Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Playing The Palace by Paul Rudnick


Title: Playing The Palace

Author: Paul Rudnick

Publisher: Berkley 

Release Date: May 25, 2021


When a lonely American event planner starts dating the gay Prince of Wales, a royal uproar ensues: is it true love or the ultimate meme? Find out in this hilarious romantic comedy.

After having his heart trampled on by his cheating ex, Carter Ogden is afraid love just isn’t in the cards for him. He still holds out hope in a tiny corner of his heart, but even in his wildest dreams he never thought he’d meet the Crown Prince of England, much less do a lot more with him. Yes, growing up he’d fantasized about the handsome, openly gay Prince Edgar, but who hadn’t? When they meet by chance at an event Carter’s boss is organizing, Carter’s sure he imagined all that sizzling chemistry. Or was it mutual?

This unlikely but meant-to-be romance sets off media fireworks on both sides of the Atlantic. With everyone having an opinion on their relationship and the intense pressure of being constantly in the spotlight, Carter finds ferocious obstacles to his Happily Ever After, including the tenacious disapproval of the Queen of England. Carter and Prince Edgar fight for a happy ending to equal their glorious international beginning. It’s a match made on Valentine’s Day and in tabloid heaven.

As soon as I began reading Playing The Palace I was laughing. Carter Ogden and his roommates are hilarious! Every character is if I'm being honest. 

Carter is an event planner from New Jersey who gets most of his advice from Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He just so happens to meet Edgar while setting up for an event at the United Nations, and oh yeah Edgar happens to be the Prince of Wales. They have an instant connection and so much shenanigans ensues. Edgar is used to just being himself without embarrassment so he doesn't realize how careful he has to be when it comes to dating a prince, but Edgar is not going to let him go so easily. They have both been hurt in the past yet are willing to put in the work!

Playing the Palace was such a fun read! With two openly gay male characters and the bunch of crazy family and friends that they have I was entertained throughout the entire story. A great summer read to take to the pool or beach with you. 

Cliffhanger: No

3/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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