I am a HUGE sucker for royalty type books. When I came across a blurb of Royal Ruin, I knew this one had to be mine. Royal Ruin is the first book that I’ve read from Jessica Peterson and I wasn’t disappointed.
This is the royal romance book that encompasses the relationship of Emily and Price Christopher (aka. Kit). In a way, this is a second chance romance, however, it was only briefly touched upon. Emily and Kit knew each other back in college, when Kit was her TA (teaching assistant) for a course. There were some sparks formed, but it was more of a mutual respect. meaning Emily enjoyed Kit the man, not necessarily Kit the prince. Due to an incidence, things became H-O-T very quickly, however, it was proven that now was not the time for them.
‘Emily had been the only girl who’d ever made me reckless.’
Fast forward ten years and MANY things have happened during their separation. Now, of course, I can’t tell you everything, but I will give you the gist of it. Emily owns her own design company and has an interview with Princess Jane (Kit’s sister) to redo a school that is funded through the royal foundation. Historical things are Emily’s specialty and what she loves to work on. However, during her interview something happens that has her seeing a blast from the past. She is brought face to face with Kit. Both are reliving those sparks that had been formed, but keep in mind, they are totally different people now due to their ten-year gap. This history (which neither one knows about) makes them leery of investigating those feelings.
Now we get to the good stuff!! Princess Jane has had some negative press and the Queen makes a suggestion to Kit to get some positive press. Needless to say, he realizes that his grandmother is right, but is cautious with who she suggests as to take his potential consort. The Queen wants Kit to propose to Emily and look like they are deeply in love for the next few months to gain some positivity towards the royals. As you can imagine this could lead to humorous, fun, emotional and sexy times.
Emily is very jaded when it comes to love/relationships and anything that represents intimacy. As it is necessary for the two of them to look like they are in love this could pose a problem. The last decade Kit has had to lock down his feelings, emotions, body language, etc., so you can imagine that this is a difficult task for him. However, it doesn’t take long for him to have fully rekindled those feelings for Emily that he had ten years prior. Ms. Emily is a different story. She had a back and forth relationship with Kit. The concept of one step forward and two steps back fits her.
Despite this emotional back and forth, there were some extremely tender moments, along with steamy/hot scenes, displays of alpha male-ness and humor (OMG, his brothers were a riot). Jessica Peterson wrote an incredibly well-rounded book, that is easy to fall in love with. Fingers crossed that there is another book and possibly about one of the brothers?!
‘You’re my person, Emily. You always have been. It’s just taken me awhile to figure it out.’