Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.
It’s a big deal.
When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.
What she isn’t…is married.
It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.
Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.
Even Queens. Especially them.
Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.
And a sacred promise keeps him there.
To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.
Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.
Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.
This is theirs.
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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
I’ve been a fan of the Royally series since the first book and seeing the standalone about Wessco’s royal matriarch is just too good to pass up. I love how driven and regal Queen Lenora had been ever since she was a young girl. She grew up knowing her destiny was to rule the kingdom and that heavy burden fell upon her when her father died suddenly. At nineteen, she was thrust with a crown and a throne.
But as Shakespeare said, “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” There are a lot of expectations for the young queen and getting married was the number one priority. In a twist of fate, she met Edward, the brother of her best friend Thomas.
I loved how this story humanizes the grand matriarch of Wessco whom we have seen in the other books as tough as nails. But here in the story, we saw how she fell in love with Edward and how she had been completely smitten by him. I love how romantic and swoony their story had been. I can’t wait for more stories from the Royally series by Emma Chase!