A Royal Pain

A Royal Pain

eBook - 2012
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USA Today Bestseller! "A delightful love story...worth reading again and again."—Publishers Weekly Starred Review A life of royalty seems so attractive...until you're invited to live it... Smart, ambitious, and career driven, Bronte Talbot started following British royalty in the gossip mags only to annoy her intellectual father. But her fascination has turned into a not-so-secret guilty pleasure. When she starts dating a charming British doctoral student, she teases him unmercifully about the latest scandals of his royal countrymen, only to find out—to her horror!!—that she's been having a fling with the nineteenth Duke of Northrop, and now he wants to make her...a duchess? In spite of her frivolous passion for all things royal, Bronte isn't at all sure she wants the reality. Is becoming royalty every American woman's secret dream, or is it a nightmare of disapproving dowagers, paparazzi, stiff-upper-lip tea parties, and over-the-top hats? "Laugh-out-loud funny with super sexy overtones."—Catherine Bybee, New York Times bestselling author of Wife By Wednesday "Take one sparky, sailor-mouthed American girl and one handsome English aristocrat. Put them together and watch the sparks fly. Sizzling fun!"— Jill Mansell, New York Times bestselling author of Nadia Knows Best "A whole new twist on trans-Atlantic romance-sexy, fresh, and delightfully different."—Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author of Marian
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Sourcebooks, 2012
ISBN: 9781402269981
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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hgeng63 Feb 07, 2013

Disappointing. Atmosphere thin; bad sex scenes. Not very bright or sparkling.

jeanner222 Jan 31, 2013

Wow, this is the worst attempt at chick lit that I’ve read in a long time! Note to author: in order to write a successful chick lit novel, you need to create a likeable heroine. Trust me on this.

Instead, Ms. Mulry has created the most hate-able female in chick lit history. Bronte Talbot is smart, ambitious, and driven. She is also foul-mouthed and bitter. Very bitter.

After a break-up, Bronte meets a totally awesome Brit. Unfortunately, she deems him TM (Transition Man). Max is not her TM; he is The One. Of course, Bronte fails to acknowledge this. Time and time again. Her stupid behavior with Max, who turns out to be a duke, is just plain annoying.

There is nothing believable about anything in this novel. The characters are not well-drawn, and the author is terrible when it comes to the novel’s setting. Max and Bronte meet in Chicago, but you’d never know it because the author has only a vague sense of the city. It is Chicago, and the author allegedly attended Northwestern—she should be able to write about the city. But no.

I think there was a good idea or two somewhere in this mess, but I cannot get past the bad writing. And the bad sex scenes.

This was a royal pain in the neck to read. Not recommended.

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