Beyond Titles & Tiaras
Series: Crowns & Courtships #7, Royals of Eyjania
Published by CANDID Publications
Publication Date April 12, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
Queen Mothers were supposed to be boring, staid, and old.
Her family’s head of security knew she was anything but.
Crowns & Courtships 7
Royals of Eyjania
Eliana Quatremaine, widow of King Alfred II and mother of King Benjamin I, had the boring part down, at least publicly.
Widowed in her early-30s, she believed nearly fifteen years was long enough to mourn her beloved husband.
It was time to move on.
But, even if Queen Mothers could fall in love again, the head of security was off-limits.
He’d told her so.
When he walked away after an almost kiss.
Thor Sørenson had long known he could easily fall for his former boss’s widow - who was also his current boss’s mother and a member of the royal family he was sworn to protect.
When she moves on in a decidedly public way, he knows he needs to put his own feelings aside and watch her be happy without him.
But an unexpected chance at romance shows them there could be more.
With her ten children, including a monarch, and his three - with a total of six still living at home - combining households isn’t an easy thing to contemplate.
A trip to the States, television documentaries, and a security scare have them both wonder if they can have a future - Beyond Titles & Tiaras.
I would like to thank Carol Moncado for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Heart of a Prince, The Inadvertent Princess, The Indentured Queen, Her Undercover Prince, The Spare and the Heir, The (Elusive) Princess, It's (Royally) Complicated
Carol Moncado has created such an intricate world through her books! She doesn’t hesitate to have people from one series pop up in others. From Serenity Landing, Missouri to kingdoms in the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Europe, her novels encompass a large portion of the globe. Her characters from one series (and country!) are bound to show up, oftentimes in surprising ways, in others.
Thor and Queen Eliana have now been in a number of the Crowns and Courtships series stories, with his niece starring in one and her sons the main characters in others. And there was always the hint that their feelings for one another went beyond friendship or, shall I say, co-workers. So I was glad to see them get their own story.
It was so interesting to see Thor’s concerns about a relationship between him and the Queen Mother. Aside from feeling it would be inappropriate because he had no title, he was concerned that having a relationship with her would distract him from his job – protecting the King. I guess it is similar to doctors who won’t treat their own family.
I really appreciated Thor’s integrity. It showed up in so many ways and was part of the reason he was so hard on himself when things went wrong. Harder than he needed to be.
Poor Eliana had so many feelings of insignificance. And so many of the events of this story reinforced that sense of not being important. You would think a queen would be exempt from that, but they are still people with the same flaws we have, right?
If you have been following along in the books, you will be surprised (or not!) at the changes that have taken place in King Benjamin’s personality now that he is out from under Isaac’s thumb. I really enjoyed seeing the leader, husband, and son that he has become.
While the plot was interesting and I really liked the characters, I felt as though I was waiting for something to happen throughout the book. There were hints that things were going to go wrong, and with Thor being the head of security, it needed to be a part of this story. Perhaps it is because I read a suspense story before this, but when the crisis finally did arise, it seemed a bit underwhelming.
If you are a fan of sweet romance featuring royalty, this could be a good choice for your next read.