I have been hearing so many positive reviews about this book, which made me finally caved and purchased a copy for myself. First I want to say, I did like the book. I may be critiquing it with my personal opinions and all, but the overall growth and coming of age concept was not to bad. This book is a trilogy, thus far and the second one is coming out later this month. We were left on a mean cliff hanger so Yes, I already pre-order book 2.
Here are my beefs with the book:
So here is how I feel about this book. 1st I honestly do not think this book should be categorized as a Mature YA. It is WAY too graphic and sexual for what I believe a proper YA should be.
Sorry I disagree there. I think it appeals to the teens that are 18+. If the kids were in college and this was categorized as New Adult genre then I wouldn’t have any beefs with it, but it is not. The kids are in high school, except one, and the adults act like they are in high school.
Second, do not be deceived by the title, this is no fairy tale story with true loves kiss and a HEA. We don’t have any true Princes or Princesses. We just have many spoiled, selfish, rich kids that think they can do and act however they want with no consequences. Let’s just say, this book would run perfectly with Gossip Girls. (By the way I Love Gossip Girls)
Now I am going to talk about this book as a New Adult, because I “PERSONALLY” believe it should be categorized as such. In this case I will tell you. I enjoyed it. I really liked our heroine and her sassiness. She makes you want to root for her because of how B*tchy all the other people around her are acting. She is strong - emotionally and mentally. She ‘tries’ to not let others get to her. I actually admire that. Not all of us our dealt with an easy life. Ella was far from that, but she pulled up her ‘boot-straps’ and did what she had to do. Bravo chica!
Our main character Ella is a true Cinderella in every sense. She goes from rags to riches in a blink of an eye. She has had a difficult life, living with her mother and numerous ex-boyfriends. Jumping from city to city and state to state, she has never had a true home. Her mother got sick and this forced Ella to take up the role of the adult. She was earning a living, until she was discovered by Mr. Callum Royal. He “saves” Ella from her currently life and situation bringing her to live with him and his 5 sons in a mansion that should have its own zip code. Ella is not accepted by the brothers, and they make it known to her from moment one. They are constant back-biting, snide comments and derogatory remarks. She has tough skin, but everyone has their breaking point. Ella not only faces these cruel words and actions at the house, but also in the private school Mr. Royal has signed her up in. She is now at the mercy of the Royal brothers, who run the school.
I feel so weird, as an adult I really enjoyed this book. I was up all night reading it. It was gripping and sucks you into their soap opera drama. The Royal Men are dangerous. Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally. They hurt those that they care about, even when they don’t mean to do it. The family situation is sad and I feel bad for the boys, until you see how they act. It is hard to love your antagonist in this story.
My overall thoughts on Reed Royal. He is your perfect example of a Byronic Hero. You hate him and love him all at the same time. He has power, money, looks, popularity, athleticism, charisma, and is a complete douche bag to Ella. He is the second brother our of the five and he is the ring leader. They all follow and step into line with him. Reed and Ella's chemistry is on fire. You can feel the heat coming off the pages. It is crazy. He is not only your new book boyfriend, but our anti-hero. I personally like some of the other brother s a little bit more. For Ella, Reed is what her heart and body wants; and he has no problem comply to her needs.
If you like high schoolers that act like adults. A dirty YA/NA with 5 HOT Men! Then yes this is your book. Other wise you may need to pass it. If you can't stand the heat don't go into the kitchen. Well, my friends this book is on FIRE! .
The first book in the Hart University Series is Rikki during the gang’s freshmen year. The second book is about Will and Claire during their sophomore year. There will be four books in the series.
Will is Hart Universities new starting QB. He sat on the bench all last year and this time around he actually gets to play. He wants to standout for one particular person, Claire. Claire is known for two things: first her desire to be a doctor and second her band. She is a musician and loves it. She writes songs all the time and performs at different parties around town. At the beginning of the school year her heart is crushed and takes a vow of celibacy from relationships. She overall goal is to work on herself. She is determined to be comfortable in her own skin and not rely on any man to make her feel better. Problem is when you are super attracted to the star QB, who is also one of the kindest, sweetest guys you have ever meet, it can make you question whether "the vow for no relationship" is truly worth it?
I love Claire and Will. They each have their own crap (personal struggles they are dealing with) but in the end they realize that the only way they can be together is if they take care of themselves first. I love that. You can’t give yourself fully to someone if you, yourself are broken.
Claire becomes broken in the beginning of the book and we feel for her; but, it isn’t the same remorse I feel for Will. The guy seemed like he had everything going for him, then POW it all ended. He was left with nothing and he thought he had no one to lean on.
Claire and some other friends do an intervention on Will, and that is when the steam between him and her gets becomes smoky!
This story as dual POV’s. It has music, poetry, friendship, and sports. What I like is that, this book isn’t about a good girl turning a bad boy good. This is about two good, down-to-earth people that are just seeking to improve themselves, so they can be emotional and mentally healthier. It is so real and raw. I truly enjoyed it.
Totally worth the read!
Real stories with real problems.
Enjoy and let me know what you all think of it.
The first time I read The Backup, which is book 1 in this series, I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t like the main character that much, but I will not bore you with those details, because you can just read that in my review. I will say that this book was 100% better. Both characters have their flaws, but OMG it was so difficult to put down. Now this is book 4 in the series and I did not read 2 & 3. Each book can be read as a standalone within the series.
First we are reintroduced to Elijah. He is a former navy seal who was injured in battle. Part of his injury is his lower amputated left leg. He was asked to come to Montgomery University as a part-time instructor. He meets sassy and intelligent Maddy, who is not looking for any fling, especially with some hot shot that thinks ever girl that talks to him is hitting on him.
She grew up the daughter of a Navy Seal. Maddy knows how the lifestyle goes and is familiar with the ins-and-outs of the military. Injuries don’t faze her, so Elijah’s lack of a limb doesn’t bother her; she is more in awe of the man and the rest of his body.
These two have strong chemistry and even though there is history between Elijah and Josie, you can feel the strong attraction between Maddy and him. The only problem is Maddy tries to deny it and allows herself to go on a date with someone else. Jealousy, dominance, passion, and obsession are all in the story. Which made it so hard to put down. How about up all night kind of read. That is what happened to me.
Some issues that unfold within the store: There is a stalker after Maddy; and, she struggles with Elijah and Josie’s pass relationship. Elijiah has an ex-fling trying to stake her claim; as well, he has his own emotional and psychological struggles to overcome.
Can he be Maddy’s knight in shining armor? Or can Maddy show him that he can be her superhero and she can still be a strong independent women?
Should you read this one?
I think that is a yes.
If you have a soft spot for military men, smart sassy women, and someone that forms an attraction which evolves into an obsession then you should totally go for it!
Sadie, left her hometown in Nashville and is now in a small southern coastal town with her best friend Rue. She wanted a clean slate, away from her cheating, backstabbing, psycho ex-boyfriend. Rue gets her to break out of her shell and have fun again. While on the beach she ‘interprets’ a man drowning. Well slight problem, Sadie is petrified of the ocean. She dives in to save him and ends up making a fool of herself.
West Montgomery wants to make a name for himself. Well he has at least with the ladies. Rule to never take them to his house, always go to theirs so he can leave right after. This changes when a beautiful blonde with piercing greens eyes attempts to save him while he was out surfing.
This story is a half girl power and half steam loving-making. There are many insecurities that come from Sadie. She has a difficult time trusting men in romantic relationship, because of what happened her. She has been keeping men at arm’s length distances. Well West has a different idea.
What first caught my attention about this book was the synopsis. A girl that loves donuts! Hello. I surprisingly enjoyed this story.
Be warn MAJOR CLIFF HANGER!
Be grateful now though because book 2 is out and you don’t have to wait like the rest of us that have been twiddling our thumbs for the last year.
If you read Wet by Stacy Kestwick, this is the 2nd book that ties up the story of West and Sadie. In book one we were left on a cliff hanger seeing West with another women in his arms. Book two picks up right were we left off. The prologue is from West’s point of view; and By-George I am glad for that. The rest of the book is from Sadie’s POV. After seeing West have Aubrey in his arms coming off of his boat, she knew that it was over. Her heart broke and that was the end of it.
Book one there was so must angst between West and Sadie because of Aubrey (a.k.a. Home Wrecker!). In this book Sadie is trying with all her might to forget about West and move on. Problem is, he won’t letter her.
I really enjoyed the first book and I couldn’t wait for the 2nd. I even preorder it, which I only will do with some books. This was one of them.
YOU MUST READ THE FIRST BOOK!
This is a series.
There is no stand alone with it.
If you ever read and enjoyed, Off the Record by K.A Linde then you will enjoy this book. It is sweet but spicy; Hot but with a good amount of Steam. Sadie begins to be stronger and more determined to not allow people to walk over her. She even learns new things about herself and some of her friends.
If you recall from book one, the douche-bag ex-boyfriend of Sadie’s. Well that guy makes an appearance, and let me tell you, it is not the kind we would want to see. But her BF is always to the rescue.
Should you read this series???
Received an ARC from Netgalley for an Honest Review
As many of you, my followers, are familiar with I am a hopeless romantic. I love, Love stories. If it has to do with princes and princesses, Austen retelling, or a fairy tale I am probably going to read it and devour it.
I found Royal Chase on Netgalley and it caught my eye right away. I must tell you I didn’t look at the author, just the description. Once I started reading it I realized that some of the characters and conversations that were being referred to seemed similar, so I looked it up. I realized I read the first one by a fluke last year through Kindle Unlimited, and I really liked it. Each book can be a standalone, but it also can be read as a series. So if you have read Royal Date, then this is the next book about Lemon and Dante. If you have no idea what I am talking about, that is okay, you can totally just jump in on this story and you will be completely fine.
Lemon is the PR representative for Country of Monerta and has signed up the royal prince Dante for reality TV Show Marry Me. It is a show about one eligible bachelor finding love by being introduced to 25 women. Lemon is just helping organize the show and ends up having to take one of the contestants places. Now if this story sounds familiar that is because it is. The Selection by Keria Cass and Choose Us by Caylie Marcoe both have a different take, but still contain a similar plot and or concepts.
The Story & Characters:
I really liked Lemon. She is strong, independent and focused. Even though she has been hurt by men in the past, she strives to do what she can to be her own person. She doesn’t want to live off her parents money. I can respect that. When I pictured her I saw an image similar to Kelly Pickler. A southern sweet heart and an accent and blond bomb shell.
I was impressed that Dante took the criticism that Lemon gave him and went out to make himself better for her. He was determined to make something of himself, and not ride the royal train of wealth as a career. Lemon didn’t grow up poor, so for her to be determined to have a job and make something of herself proves she is a strong and confident individual.
I have noticed that many times women that are strong with their careers are not always as strong about their love lives and vis versa. Which allows for criticism and hurtful words from others obtain that much more power. That brings us to our villain. Because no fairy tale can be complete without a villain.
Women can be conniving, vindictive, spiteful, narcissistic, and petty. One in particular female embody all these characteristics within the story. She spiked other contestant’s drinks with a chemical to induce vomiting. She also lied and slept around with other important figures on the show to get what she wanted. She was the perfect villain.
There were so many things that I thought I knew was going to happened and then the author nosedived me in another direction. Totally didn’t see the twist in the end. Great job with that. When you start some books you get a feel of how it probably is going to go; and this book did that for most of it, until near the end. Still ends on a good note, but was super shocked! I see now what the author was doing. Getting us ready for book 3.
Clean book. No swearing, no sexual content. It is super sweet.
If you are looking for an enjoyable clean modern day fairy tale. This is just for you.
A New Adult Romance drawing on the author’s own experience studying law, the novel follows Liv, a young woman in her a first semester of law school. When her fiancé abruptly breaks things off, Liv is heart-broken.
Enter Nicholas, a classmate who is so withdrawn that he is an enigma to everyone around him. Nicholas is unusually young and unusually quiet, and keeps his past a tightly guarded secret.
While Liv is still reeling from her break up, Nicholas begins appearing in her life and coming to her rescue. Intrigued and grateful to this quiet young man, Liv becomes determined to unravel the mystery of who Nicholas is.
Surprisingly I enjoyed this story. Liv, (short for Olivia) a 23 year old college student, is living in Houston attending Law School. She is living in a townhouse with her friend. We first meet Liv while she is engaged to a man named Kye. They have dated for a while, but she is having apprehensions regarding their relationship. She addresses them, and many problems come to the surface. From that point Liv dives herself more fully into her studies. She notices a young guy in the class. He is a lot younger than the rest of the students. She seeks him out and they become friends.
Nicholas likes to stay under the radar. Being the youngest in all of his classes for most of his life has been difficult. He finished his bachelors at the age of 16 and is now in Law school. Being 18 years old can make things difficult. To keep himself as the outcast, he feels he already is, he hides behind his long shaggy beard, unkempt curly brown hair and large black bottle cap glasses. Being smart has many advantages and disadvantages. When Liv, seeks him out, he becomes warry of her intentions. Trust is hard to come by for him and it takes a while for him to come around to trusting Liv.
Liv and Nicholas both have a truck load of issues. One being Trust. A major theme in the book is about bringing down one’s personal walls of comfort to allow another person in. Liv has trust issues when it comes to men. She likes control. Nicholas is more passive when it comes to his relationship with Liv. He just wants to keep her happy and in his life.
I think this book may be hard for some readers that are used to the man being the dominate figure in books. That is not the case with this story. Liv is the dominate person in the relationship for majority of the book. She dictates what, when, where, and why to Nicholas regarding the progress and title of their relationship. Once they each bring down their barriers and truly allow the other one to see them for who they are, is when they finally can be together.
Highly recommend this Book!
About Author Kelly Cain
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