by Teri Wilson
Published by Pocket Star on July 17, 2017
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Reading Challenges: 2017 COYER Summer Reading List, 2017 New Release Challenge
In this charming modern day retelling of the 1956 classic Anastasia, a museum curator falls for a mysterious man who may or may not be a long lost heir to Russia’s imperial Romanov dynasty.
Finley Abbot is organizing the most prestigious art exhibit of her career at the Louvre museum—a retrospective of art from the House of Romanov. But the sudden appearance of Maxim Romanov threatens to turn her into the biggest laughingstock of the art world. When she finds herself falling in love, she realizes there’s even more at stake than her career. How can she trust a man with her whole world when he can’t remember a thing about his past?
After suffering a violent blow to the head, Maxim’s only clue to his identity is a notebook containing carefully researched documentation in his own handwriting indicating that he is the sole surviving descendant of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, previously thought dead in the murder of her family during Russia’s Bolshevik revolution. His struggle to put the mysterious pieces of his past back together leads him to Finley. At first, she’s convinced Maxim is nothing but a con artist. But there’s something undeniably captivating about the beautiful, brooding man who claims to be searching for his identity—something Finley can’t quite bring herself to resist. When he reveals a secret about one of the imperial Fabergé eggs in the collection, she accepts he may actually be telling the truth. But as soon as Finley and Maxim act on their feelings for one another, Maxim is confronted with evidence that calls into question everything he’s begun to believe about himself.
3.5 Stars for Royally Romanov
Royally Romanov is a modern-day retelling of Anastasia mixed with romance and intrigue. I enjoyed reading this second book in Teri Wilson’s The Royals series.
The animated film Anastasia is one of my favorites and I loved how Teri Wilson added her own twist to this classic. After suffering a violent attack that left him with amnesia, Maxim has no memory of who he is and only has two clues to his past: a notebook filled with Romanov facts and an image of a beautiful woman in his dreams. As he tries to regain his memory he meets Finley Abbot, the beautiful woman in his dreams and a museum curator organizing a Romanov exhibit. As they spend time together more clues of Maxim’s identity are discovered but also a strong connection is formed between Maxim and Finley. I liked how the author brought two strangers together with a connection that is not just physical but also an emotional one. But their romance felt rushed. The mystery surrounding his identity was thought out well and kept me interested and guessing for the truth.
Overall, I thought this was a good story and was creative. The romance was passionate and the mystery was intriguing. This was a quick read and is perfect to add a little romance to your summer reads.
I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit XOXOAfterDark.com for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.