Book Review: A Royal Christmas Gift (A Happily Ever After Book)

Book Details:


Author: LuAnn McLane
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publishing Date: October 10th, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance


My Thoughts: 


Oh, how this book disappointed me! Not because it was not a great story, no, actually I loved the entire book from the beginning to the end, with one MAJOR exception – it is not a complete story!
A Royal Christmas Gift ends abruptly, in the middle of it – albeit not in the middle of a sentence or chapter, rather at the end of one, and without any warning whatsoever.


Until that point, I was completely on board with this novel – well-created characters with real chemistry, an engaging plot, and written in the third person – these are all things I absolutely love in a romance story. I was invested, engaged, and entertained.
And then got dropped like a hot potato.


Talking about being anti-climatic.
Sure, I do have the option to buy the second half of the book, but I did not pay for a half-finished copy, of what would have been a 5-star novel. I refuse to purchase the second half of the story, the thought of it leaves me with the bitter aftertaste that only appears when I am scammed. That might be a strong word, but it does not feel much different.
This was my first novel by LuAnn McLane, but it will be my last one. I prefer Authors who are kind enough to sell me a complete story, and not leave me hanging.


Book Rating:
2.5 out of 5 Stars


Read This Instead:

Book Summary:


Prince Royal Nicholas Worthington is devastated when he learns that his monarchy is being used as a tax haven for the wealthy and drug runners. To protect his people, he flees to Alabama and poses as Nick Worth, an inspector for the National Historical Society. 

Anna Lee is floored when Nick Worth shows up on her doorstep to give her grant money to restore her home. She’s charmed by the handsome inspector with his European accent and takes him up on his offer. The two-week restoration project turns into something much more, but Nick fears that his presence could put his southern beauty in danger. 

As Christmas Eve approaches Nicholas must decide if he can put the woman he loves at risk or disappear from her life forever…



1 Comment

  1. I hate it when novels end abruptly like that! Although since it’s in a series, you probably should have been prepared for the ending to leave you hanging. I myself quite enjoy a good cliffhanger if I know beforehand there are more books in the series and have the next ready for me to start reading right away. Was this the first book in the series or somewhere further down the line?

    There’s definitely a difference between a well-written, nail biting cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading but also feels like an appropriate place to stop, and a story that just ends for the sake of ending. It’s like the author went, ‘Oh yeah, I’m splitting this into two parts. The End, buy the next book!” So yeah, a shame you were so disappointed.

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