Review: The Royal Mess
THE ROYAL MESS - Angela Seals
Independently Published
BUY
September 2021
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: THE ROYAL MESS marks the first book in the Modern Day Socialite Series by talented writer Angela Seals. In this book, we meet Heiress Kane. Heiress is indeed a fitting name for the heroine because she is the first-born sibling into an extremely wealthy family. Heiress and her two sisters, Erin and Arayana, are no strangers to the paparazzi or being featured in gossip columns. However, it has taken its toll, especially on Heiress.

When the story opens, it’s Heiress’ birthday. It should be a good day, but Heiress is not in the mood for any type of celebration. However, her father surprises her with a birthday gift that lifts her spirits. The gift also leads her to meeting the oh-so-fine, Malik Cash, legendary music producer. Heiress is not just a pretty, rich socialite. On the contrary, she is musically gifted and her father, Lazarus Kane, finally recognizes her talent, and hooks her up with the best music producer in the business who just happens to “owe him a favor”. I love the shift that the story takes at this point.

The talented Ms. Seals dots the storyline with some very intriguing plot points. First, she explores the serious topics of “anxiety, mental illness and depression”. Because her mental state is fragile, Heiress copes with the help of medication. Secondly, after she meets Malik and begins to work with him at his music studio, the storyline takes a suspenseful turn, and just like that,  we have a page-turner. I love the tension and suspense that is generated by a character’s dark and troubled past catching up to their present. It’s a great trope when done right, and Ms. Seals does it right. It’s a first-rate example of the adage, “We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us”. No spoilers, fans. When you read the story, I guarantee you’ll get it. Of course, along with all that potboiler action taking place, there is the romance brewing between Heiress and Malik. It’s sweet and hot at the same time.

The side characters contribute to the development of the major characters and to the intrigue of the story. One such character is Heiress’ father, Lazarus. I love the scene when it is time for everybody to “suit-up” and meet up at midnight. The “Boo-Hiss” Award goes to Rodney, a low-life from Malik and Lazarus’ past. You’ll get that when you read the story. The HFN is very satisfying.

I enjoyed reading
THE ROYAL MESS, and I recommend it. It’s a well-written romantic suspense story that took me by surprise. I’m looking forward to reading the next book of the series.

10th September 2021 | romcol@caribsurf.com
(A)