Royal by Winter Renschaw
His name is Royal, but he’s no prince charming. He’s not even a prince - though you could say I loved him once upon a time. He was my older brother’s best friend. Growing up, he sat at our dinner table every Sunday, teased me mercilessly, and pretended I annoyed him. When I was old enough, he took me on my first date. Royal taught me how to drive. Escorted me to my junior prom. Gave me my first kiss…amongst other things. He was my first taste of toe-curling, all-consuming, can’t-sleep love. We had our whole lives ahead of us. There was never anyone else for me but him. And then he disappeared. No letter. No explanation. Not even a goodbye. My sisters and brother never forgave him, and my parents forbade me from speaking his name in our house ever again. For all intents and purposes, we were to pretend Royal Lockhart never existed. I’ve spent the last seven years trying in vain to forget my first love, but just when I think I’ve finally moved on, guess who’s back in town?
This morning while browsing on the internet, I came across this book. I htought that the blurb sounded intriguing and so I bought the book even though I hadn't heard of the book or the author before. Well, it turns out that this decision was a good one because once I had started, I didn't put the book down.
As teenagers, Royal and Demi were a couple - till the day Royal disappeared and Demi's father forbade her to ever see him again. That was seven years ago. Now something has happened and Demi's life is turned upside down again and guess who turns up on her doorstep? Is it possible to leave everything behind and get back to the way things were seven years ago or is it just about getting closure and being able to move on?
Well developed characters, a nice story and a couple who have suffered so much already that you just want them to leave it all behind and start anew - together preferably!
I was really furious when her "Might-have-been"- mother-in-law started to manipulate Demi and I was ready to throw my reader when... Well, you'd better read yourself why!
The book isn't perfect but I was hooked from the first page on and I know that this wasn't the last time I've read it so I think it is safe to say that I can definitely recommend it!