Have you been gobbling up all the gossip since Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview? Are you looking for juicy stories and romances involving royalty? Well I have a few suggestions that might scratch that itch.
The Royal We and The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Cocks and Morgan do an amazing job of showing the toxcity of the Royal family and institution while also capturing the romance and reasoning for why someone would want to deal with all of the problems associated just to be with the person they love. Rebecca and Nicholas are heavily inspired by Prince William and Kate Middleton. Freddie is a stand-in for Harry in his earlier years. These books use the fictional Lyons dynasty, but you can see the resemblance. The Heir Affair is the sequel to The Royal We. Dealing more with Rebecca and Nicholas’s new marriage and struggle with infertility, while also adding on the pressure of being the future of the British monarchy.
The Royal We is a book I honestly still think about from time to time even though it has been over 5 years since I read it. If you are fascinated by the British monarchy, but don’t want a history lesson then I definitely recommend these books.
American Royals by Katharine McGee
American Royals is a bit of alternate history. What if America had a monarchy? George Washington was handed a crown after the Revolutionary War, and he accepted. Now the Washington family has sat on the throne for over 200 years. When this novel starts, Beatrice is on the cusp of becoming America’s first Queen Reagent. This book has messy family relations, high expectations thrown at all of the children, and forbidden romance.
This book is really enjoyable and a fluffy fun read with lots of drama. There is also a sequel called Majesty. I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t quite recommend it, but if you enjoy American Royals I’m assuming you’ll like the sequel.
Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
A queer romance for the ages. Alex Claremont-Diaz is the First Son here is the US. His long time nemesis is Prince Henry of the Royal family. To try and help smooth over tensions that could hurt his mother’s re-election campaign, Alex and Henry stage a fake friendship. This fake friendship turns into so much for them.
This is one of the best romance books I’ve read in the last couple of years. The juggling of a secret relationship and the tension of familial expectations keeps you on your toes. Alex and Henry’s relationship is the best and their chemistry is off the charts.
These are just a couple of my royal recommendations and I feel like the standouts in the genre. Let me know if you decide to read any of my recommendations! Or if you have recommendations of your own!