Category: Princess Emma’s Reviews

Princess Emma Reviews: Ride or Die #2 by Cee Cee Riley

Princess Emma Reviews: Ride or Die #2 by Cee Cee RileyRide or Die #2 by Cee Cee Riley
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4.5 Stars

'Love can either destroy you, or bring you back to life.
Dom, Casa & Harlow
1992

Casa only cares for two things in this life: his club—the Devil’s Highwaymen—and sex. That is until he meets Harlow. She’s feisty, passionate, and doesn’t fall for his usual charms. She’s perfect for him…but she belongs to someone else.
Harlow is broken; she has been for a long time. With nowhere to go, and worse, no one to go to, she’s become a clubslut for the West Side Bangers. That is until a chance meeting with her old friend and former lover, Dom, brings their worlds colliding together once more.
Dom is on a one-way train to hell; the guilt of losing his soulmate is killing him—but he can’t tell anyone about it. That is until he finds a brief respite from his suffering in the form of Harlow, the woman whose heart he once broke.
With all three set on their own self-destructive paths, they’ve only got one chance to make things right—but only if they can learn to forgive, and then to love again.
The funny thing about love is, it’s both painless and painful, and not even death can end the suffering.

What people are saying so far:

Please keep writing about bad boy bikers and the sassy women who tame them. You have a fan for life in me!

I love the men of the Devil's Highway MC. The women who tame them are such spitfires that you can't help but love them and pull for them.

A must read for anyone who loves MC romance books. Another hit out of the park.

I love this series! It's a must read MC series that I would highly recommend.

Already desperate for book three! Write faster!

4.5 Crowns

Book 2 in the A Devil’s Highwaymen MC Novel series. Although each book follows the lives and loves of different members, this book really need to be read following book 1 to get the full emotional journey that certainly one of the main characters in this book goes through. The club’s dealings are also a continuing story, so do yourself a favour and stop reading this and go read Ride or Die #1 first.

Harlow is back. Having been rescued by Dom, her first love and the man that broke her heart when he walked away, he is now giving her the opportunity of a fresh start. But loving Dom will only ever be a one way. Will she ever be loved the way she deserves?

Dom is struggling to cope with the grief of losing his soulmate. Guilt and secrets sit heavily on his shoulders, but maybe Harlow can make things easier. He loves her, so surely trying should be enough? His secret can remain just that, he can close that chapter of his life, it will be forgetting the feelings that will be hardest.

Casa loves his club and loves his women… lots of them. Never one to settle down, he likes to spread the love far and wide. Until a brother’s girl catches his eye. Feisty, stubborn and hot as they come, he knows he has to have her. But is he willing to break the rule and pursue another’s girl, even when he knows she’s off limits?

This is Dom, Harlow and Casa’s story and it is AMAZING!

So this genre was always my go to. I read book after book… and then I got bored. So it takes a really good story and cast of characters to get me interested to read in this genre now. Book 1 did that for me. I have met the author at several signings and hadn’t read any of her books, but my blog sister has and always raved about them, so I knew I had to give it a chance. Man, did that book suck me in. So having read and loved it I was chomping at the bit for Dom’s story, and let me tell you it didn’t disappoint.

I don’t want to go into the storyline too much as it would just spoil it, but assuming you have read book 1 (stop now if you haven’t) then you know that Butch and Dom had a relationship that they kept secret. Whilst Butch was proud of who he was, Dom wasn’t and this book will reflect on his deep love for Butch and the effects his death and hiding the passion they shared have had on Dom. Throw in Harlow, the girl that he left for Butch, the girl who he destroyed, but the girl he thinks somehow can patch him up so he can continue to live a lie. Well, yes it makes one hell of a journey. And then Casa-fucking-nova decides he wants a piece. This story become a love triangle that isn’t a love triangle, with lots of emotion, 3 people that are fighting their own demons and a club facing continuing threats from the mysterious “Reverend”. It really does make for one hell of a read.

 

Cee Cee Riley’s writing is addictive. It pulls you in and drags you along with the undulating pace she sets. Laughing one minute, heart-breaking the next. Her words and the flow of the story has me in a place that very rarely happens now in this genre; I need to know more about every single character. So whilst some HEA’s will be found, others not so much… yet? (Or so I hope) I now anxiously await the next instalment. Bring on Gauge… QUICK!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Defying Gravity by Laura Farr

Princess Emma Reviews: Defying Gravity by Laura FarrDefying Gravity (Healing Hearts Book 2) by Laura Farr
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

Savannah Parker is miserable.

The reason: Josh Miller, her brother’s best friend.

Devastated by the unrequited love she has for Josh, she has no choice but to sit back and watch him play the field, her heart breaking a little more each time she sees him.

In an attempt to forget about Josh and move on, she distances herself from those who love her. Josh is never far from her thoughts though. In a desperate attempt to feel something for someone and fill the void, she makes a reckless choice—one that will change her life forever.

Once her secret is revealed, relationships are threatened, and Savannah stands to lose those closest to her. When she needs someone the most, Josh proves to be her greatest support, and soon the lines of friendship become blurred. When she confronts him about his feelings for her, he reveals a secret of his own—one that could destroy them before they’ve even started.

Can Savannah and Josh make a relationship work? Or are there some secrets that are too hard to overcome?

Series: Healing Hearts #2
Also by this author: Taking Chances

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Princess Emma Reviews: Scandalous by L.J. Shen

Princess Emma Reviews: Scandalous by L.J. ShenScandalous (Sinners of Saint, #3) by L.J. Shen
Pages: 315
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5 Stars

From bestselling author L.J. Shen, comes a new, standalone, contemporary romance. On special sale for only 99 cents for a LIMITED TIME.

"Best book of the year" - Angie's Dreamy Reads. "Best book I HAVE EVER READ" - Bookalicious Babes Blog.

They call him The Mute for a reason. Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks. When he does, it’s with disdain. When he does, his words aren’t meant for me. When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis. He is thirty-three. I am eighteen. He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner. I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter. He’s emotionally unavailable. And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him. Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul. And yet, I can’t stay away. A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them. And oh, what beautiful chaos it will be.

Series: Sinners of Saint #3
Also in this series: Ruckus
Also by this author: Ruckus

5 Crowns

Book 4 in the Sinners of Saint series (#4 if you include the novella). The books follow the life and loves of the notorious HotHoles. You don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy Scandalous, but I highly recommend you do. This book has become one of my top series ever and the latest book further cements that.

Trent Rexroth is known as the mute by his close circle of friends and business partners. Quiet, calculating and loyal, he enjoys the riches that his hard work and dedication has provided him. From humble beginnings and with the world at his feet, life should be perfect… but life is never that easy. He is proud to be a single and loving father to his 4 year old daughter Luna. A perfect accident from a night with a beautiful bitch of a stripper. But Luna refuses to speak and all the money in the world can’t fix it. Enter someone he has no business looking at, fantasizing about and someone that is the daughter of the man who wants to take everything Trent has worked so hard for away.

Edie Van Der Zee is the daughter of a very rich and influential man. That man is also a bastard and she lives a life that is far removed from his money or the expectations he demands of her. All she wants to do is surf and provide support to those she loves and who need her. When her father demands that she works for a business he is a partner in, she comes across a man that she has already had the misfortune of a run-in with. He is 15 years her senior, quiet, surly and dangerous, but she is attracted to the danger like a moth to a flame.

Maybe they will be each other salvation? But more likely they will be each other’s ruin.

WHAT A BOOK!!

Trent was the last HotHoles to be introduced. Yes, of course he is in all the previous books and although we have known that he didn’t have the same start as his friends, that he has a daughter and is a single dad, that was really it. Unlike Dean and Jamie, we have come full circle. Like Vicious, Trent is dark and moody. He has this really brooding personality and a lot of that I believe stems from spending his whole life trying to fit in with his richer, whiter friends. Life has just been tougher for Trent, but he has worked his arse off to provide himself and his family with a perfect life. Unfortunately it is Luna his daughter that he can’t help and she really is the centre of his world.

He knows Jordan Van Der Zee is out to get him and he is staying one step ahead of him. But when Jordan’s daughter Edie enters his world, she makes him stumble. He is determined to make her life difficult, and then he sees her with Luna and it shakes him to the core. She is 18 and way too young for him. He tries to stay away, she is dangerous to his well-ordered life, but she becomes an addiction.

These are 2 serious troubled people with so much shit going on it should all be a disaster. This isn’t a standard cookie cutter romance with hearts and flowers. This is darker and so much more than that and it is an absolutely addictive read. I just couldn’t put it down, so it certainly brought my book funk to an end. It is jammed packed with angst, mystery and that feeling that through all the ups and downs, all the deception and cruelty, you want these characters to really make it. You want them to find happiness and fulfilment whether that be together or even apart.

The author has given us such an amazing story that flows beautifully, with characters that you fall in love with. They are so relatable, even if some of the decisions they make are questionable. As I have already said, this series is most definitely one of my favourites ever and that is down to the engaging way in which L.J Shen writes. She has been able to create 4 HotHole characters that are the best of friends, loyal to each other and to only the ones they love. Everyone else can fuck off and I loved that about them. In this book both Trent and Edie have an equally hard shell, the journey Ms Shen took them on made sure we got to see glimpses of their soft centres.

A must read book and indeed series.

 

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Princess Emma Reviews: Show Me Something by Aubrey Bondurant

Princess Emma Reviews: Show Me Something by Aubrey BondurantShow Me Something (Something, #5) by Aubrey Bondurant
on September 14th 2017
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5 Stars

The light of the future can only be found by stepping out of the darkness of the past...

After leaving her marriage, Juliette Walker wants to accomplish many new things, but meeting a new man certainly isn't part of her plan.

Plagued with struggles over her past, she seeks the advice of a professional. But after unloading her most intimate thoughts to the handsome stranger with dark hair and glasses at a friend's party, she discovers he isn't the man she thinks he is.

Although Juliette comes into Mark Hine's life like an unexpected tornado, he finds himself intrigued by the bundle of energy who spills her secrets in a drunken barrage. Despite swearing off dating permanently since the tragic death of his fiancee, he keeps finding excuses to spend time with the single mom who makes him laugh and brings him out of his shell.

In the aftermath of Juliette's most humiliating experience to date, she's convinced Mark has permanently friend-zoned her, until the moment it becomes shockingly clear she couldn't be more wrong.

But will demons of the past threaten to derail the opportunity for love? Or can two damaged hearts overcome their painful histories to find a future of happiness together?

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Fifth book of the “Something Series”.Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content.

Series: Something #5
Also in this series: Tell Me Something
Also by this author: Tell Me Something, Ask Me Something, Bet Me Something (Something, #3), Teach Me Something (Something, #4)

5 Crowns

Book 5 in the Something series. This book can absolutely be read as a standalone, but take my advice and read them all. This series has received 5 Crowns from me for each release, yes I have loved it that much. Show Me Something is no different.

Juliette Walker and her son Tristan have moved from Charlotte to Connecticut. Away from her family, her best friends, the job she loves but most importantly away from the fallout over her husbands’ arrest. Childhood sweethearts, their marriage had been over for longer than she cares to admit, but following his arrest for corruption in his position as a police officer, Juliette’s priority is the safety of her son. Luckily her best friend Brian has hooked her up with friends and they have taken her under their wings. But it is someone she least expects that helps her move forward, giving her hope for the future. But how do you move forward when the past isn’t resolved?

Mark Hines doesn’t date. Having lost his fiancée many years ago, he has emerged himself in work. His social life revolves around his best friends from college and that is enough for him; until Juliette. She brings out his protective feelings, she also evokes emotions that he has long since buried. He can see a future with her, but with his past so present, will he be able to let it go? Or is he forever destined to live a lonely life.

I seriously LOVE this series. Every single book has hit the mark for me because of the perfect balance of love, humour, sex, friendship, heart-break and angst that the very talented Aubrey Bondurant has brought to each story. Once again she gives us two very loveable, but complicated characters. This isn’t an easy love story. You think it might be and then bam the story changes, throwing your emotions all over the place.

Mark has featured in each book. He has always been somewhat elusive, his character quiet, sensible, yet likeable, and it was always made clear he was dealing with the loss of his fiancée. I have been looking forward to his book for ages as I just wanted to know more about him. Aubrey broke my heart with his story, but that is all I will say. What I will say is the saying about watching out for the quiet ones is true. Never read a book by its cover, Mark is a sexy dork and I loved him. As for Juliette, she is his perfect match. Where Mark is reserved, she has total verbal diarrhoea and it gets her into trouble. She adores her son and is a loyal, fun friend. She has dealt with a lot and her self-esteem is at an all-time low. So with them both weighed down with heavy baggage, will they find happiness together… well you will just have to read it and find out for yourself.

So as I conclude this review, I do so with a heavy heart. This is the final book in a series that I have adored. I took a chance on a new author when I accepted the review request for book 1, and that has turned Aubrey Bondurant into a favourite author of mine who I unashamedly facebook stalk to find out when I will get the next book. So although I am sad, I also look forward to her next chapter. With her talent at creating engaging storylines and loveable characters, it gets me all kinds of excited.

 

I really can’t recommend this series and indeed this book enough. Only great reads get 5 Crowns from me, but to give every book in a series 5 Crowns is a rarity. Well done Aubrey, Show Me Something is the big juicy cherry on top of the most fabulous cake.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Hollywood Scandal by Louise Bay

Princess Emma Reviews: Hollywood Scandal by Louise BayHollywood Scandal by Louise Bay
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4 Stars

He's a Hollywood A lister. She's literally the girl next door.

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

4 Crowns

A new standalone romance, unrelated to any other books in Louise Bay’s back catalogue.

Matt Easton is fast becoming the next big thing in Hollywood. To take that extra step to the bonafide A-list he knows he needs to reel back the playboy party loving lifestyle tag that the press have attached to him; with good reason. Wanting to secure the main part in the next franchise by an award winning director he has a fake relationship and has chosen a quiet, remote place to rent in beautiful Maine where he is filming, away from the cast, crew and most importantly temptation. Little does he know the biggest temptation he has ever faced in his life lives next door.

Lana Kelly has lived in a small coastal town in Maine most of her life. Having gone to NYC for college, she returned realising that small town life is safe and vowed to keep a low profile, even if that means that her jewellery design company remains a small business rather than a huge success given her talent. Sworn off men following a bad experience, she meets her new next door neighbour. Sexy, friendly and everything that she finds attractive, she soon finds herself spending more and more time with him. What she doesn’t realise is who he is, what it will mean to her private life and of course the exposure being with him means; especially when she has fought so hard to keep privacy such a priority in her life.

Another enjoyable read from Louise Bay. Her talent for engaging writing and creating interesting relatable characters continues in this book. Not the fastest paced book of hers that I have read, however it certainly kept my attention with the undeniable chemistry that Matt and Lana have; even if they both fight it for very different reasons. There are plenty of laughs, love and very sexy moments and it felt like I was reading a genuine love story with all the ups and downs that comes with finding the love of our lives at a time and place we least expect.

 

Louise Bay is very much become a 1-click author for me. I haven’t read one book by hers that I haven’t enjoyed. Hollywood Scandal is another book to add to a collection of great stories wrote by this talented author.

 

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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
Also in this series: Scandalous (Sinners of Saint, #3)
Also by this author: Scandalous (Sinners of Saint, #3)

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.

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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, Hollywood Scandal

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.

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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!!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Shattered Pieces by Portia Moore

Princess Emma Reviews: Shattered Pieces by Portia MooreIf I Break #4 Shattered Pieces by Portia Moore
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4.5 Stars
Series: If I Break #4
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, He Lived Next Door, If I Break #4 Shattered Pieces

4.5 Crowns

Book 4 in the absolutely amazing If I Break Series. To save confusion this series includes 3 full length novels and 1 novella. There are also 2 further standalones that follow the lives of some of the secondary characters. This is one comprehensive series and one that I couldn’t wait to jump back into. PLEASE… if you haven’t read any of these book, stop reading this review now as it will spoil the story for you. You have been warned!!

Lauren knows only one thing. She loves her daughter Caylen and she loves her husband, whoever that maybe… Today.

Having fought an uphill battle to find a happiness that she once believed nothing could ruin, she now finds herself fighting the biggest battle of all. The guilt she has just from loving her husband and the father of her child makes her feel crazy, but that is life when you fall in love with a man with D.I.D or Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her friends worry for her, as does his family, but how can she turn her back on love… or will it turn on her?

Chris/Cal is at a crossroads. Hating each other is causing more harm than good, with neither backing down in their love for Lauren and Caylen. So when another threatens the balance even further, will they just shatter to pieces or will they mend all that is broken to finally find happiness?

OMG!!

Another brilliant book by Portia. Man, this author has serious storytelling skills. This is without doubt one of the most unique series of books I have read… and I have read A LOT! All her books are well structured, developed and researched but more than that they are emotional journeys. If anything Shattered Pieces ramps the emotions up another notch for this particular couple. It comes across as a real make or break moment for the Scott’s, like something really has to give… and it does, in so many ways.

I’m going to leave it there as I would hate to give anything away, but the conclusion of these characters story was brilliant. Will there be more? Who knows? I never expected to get Gwen and Will’s story or even Lisa’s, so I certainly wouldn’t but it past her to delve a little deeper into characters that have popped up along the way. In the meantime we can look forward to a new standalone, which will be a sure fire 1 click for me. This author could put out a version of the phone directory and I would read it; she really is that talented.

 

So if you have read this review before reading the others, shame on you for not heeding my warning. But if like me you are emotionally invested in these characters and their story, get reading now because you will love it! This series is without doubt the best books I have ever stumbled across!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

Princess Emma Reviews: Cheater by Rachel Van DykenCheater (Curious Liaisons, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Pages: 317
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Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.
But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.
Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.
Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…

Series: Curious Liaisons #1

5 Crowns

Book 1 in the Curious Liaisons series.

Lucas Thorn likes women. After one very disastrous attempt at a serious relationship, Lucas realised that he was better suited to playing the field. A lady every night of the week, no commitment, no complications and absolutely no attachment. Everyone knows you’re not cheating if they know about it… right?

Avery Black always had Lucas on a pedestal. He could do no wrong in her eyes, until he broke her sister’s heart and hers along with it. So when she finds herself suddenly working for him, sparks will fly, and not in a good way. He was her best friend, but she doesn’t recognise the man he has turned into. But if she looks a bit deeper is the Lucas she knew still there?

I absolutely LOVED this book. It was just what I need after a long run of heavier stories and man did it make me laugh. I’m not going to go into the storyline too much but these two characters soon find themselves in a hole together and the more they try to get out of it, the deeper they fall. It lends for a hilarious story told in dual POV, about two people reconnecting and realising that what has been may not have been all they thought it was after all.

If you are looking for an entertaining romantic comedy with a really sweet underlying love story and lots of belly laughing moments, this book is not one that should be missed. Without doubt my favourite RVD book to date. Can’t wait now for Cheater’s Regret, Austin and Thatch’s book.

 

A MUST READ!!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Spark in the Ashes by Nikki Groom

Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1) by Nikki Groom
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4.5 Stars
Series: Steel Souls #1
Also in this series: Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1)
Also by this author: Against the Tide, Headstrong (The Kingdom Book 4), Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1), Spark in the Ashes (Steel Souls MC Book 1)

4.5 Crowns

Book 1 in the Steel Souls series, this book is unrelated to any previous work by Nikki Groom.

Sadie Foster hides her rage well. Outwardly she lives a quiet almost solitary life, however look a little deeper and she is a volcano waiting to erupt. Unable to forget her past, she desires revenge and retribution. Little does she know the path it is to lead her down.

Ramsey Dalton is a loud and proud biker. VP of the Steel Souls MC, he likes his bikes fast and his pussy even faster. Loyal to the core, his brothers both blood and water come first. So when he comes across a raven haired beauty getting in the way of club business, he vows to find out more. Little does he know of the darkness she holds and the ripple effects the presence of her in his life will create for both him and his club.

Well that ended my MC book slump. I have always LOVED this genre, but to be honest it has all got a bit same samey of late, leaving me to avoid reading anything in this genre for a while now. But having loved Against the Tide by Ms Groom, I knew this was a book I would most certainly have to make an allowance for. Let me tell you how glad I am about that.

Nikki’s first venture into this popular style is a roaring success as far as I am concerned. Not only is it departure for her in terms of subject and backdrop, thankfully it is also a departure from the rather generic MC stories that every Tom, Dick and Harry seem to be releasing. Straight away I was sucked in by the rather dark and interesting prologue, then I became addicted to the mystery and secrets that you know are waiting just around the corner. It had an almost suspenseful feel about it and I applaud Nikki for being able to get that across in her writing.

Both characters have a history and I think they recognise the darkness they both possess in each other. The chemistry between them is electric, but it is the connection and understanding of who they are as people that seems to attract them the most. Sadie isn’t scared to stand up to Ramsey and he totally respects her for that. On the flip side, Sadie isn’t a shrinking violet that he needs to protect and that seems to be a major turn on for Ram. They can be themselves and although that works for them, I’m not sure it works for all.

So don’t go in expecting a rush job of a storyline; that is totally not Nikki Groom’s style. Their story continues into book 2, Fire in the Stars. So do expect an amazing ending, one that I personally didn’t see coming; and I totally had my own little conspiracy theories running through my head as I raced to the books conclusion, all of which were not on the money in this book anyway. I hope we get further books as well, there are a few interesting secondary characters that I hope Nikki explores more for us in the future.

Another great read from a talented British writer. I highly recommend reading her books of you like a bit of grittiness in your reads. Well done Nikki, and thank-you for restoring my faith in MC romance. I seriously can’t wait for book 2.

 

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Princess Emma Reviews: Ends Here by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Ends Here by M. RobinsonEnds Here (Road to Nowhere, #2) by M. Robinson
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FROM USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR M. ROBINSON
The sequel to Road to Nowhere is coming April 4th. Find out all the answers to the questions you are dying to know in Ends Here. Cover and synopsis coming soon.
*Note: Road to Nowhere must be read before Ends Here.

Series: Road to Nowhere #2
Also by this author: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Alejandro Martinez: A Good Ol' Boys Spin-off, Alejandro Martinez: A Good Ol' Boys Spin-off, Road to Nowhere (Road to Nowhere, #1)

5 Crowns

Book 2 in the 2 book sub series Road to Nowhere. This is a very much a continuation of Mia and Creed’s story, so if you haven’t read Road to Nowhere yet, please do not read any further as this will contain spoilers. You MUST read Ends Here after book 1.

We know their history. We know where it started. But what does the future hold for Creed and Mia? All we know is that it Ends Here!

So, book 2 picks up from where we were left hanging at the end of Road to Nowhere. Mia is missing after a shoot-out at Creed’s mother’s house. Creed is frantic, as is Noah his brother and her unborn baby’s father.

Will they find Mia in time?

Will Creed find who is responsible?

Most importantly… Will Creed and Mia find there HEA?

Okay, so I usually like to give more of a story overview than that, so I am really sorry that I can’t. Actually, strike that… I love that I can’t. Once again M. Robinson has given me a book that has left me speechless in it brilliance and wordless in how I even begin to sum it up.

Whereas book 1 gave us history, the backstory, the bones of who they are, where they came from and of course why they were drawn to each other; book 2 gives us the juicy meat, the good stuff, the part of the story we have been waiting for.

I always expect twists and turns with this author, it’s what she does. She throws down the bread crumbs and it is up to us to follow the trail she leaves us. She excels in angst, what if’s, hurt, betrayals and soul wrenching love stories; this book is no different. So if you loved book 1 let me assure you that book 2 will blow your freaking mind.

Creed steps up to the plate in this book, but in doing so he also leaves himself wide open. Once again at this point I wish I could say more, but I can’t without giving too much away. All I will say is expect the totally unexpected. Seriously this book blindsided me with the secrets that came out and the direction it took at times. Let me warn you now, a HEA isn’t a guarantee for Creed and Mia because of one other very important character in this story. So expect to have your heart stomped on a good few times before the end.

Once again, M. Robinson has written yet another breath-stealing book. I am in absolute awe of her talent for writing books that have such an effect on me emotionally. This spin-off series is just as good as its predecessor The Good Ol’ Boys and it is without doubt one of the best series of books I have ever read.

 

So as we say goodbye to the characters from this book, we welcome our next “El Santo”  and I for one can’t bloody wait!

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