Category: Princess Emma’s Reviews

Princess Emma Reviews: Undeserving by Madeline Sheehan

Princess Emma Reviews: Undeserving by Madeline SheehanUndeserving (Undeniable, #5) by Madeline Sheehan
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5 Stars

Warning: This isn’t a romance, but instead a tale of love between two despairing people, from two different worlds, both aching for something more.

Debbie Reynolds is a runaway, New York City-bound. Living on the road comes with many challenges—fighting for her next meal, seeking safe places to sleep, and dodging men with less than honorable intentions, all while searching for meaning in a life she finds painful and pointless.

Damon “Preacher” Fox, vice president of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club, has been in prison for club-related crimes. As his release draws near, he begins to reevaluate his choices in life, realizing that if he stays with the club, this won’t be his last stint behind bars. Suddenly Preacher finds himself doubting everything he’s ever known, wishing for a life beyond the club.

When Preacher and Debbie’s paths cross, they find in each other a sense of peace they had been lacking. But life is about to catch up with Preacher, and Debbie, desperate to keep the one person who’s ever shown her any kindness, finds herself caught between forces far deadlier and more powerful than she could have ever imagined.

This is Debbie and Preacher’s story.

At the end, we should all go back to the beginning, if only to remind ourselves that we once lived.

Series: Undeniable #5

5 Crowns

Book 5 in the outstanding MC romance series Undeniable. This is very much an ongoing series and the books must be read in the order in which they were written.

Damon “Preacher” Fox is dying. Having kept his illness secret from the daughter he adores, she now arrives distraught and angry that both he and her husband Deuce waited until his final days to tell her. Preacher himself just needs her by his side, but he has secrets that he has always kept from her. Secrets that had an effect on her life, and he finally needs to confess them so she knows the truth about him, about her mother and about her family. So Preacher goes back to the beginning and tells her the story of how he met her mother Debbie, what she meant to him and things that he has never told her before.

Undeniable was a game changing book for me. Up until that point I had never read MC romance, so it blew me away and showed me that actually I liked my books a little darker, gritty and a love story that is twisted and not so straight forward. Eva’s dad Preacher has been there from the start. A formidable President and probably the only man to give Deuce a run for his money. Having said that when I found out that he would get a book, knowing that he was dying I wondered whether it was needed in the series or whether it was just a series filler until we got to the book that I know every fan of this series is waiting for. So before I go further, let me assure you that this isn’t a filler. This book is important because actually what has happened during the series and particularly within Deuce and Eva’s relationship all comes back to Preacher and decisions he made rightly or wrongly all those years ago.

Preacher and Debbie are an unlikely match. From different sides of the country and tracks they find themselves thrust together. Preacher is already the VP of the Silver Demons, but is out following a 2 year stretch in jail. At this point he doesn’t know whether to continue on the path he is on or cut loose from the restraints of club life. Whilst on the road he meets a runaway by the name of Debbie, and soon finds himself wanting to help this young girl who interests him more than she should. But life has a way of catching up with you and soon not just Preacher, but also Debbie find themselves drawn into the often harsh and political world of an outlaw motorcycle club. As we are warned in the synopsis, this isn’t a romance, but it is love even in the violent and seedy underworld that they live in.

It would be wrong of me not to mention the delay in this book because let’s face 3 years is a long old time. Madeline has got loads of stick for this, some completely harsh and uncalled for in my opinion. So the pressure for her on the release of this book must have been HUGE! This book had to be bloody good or the trolls would have a field day. Well, all I can say is she seriously hasn’t let us down with Preacher’s story. This book was so much more than what I was expecting and I loved stepping back into what is still my favourite MC series. MS seriously hasn’t lost her unique talent of weaving a story that links every book in little ways that you don’t see coming. Eva still kicks arse as does the aging Deuce, but it is Preacher that shines in this book. Who knew how loving, loyal and swoony the old boy was many years ago.

So having now finished a book I have waiting so long for I find myself waiting for the next. ZZ’s book has been a long time coming and I know that I am not alone in my desperation for it. I hope we don’t have to wait another 3 years, but if we do, well I know it will be worth waiting for.

 

#StillTheQueenOfMCRomance

5 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Tied by Carian Cole

Princess Emma Reviews: Tied by Carian ColeTied (Devil's Wolves, #2) by Carian Cole
on June 24th 2017
Pages: 317
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4.5 Stars

He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth... except me.

MeMy childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

HimHe’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one who has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. Everything...

** Can be read stand-alone.

** This is a slow burn romance. It is not erotica, nor are there lots of sex scenes. This is about two lonely, damaged people learning to trust, love, and find happiness. Their story does not revolve around sex.

** There is no cheating in this book.

** While the heroine was kidnapped and abused mentally and physically as a child, I do not give any graphic details about what happened to her out of respect to survivors who may read this book. This book focuses on hope and moving forward and I felt there was no need to include graphic details to get the point across.

Series: Devils Wolves #2
Also in this series: Torn (Devils Wolves, #1)
Also by this author: Torn (Devils Wolves, #1)

4.5 Crowns

Book 2 in the Devils Wolves series. This book can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading Torn anyway because it is such a brilliant book.

Holly was taken when she was just 8 years old. Kidnapped and presumed dead, 10 years later she is found with her dog Poppy and the backpack that hold the fairytales that have kept her sane. Damaged and scared of the world last seen through an innocent 8 year olds eyes, it is the prince that saved her that becomes an obsession in finding her happily ever after. But life isn’t a fairytale and her prince is just as damaged as her.

Tyler has hidden in the woods with little contact from the outside world to punish his mistakes and keep a distance from his family that he can no longer face because of his selfishness. Damaged on both the inside and out, the scares he wears with disgust only remind him of the mistakes that led to tragedy and changed the path of his life forever. When he finds a young girl in a hole in the woods, little does he know the impact she will have on his future.

Pursuing a future means accepting and facing the past. Will Holly and Tyler learn to live with their ghosts? Or will they only ruin the happiness that they find in each other?

It all started with Torn (#1) for me. This is Tyler’s older brother’s story and I have to say it blew me away. We first met Tyler in that book and straight away I knew his story would rip my heart out, and man it sure did. We have had to wait a while for this book, but it is well worth it. This is a slow burn romance, a story of two seriously damaged people finding solace in each other. They are both tackling issues, but somehow together they find their safe place.

Tyler lives up to the town’s image of him. The local nutter/psycho with his death masks and sad existence, and that is what it is. He exists without a future, living with the regrets of the past. Holly sees right through him, she sees the real Tyler hidden deep inside, he is her prince. Fighting her own struggles to get past the horrors of the 10 years she was kept in captivity, Tyler makes her feel a person and not a victim. He is the kindness she craves and the safe place she needs.

So if you go expecting a hearts and flowers sex fest, you will be sorely disappointed in this book. No, this book is a beautiful story of love, redemption and absolution. It will break your heart whilst giving you hope as you follow 2 fabulous characters story. A truly heart-wrenching love story.

Carian Cole is a definite one click author for me. Her stories have a real depth and quality to them and she is one very talented storyteller. I look forward to reading Tanner’s story and of course more from her other brilliant series, Ashes and Embers.

 

 A must read book, series and author.

4.5 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks

Princess Emma Reviews: A Life Less Beautiful by Elle BrooksA Life Less Beautiful by Elle Brooks
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5 Stars

Ellis Hughes has loved the girl next door since he was ten-years-old. She was his sun, moon, and every visible star in a clear night sky. She was also his biggest regret.

When a terrible accident rips Ellis and Harlow apart, it shatters both their hearts beyond repair. More than a decade later, Ellis has paid his penance, but his regret still lingers, and the love he once harbored for his childhood sweetheart has never faded.

What Ellis believes has been destroyed forever, slowly comes back to life, only for a cruel twist of fate to intervene. Knowing he cannot live his life without Harlow in it, he faces the ultimate test of selflessness.

He must sacrifice his own heart to mend hers.

Also by this author: A Life Less Beautiful, A Life Less Beautiful

5 Crowns

Harlow and Ellis were 11 years old when they met. Best friends and partners in crime, as they grew so did their feelings and they soon fell in love. Inseparable and tethered together by an intense love that nothing can break… and then tragedy strikes and the love that seemed so indestructible, shatters into tiny pieces. That was 10 years ago, 10 years that Harlow has struggled through without the other half of her heart. But Ellis is back and against all odds the embers of their lost love start to re-ignite.

Will they be able to move past the past and look towards a future together? Or are they destined to be pulled apart?

How far would you go for true love?

Blimey this is a seriously emotional book. Told from dual POV in both the present and past, we learn everything about our main protagonists and man did it at times hurt my heart. I use the phase emotional rollercoaster a lot in my reviews and that is because I love a good angsty romance; and this my friends is that and a little bit more.

Now I have to really rein myself in with this review as it would be so easy to get carried away. Writing down my thoughts and the emotions that this book pulled out of me, but without giving the game away and spoiling the whole bloody book just isn’t possible. What I can assure you is that once you have read this book you will totally get where my head and heart are at the moment. This is a book that will blindside you so much that it will leave you needing a few days to gather your thoughts on it. One of those books that you re-read the last couple of chapters to get it straight in your mind.

And how does it end… well you need to read it yourself and make your own decision on that. I am happy with how I felt it ended, I would just read carefully and think about what you are reading. You will be in a heart palpitating state, or certainly I was hence why I had to re-read when I was feeling a little calmer. Will it be everybody’s cup of tea? Show me a book that is. But what this book is, (and it really is) is a beautiful love story. A story of selflessness, of compassion and it was a pleasure to read.

Elle Brooks is without doubt a fantastic writer. She has a beautiful way of telling a story. Every book she writes has this way of grabbing you and immersing you in the story with characters that are not just relatable, but more importantly are loveable as well. Her story structure is always unique and the phrasing she uses has a real poetic flow to it. She is certainly a talent that continues to grow and grow with every book she publishes.

 

A beautiful story about how far people are prepared to go for love. I loved it and I hope you will too, but if I had a request it would be a novella to complete the story and show us a glimpse into the future… I am not too proud to beg at this point either!

5 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Fury by Cat Porter

Fury by Cat Porter
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5 Stars
Also by this author: Random & Rare (Lock & Key, #2), Iron & Bone (Lock & Key Book 3), Blood & Rust

Synopsis

I still have the dreams, baby. Do you?
In mine, I plead and wait for your touch to come like it always did.
But it never does.
I strain against the iron, but you’re no longer there in the shadows.
I’m alone.
One single shard of deep dark hope was enough back then.
Not now.
My claws, your fangs have sunk deep.
Follow my trail of blood,
my trail of anger, desolation.
Am I the same man?
Soul dark,
Heart dense,
Blood fierce,
Purpose raw.
Flame burning.
Unrelenting.
Brewed on vengeance,
laced with tenderness,
my fury for you.

Chained in brutal darkness, they fell in love. Free in the world, they were torn apart. Empires rise, empires fall, and still, she burns in his soul. But between them now runs a wild river of ambition, greed, and blood. So much blood. He’ll do anything for revenge, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Love and vengeance are the same kind of savage…

**This is for mature readers only! Graphic sexual situations and trigger warnings. Some situations may not be comfortable for all readers.


5 Crowns (I wish I could give it more)

Fury is a standalone, but it is also a spin-off from the brilliant Lock & Key series. You don’t have to read that series to enjoy Fury, but I highly recommend that you do. This book runs alongside all 4 books in that series and it really will only intensify your enjoyment of this story.

Do you know what, I am absolutely lost for words in regards to this book. At this point in my review I usually like to give a story overview, but how can I even begin to encapsulate the epic journey that this book has taken me on. And that guys is what this book is; a journey of love, heartbreak, violence and passion and one that spans 25 years.

So what I will say is that this is Finger and Serena’s story. If you are a fan of Cat Porter’s you have been introduced to these characters in her Lock & Key series. From horrific beginnings a true love is born, but life gets in the way, as well as evil and let me tell you it gives us the reader a book that is gritty, breath-taking and heart stopping brilliant.

I’m not sure what it is about Cat’s writing, but every time I pick up one of her book it causes physical reactions. Fury touched every one of my emotions. I read this with my heart in my throat most of the time and with an anxiousness that only 3 other books have ever caused; one of which is Random & Rare, also by Ms Porter. Seriously, it made me feel sick at times dreading what was going to come next for these star-crossed lovers. And that my friends is what is so bloody awesome about this masterpiece.

Now be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart. It is violent, it is at times very graphic, but it is also freaking beautiful. Cat Porter doesn’t churn out books, she makes us wait and then rewards us with our patience. Her books are detailed, they dot the I’s and cross every single t. They twist and they turn and they push us to the brink, and rather that than a generic book every other month. This is an author worth waiting for because of the end product that she gives us. The writing is first class, the characters are original and the storylines have a depth that most authors only dream of creating. I am in awe of this woman’s talent and her gift for mucking with my damn blood pressure.

So as I have already mentioned, Random & Rare has always been my favourite from this author. Fury though gives it a run for its money in my affection. I am not going to say Fury is now my favourite as it would be like choosing a favourite child, but if you are a fan of this author, well it just gives you an idea of how truly epic this story really is.

In an indie world awash and saturated with MC novels, there are but a few authors that can pull it off for me consistently and Cat Porter is at the top of the pile. So if you are undecided, if you aren’t feeling MC romance like you once were, please take the chance on this author and her books. They are some of the best you will ever read!

 

A MUST READ BOOK AND AUTHOR!

5 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: He Lived Next Door by Portia Moore

Princess Emma Reviews: He Lived Next Door by Portia MooreHe Lived Next Door by Portia Moore
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4 Stars

There are ugly truthsand pretty lies.When I lost themI chose neither.I wrapped myself in silence.My husband, my best friend, became a stranger who gave up.
Then.... He moved next door, and everything changed.You think you know this story,but you don't.Be careful what you ask for because the answer may not come the way you think.

Also by this author: What Happens After, What Happens After, The Trouble With Before, Before I Break (If I Break 1.5), Almost Broken (If I Break #2), Beautifully Broken (If I Break #3), If I Break (If I Break #1), The Trouble With Before, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

4 Crown

A new standalone romance from the author of the fabulous If I Break series. This is completely unrelated to any of her previous books.

Chassidy is struggling with life. Following a double tragedy her life is falling apart at the seams and she is unable to stop it. She knows that she is pushing the love of her life away, but she feels so helpless under the grey cloud that she now lives under. One thing she does know is that the love she has for Bryce still remains, but is it enough? Are her failures too much? Does loving him mean letting him go? And then Carter moves next door…

Well if you are reading this thinking that this is remotely like Portia’s If I Break series, think again. This book is completely different, the only thing links them is that once again Portia has created a very unique story.

This book in lots of ways is a hard read. I don’t say that in a negative way, far from it actually. Most people will read the title and synopsis and assume that you will be reading a book about a standard love triangle and indeed some may be put off by that. That is not this book. This books subject matter is one that many women deal with and the story delves into the effects and repercussions it can have on a seemingly perfect marriage. Told mostly from Chassidy POV, we get flash backs to happier times from Bryce. It is heart-breaking and poignant and although I am lucky enough to have not experienced what Chassidy does, I think how she copes will resonate with every woman reading it.

Carter moves in next door when Chassidy is at her lowest. Her husband is away and she feels so alone. He becomes her sounding board and a much needed friend. But when others step into the fray, can he continue to be her friend? Will Chassidy make the right decisions or will she cross a line that can’t be uncrossed?

I am going to leave it there as I don’t want to give anything away, but this book and how the storyline developed blindsided me. Expect the unexpected guys. Let’s face it, if you have read Portia Moore’s previous books then you know she likes to throw in a curve ball or two and she certainly didn’t let me down. Not the type of book I would usually read, but beautifully written as I have come to expect from this author and different enough that I certainly found it a page turner. Portia has certainly poured her soul into this one and I applaud her for it.

 

If you want a book full of the trials and tribulations of keeping a love alive in the most trying of circumstances. A book full of emotion, faith, love, loss and heartbreak, He Lived Next Door will certainly deliver.

4 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Lightstruck by Liz Crowe

Princess Emma Reviews: Lightstruck by Liz CroweLightstruck: ( A Contemporary Romance Novel) (Brewing Passion Book 2) by Liz Crowe
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4 Stars
Series: Brewing Passions #2
Also in this series: Tapped (Brewing Passion, #1)
Also by this author: Family Love (Love Brothers, #4), Tapped (Brewing Passion, #1)

4 Crowns

Book 2 in the Brewing Passions series. This book is very much a sequel to book 1, Tapped. For that reason, I highly recommend you read the brilliant Tapped before starting this one as it will give you lots of background on the characters.

Ross Hoffman no longer wants to be a third wheel. Having been introduced as the third in his best friends Austin Fitzgerald’s relationship with Evelyn, it is now becoming more difficult to share. It’s hard but he knows he needs to walk away, even if his heart is fighting it. So doing what he does best, he flees and throws himself back into his first love of beer brewing away from the only person he has ever loved.  But when his best friend calls, he has to return. Little does he know that this may lead him to a new love along the way.

Elisa Nagel is the new assistant brewer for the Fitzgerald’s. She is everything that Ross doesn’t usually like but is unable to stay away. Despite her spirited love of life, it is clear that life has broken her and that she hides many secrets. Can Ross mend her? And in doing so can he mend himself and find a love he never expected?

Liz Crowe has created a great sequel to Tapped. This book is very different and certainly covers much darker subject matters, but as you expect from this author, it is also full of humour, steam and real life situations.

I really loved Ross in this book, even though at times I could have punched him. We get to see a lot more of him and he is much deeper and is worth so much more than being a couples third, that’s for sure. Elisa, well she was certainly a colourful character in more ways than one. She hides her pain behind humour and sass and doesn’t trust easily. I liked her for Ross. He needed to have someone completely different to Evelyn and someone them that only wants him; he gets that with Elise.

So another great story from an author that always puts her unique twists on romance. Always well thought out storylines and characters with lots of depth to both. I now look forward to what may come in the future with secondary characters, she has certainly laid the foundations for stories to come.

 

If you are looking for something a little different, that embodies the term Real-life Romance. This series, indeed this author is a must read!

4 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Ruckus by L.J. Shen

Ruckus by L.J. Shen
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Series: Sinners of Saint #2

Synopsis

Rosie

They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They’re right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple. The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister’s ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzes into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman.
But my clock is ticking. See, I’m not like the rest. I have an illness.
Sometimes I conquer it.
Sometimes it conquers me.
My white knight has finally arrived.
Hopefully, he isn’t too late.


5 Crowns

Book 2 in the Sinners of Saint series. We have already read Vicious and Jaime’s stories, now it’s time for Dean “Ruckus” Cole’s. So, although this book is a standalone I highly urge you to read the previous book (#0.5 #1) as you will feel like you are diving back in with a group of old friends; and they are also bloody wicked books. However, having said that it is not essential that you do to enjoy this book.

Rosie LeBlanc has never made long-term plans. She has never been one to commit to a relationship and she can never follow her dreams. Rosie was born sick and has always known her destiny would be shorter than everyone else; but if she could have dreamt about her HEA it would have always involved Dean Cole. She fell in love with him at 16… and then he dated her sister. Roll on 11 years and Rosie is still sick and after a long absence Dean is back in her life. But this Dean isn’t someone she recognises. This Dean she hates, and this Dean puts the capital R in Ruckus.

Dean never really wanted Millie; not from the moment Baby Leblanc opened that front door all those years ago. His intentions were only ever honest, but they became twisted and Rosie pushed him more and more towards her sister. A relationship that should never have been and was over in a flash also destroyed what could have been with the only star that shined in his night sky. He has spent the last 11 years high on weed, drinking to escape the hurt of his past and whoring himself around New York. But Rosie is back and he is determined to win her around, even if the rest of his life is falling apart at the seams.

L.J Shen was a new author to me before this series, and I am so glad I decided to take the chance and read Vicious. I put off reading that book as I wasn’t sure it would suit my taste as dark romance isn’t a favourite of mine. But I read the hoopla, realised it wasn’t that type of dark and took the plunge. Here I am 3 books into a series that I feel was written to meet everything I want in my reads. In a word this series and indeed this 3rd book Ruckus is my kind of book.

So as with the previous books, the synopsis we have been provided with doesn’t tell us much. I can say that this is a second chance romance of sorts and that this involves 2 characters that were featured in Vicious. We got to know both Rosie and Dean quite well in that book and we certainly got some back story, but I DID NOT EXPECT THIS! Yes shouty capital’s peeps because this book is amazing!

Neither characters were shown in their best light in Vicious, so I was unsure what we would get in this book. What you find though are 2 complex characters, both with hidden issues, but also with more visible ones as well. Rosie’s illness plays a big part in this book, as does Dean’s issues with in particular alcohol. What it means is that this isn’t a fluffy romance, it is a tough pathway that they will have to follow, forgetting the past and revealing the secrets that plague them. But the best part about this book is the humour that runs alongside the story, lightening what could have been a heavy read because of some of the issues between them. The banter between them is brilliant… Dean, well he is up front if nothing else. He is smutty, but he will make you swoon. On the flipside, Rosie is all about the sass. She is strong and fiercely independent, she is my type of girl! Of course, don’t forget Dean is one quarter of the Hotholes, so expect the usual when these 4 get together. It balances the book perfectly and for me made it a book that I think I only put down twice from start to finish.

So if you like your romance reads to be a little bit more than hearts and flowers, with characters that you will cheer for from the opening chapter, but who will also at times frustrate you with their decisions and make you tear up and swoon along the way, Ruckus is a MUST READ! A brilliant addition to this addictive series.

I now (not so) patiently await Trent’s book, Scandalous. We get a sneak peek into what and who it may involve… OMFG, If has left me seriously excited!

 

Get 1 clicking guys, you won’t regret it!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Excess Baggage by Laura Barnard

Princess Emma Reviews: Excess Baggage by Laura BarnardExcess Baggage by Laura Barnard
on May 23rd 2017
Pages: 220
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4 Stars

Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.
So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.
Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?
Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?

4 Crowns

Excess Baggage is a standalone romantic comedy, unrelated to any previous work by this author.

Erica is on a girl’s holiday to Luna Island. It’s a well needed break following her mum’s current battle with cancer and a relationship with Karl that isn’t floating her boat anymore. So imagine her shock when she comes face to face with the boy that broke her heart following a holiday romance at the tender age of 15. Jack was her first love, but do feelings still remain? She has a week to find out.

Every girl will be able to relate to this book. Quintessential British humour, I felt like I was on a girls holiday with my own chicks. With plenty of laughs and a few steamy moments, this was one of those quick, easy reads that are sometimes just what we need. No heavy, complex storylines, just a book that will put a smile on your face as you reminisce on your own first love or holiday fling, whilst laughing out loud at the cringe worthy moments that poor Erica finds herself in.

Laura Barnard is a brand new author for me and I loved how British her writing style was. I loved hearing about Peterborough, Burnham-on Sea and Brighton. I’ve been to these places so could imagine myself there. The majority of books I read are U.S based, so to read my language, slang and about places I have visited, well it was a refreshing change that I just really enjoyed.

So if you are looking for a quick, light-hearted, fun and flirty summer read then look no further. Get your glass of Sangria and sun-lounger ready and settle down with this book, you won’t regret it. I just hope we get more. Brooke and Tom having left me wanting more.

4 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay

Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay
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5 Stars
Also by this author: King of Wall Street: a sexy, standalone, contemporary romance, Love Rehab, Park Avenue Prince

5 Crowns

Duke of Manhattan is a standalone romance, but for fans of Louise Bay you will recognise some characters from both King of Wall Street and Prince of Park Avenue. If you haven’t read these books though, no worries, you will still enjoy this brilliant read.

Scarlett is feeling the desperate need to move on with her life. Only in her 20’s, she is still reeling from her divorce 2 years ago from her childhood sweetheart. It blindsided her and changed her whole life and the direction she thought she was going in. So it is her work life that is giving her the most happiness at the moment. Being part of the success of Cecily Fragrance has really helped distract her. But it is a man she now wants, even if it feels a little odd. She knows she needs to just get back on the saddle and maybe a one night stand just might give her what she needs to take the next step in life.

Ryder is a big fish; not just in the business world of Manhattan, but also in his native England. He is the heir to the Duke of Fairfax title, if he decides he is to marry; something that is never ever going to happen. Variety is the spice of life, especially his sex life, and he has made his own millions he doesn’t need to inherit them. But life is never that easy. So when Ryder’s hard earned empire comes under threat, then a wife might be the only option left.

1 very hot night + 1 unwanted business proposition = A deal that might work for both of them… If only life was that simple.

WOOHOO!!! OMG, I seriously loved this book!

My love for Louise Bay books started with the King of Wall Street. I fell in love with that book and have gone on to read her full back catalogue since then. I have to say, there isn’t one book that I haven’t enjoyed of hers, but KOWS has always been my favourite… until now. I am not going to say any more about the storyline, but it is one of those stories that I struggled to put down. I loved watching them both get over their hang-ups and they seriously made the pages sizzle.

For me this book is Louise Bay at her best. Full of angst, with bites of humour and lots of steam, it also has a real sweetness about it. You will love Scarlett and absolutely adore Ryder. But are they destined to become the Duke and Duchess of Fairfax? Well I will leave you to find that out for yourself. I just hope that we get a couple more stories; Violet and Darcy both need to find their perfect men.

 

Another MUST READ from a really talented storyteller.

5 Stars
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Princess Emma Reviews: Captain by Lauren Rowe

Princess Emma Reviews: Captain by Lauren RoweCaptain by Lauren Rowe
on May 15th 2017
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4 Stars

From, Lauren Rowe, the USA Today and International bestselling author of The Club Series and Ball Peen Hammer comes a sexy standalone romance: Captain.
It wasn’t the way this kind of story was supposed to go . . .Insta-love isn’t supposed to turn into insta-hate.
But that’s exactly what happened when the hot-as-hell dreamboat I met in a bar turned out to be a lying, cheating scumbag-player-douche looking for nothing but a little side action. Jerk.
And he has the nerve to call me a liar and a “sociopath”? Assh*le.
And now, three months later, through a mind-blowing series of events I couldn’t have predicted in a million years, it turns out my boss is marrying his sister in Hawaii and I’ve got to play nice with him for an entire freaking week.
Okay, sure, I’ll put on a happy face this week and act like I’ve never even met the jerk before--did I mention his sister is marrying my boss?--but that doesn’t mean I’ll like it. And it certainly doesn’t mean I’ll stop secretly hating the cocky bastard’s guts.
Because I do.I hate him. I really do.
I just wish my brain would explain the situation to my body . . . because every time he flashes that panty-melting smile at me, it takes all my self-restraint not to jump the bastard’s hot-as-f*ck bones.

4 Crowns

A standalone romantic comedy. If you are a fan of this author, you will recognise lots of the characters, however you do not need to have read them to fully enjoy Captain.

Tessa Rodriguez’s life is in 2 halves. Her professional life couldn’t be better. Being Josh Faraday’s PA is something that she has got down to a fine art over the last 6 years. However, her personal life pretty much sucks. Having moved to Seattle from L.A with her job, and coming off the back of a pretty disastrous (as it turned out) 2 year relationship, she is light on friends and experiencing a sex drought. So when she steps out of her comfort zone to dip her toe into the world of one night stands, she doesn’t expect to instantly connect with the most gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes on. Alas, as is her luck Ryan turns out to be just another, lying and cheating scumbag… or is he?

Ryan Morgan would love to settle down and have children with the right woman. So why is it that he always seems to attract the bunny boilers? When he unexpectedly meets a flight attendant in a bar one night, he thinks his luck might be about to change. And then an ex psycho goes and ruins it all. Or does she? Determined to track her down, he enlists help. Little does he know that his dream woman is much closer than her thinks.

Insta-love or insta-hate? Will Tessa learn to trust again? And will Ryan finally catch his whale?

This is my first Lauren Rowe book and I have to say I really enjoyed it. A complete unknown author to me, I read the synopsis of this book and just knew I had to read it. I am loving my romantic comedies at the moment and this book is just that.

What I loved most about this book was the array of characters. Now having not read her previous work, they were all new to me; that being said, I adored them. So I can only imagine how much more emotionally invested I would have been if I knew them that much better. I reckon that if you are a fan of The Club series or Ball Peen Hammer, you will feel like you are falling back in with a group of friends you haven’t seen in a while. The Morgan family are a hoot; their nicknames will have you laughing hard. But what makes this book even better is how she has balanced the comedy with the chemistry and the steaming hot love scenes. If I am being ultra-picky, I found that some scenes were a little overly long and wordy, but it didn’t take away from the fact that overall this is a great, light-hearted and fun love story.

So, whilst Lauren Rowe may be a new author to me now, she won’t be for long. I definitely liked Lauren’s laid back writing style and I will most certainly be catching up with Jonas, Josh and Keane’s story in the near future.

 

A fun summer romance for a day on the beach… Enjoy!!

4 Stars
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