Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Romancing the Throne

Scandal, secrets, and heartbreak abound in this juicy, modern girl-meets-prince story—perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer E. Smith. "Maybe sisters aren’t supposed to fall for the same guy, but who can mess with chemistry? A divine romantic comedy" (Brightly.com).For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administrat...

Title:Romancing the Throne
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ISBN:0062406620
Number of Pages:400 pages

Romancing the Throne Reviews

  • Christina

    What a fun, fluffy, flirty romp! Perfect for fans of The Royal We and all things UK!

  • Jilly Gagnon

    What a charming, unique romance for all of us royals-obsessed Americans!

    A roman a clef to the Middleton sisters (with the twist that Charlotte (Pippa), the younger sister, dated Edward (Wills) first!), it's juicy, plotty, and delicious FUN.

    Perfect beach read, whether or not you have a beach at hand!

  • Amanda Searcy

    Fun and light—but also with a deep side. Yes, it's about a royal romance, but at its core it's really a story about sisters. This is your summer beach read!

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    I wanted to read this the second I saw it was inspired by Kate & Pippa and involved a British boarding school. But oh my goodness... this was definitely one of the most cringeworthy reads I've ever found.

    The main character Charlotte is from new money and is preoccupied with her image & status. Prince Edward (William) and her friends at school are from old money. She hangs out with them but doesn't truly feel like she belongs... you know the drill at this point.

    I wanted to read this the second I saw it was inspired by Kate & Pippa and involved a British boarding school. But oh my goodness... this was definitely one of the most cringeworthy reads I've ever found.

    The main character Charlotte is from new money and is preoccupied with her image & status. Prince Edward (William) and her friends at school are from old money. She hangs out with them but doesn't truly feel like she belongs... you know the drill at this point.

    It felt like Gossip Girl at times, but the characters and their dialogue were all so unrealistic that nothing was believable. The writing is either aimed at a

    young YA crowd or thinks the reader is an idiot who needs everything spelled out for them. Charlotte's every single thought, action, and entire narration just made me go

    And lines like

    or

    did not help. I know I haven't said much about the actual plot, but that really wasn't any better. It was more like a distorted version of movie cliches. I felt like the author didn't have a lot of real-life knowledge of upperclass British society OR human teenagers.

    I loved the general idea of what this story could have been and was REALLY looking forward to a fluffy, happy read. There's not much I could find to dislike about British boarding schools and a Cinderella type story. But this was just... frustrating all around.

    Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA story about two sisters and a prince.

    Charlotte was quite loud at times, and didn’t seem to be shy about voicing her opinion, even when it led to embarrassing scenes. I didn’t like how much she held a grudge either, especially against her sister who was like her best f

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA story about two sisters and a prince.

    Charlotte was quite loud at times, and didn’t seem to be shy about voicing her opinion, even when it led to embarrassing scenes. I didn’t like how much she held a grudge either, especially against her sister who was like her best friend!

    The storyline in this was set in an alternate world where there was a King of England, which was a little weird! Charlotte was dating Edward (the Prince), but she broke up with him, and got quite upset when her sister then began dating him. This was an okay story, but it did feel quite long, and I didn’t really like it when the sisters were arguing.

    The ending to this was a happily ever after.

    6.25 out of 10

  • Celeste_pewter

    Why does everyone in this book sound American?

    I went to grad school in the U.K., with some British students at the social level of Prince William. I would dare say that I have a fairly strong command of British slang, culture and ideology.

    Everyone in this book sounds like they're from LA - where I'm originally from - and it was annoying and distracting to read. It really feels like the author took some stereotypical British books and films, and dumped them all into this book. She has characters

    Why does everyone in this book sound American?

    I went to grad school in the U.K., with some British students at the social level of Prince William. I would dare say that I have a fairly strong command of British slang, culture and ideology.

    Everyone in this book sounds like they're from LA - where I'm originally from - and it was annoying and distracting to read. It really feels like the author took some stereotypical British books and films, and dumped them all into this book. She has characters named "Flossie" and "Tarkie" - Courtney, not everyone in Britain has ridiculous names.

    The book will probably pass muster for younger readers, but most definitely did not pass muster for me.

    ETA: took off another star, because Courtney had her characters say, "....Get into Oxbridge universities."

    Courtney, Oxbridge = Oxford and Cambridge. It's two universities. British people would say, "Get into Oxbridge."

    Did you even try and research this book?

  • Jennifer

    3.5/5 stars

    Romancing the Throne is a standalone YA contemporary romance. This is my first book by this author.

    I am not sure how to rate this book. I was looking for a cute, quick YA romance that was set in Britain and that featured two sisters and a prince. However, since I hate spoilers I did not read the entire book blurb before reading the book. So I did not know that the book featured a love triangle. I don't dislike love triangles. But the fact that this one featured two sisters did not sit

    3.5/5 stars

    Romancing the Throne is a standalone YA contemporary romance. This is my first book by this author.

    I am not sure how to rate this book. I was looking for a cute, quick YA romance that was set in Britain and that featured two sisters and a prince. However, since I hate spoilers I did not read the entire book blurb before reading the book. So I did not know that the book featured a love triangle. I don't dislike love triangles. But the fact that this one featured two sisters did not sit well with me. In fact I hated this plot point so much that it made me want to stop reading the book.

    I did enjoy the rest of the story. And I am happy that I kept reading. The cover and the end of the book blurb definitely give a strong indication about the love triangle aspect. So most readers will likely be aware of this fact before they start the book.

    The book is about two sisters Charlotte and Libby. Charlotte is almost 17 years old and she is the narrator of this story. Libby is almost 18. The book is set in the UK. Both girls go to boarding school. They grew up middle class until their mom's shoe business took off and now they have money.

    All of the people that Charlotte hang out with have a lot of money (think mega rich). Libby is a great student, while Charlotte is the athletic one.

    I guess most/many students in Britain take a gap year year before going to university. Or only the rich ones? This wasn't really explained but we are just told that is what all these students will do (I was assuming that Charlotte's sister Libby would be going to university the next year, but it is just casually mentioned towards the end of the book about the gap year). The book is set in Britain, but it's being published in the US. So I wish that there had been more clarification. Also it is mentioned very early on that Charlotte plays hockey. I would assume that most people in the US and Canada would think that this meant ice hockey. That is what I thought the author meant until part way through the book when it became clear that they were referring to field hockey. I would have loved this clarification right away. I also found it confusing because I thought that Charlotte only played field hockey. But then towards the end she was running track. I'm not sure if all of the girls on the field hockey team also run track, so I was a bit confused.

    What I wanted from this book was something light and fun. I thought it would be like Kate and Pippa Middleton. I really thought that I was going to be reading a love story where a girl falls in love with a prince. I just found it so unappealing to have her sister fall for the prince too. I am unsure if I would have felt differently if I had known about the love triangle before reading the book.

    There were definitely a lot of enjoyable aspects of this story. I really liked Charlotte as the narrator.

    And I really liked her parents and grandmother. I also liked Charlotte's rich friends even if some of them were snobby. I loved Robert, and I really enjoyed some of the places Charlotte visited. I also found it very interesting to read about their boarding school.

    The last part of the book was the strongest for me. There was a few things that I was not expecting. And I enjoyed the direction that the story took.

    Spoiler thoughts:

    Overall, I did end up enjoying the story. How to rate the book? I would almost rate it a 4. I ended up enjoying it. It was quick and it was fun. However besides the love triangle I was a bit disappointed with the epilogue. It was more about Libby. I wanted it to focus more on Charlotte. If Libby had been a narrator then it would have worked for me. But since Charlotte was the narrator I really wanted to have the focus be Charlotte.

    Thanks to edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for allowing me to read this book.

  • Jen Ryland

    As a huge Anglophile, I really enjoyed this story about sisters who date the future king of England at boarding school. (Yes, there's technically a triangle, but the prince's relationship with one sister ends before he takes up with the other.)

    Charlotte's the younger sister. She's outgoing and obsessed with fashion, make-up, and her phone. Older sister Libby is shyer and more serious. Edward, who is about to take up official duties as a royal. has the weight of the world on his shoulders. (Can y

    As a huge Anglophile, I really enjoyed this story about sisters who date the future king of England at boarding school. (Yes, there's technically a triangle, but the prince's relationship with one sister ends before he takes up with the other.)

    Charlotte's the younger sister. She's outgoing and obsessed with fashion, make-up, and her phone. Older sister Libby is shyer and more serious. Edward, who is about to take up official duties as a royal. has the weight of the world on his shoulders. (Can you see where this is going?) The two girls are close ... until they have a huge row over Edward. They're also commoners, the daughters of an upper-upper-middle-class shoe entrepreneur. Are you getting a Middleton vibe here? Jolly clever of you to figure that out!

    For me, this was a fun, fluffy read. I love boarding school stories and sister stories and am mourning the (probable) end of

    .

    Fans of all things British and royal should check this one out. Triangle-haters may want to proceed with caution. While two sisters dating the same guy is a little weird, I really didn't find that a sticking point. I mean, it happens with brothers in YA all the time...

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