Erryn reviews ‘Royally Screwed’ by Lynn Van Dorn. The ebook was published June 28, 2020 and is 277 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo. It was released August 31, 2020 and is 8hrs and 21mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I adore Lynn Van Dorn and Michael Ferraiuolo is a treasure.
Take one betrothal gone awry…
Prince Angelo is destined to marry Prince Yuri. Never mind that Angelo isn’t gay and didn’t choose to be saddled with a moony-eyed princeling who is determined to ruin Angelo’s life. Then one day Yuri goes too far and Angelo has to take matters into his own hands.
Add one doomed arranged marriage…
Prince Yuri is destined forever to pine after Prince Angelo. Arranged marriages are archaic and awful enough without being stuck for life with someone you want who will never, ever in a million years want you back. Still, for someone who claims to want nothing to do with Yuri, Angelo is surprisingly possessive.
And you just might get one unexpected romance.
Two men, thrown together by fate and scheming parents, shouldn’t have a prayer of finding a happy ever after. But fate can be fickle, and love can exist where you never thought it could.
Royally Screwed is a M/M romance novel featuring royalty, a poorly-thought-out betrothal, one prince in need of a firm hand, a second prince who isn’t as straight as he always thought, drunken texting, bickering, practice kissing, odious British nobility, and falling in love despite all the reasons why you shouldn’t.
Prince Yuri and Prince Angelo’s mothers destined their children to marry at birth. Of course one baby’s ultrasound had appeared to be of a girl. When the women found themselves with two boys, it was decided to let the alliance stand. Both country needs the other and this was a way to ensure prosperity for both nations.
Never mind there was no way to predict whether either boy would even wind up being gay. Little pesky details.
In the end, Yuri was clearly destined for the path of being a gay prince. He embraced it, all the while knowing his betrothed would never – could never – reciprocate the feelings. Angelo is as straight as they come. The line of women he’s been with makes that very clear.
One night, during their teenage years at boarding school, Yuri pushes Angelo too far and Angelo retaliates. In the most interesting of ways. Punishment, anyone? This sets up a pattern for their lives. Yuri misbehaves, Angelo punishes. One would almost think they liked this arrangement. As time passes, though, Yuri finds himself craving those punishments and when Angelo is no longer available, Yuri looks elsewhere with disturbing results.
Angelo, tired of watching Yuri make so many mistakes, comes back into Yuri’s life and again takes charge. And suddenly the very straight Angelo is having fantasies about his betrothed. But scheming parents step in and it appears all is lost.
Fear not, this is a Lynn Van Dorn romance so a happy ending is guaranteed. The men just might have had to take a few detours to get there.
I cannot end this review without mentioning the lovely Michael Ferraiuolo. He and Ms. Van Dorn make a great team and I again adored his performance. He nailed each man perfectly and I sank right into his narration. Definitely one I can recommend.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Lynn Van Dorn was born in Ohio and left it for the wilds of Chicago in her reckless youth. She wanted to become a fairy princess when she grew up, but since there are few openings for that position, she makes do with being a writer.
In her spare time, she drinks entirely too much tea, snugs her cats, loves her husband and son, reads voraciously, and avoids housework. She loves to watch anime, travel, knit, bake cookies, and conjure up happy every afters for handsome men who have trouble getting there on their own.