Friday, October 18, 2019

Julie's Review: Royal Holiday

Author: Jasmine Guillory
Series: The Wedding Date #4
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 295
Obtained: library
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5/5
Bottom Line: A great escape
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Summary: 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? 

Review: I swear that I could read a Jasmine Guillory book every week if only she could write that quick but alas I have to wait for 1 (maybe 2) a year. This one is a continution of basing books off the characters in her fantastic Wedding Date Series. In this book, Maddie (who we met in The Wedding Party) gets a rare opportunity to go and style the new Duchess she invites her mom, Vivian, to take a vacation with her. Vivian doesn't allow herself long vacations due to her job as a social worker but there are some shakeups going on at work and she allows herself to take the time off and spend the holidays in England with her daughter.  What she didn't expect was the delicious man, Malcolm, that would be her tour guide initially and then be her constant companion as she filled her days while Maddie worked. 

What I loved about the book is the "old fashioned" way that Malcolm and Vivian start to fall for each other and they way they continue to bond after Vivian returns to San Francisco. I also really appreciated that these 2 main romantic characters were in their 50s and still finding love and figuring it all out. There are complications when you are older to finding people and then given the "baggage" how to work around it and figure it out. Things aren't always smooth but worth it in the end. 

I will continue to read Jasmine's books for as long as she continues to write them. They are a great form of escape and dreamy-ness. 



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