The Reluctant Royal by Laura D. Bastian

May 30, 2019 | 1 Comment
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The Reluctant Royal by Laura D. BastianThe Reluctant Royal
Author: Laura D. Bastian
Series: The Book Club #6
Genres: Speculative Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 112
Date: May 30, 2019
Publisher: Lange House Press

She’s a nobody from the future. He’s a prince in the past.

Lily is fascinated by the idea that a matchmaker has just been given the ability to grant wish fulfillment. When the purple haired matchmaker actually manages to send Lily into the past taking the place of Princess Liliana, betrothed to the Prince of Aragonia, Lily is excited to play along.

Eduardo, Prince of Aragonia, has only had his parents’ horrid marriage to compare to and is less than eager to make a similar match. When Liliana arrives, she’s different than expected, and he finds himself less bothered at his parents forcing him to marry. Can the two of them find happily ever after, or will the dangers of the past and Lily’s strange ways keep them apart?

The books in The Book Club series are written by multiple authors and may be read in any order. Not all authors in the series are LDS.


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About Laura D. Bastian

Laura D. Bastian

Laura D. Bastian lives in a small town in northern Utah. She has always loved stargazing and imagining life outside her own little world. A graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education, Laura uses that training as she raises her children and writes make believe worlds. You can usually find her on her laptop typing away, or on social media interacting with friends.

One response to “The Reluctant Royal by Laura D. Bastian

  1. Maria

    3.5 stars

    When I first saw the premise for this series I thought it was a fantastic idea but I’d not had a chance to read any yet. Then I won this book in a giveaway. While it worked as a stand alone, it expects the reader to understand the whole concept before starting the book because it isn’t going to give much context. I thought I’d somehow missed a few pages or something. The story just jumps right in. A little more explanation might have been useful. Perhaps reading the first one before the others would have made the difference. That being said, it isn’t impossible to understand what is going on at the start. I just felt like I could have used more info.

    The story was interesting. I enjoyed the political intrigue and thought it was fun to see a woman stand out in a time when women had little power. I didn’t always like the way it the story played out though. I felt frustration that the two main characters were so hot/cold all the time. A few simple sentences from Eduardo in the beginning would have saved them both a lot of angst. Telling her why he treated her the way he did was all they needed. I would have enjoyed the story more if it had focused less on the things occurring because of their lack of communication and more on the intrigue and how they were going to resolve the country’s problems. More than once I was reading along thinking how I was enjoying the story when something happened to remind me of junior high school or something. I think young adults would enjoy this book better than I did.

    I was left with a few questions that didn’t get answered regarding the political aspects of the story but the romance resolved nicely leaving the reader to believe they will have their happily ever after.

    Sex: kisses, innuendo,
    Language: no
    Violence: yes

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