Bella Greenwood isn't a fairytale girl. If pushed, she'd probably tell you that her perfect wedding would involve a handful of close friends and family. But as she's never met anyone she'd like to marry, it is a moot point. Until, in a midnight garden, Bella is helped out of an embarrassing situation by a tall, dark, handsome man with laughing eyes. Suddenly her life changes for ever, because the man is the world's most eligible bachelor—Prince Richard, heir to the throne. Richard sweeps her off her feet, and before she knows, it they're engaged—which is when Bella's problems really begin. Suddenly she is public property, and as if it isn't enough to have her every move watched—while also learning to curtsy and negotiating the etiquette of how to address her future mother-in-law—she soon finds herself embroiled in bridesmaid politics, a royal hen night, and a wedding dress controversy that causes a national scandal.
Ahhh, what can I say about this book? I actually do not know what to think...but in a good way. Because I liked the book enough but I really can't put my finger on what exactly that I enjoyed about it. Perhaps, it just one of those feel-good reads that I don't need to justify...or dissect, for that matter.
Nevertheless, I always give myself a pat on the back when I finish a YA book and actually love it because I'm currently on a smut phase. (I know, right? *wince*) But so far, I have been loving the YA books that I got to read lately. Methinks I just need the right books. Yes, that's it.
First off, let me tick off the parts that bothered me in this book. Do people really talk that casually to Royalty? And can Royalty really get away that easily from their security detail? Was it really that simple to marry into Royalty? I was eating when I was nearing the end of this book and I guess I was a bit distracted by the food (When have I never been?) that when I found out I had gotten to the last part, my jaw just dropped. Leave me hanging, why don't you?
All in all, this was a clean, pure fun read. Bella was actually an interesting character and quirky and could totally tell Prince Richard off when he starts getting too Royal-ish. I loved those parts.
Don't expect heavy drama if you decide to read this book. Do expect feel good fun.
Final verdict: 7/10. Good read.