Book Review - Royal by Winter Rinshaw | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Royal by Winter Renshaw

Royal by Winter Renshaw | Blushing Geek

Royal by Winter Renshaw
Series: Rixton Falls, #1
First published on February 21, 2016 by Createspace
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
392 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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His name is Royal, but he’s no prince charming. He’s not even a prince – though you could say I loved him once upon a time.

He was my older brother’s best friend.

Growing up, he sat at our dinner table every Sunday, teased me mercilessly, and pretended I annoyed him.

When I was old enough, he took me on my first date.

Royal taught me how to drive. Escorted me to my junior prom. Gave me my first kiss…amongst other things. He was my first taste of toe-curling, all-consuming, can’t-sleep love.

We had our whole lives ahead of us. There was never anyone else for me but him.

And then he disappeared. No letter. No explanation. Not even a goodbye.

My sisters and brother never forgave him, and my parents forbade me from speaking his name in our house ever again. For all intents and purposes, we were to pretend Royal Lockhart never existed.

I’ve spent the last seven years trying in vain to forget my first love, but just when I think I’ve finally moved on, guess who’s back in town?


As you can read on the sypnosis above, this story started when they were still kids. Royal was his brother’s best friend and became an official part of their family when one time his brother brought him to their house. He’s a foster child so he doesn’t have any stable family at all, but is very likeable especially to the girls in their school. She can’t see why he’s very popular with all the girls when all he does is  to annoy her. Then at the age of 13, suddenly, her feelings towards Royal starts to change. Until at the age of 18, she finally admits that she loves him. After that, they became the inseparable couple until he took off without any explanation why. He came back after 7 years hoping he could have her back.

Before we proceed, I would like to warn you about some spoilers. So read on your own risk *wink.

I’m a sucker for teen romances so during the first few chapters, I find this story quite refreshing to read especially that it was written in a diary format. I love how their relationship progresses from being her annoying brother’s best friend to her first love. But then, all of that was destroyed when he just left without any explanations at all. 7 years later, she’s about to get married until Brooke, the man she was supposed to marry, cancelled the wedding. He ran off with all of his clothes but while on the road, he was involved in a car accident which until now, is unconscious. Which left her responsible, excluding his mother, to take good care of him until he wakes up. If I were her, I’m not sure how long I would last until I punch him in the face for cancelling the wedding, unconscious or not, whether I love him or not.

I’m not fond of stories where one of the characters  abandons the person they said they love, whether with explanations or not. But surprisingly, this story was able to hold my attention because it’s quite intriguing why he left and only came back 7 years after. It was perfect timing too, but I guess it’s for the better because she got to find out that everything she knew about her fiancé is wrong. And that intensified my desire to kill that Brooke dude myself. I thought the blame will be reversed to her, but she caught him talking to his mistress and that confirmed he’s faking the “not remembering anything about cancelling the wedding” thing. Well, there’s really a lot of things this dude did to her but I don’t want this review to be a major spoiler so I’ll just leave it there for you find out *wink. Besides, he finally got his karma.

The revelations were always put on hold until finally he told her what happened. I thought it was something intense like killing someone, but is still intense because it turns out it’s his sister’s doings. It was also heartbreaking because the only person that he thought would help him abandoned him. He’s 19 and scared and told him what happened but didn’t believe him. Instead of consoling him, he told him to stay away from his family, especially Demi. Sucks right? But atleast this time, aside from his biological mother, someone finally believed that he was innocent.

He’s been on parole for the past 5 years that’s why he can’t go away. He’s been checking up on Demi for those years while working as a mechanic for a living. Stalking much eh? Then one day, his sister came back and asked for his forgiveness. It took a lot of pushing until she finally told the police what really happened. The scene where he handed Demi’s family the letter clearing his name of any charges made me cry. I dunno. I’m just so affected with Royal’s story that I can’t help but be happy for him. Now, he can finally have his life, family and Demi back.

For the main characters, well, I feel neutral to both of them. I don’t hate or like Demi and I don’t remember squealing in delight because of Royal. Nothing really special but atleast they both did their part well.

And for the ending, well, it’s HEA baby! I love that the author makes up to Royal and gave him the ending that he really deserves. It’s just perfect.

I’m giving this story a 4-star rating. Aside from the ending, the whole story wasn’t exactly what I would call perfect but it was sure a satisfying read. Besides, there’s still more from this series to read.

It’s my first book from the author and I can’t wait to read more. I hope Derek, Demi’s brother will get his own book too.


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7 years ago

Interesting that this was written in a diary format, definitely something you don’t see all the time. I’ve been taking a break from this genre for awhile but I just might make time for this. Great review!

7 years ago
Reply to  kindlemom1

Yep, kind of cute actually, especially that it happened during their childhood years. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

7 years ago

I am glad that this was mostly a win for you. Sometimes independent books are hit or miss. I am curious who you think the model on the cover looks like. Anyway, thanks for the helpful review. Not sure if this is for me because I have been steering away from YA/NA lately, but I will eventually find my way back.

7 years ago
Reply to  Heidi

Yeah, I couldn’t agree more. I’m just lucky this story turned out good. If you’ll coming back to YA/NA soon, don’t forget to try this one 🙂

Alyssa Susanna
7 years ago

To be honest, I love the “older brother’s best friend” romance trope. 😀 But I don’t like stories in which a character abandons they one he/she loves, like you said. That is frustrating. o_o I’m glad that one character gets his karma! You’ve made me curious now. And I’m glad there is a HEA! I require HEAs and nothing less. 😀 Great review!

Have a wonderful week. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

7 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

This story has been one of the best HEA I’ve read so far, and until now I’m still grinning like crazy when I remember it. I’m sure you’ll love this one too. Thanks for dropping by Alyssa 🙂

7 years ago

Andddddddd now I want this. Thank ya!!

7 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Oh my! You definitely added the right book. Good luck 🙂

Carole's Random Life
7 years ago

I like that this one has a diary format. This one sounds like it has a lot of things going for it. Great review!

7 years ago

Yep, it totally is 🙂 Thanks Carole.

Michele @ A Belle's Tales

This sounds good, Vanessa! The tattooed guy on the cover is pretty, but he reminds me of a certain “jerk” celebrity, too! I’m adding this book to my list. Awesome review <3

7 years ago

Hehe, we might be thinking the same person Michele 🙂
Yay! Goodluck Michele. Hope you’ll enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed it.

7 years ago

I’m not usually so critical on covers but when it has a person on it and they are just so off-putting and not true to the character within, I find myself shying away from the story as a whole because throughout the book, I’m picturing the cover model and not my own imaginative person.

Cover models aside, this sounds like a really good story. It sounds like a perfect read when I’m in the mood for a second chance romance.

7 years ago
Reply to  Kristin

Yep, this one is absolutely far from the cover. I thought the main male lead was a bad guy, a total j*rk or an a**hole, absolutely not.

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