Dancing with a Royal

By Tomi Tabb

A Book Review by Abby Lane

A ballerina takes the trip of a lifetime, finding happily ever after in the arms of her unexpected prince.

Claire Little receives an unexpected honor, when she’s asked to replace a prima ballerina in the Wedding Pas de Deux from the classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty. She travels to the UK where she’ll perform at the Royal Opera House, but one misplaced step, alters her plans.

The royal prince, David Leeds, travels to the U.S. to rescue his royal cousin, but he’s pleasantly surprised at the airport when Claire assists him. The couple accidentally meets again at an English hotel, but an accident sends Claire into the arms of this handsome prince. A love at first sight romance now takes center stage.

Readers who love the ballet and royal life will enjoy this heartwarming story. I was drawn in from the start by Claire’s career as a dancer, as I have a fascination for Sleeping Beauty. I enjoyed this part of the plot, given that my daughters have taken ballet and I’ve experienced many performances. The author effectively describes the dance scenes, which made me feel as if I was part of the viewing audience.

While some readers will find the ending predictable, this love story reveals itself in a clear and concise manner. The novel would have been stronger if more conflict had been utilized, in keeping with the struggles a royal prince might face when choosing a commoner as a life partner. In my opinion, David’s family, particularly the Princess Royal, may have been too receptive to his choice. Even so, love wins in this romance, and the characterization in no way lessens the sweet impact of this story.

The novel is a page-turner and is overall well-written. The author is to be congratulated, as in Tomi’s first novel, it’s apparent the author achieved a worthy work of fiction. Readers will be excited to learn the author is writing book two in the Unexpected Royal series. I certainly am intrigued to read the next compilation in the life of this royal family.

This novel is well-suited for fans of royalty romance.


Abby Lane is a Reedsy Discovery Reviewer. She was given this novel in exchange for an honest review. The origin review was published on February 27, 2021 and can be viewed here.

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