ARC of the book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    A sweet addition to the series, about exploring new places and new opportunities. This story features Vivian Forest, mother to Maddie, who's story was featured in The Wedding Party (to note, I've only read book one in this series, the Wedding Date, and I wasn't too lost skipping around - I only got a spoiler as to what couple ended up together). When Maddie is given the job of a lifetime, styling the Duchess of England for the Christmas holidays, she talks her mom into joining her. Vivian had no expectatio A sweet addition to the series, about exploring new places and new opportunities. This story features Vivian Forest, mother to Maddie, who's story was featured in The Wedding Party (to note, I've only read book one in this series, the Wedding Date, and I wasn't too lost skipping around - I only got a spoiler as to what couple ended up together). When Maddie is given the job of a lifetime, styling the Duchess of England for the Christmas holidays, she talks her mom into joining her. Vivian had no expectations for her first ever visit to England, but she is open to trying anything. The experience is only improved when a handsome man, Malcom Hudson, who is the private secretary for the Queen, offers to give her the full cultural tour. It is there that a friendship and attraction begin to blossom. I've read a lot of romance book - probably over 1000, and this is the first book I've read that featured a couple over 40 years ago. Kristen Ashley is well known for featuring characters in their 40s, which I always appreciate, so seeing an author take it one step further, was refreshing. I loved how this couple, having years of experience, so to speak, were still a little uncertain of how to explore their attraction. It was sweet and felt genuine. Through dual POVs, the attraction is evident, but given the circumstances of Vivian's visit (guest to her daughter, and only in England for a couple weeks) they are hesitant to make the next steps. Until they aren't, and the throw caution to the wind. Although Vivian, in particular, was worried what her daughter would think, I loved how the people interacting with Vivian and Malcolm, encouraged them to take a chance. “I’m not ready for you to go.” For the most part, this story was charming and romantic. Malcolm does make some slip ups which I didn't get, but he does make up for it in the long run. Overall, I enjoyed this story and look forward to more from this author. *An ARC was received via NetGalley for an honest review. For more reviews, visit

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