Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.
Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.
The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.
She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.
At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?
I’m officially hooked on queer royal romances. I read Red, White, and Royal Blue last spring and I loved it. Her Royal Highness has the same charm, complete with so many of my favourite romance tropes.
After being dumped by her best-friend-turned-girlfriend, Millie Quint decides to spend her senior year of high school at a private school in Scotland. I enjoyed Millie as a main character. She’s out of her element, but she manages to make her way through all these sticky situations and at least feign confidence through it. And then there’s Flora, who Millie antagonizes on her first day, and who happens to be Millie’s roommate, and the princess of Scotland. Oops! I loved Flora. She’s eccentric and quirky, kind of distant, and loves in strange ways. She doesn’t seem like a royal, but she seems like a really great person, even if she is a chaos demon who starts bar fights.
And the romance. Oh, my goodness, the romance. We’ve got rivals-to-friends-to-lovers. We’ve got the roommate romance. We’ve got falling in love with a member of the royal family. Seriously, straight people have had this trope for so long so I am glad we’re finally getting it now?? I adored every part of it. The romance is sweet, and adorable, and Millie and Flora have so much chemistry, and in addition it’s also slow burn. There’s a bit of turmoil but not the kind that made me frustrated, and really, this book just reads like a typical rom-com, but it was so much more enjoyable for me because of how much I loved the characters and how cute Millie and Flora were. Mostly I just adored the romance all around.
Her Royal Highness is, technically, an alternate universe–there is no princess of Scotland. I can’t recall whether Scotland is independent or not in this universe, but it’s not really explained, and all the names and culture honestly felt a bit incongruous to what I know of royalty. I could suspend my disbelief of that and put it behind me, though, because seeing Millie navigate this world was just so fun. There’s fancy dinners and balls and pretty dresses, and I am absolutely raving over it because us sapphic gals do not get to have this often and it absolutely delights me.
I definitely recommend Her Royal Highness as a fun rom-com, especially if you’re a fan of rivals to lovers, or royal romances, or you just need more f/f romances. The characters are delightful, the setting is fun, and the romance is absolutely swoonworthy; what else do you need?
content warnings | parental death
representation | bi main character, lesbian love interest
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