Jessica, Preston | February 1, 2020
This Valentine’s Day don’t settle for just any romance. Why read about regular folks falling in love when you can read about royalty? Read on for our favourite contemporary romances about princes and princesses in love:
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance of 2019! Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of the American President, has hated England’s Prince Henry for years. When they have a very public dust-up at a royal wedding, the two golden boys of their respective countries are forced to pretend to be best friends to prevent an international incident. But it’s not long before Alex discovers that he doesn’t actually hate Prince Henry at all. You will not be able to put down this extremely romantic (and steamy) story of forbidden love.
If you can’t tell by the cover art, “The Royal We” is blatantly inspired by the real-life romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Rather than Kate, we get Rebecca “Bex” Porter, an American girl attending university in the U.K. who falls in love with her heir-to-the-throne classmate, Prince Nicholas. The novel follows their romance from its inception to their wedding day, including clandestine encounters, backstabbing friends, and the pressures of being in the public eye. Very dishy and fun.
The first in a new series, “American Royals” takes place in an alternate-universe United States, which has been ruled by the royal Washington family since 1776, and follows the love lives of the king’s three teenagers: Princess Beatrice, the heir to the throne, is feeling the pressure to marry despite the fact that she’s secretly in love with her bodyguard. Her younger sister Samantha has fallen for one of Beatrice’s suitors. Meanwhile, Prince Jefferson is torn between his commoner childhood friend and his conniving, social-climber ex-girlfriend.
Another alternate-universe monarchy, but this one is set in Scotland. Sixteen-year-old American Daisy travels across the pond to spend the summer with the Scottish royal family after her sister becomes engaged to the crown prince. Hijinks and a slow burn romance ensue when she meets the prince’s hot younger brother and his taciturn best friend. Fans will also enjoy the companion novel, “Her Royal Highness.”
Calypso Kelly has been the odd girl out at her posh British boarding school for years. All the wants to do is fit in with the rich, upper-class girls in her class, but they want nothing to do with the weird American girl. Things start to change when she catches the eye of her classmate, Prince Freddie, who just happens to be the heir to the throne.