Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase
Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??
Sexy. As. Hell.
And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.
For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.
To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.
The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.
But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.
Any woman would be proud to call him hers.
But there’s only one woman he wants.
For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.
He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.
But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.
Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.
This book has enough meat to it to be read as a stand alone. But, if you have read the prior books in this series, you’ll recognize Ellie as the little sister to Olivia Hammond, wife of Nicholas.
The book has a nice slow burn to it, since it spans the course of years. And, Logan has watched Ellie grow up, but not in any creeper May-December kind of thing. Ellie is seventeen, almost eighteen, when they meet, and Logan is twenty-three. Perfect age for her to crush on him and completely a no go age for Logan.
I really liked Ellie in this book. I liked that she didn't let anyone intimidate her, including the Queen. She doesn't let anything stop her from speaking her mind and standing up for herself. Plus, Ellie is just funny as hell. She is determined to “suck the lemon” and get everything she can out of life and I had to admire her for her outlook.
What surprised me was Logan. For someone who was so confident in his skills and where he was at in his life and career, Logan allowed a ton of doubts and comments from others to cloud his opinion of himself. I didn’t expect that at all. He was always so level headed and unflappable that I thought he and Ellie would weather anything that came up.
I didn’t see the differences between the two that Logan wanted to see there. Ellie is American and has been raised in a struggling, single parent household. She’s not spoiled or artificial. Logan was raised on the rough side of town and has essentially raised himself. To me they’re perfect for each other and made sense together. The only thing artificial about them were the social constructs placed on them by others. And, it’s gratifying to see Logan finally give in to what he’s feeling and get what he deserves from life.
Of course, you’ll also find all the characters you’ve grown to love in this installment of the series. Simon and Franny are just as funny now as they’ve been from the beginning, and Henry and Sarah are just as weird and sweet. I still think the Queen is a bitch, but I can live with it if we keep getting couples like these.