Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

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Her Royal Highness by Rachel HawkinsHer Royal Higness by Rachel Hawkins
Narrator: Karissa Vacker
Length: 7 hrs, 44 mins
Series: Royals #2
Published by Listening Library on May 7, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audiobook
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Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.

Millie can't believe her luck when she's accepted into one of the world's most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.

The only problem: Mille's roommate Flora is a total princess.

She's also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can barely stand each other--Flora is both high-class and high-key--but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn't a fairy tale . . . or is it?

I’d actually forgotten Royals slash mixed it up with Prince in Disguise, so I was looking forward to this but also not quite as much as if I’d remembered Royals accurately. So obviously I reread Royals, again on audio because a) it’s what I had and b) it’s fantastic. How could I forget how funny and voicey and snarky that book was? Also, freaking precious. If you loved Royals, you will enjoy the hell out of Her Royal Highness as well, because it’s got all the personality and cuteness of the first book.

Starting over with a brand new character worried me for about five minutes, but I pretty much immediately fell in love with Millie Quint and Karissa Vacker’s performance, because I again decided to live that audiobook life. Millie’s bi, and she’s hurting because her close friend/summer hookup went back to her boyfriend. Hey Jude, that was a dick move. It’s kind of a good thing though, because Millie got into this fancy-pants school in Scotland, and she wasn’t going to go because of her feelings for Jude, a decision all her friends had told her was a bad one.

Off Millie goes to Scotland where she learns she’s been assigned to room with Princess Flora. Initially, they have a sort of low-intensity hate thing going on, because Flora acts like a total brat in the hope of getting sent home. Millie has no patience for that kind of behavior, princess or not. I really loved how Millie was simultaneously freaked out by the whole royalty thing and also not fazed by it at all. Like, she’d think about it and be like “omg a princess” but when interacting with her, Flora was pretty much just always another person, and she interacted with her like she would with anyone.

Flora didn’t always come off the best in Royals, so it’s nice to get to see more to her. She obviously starts off looking, again, like a bit of an asshole, but over time you see the sweetness underneath. I like that Flora acts like a bit of a stereotypical (in pop culture anyway) bad girl princess, but she’s actually playing into it, and she’s somewhat that but also not. That made no sense but whatevs I’m sticking with it.

Millie and Flora are the adorbs, y’all. I wish there was more of them as a couple, because they’re freaking precious. My favorite thing, I think, was how sexuality actually almost wasn’t an issue in the plot at all? Like, I thought this book was either going to be all secret romance or all Flora-coming-out-drama, but it really wasn’t that at all. Given the comments about her sexuality earlier on, it was surprising, but in a good way to have that really not be an issue.

With both books, the only real drawback is that they’re too dang short. Each one feels like it’s maybe 2/3 done, and BAM the book is over. It’s not that Hawkins hasn’t resolved everything exactly, but it still kind of doesn’t feel complete? I mean, we’re still waiting for that dang wedding to actually happen, and it had felt like it would be the final scenes of the first book. They’re fairly low on plot and drama, which I absolutely do like, but they do feel like they could use a bit more meat (which I do not intend metaphorically here at all, I promise).

I’ve been waiting ages for fluffy f/f novels, and it’s finally starting to happen. Her Royal Highness is absolute peak fluffiness, and I’m so glad it exists in this world. It’s silly and shippy and humorous and just made of joy.

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