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Royally Yours

Narrated by: Shane East, Andi Arndt
Series: The Royally Series, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

New York Times best-selling author Emma Chase returns with a sweet and sexy stand-alone in the Royally Series.   

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a queen - the first queen of Wessco.  

It’s a big deal.  

When she’s crowned at just 19, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident, and cunning.  

What she isn’t...is married.  

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man - particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.  

Even queens. Especially them.

Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer - climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants - until family devotion brings him home.  

And a sacred promise keeps him there.  

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little queen is intriguing, infuriating...and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad - or become his greatest adventure. 

Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace - mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.  

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.  

This is theirs.

©2018 Emma Chase (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • S.
  • 01-01-19

Wow...great story

Although this is the third, or so, book in this series, it was the first I read. I have found my next new series.

The story is fulfilling and does not focus on all the hardships or glories of the characters. The protagonist meets her match in this story, and despite the fact that she is a strong character already and does not need to have the male lead in her life, she is forced to by duty, which makes the plot more interesting.

The romance escalates, but it is not overpowering and disgusting.

I would recommend this book for anyone who appreciates the life of royals, with a strong female lead and a male lead to balance that.

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  • Ana's Attic
  • 05-11-18

The Story I Didn't Know I Needed!

Royally Yours (Royally Series #4) by Emma Chase
Narrated by Shane East and Andi Arndt
Complete Standalone Prequel to the Royally Series. Royal Romance, Light Historical, Light RomCom

"Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is ours."

Emma Chase has been a favorite author of mine for years, and she’s one of the rare ones whose books I will buy without reading the blurb. Since I loved the Royally series, of course I was so excited for Royally Yours, but I had no idea it was a series prequel about Queen Lenora! Royally Yours can absolutely be read on its own because it begins over 60 years before the other stories. If you have read the Royally Series you know all about the tough Queen Lenora, and getting to see how she became the ruler and grandmother she is now was more wonderful than I would have ever expected.

Being that the Wessco monarchy is very old fashioned even now, this story takes place in the 1950s and feels like a timeless historical. In other words, the story itself felt like it could take place any time, and since it was told in first person rather than third, it didn’t have the traditional historical feel.

"No woman is born a Queen, no matter the title attached to her name at birth. Kings are crowned. But queens.. queens rise. … And then…they reign."

Princess Lenora was born and bred to be Queen, and even as a little girl, she took the obligation to her people and her position very seriously. When she is thrust into the position as the first ruling Queen of Wessco at only 19, she was ready. Unfortunately, the Council was not ready for an unmarried queen. Responsible queen that she is, Lenora realizes that the only way she can accomplish anything with the council and her people is to reluctantly agree to marry. The prospects are grim though, until her best friend’s brother, Duke Edward, agrees to marry this beautiful woman who fascinates him.

"G-d dam*, how I want her. Not even in my wildest, most selfish adolescent days did I want to take and take a woman like I want to take her.
Wild and hard, lazy and long."

While this is an epic romance, it’s also the story of Lenora and her ascension to the throne. Her story is heartbreaking at times. She has lived a very lonely existence, and I shed more than a few tears while reading Royally Yours. It gives so much insight into the Queen Lenora of the future that we read about in the previous books. But when Edward enters her life, the adventurer she used to crush on from letters to his brother gave Lenora everything she needed.

I loved how Edward was all man, yet he had no problem being ruled by his wife. He was everything a partner should be and seeing Lenora as a happy, sexy, witty, fierce and independent woman was an absolute treasure. Though their romance didn’t commence until later in the book, that was OK with me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story about Lenora that came first.

"Won’t you miss it? Won’t you miss the freedom, the adventure?"
I chuckle and shake my head, because she still doesn’t understand. I put my hand over hers.
“Making a life with you will be my greatest adventure, Lenora.”

Likes:
•Historical that even non-historical readers will love.
•First person.
•We really got to understand Queen Lenora. Her heart is pure, and her desire to rule the people she loves fairly are everything to her.
•The slow burn.
•There was a lot more emotion than I expected.
•Edward could not have been more perfect for her. I loved how he had no issues with his masculinity given the fact that his wife is the supreme ruler.
•She was fierce and headstrong, yet dignified and smart. She knew she had to make concessions to rule how she wants.
•I love that this can be read before or after the series.

Dislikes:
•The cover. The cover itself is nice, but this is so much Queen Lenora’s story! There should have been the queen, or an object on the cover. A shirtless man kind of cheapens the story in this case.

The Narration:
At first, I had a hard time with Andi Arndt (who is so familiar to me), doing a fake accent even though she did it well. Though I got used to it, I would have preferred someone with a real accent that I never even heard of. The male narration was excellent, and all- in-all, I think the narration added to my love for the book.

The Down & Dirty:
I think Royally Yours by Emma Chase is my favorite of the Royally Series. It can easily stand alone since it takes place 40+ years before the other books. I loved how fierce and independent the Queen was, but we also got to see first hand why she is a bit cold in the future. She has lived a lonely, extremely sheltered existence, and meeting the dashing, adventurous Edward could not have been better for her. I loved how this was very much Queen Lenora’s story, but it was also a sexy, swoony and funny romance. Bravo Emma Chase, it’s another 5-star favorite!

Rating: 5 Stars, 4 Heat, 4.5 Narration

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  • Sara
  • 27-10-18

A story of royal love!

Woah... I mean... this was fabulous!! I love romance books but this was one of the most romantic books ever!! Like Lenora said, swooning is real, and I did it through this entire story!! This story of love built on so much tragedy is breathtaking. The characters are so strong and they seem so real. Emma Chase wrote an uniquely creative story that pulled me and captured my heart and my full interest!

These narrators, Shane East and Andi Arndt gave a standing ovation type of performance. I loved, like super duper hard Andi’s accent. They both convey emotion and feeling so thoroughly that you feel invested in this story!

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  • Angie Reed
  • 08-11-18

Fabulous!

Loved hearing Lenora and Edward’s story. I truly enjoyed how they met, fell in love and lives their lives together.

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  • Mary Jo Collins
  • 03-11-18

Regally perfect

Royally Yours is Book 4 of The Royally Series, but it’s actually the expertly woven prequel to book 1. Emma takes you back to Queen Lenora’s younger years. The heartbreak, the love, the reigning, and the beginning of her perfect family...it’s all there. Lenny & her prince are regally swoon-worthy in every way. I devoured this book in one sitting. Andy Arndt and Shane East are impeccable as always. I’ll be listening to this one over and over. 5+ STARS!!!

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  • Sarah Camargo
  • 03-11-18

👑👑👑👑👑

Going into this book I had no clue what era I’d be reading about but after the first paragraph it didn’t matter. This author tells a tale that enraptures you from the start. I was definitely on a roller coaster of emotions while watching Princess Lenora grow into the beloved queen she came to be. This author broke my fat little heart but sent Edward in to fix it, and fix it he did. I love the power these two had over each other and with each other. I would love to see this story on the big screen and that’s saying a lot because I usually don’t like movies from this time period but this author made me love it so much. If you haven’t read the series then go and do it now!!!

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  • CDBW
  • 02-11-18

It is a great story. It just wasn't for me.

3.5 Crazy Ass Stars!!!

This review is absolutely killing me. I love Emma Chase and, up until now, have loved everything I have read by her. I know I'm in the minority here judging by my brief scan through ratings but this just was for me. The first several chapters just seemed to drag for me. It took me 3 days just to get to chapter 6. Anyone who knows me, knows that is unheard of. I will usually devour just as many books in as many days. Not the case with this one though.
Once the storyline picked up, I just couldn't get into it. I did love getting Lenora and Edward's story but honestly, I'm not into historical romances and I think that was part of my problem. Don't get me wrong, this is just my opinion on the story so don't feel as if I'm swaying you to not read it. I just don't do HR. It's not my jam.
Lenora and Edward's story was a beautiful one and if you have followed the series you know what the present is like for Lenore.
Historical romance may not be my jam but don't let my feelings deter you from reading this. It is a great story. It just wasn't for me.
Update: So I've still been stewing over this and why this didn't work for me. I think I have my hangup figured out. It was the dirty talk. It made me think, "Did they even talk like that back then?" It kinda felt a little "dinosaur love-ish". Then that led to me questioning things about my grandparents and that's just something that I do not need to know nor want to know. I guess I skeeved myself out thus not letting myself enjoy the beautiful story that this was. And it was a beautiful story when you take out the sexy times. If I would have skipped over those parts, I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more.

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  • Angelica Quintero
  • 01-11-18

5 Million Stars for the Queen and her Prince

Royally Yours is the most amazing book ever!! I love Queen Lenora and her Prince, Edward. They make the perfect royal couple. Repeating their story now with the audiobook makes me love them even more. My favorite part is the honeymoon!! It was romantic and sexy and everything. Andi and Shane did an amazing job with Royally Yours. Perfect companion.
100% recommended.

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  • Nana Mar
  • 13-06-19

Fun Read Great Nanrration

It was interesting but ended abruptly. I found that confusing. Wished the author had expanded upon the prologue of the future generations.

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  • beth
  • 26-05-19

Best of the Series

Really enjoyed this story. Probably the best of the series. Emma Chase hit a home run!

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  • Donna Smith McG
  • 26-05-19

Liked..but too much ”fluff n fold” for 7 Chapters

First I didn't even know about the 3 books before ’Royally Yours’ so after reading a few reviews regarding Lenora being ’cold’ I felt I didn't miss anything. I truly LOVE historical romance books..but after listening to the first few chapters it seemed like this was in the early ’50s which really isn't historical, unless I'm totally wrong? I’m off track back to review..

Since this book was in the Romance Package I expected ROMANCE from the beginning! OMG how much fluff with chapter after chapter..i can listen to a 7-hour book in one night but this put me to sleep so many times I had to remember what I listened to last & started again 🙄

When Lenora & Edward got together when she was crowned Queen, he pretty much didn't even LIKE HER let alone LOVE! I know..she was forced to get married due to heirs, but seriously..why the hell would a Romance Book start the Romance in Chapter 7??? It made NO SENSE...And the COVER😱give me a break! WHY was it necessary to make the story look like it was about ’Chippendale dancers’⁉️ It's a freaking royalty story with a Queen & her Prince, the cover looks like he's a ’man hooker’...okay off pet peeves.

Now the good part of the review...i WANT the love story Lenora & Edward finally achieved. The words exchanged between them getting to know each other was beautiful...plus the way Edward adored her is something most couples don't or will never have..I loved Edward!! But again, the couple of romantic encounters that did happen were far & few between.

As for the narration I've been in LOVE with Shane East FOREVER..I’m originally from the UK 🇬🇧 so his accent is pure British. As far as Andi Arndt I truly don't know if she is a little British or not at all. She did put on some British but not like Shane. In the end, both narrators work well together, I don't mind hearing their narration a lot.

A word to the listener who is thinking ’should I download this book due to a couple of the reviews?’ The answer is Yes..the great reviews far outweigh the less than great ones. The only other not great area was the sex talk & flying F booms. This wasn't an erotic book, so did I actually have to hear every detail spelled out in DETAIL⁉️ There weren't enough bedroom scenes for the EXTREME EXPLETIVES spoken‼️

So now that everyone hates this review & probably thinks I'm too picky, I’d read the other negative ones..I'm not the only ”bad apple that's spoiling the bunch” Just don't let your 4-15 yr old girls listen. 😁😁

Thank you 🙇