Publisher: Gallery/Pocket Books
Genre: NA Romance, Contemporary Romance
In this charming, modern retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.
Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.
Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.
Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.
This was a really cute, if totally unrealistic read, but if you can set aside plausibility then it’s a whole lot of fun. Julia is trying to begin a new life and get out of debt in Rome and she’s good at her job as a tour guide. Nico is the crown prince of Lazaretto and when she doesn’t recognize him and mistakes him as one of her clients, he can’t resist the opportunity to have anonymity, even if it’s only for a few days.
This one is full of standard tropes, instalove, the whole prince falling for an average girl, plenty of cliches. Had I read this as a teenager/young adult it probably would’ve been a five star read for me. It’s sassy, romantic, sexy, flirty and adventurous. But the practical, adult me had to crinkle my nose up in distaste at some of the over the top, unbelievable antics that happened.
The writing flowed easily and despite my ambivalence about the stereotypical happenings, Wilson is a good writer. The love scenes went from romantic to hot and steamy, providing a little bit of everything for everyone. The ending was totally swoon worthy even if it was entirely impractical, but again, this IS a book about a girl falling in love with a crown prince after all. I would recommend this to younger readers who aren’t burned out on recycled tropes, but there are sex scenes so not too young. It could also appeal to a reader looking to escape from reality and who doesn’t mind the impossible actually being possible.
Overall rating: 3/5
Thanks to Kathleen Zrelak at Goldberg McDuffie for my review copy.
About the Author:
Teri Wilson is a novelist for Harlequin Books and Gallery/Pocket Books. She is also a contributing writer at HelloGiggles.com and Teen Vogue covering books, pop culture, and more. Visit Teri at http://www.teriwilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr.