Review: ROYAL HOLIDAY by Jasmine Guillory
Also by this author: Party of Two , While We Were Dating
Series: The Wedding Date #4
Published by BERKLEY on October 1, 2019
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Holiday
Also in this series: Party of Two , While We Were Dating
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
ROYAL HOLIDAY Review
Royal Holiday is the fourth book in Jasmine Guillory’s popular romance series, The Wedding Date. I actually haven’t read the first three books in the series but requested this one from Netgalley because I was in the mood for a holiday romance and I loved that this story is set in London and has royalty in it.
The synopsis promises a charming and fun holiday romance and it really delivers. I especially loved that the main characters, Vivian Forest and Malcom Hudson are a more mature couple. Vivian is in her fifties and is visiting England for the first time with her daughter, Maddie, who is there for work. Maddie works as a stylist and has been tasked with styling a duchess over the holidays. What this means for both Maddie and Vivian is that they will actually be staying in a royal household. Talk about a bucket list trip for Vivian! Almost as soon as she arrives at the royal residence, Vivian finds herself face to face with the handsome and very charming Malcolm, who is about her age and who works as the private secretary to the Queen of England.
Vivian and Malcolm hit it off right away. I thought their time together was just so sweet. Malcolm takes her on several special sightseeing dates because he wants to make her trip as special as possible. Both Vivian and Malcolm haven’t had the best of luck in the relationship department so this second chance at love for both of them really warmed my heart.
About the only thing that would have made this an even more satisfying read would have been if I had felt a little more strongly about Vivian and Malcolm and their long-term prospects as a couple. As I moved through the story, however, I found myself feeling content however the author chose to end the story. If it was just a holiday fling that ended as soon as Vivian went back home to America, fine. And if it ended with the two of them together, making a go of a long-distance relationship, fine. I like to feel a little more invested in a relationship than that. Regardless though, it really was a sweet story reading about their dates and watching them flirt with each other a little more each day.
Royal Holiday actually reminded me of one of those heartwarming Hallmark Christmas movies that are so popular every year. If you like second chance romances and you’re looking for a charming little Christmas story to get you in the holiday spirit and put a smile on your face, Royal Holiday is your book.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance.
Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality.
Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling.
Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?
I don’t mind a holiday romance every now and then during the holiday season and it’s great to see a more mature couple and interested to see how it compares to the usual thirty something romance protagonists. I think when it comes to romance, we expect more of a happy ending and not so much an open ended one. Do you think you’ll go back and read the first three based on this one? Wonderful review Suzanne and so glad you enjoyed it despite those niggles.
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Thanks, I’m glad too. 🙂
This sounds like an entertaining holiday-themed read even if you weren’t fully invested in the couple. Bonus points for a mature couple being front and center! 🙂
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Right? The fact that it featured a mature couple was probably my favorite part about it. Definitely need more books like that.
This sounds like a really good holiday romance. Great review.
It’s wild how early holiday books are released! This one definitely sounds fluffy but I think I’m taking a little break from the author. I hope you get more holiday reads in!
This was my first read from her. I can’t decide whether or not I want to go back and read her others yet. I may at some point.
Like you, I found this enjoyable, but something was missing. You have me thinking tough, and I wonder if the HFN nature of the ending is why I went 3.5 on this as well.
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Right? I would have loved to have been more invested in Vivian and Malcolm having an HEA ending.
I really appreciate your thoughts on this one, Suzanne. I enjoyed her last book and have been looking forward to this one. Her books don’t knock it out of the park for me, but they are always satisfying.
Satisfying is a good description for this one as well.
This is utterly, completely lovely and made even moreso because Vivian and Malcolm are a mature couple — I need more stories (mysteries etc) that feature more mature couples.
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Right? We definitely need more stories that feature older couples. There aren’t nearly enough books like this available.
This sounds like a charming read for the season. As for the main couple being older – how cool! That’s not something I see often.
Right? I loved that the couple was older. We definitely need more books like that.
I do want to read this one. I have to get in my Hallmark movie fix in somehow since we don’t have access to Hallmark anymore. 🙂
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Oh gosh, I don’t know what I would do if we no longer had Hallmark, lol.
Oh my gosh. You are so right! This was exactly like a Hallmark movie. Fingers crossed it will happen!
I thought this was a sweet holiday read, as well.
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I would totally love that if it did!