Royal Catch: The Rourkes, Book 1

Royal Catch: The Rourkes, Book 1

by Kylie Gilmore

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A gruff prince in need of a wife

A commoner impersonating a princess

And a bridal competition gone terribly awry...


I am the crown prince of Villroy, heir to a kingdom, bound by duty to marry and produce an heir.

I expected a quiet arrangement through royal channels, instead I got a palace full of women vying for my hand. And how do they "win" this barbaric game set up by my crafty mother? By figuring out how to save the kingdom's faltering economy through a series of challenges. This undignified circus is beneath a man of my stature! Proof being that a saucy, ill-mannered woman wearing body-hugging clothes is in the lead. I could never love someone like that, let alone marry her.


The plan sounded simple.

I pose as my friend, pick up her inheritance, and return with the cash to keep her out of jail. (Apparently, being a princess in hiding is no excuse for identity theft.) So, yeah, I'm not exactly royal. I'm an orphan, a self-made woman, and proud of it. Suddenly I'm in a battle royale with a bunch of crazy competitive women for "riches beyond our dreams." I'm in a time crunch, which means I need to win this competition fast. Only, that means winning over the judge; the smoldering hot grim-faced Gabriel. And now I find myself wanting to compete for more than just the money. But could a royal prince ever fall for a commoner like me?

The Rourkes Series

Royal Catch (Book 1)

Royal Hottie (Book 2)

Royal Darling (Book 3)

Royal Charmer (Book 4)

Royal Player (Book 5)

Royal Shark (Book 6)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161454220
Publisher: Extra Fancy Books
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Series: The Rourkes , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,075
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.

Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.

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Royal Catch: The Rourkes, Book 1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kylie Gilmore's story turned me off in a record 12 pages. Her heroine was a crude, silly, and plain uncouth Ugly American. She might as well have snapped chewing gum while gibber gabbering a slew of lies. I have no tolerance for situations dealing with abuse of others' trust and good will, but I especially loathe identity theft. I found the premise distasteful and offensive. Americans have morals, ethics, and courtesies. We are not as vile as Polly-II. I do not recommend this book. Let it die a quick death.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid premise, not entertaining, just silly.
Anonymous 12 months ago
loved the twist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorryvjust not my readimg enjoyment kinfa goofy!!!
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Royal Catch by Kylie Gilmore is the first book in her new series, The Rourkes. Told in dual POV between the haughty prince and the imposter princess - this story is a tad over the top, the plot is a little crazy, the characters are a bit much and it all works perfectly together to create this funny romantic royal romp. Throw in some serious sexual tension and familial issues, a catty competition between princesses, and a few more fantastical situations and this book pulled me in. It was funny and sexy and a pleasure to read - I will definitely be revisiting The Rourkes for more of their stories. Enjoy!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Imagine you are impersonating your newly discovered distant relative, who happens to also be a princess. Then you meet a grumpy prince who you mistake for a butler. The inheritance you are promised are actually winning a bridal competition to marry said prince. Oh and this bridal competition is actually a version of Survivor meets the Bachelor. Also, those real princesses, don’t necessarily act princess-y when competing to win the prize of this handsome prince. That is the premise of Royal Catch by Kylie Gilmore, the first book in her new series, The Rourkes. Orphan and foster home survivor Anna Hebert agrees to pose as Princess Polly in order to pick up her inheritance and return with the cash in order to keep her out of jail. Instead of an inheritance she finds herself in the middle of the battle of the royals with a bunch of crazy, competitive Princesses. Knowing that she has to win, she goes all out. Anna not being a royal or a princess is evident from day one. She doesn’t dress demurely, wearing body hugging clothes, nor know how to curtsey or talk correctly to the royals. Gabriel Rourke is the crown prince of Villroy, heir to the throne, duty bound to marry and produce an heir. He expected that his bride would be found by a quiet arrangement through “royal channels” not through a competition of barbaric games created by the Queen, his mother. Anna, as Polly, might be besting the other contestants but she is definitely not on the Queen’s list of potential finalist brides. The problem, Anna has fallen for the royal prince and knows he would never fall for a commoner like her. Or would he? Ms. Gilmore wrote a wonderfully very humorous, sexy, and moving tale filled with sexual chemistry, hysterical situations, and endearing characters that is not to be missed. I loved how she allowed Anna and Gabriel to see through the layers being covered up to underneath and the true people they were. I highly recommend Royal Catch to other readers and look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Al Bartlett 13 days ago
SeaWolf 3 months ago
Cute, but predictable. Unfortunately, the graphic sex was a turnoff. Anticipating more of the same, I'll not be getting any more in the series
Anonymous 3 months ago
I attempted to finish this book hoping it would get better, the idea was a good one and had potential just based on such. however it immediately starts off rather ridiculous and not even close to the possibility of realism. the writing of Anna was difficult to get through. the immediate attitude and style in the more than obvious "I'm loud, crude and obnoxiously unintelligent but take it or leave it" of the female character. the over night falling in love and the idea that a character such as her would have actually managed to not be thrown out? some of the pages had merit and the ideas were there. it should have been longer, more depth into some of the other characters and not just a full fledged run into the "contest" with more challenge and not explaining it as a "survivor" meets the bachelor with a rose at the end. the character almost seemed like what people in other countries imagine Americans to be, it felt like a portrayal of snookie from jersey shore. again there is a good story in the idea but it felt rushed, immature in a way and just completely lacking in even the slightest possibility of realism. I understand it is just fiction and I feel the writer has much better potential but this reminds me more of a teenager fan fic writing from the hanson,bsb and nsync days.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Interesting .
Anonymous 4 months ago
I liked it but sometimes there was to much details or the repeated the details.
Anonymous 7 months ago
It's a fun simple book! The first couple chapters were a bit rough. Once I got used to Anna's personality I actually really enjoyed the book and was rooting for her and Gabriel in the end.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Anna was soooo finny and the crowned Prince and her HOT!I love Ed their I tquerky interactions.
Anonymous 11 months ago
kept my interest and couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just what is needed for a stress reliever. I wish all the books were in one. Too short.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud! This was a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read, at times I thought I would die laughing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't like either character very much, so I didn't really get into the story. They were both cliche and cardboard thin. Polly/Anna (really?) is an orphan/foster kid, so being so trustful of some far-distant relative in jail for identity theft, essentially doing the same thing herself, seemed really antithetical to that kind of history. I get that it's 'family', but 'you're still common'. Blech.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Royal Catch is the first book in a new series (The Rourkes) by Kylie Gilmore. This is the story of Gabriel, the crown prince of Villroy (who we met in the Happy Endings Book Club series) and Anna. Gabriel's mother has decided that its time for him to take a wife - and what better way to find one than a princess competition?! Anna is no princess, but she's related to one (distantly). She's on a mission to help her distant princess cousin by winning the prize offered by the queen of Villroy. She just needs everyone to believe that she's a real princess. A fun romantic comedy, Royal Catch is a great start to Ms. Gilmore's new series!
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Loved it! This journey is so heartwarming, fun and sexy... A emotionally thrilling adventure filled with crazy royal family rules and a fierce competition for so much more than money. Adored the happy couple and all the fun and interesting charters we get to know on their journey.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK!!! This book is SO GOOD. Don't let the RomCom genre fool you; this book, though light and containing several laugh-out-loud moments, is SMOKING HOT. But I've come to expect this from Kylie, along with the "I can't put this down"-esque quality all of her books have...especially this one! Anna is my FAVORITE. Extremely likeable and honest (well, except for that one thing...), she is who she is and doesn't apologize for it. What I liked the most was that she said and did what she wanted to when it came to Gabriel. She gave him what he needed in some key moments, be it comfort, laughter, hope. Because of that, she and Gabriel established and grew a relationship that was built on way more than just lust. They had an actual friendship as well, which I LOVED reading. Like, I read this book in one day. It consumed me. This was a truly exceptional way to start a series...I seriously can't put into words how much I enjoyed this story!!!