Book tour review: A royal kiss and tell by Jula London

A royal kiss and tell is the second novel from A royal wedding series by Julia London which was released on the 05/19/2020 by Mills & Boon.

There has been a hot second since I read any historical romance so when I got the invite to this book tour release I was very excited (thank you to the publishers for sending me a digital copy!) although I haven’t read the first book in the series – not that one needs to.

Genre: Historical romance
Published: 19/05/2020
Publisher: Mills&Boons
Length: 384 Pages
My rating: 3.5 stars

Every prince has his secrets. And she’s determined to unravel his…

Every dashing young man in London’s ton is vying for Lady Caroline Hawke’s hand—except one. Handsome, delectable roué Prince Leopold of Alucia can’t quite remember who Caroline is, and the insult is not to be tolerated. So, Caroline does what any clever, resourceful lady of means would do to make sure a prince remembers her: sees that amusingly risqué morsels about Leo’s reputation are printed in a ladies’ gossip gazette…all the while secretly setting her cap for the rakish royal.

Someone has been painting Leo as a blackguard, but who? Socially, it could ruin him. More important, it jeopardizes his investigation into a contemptible scheme that reaches the highest levels of government in London. Now, Leo needs Lady Caroline’s help to regain access to society. But this charming prince is about to discover that enlisting the deceptively sweet and sexy Lady Caroline might just cost him his heart, his soul and both their reputations…

Caroline, our heroine, I found to be quite unlikeable – it gave me vibes of Scarlett O’Hara at times, but the characterization didn’t came the same, instead she was appeared unlikable, shallow and selfish. For a lady, she also has poor manners and forces herself in conversations something that I find cringey which in turn made it very difficult for me to read as I suffer from vicarious embarrassment. She had her moments of candor and being endearing, but these were far and few in between. Prince Leopold wasn’t any better, as initially all he does complain of the second-son syndrome and is generally useless and has a the most annoying internal monologue. As Caroline’s love interest he didn’t have much going for him I thought rather than a title and being… fit.

Because of it, I really struggled to get into the story and keep my attention on what was happening and I felt no real chemistry between them. The pacing is incredibly slowed down by the amount of descriptions of décor, dresses, and things that I did not care for. I feel like it needed to be a bit faster paced, propel the narrative and hook the reader more.

On the positive, the writing itself is good and the mystery element in this story was the most interesting part and I think it was handled well. There was a lot of banter and witty dialogue which was quite refreshing. I enjoyed all the other characters, especially Beck; as the older brother, their relationship was quite funny as he usually didn’t know what to do with her.

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