The Lady of Royale Street by Thea de Salle (Review)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Adult, Contemporary, Erotica

Summary: From the New York Times bestselling author of the NOLA Nights series comes a rollicking, sexy tale of opposites attracting in the midst of wedding planning.

Alex DuMont is everything his brother Sol isn’t: regimented, serious, and devout. Between twelve-hour workdays, service to the church, punishing daily workouts, and bi-weekly therapy sessions, Alex is, as Sol once put it, “a kettle perpetually whistling as it boils itself to death.” So when Sol announces his marriage to Arianna Barrington, heiress and society sweetheart, Alex is the absolute worst choice to be his best man. Sol asks anyway and Alex reluctantly agrees. It’s only a week, after all, and Alex should be able to stop himself from throttling his big brother for a meager seven days. Probably. Maybe.

Theresa Ivarson is Arianna’s best friend and the maid of honor. A decorated photojournalist who interrupts her globetrotting to stand beside her friend, Theresa is beautiful, witty, and unafraid to speak her mind. So when she is faced with working with the best man from Hell, a Viking who doesn’t know how to smile, is bossy, and about as pleasant as a cactus, the sparks are bound to fly—and not in the good way. To make matters worse, Sol and Rain’s wedding planner was hit by a bus the week before their special day, and Alex and Theresa find themselves at the center of a list-ditch effort to pull the wedding together. But when you can’t decide if you want to kiss or kill someone, something’s bound to break.

My thoughts: The Lady of Royale Street is an adorable and quick read following the previous two novels in the NOLA Nights series by Thea de Salle. It centers around Sol and Rain’s impending wedding day and the mishaps that keep occurring beforehand. Alex, Sol’s reluctant best man and brother, must work together with Theresa, Rain’s snarky maid of honor, in order to get things running smoothly before the big day, if only they could get along for more than five minutes. 

This story was so adorable from the moment Alex and Theresa ran into each other and started off on the wrong foot. Their snappy banter made me smile and I loved how their relationship developed as they grew closer together while they worked on the last minute details of the wedding that was slowly falling apart. I also really enjoyed reading about was how religious they both were. Their Catholicism was prevalent throughout the entire novel and set them on a different course than the other sets of characters in this series who make frequent appearances in this novel. It offered a new perspective that really interested me because their religion shaped who they were as characters and how their relationship blossomed as the book progressed.

All in all, this wasn’t my favorite book in the NOLA Nights series, probably because it was centered around a wedding, something I’m not the biggest fan of reading about, but it was still an enjoyable NA* read. It is full of witty banter, wedding preparations, appearances of characters from the previous novels in the series, and and steamy moments that will grip your attention to the very end.  

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*I received an E-ARC of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review*

* NA = New Adult novel