Colliding with a prince while dog walking isn’t how Rowan Palotay pictured meeting royalty, but then lately her life hasn’t gone according to plan. With one teensy tiny mistake, her job as a news reporter took a turn for the worse and now she’s lucky to have a small pet column in the local newspaper. Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and magic, but she feels like she’s forever stuck on the naughty list.

Prince Theodore Chenery is in Marietta shortly after the death of his mother to meet his grandparents for the first time. When an accidental run-in—literally—with Rowan leads to an unexpected friendship, he finds himself enchanted with the outspoken, feisty country girl. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met and her special brand of kindness and honesty make it harder and harder to remember his obligations back home.

Rowan can’t afford one more mistake, and Theo’s future is already mapped out, but when they find it impossible to fight the passion and deep-rooted emotions between them, they discover what matters most. Until their relationship makes worldwide news…and Theo must decide whether or not to follow his heart or his royal duty.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

She set his blood on fire with a simple touch. Made every possessive bone in his body hers when she let her defenses down and talked to him. Her vulnerability turned him on at the same time it stoked his desire to take care of her.


I have to say there is something magical about the Christmas season. Even though the weather gets too cold for my liking, I do enjoy the holiday season. All the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel and the Christmas Romance novels are leaving me on a constant sugar high on some decadently sweet love stories. I can almost find that little girl inside of me who believed in fairytales and happily ever afters. What I can’t believe is that this is maybe the second book I’ve read that involved a romance between a common girl and a royal prince. This is the ultimate fairy tale trope and I live for this kind of sappy goodness!!! Once Upon a Royal Christmas was a delightful read but it definitely had a satisfying amount of steam as well.


Rowan Palotay’s world is about to go from being dull to vibrant and exciting when she crosses paths with Prince Theodore Chenery of Montanique. Theo is visiting his maternal grandparents, who happen to live in Rowan’s hometown- Marietta, Montana. Prince Theo’s mom was in a car accident and died a few months ago. Her last wish was for Theo to go to Marietta and meet his grandparents. The trip couldn’t have come at a better time because his father, the King, is demanding that he marries soon in order to carry on their bloodline. Both his father and his older brother were allowed to marry for love but Prince Theo is being forced into an arranged marriage with someone of royal lineage. It’s not something that he particularly wants to do but being the dutiful son that he is, he feels he must do whatever his father asks of him. Theo never expected to find true love during his visit to Marietta.

From the moment Theo and Rowan run into each other, there is an undeniable chemistry between them. Rowan works for the local paper and had been recently demoted to covering the Pet column after having gotten romantically involved with one of the subjects of her news article. Now her boss has assigned her to report on Prince Theo’s visit to Marietta and this assignment was actually at the request of the Prince himself. She’s warned to keep things professional or she will be fired. So Rowan will soon be faced with a dilemma as it becomes pretty evident that there is no way things could stay strictly platonic between her and Theo. She really does put up a very good effort at first but once they start spending more time together and getting to know one another on a deeper level, the feelings that develop will be beyond impossible to ignore.


But how can they have a future when Prince Theo is to marry someone else? Will they be able to walk away from each other when the time comes with their hearts intact? Or will true love win in the end?

If you are like me and you enjoy a really sweet Christmas romance, you will definitely want to pick this one up!!

I absolutely enjoyed this story and found it hard to put down!!

ONCE UPON A ROYAL CHRISTMAS is available now!!

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