Title: Once Upon A Royal Christmas
Author: Robin Bielman
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: October 20, 2016
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Colliding with a prince while dog walking isn’t how Rowan Palotay pictured meeting royalty, but then lately her life hasn’t gone according to plan. With one teensy tiny mistake, her job as a news reporter took a turn for the worse and now she’s lucky to have a small pet column in the local newspaper. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and magic, but she feels like she’s forever stuck on the naughty list.
Prince Theodore Chenery is in Marietta shortly after the death of his mother to meet his grandparents for the first time. When an accidental run-in—literally—with Rowan leads to an unexpected friendship, he finds himself enchanted with the outspoken, feisty country girl. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met and her special brand of kindness and honesty make it harder and harder to remember his obligations back home.
Rowan can’t afford one more mistake, and Theo’s future is already mapped out, but when they find it impossible to fight the passion and deep-rooted emotions between them, they discover what matters most. Until their relationship makes worldwide news…and Theo must decide whether or not to follow his heart or his royal duty.
Read on for my thoughts on Once Upon A Royal Christmas. No true spoilers, promise.
Returning to Marietta, Montana is certainly no hardship, and this small town’s magic shines especially bright during the Christmas season. There are many reigning families among the citizens of Marietta and the surrounding area, but this time we have an honest to goodness real Prince visiting and life is never going to be quite the same again for Rowan and Theo.
We first met Rowan in Falling For Her Bachelor, her brother Nick and his lady, Cassidy’s romance. Now we get the chance to focus on Rowan, who’s hit a rather rough patch in life. While normally an upbeat, bubbly and positive woman, right now Rowan isn’t feeling all that special after her disastrous mistake which has landed her writing a pet column and walking dogs. But her chance at redemption and possibly her own happy ever after crashes into her.. no truly does walk right into her… in one of the most delightful scenes I’ve ever read.
Theo is visiting his grandparents soon after his mother’s death. This charming small town holds his roots and he wants to understand his own personal connection to this place. It’s impossible to outrun the royal part of himself, but the people of Marietta, his grandparents and now this charming woman have all given him a glimpse of a different life, one that he’s not so sure he can easily walk away from.
If you’re looking for a Christmas romance that has fairy tale glittered all over it, then Once Upon A Royal Christmas should be on your holiday list for yourself this year… and many re-read years to come. Theo and Rowan are a delightful couple. Love finds a way for these two people who come from such different backgrounds, yet know that their future must be together.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*
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