Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

*Spoiler free*

Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better. Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute. The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess. She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland. At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?

I wasn’t sure if I would like this one. Royals felt so bland to me and I didn’t love it, so I was nervous going into the same world again. Though, it was f/f royal romance and that’s enough for me to give it a shot.

Wow, I loved this A LOT more than Royals. I’m not quite sure how to put into words how much I love this story. I was afraid of having the same problems I had with Royals, but it actually delivered really well on those points.

Alright, I’m just going to jump right into the romance because I can’t help myself. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I love Millie and I love Flora. It was a fanatically done relationship. It’s an enemies-to-lovers, roommates, royal situation and it was amazing. Watching Flora and Millie fall in love was something to behold. I’m just screaming internally a lot. I think what I loved the most was how normal it felt. Like, “Yeah, here’s a love story about two girls falling in love that uses a bunch of awesome tropes really well. Enjoy!” I dunno, it just meant a lot to me.

I also really loved Millie’s character, which I was expecting to, since Daisy sort of fell flat to me. Millie felt more well rounded, I felt like she had a spark, something for me to grab on to. She’s awkward and funny and sarcastic. I would have liked to see more of her and her love of geology together, but there are some awesome geology jokes and some amazing scenery, which was cool! Anyway, she felt real and true to what an actual seventeen year old girl would be.

I also really, really enjoyed the setting. The whole book sort of just oozed Scotland and I loved that we got to visit a lot of palaces and big rocks and fancy houses. I like it really set the story up to be as amazing as it was.

There were a few plot points and a few characters that I felt were sort of left hanging. It made me a little irritated at how the book ended, not matter how freaking cute it was. I’m not quite sure why the best friend was introduced the in the beginning of the book other than to be a character in the beginning? And then the ending felt a little rushed. I wanted more time for the character development to be smoothed out and to really tie everything that the story seemed to be aiming for. I felt like there were conversations to be had and things certain characters needed to say.

All in all, this book was incredible. I love Flora and Millie. I loved how their relationship progressed. Again, a lot of internal screaming going on haha. It was just such a great queer romance.

Her Royal Highness comes out May 7th, 2019! You can add it on Goodreads and pre-order a copy in the meantime!

Thank you for reading!

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