Series: Royally #3
Published on August 14th 2017
Genres: Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
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Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??
Sexy. As. Hell.
And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.
For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.
To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.
The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.
But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.
Any woman would be proud to call him hers.
But there’s only one woman he wants.
For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.
He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.
But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.
Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.
Royally Endowed was one of my most highly anticipated reads this year, and it did not disappoint. Written in dual POV, this book provides what is a gloriously well-executed slow burn romance. Now, if you know me, you’ll be shocked that I was on board for a slow burn (mainly cause I’m impatient AF)–but it just worked for this story.
I loved that the book opens up in present time, but then flashes back to previous moments/scenes from the earlier books in this series. We get to follow not only the cutesy school-girl crush moments from Ellie’s POV, but we also get to see how Logan played a role in her life behind-the-scenes. Watching the development and progression of Logan and Ellie’s relationship was blissfully gratifying. Through their ups and downs, at it’s heart, their love story is the epitome of a ‘friends-to-lovers’ trope that I’m 100% here for.
Unlike other slow burn romance plots I’ve read, the pacing was spot on. The conflict was not long and drawn out, nor contrite; every facet of this story flowed organically. The buildup to the climax (*smirks*) was laced with endearingly awkward encounters, tender moments, and of course, steamy sexually charged scenes. And as previously mentioned, this story has the sweetest, most gratifying HEA! You’ll also get a glimpse at what the whole gang (Henry, Nicholas, Olivia, Sarah, etc) is up to in present (or is it future?) time.
So basically, be prepared, cause you’re going to feel all the feels.
Emma Chase is one of those authors who I can always count to deliver the goods. Her books are the complete package: relatable characters, entertaining dialogue, swoony love interests, and a satisfying HEA. (And not to mention, the male POV in her books are always on point!)
I highly recommend Royally Endowed for lovers of the low-drama, high quality, and above all, wonderfully steamy romance.
*This can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the first two books in the series (Royally Screwed, and Royally Matched) so that you can get the full “worth the wait” component of Logan and Ellie’s story.