In Royally Roma by Teri Wilson we meet a young woman who is trying desperately to change her life, leaving a scandal laden past behind and beginning anew in Rome. Julia Costa has finally found a haven, taking her away from her father’s shadow and the scandal that has affected her own life. She is now working as a tour guide in the beautiful and historical city of Rome.
Due to the news and how it affected her life, she no longer reads the papers and stays away from both television and gossip. Her life is busy with tourists and clients with whom she shares her love of the city through tours. When she greets a man she believes is her next client, she has no idea of the strange adventure that is just beginning.
For Niccolo La Torre, The Crown Price of Lazaretto, he is at his wits end to find ways to keep his younger brother out of the gossip columns. His father relies on him and he is not looking forward to the events that are unfolding and making him feel so out of control of his own destiny. When he finds himself mistaken for a common tourist, he is both intrigued and surprised. Having someone who does not know who he is confounds him, and the young woman with her motorbike is refreshing and outspoken. As his duties close in, and his staff seeks to retrieve him, he decides to disappear for the day and take Julia’s innocent offer of a tour.
Little do they both understand the events that are set in motion by such a move. Julia has no idea she has the crown prince, claiming to be her client, and Niccolo has little understanding how his life will soon change in ways that no one can anticipate.
Teri Wilson gives us an adventure and a tour, taking us into the beauties of Rome, and introducing the beginning buds of romance, created by the connection of two people trying to escape their lives. She brings us characters full of strength and passion, with each hiding something from the other. The tension is strong and the passion begins to build as they both flee from the familial ties that bind them.
If you enjoy a solid romance, and the beauty of Rome, you will find this a great summer read. As the situation builds you will find yourselves immersed in the fun and action as the events play out to a satisfying conclusion.