The Royals Next Door

Berkley. Aug. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780593334195. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
When word spreads across insular Salt Spring Island that British royalty are looking to rent the mansion next door to Piper Evans’s house, Piper’s private life suddenly becomes extremely public. She has enough on her plate, between caring for her mother, working through her own trauma, prepping for the coming school year, and putting together her romance podcast. She doesn’t have time to deal with with Harrison Cole, the royal couple’s extremely hot and serious bodyguard, who is determined to ensure that Piper and her mother follow protocol. With Harrison making regular appearances in her life, Piper begins to understand that there’s an exceedingly kind and complicated man underneath his stern exterior, and she can’t deny their chemistry. When it becomes clear that Harrison has similar feelings, a simple crush blows up into a complicated bond that could lead to a royal incident if they aren’t careful. Both Harrison and Piper will have to tear down their secluded worlds to make their summer fling into something more.
VERDICT Halle (A Nordic King) delivers a romance brimming with tension and fun, while putting mental health and trauma recovery at its center.
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