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Royally Deep is contemporary romance novel that mashes up sports and royalty for a quick yet mostly entertaining read. Written by Virna DePaul, this is the second in her Going Deep series but can be read as a standalone. It tells the tale of Arabella, a princess from Salasia spending some time in New York at the invitation of a Salasian citizen who happens to own a professional football team. With Arabella being a diehard football fan, she's beyond thrilled to watch a game live, even if she's donning the team colors of the rival team to her ultimate favorite, the Savannah Bootleggers. When she finds herself face to face with her favorite player, Bootleggers quarterback Kyle Young, the royal princess gives her name as Bella, wanting to pretend to be just a regular young woman for one day with a man who's clearly interested in her. The chemistry between the football player and the princess hiding in plain sight is electric, but soon, the truth about her identity comes out, making their realities more evident than ever. Could a princess taught to put her duty first get her fairy tale ending with a player born and raised in a trailer park?
This was certainly a different take on the current in thing in the world of romance--royal love stories. With a sports romance twist to it, this has that familiar air of a princess wanting to experience freedom and adventure before she's once again saddled with royal obligations. Bella was feisty and independent, and she certainly knew how to go after what she wanted, well, at least most of the time. While she may be a princess, she also comes off as a regular girl, one who's a football fanatic and finds herself falling for her favorite player, Kyle. Now, Kyle may have appeared to be this confident quarterback, who recognized how into him Bella was, but he was just as into her and he had an interesting back story. Both Kyle and Bella had issues with one parent as well as familial obligations that they believed they had no choice but to attend to. There were a couple of lulls in the story but neither one was excessively long or had me wanting to skim or skip just to get to something more interesting. While I enjoyed the series starter a bit more than this second book, Royally Deep still proved to be an entertaining romance. 3.5 stars. ♥
Date Read: 12 January 2017
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