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Publisher's Summary

One of PopSugar's Top Summer Reads of 2021!

An ordinary summer goes royally awry when a prince and princess move next door, bringing their handsome bodyguard with them, from New York Times best-selling author Karina Halle.

Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day - avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She has a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who lives with mental illness, avoiding her regrettable ex, who bartends in town, and trying to make inroads in the tight-knit island community that still sees her, five years in, as an outsider. 

And she's happy with how things are - really - until British royals rent the property next to hers and their brooding bodyguard decides she's a security threat. Piper quickly realizes that one person's fairy tale is an ordinary woman's nightmare as a media frenzy takes over the island and each run-in with Harrison Cole is hotter and more confusing than the last. But beneath Harrison's no-nonsense exterior lies a soft heart, one that could tempt a woman who's sworn off attachments into believing in white knights.

But when Piper finds herself smack in the middle of a royal scandal that rocks the island, she'll need more than Harrison's strong arms to shield her - she'll have to do a little rescuing herself. With careers, hearts, and friendships on the line, Piper and Harrison will have to decide what they're willing to give up for a chance at their own happily-ever-after.

©2021 Karina Halle (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Karina Halle always charms.” (Christina Lauren, New York Times best-selling author)

"Prepare to fall hard for The Royals Next Door." (PopSugar) 

"A romance brimming with tension and fun, while putting mental health and trauma recovery at its center." (Library Journal

What listeners say about The Royals Next Door

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Great book

I liked this book because it didn’t have too much of the ‘doomed romance’ and big misunderstanding that leads to a breakup drama that so many romance novels have, and that I personally find so tedious.

The only criticism I would have is that some of the words like toque and some other things here and there were mispronounced. The narrator was so great but I think that this could have been better researched by her or caught by the producer.

The book was really great and I highly recommend it.

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  • Monika Winters
  • 2022-02-01

Not for me.

Not a fan of the sex scenes. I failed to check on this before purchasing.

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  • CLL
  • 2021-10-06

just ok

The story rambled in the beginning and then went straight from light romance to extremely sexually graphic. It was just a bit more than expected.
The narrator wasn't bad but I did increase the pace to 2x normal speed so that the pauses and in-between sentences weren't to annoying.

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  • JamieKoep
  • 2021-09-01

OK

This is a quick and easy read. Nothing major happens, but its sweet and fun.
Narration is done well. There just wasn't anything that wowed me. But still, not a bad read.

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  • Kate Kinghorn Spurlock
  • 2021-12-26

Funny, Entertaining, & Romantic

I’ve been on a book slump and this is just what I needed to get over it. So cute. Loved every minute!

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  • Nicki C.
  • 2022-06-26

Nice, Light read

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  • Justus
  • 2022-05-25

Perfect Romance

Just what I needed! This was a sweet read that I devoured. I absolutely loved this book!

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  • Bonnie
  • 2022-05-19

Great listen

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  • MoMo
  • 2021-12-13

This “smutt” is so good!

I felt like I had the teenage girl crush feelings, but in an adult setting I could relate to! My only complaints is that it was all over to soon! I absolutely LOVED listening to this!!! Fantastic narration and story!

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  • Evelyn Arroyo
  • 2021-11-15

Kept my full attention.

Was a little skeptical at first but it kept my full attention and really truly enjoyed it.

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  • Melissa S.
  • 2021-10-26

Blah, don't waste your time

I waited for this to get interesting. It never did. I could have written the very predictable storyline. I only finished it because I hate leaving books unfinished. The narrator was great.