Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

If you aren't reading Jasmine Guillory's Wedding Date series, shame on you. No really, this series features smart women and strong but sensitive men. Even though some of the characters are famous, each story is grounded in reality. The relationships are authentic and the diverse group of characters sparkle and create a wonderful tapestry, weaving humor and romance in a way that seems tailor-made for me. Royal Holiday is a bit of a departure from the series as it features Vivian Foster, the mother of Maddie, the MC in The Wedding Party, and Malcolm Hudson, who works directly for the Queen of England. They meet when Vivian accompanies her daughter on her assignment to outfit the Duchess. I was extremely excited about reading this book. If the holiday in England wasn't enough to tempt me, (and it was) I was really intrigued by the promise of a romance between an older, or more mature couple. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. It was an okay story, but in my opinion, it doesn't compare to the rest of the series. That said, Royal Holiday was entertaining and it was fun to see the overall story continue and to keep tabs on some of my favorite couples in the background. The good news is that even though this one wasn't my favorite of the series, I did enjoy it and definitely look forward to more from Jasmine Guillory 3 out of 5 stars Song Choice: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong -
Review by Lori!

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposaland “rising star in the romance genre” (Entertainment Weekly) comes a dazzling new novel about a spontaneous holiday vacation that turns into an unforgettable romance. Vivian Forest has been out of the country a grand total of one time, so when she gets the chance to tag along on her daughter Maddie’s work trip to England to style a royal family member, she can’t refuse. She’s excited to spend the holidays taking in the magnificent British sights, but what she doesn’t expect is to become instantly attracted to a certain private secretary, his charming accent, and unyielding formality. Malcolm Hudson has worked for the Queen for years and has never given a personal, private tour—until now. He is intrigued by Vivian the moment he meets her and finds himself making excuses just to spend time with her. When flirtatious banter turns into a kiss under the mistletoe, things snowball into a full-on fling. Despite a ticking timer on their holiday romance, they are completely fine with ending their short, steamy affair come New Year’s Day. . .or are they?