Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of royal romance. I think it’s a bit silly in a world where there are a very, very small number of monarchs remaining, so it falls into the really implausible category for me. Yes, I know that it’s romance, and anything is possible (shifter romance, anyone) but for some reason this trope is harder for me to enjoy. Until, that is, I read Laura Hefferman’s A Royal Farce. Why? Because it actually made sense!
1. Thoughts on the plot
This book follows Lila as she tries to repair the massive DIY project her brother left her with after he ran off to Brazil. She needs to sell the condo immediately, os she can get out of the financial pit. Her neighbour, Pierre, offers her a deal which will let her do just that. He needs a greencard, and will pay for the renovations if she marries him. Lila, desperate, agrees. Sparks fly, drama ensues, then she discovers that he is reallya prince of a tiny island nation, and everything gets much, much more dramatic.
A greencard marriage makes a great deal of sense, and, ironically, so do Pierre’s reasons for keeping his royal identity secret. I think the way that this book dealt with what is normally a ridiculous scenario was logical, intelligent, and thoughtful. It was well woven into the story, and made so much sense without drawing attention away from the characters and their love story.
2. Thoughts on the characters
I really like Lila and Pierre. They’re both individuals without becoming caricatures, which is another pitfall of these sorts of stories. They have fun quirks, thoughts on life, and are generally just entertaining characters to read. Especially when they get into trouble.
I even liked the side characters. A lot of stories I read have two-dimensional side characters, which can be fine since they’re not the focus of the story. This book, though, did well with all the characters and I really enjoyed them.
3. Favourite part
Lila’s job. I think it played just a large enough roll in her life to be significant without overwhelming her other characteristics. I think it was extremely well done how this was explored.
I don’t really have a major critique for this book. It was fun, entertaining, and thoughtful.
Overall, I would say that A Royal Farce was a humorous, intelligent romantic comedy, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.