Title: Royally Lost
Author: Angie Stanton
Published in: 2014
Genres: romance, contemporary fiction, travel
“Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.
Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he’s crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn’t have…is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.
When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca’s family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?”
Prince Nikolai of Mondovia has everything he’d ever want. Except his freedom. Annoyed with his parents, he runs away and tours Europe on his own while hiding his identity. Becca’s on a family vacation to Europe, but all she wants is to go home. When they meet, they’re instantly drawn to each other. When they meet again, they think it’s fate bringing them together. As they spend time together, they quickly fall in love. But time’s running out. Becca’s vacation ends in a few days and Nikolai must return home soon. Will they be able to stay together or will they have to say goodbye?
Becca is an 18 year old girl who’s been dragged on an European river cruise by her parents. She hates history and finds touring old palaces and churches to be really boring. In addition, this trip is supposed to be a family trip to bond, but she knows that’s a joke. Her father’s hardly paying attention to her, her step mother is too eager, and her brother only wants to flirt with European girls. And in a few weeks, she’s supposed to start college when she doesn’t even know what she wants to do with her life. Nikolai is tired of his parents being stuck in their traditions even when they don’t make sense to keep them. HIs parents won’t change anything, won’t listen to him, and are forcing him to live a life he hates. So he rebels against them by running away. Both Becca and Nikolai are relatable in their own ways. Most teens can relate to being unsure about what they want to do with their lives and wanting to rebel against their parents. I also felt that both characters were likable and realistic enough.
The plot of Royally Lost was centered around the romance between Becca and Nikolai. The romance was cute and sweet, but unrealistic. It was like a Cinderella story. The average girl falling in love with a prince and the prince falling in love with her too and it ending happily ever after. Royally Lost had a predictable good ending.
I don’t usually read light hearted novels. I’m more into books about serious topics. But Royally Lost looked really interesting. Plus it included a prince. So I started reading and really liked it. The chapters were pretty short so it was a quick and easy read too.
I thought it was really unrealistic and naïve that Nikolai thought no one would recognize him. While Mondovia is supposed to be a small country (it’s fictional), the crown prince running away would make headlines and with the internet, someone would know about him and what he looks like.
Royally Lost was a cute romance and I recommend it to anyone looking for a light contemporary romance.
Rating: 4/5 Stars