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Avery Flynn has done it again! This book is exactly what I needed right now! It is full of intrigue and laugh out loud moments, has an engaging storyline, top notch romance and characters that you will fall in love with. I started this book yesterday and fully intended to read a little bit each day but the story pulled me in and I couldn't put the book down. I read it in a matter of hours! Nick Vane will have you swooning and you will want to have Brooke as your new best friend! Don't miss out on this royally charming novel!
I found this contemporary romance of an American inventor and his Lady Lemons to be uplifting, providing the perfect escape from day-to-day challenges. Nick and Brooke are good for each other, and for their beloved town of Bowhaven. Well-paced with likeable characters, there's never a lull in the story as it is finely balanced with drama, humour, and sexy scenes.
Royal Bastard was not my first book by Avery Flynn and it won’t be my last. I liked the writing and the characters. Two things were very unusual for me to read about: Discussing a TV show called Naked Attraction and pigeon races… As someone, who grew up in Germany with racing pigeons in the neighborhood both were extremely funny.
Avery Flynn does it again with this hot and steamy yet charming fish out of water tale. Nick is a great book boyfriend and I recommend this book to everyone who wants a fun fairy tale of a story set in a little village in England. Couldn't out it down!
I don't remember how I happened upon this book, nor do I understand why I read beyond its title to get to the book description. ROYAL BASTARD. 'Nuff said there to turn me off. I'm a romance reader who doesn't mind a royal or two in historical romances, but these modern-day princes and princesses from fictional kingdoms who come to America (or other places) and fall in love with commoners just seem silly to me.
Well, it turns out there's not really any royal here at all. There is an English earl and his estranged American grandson. It also turns out that the story is well written, cute, funny, sexy, romantic, and filled with interesting, quirky people.
The author is American but she seems, to my admittedly limited knowledge of life in the British Isles, to have gotten the U.S. guy and his bemusement at the way of life of the inhabitants of the quirky English village of Bowhaven translated well to paper. I have no idea if she has spent time in England or thereabouts but this story doesn't feel as clueless as others I have read.
As far as the plot, there's this aging Earl of Englefield who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and has no living heir except for an estranged American grandson, Nick Vane, of Salvation, Virgina. The earl needs Nick to come and learn the ropes about being an earl so he will be able to take over when the earl is no longer capable.
To this effect, the earl's young secretary, Brooke Chapman-Powell, daughter of the local pub owner and recently returned to Bowhaven after a disastrous attempt at life in Manchester, gets in touch with Nick to try to convince him to come to England.
But Nick is holding a huge grudge against his English family. His late father William had come to America, fallen in love with and married his mother, fathered him, and then was persuaded by his grandfather, the aforementioned Earl of Englefield, to annul the marriage and come back to England. To compound this, Nick's mother died young and he was placed in foster care. No reason in the world for Nick to be interested in his uncaring English relatives.
Well, I won't say more. You have to read this without more blabbing by me because the plot itself is slight. However, it's charmingly told. A delightful escape from life as we know it nowadays.
Avery Flynn has done it again! I adored this funny, sweet, heartwarming story of an American man suddenly and unexpectedly forced to learn how to act as a proper English earl. His tutor in this endeavor was not always quite as prim and proper as she tried to make herself out to be, and sparks flew between the two of them from their very first meeting. The slow burn of main characters Nick and Brooke's relationship development kept me on the edge of my seat, just waiting for them to finally give into their attraction. In addition, their snarky banter was a lot of fun and made me laugh out loud numerous times as I read.
Both Nick and Brooke were very complex, likeable characters, and it was easy for me to root for them both individually and as a couple. I especially loved that Brooke could never prevent the snarky remarks from bursting out of her when she was around Nick, no matter how hard she tried. As for Nick, I was fascinated by the way his mind worked and how he was always coming up with new ideas and ways to make things better. I really admired the fact that he was able to become so successful in spite of the difficulties he faced after losing his mother. Nick and Brooke made a lovely couple, and despite their different backgrounds it was clear that they belonged together.
The secondary characters in this story were a tremendous amount of fun too, especially Brooke's little sister and her father. I couldn't help but be amused by her father's obsession with his racing pigeons, as well as the fact that he named all but one them after "Harry Potter" characters. I also loved that the village of Bowhaven came together time and time again to look after and care for their own. They were certainly there for Brooke when she needed them, and I can understand why she wanted so badly to give back with her plans for modernization. It was wonderful when her fellow villagers finally recognized and rewarded her good intentions.
Overall, this was such a fun story, and I loved the fairy tale feel to it. I highly recommend it for all fans of contemporary romance and romantic comedy, and look forward to Avery Flynn's next book!
*ARC provided by the author. All opinions expressed are my own.
I loved this book of a cheeky heroine and a stubborn hero. Nick Vane is the son of an earl. Well at least the grandson but he was never acknowledged since he was born to an American woman. Now that the earl is getting on in years, Nick is needed to carry one the title and the name. Nick doesn’t need anything from anybody but the earl’s secretary intrigues him. Brooke Chapman-Powell just wants to preserve her town and the school for the deaf that the earl’s estate funds. She owes it to them. The only way is to convince the earl’s heir to take his rightful place. Easier said than done. The two of them together is like oil and water. She is stead fast and true, he runs as far and fast as he can. She has the biggest challenge in him and he in her. From his nickname for her to her aversion to him, they don’t seem like they would ever get along much less more. I loved how their backgrounds are so different and have formed them to the people they have become but are willing to change to be better for each other.
Brooke and Nick were so fun to read! I love the role reversal from the typical royal love story. Usually the stiff upper lip is the hero, while the spunky upstart American is a perky heroine. But the author flipped that stereotype on its head in this witty tale. Nick is a brilliant inventor but totally clueless when it comes to personal relationships, after his father’s desertion and his mother’s death. The last thing he wants is to be the heir to his English grandfather. Brooke is his grandfather’s secretary and to say she’s a bit pushy is an understatement. But she’s a riddle to be solved and an enigma that is totally attractive to Nick. She’s a bit hard to get a read in at first but she quickly grew on me. Funny and hot is a hard combination to pull off successfully, but I can always count on Avery Flynn to do exactly that with every story she writes. She won me over yet again with Royal Bastard!
Royal Bastard, by Avery Flynn is a 272-page contemporary romance novel and is the first book out of a series. It is written from a third-person POV, two-side.
I give this book a 4/5.
The sex scenes are about a level four.
Spoilers Ahead ***
What's a girl to do when her boss tells her to make his estranged American grandson into a proper Earl? Well, you bother the crap out of him until he agrees to come to England and take up his "entitled" place.
Brooke needs Nick. She needs him to take up the mantle because the current Earl is suffering from Alzheimer's and the village is dying since one of the factories closed down. Nick? He has no interest in helping the man who abandoned him and his family.
Brooke somehow convinces Nick to come by sending him picture after picture of the beautiful village. Nick comes to England and finds the family home is dilapidated, the village needs help, and worse? The woman who's supposed to be training him makes him want to train her.
Brooke's wound is how she felt like a fool from falling for a football player who was cheating on her. She left Manchester and returned to the village she grew up in and feels indebted to the folks in the village because after the national scandal hit, the townsfolk welcomed her back and protected her from the paparazzi. When she meets Nick, future Earl, she knows she can't get involved again, except that sexual tension between them is reaaaal hard to ignore.
Nick's wound is the feeling of abandonment. Here's how he sees it, his dad (should have been the next Earl) left him and his mom, but he didn't know the whole story...and I won't ruin it for you, it is predictable though. And when his mom got sick and died when Nick was still young he or the state reached out to his grandpa for help and was denied. That leads to Nick feel like, he can't commit because running runs in his blood.
A bunch of really fun antics occur throughout the book and I found the book really enjoyable to read.
I don't think I've ready anything by this author before and I really enjoyed her style. She does a great job showing versus telling
Character development was clear and appreciated
I didn't like how the ending felt super rushed. I didn't get a satisfactory closing between Nick and his grandfather. I would like to have seen that be resolved and developed more.
The dialogue and interaction between the two characters is believable and charming
Definitely plan to read the other stories in this series.
If you're looking for a long lost heir, a prim and proper snarky Brit, a go with the flow brash American, and a wonderful village full of people to set the scene, look no further than Royal Bastard by Avery Flynn! Nick wants nothing to do with his grandfather, his legacy, his ancestral home, England, or the impertinent yet curious personal secretary that won't stop hounding him to visit, to return to his roots. Brooke wants nothing more than to do her job well, to love and support her village, and to above all, not fall for her heir to the earldom, the current Earl being her boss. From their first phone call sparks fly, and when they meet in person their chemistry is tangible! Both stubborn beyond belief, they each learn a lot about themselves, each other, and what it is that can make someone truly happy. True happiness being ephemeral, yet for them, possibly, potentially, if they stop being stubborn, could be a real thing. This book made me smile, had me on the edge of my seat, got me to wipe away the dust that obviously got in my eye somehow, and blended together perfectly that sense of an American in England. This story is a wonderful example of the concept of it takes a village, and to have a home like that, a place where you are loved and cherished even if people don't quite understand you, well, it's priceless, and Avery has done an amazing job of capturing that on the page! So, look no further if you want some headbutting sarcastic combustible chemistry between a brash American heir named Nick and Brooke, the cool as ice yet fiery and feisty underneath secretary that just wants to do her job, and save her village...not also fall head over heels in love...