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[Review] Royally Roma – Teri Wilson

I read this book via the online XOXO After Dark website. It is available on their site to read until December 4, 2017 so go check it out if you enjoy my review 🙂

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Royally Roma
by Teri Wilson
Series: The Royals #1
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Pages: 304
Format Read: online
Source: XOXO After Dark
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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In this enchanting retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day . . . but he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money . . . and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for. 

Megan's reviewI read this book almost in one sitting. It grabbed my attention with the lighthearted, fun feel of it. I originally picked it up because it was a romance set in Rome but soon found it was so much more. Julia is one of my favorite characters in a long time. She’s what I would call a reluctant hopeless romantic. She’s been lied to by many of the men in her life, taken advantage of, and she doesn’t want to trust anyone or fall in love again. But then, enter Prince Niccolo (or Mano Romano) and she starts feeling things she hasn’t felt in a very long time, if ever. They reluctantly start falling for each other (even though they don’t really know who the other is).

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This felt a bit like The Prince and Me meets the Lizzie McGuire Movie. It just had that feel-good vibe. I absolutely loved the sexual tension between the two of them. Who would have thought a two-day, semi-hostage tour of Rome could have so much excitement in it!

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I loved all the history and culture in this book. As much as it was a light, feel-good contemporary, Julia was a tour guide in Rome. She took Nico on all these different sights in Rome, including the Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain (that was my favorite, especially with the old lady who thought they were a couple! So adorable!). At each stop, there was more history added to the story. She also makes no bones about what she thinks of people in Niccolo’s position 😉

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Okay, I think Julia was probably a better driver than this (being a tour guide and all) but you get the picture. I really felt like I was riding through Rome on an ancient dinosaur of a Vespa and every time they got on, I wanted to hold on tight too!

I will definitely be continuing the series because Teri Wilson has an incredible way with words. The only downside? The series continues with different characters and the ending of this, while wrapping everything up nicely, did leave me feeling like I needed more of the characters (but seriously, when doesn’t that happen?).

That’s all we have for now! If you’re taking a trip to Rome, pack me in your suitcase?
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16 thoughts on “[Review] Royally Roma – Teri Wilson”

  1. GREAT review, Megan! I’m SO glad I’ve discovered your blog! “Roman Holiday” happens to be one of my favorite movies EVER, so I’m adding this to my Goodreads shelves! The plot is an enchanting one, and just the thing to kick a romantic reader like me right out of the blues!!

    BTW, I’m following you with Bloglovin’ now!! 🙂

    Thanks for the review, and thanks as well for visiting my blog and commenting on my Book Blogger Hop post!! Hope you’re having a GREAT Saturday!! ❤ 🙂

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