Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★ ½
Reading Time: 4 minutes
Nicole Callaway is an investigative reporter with a passion for writing and no fear. But months before her family dives headfirst into a grueling presidential campaign, Nicole is kidnapped while on assignment in Jordan. She must face her own fears, her terrorist captors, and the mysterious man she’s held captive with. Who can she trust? How will it affect her father’s political bid? What will the scars and secrets mean if she escapes?
As third in line to the British throne, the Duke of York never expected to fall in love; not truly anyway. He has known duty all his life, and is committed to protecting his family and his grandmother’s legacy. When a lost love comes back into his life, can he convince her that the risk is worth it? Will the media ruin their burgeoning love? Can their relationship withstand the monarchy, the scrutiny, and their own secrets?
The first in a series of novels.
First Line: “The Sheik glanced toward me for just a moment…”
“Help me!” I screamed. My own terrified voice sounding distance and surreal – like something in someone else’s life.
Nicole is straight up KIDNAPPED while on the job. It’s not a mafia romance, though—the terrorist doesn’t end up her lover. Instead, she’s stuck in captivity with James, a physician, who just so happens to be the grandson of the Queen of England.
But, at the time, she doesn’t know that this hunk of man is royalty. #HitsHeadOnWall
“I’m… afraid we’re stuck here together.” He made a half smile dancing around the dimly lit cell.
Yes. Please. I wonder if she eventually regrets anything she says…
We follow Nicole through captivity and then jump to the present day where her father is the U.S. President. James wiggles his way back into her life (of course!) and this time the setting is very, very different. 😍
I enjoyed this book, but I’m a little hung up on James being related to the Queen of England. With the Meghan and Prince Harry craze, I thought American Royalty was a nice bow to unexpected love. But I found myself straying away from this book to read about Meghan Markle instead.
I just wanted to knock some sense into Nicole! I didn’t agree with her choices, and while her actions seemed justified, I preferred skipping to the parts with James.
James. Yaaas. Kate Perrin definitely mastered the sculpture of this man.
It would have been nice to see more of Nicole and James in captivity (I’m being selfish again with wanting more of James)—that portion of the novel is very brief—but their HEA certainly makes up for it! Two characters bound by fate. It doesn’t get any better than that, my friends.
American Royalty is romantic, but the political injections, drama and international intrigue are what really make this an unforgettable read.