The Royal We

The Royal We

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by Heather Cocks
     
 

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Now in paperback, the beloved novel and New York Times Summer Reading List pick hailed as "hysterical" by Entertainment Weekly's Must List, and "so fun and dishy" by People.

American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess, but it's

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Now in paperback, the beloved novel and New York Times Summer Reading List pick hailed as "hysterical" by Entertainment Weekly's Must List, and "so fun and dishy" by People.

American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess, but it's adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall-and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne. Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she's had to give up for true love... and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.

Editorial Reviews

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"Smart, funny . . . [Cocks and Morgan] write like the pros they've become."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times"

The characters should all be familiar: the heir to the British throne, his mischievous younger brother, his granny and the pretty commoner he meets in college. But in this version by bloggers Cocks and Morgan (a.k.a. the Fug Girls), the girl is American. Nick and Bex's love story is so fun and dishy, you'll hope for a sequel—with royal babies."—People"

In the grand tradition of Curtis Sittenfeld's American Wife . . . A breezy, juicy novel that's like The Princess Diaries with fewer made-up countries and more sex-the kind of book you can imagine Pippa sneaking into Kensington Palace."—Entertainment Weekly"

Hysterical."—Entertainment Weekly, "The Must List""

Every bit as engrossing as the real Kate and Will. . . . The pages turn as easily as a tabloid feature on the royal couple-and you'll end up just as obsessed with Bex and Nick as you already are with Wills and Kate."—Glamour"

Cute, well-written, and perfect for summer. . . . I loved it."—Buzzfeed, "29 Books You Should Definitely Bring to the Beach This Summer""

The authors hit all the right notes in this funny, smart, emotional tale that will definitely appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes."—Library Journal (Starred Review)"

An entertaining read-but also a sharp critique of how we treat celebrities and what happens to people always in the paparazzi glare . . . Cocks and Morgan also know that daydreams should stay daydreams because the reality is much harsher. That's what elevates The Royal We from just a good beach book to a beach book with a message—while remaining entertaining enough to keep your butt in your beach chair."—Philadelphia Inquirer"

The perfect summer read . . . a confection of a tale, but a satisfying one, a romantic romp carried by Cocks and Morgan's storytelling."—Metro (Canada)"

Pages of biting humor and breathtaking glamour rewrite a fairy tale into something more satisfying than a stack of tabloids."—Kirkus"

A joy from start to finish. THE ROYAL WE is that rare novel that makes you think, makes you cry, and is such fun to read that you'll want to clear your schedule until you've turned the final page. But be warned—Cocks and Morgan have created a world so rich, a romance so compelling, and characters so funny and alive, that you'll be terribly sad to see them go."—J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of The Engagements and Maine"

THE ROYAL WE is full of love and humor, and delicious in too many ways to mention in one little blurb. I read this novel as quickly as I could, relishing any few minutes I had to turn back to its pages. An absolute delight."—Emma Straub, New York Times-bestselling author of The Vacationers"

A heartfelt exploration of a life lived in the spotlight, THE ROYAL WE balances dishy decadence with an honest look at the sacrifices required to stay princess to Prince Charming."—Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You"

THE ROYAL WE is as engrossing and deeply satisfying as any royal wedding documentary, and it's a thousand times more fun, from the fairy tale to the inevitable foibles. You will want Bex Porter to be your best friend. You will feel the same way about Cocks and Morgan, who are warm, witty, hilarious, and moving in their depiction of a very complicated relationship indeed."—Jen Doll, author of Save the Date

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Readers should prepare to lose their hearts to THE ROYAL WE, a loving satire that is scandalously funny and wonderfully romantic."

-Bookpage"

Underneath the frothy exterior is sharp look at the clash between modern women and the ways they are portrayed. It's not a fairy tale, but that doesn't mean it's not a great story."

-The Millions "

Cocks and Morgan tackled their first dip into mainstream fiction for adults and nailed it. THE ROYAL WE is a wonderful tale of young love, peppered with animated characters, difficult hardships, and selfdiscovery."

-RT Book Reviews "

Cute, well-written, and perfect for summer . . . I loved it."

-Buzzfeed.com "

The authors hit all the right notes in this funny, smart, emotional tale."


-Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455557110
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
04/26/2016
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
22,588
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan are the creators of the Internet's wittiest celebrity fashion blog, Go Fug Yourself, which draws millions of readers and made Entertainment Weekly's Must List and The Guardian's list of 50 Most Powerful Blogs. They are the authors of two young adult novels, Spoiled and Messy, and have written for publications ranging from Glamour to Grazia UK to Vanity Fair.com.

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The Royal We 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant from start to finish. It deservew more than five stars...witty, engaging, and clever. A smashing success!
Scarls17 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It has a very "ripped from the headlines" feel to it and is completely enjoyable and entertaining. Not to mention well-researched and filled with amazing references.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite book. You fall in love with the characters, laugh with the characters, and cry with the characters.One can only wish to find a love like Nick and Bex. I could not put it down.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I've always loved reading about women who've captured the interest of unusual men. There's nothing more out of the ordinary than the love story of someone who is the heir to a monarchy; they deal with a host of great burdens. Yet, they're still human and prone to all the foibles that come with that condition regardless of whose blood is flowing in their veins. The Royal We caught my attention for that very reason.  I thought it'd be a funny and romantic tale, but it turned out to be thoughtful and insightful as well. Bex Porter wasn't looking to land a prince, but she was looking for an adventure all her own when she left her twin and home behind for England.  She was a wonderful character.  She was down to Earth, friendly, funny, and a tomboy.  She wasn't big on celebrities or fashion, but she was kind and caring. She was loyal to her friends and occasionally made mistakes, which we all do.  I loved her first meeting with Prince Nicholas. It was irreverent and funny, especially since she didn't know who he was. Prince Nicholas or Nick as he was known to his friends, was an interesting character.  I liked him for the most part. There were moments when I wished he would have behaved differently, but then again Bex made some mistakes that ended up being costly as well, so I couldn't fault him too much.  I think the fact this story was told from Bex's point of view made me much more sympathetic to her.  Nick was able to retain most of his air of mystery.  I really liked how the book was laid out.  When I first started reading I was a little worried about how Bex was going to handle whatever it was that was causing her such fear and panic. I immediately started guessing, but when I turned the page and Bex started from the beginning, I relaxed and settled in for the story.  The tale might be fictional, but it has a realistic feel to it. It wasn't just the highs Bex faced, but the lows as well.  I don't know if I'd be able to handle the pressure she felt from all sides, not just the royal family, but the press, and populace too. Bex also had to let go of great parts of what made her who she was and also the person Nick fell for, in order to be with him.  That's a huge sacrifice and I liked that she didn't take it lightly. The book was funny, romantic, sad, and just plain entertaining.  You had characters like Lacey, Bex's sister who I sometimes wanted to hug and/or strangle.  Freddie, Nick's brother was a surprise. He might have been seen by the public and his family as a devil-may-care lothario, but he really surprised me with his hidden depths. And I loved Bex and Lacey's parents.  Those two were not only a wonderful couple, but the love and support they gave their children was immense. I admired them for that.  Then you people like Richard, Nick and Freddie's father, and as much as I wanted him to be evil, and he could be, he had a side to him that was unexpected as well.  All of the characters were well developed and complex.  You never knew how they were going to surprise you. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan have done a fantastic job at writing this story. It felt like I was reading a fairytale, which I love, but with all the ugly bits that are usually hidden or glossed over.  There was none of that, and for that reason, The Royal We really stands out.  I do hope the ladies aren't done writing about Nick and Bex yet, or if they are, perhaps they might move their attentions to Freddie, and if that's not on the cards,  I can't wait to see what and who they write about next. 
Anonymous 24 days ago
A rousing romantic romp but it does tend to bog down in certain parts of the story. ~*~LEB~*~
thelonereader 9 months ago
Going into this, I knew that The Royal We was popular with so many people in the world, but I didn't know what to feel going into this. I knew that 1) I would fall in love with this book, because hello, princes, and the cover is basically Kate and William, but another possibility was 2) I would despise this book with my entire being. Turns out, I never quite reached (2), but I got a bit close there in the beginning, and ended up, surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, enough, and (1). By the end of the book, I was in love, no holds barred. What put me off of the book in the beginning was probably the main character. This probably isn't one of my more admirable traits, but I love the demure heroines who are feisty and freaking awesome in their own right, but always do the right thing, are pretty much in control of themselves, and rarely let their feelings show. It's terrible, but it's the truth. So when I started reading and was confronted with Bex, almost the complete opposite in terms of personality, I'll admit I was a bit struck. Add to that the unique style of narration that really betrays the voice of the author, and this book was completely unlike any I had ever read before. The characters were the other aspect of the novel that was completely unlike anything I had expected. It was going around that this was a sort of Kate & William fan-fiction, and while I both agree and disagree, that notion is extremely misleading. Bex and Nick's characters - as well as everyone else's - was very modern and rather unroyal. When I think royalty, I think fairytales and Disney and everlasting love and gentleness, etc. etc., but that is not this. No, this is quick love and heartbreak and condoms falling all over the prince and a whole lot of crazy - it takes a while to get used to, but once you're there, you're all in. As usual, I started becoming more interested in Bex and Nick's story once they started hitting the rough bits of their relationship. Yes, they were cute and adorable (and sometimes really not) beforehand, but me and my weird self gets most involved in the painful scenes that make your heart want to leap out of your chest and run away screaming. I think that these parts especially were written extraordinarily well, and it was through these scenes that I really became involved and invested in the couple's relationship. I want to say that I wish the ending could have been better, or given the reader more information, but honestly I was quite happy with it. It left many things open-ended and many questions unanswered, but by the time I finished the novel I had been with these characters for a month in my life, and eight years in theirs, so I was actually pretty happy just be done with the emotional ride. Still, I can't say that I wouldn't read the sequel if there ever is one. The Royal We is an original book that every Romance reader should try: it'll feed a little romantic demon inside of you that you didn't even know you had, and it'll make you cry and laugh your heart out to boot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a inventive story they made you like the characters but they left too much in the air with no plans for a sequel it's frustrating when you have authors who hook you and leave you hanging. Good story though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of anything royal, you'll love this spin on a royal romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book although we all know who its based on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read. Really tugs at your heartstrings
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure why this got such rave reviews. This is one of those books that I really had to push myself really hard to finish. There wasn't enough interaction between Bex and Nick. The love scenes between them was the only time that the book sparkled.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a darling book that I couldn't put down. I've been describing this to everyone who will listen as a fictional re-telling of Will & Kate's story and I LOVED it. I honestly couldn't put it down-each character was so well done, the story was funny (I found myself laughing out loud multiple times), emotional and intriguing. Sometimes you want a book that makes you feel good, that you find yourself rooting for the main characters and you don't have to think too hard-this is that book. What I would call the absolute perfect "beach read" or "fireplace read". Good luck putting this down...start it on a Friday night so you have the weekend to finish it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time putting this down. Entertaining, with a few plot twists- kept my interest the whole time. Definitely worth reading
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Budington More than 1 year ago
I came here to post a review and saw others said what I thought: I couldn't put this book down. Despite knowing where the story is going, the characters and writing made it so compelling, I didn't want to stop reading. I decided to read it after the new royal baby was born, but did not expect it to be so good. It also left me with more admiration than ever for the poor Royals who don't get a moment of peace from the paparazzi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. At 400+ pages it is an entertaining read that I didn't want to put down. Fun characters and a good plot.
QTII More than 1 year ago
I could 't put the book down.  The characters are fabulous.  I hope there is a sequel because the ending was somewhat of a cliffhanger.
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Yes, how could I forget?
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