Playing The Palace will be published by Berkley on May 25, 2021, and can be pre-ordered on Amazon and elsewhere. It’s an all-out romantic comedy, about the love between Carter Ogden, a lonely New York City event planner, and Prince Edgar, the out Crown Prince of England. Their relationship couldn’t be more impossible or more deliriously passionate. Here’s an early review from Booklist:
New York City event planner Carter Ogden thought he had found true love with Callum Turner until he discovered that his too-sexy-for-his-own-good actor boyfriend was not only sharing his romantic charms with Carter, but apparently also with half the men in the tristate area. Six months after dumping Callum, Carter despaired of ever finding true love again when a chance encounter at the United Nations leads to an unexpected date with openly gay, perfect in every way Crown Prince Edgar of Great Britain. However, before Carter and Edgar can arrive at their very own happily-ever-after ending, they must first deal with a number of challenges, including a scandalous photo and a very cranky Queen of England. Award-winning playwright, humorist, and novelist Rudnick steeps his writing in a deliciously snarky sense of wit while at the same time effectively employing his flair for clever storytelling in the creation of a delightfully quirky cast of characters. The end result is a fizzy, fun, fresh, and fairy tale-like rom-com that will restore readers’ faith in true love.
— John Charles