I only take a few steps past the guard before I stop dead in my tracks. No. It can’t be. It surely can’t be him. Those eyes. I do remember those eyes. Forgetting where I am for a moment, I half shuffle, half moonwalk backwards until I am stood face to face with the guardsman. His broad chest cloaked in red towers over me as I squint at his face. It is him. It’s Lord Lamppost—the terrifying posh guy from last night that I almost bulldozed over in my fit of idiocy. The terrifying posh guy who really did not take kindly to said bulldozing. I rub the tips of my fingers instinctively, the purple of my nail a reminder that our disagreeable meeting wasn’t in fact a dream.
This book was such a hoot! I adored everything about it and was so sad that I read it so quickly. Falling Hard for the Royal Guard was such a fun and different rom-com. I loved, loved, loved the fact that the book mostly takes place at the Tower of London and that our heroine Maggie actually gets to live there. I gobbled up all the interesting facts Megan included in this book about the history of the Tower of London and what it’s like to live there. The fact that Megan lives in the Tower of London in real life made me watch all of her videos on Instagram to learn more about her unique living arrangement. Megan does a masterful job of including these interesting facts in the story in a fun and cohesive manner. I never once felt bored or overwhelmed with information.
The story itself is fun and funny. I lost count of the times I laughed when reading this book. Maggie is a fun hot mess. She does not have an easy time in this book because living in the Tower of London has its downfalls, one of them being someone is always watching you. This means anytime Maggie messes up (which is not always her fault) or a crazy ex-boyfriend makes a scene, everyone knows about it. Maggie’s character is so endearing, and I loved her quirky behaviour. Maggie knows her life is a mess, but she feels stuck and unsure of what she should do. Every time she tries to make a change in her life, it always seems to end in disaster. Maggie often feels alone in this book and like no one truly understands her. She is just a great character to hang out with. I loved watching her go on disastrous Tinder dates, hanging out with the guardsmen, or trying to fight her growing affection for Freddie.
Maggie and Freddie’s relationship had me feeling all those good swoony feelings. I loved these two so so much! Their relationship has this fun opposites attract and friends to lovers tropey feel to it. There was just something about these two that just worked for me. Their chemistry and banter were sweet, funny, and heartfelt. I loved every scene with the two of them together, and I had to keep reading because I wanted to see what their next interaction would look like. Watching Maggie slowly break down those walls that Freddie built around his heart was wonderful. There were bumps on the relationship road for these two, and I loved the unexpected twist or wrench that Megan threw near the book’s end. It had some unexpected drama in their relationship. I also have to say that the grand, sweet gesture Freddie makes in the epilogue made my heart swing with so much happiness and was the absolutely perfect way to end this book.
Falling Hard for the Royal Guard is a delightful and binge-worthy rom-com that will make your heart oh so happy.
Thank you, Avon, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.