Short N’Sweet Book Review: The Royals Next Door By Karina Halle

Welcome to the Short N’ Sweet Book Review! For the nine years that I’ve been reviewing books on this blog, I’ve written long, wordy reviews that, let’s be honest, not a lot of people are probably reading. This year I decided to shorten those reviews and get straight to the point – what is this book about, who wrote it, where you can find and a short review on what I loved, liked and maybe thought could be better.

Today’s review is a royally fun, slow burn, sweet romance by the wonderful Karina Halle – The Royals Next Door!



Piper Evans: elementary school teacher by day–avid romance reader and anonymous podcaster by night. She lives a quiet, reclusive life, taking care of her mother, who struggles with mental illness, avoiding her regrettable ex, who bartends in town, and trying to make inroads in the tight-knit island community that still sees her, five years in, as an outsider.

And she’s happy with how things are–really–until British royals rent the property next to hers and their brooding bodyguard decides she’s a security threat. Piper quickly realizes that one person’s fairy tale is an ordinary woman’s nightmare as a media frenzy takes over the island and each run-in with Harrison Cole is hotter and more confusing than the last. But beneath Harrison’s no-nonsense exterior lies a soft heart, one that could tempt a woman who’s sworn off attachments into believing in white knights.

But when Piper finds herself smack in the middle of a royal scandal that rocks the island she’ll need more than Harrison’s strong arms to shield her–she’ll have to do a little rescuing herself. With careers, hearts, and friendships on the line, Piper and Harrison will have to decide what they’re willing to give up for a chance at their own happily ever after.


Genre: Romance

Pages: 336

Part of a Series?: First in a Series

Release Date: August 31st, 2021

Publisher: Berkeley

Source: Owned EBook

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The first thing I need to say about this book that I think sort of speaks for itself is that…I haven’t been able to finish a book since August. I’ve been struggling to read anything and everything, even books that I’ve been waiting for it with much anticipation. This being the first book I finished in so many months speaks highly of the book. It did take me awhile to read, I bought it at the end of October and just finished yesterday BUT I did read the last 60% of it yesterday so there’s that!

Immediately I loved both the characters of Piper and Harrison. I think their slow burn romance was wonderful and I loved the build up of it. I like both romances that jump right in or take its time but since I’m writing my own whirlwind romance right now, I appreciated reading this slow, will they, won’t they? I love ANY book that includes modern day royalty and even though it was obviously pure fiction, I loved the humanity that Karina gave Eddie and Monica, who were obviously based off of Harry and Meghan. I love that she made them so human, so real, so in love and made them so kind and welcoming and good friends to Piper, Harrison and Piper’s mother. The book was immediately interesting and immediately you had to know what happened next. I think because it was such a slow burn between the two main characters, I couldn’t help but keep reading, to see WHEN IT WOULD HAPPEN. I also loved the small island life setting and I thought the relationship written between Piper and her mother was done so well. Karina’s book has strong characters and their relationships to each other is what makes the book so great.

As a side note, there is a part in the book – this doesn’t ruin any part of the story – where Piper, a romance book reader and podcaster, defends the romance genre and I love it so much. As a romance reader and writer, I was sitting there, reading it and cheering, PREACH GIRL! Romance gets a lot of flack and its so irritating so I appreciated this small moment in the novel.


4 out of 5 Stars



Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Read If You Love Fairy Tales!

The Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly challenge post previously hosted by The Broke and Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. You can follow along for each weekly post here. This week’s post was a little open-ended – “books to read if you love/loved ______”. I decided to go with fairy tales because I absolutely love fairy tales of all varieties, the originals, the Disney versions and the many, many retellings. I thought I’d share some books today that you should read if you like fairy tales!

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My Magical Trip to Disneyland’s Exclusive Club 33!

Hello friends! I know. It, once again, I’ve disappeared for quite some time! Life has been busy with work and getting my health back together and re-writing Struck Out during NaNoWriMo this month but I’ve missed it here, as I always do. I always try to return!

I got to experience something SERIOUSLY magical yesterday and I thought it was a great way to remind everyone that I’m still here.

For those of you who might not know – I absolutely love the Disneyland Resort. I grew up there, have been a passholder pretty consistently since 2005 when I was 17 years old and am on my second round of being a cast member there. I love the attractions, I love the food, I love interacting with cast members and characters and other guests. I love the magic. I buy into all of it 100%. Every time there’s something new, I want to experience it. I want to do everything.

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Short N’Sweet Book Review: If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

Welcome to the Short N’ Sweet Book Review! For the nine years that I’ve been reviewing books on this blog, I’ve written long, wordy reviews that, let’s be honest, not a lot of people are probably reading. This year I decided to shorten those reviews and get straight to the point – what is this book about, who wrote it, where you can find and a short review on what I loved, liked and maybe thought could be better.

Today’s review is the newest in fun, flirty romance, perfect for fans of fairy tales that have a modern twist – If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy.


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Things I’m Loving Right Now

Hello friends! It’s been awhile, to say the least. I logged on, realized it had been more than two months since I’d come here and written anything and felt sad that I’ve been neglecting What A Nerd Girl Says for so long but happy that I felt compelled to come back because I feel like I’ve been consuming a lot of media lately and I wanted to share what things are making me happy lately.

I’ve been SUUUUUUUUPER busy since I lost my job at the home health care agency back in May and got a new job at the Disneyland Resort – specifically in Disney’s California Adventure park – and my life has been lacking in routine and overflowing with chaos. I’m happy though – Halloween season is hitting the resort, we just celebrate my fiance, Daniel’s 32nd birthday and there are a lot of good things coming up.

With my whacked out schedule, I’ve been spending a lot more time at home and while that can have its downsides, it has its upsides too. I have been trying to read for once and I’ve been consuming a lot of media on my PS4 and my phone, including movies and TV shows, podcasts and more.

This is some of the stuff I’ve totally loved lately –

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Sara’s Favorite and Most Underrated Disney Animated Movies Per Decade!

So I’ve officially been working for the Disneyland Resort for roughly two weeks now and so Disney has been on the BRAIN for sure. My sister, Dink, is also a newbie Disney influencer – check out her Instagram and YouTube – and was recently looking for some new ideas for some videos and I suggested favorite Disney animated movies by decade and then I realized, oh hey, that’s an awesome idea. Her video will be coming out at the same time as this post so I highly recommend you check it out and see how we both chose our favorite movies – some of these? Were super hard! I’m a kid of the 90s and grew up on Disney so I have a lot of Disney movies that I love.

Because of that, I decided also to talk about my most underrated Disney movie of each decade is as well. Keep in mind – I’m still working super slowly through the animated catalog so these are all based on which ones I’ve actually watched. I’ve gotten through the late 70s though so I have seen most of them at this point. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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