Review: “The Runaway Princess” – Hester Browne

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Review: “The Runaway Princess” – Hester BrowneThe Runaway Princess by Hester Browne
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Published on: October 2nd 2012
Published by: Gallery Books
Pages: 431
Genre: Romance
Format: Paperback

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The Story
 .(summary from Goodreads)
If Amy Wilde’s new boyfriend, Leo, treats her like a queen, that’s because he’s secretly a prince himself: Leopold William Victor Wolfsburg of Nirona, the ninth most eligible royal bachelor in the world. Amy soon discovers that dating an heir to a throne has many charms—intimate dinners, glittering galas, and a dazzling new wardrobe with tiaras to match.

But there are also drawbacks: imagine the anxiety of meeting your boyfriend’s parents multiplied by “riding in a private jet,” “staying in a castle,” and “discussing the line of succession over lunch.” Not to mention the sudden press interest in your very un-royal family.

Amy would do anything for Leo, but is finding her Prince Charming worth the price of losing herself?


My Thoughts

I am not an adult genre reader, it just doesn’t happen. And on the rare occasions when it does happen I get bored very quickly and stop reading. But I couldn’t get enough of this book. It really was a feel good story, with characters I couldn’t help but love and a romance that gave me butterflies.

So, exactly why did I love this book?

(Warning! Because I am a massive geek I have decided to fill this review with princess gifs. Prepare yourself for the Disney Princess love!)

I LOVED Amy. She was just such a normal, down to earth character who I really can’t say a bad word against. I love seeing her, as a London garden designer trying to adapt to this new royal world and it made for some great moments. I also really liked the relationship that she had with her parents, and her concern for them and their well being when things get a little crazy.

Leo is most definitely every single girls prince charming. So much of the time male characters in romances are bad boys, or rich boys or just too much of something that makes them annoying. Leo was a nice guy (and a hot guy) who was just perfect in every way. I found myself swooning with so many of the things he would say or do, and although he does make mistakes, everything he does is with his family or loved ones in mind. Everyone needs a Leo in their life!

The romance between Amy and Leo is incredibly sweet, and Browne makes sure to get us heavily invested in their relationship before inevitable obstacles make there appearance. Sadly no steamy sex scenes in this one, but I liked that it wasn’t all about the chemistry and passion behind closed doors. Instead it focused on Amy and Leo’s genuine respect and admiration for one another, which made their romance all the sweeter and their relationship all the stronger which showed as usually the problems that occurred in their relationship were from the others actions, rather than any underlying problems in their own sense of self or in their love for one another.

Browne does a fantastic job at conveying the emotional rollarcoaster that goes along with an average girl being swept up into a royal world. She gives us a girl to route for, a prince to swoon over and an epic romance to fall in love with. My only complaint would be that I wanted more of it!


Final Thoughts

The title and blurb gives away some big spoilers for this book, but the beauty in it for my is the journey of Amy and Leo’s romance and how they get to that place. I wish there was more of this book, or possibly a sequel, but if not then I am more than happy to read this one over and over again.

Re-Readability: Hells Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: adult romance, royal romances, average girl meets non average boy, books set in london, books set int he UK

Rating Loved it

Have you read any Royal Romances recently? Are you a fan?

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2 Responses to “Review: “The Runaway Princess” – Hester Browne”

  1. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I’m so excited to see a review of this book because it’s been sat gathering digital dust on my Kindle for over a year. I definitely want to get reading this as my next book because it sounds so fun! I am a major romance reader so the adult book label doesn’t put me off. It’s nice to see it’s a sweet romance as well. Whilst a steamy sex scene can be fun, I do like a lighter fluffier read as well, they’re just that bit sweeter sometimes.

    Great review, it’s always good to see something different.

    • Brocs Bookcase

      Exactly! I think I prefer the “sweet” romances to the ones filled with lots of sex scenes. Plus they are normally the ones I get the most quotes from to fill my quote notebook because they are all just so swoony! I actually read this quite a while ago and then saw it sat on my shelf and gave it a reread for this review. I really hope you enjoy it when you get round to it! 🙂