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Molly Graham, a registrar at the Museum of Literature in New York City, is not a fairy-tale person. But, along with her best friend [and co-worker] Briana Cho, she’s decked out as a regency-period costume for the Museum’s Valentine’s Day Gala to open their Jane Austen exhibit.
When she stumbles over Albert George . . . hiding out in her tiny office . . . she finds herself charmed by the introverted academic. Soon Molly finds herself in a relationship that causes her to reconsider her staunch refusal to believe in happily-ever-after.
And then Albert vanishes.
Concerned, Molly tries tracking him down and learns that there was no Albert George affiliated with the university. Devastated, Molly tries to put the whole affair behind her.
But what will happen when she returns the borrowed Austen collection to England and discovers the truth about Albert George?
With a strong sense of place and well-developed, nuanced characters, this novella hits all the right notes. The plot, tying itself to books and bibliophiles, puts a new spin on a tried-and-true premise and, with appealing characters, pulls the reader into the telling of the tale.
The characters are believable and both “sides” are skillfully presented . . . Molly feels betrayed, Al just wants to explain, and the unfolding story offers readers a few surprises along its way to that much-anticipated happily ever after.
The sweet story speaks to the heart, celebrating the joy of finding that one special person, that elusive meant-to-be relationship. It’s guaranteed to leave readers with a smile in their hearts.
Here is a sweet little romance for Valentine's Day by one of my favorite authors. Jenn McKinlay, known for her vibrant characters, sexy situations, and feel good endings, manages in this brief format, to still do it all. I highly recommend Royal Valentine for a quick shot of "happy!" For cozy fans, this one is rated PG.
This was such a cute quick read. It was set in NYC with a trip to the English countryside and had a Jane Austen connection. I thought all of the characters were a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed Molly and Bri's friendship. I don't blame Molly at all for her reservations concerning Al. Things happen quite fast all around, but that's to be expected in a novella format. I would have loved for this to be a full-length novel, but it looks like there may be at least one more book set in this world. I would love if it focuses on Bri, but either way I look forward to reading it.
This story was absolutely adorable 🥰, I loved it and appreciated the story of Molly who works for a Museum of Literature and they get some amazing books to display for a Valentine’s Gala. She is not super excited to be in a regency dress and decides to hide in her office to find a cute stranger named Albert who is hiding from the crowd.
Albert and Molly leave the gala and walk around NY on Valentine’s Day and just talk. She thinks he is a cute poor student and they start spending time together. He then disappears about a month later. She wonders why he ghosted her and she is worried that something may have happened.
She gets assigned to take the books back to England and finds out that her Albert is actually a Lord! She can’t believe he lied and he is trying to win her back. It was an adorable quick read and can’t wait to read more books from her
This is the first book I’ve read by Jenn McKinlay and it won’t be the last. This was a quick read full of hope, misconceptions, low self esteem, and finally starting to believe in oneself. Opposites do attract and can find their own HEA together, in spite of their differences. Molly finds herself believing in a lot when she finally enters “Al’s” world and realizes she actually does fit in.
I am not much of a romance reader, but because I absolutely love Jenn McKinlay's three mystery series, I tried her previous romances and was hooked! She has a wonderful gift for creating believable characters and great plots! And this one is all that, and just good fun! A really good way to get away from it all. I read it in one (late) night.
The Museum of Literature in New York hosts a gala to celebrate the loan of some rare Austen materials. Two of its wallflower staffers are determined to meet great guys. And, go! A fun romp through New York and then a hop across the pond for more dazzlingly romantic settings. All aboard for rare books, historical gowns, and happy endings!