The Royal Runaway

The Royal Runaway

by Lindsay Emory

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Overview

For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process.

Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing.

After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place.

So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it.

Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501196614
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 112,925
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lindsay Emory began her career as a lawyer but now writes romantic suspense, mysteries, and romantic comedy. She hosts a popular podcast Women with Books about genre fiction written by and for women. Lindsay lives in North Texas with two big dogs and her romance hero, drinking gimlets and raising two STEM warrior princesses.

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The Royal Runaway 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one day!
Anonymous 7 months ago
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BuckeyeAngel 12 months ago
After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place. So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it. This was the first time I’ve read this author so I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to get. What I got was a light-hearted and fun fairy tale that I got through rather quickly. If you are into this kind of read, than I definitely recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Being jilted at the altar would, well, suck. Being jilted at the altar when you are a princess and your wedding is going to be aired on live TV? I don’t think there’s a word that describes how Princess Theodora of Dreiden feels. After hiding away for a few months following the disappearance of her groom, she arrives back in Dreiden ready to put a good face on a bad situation. When she sneaks out one night to have a drink incognito at the local pub she meets dark and dangerous Scot, Nick who see’s right through her disguise and convinces her to look into why her fiance disappeared. As they investigate their attraction becomes a force that Thea can’t ignore. What she and Nick find out changes her future, but is that future with Nick? Or without him? This novel wasn’t at all what I expected and I mean that in the best way possible! When you pick up a romance where princesses are involved, I don’t expect much more than a fun fantasy romance, but this story had a lot of meat and emotion! Thea was not your usual princess. Yes, she was dutiful, but she also rebelled against her princesshood by sneaking out and escaping the confines of her service. In this case she got more than she bargained for. She had thought she’d been jilted at the altar but as she and Nick start looking for her ex, the book adds in some intrigue, making this book a bit more romantic suspense than rom-com. I liked that twist! Nick was ex military and very cryptic about who and why he was also hunting for her ex fiance. Surprisingly, Nick fought against his attraction to Thea. He was really focused, but she was nothing like he’d imagined she’d be. Nick, I found her surprising too! Those little surprise character traits were why I liked Thea so much and really rooted for her to find happiness. Even if it was with somewhat surly and slightly hesitant Nick. He was a man that didn’t like his agenda messed with, and Thea kind of rocked to the beat of her own drum. If you’re looking for a romance with a little more depth, I think this one actually hits that nail on the head. I mean it’s no Jason Bourne meets Anne Hathaway from the Princess Diaries, but it does have a nice mix of action, emotion, and heat. Actually, I could see Matt Damon in the role of Nick, but I’m not sure he’s do a very good Scottish accent. Hmmm, maybe Gerard Butler? Anywho, pick this one up. I think you’ll be surprised and really like it too! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory is a standalone fun royal romance mystery. Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent, our heroine, is back from 4 months in seclusion getting over being jilted on her wedding day. Mainly she was sent there to allow time to let the publicity die down. Thea is the heir apparent to the throne, and must once again do what is expected of her; press conferences, appearances, galas, etc. But she also has a reputation among the family and staff, of slipping out at night in disguise to have fun. In a short time after arriving home, she sneaks out and goes to a bar in town, and meets handsome stranger, Nick, our hero, who sees through Thea’s disguise. Turns out that Nick, who she learns is a spy for the British, is her ex fiancee’s brother, who has not been seen in 4 months since he jilted Thea. Nick is trying to find his brother, but he has ulterior motives, which he will blackmail Thea to help him. What follows is an engaging adventure with Nick and Thea investigating the truth about her ex’s disappearance, and the political ramifications involved. The mystery unravels, revealing betrayals, intrigue and treason that threatens the monarchy and Thea’s future. In the midst of this mystery, a slow burn romance develops between Nick and Thea, but remains in the background for the most part, until nearer to the end. As they get closer to the truth, with some surprise twists, the danger escalates and Thea will find herself in a life threatening situation. Will Nick be there to save her? I really like Thea, as she was fun, witty and as the truths begin to unveil, she rises up to prove her worth as a future Queen. I liked Nick, but he was more annoying early, but that changed later on. The banter between them was great. The Royal Runaway was a sweet fun entertaining story line, with some great characters, and well written by Emory. If you enjoy a royal themed background, a bit of mystery, and a budding romance, then I suggest you read The Royal Runaway.
Bex-NightOwlReader More than 1 year ago
★★ 4.5 stars! ★★ Set in the fictional European monarchy of Drieden, The Royal Runaway reads like an Old Hollywood whodunit caper set in modern times. The story is part mystery, part suspense, and part romance, all told in the fresh voice of Lindsay Emory. Princess Theodora isn’t necessarily happy with the royal status quo, but she’s resigned to the fact that she was born second in line to the throne of Drieden. This familial obligation has both dictated her upbringing and her decisions, but has also taken its toll on Thea and her happiness. Not only was she willing to settle down with a man who was deemed suitable by the queen (not for love), but she was humiliated by being stood up on her wedding day. Thea’s quite headstrong and loves to take as much time for herself as a busy schedule affords, which means she is adept at sneaking out of the castle unaccompanied. Enter Nick, the enigmatic stranger Thea meets in a pub on one such excursion. He oozes danger and intrigue, which is exactly why Thea is initially drawn to him. The adventure they embark upon is both intriguing and dangerous. It’s definitely not all-danger-all-the-time and we get to see several tender moments develop between the characters. All of it had me flipping pages to get to the end, not only to find out who the culprit was but to see if there would be a happily ever after. I’m so happy to have discovered the ‘make-believe monarchy’ trope. Not only are they a fun glimpse into modern royalty, with its juxtaposition of traditions and history balanced with current issues and struggles, but they are also highly entertaining. The Royal Runaway definitely checks all of those boxes and I recommend it if you are looking for a cozy, suspenseful mystery!
Kristy_K More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars If you’re looking for a silly romantic comedy with just a touch of suspense to escape into for a few hours, this is your book. It’s advertised for fans of The Princess Diaries and I think that’s the perfect way to describe this. The plot may differ but that entertaining, fun quality with a touch of a fairy-tale is there. I found all of the characters to be highly entertaining and I really liked the dynamic between Nick and Thea. This is a great book to read on the beach or after a bad day at work. It doesn’t take itself seriously and neither should you. It was just a lot of fun and left me smiling at the end.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Lindsay Emory invites readers to the country of Drieden where Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria's world is rocked when she's left at the altar. After four months in isolation after the disaster it's time to get back to work. An encounter with a mysterious man, who turns out to be not only a spy but her erstwhile fiancee's 'dead' brother, sends Thea off on a mission to find the truth. Why did Christian decide to not show up for their wedding? Was it planned or did something terrible happen to him? The Royal Runaway is a romantic comedy with a mix of danger and mystery. Princess Thea teams up with British spy, Nick, in order to find the truth about Christian's disappearance. While at first seeming more hindrance than help, Thea learns to look beyond the humiliation of her thwarted wedding. The future of the monarchy is in danger as one determined politician calls for democracy. Thea has to choose between her duty to reassure the people that the monarchy is still going strong, or giving it all up for the chance to be a normal person without the pressure of ruling a kingdom. Thea's character didn't really solidify into a strong voice until the end. I like that she gets her act together and starts looking at the big picture, but it seems like she should've been prepared to rule in case of her grandmother's or father's death since she's so close to the top of the line of succession. Her switch from gullible and floundering to confident 'I've got this' was quite sudden and obviously for the sake of the story's conclusion. Overall, I do like that finding her voice and making solid plans for the future of her people gave Thea confidence to act on her own. I would've been mad if the novel ended any other way than it did! The Royal Runaway is definitely for fans of Sophie Kinsella or Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series! *ARC provided in consideration for review*
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars This book was put on my radar by a good friend who loved it and after reading the synopsis, I was all over it. I liked Thea and Nick. She’s struggling, but loves her family and the history of the monarchy. He’s gruff and gruff and just so very gruff. Together they bicker and have some sweet moments and flashes of chemistry. There are several other characters, but this story is all Thea. Plot wise, it did lag a bit for me. Even with the secrets and spies thread, I was expecting things to fall more on the clandestine rendezvous side of things...not the constant searching for papers and detailed recounts of oil pipelines. I was looking for banter and kissing with a side of spies and it was the opposite. Overall, it was a fun read. And while I enjoyed the characters {and the epilogue}, I was never really captivated by the story. **Huge thanks to Gallery Books for providing the arc free of charge**