Author: Traci Hunter Abramson
Series: Royal Series #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Print
Date: October, 2008
When CIA agent Janessa Rogers meets the royal family of Meridia on assignment, she expects to use her skills in linguistics and security detail to protect and serve, but she doesn’t expect to find herself engaged to Prince Garrett Fortier, Meridia’s most eligible bachelor, as part of the security plan.
And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love with him! Janessa resists her feelings, fearing conflicts in her personal and professional life, yet when the Prince admits his feigned affection has become genuine she can no longer pretend.
Matters of security, society, and spirituality make their unlikely romance even more complex, and escalating political intrigue gives Janessa an excuse to ignore the questions in her heart. But when a terrorist plot against the royal family endangers them both, Janessa and Garrett must face the challenges of loyalty to family, to country, to God—and to love.
Reading this book is like watching a really good movie. Definitely a must read!
I loved all of Traci Hunter Abramson’s other books, but I was a little reserved about this one since it’s unrelated to her others and the cover is so PINK. After reading it twice already, I’m so glad I picked it up. The characters absolutely come to life in this wonderful combination of suspense and romance.
I just saw this one in the Seagull catalog–it totally intrigues me. I can’t wait to go get it!
I loved it! Royal Target is what you get when a modern day fairy tale gets infiltrated by the CIA. I loved Janessa Rogers, the main character. She seemed like the girl next door, one that has extraordinary experiences especially when she meets Prince Garrett, a man that definitely falls into the handsome prince category
Just finished Royal Target and I really liked it. It’s definitely more of a romance than her previous books, but there was plenty of intrigue as well.
In case it isn’t already obvious, Traci Abramson is my favorite author. 🙂
Really enjoyed this book! It was a nice fairy tale type romance with a prince but the princess was a CIA agent who was very capable. No lost glass slippers for this girl!
I loved this book! It has been one of my favorites this year. Great romance and suspense!
This was definitely my favorite romance novel and I would have liked to have see it win the romance category for the Whitney Awards. Royal Target was entertaining, well-written, and unique. And it kept me up reading well into the night.
I think this book should win the Best Mystery/Suspense Fiction Whitney Award because it’s Traci Hunter Abramson! I’ve enjoyed her writing!
Of the mystery/suspense novels I’ve read this year, Royal Target and Freefall are my favorites. I think I liked the way I could escape into the fairy tale world of Royal Target so that one probably would be my choice for the Whitney Award.
Review by Erin.
This is a bit of a departure from Abramson’s previous novels. While they were heavy on the suspense, with a romance thrown in, this one is more truly a romance with some suspense thrown in. Although this book is a finalist for a Whitney Award in the Mystery/Suspense category, I think it is more accurately a romance, or romantic suspense, and should have been placed in the Romance category.
Let’s deal with the romance first. This is everything you could possibly want from a princess story. Janessa (commoner) meets Garrett (prince) and the pretense of their love for each gradually becomes real. There are beautiful dresses, fancy dinners and balls, and a handful of other women vying for the prince’s affections. There are the scenes of professed feelings, followed by doubt and insecurity, and the final separation when they believe they’ll never see each other again. But the eventual conclusion is very satisfying. Sigh.
Now for the suspense, which I love in a romance. There are the every-increasing death threats to the royal family, convoluted intrigue, car chases, bombs going off, shootings, kidnappings, and even murder. (gasp!) There is just enough to keep you involved in the suspense part of the story, but not enough to gross you out. Although I did figure out who the “bad guy” was before it was revealed, it kept me guessing almost to the end.
There were times when Janessa’s insecurity and second-guessing of herself was a little overdone. I wanted to shake her and say, “Give it a rest, would you?” But overall, I liked that she was strong and capable. I could really empathize with Garrett, caught between the world he wanted and the world he was born into. I liked that his family was loving and kind, and not the stereotypical snobs that you often see in the princess love stories.
I thought the cover was obnoxious, but it did stand out on the shelves, definitely capturing some attention.
If you’re looking for a straight romance or an edge-of-your-seat suspense story, you’re likely to be disappointed because there is too much of each of those elements in the story. However, if you love romantic suspense, you’re going to absolutely love this book—it has just the right amount of both ingredients to keep you reading.
Recommended to anyone who loves the traditional commoner becomes a princess romance, but want a little extra suspense in their love stories.
As a straight suspense novel, I give it three stars. In the romantic suspense category, it gets four stars.
Comment by Brooke.
This was such a fun book. I was also disappointed to see that it was put in the suspense category instead of the romance category for the Whitney finalists.
Don't get me wrong. I definitely think it deserves to be a finalist, but I think this book would have fared better against books that were more similar in genre. In the suspense category, I think it has a chance at winning (althought I think Freefall was probably a better written book), but in the romance category, it would be among my top two choices if not the top pick.
Comment by Dana.
Royal Target captured my attention and swept me up in the land of make believe. Ironically, I bought the book to read on vacation, and my husband snagged it and read it before I got the chance to. I never thought I would see him reading a book with a bright pink cover, but he did right there in front of everyone at the airport.
Comment by Tarmy.
I liked this book because it was a fun story with good pacing and likable characters. I felt like the villain was a little weak, but overall I was glad I had the time to read it. It was well written!