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An ordinary summer goes royally awry when a prince and princess move next door, bringing their handsome bodyguard with them, from New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle. Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day--avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She lives a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who struggles with mental illness, An ordinary summer goes royally awry when a prince and princess move next door, bringing their handsome bodyguard with them, from New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle. Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day--avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She lives a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who struggles with mental illness, avoiding her regrettable ex, who bartends in town, and trying to make inroads in the tight-knit island community that still sees her, five years in, as an outsider. And she's happy with how things are--really--until British royals rent the property next to hers and their brooding bodyguard decides she's a security threat. Piper quickly realizes that one person's fairy tale is an ordinary woman's nightmare as a media frenzy takes over the island and each run-in with Harrison Cole is hotter and more confusing than the last. But beneath Harrison's no-nonsense exterior lies a soft heart, one that could tempt a woman who's sworn off attachments into believing in white knights. But when Piper finds herself smack in the middle of a royal scandal that rocks the island she'll need more than Harrison's strong arms to shield her--she'll have to do a little rescuing herself. With careers, hearts, and friendships on the line, Piper and Harrison will have to decide what they're willing to give up for a chance at their own happily ever after.


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An ordinary summer goes royally awry when a prince and princess move next door, bringing their handsome bodyguard with them, from New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle. Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day--avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She lives a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who struggles with mental illness, An ordinary summer goes royally awry when a prince and princess move next door, bringing their handsome bodyguard with them, from New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle. Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day--avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She lives a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who struggles with mental illness, avoiding her regrettable ex, who bartends in town, and trying to make inroads in the tight-knit island community that still sees her, five years in, as an outsider. And she's happy with how things are--really--until British royals rent the property next to hers and their brooding bodyguard decides she's a security threat. Piper quickly realizes that one person's fairy tale is an ordinary woman's nightmare as a media frenzy takes over the island and each run-in with Harrison Cole is hotter and more confusing than the last. But beneath Harrison's no-nonsense exterior lies a soft heart, one that could tempt a woman who's sworn off attachments into believing in white knights. But when Piper finds herself smack in the middle of a royal scandal that rocks the island she'll need more than Harrison's strong arms to shield her--she'll have to do a little rescuing herself. With careers, hearts, and friendships on the line, Piper and Harrison will have to decide what they're willing to give up for a chance at their own happily ever after.

30 review for The Royals Next Door

  1. 5 out of 5

    elena

    “I realize I may be too forward,” he goes on. The corner of his gorgeous mouth quirks up into a small grin. “But I don’t really care. I’m not letting go of you, Piper. I’m not pretending that I don’t want more for us, more than this.” Piper Evans is a 2nd-grade school teacher by day, romance books enthusiast by night. She hosts a podcast where she reviews and talks about romance books, ranging from contemporary, historical, paranormal, and anything else. After having to deal with one “I realize I may be too forward,” he goes on. The corner of his gorgeous mouth quirks up into a small grin. “But I don’t really care. I’m not letting go of you, Piper. I’m not pretending that I don’t want more for us, more than this.” Piper Evans is a 2nd-grade school teacher by day, romance books enthusiast by night. She hosts a podcast where she reviews and talks about romance books, ranging from contemporary, historical, paranormal, and anything else. After having to deal with one of her students throwing up a buzz and news surrounding her small town in Canada, she didn't expect The Duke and Duchess of Fairfax to be flying into town and staying there for a while. Piper didn’t expect them to move in next to her, which causes her to encounter their handsome yet grumpy bodyguard, who finds her to be a threat. Making her way through, Piper finds herself becoming aroused and interest in Harrison Cole, the bodyguard the Royals brought with them and sees for herself that behind all that gruffness lies a soft heart. However, a personal conflict between the two threatens Piper’s relationship with Harrison and her job as a teacher, in which she will have to use her voice to defend what she believes for herself. I found this story to be a refreshment from what I was reading. Not only is it the first book I’ve read with a bodyguard as a lead, but it was my first Karina Halle book. This story satisfied me entirely, made me grin the entire time, had me laughing, and had me feeling even more ridiculously single. Sometimes I think about my taste in men, specifically in books, and I conclude that it’s men like Harrison Cole that I have a very sweet and warm spot for. Men who are grumpy and cold but later reveal themselves to be soft all around, wishing for nothing but a person they can fill their love with. Harrison Cole was just that (and yes, his first name is Harrison, not Cole). While he doesn’t have a past that some may consider very tragic, Harrison has had to put himself on the line for himself, his family, and then the Royals. He has a past he wants to move on and walk away from, never to cross again. His character development towards Piper worked smoothly, not too fast but not too slow either. His soft spot started showing the more time he spent with her, and his true feelings and intentions were becoming more and more evident throughout their moments. He wasn't rude and possessive, and honestly, it was a good break from some of the possessive men I have been reading about. One side of him is that he is big, tall, tatted, and muscular, always wearing his aviators, carrying a cold stare no matter who was talking and will do what he can do to protect the Royals he’s vowed to protect. The other side is that he loves to bake, volunteered to go grocery shopping for the Royals, and did laundry. It may sound dumb, but this was the first time I read about a guy like Harrison who did his laundry. He even asked if Piper would make fun of his “masculinity” because, sadly, that’s how society views it. He’s had minimal people in his life. While his relationship with Piper started on a rough road, I loved reading about how he started switching his attitude with her, from asking her to go grocery shopping with him to secretly buying her a peony bouquet, to helping her mother bake. He was never cocky but always sweet, and while he had a job to fulfill, he was determined to make time for Piper any way he could. “But I’ve come to realize, ever since you moved in, that you can’t hide and shrink for the rest of your life. You have to embrace change and welcome it, or you’ll never get better. If there’s no push, there is no growth, and that is the damn truth.” On the other hand, Piper just broke my heart, but in a good way. For starters, she’s a romance reader and hosts a podcast on romance novels. She even goes as far as to read smut in her podcast, and it’s all done to express the beauty of romance as a genre and as a novel. She’s a second-grade school teacher in a small town where sadly, everyone knows everyone and every little thing that goes around. Adding on to that, Piper suffers from C-PTSD, which is something I didn’t know about (I just knew about PTSD), and she has anxiety. While her anxiety differs from her C-PTSD and is unclear on every page, she mentions she takes antianxiety medications. Sometimes, the way she acts is also showing an example of either mental illness impacting her. To add more pressure to that, her father left her and her mother at the age of 14, walking out like she was nothing. She’s been taking care of her mother, who has BPD/DPD and uses her income to help the two of them. I’ve never met anyone with BPD and/or DPD, so reading about a neurological disorder like this one provided a new insight into something I’ve become more interested in learning about. But as we get older, the giddiness fades. We become more cynical. The excitement, the increased heart rate, the swarmy, fizzy feeling in our stomach? It morphs into anxiety. We become nervous. The joy is removed, and all we’re left with is worry. The joy is something that belonged to the past, to when we were more innocent, when we had things to get excited and happy about. On the author’s note, Karina Halle mentioned how some of Piper’s motives and personality traits were inspired by her own self, such as anxiety and C-PTSD specifically, and mentioned how she hopes romance will start to become more diverse in terms of mental health and illnesses. This is something I found beautiful to read about because I wholeheartedly agree that books with correct mental health representation are a way to end the stigma around them. I can’t tell you how common it is to hear prejudice against people with mental illness ranging from depression to autism. People assume they’re just emotionless robots, incapable of showing love and being in love. I found the representation here to be well done because it wasn’t something that became drama-infused, such as becoming a problem with the characters that only contributed to the stereotypes. I recently saw a tweet a friend of mine posted on her Instagram story, in which it stated, “I dream of never being called resilient again in my life. I’m exhausted by strength. I want support. I want softness. I want ease. I want to be amongst kin. Not patted on the back for how well I take a hit. Or for how many.” I saw this, and I immediately thought of Piper and her mother. Towards the end, Piper’s mother confronts Piper and tells her that she needs to stop worrying too much about her and worry about herself. Piper, being who she is, doesn’t tell her mother anything because she’s worried her mother will have an episode where she breaks down or doesn’t take the reality easily, in which Piper’s mother says, “you mean well and you always have, but you can’t protect me forever.” This reminded me of my relationship with my parents. I think about it, and I realize that it upsets me more thinking about my parent’s death than my own. They wish I could live forever, while I wish they could live forever. The tweet above reminded me of Piper because Piper calls herself (and feels it too) strong to endure everything she has gone through with her mother that she has normalized her own pain. She didn’t realize how much she was carrying on her shoulders until her mother told her. But aside from the sadness, Piper made me feel a lot of joy as well. She was an outgoing, outspoken, loving, and a sweet person. Her love for romance novels reminded me (even more) why I love the genre, whether it’s a book or media, and why it shouldn’t be a shame to love them. There was an instance in the novel where she had to defend her love for it, and I found the entire chapter to be beautiful. It was chapter 20, specifically, and it reminded me of the importance of standing up for what we love and believe is right. Her podcast is one I wish we could have access to if needed. It reminds me of the beauty of falling in love with two people falling in love (figuratively, I mean). Not only that, but her love for books is noticeable on different pages, and I love how Karina included “book about books” moments in between for us to find ourselves within. She spends time reading, she goes to a bookstore to buy books, and she knows what she’s looking for. She’s the friend I hope I can have one day. “To the romance-reading audience. It’s okay to read about sex. It’s okay to have a book that’s focused on both people falling in love and the woman’s own pleasure. The genre has a lot of stigma attached to it, but only because some people are afraid of women’s empowerment and sexuality.” I gotta say, the romance in this is one of my favorites. It’s a slow-burn hate-to-love relationship, and I found myself loving every moment between Harrison and Piper, even from the beginning. Harrison is definitely that typical bodyguard with his long and cold stare, straight stature, muscled body, and unfriendly look. While Piper isn’t exactly “sunshine,” she’s much more chirpy and overall talkative than Harrison, to the point where she finds herself rambling. Their relationship started rough, as Harrison (for some reason) found Piper to be a “potential threat” because she lived next to the Duke and Duchess, so he had to make sure she was someone they could trust. They have a snarky banter, and while it is slow-burn, the two have sexual tension before the actual moment they finally let go and hungrily seek each other out. I found myself anticipating the moment they would finally kiss and admit their feelings to each other, and I gotta say, I wasn’t disappointed. After their first moment, I found myself waiting for every other “forbidden moment” they had together full of stolen glances, kisses, hand-holding, physical touch, and everything in between. After this moment, Harrison came back to the house the next day and helped Piper and her mother bake a pie crust, in which the two’s longing for each other was felt, and I found myself grinning like a fool at the two. “I’m not saying it because you did,” he goes on. “You just beat me to it. I am madly, aggravatingly, desperately in love with you. It’s been frustrating to try to negotiate an emotion I’ve never felt before, but there’s no mistaking it and no hiding from it. I’m not hiding from anything when it comes to you and how I feel about you.” He runs his thumb over my lips. “You’re it, Piper. You’re everything. And so when I say that I’m going to make this work for us, I’m going to make it work.” I want to mention that, even though it isn’t stated, I’m sure Prince Harry and Meghan Markle inspire the story behind Prince Eddie and Monica. I’m not gonna lie, I don’t really keep up with them and haven’t kept up, but I’ve seen enough to become aware of what’s happened. A lot of the story elements behind Prince Eddie and Monica are replicas of Harry and Meghan: Meghan being a woman of color, Monica being a Black woman; Meghan leaving her acting career, Monica leaving her music career; the British Royal Family not approving of Monica just like Meghan wasn’t approved; Monica facing racism, sexism, prejudice, and more insults, just like Meghan; Monica’s child already being criticized because she’s not white and is “too dark,” just like Meghan’s child being considered “too dark.” I actually liked this approach because it was easy to follow along with the story and see it as a real-life situation because of how similar it is. “But not this. Not the way they hound you, write slander about you, all because you don’t fit what their idea of a bloody royal is.” In conclusion, The Royals Next Door was a refreshing read, and I’m happy I gave it a chance. It may be my first Karina Halle book, but it’s definitely not going to be my last. While it may seem cheesy to some, I found it to be cute and sweet. Sometimes that’s all you really need. I somehow managed to read this book in one sitting from 12:15 AM to 5:19 AM, and I regret nothing. Thank you to the Berkley and NetGalley for providing me an ARC! All quotes mentioned above were taken from an early copy and are subject to change upon publication.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Happy Pub Day! Who doesn't love a good royals rom-com? This story is heavily influenced by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but as side characters, because the real focus is on their bodyguard, Harrison, and 2nd grade local teacher/ girl next door, Piper. I equally adored the hilarious, laugh-out-loud banter and the substantial plot surrounding mental illness and not dialing down who you are based on what society expects as the norm. I love that Piper hosts a romance pod cast and I basked in her l Happy Pub Day! Who doesn't love a good royals rom-com? This story is heavily influenced by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but as side characters, because the real focus is on their bodyguard, Harrison, and 2nd grade local teacher/ girl next door, Piper. I equally adored the hilarious, laugh-out-loud banter and the substantial plot surrounding mental illness and not dialing down who you are based on what society expects as the norm. I love that Piper hosts a romance pod cast and I basked in her love of reading smut over the air. While a slow burn, the romance is 100% satisfying and the pacing of such is believable. No insta-love here; Piper and Harrison go from enemies-to-friends-to-lovers over the course of this story, and that friendship that solidified into a romance felt so endearing. If you're looking for a romance that will put a smile on your face, without trying to tone down the importance of mental health, definitely pick this one up asap! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  3. 4 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    3.75 stars First of all, this is one of the cutest covers I’ve ever seen this year. This was such a really entertaining summer read, cute bodyguard romance with a twist. I really enjoyed this one, it was such an easy book to like. I loved Harrison from the first introduction, a stoic broody bodyguard, what’s not to love? The sunshine grumpy dynamic was really entertaining. I also really liked all the talk about romance books and those who reads romance and how they’re always shamed for reading ro 3.75 stars First of all, this is one of the cutest covers I’ve ever seen this year. This was such a really entertaining summer read, cute bodyguard romance with a twist. I really enjoyed this one, it was such an easy book to like. I loved Harrison from the first introduction, a stoic broody bodyguard, what’s not to love? The sunshine grumpy dynamic was really entertaining. I also really liked all the talk about romance books and those who reads romance and how they’re always shamed for reading romance? Also, all the talk about mental illness and therapy. The romance might not be the most amazing thing, kinda conflict free, and wrapped up extra nicely with everything being super okay for “a royal” situation, but it was still really cute! One thing I didn’t like is how I hated all the people on the island. I mean for a small island I always expect to fall in love with the closed community.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars I had so much fun reading The Royals Next Door! Karina Halle wrote the perfect summer read with this one. It was a fantastic slow burn/bodyguard romance- but with a twist. Piper is an elementary school teacher on an island and when she's not working she's taking care of her mother or reading romance novels. Her life isn't all that interesting, until the royals move next door. With the royals come their head bodyguard, Harrison. Harrison is a little brash and he and Piper have an inte 4 stars I had so much fun reading The Royals Next Door! Karina Halle wrote the perfect summer read with this one. It was a fantastic slow burn/bodyguard romance- but with a twist. Piper is an elementary school teacher on an island and when she's not working she's taking care of her mother or reading romance novels. Her life isn't all that interesting, until the royals move next door. With the royals come their head bodyguard, Harrison. Harrison is a little brash and he and Piper have an interesting first meeting. With time, you see the relationship between Piper and Harrison start to shift. I loved watching them realize their feelings for each other and give in to them, even if things were a bit complicated. I also loved how Harrison treated Piper's mom and the relationship he developed with her. Piper was a strong and resilient heroine. Between taking care of her mother, coming out of her shell in town, and standing up for herself when her job was on the line, I was proud of her and one of the best parts of this book was watching her growth. Harrison is one of those heroes you can't help but love. A tough exterior, but the softest middle. I also enjoyed the side story with the royals. Overall I enjoyed this book so much! It was a refreshing read and such a great book for summer. If you're looking for a light and fun romance that still has some emotion and depth, pick this one up!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Happy book birthday 🥳📚💞🎉 Yes! Yes! A big yes! After reading too many thrillers I was needing something stimulating, tempting, entertaining, extremely feel good but also powerful, inspirational, thought provoking: I know I want too many things at the same time. But guess what! I got it all by reading this book! Karina Halle is hell of a way too much talented author who can dance between different genres from erotic romance to paranormal, contemporary to romcom and she nails all of them! I’m still s Happy book birthday 🥳📚💞🎉 Yes! Yes! A big yes! After reading too many thrillers I was needing something stimulating, tempting, entertaining, extremely feel good but also powerful, inspirational, thought provoking: I know I want too many things at the same time. But guess what! I got it all by reading this book! Karina Halle is hell of a way too much talented author who can dance between different genres from erotic romance to paranormal, contemporary to romcom and she nails all of them! I’m still so thankful she brought one of my best paranormal series back: as a team Derry ( Dex- Perry) fan! She never disappoints me! I never had to grade any of her works less than four stars ( I think I devoured all of her works) And I’m telling you guys: I know this book is so intriguing because the royal couple mentioned in it is so similar to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry! But: It’s more than a realistic approach this scandalous story. It has unique approach to mental illnesses ( PTSD, borderline personality disorder, dependent personality disorder,anxiety disorder etc), genuine criticism of invasion of privacy and promising enemies to lovers/ forbidden love premise! This is not ordinary soft/ sweet/swoon read to be consumed at one bite. This is so much more than that! Especially the last chapters about self discovery, standing up for yourself parts ignite your inner rebel to take action for the things you resented for so long! Let’s give you some scoops about the storyline: Piper Evans : elementary school teacher, a hermit, an outsider even though she’s been living in the island for five years because of being punished to dumb her cheater fiancée’s ass who comes from one of the island’s wealthiest and most powerful families. Luckily her occupation and taking care of her mother suffering from BPD, DPD, already took so much time of her so ut doesn’t hurt her so much to be shunned by townies and or to have hard time to make friends but her uneventful life will completely change when recently married prince Eddie and Grammy winner, popular singer Monica left Britain for a yearlong for undisclosed reasons: a sabbatical sorts. There are too many theories whirl around where they are going to move! So Piper can hardly imagine she’s going to be neighbors with the scandalous royal couple whose reputation is tarnished by ruthless British paparazzis. But when an incredibly hot human wall stops her car and asks her ID, she remembers the face: that’s notorious, ultra sexy, intimidating bodyguard of royal couple: ladies and gentlemen: here’s the hottest protector, veteran, irresistible Harrison Cole: oh stop drooling ( note to myself !!!) Actually Piper has the same reaction with me but Harrison’s rude manners, acting like she might be big threat against royal family brings out the worst of her. The guy literally pushes her button so bad! The smart banters, flaming chemistry, slow burn blooming romance between them keep you at the edge. And you know what the guy is hell of a cook! But Piper already had so many a.hole experiences which gave her second thoughts about attracting to the emotionally detached people. Even though there are undeniable sparks flying around them, the possibility of starting a relationship will cost them too much. The press not only watches every move of royal, they also watch Piper and Harrison because they know their close connection to the couple. Meghan oops Monica already invited Piper and her mother at their mansion, she and the prince are way too much friendly than they expected. Could Piper and Harrison take risks and leave their past traumas behind? Could they have their own HEA against all odds? Overall: I loved it so much! It’s so much meaningful, fiery, powerful, thought provoking and entertaining earned my five royal, secluded small island, and IIiiiiiiii will always love you stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    CristiinaReads❀

    An all new Karina book that will have all romance lovers, especially the royal trope lovers falling in love with the main characters that show the best of passion... Diving in with hesitation when it comes down to Karina's books, is something that I am already used to. I have somewhat of a love and dislike type of relationship with her novels. But when you get drawn into this novel by not just only the cover, and the synopsis with the word "bodyguard", you just have to know that this will be An all new Karina book that will have all romance lovers, especially the royal trope lovers falling in love with the main characters that show the best of passion... Diving in with hesitation when it comes down to Karina's books, is something that I am already used to. I have somewhat of a love and dislike type of relationship with her novels. But when you get drawn into this novel by not just only the cover, and the synopsis with the word "bodyguard", you just have to know that this will be an incredible novel. And I for sure was not wrong. Though it did take me more than the normal of time to finish this story, I think the slow reading made me cherish it more instead of skipping some details here and there. With that being said, Piper & Harrison introduce a whole new world of being an outsider looking into the royal family. Though it is a given that the royals in this novel are based on Meghan and Harry's real life story, getting those glimpses here and there of the royal couple type of romance is very peaceful and beyond romantic. Falling for Piper and Harrison though is just the way to go. Especially when this rugged, aviator sunglasses lover is romantic towards Piper; "I love the way he says my name. Like it's a way to hold me to him, as if I'm something magical and unreal and ready to float away..." Overall, Piper and Harrison do have a rough patch of understanding each other. But once they do open up, one can truly admit that loving these two is inevitable because you will instantly fall for them. Wether it's drunk nights at the local "pub" or secret meetings at a private lake (including some nudes scenes), this is the ideal summer read that you do not want to miss out on. I just also hope Karina keeps on writing this light, heart warming romances that we totally need in the romance community. With that hint of spice to 'em **wink wink**, it's the perfect read to dive into! ARC kindly provided by Berkley Romance, in exchange for an honest review... Follow Me On: Instagram ♕ Twitter

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    4.5 stars OKAY THIS WAS SO CUTE!!! I really loved Harrison from the moment we saw him. He was this cold, stoic bodyguard that took his job very seriously. That means that he is very suspicious of the teacher living next door to where the royals he guards just moved in. This is a slow burn romance and I loved how that developed. I do think the end go a little too preachy and sunshine and rainbows regarding the heroine's job, but I still loved this book and literally couldn't put it down! This book 4.5 stars OKAY THIS WAS SO CUTE!!! I really loved Harrison from the moment we saw him. He was this cold, stoic bodyguard that took his job very seriously. That means that he is very suspicious of the teacher living next door to where the royals he guards just moved in. This is a slow burn romance and I loved how that developed. I do think the end go a little too preachy and sunshine and rainbows regarding the heroine's job, but I still loved this book and literally couldn't put it down! This book also deals with mental illness as the heroine's mom has a mental illness and the heroine's lifestyle and decisions really revolve around the health of her mom. I liked how openly they talked about therapy and how they had serious discussions about how it was for Piper taking care of her mom and dealing with her own love life, job, and mental struggles. I also loved the friendship that developed between Piper and the royals next door! This book was just adorable!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Phuong ✯

    Started for the cover, stayed ... because it was an ARC and it comes out today 🥴 This is 100% a "it's not the book, it's totally me" thing. When I requested the ARC for The Royal Next Door I was completely sold on the cover and bodyguard trope, but then the book was delivered to my kindle and my interest in reading the book went 📉📉. It always interesting as long as it's unattainable 😭 Long story short: Yesterday I realized that I still need to read and review it, cause it's out now and here we a Started for the cover, stayed ... because it was an ARC and it comes out today 🥴 This is 100% a "it's not the book, it's totally me" thing. When I requested the ARC for The Royal Next Door I was completely sold on the cover and bodyguard trope, but then the book was delivered to my kindle and my interest in reading the book went 📉📉. It always interesting as long as it's unattainable 😭 Long story short: Yesterday I realized that I still need to read and review it, cause it's out now and here we are. Me forcing myself to read a book that is fine, but yk I wasn't really that excited in reading. Now I have to come up with at least one paragraph to review this book. So excuse me please for the worse fucking review in history of reviews 🏃🏻‍♀️ The Good: - the cover - cute & quick summer read - sunshine-grumpy dynamic - had 2-3 very adorable scenes - Piper's mother was pretty weird at the beginning, but I grew to like her Neither Good Nor Bad: - Piper (schoolteacher, romance reader who has a podcast, caretaker of her mom, doesn't like to go out, goes for emotionally unavailable men) - Harrison (bodyguard to to the royals next door, stoic, work is his life) - the romance (slowburn yay but also there were so many time jumps where weeks would go by and Piper and Harrison were in love that I was suspious hmm) The Bad: - nothing special. The royal couple that moved next door was inspired by Meghan and Harry that was interesting, but the fact that I can't even remember the couple's name is telling how memorable this book overall was - Didn't like any of the characters on that island except the main characters. They suck as a community, they suck as people, they just suck period. - wasn't bored with the story, but didn't feel a single thing Wow, truly impressed that it was more than one paragraph, but then, I cannot even count it as paragraphs since it's more of a bullet point list lmao 🤣 well, never said this would be a masterpiece so that promise was kept 💅 My job here is done, bye. *ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review

  9. 4 out of 5

    emma

    We're all familiar with ye olde expression if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. But what if, hypothetically, I don't have anything to say at all? What if - let's just say - I read this book 5 weeks ago and have since put off reviewing it because I don't even know what I would put in the body of said review? What if I felt so profoundly meh about every aspect of this (the characters, including our quirky protagonist and hyper-boring love interest; the romance between the We're all familiar with ye olde expression if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. But what if, hypothetically, I don't have anything to say at all? What if - let's just say - I read this book 5 weeks ago and have since put off reviewing it because I don't even know what I would put in the body of said review? What if I felt so profoundly meh about every aspect of this (the characters, including our quirky protagonist and hyper-boring love interest; the romance between them; the friendships between them and a similarly boring royal couple; the happenings of a small town whose only interesting factoid is it's also an island) that I didn't WANT to say anything? What then? Bottom line: Meh! --------------- pre-review the unthinkable has happened once again (the worst part of a romance novel was the romance) review to come / 2.5 stars --------------- challenging myself to read as many review copies as possible this month because i'm addicted to projects! ARC 1: spaceman of bohemia ARC 2: in search of us ARC 3: aerialists ARC 4: the sound of drowning ARC 5: unleaving ARC 6: the other side of luck ARC 7: romanov ARC 8: the storm keeper's island ARC 9: gut check ARC 10: when force meets fate ARC 11: sisters in hate ARC 12: before i disappear ARC 13: big time ARC 14: stolen science ARC 15: have a little faith in me ARC 16: invitation to a bonfire ARC 17: the splendor ARC 18: how to be luminous ARC 19: the little women cookbook ARC 20: while we were dating ARC 21: the lost girls ARC 22: wait for it ARC 23: your life has been delayed ARC 24: a million things ARC 25: the royals next door

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4.5 stars! I’m not normally a big fan of the royal trope in my romance, but when I heard this was inspired by Meghan and Harry and featured a bodyguard, I was sold. The Royals Next Door is about elementary school teacher, Piper, who lives on a small island in Canada with her mother who struggles with mental illness. Word gets out pretty quickly that British royals Eddie and Monica are scoping out places to live on the island, and pretty soon Piper realizes they are moving right next door to her 4.5 stars! I’m not normally a big fan of the royal trope in my romance, but when I heard this was inspired by Meghan and Harry and featured a bodyguard, I was sold. The Royals Next Door is about elementary school teacher, Piper, who lives on a small island in Canada with her mother who struggles with mental illness. Word gets out pretty quickly that British royals Eddie and Monica are scoping out places to live on the island, and pretty soon Piper realizes they are moving right next door to her. This would be great, except for the grumpy bodyguard, Harrison, who seems to like to make things difficult for Piper… Karina Halle is one of my all-time favorite authors. I know whether I like her books or not, I’m going to get an entertaining and well written story. I love the grumpy hero who likes only the heroine trope, and Harrison was the best kind of grumpy hero. I loved Piper as this quirky, school teacher dealing with a lot in her life but trying to see the best in her situation. What stood out the strongest in this book was the representation of mental illness with the characters. I love that this book had characters suggesting and seeking out therapy as a means to help others. The book also touched on PTSD and how it can alter decision making skills and how people approach situations in life without realizing the impact. All around I’m glad this book touches on these issues without being a super heavy subject because they aren’t always brought up or tackled in the romance genre when they should be. I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited to read the next one when it is released. Hey, this series might make me a royals romance lover yet. A digital arc was provided by the publisher via Netgalley. This did not have any influence over my thoughts/opinions when reading this book or writing this review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Piper is a second grade schoolteacher and caregiver for her mentally ill mother, Harrison is the PPO (that’s personal protection officer) for …. Well, a fictional equivalent. To be 100% honest, I wasn't sure I would like this and so I sort of avoided it like the plague after receiving an advanced copy. I'm just not into the whole "royal" thing. The good news is this isn't really about the royals at all. They're basically the neighbors that ocassionally have Piper and her mom over for dinner. T Piper is a second grade schoolteacher and caregiver for her mentally ill mother, Harrison is the PPO (that’s personal protection officer) for …. Well, a fictional equivalent. To be 100% honest, I wasn't sure I would like this and so I sort of avoided it like the plague after receiving an advanced copy. I'm just not into the whole "royal" thing. The good news is this isn't really about the royals at all. They're basically the neighbors that ocassionally have Piper and her mom over for dinner. The real meat and potatoes (or poutine hyuck hyuck) is between Piper and Harrison. I guess technically this would fall under the enemies to lovers trope, but it was less like true hatred for each other and more that they were inconveniences in each other's lives. This book does several things right. First, it jumped on the royal fever before it became too tired of a trope. Second, it tackles mental illness in the way I like best - with kid gloves and not a whole lot of detail for the trolls to pick apart. And most importantly it reminds us that …. It's okay to read about sex. It's okay to have a book that's focused on both people falling in love and the woman's own pleasure. The genre has a lot of stigma attached to it, but only because some people are afraid of women's empowerment and sexuality. Amen. It's okay to read whatever the eff you want. Like romance? Read it! Like young adult, but you're a geezer? Who gives a poop - read it! Like the stabby stuff that might make your friends question your sanity??? Find new friends and read it!!! All reading is good - just read. And thank you for coming to my Ted Talk. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

  12. 5 out of 5

    TheBibliotheque ♡

    I see bodyguard and I one-click

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alba and Her Secrets..♥

    4 'You transfix me' Stars! ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Karina Halle is one of my unicorn authors so you can imagine my excitement when she announced she was publishing a new novel with Berkley Romance and that it was all about royals. Not only is it about royals escaping their reality for a while and two opposites falling in love with each other, it’s also about a heroine and her mother who both are dealing with mental illness. This is a topic that I think 4 'You transfix me' Stars! ARC provided by the the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Karina Halle is one of my unicorn authors so you can imagine my excitement when she announced she was publishing a new novel with Berkley Romance and that it was all about royals. Not only is it about royals escaping their reality for a while and two opposites falling in love with each other, it’s also about a heroine and her mother who both are dealing with mental illness. This is a topic that I think needs to be talked about more and Karina does a wonderful job with it. You’ll love Piper and her magic love story with Harrison! So, The Royals Next Door is Karina’s upcoming standalone release and her first novel published by Berkley. It’s about Piper Evans, a schoolteacher living in a remote island where people still think she doesn’t belong. Piper is also taking care of her mother (who has DPD and BPD) and she is an avid romance reader and podcaster. Enter Harrison Cole. Harrison is the royals’ main bodyguard and Piper’s new neighbor. He doesn’t like having her around much but that starts to change when they start really getting to know each other. Will these two polar opposites find happiness together? “I know you keep me on my toes.” “I annoy you,” I tell him. “There’s a difference.” “You don’t annoy me,” he says. “You... transfix me.” This is so different from what we are used to from Karina Halle. And that is a good thing! I am a big fan of hers and I am so excited she decided to dip her toes in this new troupe. Karina is mostly known for very steamy contemporary and paranormal romance and now she is bringing her slow burn romcom game with The Royals Next Door. I think she did a very good job and gave us unique characters and a beautiful love story. Moreover, she added the mental illness theme and I think that is very, very important. Many people suffer from mental illnesses and it’s not normalized, neither in society nor in books. Piper, her mother and even Harrison are dealing with some type of issue and Karina developed it in the story very well. And can we talk about how adorable this couple was? OMG, I loved them together and I am so happy they found their HEA! “If you know how amazing you are, the world will be a better place.” Where did I find this man again? Oh right. The royals next door. Therefore, I am rating The Royals Next Door with 4 STARS because it was a sweet delicious treat, a summer romance perfect for any moment and with a crew of characters that will steal your heart! Karina did a wonderful job with this new troupe and dipping her toes in mid-steam romance and also dealing with unusual themes like mental illnesses. I loved Piper and Harrison together, I loved Piper’s relationship with her mother and all the interactions with the rest of secondary characters, especially the royals. I cannot wait to see if Karina releases more titles with Berkley because I will surely check them out! CHECK OUT MY BLOG HERE:

  14. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Piper + Harrison Piper has been living on Salt Spring Island near Vancouver with her mom for five years now. She's a second grade teacher and a secret romance book pod caster. Harrison is a royal bodyguard. He arrived with the Prince and his wife from England. And since Piper and her mom live in a little house which used to be the servant quarters of this huge mansion ... the Royals are our new neighbors. LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN .... ☺ ═════════════════ Adorable! First of all the cover! So pretty! I Piper + Harrison Piper has been living on Salt Spring Island near Vancouver with her mom for five years now. She's a second grade teacher and a secret romance book pod caster. Harrison is a royal bodyguard. He arrived with the Prince and his wife from England. And since Piper and her mom live in a little house which used to be the servant quarters of this huge mansion ... the Royals are our new neighbors. LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN .... ☺ ═════════════════ Adorable! First of all the cover! So pretty! I just love that. And then the location! I've been to Vancouver Island many years ago and I just love this area. And then the story. A bit of a cinderella-ish love story. Just too cute! Piper is so sweet and a bit klutzy and Harrison is so typically British! They are so perfect for each other - but of course it might take a tiny while for them to realize that we're waiting for that Happily Ever After! This book was funny and sparky and sexy and full of nature and island life. And of course we also have our problems... jealous gossip idiots and the paparazzi and Piper's mom's health problems and of course the fact that Harrison needs to go back to England one day soon. But I just loved reading this. I wouldn't mind seeing it on Netflix one day! THE ROYALS NEXT DOOR was an adorable + funny + sparky love story. I loved reading this! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Harrison - this one is MINE! 💜 💜

  15. 4 out of 5

    Basic B's Guide

    August was an amazing month for new books and especially in the #romancebook department. I read an earc of THE ROYALS NEXT DOOR (thanks to @berkleyromance + @netgalley ) on my way home from the lake and absolutely fell in love with it. Five weeks later and I’m still swooning over Harrison. 😍⁣ ⁣ You don’t have to be a 👑 fan to love this story but the Royals are definitely reminiscent of Meghan and Harry. Nonetheless, the focus is not on the Royals but Piper (the girl next door). Piper is a school t August was an amazing month for new books and especially in the #romancebook department. I read an earc of THE ROYALS NEXT DOOR (thanks to @berkleyromance + @netgalley ) on my way home from the lake and absolutely fell in love with it. Five weeks later and I’m still swooning over Harrison. 😍⁣ ⁣ You don’t have to be a 👑 fan to love this story but the Royals are definitely reminiscent of Meghan and Harry. Nonetheless, the focus is not on the Royals but Piper (the girl next door). Piper is a school teacher with a secret! No one knows but she is an avid #romancereader and hosts her own podcast. She lives a quiet life with her Mother on a small island. Things take a turn when the Royals decide they’d like to move in next door and thus enters the incredibly sexy and oh so serious bodyguard - Harrison.⁣ ⁣ This quest for #happilyeverafter has everything I look for in a #contemporaryromance . It reminds us to put ourselves out there and that we deserve to be with someone who makes us feel good, safe and confident in ourselves.⁣ ⁣ If I could put this in all of your hands I would. Highly recommend bumping this up your #tbrpile .⁣

  16. 5 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    I am trash for royals romance, and while this wasn't *strictly* a royal romance—more like, royal adjacent—it was delightful and cozy and nice. I was a little disappointed that the Event alluded to in the summary wasn't as earth-shattering as I had anticipated, but it was an emotional roller coaster and it was enjoyable. Plus, I adored Piper's speech on romance novels, the stigma surrounding them, and how people need to chill the fuck out and actually read romance before condemning them. And there I am trash for royals romance, and while this wasn't *strictly* a royal romance—more like, royal adjacent—it was delightful and cozy and nice. I was a little disappointed that the Event alluded to in the summary wasn't as earth-shattering as I had anticipated, but it was an emotional roller coaster and it was enjoyable. Plus, I adored Piper's speech on romance novels, the stigma surrounding them, and how people need to chill the fuck out and actually read romance before condemning them. And there is solid mental illness and neurodiversity rep. I liked that Piper's mom called her out on her own behavior in treating her like a dependent/keeping her like a dependent, which is something that was refreshing to see. Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rhianna

    This sounds adorable, stop it right now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    The Royals Next Door was a cute book! It didn't wow me, but I had such a good time reading it. You know I'm a sucker for romance books with bodyguard trope + grumpy/sunshine. This has it! And it delivered tbh. The tropes made me go all swoony inside. When royalty moves next door, Piper's life fully changes. She's a schoolteacher, kinda hermit and a romance podcaster, but now she has actual royalty living next door! With them comes a broody, grumpy annoyed-at-her bodyguard, Harrison. For the most The Royals Next Door was a cute book! It didn't wow me, but I had such a good time reading it. You know I'm a sucker for romance books with bodyguard trope + grumpy/sunshine. This has it! And it delivered tbh. The tropes made me go all swoony inside. When royalty moves next door, Piper's life fully changes. She's a schoolteacher, kinda hermit and a romance podcaster, but now she has actual royalty living next door! With them comes a broody, grumpy annoyed-at-her bodyguard, Harrison. For the most part their relationship had to be a secret, because the media, the consequences to the royals, and her mother's wellbeing. But everyone knows immediately these two have something going on lmao. I just needed a little something more, more high stakes between them, because there are a lot of empty spaces between their scenes where they don't meet for a bit and you're wondering how can they fall so fast when they haven't spent that much time together lol. Also idk why but I find it kinda ehh to use the inspiration of Meghan Markle to write a book about two white people. It's just me! Maybe many people don't see it that way but idk why I do... Overall, this book is cute and I recommend it if you want a royals, bodyguard, annoying at first sight, grumpy/sunshine, soft for her only romance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeeves Reads Romance

    Softer and sweeter than her usual style, this slow-burning love story is the kind of low angst read that I love to dig into. While the first third leaned more towards chick lit - with a heavy focus on our heroine and her interactions with the royals next door - the book slowly transitions into a heartfelt love story that touches on some difficult subjects. It's still a light, playful read overall, but there's just enough emotion to give it some added depth. It's heroine-driven, told exclusively Softer and sweeter than her usual style, this slow-burning love story is the kind of low angst read that I love to dig into. While the first third leaned more towards chick lit - with a heavy focus on our heroine and her interactions with the royals next door - the book slowly transitions into a heartfelt love story that touches on some difficult subjects. It's still a light, playful read overall, but there's just enough emotion to give it some added depth. It's heroine-driven, told exclusively from Piper's perspective, which adds an air of mystery to our already broody hero. The more I got to know Harrison, the more I loved him - and that love had grown strong by the end. Who doesn't love a kind, muscled, protective, British gentleman with plenty of tattoos? I certainly do! Harrison and Piper's chemistry makes the back half of this rom com a sexy, engaging read. The story follows Piper, a hot mess of a woman whose life is changed when royalty moves in next door - with plenty of security in tow. Think Harry and Meghan when they first moved across the pond, because this story is both familiar and different. As Piper clashes with the bodyguard in charge of the royals' protection, the two find themselves getting closer. While Harrison is the strong, silent type, he also seems to enjoy spending time with Piper. The two get closer, and as Piper gains the confidence to put the pieces of her life back together, it's Harrison who is always at her side. It took around a third of the book for me to really get invested in the love story, though I was enjoying the royals storyline. The first act feels much more like chick lit, with a lighter, funnier vibe and a focus on the royals vs. the romance. That all changes in the back half, and that's when this truly got my full attention. It goes from beach read to forbidden romance, and we get to know Harrison much better. It's a slow-burning romance that pays off by the end, with a couple of very steamy scenes and some heart-melting intimacy. There's discussion of mental health throughout, with more than one neurodiverse character and some complicated emotions. The romance-lover in me wanted a little more Harrison at the start, but the author does a great job of making this a well-rounded read. It held my attention from start to finish, and I was definitely loving it by the end. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this heartfelt rom com.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Rosenblit

    Oh well look, if it isn't the book that launched my giant Karina Halle obsession... This review took quite a while to write (aside from the fact that I am very late on reviews in general) but also because I spent the last month going down a rabbit hole otherwise known as Karina Halle's backlist - now if that isn't an endorsement telling you that you need to read this book - because what else says read a book like buying all the author's other books?!? Small town, sexy bodyguard, royal family... Oh well look, if it isn't the book that launched my giant Karina Halle obsession... This review took quite a while to write (aside from the fact that I am very late on reviews in general) but also because I spent the last month going down a rabbit hole otherwise known as Karina Halle's backlist - now if that isn't an endorsement telling you that you need to read this book - because what else says read a book like buying all the author's other books?!? Small town, sexy bodyguard, royal family... AND a podcast about romance books!!!! Seriously, do you even need any more convincing?!? Go pre-order this book now so that it is in your hands on August 31st!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erin Wilson

    This was super cute! It was obviously based on Megan and Harry but I love them, so this was adorable. The main characters had great chemistry and I really loved their story! The author also has a character with BPD and DPD and while I’m not overly familiar with either, she wrote them with respect and I think that’s hugely important. It’s nice to see more mental health in novels that’s portrayed realistically and not romantasized.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    Cute summer read with bodyguard / opposite attract trope.

  23. 4 out of 5

    alerleees

    i really liked it, but to be honest i was more in love with the royal couple living next door

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Daily

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THE ROYALS NEXT DOOR by Karina Halle If you’ve ever fantasized about Princess Megan and Prince Harry moving in next door, this is definitely the book for you. I read this one by the pool on my surf vacation, and absolutely feel in love. Piper is a school teacher-slash-romance junkie-slash secret podcaster who lives with her mom, who is sometimes struggling and sometimes coping with mental health issues. One day she find out that British royals have moved into the mansion next door (I ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THE ROYALS NEXT DOOR by Karina Halle If you’ve ever fantasized about Princess Megan and Prince Harry moving in next door, this is definitely the book for you. I read this one by the pool on my surf vacation, and absolutely feel in love. Piper is a school teacher-slash-romance junkie-slash secret podcaster who lives with her mom, who is sometimes struggling and sometimes coping with mental health issues. One day she find out that British royals have moved into the mansion next door (I love when that happens) and Piper has a few run-ins with their yummy bodyguard, Harrison Cole. Harrison is exactly the gruff, no-nonsense character we’d expect him to be, and Piper is both fascinated by her royal neighbors and irritated at the media frenzy happening 24-7 on her driveway. But… Harrison’s impromptu visits, mixed signals, and kind heart begin to win Piper over. This was a fast read, with some really great laughs, and just the right vibe for fans of enemies-to-lovers and royals rom-coms. Really fun book, I enjoyed it immensely. Have you read it? What did you think?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brittany (whatbritreads)

    *Thank you to Penguin Random House Int. for sending me a copy of this book for review!* I’m gonna start with the good bits because otherwise this review is going to feel overwhelmingly negative. The writing was fine, the characters were mostly palatable, it was pretty fast paced and easy to read, and I liked the romance aspect for the most part. It did everything just fine, it was an overall pretty average read. If you’re looking for something lighthearted for a bit of escapism, go for this one. M *Thank you to Penguin Random House Int. for sending me a copy of this book for review!* I’m gonna start with the good bits because otherwise this review is going to feel overwhelmingly negative. The writing was fine, the characters were mostly palatable, it was pretty fast paced and easy to read, and I liked the romance aspect for the most part. It did everything just fine, it was an overall pretty average read. If you’re looking for something lighthearted for a bit of escapism, go for this one. My favourite aspect of this book was probably how positive it was about romance, in particular about women who read and write romance novels. I just couldn’t get enough of that. It openly tackled so much of the stigma associated with the romance genre as a whole as our protagonist reads and has a romance podcast, which she is stigmatised for a couple of times in the book. She stands up for herself well and it’s all framed in such a positive light. I enjoyed that and feel like it’s something we need more of, not just within books themselves but just within reading spaces in general. Ah, unfortunately this book fell into the hole that a lot of books trying to depict the British royals do - it did it terribly. Now, I know this is supposed to be just a lighthearted romcom and I’m not supposed to take it that seriously, but when the characters were this weirdly written, I can’t help but criticise it. There wasn’t a single moment in here where the two of them were in character at all, from the way they spoke to the way they acted it just wasn’t realistic. It became such a point of distraction it took me out of the story completely which was a shame. It was also painfully obvious that they were based on Harry and Meghan, which for me just made things ten times worse. I wasn’t a fan. For a romance book, it focused on a lot of things that weren't actually the romance and we don't actually get that many scenes with our protagonist and love interest alone. It does the comedy of romcom well but I’m undecided about the romance, it felt rushed and I wanted more tension. I liked Harrison as a love interest and the bit of smut we get is good - but other than that their relationship isn’t memorable at all. It was just like all of a sudden they weren’t together and then they were declaring their love for each other. A bit much for me. There was an attempt at exploring mental illness but with everything else going on in the story, it felt really underdeveloped. There’s representation of DPD, BPS, cPTSD and PTSD in here but you don’t really get to see much of it and the conversations had about these are very surface level. We get one scene of Harrison struggling with his PTSD but it’s so short lived and never talked about again, you begin to wonder what the point of including it was anyway. The mom of our protagonist we are told has a lot of issues, but we never really see these issues and it was never really made clear why our protagonist is classed as a ‘caregiver’. This might be me being completely oblivious, but in the book it just didn’t come across obviously at all. I applaud it for including these issues as it raises awareness and can lower stigma, but I’m not sure how effective it was in this case.

  26. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    The Royals Next Door was a really cute royal adjacent romance. It features a wonderfully gooey cinnamon roll personal protection officer hero who will certainly steal your heart. I loved the slow burn build up between Harrison and Piper. They get off to a rocky start, but they each know exactly how to push the others buttons and the snarky banter was excellent. There are things in their pasts and present weighing them down (please see CW), but I appreciated that they were honest with each other The Royals Next Door was a really cute royal adjacent romance. It features a wonderfully gooey cinnamon roll personal protection officer hero who will certainly steal your heart. I loved the slow burn build up between Harrison and Piper. They get off to a rocky start, but they each know exactly how to push the others buttons and the snarky banter was excellent. There are things in their pasts and present weighing them down (please see CW), but I appreciated that they were honest with each other and worked through these obstacles in a mature and productive way. The epilogue left my heart happy and I look forward to reading more books by Karina Halle in the future. As fun and sweet as this novel is, it also tackles some very serious issues as well. The discussions about mental health were especially insightful and the author’s note at the end really brought everything full circle. I thought basing the royal neighbors on Meghan and Harry was a fun touch and I felt their struggles with the media and paparazzi mirrored reality very well. I also really appreciated how the novel addressed the stigma and misconceptions surrounding the romance genre. CW: anxiety, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, dependent personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, cheating ex, parental abandonment, military related injury and PTSD, invasion of privacy *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    From the minute that I was introduced to main character, Piper I was smitten. She’s an incredibly interesting and multifaceted character that felt so authentic. She was relatable too, she’s a huge romance reader and even has a romance podcast. Then there’s Harrison, who just made me swoon. Their relationship evolved in such a believable way too, it was a slow burn but they wait was way worth it in the end. They start off as enemies, then become friends before they hook up so you get a little das From the minute that I was introduced to main character, Piper I was smitten. She’s an incredibly interesting and multifaceted character that felt so authentic. She was relatable too, she’s a huge romance reader and even has a romance podcast. Then there’s Harrison, who just made me swoon. Their relationship evolved in such a believable way too, it was a slow burn but they wait was way worth it in the end. They start off as enemies, then become friends before they hook up so you get a little dash of a few different tropes which was fun. Add in a small town that isn’t the usually depicted warm and welcoming kind of place and a Duke and Duchess living next door and I was completely enchanted. Not only were the characters here complex the story itself was as well. There was wonderful mental health representation, which was so refreshing to see and it was the perfect balance of light and dark since some of the topics explored were heavy, but they were portrayed perfectly. Lots of humor, funny banter and steamy sex, overall this was charming and delightful and I can’t believe this was my first book from the author?!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Readaholic Book Reviews

    Piper lives a quiet life on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. She's a school teacher by day and romance reader/podcaster on her off time. She also just happens to live with her mom who struggles with mental illness (bipolar disorder and dependent personality disorder). Piper is completely surprised when The Royals end up moving right next to her! Their bodyguard - Harrison Colt - isn't exactly the friendliest person, but Piper can't help but needling him. When they continually run into ea Piper lives a quiet life on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. She's a school teacher by day and romance reader/podcaster on her off time. She also just happens to live with her mom who struggles with mental illness (bipolar disorder and dependent personality disorder). Piper is completely surprised when The Royals end up moving right next to her! Their bodyguard - Harrison Colt - isn't exactly the friendliest person, but Piper can't help but needling him. When they continually run into each other, their relationship starts to turn to more than just acquaintances. But will Piper be able to handle all the stress/media frenzy/constant being hounded by the media if she decides to take her relationship further with Harrison who is in essence linked to the royals? I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked up The Royals Next Door, but it is definitely up there as one of my favorite reads this year. This book was funny, sweet, sexy and also so inspirational and swoony. I would be laughing out loud one moment and then falling so hard for Piper and Harrison. I loved the slow burn between Piper and Harrison. There were more than a few moments where I was yelling at them to finally get together. But the slow burn totally paid off and Karina Halle definitely knows how to write her steamy scenes 🔥. One aspect of The Royals Next Door that I absolutely loved was the mental health representation. I feel like there's such a stigma still attached to mental illness and books like The Royals Next Door are slowly showing us the readers that you shouldn't be ashamed of having a mental illness or seeing a therapist. In fact it should be talked about more often and not shunned as it so often is. Add The Royals Next Door to your TBR and pre-order this book before it releases on August 31, 2021. I for one cannot wait to re-read this wonderfully romantic book. p.s. Not only is Piper a romance podcaster but she's also an unapologetic romance reader and I loved her even more for that! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Reading Mama

    Imagine if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved next door to you... I'm a huge fan of all things royal, and I absolutely loved this book. I have seen a lot of rave reviews, so I had high expectations going in, and I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed. Piper lives in a small town and is a schoolteacher. She takes care of her mother, who has a mental illness, and she tries to keep her life as routine as possible. All of that is upended when Prince Eddie and his wife, along with their bo Imagine if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle moved next door to you... I'm a huge fan of all things royal, and I absolutely loved this book. I have seen a lot of rave reviews, so I had high expectations going in, and I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed. Piper lives in a small town and is a schoolteacher. She takes care of her mother, who has a mental illness, and she tries to keep her life as routine as possible. All of that is upended when Prince Eddie and his wife, along with their bodyguard, move in next door. Like Harry and Meghan,, Eddie and his wife are seeking solace away from the palace walls and tabloids. Harrison, their bodyguard, is all about control and safety, and his life too is upended by Piper. This book contained the perfect amount of snark and humor (the Garbage Pail), the perfect amount of romance and steam, and also the perfect amount of heavy topics and vulnerability. All of the characters were struggling in their own way, and Halle brings a lot of subjects to light in this delightful read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 stars, out tomorrow!! Thank you @berkleyromance @netgalley @authorhalle for my digital copy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    OMG I LOVED THIS SOOOOOO MUCH!!! This was light, fun, hilarious and so sweet!! It was a slowburn between Piper and Harrison and I was BURSTING, just dying for them to get together but I loved watching their relationship grow and develop. I really really appreciated the mental health representation and all of the depth that came with that. I may have screamed when I saw The Royals Upstairs is coming next year because I’m so ready for more! Absolutely loved this one and I HIGHLY recommend it!

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