Book Review | Falling Hard for the Royal Guard by Megan Clawson

Falling Hard for the Royal Guard by Megan Clawson is an adorable very British rom-com with a historical twist.

Our clumsy FMC Maggie lives in the tiny village that resides just beyond the walls of the Tower of London. The loveable redhead is under constant scrutiny from her nosey neighbours, disgruntled ex-boyfriend, and highly punchable co-workers. Although all eyes are on her, thanks to the security cameras that monitor her every move and the Beefeaters who patrol the tower, Maggie has never felt more alone. That is until she has an awkward encounter with a handsome Royal Guard with a major chip on his shoulder.

He’s standoffish and distant but protective and oddly affectionate. He’s been trained to avoid all distractions but he just can’t seem to stay away. She’s starting to fall hard for her new ‘friend’ but is she reading the signals wrong?

This was a really fun book to get lost in this weekend. It’s such an original idea and I loved all the historical references throughout. The stories of past executions, the importance of the Beefeaters, and the famed ghost sightings and ravens that inhabit the towers were woven perfectly throughout.

“His posture is robotic, rigid, and his attention never diverts from the path before him. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man so elegant…”

I guess some people could find Maggie frustrating at times. “Why doesn’t she stand up for herself!?” Well, her self-esteem has been obliterated by her abusive ex-boyfriend, that’s why. She feels like a failure, unlovable and unworthy. Her relationship and grief have clearly left her isolated and vulnerable. I couldn’t help but root for Maggie. I just wanted to reach out and give her a hug… but also, a bit of a shake because she is the worst when it comes to punctuality!

I definitely could have lived without the Tinder dates. Although they were absolutely hilarious, I would have loved more time with Freddie and I found my attention wandering at these parts. His character felt a little underdeveloped at times and I definitely required more groveling toward the end of the book to justify his actions. With that being said, Falling Hard for the Royal Guard was a satisfying sweet read and a wonderful debut.

Falling Hard for the Royal Guard by Megan Clawson will be released on April 27th and is available to preorder HERE.

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