Review: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

Bad Princess
Author: Julianna Keyes
Publication Date: November 27, 2017
Publisher: Julianna Keyes
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and that twerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase.

But when her older sister abdicates the throne, all Brinley has to do to inherit the role is not twerk, not maim anybody, and definitely not get caught fooling around topless with Prince Finn, her childhood crush, the only man she’s ever loved…and her sister’s former future husband.

Finn embodies the definition of good. Tall and handsome, serious and honorable, he always does the right thing—including agreeing to marry his ex’s sister to cover up this latest scandal. Brinley has fallen down stairs, broken teeth and broken bones, but this is the first time her heart has ever been broken. She now has the crown and the prince, and on the surface, life is good—but is being married to a man everyone swears could never love her back good enough?


I don’t always read princess stories, but when I do they’re by a trusted author. I had faith that Julianna Keyes could make me fall in love with her bad princess, and she totally did! Bad Princess was delightfully fun.

Princess Brinley wasn’t a horrible person, she was just a young woman who acted on her impulses. Sometimes they were good, most of the time they didn’t work out so well for her. Hence, her nickname Bad Princess. I loved that no matter what, Brinley stood true to who she was.

Prince Finn came across a little stuffy, but there was more hidden beneath his rule following exterior. I was surprised by how much I ended up loving him. All of the moments between Finn and Brinley were special and sweet. I didn’t expect their story to be what it was, and I loved that.

Another thing I loved were all of the side characters. They were all so animated. I could easily imagine them in my heads. The one that ended up shocking me the most was Princess Elle. I didn’t expect her at all. I’m hoping we get a story about her some day.

Bad Princess was a fun, fast-paced read filled with a lot of tenderness and little bit of sexiness. It would be a good starting point for those mature enough to advance from YA to NA royalty.

WWW Wednesday: November 22, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

I wasn’t sure about the How to Date a Douchebag series prior to starting it. I’m not really into douchebag heroes, but I read some positive reviews and decided to give it a try when I saw they were on KU. I’m happy I did because I’ve found a new author I enjoy.


Currently ReadIng

I’m reading an ARC of Man Hands. The book is as funny as the title.


Reading Next

Next, I’m going to read the novella From the Beginning (Prescott Family, #0.5). I love this series about a large hockey-loving family.


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Cover Reveal: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Behind the Bars, the first standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is coming December 7th!

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Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Release Date: December 7th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Kandi Steiner

Photographer: Perrywinkle Photographer

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!). 


1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This was the first book that really made me examine my beliefs on life and death.

2. Bright Side by Kim Holden

Every day should be my best. Do epic. That’s what this book taught me.

3. When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

There was a description of different kinds of love that really hit home with me in this book.

4. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Nine Minutes taught me to push my reading boundaries. It made me realize that even if I don’t like a blurb, I may like a book. Take chances.

5. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I don’t remember how I came across Slammed but it opened me up to a whole new genre and made me search for new adult writers.

6. Grip by Kennedy Ryan

The social commentary in this book was amazing. It really hit home in today’s society. I can’t recommend it enough.

7. The Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Pascal

I’ll always be thankful to my first favorite series for my love of reading. It’s the first book I can remember wanting desperately to read.

8. The Beach Trees by Karen White

After my daughter was born, my mom used to watch her once a week so I could get away. I would hang out at Borders and browse. The Beach Trees caught my eye and I decided to give it a shot. It made me fall in love with fiction set in the South. It also made me a fan of women’s fiction.

9. Making Faces by Amy Harmon

I can’t really explain well how much this book touched me. I would just say read through the quotes section for it on Goodreads. You can find them here.

10. The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

The Hard Count is yet another book with a great social commentary, but this time from high school students’ perspectives. It really resonated with me. Well, anything Ginger Scott writes does.


Have you read any of these books? Would they make your list?

Cover Reveal: Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

I am super excited to share with you the cover for Whitney G.’s OVER US, OVER YOU this morning! Check out the gorgeous cover and blurb below!


Over Us, Over You
by Whitney G.
Release Date: November 30, 2017

Purchase Links:

 NOOK&KOBO: Will be live on release day

Blurb:

Subject: Delete this message after you read it…

Dear Hayley,

I’m assuming you’re still hungover, so I’ll make this brief.

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home.

That’s the story.

The end.

Period.

Just in case you’ve forgotten, you’re my best friend’s little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can’t be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved–or “over” in your terms, so I’d prefer if we worked on becoming ‘just friends’ again since you’re in town.

Nonetheless, I’m not a man who leaves questions unanswered–even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation:

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me.
2) Yes, I do “prefer” rough sex, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t rough with you.
3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin…

This message never happened,
Corey

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Cover Reveal: Ryan’s Bed by Tijan

Good morning! I have something very exciting to share with you this morning — the cover for RYAN’S BED by Tijan!


Ryan’s Bed
by Tijan
Release Date: January 22, 2018

Links:

Amazon (live on release day)
iBooks: http://apple.co/2j3mK1D
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2yTnSLY
Nook: http://bit.ly/2hyyxVj

Paperback: coming soon!

Goodreads:

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Blurb:

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…

I didn’t.
I didn’t jump out.
I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have.
He became my sanctuary.

Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.

** Standalone Young Adult Novel

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Mini Reviews: Perfect Ten: A Rockstar Romance and Forgetting You, Forgetting Me

Perfect Ten: A Rockstar Romance
Author: Kelley R. Martin
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Novella

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

First comes marriage. Then comes love.

His band’s record went platinum ten times.
I’ve known him for nine hours.
Our wedding ceremony lasted eight minutes.
Last night I must’ve had seven shots.
When our nuptials are accidentally live-streamed, I wake up to six voicemails.
He gave me five toe-curling orgasms.
His tour lasts for another four weeks.
He says he can’t wait to turn us into a family of three.
He’s only in Vegas for two more days.
His name is Tennessee King, and I’m absolutely terrified he might be the one.


I wasn’t immediately drawn into reading Perfect Ten by the blurb. I’m not always big on rockstar romances, but I decided to give it a shot because I am a fan of Kelley R. Martin’s romances. I loved Knockout Love series. I was pleasantly surprised by Perfect Ten. Despite sounding like it might completely revolve around sex, there was a ton of courting and build up. I was amazed at how much considering this was a novella.

Perfect Ten was really cute, kind of sweet, and pretty funny. It was a blast to read. I would recommend it if you’re looking for a quick, fun romance to read.



Forgetting You, Forgetting Me
Series: Memories from Yesterday, #1
Author: Monica James
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect.

I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally.

I had everything a girl could ever want.

But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”

I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be.

As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.


I’m not a big fan of love triangles — especially involving siblings — but this one kind of worked for me. Monica James did an amazing job of making me not care about the love triangle, but about Lucy’s entire journey. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. There was a good amount of angst and emotion throughout it. I did wish the author hadn’t left the end the way she did. I needed a more concrete HEA. I’m guessing that’s not coming until later on in the series.