A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Royally Roma by Teri Wilson- Feature and Review


In this charming, modern retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a daybut he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her moneyand perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.



Royally Roma (The Royals, #1)Royally Roma by Teri Wilson

Royally Roma by Teri Wilson is a 2017 Pocket Star publication.

Royally Roma is a cute tribute to, and retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn movie, ‘Roman Holiday’.

Julia Costa is living in Rome, hiding out and escaping the public humiliation her father wrought on her family and nursing her wounds. She is employed as a tour guide while she works on her PhD.

A mix up has her giving Niccolo La Torre a private tour through Rome, mistakenly believing him to be someone else, and has absolutely no idea he is the Crown Prince of Lazaretto.

Niccolo is weary of covering up for his brother’s wild and uncensored behavior and carrying the entire burden of being the Crown Prince on his own. So, needing a break from his responsibilities, he takes advantage of Julia’s mistake and allows himself to be taken around Rome on a private one day tour, deliberately shirking his obligations.

Naturally, things get a wee bit complicated when Niccola is unable to pay his bill, and Julia discovers his true identity and her scandalous past is revealed.

This is a delightful story, although it moves along at breakneck speed and there is little time for a slow romantic build up. So, there is an immediate attraction, but it works in this instance. The frenetic pacing did hurt the character depth and development, but I’m thinking this story works okay despite that. It’s the type of book you pick up when you need a change from too much drama and angst, and just want a light, easy, romantic escapist read.

This one is not intended to be overly serious and if taken in that context is charming and entertaining.

* I was provided a copy of this book as an XOXpert, the official street team of XOXO After Dark.






Teri Wilson is a romance novelist for Harlequin, Pocket Books and Tule Publishing. Her novel UNLEASHING MR. DARCY is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, and she currently has three other films in development with the Hallmark Channel. Teri is also a contributing writer at HelloGiggles.com and Teen Vogue, covering books, pop culture and everything royal. She's crazy about cute animals, vintage fashion and traveling. Visit her at TeriWilson.net or on Twitter @TeriWilsonauthr.

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