"Suddenly Royal" is the first book in what will be a series of three books about the royals of Lilaria, a small European country where the royalty is held in great esteem and the people are happy.
Samantha, a graduate student in wildlife biology, especially birds, learns that she is descended from royalty in Lilaria and is, in fact, a Duchess. She has lands, the title and lots of money being held in trust for her family. Since her mother died years before, her only family is her stepfather. He is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and they struggle for money.
When Lilarian royalty sweep into Samantha's life, they also bring Prince Alex, who from the very first glance has Samantha smitten. The feelings go both ways and there isn't much suspense about where that relationship will go.
While there isn't much mystery or angst in the relationship between Samantha, soon to be the Duchess of Rousseau, and Prince Alex, there are lots of details that are fun to read, about how the royals live and how they have fun.
Samantha and Alex are a bit on the staid side, being interested in raptors and their protection. Although Samantha has some doubts about being princess-material, she acquiesces fairly quickly.
It's not a deep read, it's not great literature, it's just entertaining escapism for an afternoon. It's Meg Cabot's "Princess Diaries" for adults.
Please note: This review is based on the final paperback book provided by the publisher, Avon, for review purposes.
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