The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright


Synopsis: American Evie is following a quest left by her deceased mother in the form of letters. While in England studying at Oxford, the first quest, she meets Edmund, the spare prince of England.

Thoughts: I am sometimes a sucker for a good romance, but my expectations are never high. My main problems lied with the formatting. Occasionally a chapter would just kind of fade to black and then the next chapter picks up days later. I wasn’t a fan of how every internal thought the narrator, Evie, had was italicized. Story wise, several plot points were predictable, but that didn’t take away from the enjoyment from the story. Other plot points seemed irrelevant enough that the novel could have survived without them. The friend group, although serving as a backdrop to the romance, were very supportive of Evie and quite friendly when she first arrived in England. The ending of the novel, although slightly dragged out, left me feeling satisfied. The novel balanced the story of Evie’s quest and her romance with Edmund nicely.

Spoilers: One of my favorite moments in the novel was conversation between Evie and a friend in the group. The friend had a crush on Edmund, but actually explained it to Evie instead of trying to backstab her way into get the guy and never does as I was expecting her to eventually turn around and do. I disliked the potential sexual assault of Evie as the moment when her and Edmund finally got together. The push and pull of Edmund and Evie’s relationship didn’t seem out of place as the reason they were tested made sense; as it mainly was due to Edmund’s need to maintain appearances or tabloid articles spinning the truth. I also wish that the other male friend in the friend group didn’t try to date Evie at all; this moment slightly played into the “she’s wanted by every boy” troupe. I also wish that the ex-boyfriend whom Evie didn’t want to be in a long distance relationship with either was never mentioned or that Evie wasn’t a virgin because it felt weirdly out of place. There is a moment early on in the book where two of the friends in the group are seen making-out at a party and it’s hinted throughout the rest of the book that they are possibly together, but it takes until almost the end of the novel to come out and say they are dating which felt very off at that point to make a side-comment about the relationship.

Overall: I really this novel exceeded my expectations of it. Despite issues with the formatting and predictable plot points, it was a cute romance novel.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

I read this book as a part of my debut novel challenge.

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