Mini Reviews: Royally Matched, Ready to Fall, Kiss Me in New York

Good morning! Today, I’m going to be doing mini reviews for some of the books I’ve been reading lately. Enjoy!


Royally Matched
Series: Royally, #2
Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Narrators: Shane East, Andi Arndt
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

My review:

Royally Matched might just be my favorite Emma Chase book yet! I absolutely loved this book! The story was amazing. The whole romance reality show was clever and hilarious. All of the characters were so entertaining. I think listening to it made it added even more fun. I adored the narrators’ accents. They brought the story to life. I couldn’t stop listening to it. I was mad when my daughter got home from school and I had to turn it off — I couldn’t let her listen to Henry’s obscene thoughts! Royally Matched was an outstanding romantic comedy filled with tons of great surprises. It’s a book contemporary romance fans aren’t going to want to miss.


Ready to Fall
Series: Wingmen, #1
Author: Daisy Prescott
Publication Date: December 14, 2013
Publisher: Daisy Prescott
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Tall, dark, and handsome is an understatement when it comes to John Day. With rugged good looks, his ever present plaid shirt, and a dog named Babe, John is a modern alpha male lumberjack.

After his favorite neighbor rents out her beach cabin for the winter, John finds himself playing fireman and tour guide to Diane Watson, a beautiful brunette with her own messy past and recent battle scars.

Will he be ready to fall in love? Or will he go back to his old, flirty ways?

Hold onto your heart as John Day tells his story in this male POV contemporary adult romance/romantic comedy.

Ready to Fall is the first novel in the Wingmen series, a spin-off from Modern Love Stories. Each book is a standalone with no cliffhanger.

My review: 

Ready to Fall underwhelmed me. It’s not that it wasn’t a good book. It just didn’t have enough drama or make me feel much. The plot could have been very emotionally investing, but it lacked ups and downs. The character’s big emotional scars didn’t pack any punch. John was the only narrator of the story, and he was pretty bland. The story felt real enough, but maybe that was the problem. It felt like someone’s ordinary life, and I was expecting more.


Kiss Me in New York
Author: Catherine Rider
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via Goodreads.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

It’s Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.

Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd.

Charlotte’s flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can’t bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they’ll focus on healing their broken hearts … together.

Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they’re not only over their exes — they’re falling for each other.

Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte’s flight leaves New York forever?

My review:

At just 200 pages, Kiss Me in New York was a quick and cute read. Charlotte and Anthony are are struggling with their own respective breakups when they randomly meet at the airport on Christmas Eve. The two decide to try to get over their exes by completing the steps in Charlotte’s book. The experiences they have trying to complete the steps bring the two strangers closer together than they expected. I thought this was a fun holiday story, but if you’re not into insta-love, you might want to skip this book as almost the entire book takes place in one night. I would have loved this to have been a longer story. I was interested in knowing what came next for Charlotte and Anthony.

2 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Royally Matched, Ready to Fall, Kiss Me in New York

    • Thank you! You might like it. There’s kind of a cute set up and the whole insta-love thing doesn’t take over the book.

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