A brilliant professor and reclusive royal, Prince Jameson prefers life out of the spotlight, only leaving his ivory tower to attend weddings or funerals. But with the Queen’s children involved in one scandal after another, and Parliament questioning the viability of the monarchy, the Queen is desperate. In a quest for good press, she puts Jameson in charge of a tribute concert in her late husband’s honor. Out of his depth, and resentful of being called to service, he takes the advice of a student. After all, what’s more appropriate for a royal concert than a performer named “Duchess”?
Too late, Jameson discovers the American rapper is popular, sexy, raunchy and not what the Queen wanted, although he’s having an entirely different reaction. Dani knows this is the good exposure she needs to cement her deal and it doesn’t hurt that the royal running things is fine as hell. Thrown together, they give in to the explosive attraction flaring between them. But as the glare of the limelight intensifies and outside forces try to interfere, will the Prince and Duchess be a fairy tale romance for the ages or a disaster of palatial proportions?
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
If you’re a fan of romance and royalty-inspired reads, then you definitely need to pick up Tracey Livesay’s upcoming release, American Royalty. The book follows American rapper, Dani, better known as Duchess, and Prince Jameson, who lives a rather quiet life for a royal as a philosophy professor. When the Queen decides the monarchy needs some good PR to continue to, you know, exist, she tasks Jameson to help plan a benefit concert in his beloved grandfather’s honor, which leads Dani to fly across the pond and spend some time with the brooding royal before the concert.
American Royalty was a fun & fast-paced hate-to-love romance. You probably know that I am always ready for any kind of royal-inspired read, so it was fun to get the behind-the-scenes look at Jameson’s life as a royal, but also how he was able to have a fairly normal life working as a professor. Dani’s perspective as a Black rapper and business woman – she owns a very successful skin care line & decides to perform at the concert as a good PR move in hopes of working with a bigger beauty company – was even more interesting, as Dani reflects on how much control she has over her image, as she is often sexualized and doesn’t have much control when it comes to her management.
When it comes to the romance, American Royalty puts the STEAM in steammyyy. I think the book does also borrow a bit from Prince Charles & Meghan Markle’s relationship and how the monarchy has treated them as a couple, as Jameson’s grandmother doesn’t exactly approve of them spending time with one another. I do wish that the ending of the book explored more after the happily ever after.
Overall, American Royalty has a fun and addicting romance while also giving attention to relevant issues & topics.
This review is based on an advance review copy provided by the publisher. By no means did receiving this ARC affect my thoughts & opinions.
American Royalty comes out on June 28th, 2022.
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