Monday, July 17, 2017

Royally Romanov by Teri Wilson

Title: Royally Romanov
Author: Teri Wilson
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Royals #2
Main Characters: Finley and Maxim
Release Date: July 2017
Publisher: Pocket Star
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
In this charming modern day retelling of the 1956 classic Anastasia, a museum curator falls for a mysterious man who may or may not be a long lost heir to Russia’s imperial Romanov dynasty.

Finley Abbot is organizing the most prestigious art exhibit of her career at the Louvre museum—a retrospective of art from the House of Romanov. But the sudden appearance of Maxim Romanov threatens to turn her into the biggest laughingstock of the art world. When she finds herself falling in love, she realizes there’s even more at stake than her career. How can she trust a man with her whole world when he can’t remember a thing about his past?

After suffering a violent blow to the head, Maxim’s only clue to his identity is a notebook containing carefully researched documentation in his own handwriting indicating that he is the sole surviving descendant of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, previously thought dead in the murder of her family during Russia’s Bolshevik revolution. His struggle to put the mysterious pieces of his past back together leads him to Finley. At first, she’s convinced Maxim is nothing but a con artist. But there’s something undeniably captivating about the beautiful, brooding man who claims to be searching for his identity—something Finley can’t quite bring herself to resist. When he reveals a secret about one of the imperial Fabergé eggs in the collection, she accepts he may actually be telling the truth. But as soon as Finley and Maxim act on their feelings for one another, Maxim is confronted with evidence that calls into question everything he’s begun to believe about himself.


My Review:
Wow, I'll admit I'm surprised by just how much I adored this book. I've always been fascinated with the possibilities of Anastasia's story and while this was definitely a new (wonderful) twist on that, it was even better because this book was an incredible love story to Paris, too. After reading the book, I felt like I'd made a quick trip to Paris...and fell in love with it all over again. 
Okay...so the story. The hero is Maxim and the story begins with him in the hospital after he's been attacked in Paris. Now, he has no recollection of just exactly who he is, so he has to follow the clues, which quickly lead him to believe that he's Anastasia's grandson. 


The clues, and the one memory he has of a gorgeous woman, lead him to Finley, an assistant curator at the Louvre who just released a book about the Romanov's.

The book is a romance, but even more than that, it's a huge mystery built in some of the more interesting parts of Paris. I had no idea how the story would work out and that suspense kept me reading long past when I should have put my kindle down. The story was addicting. 

It was also...gorgeous. The mental visuals of this book were fantastic. From the bookstore and the ideas of the tumbleweeds to the romantic idea that one of the Romanov line could have survived...I loved every minute of reading this story. 

I completely enjoyed the romance and the conflict between Finley and Maxim. Indulging his ideas could cost her the dream job she has at the Louvre and every time she sees him, she plans it to be her last, but then they just get more and more drawn to one another. 

The book was the perfect mix of romance, mystery, and intrigue...and I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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