Review: Royal Rebel by Jessica Peterson

Royal Rebel
Series: Flings with Kings, #2
Author: Jessica Peterson
Publication Date: March 29, 2018
Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Royal. Recklessly Rebellious. Totally Delicious.

SUBJECT: I’m sorry (Marked Confidential)
Sat 21 May 02:48 A.M.

From the Desk of His Royal Highness Prince Robert

Aly—can’t stop thinking about tonight. Never thought enemies like us would end up naked together. Know you think Im cocky, but come on, sweetheart…don’t tell me it’s not the best sex you’ve ever had.

I’m not a good man. But for the first time, I wish I were. Maybe then I’d deserve you. I don’t. Not when I come from a family like mine. All these secrets…

You’re gorgeous. Clever. You call me out on my bullshit, and I bloody adore it.

I adore you, sweetheart.

You have your new bloke. And I’m…me. The playboy prince. We’re not meant to be together. But staying away from you is killing me, Aly. Thinking about him touching you is killing me.

I’ve no right to talk to you like this. Im sorry. It’s the whisky talking. This is what you do to me.

Rob

P.S.—am I stupid to think you might feel the same way?

P.P.S—I am not going to send this. So never mind.


I have to admit that I was hesitant to read Royal Rebel after reading Royal Ruin. I have been a fan of Jessica Peterson’s writing since the Study Abroad series began, but was Royal Ruin was the least favorite book of hers to date. I just didn’t connect with the main character. But when I saw the blurb for Royal Rebel, I had to read it. It sounded like fun.

Royal Rebel is about Aly trying to find her forever man. She wants the house, the kids, and the Volvo. Aly knows she won’t find those things with Prince Rob, her hot hook-up. She can’t even stand the man. Rob’s not quite ready to be done with their time together, though. He would do just about anything to keep their hook-up status going — maybe even accept that deep down he deserves someone like Aly.

Royal Rebel was definitely fun. I loved the witty dialog and banter. The emails between Rob and Aly were especially entertaining. I also enjoyed the unexpectedly sweet moments between the two. Rob and Aly had a great physical and emotional connection. Their journey toward happily ever after was very romantic. I’m so happy I got to experience their relationship! It’s made me excited to continue the rest of this series, and reminded me why I enjoy Jessica Peterson’s writing so much.

Review: Royal Ruin by Jessica Peterson

Title: Royal Ruin
Series: Flings with Kings #1
Author: Jessica Peterson
Genre: Royal Romance/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2018
Blurb
To: Emily@EPDesigns.com
From: HRHKit@PrimrosePalace.org.uk
SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)

FROM THE DESK OF
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER
Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.
I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:
  • The engagement shall last ninety days
  • Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
  • Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties
The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.
Cheers,
Kit
P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.
P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.

MY REVIEW:

Rating: ★ ★ ★
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Royal Ruin is one of those books I wanted to love, but ended up just liking. There was one major reason for that and I’ll get to it soon, but first let me tell you what I loved about this book.

I really enjoy Jessica Peterson’s writing style. I’ve been reading her contemporary romances for a while now, and they are very entertaining. I like how she sets them in countries other than the United States. I also like how she uses first person dual point of view. Her characters always have such distinct voices. Kit and Emily surely did.

I adored Kit. He was a handsome prince, but he was also an amazing guy. The path he chose to follow was very noble. He was so giving of himself to others. I loved his relationship with his family, and how he would do anything for them. He made this book for me.

My problem with Royal Ruin was Emily. I didn’t like her. I couldn’t connect with her. I especially didn’t like her issues with an emotionally physical connection. To me, that was a HUGE issue to have and it was dealt with so quickly. One minute she can’t handle it, the next she’s cured by Kit. Maybe things happen that way, but I was skeptical. I also didn’t like her decisions. She was pretty selfish. For a moment, I actually understood what Luke was saying, and he was supposed to be the jerk in all of this. These things made it hard to get behind Kit’s love for Emily.

Even though I didn’t fall completely in love with Kit and Emily’s relationship, I did like the majority of the story. I especially liked the how the story ended. The way it all wrapped up was perfect. It had me rooting for Kit and Emily when I wasn’t so sure about them before.

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Author Bio
Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in
the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr.
Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com
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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.

Disney Princess Book Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for the Disney Princess Book Tag. It’s the perfect tag to go with this weekend’s release of the live action Beauty and the Beast. I cannot wait to see it. Thanks for the tag, Cristina!


My Disney Princess Facts:

  1. Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie growing up. I owned the VHS tape. (I just dated myself, didn’t I?)
  2. I’ve watched Frozen more times than any other Disney princess movie. The perks of having a 9-year-old. 😉
  3. I might just be more excited than my 9-year-old to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I swear I bought tickets more for me than her.

Snow White 
Name your favorite classic.

Does being published 10 years ago count as a classic? I don’t really read classics, so this will have to do.


Cinderella
Name a book that kept you reading well past your bedtime.

I stayed up so late reading Nine Minutes because I had to know what was going to happen!


Aurora
Name your favorite classic romance.

Again, not technically probably a classic, but a Nora Roberts classic. 😉


Ariel
Name a book that’s about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams.

Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself. I had to choose Twilight since Bella has to decide whether to possibly sacrifice her human life to fight for her dream of being with a vampire. My real choice would have been The Goal by Elle Kennedy. Tucker and Sabrina do a lot of sacrificing to attain their dreams.


Belle
Name a book with a smart and independent female character.

Sadie was a very smart and independent women.


Jasmine
Name a book with a character who challenged the social conventions of his or her world.

I had to choose Goodbye Paradise for this one. Both Caleb and Josh challenge the social conventions they grew up with in a cult by committing the sin of falling for someone of the same sex.


Pocahontas
Name a book whose ending was a roller-coaster of emotions.

So many choices for this one! I had to go with my favorite, though. If the end of Bright Side doesn’t give you some heavy emotions, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.


Mulan
Name a book with a kick-ass female character.

She may not actually kick ass in this book, but Cassie is one of my all time favorite female characters. She’s got balls.


Tiana
Name a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character.

Rose Calloway is the epitome of heard working.


Rapunzel
Name a book that features an artist.

Maggie is a nurse and painter in this book.


Merida
Name a book that features a mother-daughter relationship.

I listened to this for a book group. It was pretty enlightening.


Anna & Elsa
Name a book that features a great relationship between siblings.

You can’t get better sibling relationships than the Garretts.


I Tag:

Ali @ I Wuv Books
Ashley @ What’s She Reading?
Claire @ Art and Soul
Debby @ alwaysbooking
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Lois @ My Midnight Musing
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Review: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

29991719-1Royally Screwed
Series: Royally, #1
Author: Emma Chase
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Emma Chase, LLC
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark-haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse-drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.


Once again, Emma Chase had me smiling, laughing and swooning with her newest release, Royally ScrewedRoyally Screwed was the story of Olivia, a baker who’s down on her luck until a prince happens to walk into her shop. Prince Nicholas came for the pie, but he can’t seem to forget the woman who made it. He would do anything to have Olivia — even if only for a short time.

I really enjoyed Royally Screwed. It was a fun take on the commoner falling for a prince theme. What set it apart from other books in the same category was its humor and the characters themselves.

Olivia was a typical American woman fighting to live the “American Dream”. She put all her effort into saving the family bakery and gave up everything she wanted for herself. I loved how down to Earth she was. Nicholas was exactly who I expected him to be: confidently cocky and purposefully oblivious to what life required of him. The combination of their personalities and life situations made for an explosive relationship. It was so much fun to read.

Royally Screwed was exactly what I have come to expect from a novel by Emma Chase. Her witty dialog and confidently cocky males always make me smile. I love how she combines love and sensuality with humor to create amazing romances. The only thing keeping Royally Screwed from a 5 star rating on my part was that I constantly tried to compare Nicholas to Jake Becker from Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2). Jake’s my most favorite Emma Chase male ever and Nicholas just couldn’t compete with the perfection that is Jake Becker. (Sorry!)