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Royal Family

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This was the first book in the Royal Romance series and I’m certain I will backtrack to the first three. 

This could easily serve as a stand alone but there are a good amount of characters. I’m fairly certain they are from previous books. I think the writer maintained a good balance of weaving some of those characters in and giving me enough to get a feel for the supporting cast but there were a good amount of them. This sometimes bogged me down a bit. 

The end felt a bit short to me, like checking off boxes to close the story out but the overall plot was engaging. The 2 main characters were interesting. The royal setting and backdrop was done well.

Overall a good story that will have me picking up the first books in the series.
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This was a fun, LGBTQ romance. I enjoyed the book but didn’t realize it was #2 in the series until I was 1/4 of the way in, when I noticed some missing character development that may have been in the first booj
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‘Royal Family’ by Jenny Frame is book four in her Royal Series. I’ve enjoyed them all, and it was lovely to be back with some of my favourite characters. This time we follow the romance of Clay, a royal protection officer, and Katya, the new nanny. Clay has reached her position despite a rocky start in life, and is now dealing with grief after the death of her mother. She’s not ready to trust the new nanny, but can’t quite put her finger on why. Katya left her native home as a child refugee and is determined to pay her adopted country back for the good life she has now. She finds Clay attractive, but is not ready for any kind of relationship. Guarding her privacy and her heart is too important to her. 

Katya and Clay’s story was a slow burner. Their backgrounds made them wary and they needed time to open up. I really warmed to Katya as I got to know more about her. Her backstory was fascinating and I enjoyed finding out about her. Clay’s story was worlds away from that of Katya, but they found in each other something that was missing. Something that made them whole. Jenny Frame ties the threads from previous books in the series beautifully, and the family element really came through. It felt welcoming and inclusive. I love Queen George and Queen Bea and their growing family. The fact that they make their friends and close staff part of that family enhances the series. There’s a warmth and affection woven throughout the story and I hope there will be more tales of this particular Royal Family and their entourage.

I was given this ARC for review.
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Although I have not read any of the previous books in the series, I did not feel loss. There are numerous characters and couples that provide interesting details for the read. There were also many comments and interaction about/with children which I enjoyed very much, especially Teddy. What a ball of energy. Even though there were quite a few couples and characters, I felt that all of them were advanced in the book. For folks like me, it was good. For folks that have read the previous books in the series, they may have expected more focus on Veronica Clayton and Katya Kovach. It was easy to feel for Clay and Kat. Both felt down to earth folks you would want to know more about.
Enjoyable entertaining story.
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A continuation of an otherwise enjoyable series.

The plotline is vague and the new characters - Clay and Katya - are a bit inflexible.  It took me too long to become sympathetic to the characters on their slow journey to friendship and love.

I found it hard to relate to this installment as a read alone book.
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This was a great read
Again I can’t bring myself not to love Jenny Frames stories. I think its my infatuation with butch /femme dynamics which J.F writes so well. 
However, there’s this writing method she does that i think it’s unnecessary and drags. (When she adds a background to every side character or actions seen in other books in the series). I being a hard fan, read this and i get bored instantly. I guess it’s good for new readers to understand the side characters, albeit new readers should be encouraged to read the previous books in the series. 
Also there is so much repetition of words that express emotions of the same character.
With all that said I enjoyed the book as always and i look forward to reading more of J.F’s stories!
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At the beginning of the story where Katya is introduced I got a real Anastasia vibe. The cartoon story not the reality of course. The story goes at a slow pace but the writing is so well done that it pulls you in and you don’t notice. Beautiful story that is heart wrenching and also heart warming.
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There is something special about a long-running lesbian romance series: Since you get to see the same characters over and over again, they begin to feel like friends. I'll be frank, Frame did not hook me with the first book in the series, but there was promised there and it kept me coming back for more. Sometimes the potential has been fulfilled, often it falls just a bit short, but I have always enjoyed her work.

Royal Family was entertaining, but I feel Frame had to stretch a bit so that readers could catch up with the other couples in the series. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this opposites attract tale featuring Clay, a familiar character for those of us who have read Frame's previous books in this series.
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Great addition to the series.  Well written and keeps you turning pages.  I loved catching up with the old characters and reading about the lives of the new.  I hope there are a couple more books in this series from Jenny Frame.  I highly recommend.
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A delightful story of a future where the UK has two lesbians as Queen and Queen and other European countries have lesbian queens or gay kings, there is a straight Prince but he is very much the exception. within this unusual fun setting sits a fairly typical lesbian romance, a tough, quiet, butch protection officer Veronica Clayton who is suspicious from the moment she meets the new secretive nanny Katya Kovach who is intrigued and dismayed by the changes in Clay's behaviour. Plenty of drama and mix ups ensue and the inevitable happens, alongside some really sweet moments between Queen George and Queen Bea and their two Princesses Teddy and Anna. Part of a series but my enjoyment of this book wasn't affected by not having read the first three books, enjoyable light reading. 

With thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for a review.
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A Romance and So Much More
Clay is the Police Protection Officer for Queen Georgina and Queen Bea’s children.   Her mother died not long ago and she is feeling so lost and alone.  Her friends are doing their best to cheer her up and she has been given new quarters on the palace grounds by the queens in order to make her feel loved and valued.  Kayta, a refugee to Britain.  She knows only too well the pain of loss as she saw her family murdered before she managed to escape.  Now she keeps people at arm’s length to avoid the pain of losing anyone else.  As the new royal nanny, she does things a bit differently than previous nanny and Clay is suspicious of her. That’s fine because Kayta isn’t too sure about Clay either.  They seem to clash at every turn but there is just something about the other that just can’t be ignored…. Add in a State visit from Queens Roz and Lennox, a documentary on the Royal family and a civil war within a former ally things get even more complicated when Kayta’s secret comes to light! 

This is such a good book! I loved visiting George and Bea again and seeing them with their children was such a treat! Watching Clay and Kayta interact and eventually fall in love was a joy. There were a couple of love scenes that left me breathless but there was so much more than the romances going on.   I worried a great deal about Kayta as her secret was an important part of the story that could turn deadly at any time…. There was so much going on in this story but it was well written and flowed well.  This story was a joy and a delight to read.
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Be aware this is the 4th book in the royal romance series by Jenny Frame which I didn't know when I picked this up. The book is a stand alone romance but I guess there are many characters from previous books and some of them have their own part here. That didn't take anything away from reading this one but I kept wondering that it would have been nicer to read the previous books before this one.

I love lesbian fiction and lesbian characters and the more the merrier but, for me, this book went a little too far. I recall 3 lesbian royal couples and at least 2 other lesbian couples working for the Queens plus 2 gay secondary characters, probably only the ambassador from Vospya was straight or maybe not since he hated gay people so much.

The royal British setting worked really well for me and I liked the romance so overall a good read.
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This is my first book by this author. It was very well written and the romance was sweet, caring, and sexy between Clay and Katya.  I liked the story line also and could see quite a bit of what's happening in the world today in this book. The country of Vospya could be the United States right now where it's dealing with civil unrest and extremism at the moment because of democracy not being protected and human rights not being respected. Even though this is fiction its still true to some of what's happening in the world now. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and family. I received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books Inc through Netgalley for an honest review.
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When I requested this book I didn't realise it was book four in a series! Although the author did a fantastic job of explaining the characters, their roles and personalities in this book so I don't feel I missed out too much.

This book also had some amazing representation. I loved the inclusion of LGBTQ+ characters. There was also great representation for women in power. Typically the ruler or head of a royal family is male, the military assigned to protect them is male but this was a refreshing and welcome change.

I will say I found myself skimming alot of this book. I just don't think it was the right book for me.

The writing at times felt a little disjointed and somewhat juvenile.

However, the author has included a huge cast of characters and I feel does justice to each one of them. If you're someone who loves books with lots of characters, family dynamics and generational relationships, you will enjoy this book!

Thank you to Netgalley, Jenny Frame and Bold Strokes Books for an eArc of this book in exchange for review !
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This was my first read by Jenny Frame. I must start by saying that I have not read the other books in this series. When I first started reading this book, I was a bit confused by all the characters names and nicknames. Upon reading further I am going to attribute this to not reading the previous books. Nevertheless, once I grasped all the character names and nicknames, I quickly fell into a comfortable experience. 

I was pleasantly surprised at how invested I became in these characters and the story. As an American I do not have much knowledge about royalty and the responsibility that the families hold. Frame does a great job throwing in some education while telling a fantastic story. I also noticed other subtle parts of the book that showed in depth attention to detail or research by the author. For example, as a special needs parent, I noticed in the description of a playroom that the description specifically mentioned sensory toys available for children with special needs.  

The two main characters were loveable and shared life experiences that truly made them meant to cross paths. I enjoyed that this takes place in the future even though it was a subtle throw-in by the author and seemingly irrelevant to the story. Overall, this romance was sweet and likeable, and has a lot more depth than many others that I have read. 

I do plan to read more from Jenny Frame. Specifically, this series which was originated in 2017 after doing some research. This book can easily be a stand-alone read. However, I am interested and knowing what brought the characters together.

I would highly recommend this book and would recommend reading the series in order, so you get acquainted with the characters and background.

**I received an ARC from Bold Strokes Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **
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4.4 Stars for Royal Family by Jenny Frame

This is the fourth book in the Royal Romance Series by Jenny Frame and I enjoyed revisiting everyone. And I mean everyone.

Veronica  (Clay) Clayton is a Police Protection Officer for the Royal Family.  She is the head officer of the group that is assigned to protect Queen George and Queen Consort Beatrice's children, three-year-old, Princess Teddy and baby Anna. Not only is Clay the leader, she is also the best of the best expert marksmen.  Needless to say, George and Bea implicitly trust Clay and her squad to protect their children and any of other royal children (cousins, etc.) who happen to be visiting.  Unfortunately for the family, Clay asked to be transferred, mainly because her mother died, leaving her alone and lonely. George and Bea convince her to stay by offering her accommodations at Windsor and the Palace.  They are hoping this will help her from feeling lonely and showing that she is part of a community and part of the royal family.  A new nanny has been hired, Katya Kovach who is in fact Princess Olga Bolotov of Vospya (a fictious European country). Very few people know her true identity, even her only living Uncle doesn't know she is alive.  At 10 years old, Katya's entire family was shot in front of her during a coup. She escaped and with the help of King Edward (Queen George's father), she was educated and later studied to be nanny. 

This is the fourth book in the series and I think you should at least read first one A Royal Romance (Queen George and Bee's story) and although not as necessary, maybe the second, Royal Rebel (Rozala and Lennox). The third book is about Captain Quincy and Holly.  All these couples are mentioned on this book. They either work for the Royal Family or are visiting (Rozala & Lennox). I kept thinking, Wow. It seems like this family and their employees are all lesbians!  The only one who is not, is George's brother, Prince Theo.

So the main themes in this book are the romance between Clay and Katya and the escalating unrest in Vospya.  A documentary about the Royal Family is being filmed during this time. I'm not sure why this needed to be in the story, other than giving Prince Theo a storyline (he is pursuing the woman filmmaker, Aziza Bouzid) and I suppose added the possible danger of exposing Katya.  Katya's storyline mirrors what happened to the real-life Russian princess, Anastasia Romanov and her family. There were rumors that one of the daughters of the Czar (Anastasia) survived the execution by the rebels. They've made movies and even a Broadway musical (Anastasia). There were many Anastasia imposters and it was never proven that Anastasia survived.

A weakness in this book is the number of characters – all the couples in the 3 previous books, their kids, the Vospyains, plus all the royal servants, aides, military, the other protection officers etc. really add up and distracts from Katya and Clay's storyline.

An advanced readers copy was given to me by Bold Strokes Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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This is the fourth book in Ms. Frame’s Royal Romance Series.  The setting for the series is the royal families in the United Kingdom.  It is important to remember when reading the series that it is fictitious and is truly not depicting the royal families in the UK.  With that said, it is kind of fun to think of numerous royal characters in the Royal Romance Series as being gay!

Readers will find many of their favorite characters were introduced in the previous books in this series.  One of the two main characters in Royal Family is Veronica Clayton, the chief protector for the Queens Georgina and Bea’s two little girls. She enjoys serving as the security protector for the girls, but since the death of her mother she is depressed and begins to question her need to transfer to another detail.

Katya Kovach, the other main character, is a refugee from Britain. She escaped to Britain at the age of ten when her family was murdered in front of her.  Katya is one of the last royal members of the country Vospya.  For this reason, the British government has provided her with a new name and is keeping her identity secret.  Now as an adult, she has received the best education and has graduated from a renowned nanny school.  Queens Georgina and Bea hire her to be the caretaker of their girls.  Of course, Katya’s background is only provided on a need-to-know basis!

Although Katya has outstanding credentials, Veronica still questions Katya’s background and is leery of her.  This initial feeling, however, starts to wear away when they begin to spend time together.  Veronica sees how good Katya is with the girls.

I genuinely like this series.  There is romance and Ms. Frame develops wonderful characters in delightful stories.  Her writing is exceptionally smooth and has an excellent pace.  Although you can read this book as a standalone novel, I suggest that readers start with the first book in the series.

I highly recommend Royal Family and rate it with 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I received this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This is another winner from Jenny Frame! I love the Royal series and get giddy every time I find out there's another book released. I love that no matter who the primary main characters are for each book, George and Bea are always a big part. In this book I really fell for both main characters, and really felt for their respective situations, especially Katya. The story was well written and dramatic with the war issues in Katya's country. Having a suprise guest from Lex and Roza was exciting too. This book and the rest of the series is a definite recommend! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This is the 4th book in the Royal Romance Series. Having not read the previous book, I found I had a lot of questions. I wish I  read the previous books. However, I still enjoyed the story and getting to know  Katya and Clay. It's obvious Frame is a talented writer.    4.5 stars.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest opinion. 
Thank You Bold Strokes Books and NetGalley.
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𝗔 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀.

This is the 4th book of the Royal Romance series and while each book can technically be read as a standalone, I recommend following the sequence. That’s because every main character in this series is part of a trusted inner circle and unless you know their story, you might feel like the outsider to this big clique. 

I’m delighted that Frame did a story for Clay. Clay debuted in 𝘙𝘰𝘺𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘵 as the newly recruited protection officer for Queen Bea and Princess Teddy. I’m excited that Clay is no longer the young and shy greenhorn of the group and that we get to find out so much more about her and what she’s like. Kat is a new character hired to be the royal nanny and is Clay’s love interest here. Unknown to Clay and almost everyone else, she is also a royal refugee from Vospya and a distant relation to Queen George. 

I have a soft spot for this series and reading the books are like revisiting old friends every time. 𝘈 𝘙𝘰𝘺𝘢𝘭 𝘙𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 will always remain a personal favourite. That’s because Georgie is the first among monarchs and by far the most interesting character so for me, the rest will always fall a little short. This book comes in a close second because I like Clay. Clay has a natural innocence and I hated Frame a bit for creating a scenario at the start that betrays that innocence. But I just wanted her to find her happy ending which she obviously gets at the end with Kat. 

I realise now that the books almost always follow the same formula but I’m never tired of the royals, so who or what’s next?
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