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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for Her Royal Highness

  1. 4 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    you hetero bitches have been getting "I'm falling in love with a man whoops turns out he's a prince" stories for YEARS and finally, finally us sapphics got ours. “...No, what surprises me is the sudden, jolting, and undeniable realization that even I didn’t want to, I’ve fallen for an actual princess.” THIS WAS SO FREAKIN CUTE. I was pretty much just expecting an easy, fluffy, sweet read about girls in love and THAT IS WHAT I GOT. I loved the boarding school setting and the set-up of the relatio you hetero bitches have been getting "I'm falling in love with a man whoops turns out he's a prince" stories for YEARS and finally, finally us sapphics got ours. “...No, what surprises me is the sudden, jolting, and undeniable realization that even I didn’t want to, I’ve fallen for an actual princess.” THIS WAS SO FREAKIN CUTE. I was pretty much just expecting an easy, fluffy, sweet read about girls in love and THAT IS WHAT I GOT. I loved the boarding school setting and the set-up of the relationship between Flora and Millie. Essentially, they're assigned the same dorm room but instantly don't get along very well. I can definitely see the criticisms for this book - the writing is probably not my favourite and the end of the book happens in a rush. I didn't mind where it went, but they definitely jumped from "getting together" to "desperately in love" way to quick. That said, I don't really care because I had such a fun time reading this. I essentially only came here for the enemies-to-friends-to-lovers and there is A LOT of build up and tension in this book so it was great. I also really loved the side characters. But most of all, I loved Flora and Millie together. Their banter was sweet and they complimented eachother well. For a quick and fluffy read I'd recommend, and if you liked Red, White & Royal Blue you should read it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    I really thought I didn’t like contemporary romance but turns out I was just bored of reading about straight people pulling the same shit over and over again and I’m definitely here for the concept of “falling in love with your royal classmate in boarding school BUT MAKE IT GAY”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was SO CUTE and I am SO GAY.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    i really would like to pretend i added this for normal people reasons but no, i totally added it because it was gay. gay princesses ftw

  5. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    this was so cute i am dead

  6. 4 out of 5

    ⚔ Silvia ⚓

    🌈 Full review now posted! 4.5 royally sapphic stars I devoured this book on audio in basically a day and oh my god, friends. There is a very specific emotion that us sapphic girls feel when presented with good sapphic content in fiction, and depending on our tastes in terms of tropes and genres, different sapphic books will hit us differently. The feeling I got from this book was one of pure joy from getting a royal romance, usually reserved for a girl falling in love with a prince, starring two girls. I loved Milli🌈 🌈 Full review now posted! 4.5 royally sapphic stars I devoured this book on audio in basically a day and oh my god, friends. There is a very specific emotion that us sapphic girls feel when presented with good sapphic content in fiction, and depending on our tastes in terms of tropes and genres, different sapphic books will hit us differently. The feeling I got from this book was one of pure joy from getting a royal romance, usually reserved for a girl falling in love with a prince, starring two girls. I loved Millie, the protagonist, right away. She's smart and she wants to be a geologist!!! She wants to go to a school in Scotland and part of the reason why she loves Scotland is because of its cool geology. Not to be so me, but give me any girl protagonist who's a scientist or wants to be one and I'll immediately be ten times more invested in her story. Also, her interest wasn't just mentioned once in passing, it's actually pretty much present throughout the book and she has her own collection of minerals and rocks (I do too!! okay, technically my mom does, but that's not the point) and UGH I love her so much okay!! I have no actual idea how accurate some of the things she said were. Since I was on audiobook I didn't feel like pausing every time and google or ask my mom if the geology stuff was correct BUT whatever I appreciate the sentiment in any case (and if you're a geologist don't @ me I'm just here for a fun gay time). Okay now I made it sound like this is way more about geology than it actually is, but no, it's just I feel very strongly about geology so pardon me. After a brief introduction to Millie's family and friends back home, she gets to Scotland and we get that Hogwarts-y feeling of arriving to a place you know very little about (despite all the research Millie has done) and having to navigate through a new school and new people, most of which are filthy rich or straight up aristocrats. Among which is HRH Flora and, surprise surprise, Millie's roommate. Their relationship can only be described as hate to love, as it often is when the couple starts off as roommates. Only after weeks of forced vicinity Millie's perception of Flora starts to change, and I think although we don't get Flora's POV, the same could be said for her. I don't want to wander too much into headcanons, but I believe that Flora started to view Millie under a new light after Millie's coming out, and I found that such a realistic experience for sapphic people. Speaking of coming outs, they were two, in two separate moments (Millie's, which we know about since the very first page, but she comes out to her new friends in the school - she's bi, and Flora's, who is gay), and they both warmed my heart so much because of how they were handled. There's also a "wait, you're straight???" moment for one of the side characters that had me laughing for hours (okay, not literally but I have to laugh whenever I remember it). (No, don't worry, there was no queerbait.) While I wouldn't call this book super diverse as a whole, it does deliver on casual queerness and on people never making a big deal out of it. I really appreciated both aspects and how much a non-issue it all was, I really felt like it was a book written for queer people instead of just about them, you know? ♥ Back to the romance, I loved Millie and Flora's relationship. You can't help but hate Flora in the beginning but by the end you're almost as in love with her as Millie is (okay, not sure that's possible actually). They got such cute and cliché romantic moments and they were TO DIE for. Twentybiteen is giving us such sapphic goodness!!!! Anyway it's been a while since a full-on gush review and I usually don't really review audiobooks because those are the books I read purely for fun without reviewing in mind, but I couldn't not talk about this. I went into it only for a good sapphic time and it never ever disappointed me. I do want to say that if you're expecting this to be completely realistic you should maybe change your mindset a little before you start reading. Yes, we all know there is no queen of Scotland and therefore no princess of Scotland. Maybe the blurb should make it more clear that it's a fictional/alternate Scotland, but that's hardly the first book series that does something like this. Of course, that's easy for me to say because I've never been and I have no ties to Scotland, but I understand not liking the idea of changing things for the sake of the book. You do you and while it never bothered me I wanted to mention this aspect. Another brief note for those who want to read this but haven't read the first book in the series yet, go for it! I haven't read book one either and as you can see I loved this book. It follows different characters and we do get to see the protagonists from the first installment (one of which is Flora's older brother), but the book pretty much explains everything and we're not left wondering who these people are. And if you've read book one and want to see them again, well read this book! In conclusion, I don't think this book is perfect, and if it hadn't been f/f maybe I wouldn't have liked it so much, but as you can see I loved it so much and I had such a good time reading it. I 100% recommend it to everyone! TWs: mentions of loss of a parent in the past, mention of casual homophobia ("it's just a phase"), several instances of "more than friends"(not challenged), sort of cheating (not the main couple)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Another royal romance! This is the companion novel to Royals (or Prince Charming) but it can safely be read as a standalone. Daisy, her sister and boyfriend make only a short appearance and you will not feel lost at any point. But you can certainly get lost in the interesting and unusual romance between Peasant Millie and Princess Flora, I’ll allow it. This story combines some of my top favourite things in books: boarding schools, princesses and enemies-to-lovers relationships. Millie Another royal romance! This is the companion novel to Royals (or Prince Charming) but it can safely be read as a standalone. Daisy, her sister and boyfriend make only a short appearance and you will not feel lost at any point. But you can certainly get lost in the interesting and unusual romance between Peasant Millie and Princess Flora, I’ll allow it. This story combines some of my top favourite things in books: boarding schools, princesses and enemies-to-lovers relationships. Millie and Flora do not get off on the right foot and it takes them time to connect, neither of them knowing how to behave around the other. Besides, Flora wants to go home and Millie was ecstatic to be getting a scholarship so she’s not going anywhere. It seems like they couldn’t be more different. But opposites attract. And I don’t think it’s possible not to have something in common with another person, any person. Sure you may not be soul mates but there must be one thing you can agree on or share together. Millie finds that in Flora and Flora, while cold and distant in the beginning, starts to remove some of the brick walls surrounding her heart as she gets to know her roommate. Did I not mention they’re rooming together? Oh yeah, baby. Have fun reading this. I sure did. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    i'm sad to dnf this but i really really don't like the writing rip

  9. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    It’s all fun and gaymes until you realize you could have have rewritten approximately a third of the book, and it would have ended up 5x better, despite not even being a half-decent writer. The issue with this book is that the pacing is completely off. I honestly would have rated it higher if the pacing hadn’t been so weird and janky, because it’s a fluffy book that you could simply have a lot of fun reading. But my slight enjoyment of the book couldn’t compete with the fact that there’s It’s all fun and gaymes until you realize you could have have rewritten approximately a third of the book, and it would have ended up 5x better, despite not even being a half-decent writer. The issue with this book is that the pacing is completely off. I honestly would have rated it higher if the pacing hadn’t been so weird and janky, because it’s a fluffy book that you could simply have a lot of fun reading. But my slight enjoyment of the book couldn’t compete with the fact that there’s pretty much zero development of the relationship after the characters get together, and the ending was abrupt, unsatisfying, and felt unfinished, and the book jumps from one thing to another with seemingly no buildup or growth. I think this was meant to be a very light and fluffy book purely for enjoyment, and it mostly was. Millie and Flora were definitely cute together, and it was a decently entertaining read. I was never really bored with the book, only frustrated that it was inadequately written, and I liked the characters and banter. (Though it was annoying that some side characters were so relevant at certain times, and then didn’t even seem to exist at others.) The writing was also really easy to read, which I especially appreciated since I was slumping, and there were some scenes I thought were super cute. Overall, however, I felt a very large disconnect from the story and characters and didn’t really care when something major happened, most likely because of the insufficient buildup to said events. Truly, this book could have been written so much better, and it had so much more potential beyond what it was actually able to achieve. If you’re looking for a quick fun f/f book to read, this might be the one for you. But it’s more likely that your enjoyment will be hindered by its lack of development and poor writing overall. :: rep :: bi MC, lesbian LI, queer side characters :: content warnings :: loss of parent, cheating (not main couple) // buddy read with my Asian faves !! Thank you to Penguin for providing me a copy of this book! This did not affect my opinion in any way.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    4.5 stars wouldnt it be cool if i went to a boarding school and had a princess fall in love with me hahaha.... just kidding....... unless?? I knew within 50 pages this book was going to get a high rating. Like I said about Prince Charming, the first book, this series is so feel-good and upbeat and addicting to read. Millie and Flora's camaraderie and hate to love romance was *chefs kiss* FROM THE GODS and their development, though contained in a short novel, was still spectacularly 4.5 stars wouldnt it be cool if i went to a boarding school and had a princess fall in love with me hahaha.... just kidding....... unless?? I knew within 50 pages this book was going to get a high rating. Like I said about Prince Charming, the first book, this series is so feel-good and upbeat and addicting to read. Millie and Flora's camaraderie and hate to love romance was *chefs kiss* FROM THE GODS and their development, though contained in a short novel, was still spectacularly drawn out. My only grievance about this book is that the characters' personalities seem kinda similar, both to each other and to the characters in the previous book. Hawkins has a really easy time writing wit and sarcasm, but she gives several characters that same tone in their dialogue, so it felt a bit repetitive and overdone at times. Maybe this issue was rooted in the characters not having enough fleshing out of their inner workings, but the dialogue often felt like the characters were trying to one-up one another with their sarcastic remarks, and I almost craved some more tension to cut the constant jokes that began to grow corny. Still, I highly recommend this series if you want books about royals that will fly by and make you laugh out loud and clutch the book to your chest out of feels. I would love for Hawkins to continue writing in this universe even though you could certainly read either book as a standalone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    oadsfjgofjd lass yeah too lazy to think of a clever tagline but this was cute! i adored the setting and the overall ~mood~ of this book. i felt like i was in scotland and for that, this book gets 3 stars. but there were a few things that bugged me. - the audiobook narrator's deep south accent for a houstonian (sorry bro we don't sound like that) - the beginning of the book - the mc's motivations idk, my biggest issue was that the things i was supposed to deepl oadsfjgofjd lass yeah too lazy to think of a clever tagline but this was cute! i adored the setting and the overall ~mood~ of this book. i felt like i was in scotland and for that, this book gets 3 stars. but there were a few things that bugged me. - the audiobook narrator's deep south accent for a houstonian (sorry bro we don't sound like that) - the beginning of the book - the mc's motivations idk, my biggest issue was that the things i was supposed to deeply care about, and the things that MC should have cared about just... weren't there? like she wants to go to scotland because she watched Brave as a kid. and i guess as a teenager that is as good a reason as any, but as an adult it was hard to understand "oh yeah that makes sense" or why millie's dad was like "oh you like Brave? def go to a scottish boarding school." and the romantic relationship had the makings of something special. there was lots of lead up and enemies to lovers goodness. but ultimately it kind of fell flat at the end. there needs to be a transition from hate to love and i think it happened a LITTLE too quickly for my liking. that being said, i did enjoy this book. it was a fun easy listen. and it's always refreshing to see FF romances in YA. i do recommend it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    1.) Prince Charming ★★★★★ 2.) Her Royal Highness ★★★★.5 ----------------------------------------------- THIS WAS SO CUTE. I just wish there was a little bit more at the end!!! I wanted an epilogue SO BAD!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)

    ⭐⭐⭐ cheesy stars I liked the lesbian rep and love story but it wasn’t remarkable in any way. I felt like the characters were decently crafted but not explored as deeply as they could have been. The cuteness was there but I didn't really feel a romantic connection between the characters, therefore, I didn't really ship it. The rest of the characters blur in my mind, which shows how poorl ⭐️⭐️⭐️ cheesy stars I liked the lesbian rep and love story but it wasn’t remarkable in any way. I felt like the characters were decently crafted but not explored as deeply as they could have been. The cuteness was there but I didn't really feel a romantic connection between the characters, therefore, I didn't really ship it. The rest of the characters blur in my mind, which shows how poorly developed and used they were. The romantic plot was pretty straightforward and classic, so no surprises there. I wish there was more diversity in this book, and more comparison between the top 1% and the bottom 99% our MC is a part of. It could have been deeper and explore other things than the romance but it stayed focused on that. If Netflix buys this and turns into a movie I wouldn't mind spend 2h watching it but it could have been better.

  14. 4 out of 5

    anna (readingpeaches)

    rep: bi mc, lesbian li every sapphic girl deserves to fall for a princess, thanks for agreeing anyway, someone tell hawkins you gotta actually develop your characters before you throw in the angst and you can't do that at the very end bc pacing does matter Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Bloglovin | Reads Rainbow

  15. 4 out of 5

    Davina Herondale

    11. June 2019 that moment you realize teenagers have more of a love life than you do God damn, this was so cute Rachel Hawkins could write, like, 6 more stories in this setting and I would buy them ALL. Flora and Millie? S'CUTE iltsm Now i'm casually waiting for her to announce the Sebastian story bc my bb boi deserves so much also I need more of Daisy and Miles I want a story for Elle and Alex and how they met ugh I love this anthology of stories ~~~~~~~~~~/> 11. June 2019 that moment you realize teenagers have more of a love life than you do God damn, this was so cute Rachel Hawkins could write, like, 6 more stories in this setting and I would buy them ALL. Flora and Millie? S'CUTE iltsm Now i'm casually waiting for her to announce the Sebastian story bc my bb boi deserves so much also I need more of Daisy and Miles I want a story for Elle and Alex and how they met ugh I love this anthology of stories ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 20. April. 2019 Big shout out to netgalley for providing me with an arc excerpt! Just like the previous novel in this series, you will be captivated by the first page. Hawkins is extraordinarily talented at grasping you from the moment you open her books. ---------------------- HI YES HELLO I WOULD LIKE TO SELL MY SOUL FOR AN ARC?? PLEASE AND THANK YOU

  16. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    Cute story. Enjoyed Flora much more than I expected I would from the TINY bit we saw of her in the first book. The scene where the main character from this book meets the main character of book 1 was great! These books worked really well as companions and I hope there are more in the series! Audiobook: 5 stars. The narrator had excellent accents (Texan and Scottish) and switched between them flawlessly. She read with personality and emotion. Exactly what an audiobook performance should be. : Cute story. Enjoyed Flora much more than I expected I would from the TINY bit we saw of her in the first book. The scene where the main character from this book meets the main character of book 1 was great! These books worked really well as companions and I hope there are more in the series! Audiobook: 5 stars. The narrator had excellent accents (Texan and Scottish) and switched between them flawlessly. She read with personality and emotion. Exactly what an audiobook performance should be. tw: cheating (not the main romance), being stranded in the wild

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hadya

    NSNSJJSKSKWKEEKEKEKEKWKWKJEIEJEJE I LOVE THIS SO MUCH PLS

  18. 5 out of 5

    Britt / Basically Britt

    I'm just not really a contemporary gal, but I really enjoyed the characters!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    Listen, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS is not just a lovely sapphic royal contemporary but it's also.. fun. I thought this of the first in the Royals series, too. Are they perfect books? No. Infact, I thought the mini breakup in this one to be.. not awesome, both a little sloppy and too out of nowhere, but that doesn't negate all the warm fuzzies and overall entertainment, and did I mention fun, that it provided. And I needed some (a lot) of fun, so, #winning. "Millie, you know this is just a school, right? This/>"Millie, Listen, HER ROYAL HIGHNESS is not just a lovely sapphic royal contemporary but it's also.. fun. I thought this of the first in the Royals series, too. Are they perfect books? No. Infact, I thought the mini breakup in this one to be.. not awesome, both a little sloppy and too out of nowhere, but that doesn't negate all the warm fuzzies and overall entertainment, and did I mention fun, that it provided. And I needed some (a lot) of fun, so, #winning. "Millie, you know this is just a school, right? This isn't your Hogwarts letter." "And you're not an owl but this is absolutely the closest thing I'm ever going to get to a Hogwarts letter, so hand it over." Also like the first in the Royals series I'm rounding up because of all said fun. This is a fairly short, and rather uncomplicated, sorta-hate-to-love, thrown in with being roommates at a boarding school in Scotland, plus the royalty element, and maybe some staying-warm-for-survival, and listen, I could go on; Hawkins doesn't skimp on the tropes and cliches and I wanted, and loved, them all. "Wait, you're straight?" "Yeah. Wait, you didn't think I was? Saks, we've known each other since we were five. How could you not know that?" "It's hard to tell with you lot, to be honest." "My lot?" "You know. Pale weedy aristocrats." We have some fabulous diversity, besides the gay princess element, and I loved the supporting cast of besties, as well as a mini reunion with some of the characters from book one in this series. Really, my only complaint was already mentioned : the break-up was dumb. But whatever it was resolved in like twenty pages, so, voila! "They're just people. End of the day, same as anyone else." "Do you actually believe that?" "Oh god, no. Bloody terrifying, the whole lot of them, me included." If you want something a little silly, a lot fun, and different from your typical royal YA romance, pick this one up. It's charming, it's sweet, and you'll probably laugh out loud. I know I did. 3.75 "what's Scotland got that Texas doesn't? other than discernible seasons, I guess" stars ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)

    Realistically more of a 4.5, but I’m high off of all the swooning I just did so FIVE. STARS.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ellie

    happy pride month i love girls!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I had liked the first book in this series and was absolutely here for gay princesses. Sadly, this one fell short for me. Millie was just okay to me. I did love her smarts and dedication and love for her family. Flora was actually more of a marshmallow than I was expecting and was quite sweet. I just couldn’t ever get invested in either of them or their relationship. Plot wise, it was boring. I do love a good boarding school setting, but this didn’t do it for me. The entire story read like “this I had liked the first book in this series and was absolutely here for gay princesses. Sadly, this one fell short for me. Millie was just okay to me. I did love her smarts and dedication and love for her family. Flora was actually more of a marshmallow than I was expecting and was quite sweet. I just couldn’t ever get invested in either of them or their relationship. Plot wise, it was boring. I do love a good boarding school setting, but this didn’t do it for me. The entire story read like “this happened and then this happened and then this happened” and that got really old really quick. The saving graces for me were Saks and Perry and I could have easily read 100 more pages of just the two of them. Overall, it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t see the connection between the girls and the ending definitely left me wanting. However, if Seb is getting a book, I’ll probably read it. **Huge thanks to GP Putnam Sons BFYR for providing the arc free of charge**

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lily ☁️

    I’m was fully prepared for this to sweep me off my feet on a cloud of adorableness. // buddy read with my faves 💖 Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin’

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5 stars Full review here Just as the first book in this series, this was a fun and quick read. I loved Millie, the main character. She was interesting and funny and definitely tried to adapt to all things royal. It was nice to see another side of Flora and to get to know her better. Their relationship was very sweet, even though a bit sudden. From the moment Millie realized she had a crush on Flora it all happened very fast, whereas in the first half of the book they didn't get 3.5 stars Full review here Just as the first book in this series, this was a fun and quick read. I loved Millie, the main character. She was interesting and funny and definitely tried to adapt to all things royal. It was nice to see another side of Flora and to get to know her better. Their relationship was very sweet, even though a bit sudden. From the moment Millie realized she had a crush on Flora it all happened very fast, whereas in the first half of the book they didn't get along at all and didn't even interact very much. The side characters were also very nice and funny and I hope to see more of them in the next books (hopefully there are more? I don't know, nobody tells us anything here).

  25. 5 out of 5

    .

    read the last chapter and try to convince me that the author didn't base it off of dancing with our hands tied by taylor swift

  26. 4 out of 5

    julia ♥

    SO. CUTE! 4/5.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    4.25/5stars This was sO CUTE and GAY and UGH. Lowered slightly cause these books definitely follow a pretty set pattern and I wish the ending could have gone for a bit longer but other than that this was too cute!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    * so sorry, but I still had a few things to add * Warning- extremely salty review ahead. I read this because it was advertised to be gay as fuck. When did I get that? After 85% of the book was over. ◇◇◇ Things I didn't like: • I thought this book was about Milly wanting to go to the boarding school because of her love for geology? That it had some fancy geology program or something? After Milly gets there, geology is never mentioned again, aside from talking abou * so sorry, but I still had a few things to add * Warning- extremely salty review ahead. I read this because it was advertised to be gay as fuck. When did I get that? After 85% of the book was over. ◇◇◇ Things I didn't like: • I thought this book was about Milly wanting to go to the boarding school because of her love for geology? That it had some fancy geology program or something? After Milly gets there, geology is never mentioned again, aside from talking about her decor rocks she keeps in her room. I'm really sick of authors giving characters really cool hobbies and interests, basically shoving them into our faces and thoats in the first 10 pages of a book, and then never mentioning them ever again. Milly could have just gone to the school because she liked Scotland. No geology needed. Why invent an interesting fact when you don't use it? • I'm sorry but a romance where the romance starts after 3/4 of the book? This isn't slow burn, it's garbage. • It takes talent to ruin the setting of a scottish boarding school in the misty and beautiful highlands, but hey, this author did it! • The sudden shift in their dynamic was so unrealistic. There wasn't a proper development in their feelings towards each other, it went from not liking each other to 'hmmm she's not that bad' to 'nevermind I actually loved you the whole time' without any steps in between. (I hope I'm explaining this right.) • Milly is describing nothing about Flora, other than how pretty she is. I could paint Flora's face like a photograph, because I have every fucking detail burned into my ears (I listened to the audiobook), since Milly can't shut up about it. Believe it or not, girls who like girls also like personalities? We don't like girls just because they are pretty. I know, such a shock! • I know that Flora is a fucking princess, Milly! I fucking read the synopsis! Every second sentence is 'Flora is so pretty! But she is the princess of Scotland and she lives in a castle in Edinburgh! Did I mention she is the princess?!' At one point, it started to feel like Milly adresses Flora as the fucking princess of Scotland, every time she mentions the name. • 'Ohhh, I'm so plain and normal! I have boring brown hair and brown eyes, boohoohoo! The princess is too good for a normal girl like me, I'm so normal, boohoohoo!' - Milly, 2018 • Milly. • I actually really liked Flora? She was a multifaceted character that was really brought to life by the narration. It's just sad that the actual text -well, Milly's words- don't portay her as such. • Weird little detail, but in Scotland you're allowed to drink beer and wine when you're 16. But the good little 17 year old American orders a soda in a pup. (Okay, this has actually nothing to do with people not choosing to drink alcohol / not liking alcohol. I really just don't like Milly and this is another (admittedly petty) detail to antagonize her for.) • Milly, again. Because why not. • The represention of the scottish royals felt clishé and steteotypical. • No consequences ...? A fucking princess kisses a girl in public during the royal wedding procession and ... That's it? The book ends? This book is just pure cheese with no actual, real problems and consequences for the characters. Maybe I'm just a bitter person, but show me people with actual problems. Not a story existing in a marshmallow bubble completely detached from reality. • Speed up the first 100 pages of nothing and add another 100 at the end, then the plot would be worth getting through. 300 pages shouldn't have felt this long. • This read like a middle grade novel with teenage characters. If I had found out that Milly and Flora were 12 instead of 17 I wouldn't have been surprised. ◇◇◇ 1 Thing I liked: • The narrator did a really great job at all the different accents and distinguishing between all the voices. ◇◇◇ I just really wanted a sapphic romance book to gush over. This definitely wasn't it. But If you're in the mood for some pure fluff with no angst what so ever, this is the book for you. I just had high hopes, that weren't met (I should have known before, since I was aware of the books this author has written before but hey, a girl can dream).

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is second in a series and events and characters from the previous book have resonance and impact in this one. I highly recommend reading these in order. Well crap. I finished this over a week ago and it fell off my radar before I reviewed it. Not that I had much to say, really. I mean, if you read the first, then you know most of what you need to know for this one. Including the setup with a Scottish Royal Family and some of their weird dynamics. This story is for Flora and finding love t This is second in a series and events and characters from the previous book have resonance and impact in this one. I highly recommend reading these in order. Well crap. I finished this over a week ago and it fell off my radar before I reviewed it. Not that I had much to say, really. I mean, if you read the first, then you know most of what you need to know for this one. Including the setup with a Scottish Royal Family and some of their weird dynamics. This story is for Flora and finding love that she can admit (difficult as she can only wish that she were bisexual because things would be so much easier if she liked boys). Millie has lots of wish fulfillment hand waving as a Texas girl who managed to wrangle a scholarship to the exclusive boarding school Flora is set to attend. She has been burned by being the secret girlfriend of her best friend and was crushed when said girlfriend dumped her at the end of their summer together to go back to her ex. So she is so done with being anybody's secret anything. So it's just as well that they're just roommates. I really liked this story of friendship and humanization. Flora has some very rough edges and tends to simply run over any obstacle that gets in her way and uses means that can splash back on those around her. And Millie does not appreciate being caught in the fallout. So their friendship has to grow by degrees and Hawkins managed to portray that extremely well and I enjoyed every minute of it. I particularly liked how upfront the school was when administrators discovered that there might be a romantic relationship sharing a room (no hysterics and no trying to tell them what to do or how to behave as the school policy has always been to treat the seniors as mostly-adults. They just swapped them for different roommates—to prevent the potential for abuse and drama—and let them figure out the rest). Add some wonderful side characters and friendships and a plot that was interesting (however unlikely) and I was engaged and enjoying myself the whole way through. So this is a four or five star read (stupid memory) that I'm rounding to five because my memories of it are all good ones. A note about the Audiobook: As with the first, the accents were important parts of the identities of the characters, so it was very gratifying with how well they were presented. Very well-done, I think (including Millie's very mild Texan twang). A note about Chaste: I don't recall any steam and they spend most of the story trying to figure out how they could relate to one another and whether they were going to commit or not. So this is a chaste read, I think? Like the first, the emphasis is on the relationship, not on the nekkid bits.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sahitya

    This book has been on my radar for quite a while, and I won’t deny that I do love me some royal romances; they are fairytale-esque and provide some cheer in a gloomy world. And after really having a lot of fun reading the shenanigans of a gay Prince in Red White and Royal Blue, I wanted to indulge in some sapphic goodness and enjoy the story of a gay Princess this time around. Amelia or Millie is a young Texan who is very excited to spend her senior year in the charming mountains of S This book has been on my radar for quite a while, and I won’t deny that I do love me some royal romances; they are fairytale-esque and provide some cheer in a gloomy world. And after really having a lot of fun reading the shenanigans of a gay Prince in Red White and Royal Blue, I wanted to indulge in some sapphic goodness and enjoy the story of a gay Princess this time around. Amelia or Millie is a young Texan who is very excited to spend her senior year in the charming mountains of Scotland at an exclusive fancy boarding school. I loved how nerdy she was and her love of rocks and her budding geologist ambitions were awesome. Princess Flora on the other hand is not happy about being at the school away from her family, is always trying to get expelled and just cross with Millie for being her roommate. There never really is much of a reason for their antagonistic dynamic and it changed into an unlikely friendship and then a crush pretty quickly. It was sweet and adorable to read about and I quite enjoyed all their moments together. There are also some fun side characters, and I really loved both Saks and Perry. I definitely wouldn’t mind a book featuring more of them. I haven’t read the first book in the series, so I didn’t know what to expect from this one, but the writing was very easy and pleasing to read. I just flew through this one and there were quite a few laugh out loud moments. It’s a fairly short read and that might be a reason, but I felt there was not much of a plot. While I loved some of the descriptions of the Scottish Highlands, there’s not a lot of it to appreciate. The characters and their relationship while being cute, also felt pretty superficial but I’m not holding that against it because I guess that’s the tone the author was aiming for. Everything just happens within the span of a few months but these are teenagers, so I’m not too surprised. There is a little bit of conflict too but I thought it came out of nowhere and then was resolved within a few pages. The sexuality of the characters is also just all fine, and everyone is very accepting (even the royals). While it feels unrealistic for our times, we can all hope for that future. Finally, I just want to say that this is a very sweet and adorable, low stakes and no angst high school Royal romance, and all the sapphic vibes you can ask for. It’s a light, breezy and fun read and will definitely make you smile, or atleast make you forget your woes on a bad day. Read this book when you need a little pick me up and you won’t be disappointed.

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