Book Review: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

“Life is short. I need to stop waiting for special occasions in order to treat myself.”

Jasmine Guillory, Royal Holiday

Title: Royal Holiday
Series: The Wedding Date (Book 4)
Author: Jasmine Guillory
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Christmas
Pages: 295 (Hardcover)
Published: October 1st, 2019

My Rating: ★★★★½
Read: 12/9/2022 – 12/12/2022


Romances are such a hit-or-miss for me. I’m very happy to say that this one was a hit! A hit, and a fantastic way to kick off my Christmas reading.

Long overdue for a vacation, Vivian’s daughter Maddie convinces her to tag along on a business trip to England (working for the Duchess, no less!). While Maddie is busy dressing royalty, Vivian befriends Malcolm, the Private Secretary to the Queen herself. Though certainly enchanted by her royal surroundings, Vivian is far more interested in this dashing man’s company.

I haven’t read the previous books in this series, nor has it been on my radar at all. I saw it on someone else’s TBR and thought it sounded cute. My reading experience didn’t feel hindered given my lack of familiarity. Jasmine Guillory is officially on my go-to author list for when I’m in the mood to read a romance. Vivian and Malcolm are so adorable together and the characters in general are so lovable. Such a treat! 

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • Super lighthearted. I don’t like a ton of drama when I read romances unless I’m intentionally looking for a dark/tense story.
  • Middle-aged protagonists.
  • Royal cameos.
  • Malcolm!

What I didn’t like:

  • The conflict around Malcolm’s nephew felt rushed.
  • I can’t put my finger on why, but the ending was underwhelming.


There was a bittersweet feeling reading this given the Queen’s passing is still recent. I was glad to see her briefly in the book. Not going to lie, my eyes got a little misty.

I’m super curious about the three books prior to this one now. My summer reading TBR just increased!

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