REVIEW: THE ROYAL WE, BY HEATHER COCKS & JESSICA MORGAN

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American twins Rebecca (Bex) and Lacey Porter have been inseparable for most of their lives. But then Bex transfers to Oxford University in London, and her life goes through some major changes.

At Oxford, Bex met Prince Nicholas of Wales, another student there, and the two of them became friends, watching a special TV show late at night.

And then one day, the friendship turned into something more, and they were in love.

But only secretly. Public romance for a royal with a commoner, and especially an American, was just not done, and for four years, the two of them kept their relationship secret (mostly). But Paparazzi and others in the media outed them over and over, which did not make it easier to go public officially.

Even though the beginning of The Royal We reveals that, at some point, the two were engaged, this event did not happen right away. And before it could, the two of them broke up after one too many official pairings of Nick with other, more “suitable” partners.

Based somewhat on the Will and Kate pairing, the story of Bex and Nick would not end with a happily-ever-after, at least not right away. Would they find their way back to each other? What horrific thrashing would each of them receive from the press? And how would Bex find a way to move on, or at least through the pain?

It was engaging to follow the journey of each twin, with Lacey joining Bex in London, yet her behavior was somewhat scandalous at times, especially with Nick’s brother Freddie, who bore a striking resemblance to Prince Harry. But then Lacey’s fun took a downward spiral, and Bex would have to wonder if her twin’s behavior would ruin her happiness.

I am a big fan of the Royals, and loved this re-imagining, as it made the Royal Pair seem more real. As I read the descriptions of lush places and royal haunts, I felt as though I were right there with them. And as we neared the end, there was plenty of suspense about what would actually happen. I enjoyed how it all came together, and my only complaint: the story was a bit long. 4.0 stars.

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