Review: The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle

Posted August 31, 2021 by Lorna in Reviews / 8 Comments


I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle
The Royals Next Door

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on August 31, 2021
Pages: 366
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

I have a thing for most books about royals and the normal person they fall for, but this one was a bit different. Instead of falling for a royal, the heroine falls for their bodyguard. It takes awhile to get there as this was pretty much an enemies to lovers trope. Plus, it is written by Karina Halle who has been one of my favorite authors for almost ten years now. So it was more than a delight for me to read this one.


So the Prince of England and his pregnant wife(also a mega-famous singer)move in next door to your small cottage on an island off the cost of British Columbia. Personally I would love that. However, it’s anything but fun in the beginning. Paparazzi, crowds of lookie-loos, plus a grumpy head bodyguard make it anything but fun for Piper. Piper is an elementary school teacher on Salt Spring Island and has lived there for five years. She shares her home with her mother who has mental health issues-ones that she rarely gets treatment for. The home they own used to be part of the estate next door and is pretty small and drab in comparison. Harrison Cole is both a bodyguard to the royals and close friends with the Prince. He is ultra protective to a fault and somehow manages to think Piper poses a threat to the royal couple for no particular reason. The couple aren’t having any of it and start inviting Piper and her mother over for small get-togethers. Harrison grudgingly gets over it and starts to be friendly to the mother and daughter. And then more than friendly. Interestingly, the royal couple reminded me of Meghan and Harry in a big way if you exchange actress with singer, not being approved by the royal family and moving away to get away from all the press and public opinion, and racism.

Both main characters have baggage to overcome, but I liked each of them a lot. We learn their backstories and I especially liked when Harrison started baking for Piper and her mother. Harrison is quite the amazing baker and it just proved one more reason to like him. Piper was a good caretaker of her mother who doesn’t cope very well in public. Having the royal couple next door started to help her mother come out of her shell which was heartwarming to see as well.

I enjoyed Piper and Harrison’s romance and seeing everything unfold over a few months time. There’s many obstacles to the romance, not the least of which is Harrison’s job which will be moving back to England before the baby is born. Before it’s over with, there is a scandal involving Piper and Harrison. It’s an island, but it’s also a small town with the usual busybodies. And that’s all I am saying about that.

I was so happy to receive this arc from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Anything that Karina Halle writes pretty much is an automatic buy for me. She’s very prolific which means I keep finding books by her in my huge to be read stack that I still have to read. To me that’s a gift to myself. Since I follow her on Twitter and Instagram, it was fun to see her set this book on the actual island she and her husband reside on. I highly recommend this to adult romance readers because I enjoyed every minute reading this one.
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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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Sophia Rose
27 days ago

Oh neat! I’m glad it was a royal story without being typical. Glad grumpy Harrison softened up and was good with Piper and her mom. The setting does sound gorgeous.

27 days ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Yes, the pictures and clips of the island she puts on Instagram are amazing. I would love to go someday. The book was really fun as well.

Mary Kirkland
27 days ago

The romance sounds like a good one. They sound like good characters.

27 days ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

They really were great characters and of course I loved the romance!

Anne - Books of My Heart

I enjoy this author also!

26 days ago

This is a fun one if you haven’t already read it!

Carole Rae
14 days ago

How fun!

14 days ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

It really was a fun one for sure!