Alexander and Rebecca by Marianne Knightly
Book 1 in the Royals of Valleria
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Summary from Goodreads:
Meet the Royals of Valleria, a country as old as the fall of the Roman Empire. The current king and patriarch rules with his beloved queen. Nine children, ranging from the eldest twins to the youngest son, watch over the country they love and care for. Bound by honor, duty, and each other, follow their lives as they fall in love, face tragedies, and triumph against the evils facing them.
Alexander & Rebecca (Royals of Valleria #1)
Rebecca Campo loves her work. Chief of Staff to Princess Catharine, her best friend and Prince Alexander’s twin sister, she travels all over the world, meets with other royalty, and lives a life she could never have dreamt possible. Having grown up alongside the royal family, she can almost forget they’re royalty; well, all except one. Prince Alexander is every woman’s dream, and he seems to want her. Even after their passions overtake them, Rebecca still doesn’t believe they are meant for forever because she’s only a commoner, not a future queen.
Prince Alexander, heir to the throne of Valleria, takes his duties very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he’s followed duty over pursuing the woman he’s loved for years. However, now it’s time for him to marry, and he’s tired of waiting. He’ll pursue her despite royal objections, and despite her own. Unexpectedly, a death threat is made against the Prince and the whole family goes on alert. What no one counted on, however, was Rebecca getting caught in the crossfire.
One of the many problems I had with this book was there was a lot of tell and not enough show. What I mean by this is Alex comes out that he is in love with Rebecca only 15 percent into the book. He says he loves her but there is no flashbacks to show when he fell in love with her or them having moments together or anything of that nature. In the book it says over and over that Catherine(Alex’s twin) is best friends and like sisters with Rebecca but you couldn’t tell . Having been friends since they were so young you would think that Rebecca would have known more about Alex and the other brothers and sisters but she doesn’t. She hasn’t ever meet most of them. If they had become friends older I would understand her not knowing the other brothers and sisters but so young it just doesn’t make any sense. There were other things like that in the book that didn’t make sense. Rebecca was sadly was a very cookie cutter character and really didn’t have much personality and I really couldn’t understand what Alex saw in her. Some of the writing of the love scenes was cringe worthy. I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. The hero Alex wasn’t any better then the heroine. It was like the author was trying to create a Prince Charming but just didn’t know how. My favorite thing about this book was the secondary characters who did have some depth to them. I also thought the country the author created was very intersecting. I do really want to find out who Alex’s sister Catherine ends up with because I did like her character. I really wanted to love this book and for a time even lied to myself for a while about liking it because I hate writing bad reviews but I had to be honest. The writing was mediocre at the best of times and didn’t flow at all. I found myself rewriting sentences to make them flow better. I highly recommend you skip this book. There are so many other better written books out there with complex characters and not written by someone who needs some writing classes.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Content Rating: Mature
Heat Rating: Hot
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