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Below are the major and minor characters for the The Royal Romance and The Royal Heir. Warning, spoilers ahead!

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     Riley Brooks A.K.A. The Main Character 
The main character of the story who originally worked as a waitress in New York until members of the House Beaumont decide to sponsor her in a competition for the Prince's hand.
  • Beautiful All Along: What Liam says to her in Romance Book 2 Chapter 16, including in her waitress outfit when they first met.
  • Costume Porn: Her premium choices of outfits.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: In the final chapter of Romance Book 3, Riley is gifted the title Champion of The Realm after helping Liam saving Cordonia from almost being taken over by Anton Severus.
  • Damsel out of Distress: When she decides to fight herself to the assassins attacking her, Bertrand and her bridesmaids on the way to her wedding in Romance Book 3 Chapter 19 and helping her friends fighting Anton Severus and his assassins guards in Book 3 Chapter 21.
  • The Determinator: From struggling to fit in court, clearing her ruined name, fixing her friends' family dramas, convincing the noble families around Cordonia to attend her wedding, reassuring and rallying the Cordonian people as well as uniting her country to fighting her enemies. Almost everyone admires and acknowledges her fierce determination.
  • Dude Magnet: Liked/loved by all the male potential love interests. Even Tariq seems to have a crush on her.
  • Fish out of Water: A New York city waitress being thrust into court intrigue.
  • Friend to All Living Things: All the animals she encounters seem to immediately like her.
  • Go-Getter Girl: If choose correctly, Riley can do almost anything or a fast learner; ice skating, climbs near the waterfalls, bakes a perfect apple pie, sails a boat, slides down staircase, doing back flip and splits, maneuvers a speedboat, knows how to catch a fish when fishing, slices a perfect cut in the cake with a sword, endures swimming in a frozen lake, endures hot stones therapy, doing a rodeo, gathering cattle, throws knives accurately to the targets, catching an intruder after checking on an ultra-sound for her pregnancy, car racing and sword fighting.
  • Hard Head: During The Beaumont Bash in Book 1 Chapter 16, she smashed a bottle over her head. It barely affected her, since she didn't even remember it happening. She also has the possibility of headbutting Anton in Book 3 Chapter 21, with him being the only one affected by the impact.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: At the start of Romance Book 2, Riley is this after pictures were leaked to make it look like she was cheating on Liam with Tariq.
  • Hope Bringer: A premium choice in Romance Book 1 Chapter 13 has Maxwell reveal to Riley this is why he chose her to compete for Prince Liam.
  • Kicking Assin All Her Finery: Is this along with Olivia and Hana when fighting Anton Severus and his assassins guards in Romance Book 3 Chapter 21, while still wearing wedding dress.
  • Last-Name Basis: Drake only calls Riley by her last name, rather than her first.
  • Limited Wardrobe: If you don’t have enough diamonds, that is.
  • Mama Bear: Just like every common moms; will do anything to protect her daughter, Lilly, from any harms.
  • Nice Hat: One thing about her wardrobe is she always has to have a hat to go with it.
  • Rags to Royalty: From a broke waitress to a queen or duchess.
  • Screaming Birth: In Heir Book 2 Chapter 1, you can have her go into this while she's in labor.
  • Token Minority: If you so choose.
  • Use Your Head: In Romance Book 3 Chapter 21, Anton is taunting her while she is tied to a chair. She has the option of answering him with a headbutt. Also, in Book 1 Chapter 16, she apparently smashed a bottle with her head.

     Prince (later King) Liam Rys 
Prince Liam, or whatever you decide to call him, is the current prince of Cordonia. He's currently on the search to find a suitable princess to marry and rule Cordonia with him. He is one Riley's love interests.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason why the well-known cynical Drake and mean Olivia make him an exception to act nice, protective and loyal to, is because they owe his kindness.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Drake's Veronica.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When he and Riley discover that his own father is apparently the mastermind behind Riley's sabotage that forces him to choose Madeleine to (almost) marry him and get to confront him, Liam finally dares to stand for his love for Riley.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: He is aware of the perks and his privileges as a royalty, but he tries hard to use his power to govern fairly and serve his people and country. Not abusing it for selfish reason.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: He seems to be this if Riley rejects his proposal. It becomes more obvious in Heir Book 1 Chapter 2, when he shows up in Riley and her spouse's honeymoon and points her future child to be his next in line, because he'd rather remain single than having another loveless political marriage.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He is the responsible, serious and dutiful son to his older brother, Leo's, foolish prankster, troublemaker and fun-loving one.
  • For Your Own Good: (as well as for the stability of their country). His father's excuse for setting him up to marry Madeleine at the expense of Riley's innocence and safety.
  • Given Name Reveal: A premium choice in Heir Book 2 Chapter 17 reveals his last name is Rys, impliying that he, his father (King Constantine), and his older brother, Leo, are indeed Kenna Rys' descendants.
  • Hidden Depths: If you spend some times with him, he'll reveal how worried about what kind of king he'll be, among other subjects.
  • I Am Not My Father: What he tries hard to prove, especially to Riley.
  • I Miss Mom: Lost his mother in a very young age and often mentions her whenever he remembers.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: What Riley says to him in Romance Book 2 Chapter 16, when he tells about his friendship with Drake.
  • Act of True Love: Even if Riley rejects his proposal, he still wants to give her the title duchess & the duchy, supports and helps her in wedding plannings, lending a beach for Riley and her spouse to spend their honeymoon in and points her future child to become his next in line.
  • Marry for Love: His wish since meeting Riley and falls in love with her after.
  • Nice Guy
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The rich suitor to Drake's poor suitor.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Joins the battle with his guards fighting the terrorists in the Homecoming Ball in Romance Book 2 Chapter 19 and with his friends fighting Anton Severus and his assassins guards in the lair in Romance Book 3 Chapter 21.
  • The Wise Prince and (later The Good King): His long time wish and still trying to prove it, especially after learning from his father's mistake.
  • Token Minority: Potentially Liam, if you choose for him to be black or Asian.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Baklava and vanilla-flavored sweets.
  • Trauma Conga Line: At the end of Romance Book 2, Riley can reject his proposal, and in Book 3, his father dies, there are terrorist attacks, and he has to face recently being king.

     Drake Walker 
A commoner who has been friends with Prince Liam since childhood. Despite this, Drake is very cynical and despises everything about the royals and anything having to do with royalty, likely due to a mysterious incident that happened to his sister a while back. He is another love interest for Riley to pursue.
  • The Ace: Due to his late father's teachings of self-sufficiency, he is quite proficient in almost many things. Such as: fishing, sailing a boat, some martial arts, carpentry, cooking; particularly grilling, baking, even sewing (Hana secretly taught him).
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Liam's Betty.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Very protective toward his younger sister, Savannah, that he acts as a Knight Templar Big Brother to Bertrand in Romance Book 2 Chapter 9 upon learning the reason behind her sudden disappearance from court and what happened to her after in Book 2 Chapter 8. In Book 3 Chapter 20, when intending to propose Savannah, Betrand tries to earn his approval.
  • Birthday Hater: He's not a fan of his own birthday since no matter what he got, Liam would get the same thing bigger and better.
  • The Cynic: Especially toward nobility.
  • Deadpan Snarker: And how.
  • Given Name Reveal: A premium choice in Romance Book 1 Chapter 18 reveals his last name is Walker.
  • Hidden Depths: Spend some diamonds and he'll divulge how he despises the court because it ruined his relationship with his sister, how he doesn't like celebrating his birthday because when he was younger, they always paled in comparison to Liam's and more.
  • Irony: Hates anything related to royalty and nobility, yet is extremely loyal and protective toward his long time best friend, Liam, who is royalty.
  • Jerkass Ball: Despite not having been depicted as caring about his masculinity before, he throws a hissy fit if you pick the pink wedding cake in Romance Book 3, Chapter 17 for your wedding with him because it is "girly". This especially stands out compare to the other two male Love Interests Liam and Maxwell, who don't care as long as you're happy. It seems that the writers also agree with this sentiment as the scene was altered just a week later.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acts hostile and speaks rude toward Riley when first meeting her, but once approached, he is actually caring and extremely loyal. As he also usually does to Maxwell.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Extremely loyal, protective and willing to die for everyone he cares about, but still holds a cynical view toward nobility.
  • Last-Name Basis: He usually calls Riley by her last name.
  • Like Father, Like Son: When having alone times with Riley, he frequently mentions his father and really looks up to him. He is fiercely proud on how his late father raised him to be self-sufficient and shares the same personality with him that he even often acts as a "guard" for his friends, despite not an official royal guard like his late father.
  • Long-Lost Relative: In Romance Book 1 Chapter 7 reveals he has a sister named Savannah who suddenly disappeared.
  • Made of Iron: Despite still in the process of recovery after taking a bullet meant for Riley in the Homecoming Ball in Romance Book 2 Chapter 19, yet he could still manage to win the sword fighting duel against Neville in Romance Book 3 Chapter 10 after Neville slashed his wounded arm, does a spin kick dance on Riley's wedding reception in Romance Book 3 Chapter 20 and helps his friends defeating Anton Severus and his assassins guards in Romance Book 3 Chapter 21.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: He claims himself as a loner who is commonly unapproachable, but once Riley gets to spend more times with him, he's proved to be a good guy and extremely loyal.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: The "poor" suitor to Liam's rich suitor, though he's only poor in the sense that he's just a commoner.
  • Taking the Bullet: What he does to Riley by the end of Romance Book 2 and how he later becomes famous for.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Rustic food, particularly Southern American food. Such as: barbeque smoked ribs and smores. He also loves street food in Shanghai, China, in Romance Book 2 Chapter 12. And whiskey is his all time favorite alcoholic drink.
  • Tsundere: Type A towards Riley.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Liam, who’s been his closest friend since childhood. He’s even saved Liam’s life when their boat capsized.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Maxwell. Despite often seen arguing, but he and Maxwell still care for each other.
  • When He Smiles

     Hana Lee 
One of the girls competing for Prince Liam's hand and one of Riley's closest friends, as well as a potential love interest. A lot of her motivation for competing is due to her family pushing her to do so.
  • The Ace: Due to her upbringing, she was taught a wide range of skills for the court.
  • Always a Child to Parent: She struggles to prove her parents that she has grown up, because her parents, especially her mother, seem to still consider her an immature child who needs to be taken care of.
  • Ambiguously Gay / Ambiguously Bi: Is Hana solely interested in women or could she be interested in men? Read more on the Broken Base entry on the YMMV page.
  • For Your Own Good: Her parents' excuse for pushing her to master as many skills as possible since young age, so she could be fit to marry a high ranking noble, in the name of giving her a bright future.
  • Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't: When she could finally stand up to her parents, she says this. But she and her parents are eventually reconciled.
  • Gay Option: The only female potential love interest.
  • Grew a Spine: In Romance Book 1 Chapter 18, after Riley helps her gaining self-confidence and overcome her low self-esteem and insecurity, she could finally talk back to Olivia and be able to stand up to her father in Romance Book 2 Chapter 13.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Can be this toward Riley if you don't choose to pursue a romantic relationship toward her.
  • I Have No Daughter!: Her parents' threat to her when forcing her to leave Cordonia and she intends to refuse in Romance Book 3 Chapter 14. But her parents change their minds after Hana successfully convinces Rashad for a business deal with them. Thus, the family finally reconcile, her parents agree to attend Riley's wedding and let her stay at court.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Due to her upbringing, Hana is known to be able to do everything from needlepoint to dancing, and more.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Super feminine and only interested in Riley.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Comes from a wealthy family, but she has no friends until she meets Riley and the rest of their friends. It becomes clearer as seen in Heir Book 1 Chapter 3 where she tries to entertain herself while learning how to court.
  • Meddling Parents: She frequently whines about how her parents are too involved in her life.
  • Nice Girl: Easily the most pleasant of your fellow suitors, and the only one who is nice to Riley from the beginning.
  • Trophy Child: Her parents consider her this that they never make sure whether she's happy or not.

     Maxwell Beaumont 
The younger Beaumont brother. He's sponsoring Riley in the competition for Prince Liam's hand.
  • Big Eater: Always seems enthusiastic and excited when it comes to food and a fast eater as seen when speed eating dumplings in Romance Book 2 Chapter 12 and eats 3 bowls of ice cream in Book 3 Chapter 4.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In Heir Book 3 Chapter 11, he finally tells off his own father, Barthelemy, by calling him a bad father after seeing how terrible his father is and has been, when he keeps boasting as the better choice to take care of Lilly over Riley.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: A premium choice in Romance Book 2 Chapter 3 has Riley and Hana join the boys in the sauna. Maxwell is revealed to have a hippo tattoo on his chest.
  • Flanderization: In The Royal Romance, he was a keet who had his moments of irresponsibility and bad decisions but ultimately remained a Nice Guy who did his best to help others around him. In The Royal Heir, his childlike behavior has has been amplified, turning him into a narcissistic, inconsiderate Manchild who exposes his friends' private details on his memoir and The Film of the Book, and pressures Bertrand to hand control of the Beaumont Estate to their father, Barthelemy, while not taking some of the burdens himself.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: He's considered the foolish one by Bertrand.
  • Formerly Fat: He was chubby as a child before his mother enrolled him in dancing classes.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite known to be highly energetic and cheerful, he also frequently shows concern and worries about his older brother's, Bertrand's, unhappiness as well as frequently questions his worthiness in saving their family house.
  • Keet: In The Royal Romance, he was very enthusiastic and upbeat, with a wide-eyed sense of wonder. Flanderization has turned him into a...
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: He is determined to show everyone this, since his father, Barthelemy, is revealed to go against the current Crown by manipulating the Cordonian royal laws and customs to force the custody of Lilly and become the Crown Regent.
  • Manchild: By The Royal Heir, he has become this, such as not shouldering some responsibility of managing the Beaumont Estate.
  • Moonwalk Dance: He frequently does this whenever he starts dancing.
  • Never My Fault: He blamed Bertrand for missing out on Bartie's early childhood moments, even though it was Maxwell himself who hid Bartie's existence from Bertrand and siphoned money to Savannah in the first place.
  • The Not-Love Interest: For most of the story, Riley's inner circle of close friends consists of Maxwell, Drake, and Hana. For reasons that are never explained, the latter two are made available as love interests while Maxwell is not. Until Book 2 Chapter 14, when he's finally Promoted to Love Interest.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Bertrand's Blue.
  • Secret Keeper: In Romance Book 2 Chapter 9 reveals he was this in keeping Savannah’s pregnancy and her location a secret.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Drake. Despite he and Drake are often seen arguing, they still care for each other.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: A premium choice in Romance Book 1 Chapter 16 has you able to play Truth or Dare with Drake, Hana, and Maxwell. Maxwell hates carousels due to the press mobbing him with questions and taking photos when he was 3.

     Bertrand Beaumont 
The older Beaumont brother. He wants nothing more than to return the Beaumont house to its former glory.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Always restrains from showing affections toward his own younger brother, Maxwell, and Riley.
  • Badass Biker: Surprisingly. In Heir Book 1 Chapter 10, when celebrating his bachelor party, Maxwell gives him a motorcycle as a gift that later is useful to help saving him and his friends from an attacking wild bear. Later, on the next chapter, Riley and Hana are surprised to learn that Bertrand is secretly a badass biker since adolescent, when he and Maxwell tell about their mischievous childhood.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: He has difficulties in expressing his feelings toward Savannah that he needs Riley's helps to say it out loud.
  • Disappeared Dad: Revealed to have fathered Savannah's son without his knowledge.
    • Has his own disappeared dad when it’s revealed his and Maxwell’s father is not dead but spent most of their adult lives in a coma.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Is extremely insecure about rekindling his romance with Savannah, thinking himself unworthy of her for a multitude of reasons.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: The reason why he breaks up with Savannah, because he feels he doesn't deserve her. Particularly because of his house's financial ruin that he's afraid of not being able to give everything Savannah and their son, Bartie, deserve.
  • Meddling Parents: From the moment his long lost father, Barthelemy, shows up on the day before his wedding day, he constantly feels annoyed and embarrassed by his father's "taking over" habit.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning : Occurs in Heir Book 1 Chapter 10; Maxwell, Drake and Prince Liam take him camping for his bachelor party when a bear takes over their camp. If you buy the right premium choice, Bertrand will literally SHAME a BEAR into submission.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Trains Riley to be fit as Liam's future wife and queen, but constantly warns her to be not too confident fearing that her overconfidence would be their downfall. In Romance Book 2 Chapter 5, it is revealed that he sells the photos of Riley and Liam's first meeting at Liam's bachelor party in New York City to make a quick buck in the name of saving his family house, because he's pessimistic about Riley's possible ability to survive at court for even a week
  • The Perfectionist: What he struggles in; from training and mentoring Riley to be fit in court, educating Maxwell to run their house to the reason he lets go of Savannah; because his family house is broke that he's afraid of not being able to give the luxurious life he thinks Savannah and their son, Bartie, deserve.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Maxwell's Red.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's surprisingly a badass when under pressure, such as; he knocks down one of the assassins attacking Riley and the bridesmaids in Romance Book 3 Chapter 20 and he could even throw a powerful punch to Chuck, Savannah's ex boyfriend, for crashing his wedding in Heir Book 1 Chapter 12.

     King Constantine Rys and Queen Regina 
The King and Queen of Cordonia until Constantine steps down at the end of Book 1.
  • The Determinator: Despite already predicted to die soon of final stage of lung cancer, King Father Constantine is often seen hiding his illness behind his smile and insists to attend and hosts the Costume Gala in Romance Book 3 Chapter 9.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The two of them appear as Leo’s parents in Rules of Engagement that Katie must impress.
  • Good Stepmother: Subverted. She is the third wife of King Constantine, and Leo and Liam’s stepmother. Her relationship with Liam is cordial but distant, but she cares about his well being and Cordonia’s.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: King Father Constantine dies protecting his son, Liam, from the falling rubble caused by another bombing attack in the palace done by Anton Severus, right after he apologized to Riley over his past mistake to her. And he claims that this is better than dying on the hospital bed. Then, after he says goodbye to both his sons, he dies smiling.
  • Improperly Paranoid: In Heir Book 1 Chapter 3, King Father Constantine is this toward Olivia since she was still a young kid, only because she is a Nevrakis. To the point that when she's grown into an adult, he also prevents her to win Liam's hand because of the same reason.
  • Red Herring: Queen Regina is the main suspect of tarnishing Riley’s reputation. Not only she admits to respect Riley after proving herself in the court, the real culprit was her husband, King Constantine.
  • Second Love: Subverted. More of a third love, because Queen Mother Regina is King Father Constantine's third wife. It is unclear whether he married his first wife, Leo's mother, for love or politics, but he seemed to be genuinely in love with Liam's mother, Queen Eleanor, and was devastated by her death for years. Until he finally found love again in Regina.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: King Father Constantine was the one responsible for the conspiracy to oust Riley from court, feeling Cordonia’s enemies without and within would see her as a weakness.

     Olivia Nevrakis 
Your main rival for Prince Liam's hand. She attempts to undermine Riley any chance she gets.
  • Action Girl: Gains more prominent since The Royal Heir.
  • Allergic to Love: Always seems reluctant everytime Riley wants to hug her or invites her for a group hug with her friends and laments anyone who shows PDA.
  • Alpha Bitch: Of the court. Character Development turns her into a Lovable Alpha Bitch.
  • At Least I Admit It: Unlike Madeleine who is well trained in courtly politeness and keeps her nastiness to private moments, Olivia treats everyone but Liam with the same aggressive hostility, at least along Romance Book 1.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: In Romance Book 3, she says that she likes wearing red in case she gets bloody injuries.
  • Brutal Honesty: How she deals with almost everyone, including when having to impress any potential allies or convincing allies.
  • Bully Turned Buddy: Olivia starts as a mean, self-centered rival for Prince Liam's heart, but after her Character Development she becomes one of Riley's closest friends. The process can be sped up if Riley acts nice towards Olivia from the start.
  • The Determinator: Tries her best in keeping the glory of her house pride and family name as well as consistently proves her loyalty to the Crown, despite her parents raised, educated and trained her with the intention to usurp the Crown.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In Romance Book 1 Chapter 19, she expresses this when Riley pitied her after telling the reason behind her sudden withdrawal from the contest of winning Liam's hand and when telling about her feelings toward Liam in Heir Book 1 Chapter 7.
  • Enemy Mine: Teams up with Riley in Romance Book 2 to try to catch the person who sabotaged them.
  • Fiery Redhead: Redheaded and hot-tempered.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She is mean to everyone but Liam, used to violence, yet is loyal to the Crown, a benevolent mistress to her servants and a great duchess to her people in her duchy, Lythikos.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Over the course of the series, Olivia goes from Riley's worst enemy to one of her closest friends.
  • Hereditary Hairstyle: When she grows into an adult, she has the very same hairstyle as her ancestor, Zenobia Nevrakis.
  • Identical Grandson: She looks exactly like her ancestor Zenobia Nevrakis.
  • It Runs in the Family: Fiercely proud to be a Nevrakis descendant who inherits their notorious ruthless, cold-blooded and barbarous nature. To the point of extremely idolizes her "identical" ancestor, Zenobia Nevrakis, such as: naming her toy sword after her in The Royal Heir and wears her outfit in The Royal Holiday. But she's against her parents' betrayal to the Crown.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Toward Liam. Even going as far as from preventing Riley to win Liam's hand turning to fully supports Riley to be his future wife and queen as well as warning her to not ever hurt him. But, if Riley turns Liam down, she no longer wants to pursue him either.
  • Knife Nut: She is very fond of using daggers as weapons, and usually keeps a stiletto concealed about her person.
  • Lady in Red: She titles herself as The Scarlet Duchess as she loves wearing red, beside it also comes with another function.
  • Lady of War: A duchess and is highly well-trained for combat and always seems to be ready for it as she always keeps stilettos or knives concealed inside her dress, boots and even as hair accessories. And she even admits herself that she and her people are war-crazed people.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: When the contest is in Olivia's home, she seats Riley and friends in the back as well as serve them cold soup. In Romance Book 1 Chapter 16, you get to pay her back when the party is at House Beaumont.
  • Made of Iron: Despite getting severely injured after being slashed on her side by her husband, Anton Severus, when fighting him in Romance Book 3 Chapter 21, she could still manage to retaliate and help Riley and their friends finally defeat him.
  • Red Herring: Has been suspected as the culprit behind every attacks for the Crown since Romance Book 3. But she consistently proves herself to be strongly against terrorism to the Crown. The real culprits are in fact her own aunt, Lucretia, and her husband, Justin a.k.a Anton Severus.
  • The Rival: Along Romance Book 1, while all of the women are technically Riley's rivals, Olivia is the one who is most proactive about blocking Riley's efforts to romance Liam.
  • Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: It's what she thought after she realized that Liam never loves her when asked about her love life in Heir Book 1 Chapter 7.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: She appears to be mean, brash and sharp-tongued, but in Book 1 Chapter 7, Liam explains that Olivia has gone through a lot all her life: her parents were assassinated when she was just 5 years old, left alone with only servants and later learns that her parents were assassinated for a reason; because they were apparently traitors.
  • Tsundere: Romance Book 2 has her be on the harsh side on Tsun when she’s in Riley’s company.
  • Undying Loyalty: To the Crown, especially to Liam. She is the only grand noble of Cordonia who confidently votes against Barthelemy from the start.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Having been friends and grows up together with Liam since childhood, she grew to love him. But unfortunately he doesn't reciprocate.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She and Riley are constantly arguing yet they always end up working together and help each other.

One of the competing ladies introduced in The Royal Romance Book 1.
  • Ambadassador: She is credited to be a capable negotiator.
  • Cunning Linguist: It was revealed in Book 1 that she speaks 10 languages, including English and French.
  • Daddy's Girl: She follows the footstep of her father of being a diplomat to Cordonia.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible diplomat golden child to her brother's foolish animal lover.
  • Gratuitous French: Kiara peppers her speech with French.
  • Heroic BSoD: Suffers extreme anxiety after being attacked at the Palace at the start of Book 3. She got over it in the finale.
  • Those Two Girls: In Book 1, she is almost always seen with Penelope starting as Olivia's friends. Riley can turn them over to her side. Books 2 and 3 start to flesh her out as her own character.

One of the competing ladies introduced in Book 1.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In Romance Book 3 Chapter 4, it’s implied that Penelope suffers from an anxiety disorder that her poodles help mitigate.
  • Animal Motif: Poodles. They are her beloved pets that she never want to be apart from.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She is incredibly absent-minded person who has an intense interest in poodles. This is Deconstructed when her family pressures her to get married to Liam in order to have someone to take care of her and let her easily being manipulated by the conspiracy against Riley.
  • Daddy's Girl: Her father, Landon, seems more understanding than her mother over her struggle to fit in court. He even goes as far as to sell out Riley's daughter, Lilly, as he voted for Barthelemy to take Lilly's custody; ALL in the name of protecting her from the risk to get exposed as a disgraced noblewoman for being a divorcee. But after Riley can help her to come clean, she and her father can finally stand up to the blackmailers (Guy and Barthelemy) and brave enough to reswitch his vote for Riley as he is inspired by her courage.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: She immediately agreed to marry Guy Brixton after four weeks and five date and eloped after getting pissed off by Kiara's disapproval of their relationship and thought that in time, her parents would love Guy as much as she did. But the marriage didn't last long as her parents later discovered about their finances and her newly-opened joint bank account with Guy's name, followed by secretly investigated Guy's history that concludes he is a gold digger and a conman. Thus, Penelope devastatingly agreed with her parents to annul the marriage.
  • Nice Girl: She's always nice to Riley, even when they're competing for Liam.
  • Not Good with People: Along Romance Book 1 and 2, she admits that she has always been struggling to keep up in loud parties and crowded events and constantly says that she'd rather snuggle up with her poodles instead. Even goes far as designing luxurious clothes for her poodles as if they're her children and Kiara used to be her only friend. Until Riley, Hana and Maxwell came along and convince her to go back to court in the premium scene of Romance Book 3 Chapter 4 that she can slowly become more confident, thus they become friends.
  • Ship Tease: With Kiara's brother Ezekiel since Book 3. In Heir Book 2, she and Ezekiel become an official couple, later are engaged and officially married in Heir Book 3 Chapter 3.
  • Those Two Girls: Along The Royal Romance, she is often seen with Kiara, starting as Olivia's friends. Riley can turn them over to her side. Books 2 and 3 starting to flesh her out as her own character.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Romance Book 2 reveals that Penelope was a part of the conspiracy to oust Riley from court.

     Countess Madeleine of Fydelia 
Another rival for Liam's hand. She had previously been engaged to Liam's brother Leo before he abdicated the throne.
  • Aloof Ally: Although she eventually accepts Riley's offer to be her new press secretary after initially rejected it and acts nicer afterwards, but she remains distant toward Riley and her friends. Especially when it comes to have fun or hang out with them.
  • Alpha Bitch: Takes the spot after Olivia, and is even worse.
  • Arranged Marriage: She is aware of being raised and bred to be this and believes this is better than Marry for Love.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Unlike Olivia, who makes no attempt to hide her unpleasant nature from anyone, Madeleine puts on a thin veneer of politeness when in front of Liam, the king, and queen.
  • Break the Haughty: Along The Royal Romance, she always acts arrogant and superior toward anyone whom she considers unimportant. Even after she finally accepts Riley's offer to be her press secretary, she still thinks that Riley needs her more than otherwise. Later in The Royal Heir Book 2, after the revelation of her father, Godfrey, being the wanted murderer who is responsible for Liam's mother's death, she becomes sincerely nice as she is ashamed of her parents' betrayal to the Crown, especially if Riley treats her nicely.
  • The Bully: Since the start of Romance Book 2, she abuses her status as Liam's fiancee and queen-to-be to constantly look down on Riley, bullying Hana, Penelope and Kiara.
  • Control Freak: In Romance Book 2, she treats her ladies-in-waiting, Penelope and Kiara, as if they are her subordinates or even servants. She even seems also controlling over her own mother, Adelaide, about behavior and decorum. When she takes over as Riley's press secretary, she keeps everyone on a tight schedule, and is rarely seen without her clipboard.
  • Daddy's Girl: Averted. Her father considers her a failure and humiliation, especially after her second failure of becoming queen. All of her hard works and achievements seem nothing for him to appreciate.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In Romance Book 3 Chapter 3, when playing drinking game with Riley and her friends, while nearly drunk states to be still outraged about her second failure to be queen, concerning about her country that's under attack and her constant arguing parents, then Riley and Hana pitied her. And she seems to hate it.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Briefly appeared in Rules of Engagement before gaining a much more prominent role here.
  • Gold Digger: She doesn't care whether or not Liam loves her; she simply wants to be queen. She even tells Riley that she doesn't mind if Liam fools around with her as long as they're discreet about it.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She often acts snarky and superior toward anyone whom she considers unimportant, but she's proven to be not involved in Riley's scandal and fiercely patriotic.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Romance Book 3, she becomes Riley's new press secretary and begins acting more pleasantly toward her, especially if Riley helps her repair her rift with her parents. It started out as an Enemy Mine situation, however. She gets even better in The Royal Heir after the discovery of her father being apparently the one who is responsible for Liam's mother, Queen Eleanor's, death that she continues to help Riley and co however she can.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite her vanity, she genuinely loves Cordonia and wants to serve it any way she can.
  • Ice Queen: In Romance Book 3 Chapter 3, while playing drinking game, with Riley intending to recruit her as the new press secretary, she claims herself to be too 'cold' and closed-off. But Riley could make her a Defrosting Ice Queen if she could help her repairing the rift in her family.
  • Improbable Weapon User: She managed to defend herself from professional assassins with a clipboard.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Failed twice to achieve her dream to become a queen, her parents never stop arguing over how to deal with her yet she must maintains her stoic façade for the sake of her country. It gets worsen when it is later discovered that her father, Godfrey, turns out to be the wanted murderer who is responsible for Liam's mother's death.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In Romance Book 2 Chapter 14, she specifically chooses Riley to pick up her wedding ring. On the next chapter, after successfully found and convinces Tariq to repair the damage, Riley can have a choice whether to keep Tariq's confessions video from public or blow it out. But, Justin/Anton Severus would just leak it, anyway. Thus, humiliating her publicly.
  • Loners Are Freaks: What Olivia says to her in Heir Book 1 Chapter 7 that she needs friends and entertainment, because she has difficulties in staying away from her scheduling binder.
  • Red Herring: Was the prime suspect in book 2 for sabotaging Riley and Olivia to be queen. She was entirely innocent as it was King Father Constantine who supported her suit and ousted the two from the competition, so she would win.
  • Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids!: It's what she thought when asked about her love life in Heir Book 1 Chapter 7.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Appears to be cold, snarky, mean and haughty, but on the inside she's stuck in the middle of her never-ending arguing parents over how to deal with her; her father pressures her to be the best of the best and never appreciates even a bit about her works and her mother seems to not to care about her mourn over her second failure in achieving her dream to be queen, in the name of comforting her.
  • The Stoic: She is known for her ability to control her emotions that she is considered proper to be queen due to being the epitome of prim and proper.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Downplayed but Madeleine is much more serious than her mother.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Although her relationship with her father is obviously distant and cold, but when he finally praises her work a bit in Romance Book 3 Chapter 20, she can't hide her happy smile. Indicating that, all she wants is her father to appreciate and acknowledge her works, even though not as a queen as they wished before.

     Adelaide of Krona 
Lady Madeleine's mother and the matriarch of the main family based in Krona. Fydelia is the county in Krona.
  • Arranged Marriage: In Romance Book 3 chapter 3, Liam says that her marriage with her husband, Godfrey, is a political one.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Unlike her daughter, Adelaide is a woman who loves her champagne and knocking them back.
  • The Masochism Tango: She and her husband, Godfrey, are always seen bickering and arguing, especially on dealing with their daughter, Madeleine.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Riley can say this is how she recognized Adelaide.
  • Ungrateful Bitch: In Heir Book 2, she confidently votes for Barthelemy over Riley to be Lilly's guardian as well as the Crown Regent. Even when Riley and her friends already helps restoring her house's reputation by throwing a fairytale-themed ball in her duchy in Book 3 Chapter 6, after the discovery of her husband, Godfrey's, being the wanted murderer who killed Liam's mother, Queen Eleanor and impressed by Riley and her spouse's capabilities to be a good parent as well as a guardian for Lilly in Book 3 Chapter 11, she still votes for Barthelemy again, anyway, in the final vote on the next chapter.

Prince Liam's current bodyguard and Leo's former bodyguard. In Book 2, it's revealed that he was involved in the plot to sabotage you from becoming Queen on orders from King Constantine.
  • My God, You Are Serious: In Romance Book 2 Chapter 13 has him give this reaction when Riley suggests using Maxwell to help find Tariq.
  • Parental Substitute: Subverted. More like an uncle to Drake and Savannah since they were still young kids. Especially after their father's death.
  • The Stoic: Rarely shows much emotion.
  • Undying Loyalty: Toward King Father Constantine and (later) Liam, including to Liam's late mother, Queen Eleanor.

Drake's long-lost sister, who first appears as a premium choice in Romance Book 1, Chapter 11. In the premium scene of Romance Book 2 Chapter 8, she is properly introduced when Riley and Drake are able to find her in an apartment secretly paid for by Maxwell, after she gets pregnant with Bertrand's child.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: She hides her pregnancy from everybody but Maxwell, who sends her money when he can because he feels bad about how things went down between his brother and her.
  • Nice Girl: Immediately considers Riley as her friend by the time they just met.

     Justin/Anton Severus 
(WARNING: SPOILERS)Riley's first press secretary. He provides Riley with advice on how to deal with the press and present herself to the public in Romance Book 1 and 2 before he is injured in the terrorist attack at the end of Romance Book 2.
  • Big Bad
  • Dirty Coward: He is seen constantly orders his guards to cover him everytime the fight starts that it takes Riley's friends to remind some of the assassins to realize that they're just his pawns.
  • Evil All Along: He's responsible for the attacks in Homecoming Ball, the apple orchard burning, the incidental flood in the art gallery in Castelsareillan and King Father Constantine's death.
  • False Friend: At first he claims himself to be Riley's new best friend and helps her on handling the press. Until he revealed himself to be the traitor
  • Hidden Villain: He is actually a noble named Anton Severus who was secretly betrothed to Olivia when the two were children. It turns out that he and Olivia's aunt are the ones responsible for masterminding the terrorist attacks, since if Liam is eliminated, the throne will pass to the Nevrakis family and he and Olivia will become king and queen.
  • We Can Rule Together: His intention when hoping Olivia would side with him and help him eliminating King Liam to take the throne when tying her and Riley (and her spouse) in the dungeon, in Romance Book 3 Chapter 21.
  • Walking Spoiler: All his tropes are plot revelations.

     Barthelemy Beaumont 
Maxwell and Bertrand's long lost father who was presumed dead, but it turns out he is still alive and is currently against the Crown by suddenly claiming himself as the Crown Regent who gains the rights to take the royal heir, Lilly's, custody.
  • Affably Evil: He is seen composed, subtle and polite when in front of the court and the press, but behind closed door, he tries to threaten and intimidate Riley and anyone who stand in his way.
  • Because I Said So: In Heir Book 3 Chapter 11, he commands Maxwell to stop criticizing him, when Maxwell tells him off by questioning his fatherhood when he keeps boasting to be the best choice to rule Cordonia and become Lilly's guardian. But Maxwell disobeys.
  • Big Bad: Of The Royal Heir, Book 3. Later in Heir Book 3 Chapter 14, it is revealed that he is the mastermind behind Liam's mother, Queen Eleanor's, assassination, who loaded the gun and Godfrey apparently was just his pawn who pulled the trigger.
  • The Evils of Free Will: He convinces the grand houses' leaders and their people that Liam's way of ruling by winning loyalty and building alliances makes Cordonia looks weak. That he promise to give everything that no other leader has promised them before, such as: independence and sovereignty to the Lythikans in Olivia's duchy. But Riley and co know that it is a cover for his actual hidden agenda.
  • Gruesome Grandparent: Whether Lilly is his direct grand-daughter (if Riley marries Maxwell) or not, he insists to take her custody against her parents' will, relying on the votes from some grand nobles.
  • Hypocrite: He insists to become Lilly's guardian as accusing Riley and her spouse as bad parents, when he, himself, abandoned his two sons dealing with their house's financial ruins by themselves for years by faking an illness.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates the current Cordonian royal laws and customs and convince some of the grand nobles to vote for him to be the Crown Regent and force to take Lilly's custody.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: If Riley doesn't impress everyone, he might be this.
  • Smug Snake: He seems overconfident and keeps looking down on Riley and her spouse, even after one by one nobles that used to vote for him, start warming up to Riley and question his worth of becoming Lilly's guardian.
  • Wise Old Folk Façade: When he makes a surprising comebacks in Heir Book 1 Chapter 11, he acts cordial and nice toward Riley and friends and insisted to retake their house's finances management to help his sons, in the name of atoning his absences. When he successfully gained Bertrand's trust, he immediately shows his true colors by the end of Heir Book 2, where he has gained the most votes from the grand noble houses to be the Crown Regent as well as the royal heir, Lilly's, guardian.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In the premium scene of Heir Book 3 Chapter 9, Riley and her spouse discover that he is afraid of crows.

     King Bradshaw and Queen Isabella 
The King and Queen of Auvernal, one of Cordonia's neighboring countries. They propose a betrothal between one of their twins, Isaac, and Riley's daughter, Lilly, to forge an alliance.
  • Affably Evil: They seem friendly and pleasant on the outside, but they are proven to be a serious threat when they have taken over one of their neighboring kingdoms, Rivala.
  • Arranged Marriage: In Heir Book 1 Chapter 9, Isabella openly admits to Riley, Hana (and Olivia) that her marriage with Bradshaw is for political reason. And she even makes no secret to tell that she married Bradshaw for financial advantage as well.
  • Awful Wedded Life: In Heir Book 2 Chapter 15, when Riley, Hana and Olivia decide to infiltrate King Bradshaw's private office, (if Riley uses the Orbie) they can overhear their heated dispute. And it becomes more obvious by the time they must call off the children betrothal, they immediately get into a clash toward each other.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Of The Royal Heir, Book 2.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Inverted. Despite Bradshaw is the king of Auvernal, but it is Isabella who is royal-blooded. This makes their children ineligible to rule a kingdom and country per Auvernese royal protocol and laws, because the twins, Isaac and Lyra, don't share Isabella's royal blood.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: When playing a drinking game, Isabella admits that she never wanted children, but she feels obligated to produce an heir for her kingdom.
  • The Masochism Tango: In public they appear as a perfect couple, but behind closed door, they constantly bicker each other.
  • Miles Gloriosus: In Heir Book 2 Chapter 8, Liam challenges Bradshaw for a sword fighting duel. Bradshaw keeps boasting about his used-to-winning attitude and when he realized he is about to lose due to his actual inability to fight, he immediately calls his back-up to protect him. Then Drake or Hana (Liam's chosen back-ups) intervene, stating that is illegal unless Bradshaw decide to withdraw the sword. He eventually lost, because in a premium scene of Heir Book 1 Chapter 10, Isabella has spilled that he can only order troops around and strategized but never really fight, despite he is a decorated officer.
  • Sexless Marriage: In Heir Book 2 Chapter 19, when Riley and her friends, with the help of Queen Amalas of Monterisso, successfully uncover the truth about the twins, Isaac and Lyra's, parentage status, Isabella admits that she has always been aware of her husband's affair with an unknown woman that results the twins. She even has no problem raising and taking care of them as her own (and because her kingdom needs heirs) instead of having to get closer to her own husband, Bradshaw.
  • Sleeping Single: In Heir Book 2 Chapter 15, Riley, Hana and Olivia discover that Bradshaw and Isabella sleep in a separate bed.

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