Review: Just One of the Royals by Leah & Kate Rooper

Just One of the Royals
(The Chicago Falcons #2)
by Leah & Kate Rooper
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: June 4, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Romance

Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons
to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.

Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is
really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.

Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever…




Just One of the Royals is a cute young adult story about a bastard son who has to learn to be a king for his people. Daniel has no interest in being the prince of Eldonia, let alone the king. However, after his father passes away, his sister comes out to America to ask for him to consider taking the thrown. In their country, only a male can rule the country. So if Daniel turns it down, Eva must marry a suitable man to rule the kingdom or the family will lose the thrown forever. This was sort of like Princess Diaries, only with hockey players.

Daniel has always known he’s a prince, and has spent his summers visiting his father. However, he never felt like Eldonia was his home or that he belonged there. So, when his sister drops the bombshell on his lap, he immediately panics. All he wants to do is play hockey and be a normal teenager. Not to mention the fact that he knows nothing about Eldonia and is definitely not fit to be the country’s ruler. Yet, he can’t help himself from wanting to help out his sister. He was a really loyal character that would sacrifice anything for those he loved.

The book is split up between Daniel’s POV and Madison’s. While I really liked Daniel’s character, I did not care for Madison at all. I’m not overly sure if she was all there upstairs. I think the girl may have had a few screws loose or something. I get it, she wants to be an actress, but this girl took it way too far. When she eavesdrops on Daniel’s conversation with his sister, she decides the solution is to go to Eldonia, pretend to be his long-lasting girlfriend to prove that he’s reliable, and show his people that he can be the future king of their country. Just about every thought from this girl was her playing out a scene, getting in character, viewing rooms as her stage, and it was a bit weird. Not to mention the crazed fit she has in the castle where she tears down a curtain and wrestles with it as she thinks how she doesn’t want this stage any more and that it was time for the curtain to go down. No, honey. I am pretty sure it’s time for you to see a doctor.

While this was a cute story about Daniel coming into his Prince-hood, I never fully latched onto the story. I wasn’t onboard with their romance, and I didn’t really care for Madison. I think I would have enjoyed this story so much more if it had just followed Daniel as he took on more of a princely role for his country while still trying to be true to who he was.


Favorite quote…

“I guess I am the best actress of them all. Living a lie so well, it consumed my truth. But lies are empty. And now, I’m left with nothing.”



Meet Leah & Kate Rooper

Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters who live on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. Ever since they were little, they have loved playing make-believe. Now even as “grown-ups”, they play make-believe every day in the stories they write. When they’re not glued to their laptops, Leah and Kate are both studying Elementary School Education at university.

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4 Thoughts on “Review: Just One of the Royals by Leah & Kate Rooper

  1. I haven’t had a sports romance mixed with royalty before, and my, I am digging those cover!
    The story sounds interesting enough though, and yes, I can absolutely see why you don’t like Madison, I’m sure I won’t too if I read this story.

  2. Yep, Madison sounds like a nut.

  3. Kim M on 12 June, 2018 at 4:35 pm said:

    Thanks for the review.

  4. StackingMy BookShelves on 15 June, 2018 at 4:57 am said:

    Sorry you didn’t latch on to this one. I love the cover of this one!


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