Royally Lost

By Angie Stanton
Published on May 6th 2014
Published by Harper Collins
Source: Publisher
Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.

Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.

When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?
I really wanted to like this book.  A prince, trekking across Europe, this one seemed like a for sure win for me.  Sadly, this was absolutely not the case.  I struggled so much with this book and at times, I didn't even want to finish it.

I didn't like Becca.  I can read characters that make choices that I think are stupid or I disagree with if they feel like a completed fleshed out character.  Becca, however, seemed almost like a stereotype instead of a character.  I didn't learn enough about Becca's past to understand or care why she was so angry.  She seemed so two dimensional and bland.  I didn't like her attitude throughout most of the book- mainly because there was no solid reason for why she should be acting this way.  I found Nikolai to be pretty bland himself.

I think the biggest problem I had with this book was some of the dialog and plot.  Nikolai runs away so he doesn't have to go into military academy.  Becca is angry because she doesn't get to go to the college of her choice.  I found myself becoming very sarcastic and saying, "Oh boohoo" to the characters (and you know that doesn't bode well).  I never believed their "love" - it was the worst sort of insta love.  Super cheesey and out of nowhere (think of Anna singing "Love is an Open Door" in frozen).

I almost feel guilty leaving such negative reviews, but this one was absolutely not for me.

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