Synopsis from Goodreads
Efficient, level-headed, and always focused, Brooke Chapman-Powell takes her position as the Earl of Englefield’s personal secretary very seriously. So when the Earl asks her to teach his in-all-likelihood-uncouth-and-rather-forward American bastard grandson how to be a proper earl, Brooke is determined to do whatever it takes to make a go of it.
Nick Vane has about two gazillion things that land higher on his to-do list than becoming an English earl. Things like naps. Hosting poker nights. Oh, and raking in the profits from his latest invention. Accepting the title his grandfather had denied him since birth because the old man was on his way out without an heir? Didn’t. Even. Register.
But Miss Prim and Proper just won’t give up, and before he knows what’s what, he’s on a plane to England. Well, what’s an American to do when a sexy, uptight Brit insists he learn manners? He’ll teach his grandfather and her a lesson…
While Royal B@st@rd is a cute romance with wonderful characters who appear opposite but have far more in common than anticipated.
For me, Royal B@st@rd was a succinct narrative of the classist system still alive and well in the UK with the gap continuing to widen between the working class and the upper and middle classes.
As a member of the working class myself, and a socialist, the story did hit a few hot spots for me, including the superior attitude of the landed gentry and the way in which duty is prized over happiness. Which is exactly what happened to Nick’s father and altered the course of Nick’s life in the process.
The story also touched upon the difficulties many towns undergo in the face of high levels of unemployment and the lack of disposable income within its communities. Again, this is another topical issue that is near and dear to me, and as such provided some very interesting initiatives to consider under revitalisation.
I loved the way in which Avery Flynn captured the quintessential Northern persona with the quirky peripheral characters. Alongside a double dose of romance within the pages.
Although the romance was all the things, for me, and reading being subjective, it was the topical issues which really stood out within Royal B@st@Rd and Avery Flynn should be commended for her clever incorporation of the issues seamlessly with a swoon-worthy romance.