REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman

Friday, November 4, 2016

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Once Upon a Royal Christmas

by Robin Bielman Publication Date: October 20, 2016 Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Holiday


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Synopsis: Colliding with a prince while walking four dogs isn’t how Rowan Palotay pictured meeting royalty, but then lately her life hasn’t gone according to plan. With one teensy tiny mistake, her job as a news reporter took a turn for the worse and now she’s lucky to have a small pet column in the local newspaper. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and magic, but she feels like she’s forever stuck on the naughty list.Prince Theodore Chenery is in Marietta shortly after the death of his mother to meet his grandparents for the first time. When an accidental run-in—literally—with Rowan leads to an unexpected friendship, he finds himself enchanted with the outspoken, feisty country girl. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met and her special brand of kindness and honesty make it harder and harder to keep temptation away. Giving into the passion and deep-rooted emotions between them, Theo and Rowan discover what matters most. But when their relationship makes worldwide news, Theo must decide whether or not to follow his heart or his royal duty.


My Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Prince Theodore is intrigued by Rowan from the first moment he meets her.  She is different from any other woman that he's met.  Rowan isn't afraid to say what's on her mind, and is a complete goofball at times.  Theo is very sweet and polite and doesn't act entitled at all.  He is in Marietta to spend time with his grandparents and fulfill his mother's last wish.

These two felt really drawn to each other and you could feel the sexual tension, but they take their time to really get to know each other and try to fight it.  Theo's dad wants him to announce his engagement to another girl soon, so they both "know" nothing can happen between them.

I would have liked to learn more about what exactly happened with Rowan and the paper to cause her to be on the boss's radar and be downgraded to writing dog articles instead of  real newsworthy articles.  It was mentioned and maybe very briefly touched on but I wanted to know a little bit more about that.  I also didn't understand the estrangement between Theo's mother and her parents.  I understand that she had to move with her husband but not why she never saw her parents again.

This story included some Christmas/snow fun too.  I thought it was a nice fluffy sort of read, perfect to get you in the mood for the holidays.  I get the feeling that this one may have been a spin off from one of the author's series romances, because we meet another couple that is close with Rowan (Her brother and her best friend).  I didn't feel as if I was missing anything from this story though but may have to go back and find the one about Rowan's brother and best friend Cassidy.

**  I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. **



Robin Bielman
When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts all of her story ideas. She is a 2014 RITA Finalist, loves to frequent coffee shops, and plays a mean game of sock tug of war with her cute, but often naughty dog, Harry. She cherishes her family and friends and loves to connect with readers. Get the scoop on Robin, her books, and sign up for her newsletter on her website at



1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for helping me celebrate my new release, Julie! And thank you for reading and reviewing!


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