Review: A Crown for Christmas by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted July 30, 2021 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

Happy Friday y’all! Today is the next to last day of Christmas in July, and I wanted to share with you a sweet royal holiday romance. A Crown For Christmas is a novella from Rachel Van Dyken that I could not set down. It encompasses everything I love about a Hallmark movie in one small package….albeit is a bit steamier than Hallmark ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check out my review below and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom. Tomorrow is the last day!

Review: A Crown for Christmas by Rachel Van DykenA Crown For Christmas by Rachel Van Dyken
Published by Self Publish on 2019-12-17
Length: 142 pages
Reviewing Kindle from Amazon
Reading Challenges: COYER 2021

The first time I met Fitz or to most of the world Duke Fitzegerald Heraldo Belleville, I punched him in the throat.
I was actually aiming for his chin, but he was a few years older, clearly not wiser, but at least taller.
He started wheezing on his candy cane.
And well, the rest is history.
Hate replaced what could have been friendship, and for the rest of my teen years, I watched him flirt with every single breathing female.
I hated him.
Plotted his death with a smile on my face.
And knew that my first decree as Queen would be to chop off his head.
Except now that I'm finally old enough to inherit the title, there's one tiny little slip-up.
I need a man by my side.
The problem?
I may have accidentally scared them all away.
I have no options.
Until the devil rings my doorbell with a wicked grin on his face and revenge dancing like sugarplums in his gaze.
I hate that I need him.
It's a serious problem.
We have twelve days before we say I do.
I just pray we survive without killing each other first.

Have you ever sat down to read a book and just knew after the first sentence you were going to love it? That was this book for me! A Crown For Christmas by Rachel Van Dyken is a royal holiday romance novella that incorporates everything I love about Hallmark movies in one small package. To say I liked this book is an understatement. I adored it! I laughed, I may have shed a tear or two, and I most definitely fell head over heels in love with the characters. 

Crown Princess Phillipa Marjory Answorth is next in line for the crown of her small country. She’s spent her formative years learning all about her duties as soon-to-be Queen. The only problem facing her now is that in order to inherit her crown she must wed. If only she hadn’t run off all her suitorsโ€ฆ.Now Phillipa is left with little choice in who she will wed and giving up on finding the HEA promised to princesses in all those Disney movies she pined over as a child. 

Then enters the Royal Crown Duke Fitzgerald (Fitz) Geraldo Belleville, Phillipa’s childhood nemesis. Fitz and Phillipa have spent their lives hating one another. After an unfortunate incident with a candy cane fifteen years earlier, the two have been at odds, constantly bickering and playing pranks. Now it seems their mothers have arranged for them to marry. 

I instantly liked both Phillipa and Fitz. It helped having their chapters from both perspectives. Fitz is known as the consummate playboy, but that is just an act. He’s a flirt, but nothing more. Phillipa is known as cold-hearted and crass, when in reality she is the furthest thing from. Fitz sees Phillipa, the real her, not the one hidden behind her royal duties, and that little crack in her cold facade intrigues him to no end. With 12 days to Christmas and their wedding, will they find happiness with one another or kill each other in the process?

Overall I loved A Crown For Christmas! I loved the setting of the castle with snow at Christmas. It added a magical, romantic element to the story. Phillipa and Fitz’s chemistry and banter stole my heart and drove the plot, keeping me interested until I had finished the book in one sitting. This was my first read from Rachel Van Dyken, and I have no intention of it being the last. If you enjoy royal romance and are looking for a sweet holiday read, look no further than this one.

About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she's been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She was one of the first romance authors to have a Kindle in Motion book through Amazon publishing and continues to strive to be on the cutting edge of the reader experience. She keeps her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs.


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