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From Left to Right: Prince Liam, Riley (Main Character) and Drake
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The Royal Romance is a Visual Novel that's part of the Choices: Stories You Play collection.

In this story, you are a waitress from New York who's invited to the Kingdom of Cordonia as a potential suitor for the Crown Prince.


The Royal Romance includes examples of:

  • Abdicate the Throne:
    • Book 1 Chapter 9 has King Constantine announce at the end of the social season that he'll be stepping down from the throne and that Liam will be King. Book 2 reveals that he is suffering from an aggressive strain of lung cancer and doesn’t have much time left, which is why he stepped down.
    • Liam's older brother also abdicated before the events of the story.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Book 2 Chapter 2 has a premium option to see Drake’s perspective after the end of Book 1.
  • Animal Motif: Lady Penelope has poodles for herself not just in breed she likes, but also in a gift she gives Prince Liam in Book 1 Chapter 18.
    • Most of the noble houses have their own motif:
      • Penelope’s has narwhals
      • Kiara’s has owls
      • The Beaumonts have squids
      • Riley’s new duchy has doves Originally Phoenixes, a premium choice can restore it to phoenixes.
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  • Author Avatar: Much like the other Choices' games, you're able to change your name from the default, as well as choose your skin tone and hair. Many of the options are the same as those used in #LoveHacks.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Tariq.
  • The Bet: Prince Liam and Drake have a bet at the Derby where the loser has to do push-ups while the winner sits on their back.
  • Beach Episode: Book 1 Chapter 10.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: It turns out that sweet, harmless Penelope was the one who set Riley and Tariq up. Justified, as she was being manipulated by someone much smarter and more pragmatic that her.
  • Blanket Fort: A premium date with Hana in Book 2 Chapter 13 has her and Riley making one while watching romcoms, painting nails or making out.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: In Book 3, Olivia says that she likes wearing red in case she gets bloody injuries.
  • The Cameo: It's not a Choices book without characters from previous stories.
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    • Book 1 Chapter 5 has Riley being interviewed by Donnie Brine and Ana de Luca.
    • Liam's brother Leo appears at the coronation ball in Book 1 Chapter 19.
    • Book 2 Chapter 4 has Rashad, William’s lawyer in Rules Of Engagement, as a potential suitor for Hana. The same chapter also has a pass with the Mansingh name on it.
  • Camping Episode: Book 2 Chapter 10 has the group go on a camping trip in a premium option.
  • Compete for the Maiden's Hand: A gender flipped version, as Riley (or whatever you name your character), is competing with other girls for Liam's hand.
  • Continuity Nod: Olivia, one of the ladies competing for Liam, is from the Nevrakis house.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: Hana intentionally spills food on someone to provide a distraction in Book 2. Apparently, faking clumsiness was one of the many skills she was trained in to appeal to suitors.
  • Cooking Duel: Book 1 Chapter 12 is one for apple pies between the teams of Olivia and Madeleine.
  • Coordinated Clothes: A premium choice in Book 1 Chapter 16 allows you to have Liam wear a matching tuxedo similar to Riley's dress.
  • Cuteness Proximity:
    • If you buy the corgi in Book 2 Chapter 7, everyone you meet except Madeleine falls in love with it. It’s also good for racking up points in the press.
    • In Book 2 Chapter 12, almost everyone - even Olivia - can't get over how adorable the pandas are.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: Cordonian politics is hinted to be this in the past.
    • In Book 1 Chapter 7, Liam mentioned that Olivia's parents were assassinated when she was five.
    • In Book 2 Chapter 1, a premium option reveals that Liam's mother was poisoned.
  • Did Not Die That Way: The blackmailer convinces Olivia to drop out of the running for queen by revealing that her parents weren't assassinated, but died during a failed coup against King Constantine.
  • Enemy Mine: In Book 2, Riley and Olivia team up to try to catch the person who's blackmailing them.
  • Formal Full Array of Cutlery: Bertand's obsession with spoon etiquette is mentioned a few times, even with reference to his infant son.
  • Gay Option: Hana, with an entire storyline about her realizing that she is attracted to women.
  • Gay Paree: Book 2 Chapter 8 takes place in Paris at a fashion show. A premium option allows Riley to have a date with Liam at the Eiffel Tower.
  • Good All Along: In Book 2 Chapter 11, it’s revealed that Queen Regina was NOT behind the pictures of Riley and Tariq. And while she did support Madeleine, she would have supported Riley if Madeleine had not been part of the competition. Queen Regina was even the one who brought Riley back to court and came up with the idea of her being Liam’s mistress.
  • Gratuitous French: Kiara, one of the ladies competing for Liam, usually speaks in French.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: In Book 2, Riley, Drake, and Maxwell conspire to crash Liam's bachelor party. When Bastien eventually throws them out for causing a disturbance, Bertrand is thrown out as well despite the fact that he was not involved in the affair.
  • Haute Cuisine Is Weird: A frequent complaint of Drake's. Riley and Maxwell also take advantage of this when making appetizers for the court in Book 1, knowing that they can dress up their few ingredients as haute cuisine provided they describe it in a pretentious enough way.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The default name for the heroine is Riley, though the player can rename her. In Chapter 2, the player is asked to choose her last name, with no default option offered. The Prince of Cordonia is named Liam by default, but the player can change it.
    • A premium choice in Book 1 Chapter 9 has you naming Hana's yacht.
    • Book 2 Chapter 7 allows you to buy a pet corgi with the default name of Chance.
  • How We Got Here: The game starts off during a ball and then working to how Riley got to this point. Book 1 Chapter 18 is when the story catches up to the present.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Book 1 Chapter 13 has Olivia disgusted with Madeleine for acting like she's superior due to her relationship with the Queen. Riley can say Olivia and Madeleine are two of a kind, which pisses her off.
  • Impoverished Patrician: The reason Maxwell and Bertrand sponsor you, they are flat broke, and if you win the prince, they can use your influence to gain money.
  • I Never: In Book 2 Chapter 9 on a premium choice with Drake, he and Riley play the game taking shots for each right answer.
  • Insult Backfire: If Riley calls Olivia a bitch in Book 1 Chapter 3, she takes it like a compliment.
  • King Incognito: How Liam travels to New York for his bachelor's party. Riley finds out he's a prince after the two of them have drinks at a club.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Averted. The intro to Book 1 Chapter 19 states up front that the chapter contains a spoiler for Rules of Engagement (which ends up being the fact that Leo was the Crown Prince, and had been engaged to Madeleine, before he abdicated).
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Quite a lot of the sex scenes apply, such as sleeping with Liam at the top of the Statue of Liberty if you accept his proposal in Book 2.
  • Masquerade Ball: What the first social event in Cordonia is.
  • The Mistress: In Book 2 this kind of arrangement is offered to Riley.
  • Nice to the Waiter: In Book 2 Chapter 2 when you go back to Applewood Manor, choosing the options that have you be nice to the maid for information is this, like giving her a big tip.
  • Noodle Incident
    • In Book 1 Chapter 1, a premium option allows Riley to call in a favor for a charter boat to the Statue of Liberty. Riley’s college girlfriend owes her a favor from the Ramen Noodle Incident of Senior Year.
    • Book 1 Chapter 13 has King Constantine speaking about one of these involving Prince Liam and a delegate's border collie.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: One of Riley's dialogue options during the wedding reception involves thanking Gladys, who is currently leading her away to her own kidnapping. Gladys visibly wilts.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: In Book 2 Chapter 12, the group visits a panda enclosure. Almost everyone is taken in by their cuteness.
  • Picked Last: In Book 1 Chapter 12, Hana ends up as this for Madeline's team unless you choose the premium option to have Hana on your team.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure:
    • In Book 1 Chapter 3, after Liam describes how catty the competition for him will be, Riley can consider it like being a Kardashian. Liam doesn't know what that is.
    • In Book 1 Chapter 6, Riley can say that the picnic looks like something out of Downton Abbey. Bertrand doesn't get the reference, then reacts with disdain when Maxwell informs him it's a television show.
  • Precious Puppy: Book 2 Chapter 7 gives you the premium option of adopting a pet Corgi.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Book 2 has Hana join the cover along with the others.
  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: In Book 1 Chapter 9 if you took the premium choice to hang out on Hana's yacht, you help christen it by smashing a bottle of champagne over the railing.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: What Drake says to you at the masquerade ball.
  • Ship Tease: While the game's whole plot revolves around you trying to get chosen by Prince Liam, there is a fair amount of this between you and Drake, you and Hana and even you and Maxwell, as of recent chapters.
  • Shout-Out: Chapter 5 has a premium choice to join Prince Liam's tent at the Derby. His pick to win the race is Twilight Dash.
  • So Proud of You: Bertrand to Riley in the last chapter of Book 2. She can respond with a Group Hug, at which point he'll lament showing emotions.
  • Spin-Off: One for Rules of Engagement due to not only being set in Cordonia, but also having mention of the previous Crown Prince (Leo) abdicating his claim to the throne.
  • Treachery Cover Up: The coup led by Olivia's parents was covered up to avoid the appearance of weakness in the Cordonian state.
  • Wham Episode: Both of the book finales.
    • In Book 1, Olivia suddenly drops out of the contest. A premium choice with Olivia reveals she was blackmailed into dropping out or it would be revealed her parents were killed not in a political assassination, but because they were planning to stage a coup d'etat. Just as Liam is about to be crowned King, pictures and video edited to make Riley look like she was romantically involved with Tariq hit the internet, forcing Riley and her friends out, leaving it so Madeleine wins the contest.
    • In Book 2, mysterious enemies attack the homecoming ball to make an attempt on Liam's life, with Drake getting shot protecting Riley just as the chapter closes.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Tariq comes into Riley's room, he disappears for the rest of book 1. Book 2 has this invoked in-universe when Tariq doesn't come to the Beaumont party or the Coronation Ball.
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