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Book Review: American Royalty by Tracey Livesay (ARC)

"In this dangerously sexy rom-com that evokes the real-life romance between Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, a prince who wants to live out of the spotlight falls for a daring American rapper who turns his life, and the palace, upside down.


Sexy, driven rapper Danielle "Duchess" Nelson is on the verge of signing a deal that'll make her one of the richest women in hip hop. More importantly, it'll grant her control over her life, something she's craved for years. But an incident with a rising pop star has gone viral, unfairly putting her deal in jeopardy. Concerned about her image, she's instructed to work on generating some positive publicity... or else.


A brilliant professor and reclusive royal, Prince Jameson prefers life out of the spotlight, only leaving his ivory tower to attend weddings or funerals. But with the Queen's children involved in one scandal after another, and Parliament questioning the viability of the monarchy, the Queen is desperate. In a quest for good press, she puts Jameson in charge of a tribute concert in her late husband's honor. Out of his depth, and resentful of being called to service, he takes the advice of a student. After all, what's more appropriate for a royal concert than a performer named "Duchess"?


Too late, Jameson discovers the American rapper is popular, sexy, raunchy and not what the Queen wanted, although he's having an entirely different reaction. Dani knows this is the good exposure she needs to cement her deal and it doesn't hurt that the royal running things is fine as hell. Thrown together, they give in to the explosive attraction flaring between them. But as the glare of the limelight intensifies and outside forces try to interfere, will the Prince and Duchess be a fairy tale romance for the ages or a disaster of palatial proportions?"


Pages: 384

 

I received American Royalty by Tracey Livesay for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a bookstagram tour. Thank you so much Harper 360 UK and Insta Book Tours for my advanced copy and for having me on the tour!


This book was so much fun!

I loved the characters - especially Dani! She’s ambitious, intelligent and so funny! I absolutely loved reading from her POV and I really liked how she stayed true to herself through the entire book and wasn’t going to let anyone interfere with her life goals. There was such a good dynamic between her and Jameson. It definitely starts as a slowburn as the characters don’t actually meet each other until you’re a little bit into the book - so this gives them time to dream up what the other is going to be like and then of course they get off on the wrong foot and they don’t really like each other but are inexplicably drawn to each other - ahh its delicious! The chemistry is off the charts between these two and I love that they share the common trait of wanting to distance themselves from what other people expect.


I really enjoyed the writing style and I love that the author included song lyrics when it came to Dani’s POV. I think this is so fun when it’s included and it adds another layer of realism that totally pulls you into the story! Additionally, I really liked that the author didn’t romanticise the monarchy and I loved how she portrayed the cracks, issues and the toxicity of putting duty before family.


American Royalty is a sexy, swoony and fun read! I really enjoyed it and thank you so much for having me on the tour!

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