Wednesday, June 21, 2023

A Royal Competition by Amanda Schimmoeller: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

One prince. Twelve women.
A broadcasted dating competition where only one will become queen.
Prepare to be royally entertained.

Prince Liam was never supposed to be king. Now he has ninety days to find a bride or lose the throne. In his final moments, the king shared one last wish—that Liam would star as the lead in a royal dating show and marry the woman of his choosing. Even though he has vowed to never love again, Liam reluctantly agrees to take on the role, hoping to gain the support of the Wistonian people. But then the one person who has the power to break down his walls shows up as a contestant in the competition.

Lady Charlotte never planned to return to the Wistonian Palace. And she definitely didn’t plan to court the man she has secretly been pining over for years. In a competition where most women would do anything to win, she simply hopes to survive with her heart still intact. But things never seem to go according to plan.

A Royal Competition is Book 2 in the Royal Hearts series. This is a sweet, closed-door romance and can be read as a standalone, but it would be most enjoyed after reading A Royal Obligation.

As a child, Amanda Schimmoeller had two loves: writing and Disney. She now combines the two by writing stories of true love, broken hearts, and happily ever afters while surviving on copious amounts of iced chais and binge-worthy tv. You’ll find her plotting her next great love story and living out her own fairytale in Knoxville, TN with her husband and their dog.

Connect with Amanda at or on Instagram at @authoramandaschimmoeller.

A Royal Competition is the second book in the Royal Hearts series. I had not yet personally read book one and found that I was able to enjoy this one with no problems at all. That said, it does take place after the first one, with that book setting up the events that will happen in this one... so there are definitely some major spoilers there when read out of order. As such, it's probably best to enjoy in order! 

In fact, it's really difficult to talk about this book without giving spoilers to book one, so I'll say this--- THIS book was absolutely fantastic, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys royal romance. If you plan on reading A Royal Obligation and would like to do so WITHOUT the spoilers, stop reading this review right now and just go grab it! 

Now... let's talk a little more about the story!

If you were to combine The Bachelor with Princess Diaries 2 plus add in a little bit of a mystery--- you'd get this book! And I adored every single minute. After his bother has abdicated the throne, Liam finds himself with 90 days to get married before he can become king. To find a wife (and honor his deceased mother), a dating reality competition is set up. I am honestly not the biggest fan of reality dating shows... like seriously cannot stand them! As such, I was a little unsure how I would feel about this book... but honestly, the whole competition was handled really well, and I found myself not minding it one bit! I loved Liam and Charlotte's characters and couldn't help but root for them to get their happily ever after... and it was so worth the wait! 

There was a bit of a mystery thrown in that I had not been expecting at all, and it took what would have been a good story anyway and took it to the next level for me. I couldn't help but read on to figure out what would happen next! 

A Royal Competition is a closed-door romance, with swoon worthy kisses but nothing beyond that. It is free from language and a very clean read. 


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