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Review: The Royal Treatment by MJ Summers

The Royal Treatment is a fun, light-hearted romantic comedy that is perfect for when you need a distraction from your stress-filled life. It’s the type of book you take to the beach for a light read. (Check out an excerpt here).

The Royal Treatment by MJ Summers

TRTEnough laughs to satisfy fans of Bridget Jones. Enough sparkly shoes and breathtaking ball gowns for fans of Cinderella…

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle in an attempt to boost his family’s dismal public approval ratings, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends.

Ultra-private, ultra-hot Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?

[PLEASE NOTE: The Crown Jewels Series is not a typical MJ Summers book. It’s a light romantic comedy, very heavy on the laughs with a low steam level (but lots of delicious sexual tension and some swearing).]

Series: Crown Jewels Romance, #1
Age: 16 years and up
Review: 3.5 butterflies

Tessa is just a normal girl with brothers who tease her—quite mercilessly, may I add. My brother may be mean to me, but I don’t think he’d ever call me stupid just because I made some mistakes in my personal life. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens to Tessa. Sometimes, her brothers are so cruel to her that I kinda question if they’re really her brothers. I understand this is for the sake of comedy, and also to help us sympathize with Tessa, but it just seems a little too mean for brothers.

Tessa’s parents, however, seem like real parents to me. They embarrass her just enough, and care about her so much that they constantly call or message her.

Tessa is, for lack of a better word, an opportunist. She started her blog out of opportunity (and a need for money) and started believing most of it. However, when she’s invited to the Royal Palace to help the audience prove that they really aren’t as bad as they seem, she’s in for a rude awakening.

Prince Arthur never really seemed like a bad guy to me. He was steered wrong by some of his advisers (and father), but he never really intended to do harm. Apart from some things he did in the beginning (that honestly I probably would have done too, in that circumstance), he really was a prince.

KingSlayer99 proved to be exactly the kind of man that messages girls to tell them that they’re hot and then, when their sentiments aren’t reciprocated, tell them that they’re really not that hot. I was really happy that the author included this because, although it may seem comedic, this kind of stuff really does happen to women. A lot.

All in all, this was a fun, light read that had me laughing pretty hard in several spots. Not as hard as all of Tessa’s brothers, mind you, but pretty hard. I recommend this for someone who’s in a reading funk and need something light and short, as well as for those who don’t really want to get into something intense. While this is the first of a series, it doesn’t leave off on a cliffhanger and can be read as a stand-alone.

A free copy of this book was provided by the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. f9206-35

Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N


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