Royal Games [ARC Review] by Sariah Wilson
Publication date: 05 July 2016
Format: I received this book as a ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
You can preorder your copy of the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Royal-Royals-Monterra-Sariah-Wilson-ebook/dp/B01B1OGQFQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1461971424&sr=1-1&keywords=royal+games
Also, don’t forget to check my review for Royal Chase here: Royal Chase Review
If you enjoy The Royals of Monterra, you can find more on this blog post: The Royals of Monterra
Summary from Netgalley:
Genesis Kelley didn’t just get her heart broken. The aspiring veterinarian had it crushed in front of millions of viewers on the dating reality show Marry Me. Now, just as she’s getting her life and dignity back together, her royal heartbreaker, Prince Rafael of Monterra, has landed in Frog Hollow, Iowa. And he’s renting out her aunt’s guest cottage.
Deceiving TV audiences for his brother’s sake cost Rafe the girl of his dreams. But he’s going to fix it, even if it means moving from his mountain-kingdom home to small-town Iowa. A prince doesn’t give up on his rightful princess—especially once he realizes Genesis is in deeper danger than she knows.
Between fixing her truck, whisking her off to Monterra for a whirlwind date, and charming the entire town, Rafe is thawing the ice around Genesis’s heart. Will it be enough to earn back her trust, protect her from her past—and sweep her into a real-life fairy tale?
Ok, so it's insanely crazy how fast I finished this book. Not even 24 hours after I received it on Netgalley, I was finished. Of course, since I’ve been posting less often this month,
Some things that I found different between this book and the past two in this series is how much mature this was. For Kat and Lemon, their stories were more girlish and predictable. In Genesis’ story, she goes through harder obstacles. Also, I would really recommend that you first read Royal Date and Royal Chase before reading Royal Games. The previous books will give you all the needed background for this book.
A lot of the book are flashbacks (which are clearly notated) from the show Marry Me. Some parts felt repetitive to me (probably because I re-read both Royal Date and Royal Chase before diving into this one) but if you didn’t read Royal Chase right before, or if it’s been a while, then they are a great refresher to what happened. I liked how it is from Genesis’ point of view and some events in this book wasn’t shown in Royal Chase. (Long story short, you really have to read Royal Chase before you read this.
Before reading: Ok, something that I didn’t notice in the past couple of books in this series is that these books are actually marked as ‘ADULT’ books. To me though, they feel like YA and more teen targeted. It may just be me…
After reading: Ok, after reading this book, I understand why this was marked adult. There are a lot more references to sex in this book than in the previous books. There are also some scene that may not be appropriate emotionally for younger audiences. As much as I enjoyed the book, I know of some other people who shouldn’t read the book because of the more crisis and adult related situations.
I feel like Royal Games is a name better suited for the last book in this series (Royal Chase) and the name Royal Chase fits this book more. (I know, that was a complicated sentence lol)
The book does briefly touches on the subject of religion since it was a large part of Genesis’ childhood. Some of the scenes may be a little more graphic but nothing too bad.
Because this is a fairy tale with the Happily Ever After, the ending of the book is pretty predictable. But as always, how the story reaches that point is the entire reason the story exists. Rafe and Genesis are an amazing couple and their story is so intriguing.
I really love Sariah Wilson’s style of writing. It is a style that engages the reader, keeping them on their toes, wanting to know what happens at the end.
Also, can I just say how much I love the cover? This may be my favorite cover out of all three books. The contrast between her red hair and the blue from the rest of the cover is stunning.
I give the book a 8 out of 10. I feel like I liked the other 2 books better but we get a glimpse of Kat’s and Lemon’s lives after they’re engaged so that’s amazing.
This really is too much to ask but I really want to book about Serafina throughout all of these events, starting with before Kat to after they all get married. Also, I really want books about Kat and Lemon after they get engaged and after they marry and when they have kids. Oh, my god, just thinking about the possibility of these books are making me swoon so much. But of course, I’m not going to get my hopes up. Yikes! I may just be a little too obsessed.
I’ve been with this series since the beginning (although I didn’t have this blog then, the reason why I don’t have a review for Royal Date yet but don’t worry, I’ll have it eventually) and I will always love Kat and Nico.
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