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{October 28, 2012}   {ARC Review} A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry

From Goodreads: Bronte Talbott follows all of the exploits of the British royals. After all, they’re the world’s most preeminent dysfunctional family. And who is she to judge? Bronte’s own search for love isn’t going all that well, especially after her smooth-talking Texan boyfriend abruptly leaves her in the dust.

Bronte keeps a lookout for a rebound to help mend her broken heart, and when she meets Max Heyworth, she’s certain he’s the perfect transition man. But when she discovers he’s a duke, she has to decide if she wants to stay with him for the long haul and deal with the opportunities– and challenges– of becoming a royal.

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I am very sorry to say that this novel is not what I expected, and I didn’t care for it at all.  First and foremost, this novel is all about sex.  It has a somewhat interesting storyline, and based on the book blurb I really wanted to read it, but it ended up being mostly about sex, with some graphic erotica interspersed, which I really don’t want to read about… for instance, I didn’t  want to know about the “moisture” between Bronte’s  legs or how she screams at Max to put “it” in… umm… definitely not what I was expecting in this “love” story that, in my opinion, was more so an obsession with sex.

Secondly, Bronte drove me batty.  She is a very smart young woman doing great things for herself, but she is an absolute idiot when it comes to men. It’s like all her brains turn to fluff when it comes to relationships, which is really unfortunate because I was hoping she would be a strong female character.  She also cusses like a crazed sailor (not endearing to me) and focuses on sex way too much.  Upon meeting Max, eight weeks of really great sex ensues, but I never felt that I learned anything substantial about either Max or Bronte, aside from the fact that they really… like… sex.  And in that case, I didn’t feel like there was a concrete enough relationship to solidify falling in love or getting married.

I think that if the story focused more so on the budding relationship between Max and Bronte, and much, much less on their sexcapades, I might have liked the novel.  In my opinion, Mulry is a good writer, but this type of novel is not my style (which is why I didn’t read 50 Shades of Grey, and why I don’t seek out novels focusing on sex.  I just don’t want to read it.  I don’t like all the touching and grabbing… and I think this story really could have been good had it focused less on sex and more on the plot.

Now, if you read 50 Shades of Grey and enjoyed it, then I think you might like this novel.  As I said, Mulry is a good writer, and this might be something you really enjoy.  But, for me, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.  One star.

Sourcebooks Landmark has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its release on November 1, 2012.

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