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Title: Royally Lost Author: Angie Stanton Publisher: Harper Collins Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.
Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.
When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever?
I love romance novels, love songs, and romantic comedies, and have a pretty decent collection. I’ve seen all these movies, several, if not many times and consider myself a bit of an expert on the chick flick genre. Here’s my top 10 list. Enjoy!
#10 You’ve Got Mail
This is an old classic, and you’ve gotta love anything with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.
#9 Wedding Date
I love the premise of this movie. Single girl hires a guy to be her date for her sister’s wedding. It’s absolutely hilarious, and I love Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. #8 Valentine’s Day
I think this movie is absolutely adorable, and I love how it brought so many huge stars together. It covers several love stories and is perfect to watch on Valentine’s Day.
Part of me wants to make this my #1. I love this movie. I own this movie. I’ve watched this movie about a dozen times. Here’s a new side to Paul Bettany. He is self deprecating and lovable with Kristin Dunst. Did I mention I love this movie? Go watch it!
#6 While You Were Sleeping
Most things Sandra Bullock are awesome, but this one is a real gem. I think it was her second starring role ever. Her chemistry with Bill Pullman is amazing. It takes place over the holidays, which gives it even more points!
#5 The Proposal
Funny, hilarious, outrageous! This time Sandra Bullock pairs up with Ryan Reynoldsand together they are a riot. She plays his nasty boss until the tables are turnedand she needs him to marry her so she can stay in the United States. And… Ryan Reynolds. Sigh.
This movie made me fall in love with John Cusack. He is adorable and funny and adlibs a lot of his lines. It takes place in New York City, over the holidays. Kate Beckinsale is his love interest who believes in Serendipity, or shall I say fate, to bring people together, and does it ever!
#3 Crazy Stupid Love
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. O.M.G. It is hilarious, touching, and sexy. I like to fast forward through the movie and only watch their scenes. Yeah. Love this one.
#2 Kate and Leopold
I love time travel stories and this one delivers. Hugh Jackman, a reluctant Duke, comes from the past and woos Meg Ryan.
#1 The Notebook
This movie should be in the romance movie hall of fame. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling exude so much heat and love. It takes you on an epic journey and keeps you rooting for them all the way to the end.
Nikolai opened his eyes, chilled, as a cloud blocked out the sun. Next to him, Becca slept, her hand curled in his. She smiled in relaxed slumber.
He gently released her hand and looked around. A couple of people lounged on the distant beach and a lone man sat in the sand with a camera aimed straight at him. The hairs on the back of his neck stood up.
Nikolai turned his back to the beach and nudged her. “Becca!”
“Hmm?” She stirred.
“There’s a guy on the beach and I’m pretty sure he’s taking our picture.”
Her eyes sprang open. “What?” She sat up and spotted the man. “You think he’s paparazzi?”
“It sure isn’t a random tourist aiming a long lens at us. How the hell did he know I was here?” Nikolai slid on his shorts.
“Oh crud.” Becca grabbed her clothes and quickly pulled them on. “You think he’s been taking pictures of us sleeping?”
“That and more. Lord only knows how long he’s been here.” He didn’t notice him when they were in the water, but that didn’t mean he hadn’t been lurking in the trees, snapping pictures.
Nikolai stuffed their leftover lunch items into his backpack. How did this camera-wielding jerk find him?
Dressed, with everything packed up, they headed for the motorbike. Their path unfortunately forced them to pass the creep with the camera. Nikolai pulled his baseball cap low and hid behind his sunglasses. He led the way with Becca’s hand firmly in his.
“Prince Nikolai, why did you run from the palace?” The photographer, a short, heavyset man with cameras strapped across his chest moved closer.
Nikolai picked up the pace, but the man stayed with them, walking backward and snapping pictures. This was no official appearance where Nikolai owed the press a friendly smile and kind word.
“Do your parents know where you are?”
He ignored him.
“Your friend is beautiful. Is she the reason you fled? What’s her name?”
Nikolai bristled and fought the urge to shove the man to the ground and bust his camera. He glanced at Becca, her face pink with embarrassment. She didn’t need to be targeted by this oily loser.
“Have you heard that your sister, Princess Alexi, has gone missing?”
Nikolai hesitated for an instant, but then hurried on. The man was lying. He was sure of it, and he wouldn’t let this vile intruder ruin their day.
They reached the bike. He hurried and strapped on the pack and hopped on. Becca climbed up, hugging him from behind. Nikolai liked the feel of her body secure against his. It made him feel better able to protect her.
The photographer kept snapping pictures and wouldn’t back off. “There are rumors that you have renounced the throne,” he baited.
Nikolai stiffened, but didn’t give him the satisfaction of a reaction. He started the engine.
“Where are you going next?”
“Wouldn’t you like to know?” Nikolai grinned, revved the engine, and spun gravel as they raced away.
Angie Stanton never planned on writing books; she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in rural Wisconsin, with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head, she began to write them down, and the rest is history.
Angie is the author of six books including Royally Lost, Rock and a Hard Place, and Snapshot. She graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, and is a proud double finalist of the National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em.