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Royally Screwed (The Royal#1) by Amber Malloy

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Prince Ford Beaumont, who taught at one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, loved his career … until his ex-wife got him fired. On very thin ice with the monarchy, the prince is forced to participate in a reality dating show. However, an unintentional ponytail tug to a very sexy princess permanently changes his plans for the worse. Now, Ford only has two choices available: he can either stay on The Establishment’s planned out course or risk his title for the wild child princess.

Third in line to the throne, Princess Belle Deschamps ran from Emerald Isle years ago. She only returns to her birthright out of contractual obligation. Unfortunately, one very public fight with a handsome prince forces her into a one-sided deal that could destroy everything she built for herself.


I’m not normally a fan of royal romances, but I enjoyed this unusual take on royal restrictions and marginalization. Not to mention the hot opposites attract thing going on with the main characters.

Set in Emerald Isle the two protagonists are on a journey to make their own paths and say “fuck you” to The Establishment which is the royal governing body led by a nasty, controlling troll named Madge. However, Madge and friends are not making it easy as they set up roadblocks and penalties to fit their own agenda.

Princess Belle Deschamps is a badass. Her one-line zingers are on point and her dedication to her family is commendable considering they are untrustworthy and not in her corner. Belle was thrown to the wolves at a young age and she understands her place better than anyone, but she’s not going to take the disrespect and racism lying down. She works tirelessly to maintain her role as Princess in Emerald Isle and run a profitable company in Chicago as well, but she’s starting to hit her threshold and third in line to the throne Ford Beaumont is the key to helping her go over the edge.

Prince Ford Beaumont is a generous and smart peacemaker in his family. Divorced from a money-grabbing attention seeker and “best friends” with a snarky and childish socialite, he needs to get better friends. His protective instincts are lovely as he saves Belle from parasites and from herself. Sharing the island with royals such as the Deschamps was something that was understood and rules are to be followed as doled out by The Establishments, but he’s tired of the manipulation and pittance stipends his family receives. It’s time to break the rules and he knows just the person to do it with.

It took me a while to understand what was going on at first because of the lack of information and abrupt transitions between chapters. However, once I understood the premise, I couldn’t put it down.

Ford’s brothers are delightful and ready for a fight. Belle’s sisters take some getting used to and I would have liked to know more about what happened with Star. Madge is a grade-A bitch and Daisy is a sniveling idiot (what was Ford thinking calling her a friend?). Yuck. 

Despite a slow start, I enjoyed this book filled with angst, adversity, chemistry galore, family relationships, and finding peace and happiness in life. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

Thank you to Ms. Malloy for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review. 


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Ford held the door to Belle’s office building open. As she passed by, the warm scent of apple and cinnamon filled his nose, begging him to get a stronger whiff. The entire time they’d waited in the coffee line, the need to taste her bee-stung lips had distracted him. They were plump with the perfect bow that tipped up. A strong urge to feel her pretty, painted mouth on his consumed his thoughts since … shit, since when, junior high?

He mildly remembered a small crush on the middle child Deschamps, but at the time who didn’t have one on Belle? Even though they had run in different circles, his friends mooned over her. Then one day, poof, she’d been sent off to boarding school.

That memory must have been bricked away. The flashback confused the shit out of him. Teenage years were hormonally trippy, but he couldn’t remember why Belle had been the only child from the monarchy to obtain her education off the island.


Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

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