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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

This book is an awesome combination of laugh-out-loud and endear

This book is an awesome combination of laugh-out-loud and endearing moments. I loved every moment with all of the characters...

Bronte Talbott is a New Yorker at heart - stubborn, independent, hard-working women with a hilarious trash-talking mouth - she's living a go...
This book is an awesome combination of laugh-out-loud and endearing moments. I loved every moment with all of the characters...

Bronte Talbott is a New Yorker at heart - stubborn, independent, hard-working women with a hilarious trash-talking mouth - she's living a good, happy and successful life in New York. Until she's swept off her feet by a country boy and begins a long distance relationship. Thinking that things are moving along and that this is IT, she makes the decision to move to Chicago to be closer to him. What?! It's not like she's moving in with him and expecting more... she couldn't have been more wrong! Now stranded in Chicago all alone she fills her nights and weekends with books. Yes her job is doing well and everything else seems to be good. But her heart feels like its beyond repair and so she decides that what she's needs is a 'rebound guy' to get her over the heartache. In the meantime, she looks forward to her weekly trek to the local bookstore every Saturday morning in hopes of drowning her sorrows in a chic lit.
And then she sees him.
Max Hayworth is every girls dream - he's charming, smart and British! Oh my, his accent alone had her in a puddle. Max is only in town for the next weeks - perfect! She found her 'rebound-er'... or did she?
After learning the truth about Max the book turns into an even more delightful page-turner!
How will the royals react to Bronte? Will she fit in? Can she handle being with a duke? And more importantly will she be able to not only love him, but let him give her the love and attention that she deserves too...

It was interesting and nice to see Bronte let her guard down and be vulnerable. Every tough girl has a romantic side where she wishes to be a princess. And in between all the sarcasm and tough-girl antics, Bronte is very sweet, loving and even though she knows she doesn't need a man, she wants one - could that possibly be Max? Can she be what he needs her to be plus meet all of her own expectations?

I adore this book and will definitely be re-reading it again!
I highly recommend adding A Royal Pain to your shelf :)

posted by TheBumbleGirl1 on November 9, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

Can I give negative stars?

This book irritated me so much I deliberately stopped reading it when the heroine completely failed the hero emotionally (for about the 3rd time) and he left. I decided she didn't deserve him coming back, so I stopped reading when she was miserable without him, just so ...
This book irritated me so much I deliberately stopped reading it when the heroine completely failed the hero emotionally (for about the 3rd time) and he left. I decided she didn't deserve him coming back, so I stopped reading when she was miserable without him, just so in my mind she would stay that way. He was by no means perfect, but he was far, far better than she deserved.
The heroine, Bronte (like the uptight Lit professor she loathes her father for being would allow his only child to be named after some of the most histrionic authoresses ever produced by Britain? I don't think so.) is selfish, immature,and completely self absorbed. Yes, bad thinks have happened to her, but you know, pull up your big girl panties and go on. (Or in her case, your ridiculously expensive couture lingerie, along with some shoes involving kitten heels, bought at a fabulous sale somewhere.)
She fails Max when his father is DYING! Because OMG, she is just too angsty to be supportive or helpful or see anything beyond her own teeny tiny little world view to realize that, you know, she actually isn't the only person on the planet,and, go figure, other people have problems too.
There aren't a whole lot of books that so aggravate me, or are so unworthy of my attention that I don't bother to finish them, and I read a LOT of books, but this book joined that very small number. If only, like I said, so that Bronte would be left to the, Max-less, state I preferred for her. It's possible that he wised up in the end and dumped her whiny little butt, but I'm not willing to take the risk.

posted by sallyff on March 8, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    A good time

    This book was fun to read. I can't wait to find out what happens next.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    This was the first book by Megan Mulry I read.  Since I read thi

    This was the first book by Megan Mulry I read.  Since I read this book in 2012, I've read two others by her in the same series, and have all four that are currently available in paperback. You might say I'm a fan of Megan's books/writing.  Well, you can definitely say I'm a fan.




    When I first heard about A Royal Pain, I was very excited.  I love the royal and commoner trope.  I don't know if it's from my childhood and all the books I read, but there's something about royalty that interests me.  I love that Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier of Monaco, I adored Princess Diana, and Roman Holiday is one of my favorite movies.  So I had high hopes I'd enjoy this book, and I did.




    Bronte and Max are perfect for each other.  I love how well they complement each other.  Bronte is brash and sarcastic and Max is refined and smooth.  I wasn't very surprised to see the confident Bronte doubt herself so much when it came to running in Max's circles; when you're not on familiar ground, you're always on guard and wary.  I do wish she'd have known what I did, she had no reason to.




    The chemistry between Max and Bronte was phenomenal.  I felt like they set fire to the page.  That and their banter kept me turning the pages.  Their friends and family, also played important roles in the development of the story and helped us get to know Max and Bronte better.




    I'm not really sure how to categorize this book.  It could be "romance", "chick lit", "women's fiction", "general fiction", "new adult", etc.,  but I think it falls into "amazing" and that's good enough for me!  

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

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    Reviewed by: Robin Book provided by: NetGalley Review originally

    Reviewed by: Robin
    Book provided by: NetGalley
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    As little girls, we dream of being swept off our feet by a handsome prince, movie star, sports star or even sometimes the boy next door. In A Royal Pain, Bronte decided she wanted royalty. As a young girl she read the British magazines, studied everything about the royals that she could, and even watched everything on T.V. that was related. Growing up in Jersey, she felt her dad was a little off but loved her mom as she was the glue that tried to keep peace.

    I found this story was well written showing the depths of relationships that we as women have to deal with. Although at times, we seem to put more of ourselves into the relationship then the guy does. Bronte has had her share of failed attempts at love. True love for her comes in the form of Max, in an unlikely place. Having just come from a bad break-up she isn’t looking for a permanent romance. I found that I simply loved the ease of her relationship with Max. Bronte just wants plain mind-blowing sex which Max seems all too happy to give to her. Somehow, the tables are turned and Max decides that Bronte is the person he intends to marry.

    Secrets tend to flourish in the relationship because Max leaves out a pertinent fact that he is royalty. As he heads back to England because of his father’s illness, he wants Bronte to go with him but she has a career and chooses to keep it simple.

    This story has a depth to it which kept it real. We have Bronte who tends to be free with certain words. She throws them around with a flourish keeping you laughing or possibly offended. Max finds it rather endearing as it makes Bronte who she is. It is natural and a part of her but I think that the Queen Mum would have a problem if those actual words would come out of Kate’s mouth.

    As for Max, he wasn’t your usual royal figure either as he was a little askew with his t-shirts, piercings and tattoos. Prince William or Prince Harry (although more of a free spirit then William) are both void of any of the above mentioned.

    I enjoyed the cleverness of Ms. Mulry’s witty-laugh out loud story of falling in love. I think it is something that keeps the stuffiness of royalty at bay and shows that there is a slim possibility that they are human after all and just maybe if you are lucky enough to find your one true love, he just might be a royal or a royal pain. I simply loved the fast-paced story and can’t wait to read more laughable humor/romance from Ms. Mulry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    QueenRenelle

    *sits on throne*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Good.

    I didnt mean to buy this, my fingers are faster than my head. But I read it, and I did end up enjoying it. I read the 2 nd book and now I am on the 3rd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Highly recommended

    very good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Cml

    Fun and enjoyable read! I am looking forward to next book by this author!

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