Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: November 2013
Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.
Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.
While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders. (gotten from Goodreads).
Suddenly Royal is an interesting piece of writing done by author, Nichole Chase. It features Samantha Rousseau, also known as Sam. Sam is a “wildlife biologist, specializing in raptors”, who also happens to be a graduate student on scholarship. Her mother is dead, leaving her with only one surviving relative, her sick step father.
Samantha’s story begins when, one morning on reaching school, she encounters a messenger from a duchess of a strange country, inviting her for dinner. Baffled, she accepts the invitation, and later finds herself in a restaurant of an elite hotel.
She is introduced to The Duchess Rose Sverelle of Dollange, and her nephew, Prince Alex. During this meeting, she is told of her family history in a little country called Lilaria, and her rightful place as a Duchess. Samantha is stunned, at first, but after much thought and consultation with her father and best friend, she decides to move to Lilaria, to assume “office”.
Adjusting to life in Lilaria is different, especially with Sam as the centre of attention, and her father battling cancer in the States; but eventually, things get smoother. Samantha falls in love with Alex, and is scared to succumb to her feelings. Later on, following the passing of her step father, Sam gives in to her feelings for Alex; and on his coronation day, he proposes.
Suddenly Royal is a modern day fairytale, with a realistic approach and an even more romantic ending. And of course, they do live happily ever after.