Category: Princess Emma’s Reviews

Princess Emma Reviews: All The Rage by T.M Frazier

Princess Emma Reviews: All The Rage by T.M FrazierAll the Rage by T.M. Frazier
on June 21st 2016
Pages: 322
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4.5 Stars

They call me Rage.My real name is like a shadow, always close behind, but never quite able to catch up.I fly under the radar because no one ever suspects I’m capable of the kind of brutal violence I commit each and every day.You see, I’m a girl. I’m nineteen.And I'm a killer.This life is all I know. It’s all I want to know. It keeps the s**t buried that I need kept buried. It allows me to live without thinking too much.Without dwelling on the past.Until him.It all changes when an ordinary boy becomes my next target.And my first love.I have to choose.The only life I’ve ever known has to die, or he does.Either way, I’ll be the one pulling the trigger...
All the Rage is a STANDALONE.

Also by this author: King (King, #1), Lawless (King, #3), Lawless (King, #3), Soulless (King, #4), Soulless (King, #4), Soulless (King, #4), All the Rage, All the Rage, Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two, Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two

4.5 Crowns

All The Rage is a standalone, however it is related to the King series as Rage was introduced in books 3 & 4. You do not need to have read the previous 4 books, however I recommend you do. One because they are great, but also because it gives you a real insight into the whole backdrop and ambience of the world in which this story takes place.

Rage has always been different. Born Hope and daughter to two loving parents, she spent her childhood being taken to one psychiatrist after another. Yes she struggles to connect to people, she has no conscience even, but it is the anger, the red mist that frightens people the most. Only her best friend Cody understands her and together they spend time making rules to make the world believe she is normal, until everyone else’s normal becomes too much. At 16 she leaves that life behind to find herself and take up her true calling.

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Sent on the type of job she hates the most she meets Nolan. He makes her feel things she has never felt before and that scares her more than the germs and bacteria breeding in his little beachside cottage. Finally someone really gets her, but he is a job, a target and she struggles with emotions that are completely alien to her. But Rage isn’t the only one keeping secrets, Nolan has his own. When the shit hits the fan, who will walk away unscathed.

LOVED this book. Have to say, that this was such a uniquely refreshing change. Usually the role Rage plays is played by a big beefy alpha dog, not a petite blonde with pink t-shirts and a blue Vespa. If you have read the King series then like me you were desperate to know more about Rage. This answers those questions and creates more of the gritty drama we have come to love about T. M Frazier’s storytelling.

I kind of don’t want to say anymore as the joy of this book is not knowing the twists and turns the storyline will take. What I will say is that Nolan is the shit! I loved his patience and understanding, he is perfect for Rage in every way, but can she be perfect for him? You will just need to read it and find out for yourself.

 

If you are a fan of the King series, this is a MUST READ addition. However if you haven’t read it, but like a bit of grit, drama and a kick arse heroine in your romance, you can’t go wrong with this book. I now wait patiently for some more stories from much loved and complicated characters. Get writing Ms Frazier.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Bound by Jennifer Foor

Bound (seven year itch, #5) by Jennifer Foor
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

How many times can someone be forgiven? How long does it take for a man to change? What if the person you're married to isn't who you're in love with anymore? What if infidelities have caused a person to lose trust and hope in their relationship?
I don't recognize the woman I've become. I'm bored. Lonely. Unsatisfied. Weak. It's crippling me.
After seven years of marriage I'm throwing in the towel and starting over.
Bennington Winthrop is my boss. He's made it clear he wants me. When I think my life can't get more complicated I become involved in a sexual relationship that both terrifies and excites me. I can't resist the pleasure, or the pain he gives me. I need to feel something again, even if I get lost along the way. I have to decide if his lifestyle is the change I'm looking for or something I need to run from and never look back.
I'm Macy Stone, and this is how I let go of the woman I used to be in order to discover hidden desires I never knew could exist. My only obstacle now is coming to terms with the consequences, and being able to accept who I've become.
Fulfill your deepest desires Give in to temptation *contains adult content. 18+ suggested*

Series: Seven Year Itch #5

4 Crowns

This is book 5 in a series of Standalones called the Seven Year Itch. This is the first book I have read in this series, but not by this author. I am not sure if it has interlinking characters, but it is very much a standalone and the fact I haven’t read the previous 4 books didn’t spoil this story whatsoever.

Macy Stone is a successful lawyer, but was an unsuccessful wife. Her marriage of 7 years has come to an end, her husband has cheated on her and she doesn’t even blame him. She should never have married him in the first place, but she did and he tried in his own way to make her happy. However, all the marriage achieved was leaving her lonely, depressed and someone that she barely recognises anymore. It is time to start fresh, she just needs to avoid the man that gets her blood pumping in all the right places… Her boss.

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Avoiding Bennington Winthrop might be difficult given that she needs to work with him, but it is made even harder when he makes it known he wants her too. But will she want what he is offering? Will the lifestyle he can offer be her sexual awakening? Or will it be too much too soon given the damage her divorce has done to her self-confidence?

So I am a massive Jennifer Foor fan. I have read all her Mitchell Family series and its spin off Mitchell – Healy series, as well as the brilliant Love’s Suicide. So when the opportunity came to read and review a new book by Jennifer I jumped at the chance. Straight away I knew this was something different. Of course all the books I have read by her have had the sexy element that goes hand in hand with NA romance, but this goes one step further. This book puts the capital E in erotic. It is sexy, very steamy and I loved it.

This really is a sexual awakening for a woman that had become bored in her marriage, it becomes the tonic she needs, but how will affect the man in this story? I really liked Ben. He knows what he likes and what he wants, and he lets nothing and no-one get in his way of getting it. Of course that in itself presents it challenges and indeed Macy becomes a challenge for not just Ben, but also the lifestyle that has suited him for so long.

A really good erotic office romance with a difference, and one that shows that Jennifer Foor’s talent can cross over into different genres. If you are looking for a book to get you a little hot under the collar, Bound is a book that will certainly raise your temperature and leave you needing a cold shower afterwards.

 

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Princess Emma Reviews: Crave Me by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Crave Me by M. RobinsonCrave Me: The Good Ol' Boys on May 10th 2016
Pages: 428
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5 Stars

They say in order to find yourself you have to go home. What if home was what you were running from? Where did that leave you? Always on the other side of the fence. Always looking in. Always wishing you were someone you couldn't be. Until one day you meet her. The one. She was my high, but she was also... My demise.

Series: Good Ol' Boys #4
Also in this series: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1)

5 Crowns

Book 4 in the Good Ol’ Boys series. Each book is a standalone read featuring a character from a group of lifelong friends. You do not need to have read the previous books, but you do HAVE to. This series is amazing and you will only feel more emotionally connected to the main characters in this book if you have read their journey from the very beginning.

Austin has always been the most enigmatic of his group of friends. With 3 of the boys older than him and the only girl of their tight knit group younger, he has never felt he quite fitted in. Always trying to be one of them, to be the perfect good ol’ boy, the best friend he could be and to fit the mould that his parents had created for him seriously takes its toll. One day Austin decides that to find himself he must walk away from them all. Become a man that suits him and not everyone else. But in doing so he must either face his demons head on, or mask them until one day they rear their ugly head and maybe just kill him or the relationships he craves forever.

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Briggs lost her parents at a young age and has blamed their deaths on herself ever since. Sent to live with her uncle that is shady to say the least, she lives in a bubble he has created without friends or any affection from him. When she realises that the only direction she can take in life is the pathway her uncle sets out for her, little does she know that it will lead her towards a man that will be her saviour, her addiction and her own personal hell.

A chance meeting between Austin and Briggs sets them on a love story like no other. They become dependent on each other, but one of them has a darkness, a craving, an addiction that will send them both spiralling down. Will their love be enough to save them, or will the dependency they each fight be their ultimate downfall.

F**k me sideways, what an amazing story and what a conclusion to a seriously EPIC series. What I have loved most about this series is how different each characters journey is. These aren’t stories told over a few months or even a year. These journey take you from childhood, well into adulthood. It is impossible not become emotionally connected to these characters and both the joys and battles they face as years pass them by.

Austin more than any other character has been somewhat of a mystery. He has always played his cards close to his chest, but we also knew he had serious issues. Austin’s continued involvement with drugs won’t surprise any fan of this series. But the severity and the direction his life takes will. Briggs was introduced in previous books as someone he meets on his travels. We get to know her and her background more and we are introduced to a world far removed from the peaceful place Austin grew up in.

Their love is toxic, all-consuming and becomes an addiction for them both. You will watch there slow decline and I found myself hating Briggs at times for introducing Austin into a world that would only end one way. But no one could hate Briggs as much as she hates herself and she tries so hard to be the person to wake Austin up to the depravity of his life.

So although much of this book happens away from his childhood friends, will they be the ones to save him or will Austin be the only one that can save himself?

I am so sad to say goodbye to Lucas, Half-pint, Dylan, Jacob and Austin. They have become important to me and I feel like I have held their hands through every up, down, forwards and backwards step they have taken. This is without doubt one of the most heart-wrenching, angst-building series I have ever read. I have laughed, I have cried and have had my heart warmed by their stories and their friendships. I don’t think a full series has ever gotten 5 stars for every single book from me, and if I could give each book more I would.

 

If you haven’t yet read an M. Robinson book then I implore you to do so. Her writing style, imagination, choice of words and characterisation is first class. She is a huge talent and an author that I am so pleased to have stumbled across. I now can’t wait for her next project, El Dialo. Once you have read Crave Me you will be just as excited as me.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Dirty by Kylie Scott

Dirty by Kylie Scott
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4 Stars
Series: Dive Bar #1

4 Crowns

Dirty is book 1 in the Dive Bar series. It does have a loose connection to the Stage Dive series, but you do not need to have read that series to enjoy this new one.

Lydia Green wakes up on the morning of her wedding expecting to marry the man she loves. Okay, it has been a whirlwind romance, but she has been swept up in the glitz, glamour and riches of his world. If only she had actually opened her eyes, then maybe the video she is now watching of her husband getting up close and personal with his best MAN wouldn’t be such a shock. Hightailing it over the fence, and breaking and entering into the rundown house next door seems like the best plan. Little does she know how that one decision will change her life.

Vaughan Hewson is back in the town he grew up in following the break-up of his rock band. Coming back is bittersweet. He is gutted his band have fallen apart, but it has also given him chance to reconnect with his older sister and the friends he left behind. It is going to be hard living in his childhood home, especially as he hasn’t lived there since losing his parents. So when he walks into his bathroom to find a wet, crying bride he is thrown for a loop. Will she be able to make his homecoming even more interesting?

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Having really enjoyed Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series, I couldn’t wait to find out what this new series would be like. I have to say I really like it. Of course with most opening books to a series, you are introduced to lots of characters and different back stories, I have to say though this was my favourite part. This is going to be a series about a group of friends that have grown up together, have history and I for one can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.

So back to Lydia and Vaughn. Is it quick? Yes. But these two characters have instant chemistry and use each other to run away from their issues. But as the story develops so do their feelings, but of course they still have to face the problems that still bubble under the surface. It really is a great romance story with the added drama that only friends and family bring to these type of reads.

A great start to a new series by an author that has a real talent for telling easy read romances that grip your imagination quickly. I now look forward to Twist in November and Chaser in February. I have a feeling the drama we have seen between this group of friends is only the start of bigger drama to come.

 

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Princess Emma Reviewa: The Spiral Down by Aly Martinez

Princess Emma Reviewa: The Spiral Down by Aly MartinezThe Spiral Down by Aly Martinez
on May 17th 2016
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4.5 Stars

Standalone M/M romance.

I was afraid to fly.
He made me soar.

After years of climbing the ladder of success in the music industry, I finally had everything I could want.
Yet I still found myself wandering through life alone.

Captain Evan Roth was the one man I never saw coming.
Tall, dark, mysterious… Straight.

We were both damaged beyond repair and searching for something so elusive we weren’t sure it even existed.

But, when two broken souls collide in midair, falling is a given.

I just never expected to crave the spiral down.

Series: The Fall Up #2
Also in this series: The Fall Up (The Fall Up, #1)
Also by this author: The Fall Up (The Fall Up, #1)

4.5 Crowns

Book 2 in The Fall Up series. This can be read as a standalone. Although if you want to know a bit more read book 1 The Fall Up, as you will get a bit more of a feel for the main character in this book.

Henry Alexander is a singer, superstar and openly gay. Having watched his best friend Levee fall in love with Sam, it has made Henry ponder his own romantic path. Although more than happy with his sexuality, it’s his inability to find the one that he struggles with. Even his mega stardom doesn’t make the men who enter his life want to stay. Why? Because Henry exclusively sleeps with straight men. He loves the chase, loves knowing he has turned the worm, but alas he doesn’t ever turn them for good. He is resigned to having stolen moments with men… until.

Evan Roth loves his career as a pilot. Having left the Air Force, he now works for a private company flying jets, although unfortunately part-time. Having recently split from his girlfriend, he is starting to re-evaluate his life. When he is drafted in to fly a certain celebrity, little does he know how much Henry will change his life. A life that he has been stumbling through for the last 10 years. Maybe it is time to break some of his own rules, and finally move on.

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I really enjoyed this book. It is no secret that I like a good M/M romance; especially a gay for you storyline. Unfortunately the majority of the ones you get tend to be too sex heavy with a really poor regurgitated storyline. The Spiral Down has the perfect balance and that was such a relief. I have read several Aly Martinez books, including book 1 in this series, and this author is certainly very talented. I love the fact that she has crossed over to M/M. I personally find when a mainstream romance author does that it makes the books so much more appealing to a female audience.

This book had lots of brilliance about it. The storyline was original, the characters loveable, their back stories had a bit of umpf to them and it just felt totally believable in many ways.

I dare you not to fall in love with Henry, he is just adorable. Aly has created a superstar that has his feet firmly on the ground (in more ways than one), but that acts like a diva as only a star would do if he feels like it. He adores his best friend and his prankster, funny guy personality is just the topping on the cake. He does however have many insecurities and this results in his willingness, and indeed weakness, in only pursuing straight men. Evan on the other hand is a lot more serious. He has spent the last 10 years struggling with himself and the direction he wants his life to take. He is compassionate and totally alpha. He is totally perfect for Henry.

Will they? Won’t they? Will Henry finally turn a straight man for good? Or will Evan’s past be too much for Henry to accept? Well folks you will just need to read it yourself to find out.

If you read The Fall Up then you have to read Henry story. I know M/M isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I highly recommend you give this one a go. It has the perfect blend of male loving and is a great introduction to this genre

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Princess Emma Reviews: Drifter by Bella Jewel

Princess Emma Reviews: Drifter by Bella JewelDrifter (MC Sinners Next Generation, #2) by Bella Jewel
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

It's here! The second installment in the USA Today bestselling series, MC Sinners Next Gen. This book can be read as a standalone.
They say opposites attract. In my world that isn’t a good thing. I did everything I could to escape the grips of motorcycle club I grew up in when I turned twenty-one. It wasn’t about fear, or betrayal, or even lack of love. I just needed my own life. I had to know how it felt to stand on my own two feet without their protection. Then I met Diesel. Mysterious, dark, with eyes that screamed to be understood. From the second I met him, I knew I needed to be in his life. There’s just one problem – he’s a member of a different motorcycle club. Two things that should never be combined. Yet I can’t stay away. No matter how hard he pushes. I can see beyond his mask. I need to know who he is and I’ll overcome any obstacle to be in his life. A friendship is born, followed by an epic love. Our relationship is forbidden. But I’ll do anything to be in his life. Anything.
This book contains mature themes.
Editor: Lauren McKellar

Series: MC Sinner's Next Generation #2
Also in this series: Pandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1)
Also by this author: Pandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1), Pandemonium (MC Sinners Next Generation, #1)

4.25 Crowns

Book 2 in the MC Sinners Next Generation series. This is a spin-off series from Bella Jewel’s original MC Sinners series, but you do not need to have read that series or indeed book 1 in this one to enjoy this read. I however recommend that you do to get more background on the characters and the environment they live in.

Mercedes has grown up never knowing anything other than the Motorcycle Club that she has grown up in. Her father Spike has been your typical overbearing father and the rest of the club’s bikers aren’t much better. Determined to strike it out alone she decides to go to college in Denver and gain the independence that she craves. Surprisingly she crosses paths with a guy that is as arrogant as he is hot, a guy that stole her first kiss many months before. He is moody and clearly want nothing to do with her, but Mercedes being who she is forces a friendship with him. Everything should work out just fine… Until she realises that Diesel isn’t just anyone. Diesel is everything that she shouldn’t want. He is a member of another Motorcycle Club.

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Okay, so it took me a while to start this book because in all honesty I wasn’t overly impressed with its predecessor Pandemonium. It just didn’t meet the expectations I had from this author. I am however happy to say though that this one did. Not only did we get Mercedes from the Hell’s Knights MC but we also get Diesel from the Joker’s Wrath MC. Oh yes, two of my favourite MC series’ butt heads. Well I say butt heads, Drifter is less of a MC read than you would expect, but that isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. Yes the backdrop is there and of course you have some involvement from both clubs, but primarily this is a college romance. To be honest that was my favourite part. Not all biker kids become biker’s. Some will surely branch out and make lives for themselves, and both Mercedes and Diesel are trying to do just that.

Mercedes is very much a glass half full type of chick. She wants to be friends with everyone, but she is also a biker’s daughter, so don’t cross her as she won’t take shit. Diesel on the flip side is a typical moody musician. Son of Mack and heir apparent to the Joker’s Wrath, the future as club president feels like a noose around his neck.

 

I am so pleased that I enjoyed this book. I thought it was the perfect balance between an MC and college romance, re-introducing old friends I have met along the way as well. For fans of both series it is a must read. And having perfectly set up the next book 3, Manacle, I look forward to what instore for the next Hell Knight’s kids.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Spinning Out by Lexi Ryan

Princess Emma Reviews: Spinning Out by Lexi RyanSpinning Out (The Blackhawk Boys, #1) by Lexi Ryan
on May 3rd 2016
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4.5 Stars

Once, the only thing that mattered to me was football—training, playing, and earning my place on the best team at every level. I had it all, and I threw it away with a semester of drugs, alcohol, and pissing off anyone who tried to stop me. Now I’m suspended from the team, on house arrest, and forced to spend a semester at home to get my shit together. The cherry on my fuckup sundae? Sleeping in the room next to mine is my best friend’s girl, Mia Mendez—the only woman I’ve ever loved and a reminder of everything I regret.
I’m not sure if having Mia so close will be heaven or hell. She’s off-limits—and not just because she’s working for my dad. Her heart belongs to someone else. But since the accident that killed her brother and changed everything, she walks around like a zombie, shutting out her friends and ignoring her dreams. We’re both broken, numb, and stuck in limbo.
Until I break my own rules and touch her. Until she saves me from my nightmares by climbing into my bed. Until the only thing I want more than having Mia for myself is to protect her from the truth.
I can’t rewrite the past, but I refuse to leave her heart in the hands of fate. For this girl, I’d climb into the sky and rearrange the stars.
SPINNING OUT is a sexy, emotional novel of 100,000 words. It is first in the Blackhawk Boys, a series of standalone novels.---THE BLACKHAWK BOYS. Football. Secrets. Lies. Passion. These boys don’t play fair. Which Blackhawk Boy will steal your heart?Book 1 - SPINNING OUT - Coming May 3rd (Arrow's story)Book 2 - RUSHING IN - Coming Summer 2016 (Christopher's story)Book 3 - GOING UNDER - Coming late 2016 (Sebastian's story)

Series: The Blackhawk Boys #1

4.5 Crowns

Spinning Out is book 1 in The Blackhawk Boys series.

Mia Mendez isn’t living life, she is surviving it. Plagued by guilt, she struggles from one day to the next following the accident that killed her older brother Nic and which caused life altering injuries to her boyfriend Brogan. If anyone can understand her feelings it should be Arrow Woodison, Brogan’s best friend. But he has dealt with the repercussions of that fateful New Year’s Eve worse than even she has. Now employed by his family she is living under their roof; it gives her the money she needs to help her father and takes up her spare time so she doesn’t have to think… until. One day Arrow comes home, and things will either spiral out of control for the better or more than likely for the worse.

Arrow Woodison, star of the university football team, privileged kid and all round good guy. That is until he met Mia Mendez. What followed their first meeting changed the direction of so many lives; none more so than his best friends. The only way Arrow knew how to bury his problems was in drink and drugs, and that has certainly came back to haunt him. Now on house arrest and banned from playing his beloved football, his life couldn’t get any worse. Or could it? Forced to live with the only girl he has ever loved, her face and the numb world she lives in makes him hurt even more than he loves.

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How will Mia and Arrow move forward when so many question remain unanswered?

Wow! This was my first Lexi Ryan read, but it certainly won’t be my last. I have a bit of a soft spot for sports/college romance reads at the moment and on first glance this seems to tick all the boxes. But look a bit deeper and let me tell you it has more layers than a bloody onion. This book is so much more than I expected and I struggled to put it down.

Told in dual POV and with chapters in both the past and present, what starts with the potential to be an innocent boy meets girl book, turns into much more when best friends get involved. This book is full of lies, deception, hidden truths, suspense and so much more. Seriously I struggle to do this book justice because Lexi has created such an intricate web of a story that has a real darkness in its emotion and depth without being a typical “dark romance” storyline. I seriously had no clue how this book would end, and I always know that a book has gripped me when I want to look at the last few pages to see because the angst has overcome me (I didn’t, if you wondered)

I am not going to say too much more as you need to go into it as blindly as I did. What I will say is that you will be questioning the characters actions and motivations as much as they question themselves and that in itself is a sign of a great read. I now look forward to the books to follow.

 

If you haven’t read a Lexi Ryan book this would be a great place to start. A wonderful, suspenseful, unique and slightly darker emotional take on college/sports romance.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Sidebarred by Emma Chase

Princess Emma Reviews: Sidebarred by Emma ChaseSidebarred (The Legal Briefs, #3.5) by Emma Chase
on January 1st 1970
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4.5 Stars

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless—in and out of the courtroom.
Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure—a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it.
Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy—but it finally feels like he’s got it together again....
So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.
And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.

Series: The Legal Briefs #3.5
Also in this series: Appealed (The Legal Briefs, #3)
Also by this author: Appealed (The Legal Briefs, #3), Appealed (The Legal Briefs, #3), Royally Screwed (Royally, #1), Royally Screwed (Royally, #1)

4.5 Crowns

Book 3.5 in the Legal Briefs series. This is a novella concluding the series and must be read after reading the brilliant first 3 books in the series.

Ever wondered what happened next? I think we all do after finishing a series that we have really enjoyed. Well Emma Chase has done just that with Sidebarred. Call it an extended epilogue if you wish, but this little novella really did put the cherry on top of a most satisfying cake.

We are back with Jake and Chelsea, and of course their mad house full of six very sweet kids. All a bit older and still testing their guardian’s patience at every turn, life couldn’t get more hectic or better for them… or could it?

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I was so pleased when I saw this book. Having loved the 3 previous instalments, I couldn’t wait to see where Emma Chase would take this one. Having loved all the characters, and you will get to see them all, I was really pleased that she focused on Jake and Chelsea. Their story was my favourite; not just because of the change 7 people made to Jake’s proud bachelor status, but also because I loved the kids in the story and couldn’t wait to see how life was treating them all several years later. I’m not going to spoil it for you by saying anymore, but from someone that isn’t particularly fond of novella’s, I seriously loved this book.

Emma’s writing is fluid, funny and contains a whole gamut of emotions. She has a real talent for making a light-hearted book stay with you. I believe it’s because she writes brilliant characters that have real light and shade to them, even if their stories are filled with her signature humour. Emma Chase does not know how to write a boring book that’s for sure!

 

The ending was perfect and left me with only 1 question. When’s the next book out, Emma? I seriously can’t wait.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Wicked Heart by Leisa Raven

Princess Emma Reviews: Wicked Heart by Leisa RavenWicked Heart (Starcrossed, #3) by Leisa Rayven
on May 17th 2016
Pages: 304
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4.5 Stars

“Hilarious, heartwarming and unique, the Starcrossed series is highly recommended.” –USA TODAY
The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.
Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.
After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.
Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.
“With the perfect balance of humor, steam, angst and impossible to put down, Leisa Rayven is a gifted storyteller, and Wicked Heart is truly exceptional.” –NATASHA IS A BOOK JUNKIE

Series: Starcrossed #3
Also by this author: Wicked Heart (Starcrossed, #3)

4.5 Crowns

Book 3 in the Starcrossed series. This is a standalone novel and follows Elissa Holt, the younger sister of Ethan Holt. We were introduced to her in both Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet, and although all 3 books have interlinking characters, you do not need to read the previous ones to fully enjoy Wicked Heart.

Elissa Holt lives by one rule when it comes to matters of the heart – Do not get involved with the leading man! An upcoming stage manager on the Broadway scene, she has had her fingers burnt one too many times with your typical narcissistic actor. So when she meets Liam Sinclair one evening, she thinks he may just be perfect; especially when he tells her he is in construction… that is until he turns up for an audition the next day. When he wins the part, she is determined to stick to her rules; even if that means fighting a mutual attraction and the magnetic connection between them. They share one night of perfection before he follows his dreams to Hollywood on his own. That was 6 years ago. Now he is back, a huge star and she is once again his stage manager, along with his equally famous, beautiful co-star and fiancée. Will the connection they once had still exist? Will she ever be able to move on from the broken heart he left her with? And the biggest question of all… Will she be able to stick to her golden rule?

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This was a really great read. I loved the previous 2 books and had liked Elissa’s character in those stories, but I have to say I loved her even more when I got to know her. This is very much a second chance, love triangle romance with a twist. I’m not going to say much more as I wouldn’t want to spoil the read for you, but I found the storyline pretty unique and very current given society’s general obsession with celebrities and their private lives.

I find Leisa Rayven’s writing really fun and easy to read. I think she explores characters well, adding just the right amount of humour alongside emotion to make it a book that really captures your imagination and heart. It isn’t a book filled out by unnecessary sex, but is a book that will make your heart flutter in the nicest possible way.

 

If you read the previous books then jump on this one for sure. But for anyone looking for a new romance author Leisa Rayven is definitely someone you need to be 1-clicking. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Complicate Me by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Complicate Me by M. RobinsonComplicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1) by M. Robinson
on September 12th 2015
Pages: 397
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5 Stars

It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.A decision.A simple choice.There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road. A different life. It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. Pretending was better than knowing the truth...I. Ruined. Us.I had her. I lost her. I love her.All I did was complicate us.
STANDALONE series. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Strong language and sexual content, not intended for readers under 18.

Series: Good Ol' Boys #1
Also in this series: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Crave Me: The Good Ol' Boys
Also by this author: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, 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), Ends Here (Road to Nowhere, #2)

5 Crowns

Book 1 in the Good Ol’ Boys series.

Alex or Half- Pint as she is known, has been in love with her best friend for as long as she can remember. She has chased her 4 boys around since she could walk and she loves them all like brothers, except for Lucas. Her and Lucas, although 2 years apart have always shared a special bond, a closeness, and she loves him more than he will ever know.

Complicate Me is a romance that will span years. From childhood friendships, to young people who love but who also hurt each other. This is Lucas and Alex’s story. It isn’t easy or straightforward. It’s complicated and frustrating, but is nonetheless a beautiful love that spans the years. Will they ever find a way to be together, or will obstacles and indeed their own actions get in the way to prevent their happily ever after?

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What. A. Read! This book has every emotion you want in a love story and so much more. It puts the capital A in Angst and grapples with your heart strings from the very start. The characters in this book, well I am seriously invested in them all. I feel like I know them personally, that I have walked in their shoes. And this is down to the pure quality of M. Robinson’s writing. This isn’t a fluffy, cookie cutter romance. M. Robinson has created a world and a life for each of these characters and I for one will not rest until I know everything there is to know about them.

I kind of don’t want to give too much away about the storyline. I think the synopsis is vague for a reason and I don’t want to spoil that. What I can say is that you need to buckle yourself in for a journey between 2 soulmates that destiny has different ideas for. It’s not an insta-love as such, it’s a slow build that starts in childhood and spans nearly 2 decades. The world seems against them, as do those around them, but most of the damage, hurt and mistakes are down to their own actions. (I am stopping here, but I could write on and on about these two amazing characters and their story.)

 

If you want a moving, angst ridden love story that encompasses childhood friendships, family, dealing with the consequences of the mistakes young adults make, and bonds that will never be broken, this is a book that you can’t miss. I am now so sucked into this series, I am off to read Book 2 Forbid Me, Jacob’s story. Wish me luck, I am so going to need it.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Forbid Me by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Forbid Me by M. RobinsonComplicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1) by M. Robinson
on September 12th 2015
Pages: 397
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5 Stars

It was complicated, it was also just the beginning.A decision.A simple choice.There is always that one moment in life where things could have been different. That one moment where you could have chosen a path that would lead you down a certain road. A different life. It was easier to pretend that we were still best friends, and that she was my girl and I was her boy. Pretending was better than knowing the truth...I. Ruined. Us.I had her. I lost her. I love her.All I did was complicate us.
STANDALONE series. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Strong language and sexual content, not intended for readers under 18.

Series: Good Ol' Boys #2
Also in this series: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Crave Me: The Good Ol' Boys
Also by this author: Undo Me: The Good Ol' Boys, 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), Ends Here (Road to Nowhere, #2)

5 Crowns

Book 2 in the Good Ol’ Boys series. This is a standalone series with interlinking characters, and yes it can indeed be read as such. However, I implore you to read book 1, Complicate Me before you start this one. I honestly believe that it will only improve the reading experience of Forbid me, as it sets the scene and you will embark on it knowing the tight bond these characters have, and for me that is such an imperative part of this series.

Jacob is the oldest of his tight knit group of friends. He loves them all with a loyal intensity and is particularly protective of Alex, the only girl. His part in keeping her and Lucas apart is something he will have to live with, especially given the secret he keeps from them all. He tried to stay away, but she is his own personal siren. She also happens to be 7 years younger than him and his best friend’s kid sister.

Lily has been in love with Jacob for as long as she can remember. She has always been placed in the kid zone, until one day he notices her for the young woman she is becoming. He thinks it’s wrong, but how can love be wrong? And how will they ever make those around them understand the connection that tethers their souls as one.

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I started this book thinking, how the hell can you top Lucas and Alex’s story; with Jacob and Lily’s, that’s how. OMG, this is one hell of a story. Once again M. Robinson’s writing is amazingly beautiful and the story is so well constructed. With Forbid me she has created a book that’s emotional content will suck you in and break your heart.

It is in essence a forbidden love story combined with a best friend romance, however that seriously doesn’t even begin to do this book justice. When Jacob and Lily share their first kiss Lily is just 15 years old and Jacob 22. In some books that would give you a real ick factor. Let me tell you now, it doesn’t with these 2 characters, and M. Robinson’s writing and portrayal of these characters and the love they share is the reason.  This is a beautiful, heart-breaking and angst ridden journey. You have on one hand Jacob, who loves Lily but really struggles with guilt for the attraction and love he has for her. On the other is Lily; determined, stubborn and confidant in them and the future they could have if they could only overcome the obstacles in their way.

Once again it is a journey over many years. Told in dual POV, you get the whole story and it is in a mixture of past and present which totally worked for their story. It is a story that combines love and hurt, broken hearts and redemption. It really is a beautiful book.

 

I seriously can’t recommend this series or indeed this author enough. Her writing is raw and real and I can’t get enough. I am off now to read Dylan’s book, I need to know what his journey will bring and I need to know now!

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Princess Emma Reviews: Undo Me by M. Robinson

Princess Emma Reviews: Undo Me by M. RobinsonUndo Me: The Good Ol' Boys by M. Robinson
on February 26th 2016
Pages: 338
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5 Stars

I met her when I was sixteen. I fell in love with her when I was seventeen. She brought me to my knees when I was twenty. I loved her against reason. I loved her against hope. I loved her against all odds. Now she's back, a constant reminder of what I lost, what could have been. I hate her. I resent her. I still love her. Can I forgive her... Will she be my end once again or my beginning?"

Series: Good Ol' Boys #3
Also in this series: Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Complicate Me (The Good Ol' Boys, #1), Crave Me: The Good Ol' Boys
Also by this author: 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), Ends Here (Road to Nowhere, #2)

5 Crowns

Book 3 in the Good Ol’ Boys series. This is a standalone series, however as I have said before please, please read the 2 previous books. Each book has interlinking characters and their stories and the bonds they have in their relationships with each other are pivotal. It will really enhance the emotions you feel for them as characters and the journey this book takes them on.

Dylan “Fuckin’” McGraw has always been the leader of the pack. Cocky, direct and honest to a fault, he makes no apologies for his behaviour or his attitude. The girls throw themselves at him and one thing he is good at is catching them and then throwing them back when he has had his fill… until her. She is his game changer.

Aubrey has moved to North Carolina from L.A following the breakdown of her parent’s marriage. She takes an instant dislike to Dylan and his treatment of her only friend, but soon he casts his net and she is unable to escape him.

She challenges him and brings out a side of him that only one other girl has been able to do. His need to protect and love her takes over and the love they share is beautiful and everlasting. Until one day it isn’t and everything they have becomes ugly and tainted… maybe forever!

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My heart hurts so much after this book. All the books in this series have been deep and meaningful, but this book really explores an ugly side to love and how certain experiences ruin everything that is good. Before I go any further I have to advise that this books contains a very serious subject matter. I am not going to go into it as I don’t want to spoil the read for you, I will however say that it may be a trigger for some. Having said that I can also say that M. Robinson has dealt with it in a sensitive and honest manner. Yes it is a hard book to read at times, but by the end you will be glad you have experienced it.

I was never quite sure about Dylan in the previous books. He was always a little too cock sure of himself and very much an arsehole if I’m honest. This book unmasks the real Dylan and let me tell you, you will want a man like him in your life. His love and loyalty to Aubrey is unrivalled. But it is Aubrey who will break your heart. Her journey is such a torrid one and out of all the couples in these books, it really was these two that have the hardest path for many reasons. Angst is the wrong word for this book, poignant and raw is so much better.

As with all these books we start at the very beginning of their story, following both Dylan and Aubrey over the course of two decades. It is a real rollercoaster that throws in many a twist and turn that I for one wasn’t expecting. The quality of M. Robinson’s writing astounds me and her ability to create feelings that hit you deep in the solar plexus is up with the best. Is it a hard journey? Yes most certainly. But it is also a story about everlasting love, loyalty and the extremes we go to for “The One”.

 

Please do not let this series pass you by. It is a rare gem that I stumbled across, and one that I will never ever forget. I now await Austin’s book, Crave Me. He is the most enigmatic character in this series and one that has always battled with himself throughout each book. I am just glad I only have 2 weeks to wait to be back in North Carolina. Bring on the most epic of book hangovers!

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Princess Emma Reviews: One With You by Sylvia Day

Princess Emma Reviews: One With You by Sylvia DayOne with You (Crossfire, #5) by Sylvia Day
on April 5th 2016
Pages: 464
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4 Stars

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.
Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.
We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws ... and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.
But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free ... or break us apart.
Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant,
One with You
is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire® saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

Series: Crossfire #5
Also in this series: One with You (Crossfire, #5)
Also by this author: One with You (Crossfire, #5)

4 Crowns

The fifth and final book in the bestselling Crossfire series. So, if you have been living under a literary rock, then I need to tell you that this book concludes a continual storyline. Therefore you must read the first 4 books before embarking on it. But I am guessing that if you are reading this review, like me you will be thinking that it has been a long time coming, and you can’t wait to bloody dive in.

So as with each book in this series, One With You starts off where Captivated By You (#4) finished. I am not going to go too much into storyline as I don’t want to spoil it. But in this book Gideon and Eva finally seem to find a groove that works for them. Obviously there are still bumps along the road, but there was much more meat on the bone in this book. Having been disappointed with both books 3 & 4, I was worried that the flame of interest that I had for both these characters would have been extinguished. I am so happy to say that it wasn’t. The magic and chemistry was back and I was so happy to feel it pour off the pages.

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Is it the perfect ending? I would have to probably say no. I do have to agree with many other reviews that question why other secondary storylines weren’t tied up. In most books that wouldn’t bother me, however the secondary characters and their storylines have played such an integral part of the overall series. It seems off that as a writer you leave unanswered questions given you have 5 full length novels to answer them in. But let’s not digress too much. This book does also have many positives. The sex is once again steamy and you get chapters from Gideon’s POV; how can that not be a huge positive. What the previous 2 books lacked in storyline, this one made up for. It is just such a shame that what was as a whole a great story was dragged over 5 books instead of 3.

Having loved books 1 & 2, books 3 & 4 were disappointing for me. For want of a better word, I found them boring. I so wish that this book has been combined with those and that a major storyline contained in this book had been explored more throughout. I am not going to go into it too much as it would be a huge spoiler, and whilst it came out of left field, I really enjoyed it. Had that been explored more, and the storyline of this and the previous 2 books been combined, the overall storylines in the latter part of the series would have had had more to them. Instead what was a great inclusion into the storyline was rushed in the final 25% of this book and that was a real shame.

 

So whilst I have my issues with the series, the biggest 1 being the time between each instalment… seriously years between some of the books. Really??? I look back at it and can say on the whole it has been enjoyable. It brought us the enigmatic Gideon Cross and the feisty Eva Tramell and I for one am glad to have read it. If you have been a fan of this series, this is a must read. Some questions will linger, but on the whole you will be happy with the place in which Gideon and Eva find themselves at the end.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Right by Jana Aston

Princess Emma Reviews: Right by Jana AstonRight by Jana Aston
on January 1st 1970
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4.5 Stars

My childhood was perfect. I’ve led a charmed life, and I’m not going to blow it now by picking the wrong guy.
I’ve got my sights set on my brother’s best friend.He’s known my family for years. He’s reliable and kind and handsome.
Sure, he’s been avoiding me since I was six. I’m a bit aggressive for him, maybe.
But he’s the one… right?
RIGHT is a standalone novel by Jana Aston

Also by this author: Wrong

4.5 Crowns.

This is a standalone romance, however it does feature characters from Jana Aston’s previous book, Wrong. You do not need to have read Wrong to enjoy Right, however I recommend you do. Not only is it is a great read, it also gives you the opportunity to get to know the brilliant Everly and of course the beginning of her story.

Everly has a plan. It is a plan she has had since she was 6 years old and one she has dedicated her life to. All those years ago, she met Finn. 14 years old and her older brother Eric’s best friend, she fell in love and just knew he was the one for her. To say it has taken over her life would be a little harsh. She may have only applied to the college he taught at, and she may have turned slightly stalker-ish in recent years, but she just sees it as upping her game, going big to get the man she is destined to be with… Or is she? When Finn’s older brother ends up giving her a lift back to college instead of Finn, he has her questioning whether Mr Right could indeed have been Mr Wrong all along.

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This is such a great read. I really enjoyed Wrong, but for me Jana Aston really has delivered with Everly’s story in Right. Having loved Everly in Wrong, I was eager to see how her plan to snare Professor Finn would pan out. I had no clue the direction Jana would take with her story, but I have to say it was bloody genius. Sawyer is perfect for Everly. He challenges her and gives her a bit of her own medicine. They have a genuine chemistry and just, for want of a better word, fit. The banter between them had me giggling and the sex has me readying the shower to cool myself off. It is a really well written and developed romantic comedy and I loved it.

I said this about Wrong and I will say it again about Right. Not all books need to be deep and heavy. Sometimes you need a read that will make you laugh. An easy read that uplifts you with characters that don’t bore you with their complexity. Right and its characters are perfect for exactly that. Of course the pathway isn’t always easy, but it also reinforces how super cool both Sawyer and particularly Everly are. Everyone needs a friend like Everly in their life.

 

If you want a light-hearted, funny and sexy read, don’t look any further… Sometimes who you think is Mr Wrong, turns out to be the perfect Mr Right.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Mercy by M.N. Forgy

Princess Emma Reviews: Mercy by M.N. ForgyMercy (Sin City Outlaws, #2) by M.N. Forgy
on April 4th 2016
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4.5 Stars

I’m an outlaw. I don’t fall in love and I sure as fuck don't run... Until Jillian McAdams.I fell for a law abiding Sheriff, breaking my vows to my own club, and turning her against her family of blue.An outlaw and a sheriff, it can only end in one way… Mayhem.Now we both have to pay the ultimate price for betraying our families.I swore to kill my brother, his allegiance sworn to another club, if I ever saw him again. Yet here I am running to him in hopes to save Jillian’s life…We both will have to rewrite the rules we know to stay alive.Even if it means we lose everything we had in doing so…

Series: Sin City Outlaws #2
Also in this series: Reign (Sin City Outlaws, #1), Mercy (Sin City Outlaws, #2)
Also by this author: Reign (Sin City Outlaws, #1), Reign (Sin City Outlaws, #1), Reign (Sin City Outlaws, #1), Mercy (Sin City Outlaws, #2), What Might Kill Us (The Devil's Dust, #5), Retaliate (Sin City Outlaws Book 3)

4.5 Crowns

Book 2 in the Sin City Outlaws series. This is very much a continuation of Reign #1. Do not read this book or indeed this review before reading Reign as this review will contain some spoilers. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

So Mercy starts very much where Reign finished. Zeek and Jillian are on the run from both Zeek’s uncle and the Las Vegas law enforcement agencies following the murder of Jillian’s father at the hands of Zeek. Zeek’s main concern is keeping Jillian safe and out of his Uncle’s clutches, whilst all Jillian wants to do is get away from her father’s killer, mourn his death and try and clear her name. 

Heading toward California and his brother Lip, Zeek knows he is taking a risk. The Devil’s Dust is the last place he should be going and his brother may just carry out his last threat of killing him, but it is a chance he has to take to keep Jillian alive; even if she hates him at the moment.

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Secrets will be revealed and everything that both Zeek and Jillian believed to be the truth will prove to be lies. Will the love that had grown between them remain? Or will the obstacles they face be the final nail in the coffin between the outlaw and the deputy? I will leave it to you to find out.

So I did mention in my review of Reign that I found it a little slow out of the starting blocks. Let me tell you right now that this can’t be said for Mercy. The pace of this book is fast and furious. These are two characters on the run and M.N Forgy’s storytelling reflects that. She keeps the storyline snapping along but also perfectly blends in the emotion of a woman who watched the man she loves kill her hero. It made me seriously wonder how she could turn this around for a man and woman that already have so much in their way before they can reach a HEA. I don’t want to say much more as I don’t want to give anything away, but what I will say is that it is full of unexpected twists and turns. Loyalty and brotherhood will be the focus. Will Zeek’s club come to the rescue? And will his blood brother turn his back for good? Zeek will certainly find out where loyalties truly lie. 

On a final note, it was fab to see a cameo from the boys of Devil’s Dust; miss those guys. Hope we see more of them again soon.

 

If you like your MC reads to be fast, furious and the romance to be as difficult as it is beautiful, this series is one you will love.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Elastic Hearts by Claire Contreras

Princess Emma Reviews: Elastic Hearts by Claire ContrerasElastic Hearts (Hearts, #3) by Claire Contreras
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

Victor Reuben.Most sought out divorce attorney in LA.
Nicole Alessi.Soon to be ex-wife of Hollywood's biggest star, Victor’s latest client and his boss's daughter.
In such a high profile divorce, they can't afford any extra drama. Luckily, neither one of them has anything to hide. Unless you count the mind blowing sex they had… Once… Twice… Three times all those years ago.
As long as they leave the past where it belongs, they’ll be fine. But with her wearing those tight dresses and him giving her those heated glances, keeping their hands to themselves is proving to be more difficult than either one of them realized.
It won't be long before the paparazzi start to smell smoke, and where there's smoke...

Series: Hearts #3
Also in this series: Paper Hearts (Hearts, #2), Six of Hearts (Hearts, #1)
Also by this author: Paper Hearts (Hearts, #2)

4 Crowns

Book 3 in the Hearts series. You do not need to have read the previous 2 books in this series to enjoy Elastic  Hearts, however I insist you do as they are both amazing reads with Paper heart (#2) being my favourite second chance romance EVER!

Victor Reuben has watched his best friends and sister find love over the past few years. He is happy for them but it isn’t for him. He is committed to his career as a top divorce lawyer, forging a pathway to finally making partner. He likes his women fast and without expectation. The only woman he ever let get too close was Nicole, a woman he broke his own rules with and whom he hooked up with on several occasions. When he found out she was the daughter of his new boss he knew he had to end things, little did he know how much of a gut punch he would feel when he found out she was getting engaged to another man just 3 weeks later. Then she walks back into his life and he has the much desired partnership in his grasp; getting it however, maybe his downfall.

Nicole Alessi is getting divorced from her film star husband. The fairytale is over and the happily ever after nil and void. The relationship with Gabriel was always so fast and furious. She was happy and in love once, but as Gabe’s star shined brighter their relationship lost its sparkle and fast. So with her marriage breakdown in the spotlight she turns to her father’s law firm to end it for good. What she didn’t expect was to have to deal with Victor, the one that got away all those years ago. The spark and the want is still there, but can she leave the past in the past or will it come back to bite her on the behind?

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A celebrity divorce is a paparazzi dream, but a relationship between a lawyer and the wife of the biggest star in Hollywood who he is representing would be the biggest scandal of all!

I have really loved this series, not just because Claire Contreras’s writing is so good or that each book has been a different take on a second chance romance. It is because I have loved the characters she has written about. From Estelle and Oliver to Mia and Jensen and now Nicole and Victor, each book is told in duel POV so you get all parts of the story which in second chance romances is a must in my opinion. You get the full story warts and all, and it makes the book all the better for it.

I have loved Victor since book 1, so I was looking forward to getting more of his story. He was a lot more alpha dog than I expected to be honest, but because of his line of work it totally suited him. Nicole is a cool character. You can’t help but wonder if she rushed in to marriage with Gabe because of Victor, but I like to think she did. But don’t expect insta- reconnection. This is a slow burn because of the situation they both find themselves in, but that is what is fun about the book. I loved the obstacles that they themselves place and the obvious desire throughout that they battle so hard against.

It in all honesty isn’t my favourite book of the 3, but Paper Hearts was always going to be a massive book to follow because it blew me away. However, this is still a great book and like those before it a very different take on second chance romance. I am sad to wave goodbye to this great group of characters.

 

Another good read in a brilliant series.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Princess Emma Reviews: Paper Princess by Erin WattPaper Princess (The Royals, #1) by Erin Watt
on April 4th 2016
Pages: 370
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5 Stars

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
These Royals will ruin you…
Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.
Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.
He might be right.
Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Series: The Royals #1
Also in this series: Paper Princess (The Royals, #1), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4), Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)
Also by this author: Paper Princess (The Royals, #1), Paper Princess (The Royals, #1), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Broken Prince (The Royals, #2), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Twisted Palace (The Royals, #3), Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4), Fallen Heir (The Royals, #4)

5 Crowns

Book 1 in The Royals series.

Ella Harper is all alone in the world. Having never settled in one place very long, following her mother from town to town, she now finds herself trying to finish high school as well as dealing with the grief of losing her mother to cancer. With her eternal optimism she has managed to fool everyone into thinking she isn’t home alone and caring for herself at 17. But things are about to change when a certain Callum Royal turns up looking for her.

Suddenly Ella finds herself under his guardianship, moved across states to live in his huge mansion and thrown together with his five sons who are out to get her; or are they? Determined to keep her independence, she ignores the boys attempts to ostracise her, particularly the ringleader, the second son and prince of Astor Park, Reed Royal. But fighting her attraction to him is the hardest thing of all. Will she become a Royal? Or will she find herself on the streets once again.

The Royal family have secrets and slowly they will begin to come out. Will Ella be able to handle all the deception, secrets and indeed the wealth that is now her life?

OMG! I loved this book. I read the synopsis and it intrigued me for sure. I am a sucker for a good YA, but wow, this book is so much more. Don’t go in expecting an immaturity that often goes hand in hand with a Young Adult book. Oh no, this book has a really mature storyline but with a young cast. And what a cast and storyline it is.

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Ella is so mature and worldly wise for her years. Having watched her mother bounce from man to man, town to town and then having to watch her die, it has hardened her to life. Being thrown into this new world of money is a massive step for her but one she takes in her stride. Her biggest challenge is the boys; all 5 of them. They give her shit, make her feel like a sponger and make damn sure she knows she doesn’t belong. Ella being the determined person she is sets out to prove them wrong and slowly forms tentative relationships with them. But it is Reed that is the hardest nut to crack, not only because of the way he treats her, but also his absolute determination to keep his distance; the question is why?

This book is full of mystery, intrigue, suspense and angst. Being YA it isn’t full of graphic sex scenes and that works in its favour in my opinion, as it would detract from the pure quality of the storyline. Be warned it does contain one hell of a cliff hanger; but wow what an ending. It had my heart racing as I frantically read it; so much so that I had to read the final two chapters again to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Needless to say I am now eagerly awaiting Broken Prince, book 2 which will release on 25th July 2016. In fact I hope this series runs on and on; all these Royal deserve to have their stories told and their secrets to come out.

 

If you like your romance to have angst, suspense and a mansion full of secrets, Paper Princess is a MUST READ!  

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Princess Emma Reviews: A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole, Kia Thomas
on January 1st 1970
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5 Stars

One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
One boy.One girl.A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.A bond that neither time nor distance can break.A bond that will last forever.Or so they believe.When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.For ages 14 and up.

Also by this author: Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Reap (Scarred Souls, #2), Raze (Scarred Souls, #1), Sweet Hope (Sweet Home, #4), Souls Unfractured (Hades Hangmen, #3), Sweet Soul (Sweet Home, #4; Carillo Boys, #3), A Thousand Boy Kisses, A Thousand Boy Kisses, Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen, #4), Ravage (Scarred Souls, #3), A Veil of Vines, A Veil of Vines, Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Damnable Grace (Hades Hangmen, #5), Sick Fux, A Wish For Us

5 Crowns

This is a standalone romance and does not relate to any of the authors previous work.

Very occasionally you will read a book that blows you away; god how I love those books. You think it can’t get much better, and then suddenly you read a book that makes you forget those other books in an instant because it speaks to your soul; it hits you right in the centre of the solar plexus and you just know it will forever imprint itself on you. Those books are rare, they are to be cherished and if you are lucky you may just read 1 or 2 in your whole lifetime. A Thousand Boy Kisses is a rare and special book. I have lived every part of it and it has left me speechless.

I don’t need or want to elaborate on the synopsis. I will be honest, when I begged to be signed up for an advance copy, I hadn’t even read it myself. Tillie Cole books are always a must read for me. I love her writing, her attention to detail, I don’t need to know any more than it’s one of her books. But when I say you need to go into this book blind, I mean it. This book needs to be experienced the way Tillie wanted you to. Avoid those pesky spoiler reviews like the plague, and avoid skipping to the last chapter… believe me you will be seriously tempted.

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So how do I sum up the perfect book? My fingertips have been itching to write this review for the last 3 hours because it evoked so much passion in me. I expected my thoughts to flow with abandon. Alas, in reality and I have been sat here for the last 20 mins wondering how I do this book and the author justice. Plain and simply I can’t. There are not enough superlatives in the English language.

All you need to know is that this is a breath-taking story of 2 soulmates, born to partner the other through life. It is utterly beautiful in its simplicity, yet the characters words and phrasing have a sincerity that transcends the page and just hit you where it hurts. I feel like I have been rolled over by an emotional juggernaut. It is as heart-warming as it is heart breaking and is a story of innocent love, of friendship, forgiveness, of healing and of course a lasting love for all infinity. In the words of Poppy, it is as special as special can be. We all hope indeed dream to find this type of love in life. For those of us who are lucky enough to have found it, it is a lesson on how important it is to hold onto it with everything we have.

For those of you who are put off by the YA label, please don’t be. This eclipses any book in that genre, indeed in any genre. This book is literature at its finest. It is a true work of art and one that will stay with me forever. Poppy and Rune hold a part of my soul I will never give back.

To Tillie I say this. You have outdone yourself with this book. How you managed to suppress these characters and their story for 18 months is beyond me. Your words and your talent are effortless and pure class. You are a trail blazer of British flavour and it makes me proud to know that a northern lass from this side of pond is writing books that will entertain and effect so many people’s lives. Thank-you for sharing this story with us. You deserve all the plaudits that this book will bring you.

 

So if you are wondering, this is of course the best of 2016 so far. It is also Tillie’s best work to date and it is only the second book that I can honestly say turned me inside out. An absolute MUST READ and a rare gem that if I never read a book as good as this again… I will be happy because I have read and experienced this one.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

Princess Emma Reviews: Midnight Lily by Mia SheridanMidnight Lily by Mia Sheridan
on January 1st 1970
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4 Stars

Holden Scott is the prince of professional football. At least he was before he lost it all . . . or more to the point, before he threw it all away. Now he's out of a job, out of the public's good graces, and perhaps just a little out of his mind. So when a friend offers up his remote lodge in the wilds of Colorado, giving Holden some time away to get his life back on track, he can hardly say no. The last thing he expects is to see a beautiful girl in the woods—one wearing a white, lace dress who appears in the moonlight, and leaves no footprints behind. Is she a dream? A ghost? A product of his muddled imagination? Or something entirely different?
Midnight Lily is the haunting love story of two lost souls reaching for each other in the dark. A tale of healing, acceptance, and the worlds we create to protect our own hearts. It is a story of being lost, of being found, and of being in the place between.
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY VIRGO. Non-Paranormal, New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Also by this author: Midnight Lily, Midnight Lily, Most of All You: A Love Story

4 Crowns

Midnight Lily is the next romance novel in the very unique Sign of Love series. Each book is based around a sign of the zodiac, this one being Virgo. Each book is completely standalone, with no interlinking characters. I would however highly recommend this series.

Holden Scott is in serious need of change. A huge star in the world of football, his status within his team and in the eyes of the public has been shattered due to his off the field antics. Finding himself alone to beat his demons, and in the remote forests of Colorado, he knows this is his last chance at sorting his life out. But when a beautiful woman appears on the edge of the woods dressed in white lace, he has no idea the impact she will have on him and the direction his life will take next. She makes him want to be a better man and in turn he gives her a freedom that she longs for. Will they find a life outside the forest? Or will life take an unexpected turn.

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I need to keep this review brief out of respect for this awesomely talented author. It would be so easy to accidently give a prospective reader too much information and in the case of this book, that would be unforgivable. Read the synopsis, it is intentionally vague. That my friends is for a very good reason. This book is full of intrigue, mystery and suspense. But of course this is Mia Sheridan, she likes her twists and turns and believe me when I say, this is without doubt a book that will leave you saying “Well I didn’t expect that”.

So did I like it? Yes and no. Of course, as expected, this book is beautifully written, is well thought out and extremely visceral in the emotions it creates. Her books are always so atmospheric; she certainly is one of the best authors at creating a world so easily in your mind. For me though, and this is purely personal, it just wasn’t my bag. My blog sister used a word that was so true and I wish I could share it with you, but alas it would give too much away. Do not however, let this put you off. This is a very good book, just not MY type of book. And that is why I gave Midnight Lily 4 Crowns. I cannot give it less purely because of my personal opinion. It has to be about the book and I know that many, many readers will adore it.

 

A unique, atmospheric and well written romance by a very talented writer. If you love Mia Sheridan’s work, you shouldn’t let it pass you by. Just stay away from the hideous spoiler reviews; you need to go in blind.

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Princess Emma Reviews: Soulless by T.M. Frazier

Princess Emma Reviews: Soulless by T.M. FrazierSoulless (King, #4) by T.M. Frazier
on January 1st 1970
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5 Stars

The finale to Bear and Thia's epic love story.

Series: King #4
Also in this series: King (King, #1), Lawless (King, #3), Lawless (King, #3), Soulless (King, #4), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two, Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two
Also by this author: King (King, #1), Lawless (King, #3), Lawless (King, #3), Soulless (King, #4), Soulless (King, #4), All the Rage, All the Rage, All the Rage, Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5), Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two, Preppy: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part Two

Book 4 in the epic King series. This is part two of Bear’s story and is very much a continuation. For this reason it is imperative that you read Lawless first. But to get every characters nuances and to feel every emotion felt in this book, I recommend reading the series from the start.

This review contains SPOILERS if you haven’t read Lawless, so if you haven’t stop reading now!

Soulless picks up immediately from the cliff hanger we were left with in Lawless. I say left with, but it was more like painfully subjected to… this book couldn’t come soon enough.

So Bear is banged up for the murder of Thia’s parents. Of course, this is a plan to protect Thia. Not just from the law, but also from Bear’s father Chop and his former club, the Beach Bastards MC. With everything seemingly against him, he holds onto the prize… Thia. He intends to protect her, clear his name and for the first time love and be loved by a woman that not just understands him, but who challenges him as well.

As for Thia, she is playing the waiting game. She was devastated when the police came and arrested Bear, but she will follow his lead and wait, because she not only trusts him, she loves him hopelessly. Even if she is left confused and lonely at this turn of events.

When Bear’s plan suddenly succeeds, he teams up with an unlikely army of his own. Primed and ready to end the threat from his father for good, he just wants to start a new life with Thia without needing to look over his shoulder. But life isn’t so simple. Their enemies come in all shapes and sizes, and secrets that should have been buried come to bite you when you least expect it.

Will Love conquer all? You will need to read it yourself and find out.

OMFG, what a read. Seriously, I knew to expect a good book, little did I know that this book would be unbelievably EPIC. T.M. Frazier, you are one twisted genius. The web she has weaved in this book blew me away. She cleverly plays with your mind, making you think you know where the story is going and then BAM! You’re left wondering what else is going to come to light.

Expect all the usual suspects. King is back, as is Ray, Grace and of course the ever smart and entertaining ghost of Preppy. But new characters enter the fray and make this book all the more interesting for them.

 

I am going to stop there as I really don’t want to give anything away. If you are looking for an EPIC read this book delivers in spates. Packed to the rafters with twists and turns, but also true and honest emotion. The ending left me speechless, like in that WTF I have just read state, when you know you have just read an outstanding book. I hope this isn’t the end; these characters have so much more to say. Let’s just cross our fingers that Ms Frazier is listening to them 😉

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