Falling Hard for the Royal Guard
by Megan Clawson
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Pub Date 02 May 2023 | Archive Date 23 May 2023
Harper 360, Avon
Love is in the heir in this royally good rom com debut releasing in Spring 2023 – perfect for anyone who likes relatable heroines (with great hair), hot and aloof book boyfriends (with great hats), near misses, almost kisses and a corgi or two.
Despite living in an actual castle, happily ever after is evading Margaret ‘Maggie’ Moore.
From her bedroom in the Tower of London, twenty-six-year-old Maggie has always dreamed of her own fairy-tale ending.
Yet this is twenty-first century London, so instead of knights on white horses, she has catfish on Tinder. And with her last relationship ending in spectacular fashion, she swears off men for good.
And then a chance encounter with Royal Guard Freddie forces Maggie to admit that she isn’t ready to give up on love just yet… But how do you catch the attention of someone who is trained to ignore all distractions?
Can she snare that true love’s first kiss… or is she royally screwed?
A right royal rom com, perfect for fans of Red, White and Royal Blue and The Royal We.
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Thanks to NetGalley for an early copy of this book. Below is my honest review.
Maggie is our MC and she lives and works in the Tower of London. Maggie’s obnoxious ex won’t leave her alone. He gaslights her, manhandles her, blows up her phone, and won’t stay away.
When running a terrible errand for her awful boss (haunted cellar, anyone), she runs into a pompous man she nicknames Lord Lamppost…only to find out he is a guardsman.
Thankfully, Lord Lamppost, aka Freddie, seems to be around whenever said ex come by in person. Freddie and Maggie start getting to know each other. She befriends some other guardsmen who challenge her to five dates with five different people. Why doesn’t she date Freddie, you ask? She promised herself she wouldn’t be like her mother who fell for a guard. She couldn’t stay up worrying about him or where he was, spending holidays alone.
Let’s just say the dates … aren’t what Maggie hoped. Will she find her true love? Or will she realize he was right there all along?
Overall, the book was cute. I loved the setting and Freddie’s guard buddies were likable and a lot of fun. And the ravens! Bonus points for teaching me a little lesser known history.
Maggie thinking it’s all over at 26 was … frustrating. So were her coworkers. We got a reason her boss didn’t like her, but the others? And no one else seemed to care people were abusing the security footage?
I pretty much predicted the ending, but that didn’t ruin the experience. If you want a lighthearted book, minus the bullying from her ex and coworkers, then give it a whirl.
The title and cover got me! Adorable!
This is a cute one. An accident prone heroine falls for a member of the royal guard…what’s not to love?
If you love all things royal and sweet romcoms I think you would enjoy this one! It’s a clean romance with only kissing and has a relatable heroine that makes you root for her each step of the way!
Thank you to the author and NetGalley for this fun read!
Super fun romance set in my favorite place! I’m obsessed with the tower ravens and loved the memoir written by the current Raven Master. So when I realized this was set in the tower and featuring people who live there I was hooked! Wonderful romance with a quirky and unique setting. Loved it!
This one was super cute! I loved learning new phrases they use in England. It was a slow burn romance but Maggie and Freddie were perfect for each other. It was a fun easy read?
Incredibly cute, fun and very, very romantic!!
I absolutely loved this book, it's like stepping into a dream - I mean who hasn't dreamt of living in the tower of London with a handsome guard and the ravens?
Maybe, that's just me!
But something about it rather appeals, which is why I have been completely swept away with this wonderful debut, I loved the story, the clever and relatable Maggie, the writing is immersive and highly enjoyable and I fell in complete love with the whole idea of living in the tower.
The characters are fabulous, Maggie is so relatable, she is the stereotypical girl next door, she could be anyone of us she has the same worries and body confidence issues and huge dreams. The guardsmen are a contradictory bunch, with lots of brash and humourous bravado you would expect, but there is gentleness you wouldn't have imagined, I thought they all brought a certain charisma to the overall story and I really liked that..
This is a super cute romantic comedy, there are plenty of laughs and lots of heartfelt emotion and 'awww' moments, a definite must-read!!
This book was absolutely fantastic. Even more so knowing that it was a debut novel. I loved Maggie. I seriously adored her so much. I just felt myself able to connect with her and could see myself in the character. I really liked Freddie too. Well, when he wasn’t being his grumpy closed off self. But I do realize that was part of who he was and I still really liked him. I loved the story, I loved the friends she made, and despised her coworkers and ex. I could have had a whole book written around her interactions with the guards and I would have loved that too. Highly recommend this book and giving the author a try. Absolutely not spicy at all but it didn’t need it. But as a warning, I absolutely SOBBED for the last 4-5 chapters of the book. So get your tissues.
Cute quick read. Clawson's writing is character-forward, quick-witted, and burns bright. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I will most definitely be recommending to friends and colleagues. I am looking forward to what comes next!
I received a digital copy of Falling Hard for the Royal Guard via NetGalley to read and review.
I love how the author brought life to the royal guards. It’s easy to think of them as having zero personality since we only think of them as unmoving statues. This was a slow burn romance but even with the slower build up I really liked following Maggie around and her love for history.
I really hope we get more stories from the Tower of London….maybe from a guard’s POV?
I enjoyed this book. The plot was well paced and the characters felt fully developed. I would recommend this book to others and am looking forward to other works by this author.
I don’t typically gravitate towards the romance genre at the moment unless the plot sounds unique and/or interesting so when I saw that the main character of Falling Hard for the Royal Guard actually lived in the Tower of London, I knew I had to read it!
I LOVED this! This gives me 90s classic rom-com vibes… like Bridget Jones or Notting Hill… especially the scene towards the end where Maggie is running and is told to “Keep off the King’s grass!” . It’s so cute, I’m going to buy a physical copy just so I can hug it and draw hearts all over the last couple of chapters.
There isn’t any spicy scenes, but in this story, they aren’t necessary.
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