Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas at the Castle by Melissa McClone

Title: Christmas at the Castle (Ever After)
Author: Melissa McClone
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group
Genre: Holiday, Romance
Publication: October 18, 2016

My Rating: 3/5

Source: Publisher on NetGalley

A royal wedding. A meddlesome mother. An unexpected union.

A European getaway during the Christmas holiday is exactly what veterinarian Katrina “Kat” Parsons needs. She can’t wait to be a bridesmaid in her childhood friend’s royal wedding, but she hopes to steer clear of the bride’s arrogant older brother. 

Crown Prince Guillaume wants his younger sister’s wedding day to be perfect, but he’s suspicious of Kat. He and his mother on are on high alert, afraid Kat is not just there for the wedding, but also to find a prince of her own.

But when Kat’s kindness and generosity prove them wrong, the prince realizes there’s more to her than he ever imagined. Can he trust his heart or will he lose the one woman he can’t live without?

**I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Every summer, Katrina Parson would spend her days at summer camp, which is where she met her best friend Sophie and her annoying brother Gill. Since Sophie was from another country, the girls weren't able to see each other the rest of the year, but still kept in touch and shared everything about their lives with each other. And, after Sophie tells Kat her secret, she finds it really hard to believe it at first, since Sophie is a princess from a faraway land that Kat knows nothing about.

But being a princess isn't really all rainbows and butterflies, Sophie has a hard time being able to live her life the way she wants to, so she and Kat made a deal: every time the princess wanted to go against her family's wishes, she could blame it all on her American friend, Kat.

Now, several years after they met at summer camp, the princess is getting married and wishes for her best friend to be her bridesmaid, so Kat gets on a plane and leaves her country for the first time, to attend a royal wedding, nonetheless.

Already there, Kat struggles trying to find a way to make Gill and his mother, the Queen, like her, and she finds it really hard to do so, since Sophie has always blamed her crazy ideas on her and nobody but them knew the truth.

I really liked Sophie's and Kat's friendship, they were adorable and always stood up for each other, well, if we forget about the whole thing about Sophie blaming everything on Kat, that really got me all worried and made me want to slap Gill and the Queen, because they were incredibly rude. And I know, I know they didn't know the truth, but even so, being rude like that is not nice behavior, just saying.

Something I loved about this book is that it tells the story from both Kat's and Gill's POV, that way we also get to know what's going on in Gill's head.

And now let's just talk about this guy...

I'm not sure how I feel about him, I mean, I already said I felt like smacking him at first for being so rude, but then all those times he mentions his American ex-girlfriend being awful and how he can't trust Kat, because she's obviously awful as well. Come on...

It also made me worried to see him do every little thing his mother said. I know she's the Queen and all, but seriously, have some personality, Gill.

Even so, things between him and Kat end up great and it's all really sweet, although I think it all happened way too fast, they should relax a little bit, it's the 21st century after all, no need to rush things and think about marriage just yet, even if he needs to get married to rule, it'll happen eventually, you know.

And oh God, his dog was adorable! Definitely a great touch to it all, I loved reading about little Max.

A very cute book to curl up with during Christmas time :)

Thank you for reading! ♥


  1. It definitely sounds like a cute read -- and I agree, even princes in books are allowed to have some personality!

  2. Yay for adorable dogs! :) I'm glad that you enjoyed this one, too bad the romance was a bit rushed though.

    Happy New Year!

    Miranda @ Miranda's Book Blog

    1. Yeess, dogs make everything better <3 Haha yeah, the romance being rushed like that felt a bit weird :P
      Happy New Year Miranda! :D

  3. Happy new year!

  4. Sounds like such a seasonal read! I'm not sure how I feel about the rudeness, but otherwise this sounds like a really cute romance, and like something fun to curl up with in the cold seasons around Christmas time. Glad you could enjoy it!

    1. Yes! I love reading books like this around Christmas time :3
      Haha it's exactly that! :)


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