Discover the best royal romance books in this book list that will have you swooning over the sweetest of happily-ever-afters.
For all those who dream of finding their own Prince Charming, you’ll find him within the pages of these must-read romance books with royalty.
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I wasn’t one of those girls who dressed up as a princess as a young child, but I definitely had grandiose dreams of finding my one and only Prince Charming!
I’ve seen enough romance movies to make me believe that it could be possible to fall for a long-lost prince and get swept away to his castle in a beautiful kingdom, but in today’s world, I’m not sure I’d go for it.
Perhaps it’s only us Americans who have an obsession with the British royal family, but they sure have been a great inspiration for several romance books about royalty.
Whether or not you have your own dreams about finding your king, queen, prince, or princess to love, you’ll enjoy each of these romance books about royals.
My Favorite Royal Romance Books
Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz isn’t one to hide his disdain for Prince Henry, but when photos of an altercation at a wedding are leaked to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations, he agrees to a fake friendship with the Prince as damage control.
Only the fake relationship leads to a secret relationship that could derail his mother’s re-election campaign and upend two nations.
This book was so good that it made my list of all-time favorite romance novels!
I love it for its great writing, amazing story, and phenomenal characters but it’s the love story between Alex and Henry that will stay with you long after you hit the end.
Prince Henry is one of my favorite characters. I felt his struggle with the pressure of the monarchy and publicity which kept him from showing his true self – until Alex came along.
It’s the perfect royal romance, especially for MM romance and enemies to lovers fans. Check it out and then read even more books like Red, White and Royal Blue! My Review.
by Emma Chase
Henry, Prince of Wessco is not happy with the responsibility that has just been thrust on him.
Perhaps that’s why he just signed up for a reality TV dating show.
While twenty beautiful women vie for his attention, it’s the quiet girl in the corner that catches his attention.
I absolutely loved the premise of this royal romance because I could just imagine the Queen’s reaction to finding out her grandson was doing a reality TV show.
There are so many moments in this opposites attract story that just made me swoon. Sarah who may be a quiet woman but she is the perfect queen for Henry.
The ending to this book is one of the best I’ve ever read. While this is technically the second book (and my favorite) in Chase’s The Royally series, you should absolutely read the entire series for all her royal romance books!
by Angelina M. Lopez
Roxanne is a self-made billionaire and she’s just negotiated her most important business deal yet.
She’s offering a marriage of convenience and three nights a month to bail out Mateo’s impoverished kingdom. In exchange, he has to give her a baby.
This book offers a female billionaire romance and royal romance in one with a marriage of convenience story!
Roxanne is one tough Latinx woman, dedicated to her sole goal of having a daughter whom she can love and give a wonderful childhood to – like she never had.
At first, she makes one controlling misstep after another, but I loved her focus and her intelligence.
Príncipe Mateo Ferdinand Juan Carlos de Esperanza y Santos wasn’t shabby either. He is one of the top winegrowers in the world and a man desperate to do anything for his kingdom.
I liked how it’s the royal who’s the desperate party in this novel and the female with the cash and clout to bail him out.
The Royals Next Door
by Karina Halle
Piper Evans lives a quiet life in the tight-knit island community that still sees her, five years in, as an outsider. That is until a prince and princess with their brooding bodyguard move in next door.
Harrison Cole may be hot, but he immediately deems Piper a security threat.
Too bad that their constant run-ins show that underneath Harrison’s no-nonsense exterior lies a soft heart that tempts Piper into believing that maybe white knights do exist.
This royal romance is the perfect beach read because you feel like you’re on the island with Piper and her new royal friends.
While this gives a slight nod to a Meghan Markle/Prince Harry-type romance, the focus is on the royal bodyguard for the Prince and Princess who falls hard for the quiet woman next door.
I love how their constant run-ins and needling push them closer, even when a scandal erupts. It’s a sweet, slow-burn romance I definitely recommend.
by Tracey Livesay
Rapper Danielle “Duchess” Nelson is on the verge of signing a deal that’ll make her one of the richest women in hip hop.
But an incident with a rising pop star has gone viral, unfairly putting her deal in jeopardy.
A brilliant professor and reclusive royal, Prince Jameson prefers life out of the spotlight. But with the Queen’s children involved in one scandal after another, she puts Jameson in charge of a tribute concert in her late husband’s honor.
Out of his depth, he takes the advice of a student and signs “Duchess” for the gig who’s anxious for the good publicity.
Too late, Jameson discovers the American rapper is popular, raunchy and not what the Queen wanted, although he’s having an entirely different reaction.
Thrown together, they give in to the attraction flaring between them. But as the glare of the limelight intensifies and outside forces try to interfere, will the Prince and Duchess be a fairy tale romance for the ages or a disaster of palatial proportions?
This royal romance book is for those a bit obsessed with the real-life romance between Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, which Livesay used as inspiration for this love story.
I totally fell for Jameson and his quiet ways but Duchess was a force that stole the show for me.
I loved her climb to fame, her entrepreneurial spirit, and her desire to live her life on her own terms. My Review.
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The Royal We
by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. But it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall – and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne.
Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit.
On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she’s had to give up for true love, and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.
If you haven’t yet already made the connection, this royal romance book was inspired by Prince William and Kate Middleton.
It takes a hard look at love amidst paparazzi and public opinion and what it can endure.
You may think that it would be magical to fall in love with a prince, but would the reality of that picture be worth the price?
This is a great, friends to lovers story that is perfect for those obsessed with the real royal family.
by Katharine McGee
When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.
Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American.
As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.
Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.
And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. Most of America adores the handsome prince, but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.
I adore the premise of this royal romance and series! I’m all for diving into an alternate version of the modern world, where America has a monarchy.
I think each of the royal children is going to have some intriguing storylines in this novel so I’m up for more than one love story to enjoy.
Check it out if you want to envision the good ole US of A as a monarchy in this new adult romance.
Royally Not Ready
by Meghan Quinn
So there I was selling bikinis out of my truck in South Beach Miami when I’m approached by a giant of a man, Keller Fitzwilliam, telling me he’s was here to take me back to his home country.
Of course, I wasn’t doing anything with a stranger, but then he mentioned my mom’s name. My mom who passed away several years ago.
Desperate to learn more about my mom, I head to a sub-arctic country I had never heard of just north of the British Isles, where I found out my grandpa was the king of said freezing country, and I was the one and only heir.
Now I’m training to become a fit royal by Keller who is not just cold as ice, but also pompous, aggravating, and possessive.
We are oil and water every single day and even though he’s training me to be queen, I have this simmering desire to kneel before him.
OMG Quinn is diving into the royal romance world and I think it’s going to be HOT!
I love the forced proximity angle (hello, they have to share a bathroom!) and can’t wait to see this possessive, alpha man in action.
The Prince’s Bride
by J.J. McAvoy
He’s a prince who needs to marry for money. She’s an heiress who can only get her inheritance through marriage.
According to their families they are a perfect match. According to each other, arranged marriages have no place in modern times and this could not possibly work.
Can Prince Galahad “Gale” of Ersovia convince Odette Wyntor to join him in this arranged marriage?
Can she even handle what it means to be royal, if he did?
I love a good marriage of convenience love story so I’m all about it when it comes to a royal romance.
Arranged marriages are the best slow-burn romances and I’m excited to see how the heiress and prince handle their situation and growing feelings.
But be prepared that this is book one in a duet (and now 3 book series) so you’ll be on to Part 2 after this one for the complete story.
by Jasmine Guillory
Vivian Forest has only been out of the country one time, so she jumps at the chance to join her daughter on a work trip to England to style a royal family member.
There are so many sights to see on the trip, including the sights of the striking, private secretary of the Queen, Malcolm Hudson.
When flirtations and stolen kisses turn into a fling, will their holiday romance end when it’s time for Vivian to return home?
This is another royal romance that focuses not on a member of a royal family but instead on an employee. In this case, the private secretary to the Queen!
If you’re looking for a sweet rom-com featuring characters finding love later in life with a holiday theme, then this should make your TBR pile.
I love the dilemma of whether to believe a vacation romance has staying power, and can’t wait to see what Vivian and Malcolm plan to do.
The Royal Treatment
by Melanie Summers
Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur.
As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia.
When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months.
It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends.
Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?
This royal romance book had me at blend of Bridget Jones and The Princess Diaries!
Plus, I’m always up for a bit of an enemies to lovers story, and one with humor is just perfect.
I love how Tessa has an unpopular opinion of loathing the royal family, especially the prince, but opinions are molded and changed on both sides of this budding relationship when she moves in.
The Princess Trap
by Talia Hibbert
Cherry Neita is thirty, flirty, and done with men. But a girl has needs, and the smoking-hot stranger she just met at the office seems like the perfect one-night stand.
Prince Ruben of Helgmøre is reckless, dominant, and famously filthy. The outcast royal is rebuilding his reputation, but he can’t resist a pretty face.
Even better, when Cherry propositions him, she has no idea who he really is.
But when paparazzi catch the pair, erm, kissing in an alleyway, Ruben’s anonymity disappears and his reputation is back in the gutter.
There’s only one way to turn this disaster around – and it involves Cherry, some big fat lies, and a flashy diamond ring. On her left hand.
I can already tell that I’m going to LOVE Cherry and her no-nonsense, tell it like it is stance on life.
Plus, Hibbert has this ability to surprise me with the steaminess of her novels and I can’t wait to see the sparks between Cherry and Prince Ruben in their fake engagement.
This diverse, royal romance is a must-read in my opinion.
A Princess in Theory
by Alyssa Cole
Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince.
As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise.
Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people.
When he tracks down his missing betrothed and Naledi mistakes the prince for a pauper, Thabiso can’t resist the chance to experience life—and love—without the burden of his crown.
The chemistry between them is instant and irresistible, and flirty friendship quickly evolves into passionate nights. But when the truth is revealed, can a princess in theory become a princess ever after?
I love Cole’s take on a modern, rags-to-royal romance in this first book to an entire royal series.
I can’t blame Thesolo for wanting a taste of anonymity, but I wonder how Naledi will take the news when she finds out she really is betrothed and to a man she’s already fallen for!
by Kristen Proby
As the King of England’s youngest son, and thus not the heir apparent, Callum Wakefield has more freedom and less royal responsibilities.
He spends his days traveling the world, but after years of hopping from one country to the next, the place that holds the most appeal is Cunningham Falls, Montana.
And the only woman on his mind is a fiery redhead with an infectious laugh. The one who hates him.
Aspen and Callum shared one incredible night together two years ago before he returned to his opulent life, subsequently forgetting all about her.
Ego bruised and pride wounded, Aspen doesn’t know why he’s back. And she doesn’t care. She refuses to fall for his charms again.
But Callum is determined to stay in Cunningham Falls and make it up to Aspen, no matter how long it takes.
Proby has penned a new, modern royal romance series that will sweep you away to beautiful Montana.
While this isn’t the first in the series, it’s a great, enemies to lovers, second chance stand-alone novel in her beloved Big Sky Royals series!
by Carrie Ann Ryan and Nana Malone
Being fourth in line for the throne should have guaranteed me freedom, but a long-forgotten rule forces me to run instead of being forced to marry a Duke.
Kannon Adams is used to protecting royals but he’s never met the likes of Princess London Waterford of Alden who tempts him into crossing the line between business and pleasure.
He’ll protect her from the danger that’s after her but one night together may not be enough.
I was so excited to see this writing duo kick off a new royal romance series, Tattered Royals, with this romantic suspense book.
I love tension between characters who know they shouldn’t get involved but can’t help themselves anyway and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this princess.
A Nordic King
by Karina Halle
When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.
Their father is the widowed King of Denmark. And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn’t easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother. It’s their father.
King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.
Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.
Halle isn’t a stranger to royal romance books, but I’m particularly fond of the hardened hero who has turned off all feelings until the new nanny arrives in this age gap romance.
I love that this novel brings a lot to the table (grief, single parenthood, royalty, forbidden relationships, etc) and can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.
Check it out and all of Halle’s royal romance books!
by Katie McCoy
Charlie Davenport is the bad boy of British tennis – and third in line to the throne.
Girls are lining up for chance at his crown jewels, and when I stumble into the wrong Wimbledon dressing room and catch a glimpse of his game, set, AND match, I can see why.
So what’s a little good luck kiss between strangers?
I know better than to get involved with a bad boy like Charlie. But now he’s on a winning streak, he thinks I’m his lucky charm.
Suddenly, I’ve got paparazzi on my trail, exes coming out of the woodwork and I’m in way over my head. Even worse – I’m falling in love.
Can this American girl win her Prince Charming? Or will we both crash out of the championships in flames?
I’m so down for this royal romance that has a sports focus! I love that this royal is a tennis-playing hottie who’s good on and off the court.
But even better is that he’s found his match with an equally dazzling and successful player. Fans of sports romance will enjoy this royal read.
by Ana Huang
Stoic, broody, and arrogant, elite bodyguard Rhys Larsen has two rules: Protect his clients at all costs and do not become emotionally involved. Ever.
He has never once been tempted to break those rules…until her.
Bridget von Ascheberg is a princess who dreams of the freedom to live and love as she chooses.
But when her brother abdicates, she’s suddenly faced with the prospect of a loveless, politically expedient marriage and a throne she never wanted.
And as she navigates the intricacies—and treacheries—of her new role, she must also hide her desire for a man she can’t have. Her bodyguard. Her protector. Her ultimate ruin.
This is a great royal romance book that focuses on a princess. Though both Rhys and Bridget know that they can’t be together, that doesn’t stop the sparks from flying between the princess and her bodyguard.
The slow burn almost got achingly slow as the years go on, but once the line is crossed these two were really hot! My Review.
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Her Royal Highness
by Rachel Hawkins
Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else.
Heartbroken and ready for a change, Millie decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools, the farther from Houston the better.
Soon, Millie is accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland.
The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is an actual princess of Scotland.
At first, the girls can’t stand each other, but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend.
Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, but Millie knows the chances of happily-ever-afters are slim because real life isn’t a fairy tale, or is it?
This royal romance book is perfect for young adult romance fans and lovers of lesbian romance novels.
With a bit of an enemies to lovers start, I can’t wait to see where the relationship between these roommates leads.
Tokyo Ever After
by Emiko Jean
Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town.
Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izzy and her mom against the world until she discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity – he’s the Crown Prince of Japan.
But traveling to Japan to meet the father she discovers that being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras.
There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.
Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairy tale, happily ever after?
This is another young adult royal romance book but one with a really great diverse twist that gives me The Princess Diaries vibes.
As one of Reese Witherspoon’s Young Adult Book Club picks, I love how it focuses on a Japanese American girl who is struggling with her identity and her confidence in who she is.
by Gigi Griffis
The year is 1853, and Princess Elisabeth “Sisi” of Bavaria has been very clear: She will wait for the head-over-heels love the poets speak of, or she will have no love at all.
Just because her older sister, Helene, is eagerly heeding their mother’s advice and preparing to marry Emperor Franz of Austria does not mean Sisi must also subject herself to such a dutiful existence.
Meanwhile, in Austria, the emperor is recovering from an attempt on his life that left him wounded and scared.
In a bid to keep the peace, Franz has recommitted himself to his imperial duties—and promised to romance the pliant Helene of Bavaria at his upcoming birthday celebration.
But when Sisi and Franz meet unexpectedly in the palace gardens, their connection cannot be denied.
And as their illicit conversations turn into something more, they must soon choose between the expectations of their families and standing up for what they truly believe in.
I am so excited to read this reimagining of the courtship between one of history’s most iconic couples: Sisi and Franz of Austria.
I am also a total sucker for books that come alive on screen.
And while the Netflix series, The Empress, is based on the true story of Sisi (and is a bit more tragic), I can’t wait to check it out after reading this take on the royal romance.
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2 thoughts on “21 Royal Romance Books That Will Help You Find Your Prince Charming”
Hi Leslie – Recommend His Royal Secret and His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace, by far my favorite Royal romance books!
Thanks Dawn! Love the recommendations!