Review: Royally Roma

Pocket Star
March 27, 2017


In this charming, modern retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for. 

My Thoughts

Royally Roma by Teri Wilson is a modern-day retelling of Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Roman Holiday is one of my all-time favorite movies, so, of course, I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of Royally Roma

Niccolo is a royal prince trying to escape his over-scheduled life. Julia is a young woman trying to escape a troubled past. Julia works as a tour guide who inadvertently mistakes Niccolo for  her client. Niccolo knowingly plays along so he can take a day off from his life. Set in the romantic city of Rome, these two strangers soon find out all that Rome has to offer.

Royally Roma is a fast-paced, uber romantic, feel good book that will leave you wanting more Niccolo and Julia. It's the perfect read to get you through these hot summer days. And if it's not hot where you are, you will be burning after you read this book. The characters have great chemistry. I love how the story line was similar to the movie, but had enough differences to make it stand on its own.

Royally Roma is the first volume in The Royals series. The next book, Anastasia, will be released on July 17.

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