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ARC Review: ‘The Royals Next Door’ by Karina Halle

The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle is NOW LIVE!!

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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!

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