Review: Prince Charming (Royals #1) by Rachel Hawkins
Prince Charming has a solid premise, however, it fails to capture the charm and excitement of what could have been. What I mean is, the “ifs” are much more entertaining than the actual plot that is presented in the story.
The story centers on Daisy Winters, who is an average girl working at a small grocery store. Well she was, until her sister got engaged into the Crown Prince of Scotland. Now, she is switching through the annoying tabloids and trying to stay out of the royal drama. With a little help from Miles, a family friend of the royals, she’ll learn the ropes of being regal.
It is a very straightforward story that unfortunately does not have much character development or plot. It was extremely unrealistic and exaggerated. I wanted a lot more out of it. Throughout the book, I was wondering when something big was going to happen. That “something” never happened and the book seemed to drag on. In some instances, when this happens, the characters are the saving grace. However, this was not the case for this book.
I felt completely detached from the characters. I had no real sense of who they were nor what their character motives were. One character has a reveal at the end, and it felt lackluster and only added unwelcomed drama.
The characters felt a little detached from each other as well. For example, Daisy and her family. Their relationship did not feel authentic. I wanted a sense of their family bond that we’re told that they have. Also, I wanted a special moment between Daisy and her sister, Ellie. In the whole book, Daisy is told that she “must” do so many things for her sister. But yet, there was barely a moment when Ellie realized that Daisy was sacrificing so much for her.
The romance between Miles and Daisy was lacking real development. There was a little chemistry present. But not enough to thrust these two characters together without any real development.
Prince Charming had potential, but it was lost and replaced with what could have been.