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text 2017-07-19 20:30
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase - DNF'd at 60-70%
Royally Screwed - Emma Chase

I read this earlier this year, for the romance bingo, or tried to. It was a pleasant enough read, but only that; there was absolutely nothing that made it exception or even all that romantic or erotic for me. It was actually boring. I went through a slump right after, or else I would have just finished the damned thing, but I couldn't even get myself to do that. I probably would have ended up giving it three stars. Maybe that'd have been too generous for as ambivalent as I was to this book. And ambivalence seems like the perfect description. The cover and the title wrote a check that the novel itself just could not cash. I wanted fun, I wanted absurd--it certainly was the latter, but in a dull sort of way.

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review 2017-07-19 09:23
Complicating(Preston's Mill Book 3) by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams WOW JUST WOW!!! AMAZINGLY WRITTEN. BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES.
Complicating - Noelle Adams,Samantha Chase

Complicating(Preston's Mill Book 3)
by Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams
WOW JUST WOW!!! AMAZINGLY WRITTEN. BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES.

Complicating is the third book in the Preston's Mill series and I must say it is thus far the best of all three books. Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase make an incredible writing team. Very powerful. I love their books that they write together.

In Complicating we meet Daisy Phillips and Carter Hayes. Carter and Daisy meet in an unusual way at Chris and Heather's wedding (Room mating book 1). Then after a little talking and a lot of alcohol they have a quickie in a backroom at the wedding reception. Fast forward a month later and Daisy discovers she is pregnant by a man she barely knows.

Daisy has always been a good girl. Daisy is a librarian. She was raised by conservative parents. Your typical good girl.

Carter is the opposite of Daisy in every way and completely the wrong man for her. Carter looks mean with the tattoos and motorcycle but you soon discover appearances are truly deceiving.

When they discover they are about to be parents everything changes. Throughout the story we see things develop between Carter and Daisy. Their struggles where relateable and real. I mean an Accidental Pregnancy from a moment of craziness with someone you hardly know doesn't get any better than that. Just truly love this story.

I found my heart swoon and I just could not put this book down. This book was very amazing and the title was just perfect for this story. Complicating is written with all the emotions that make a good book. I often say if you can laugh, cry and your heart swoon all in one book then it is an AMAZING book and a MUST READ and Complicating is just that. Samantha Chase and Noelle Adams wrote this book amazingly with everything that I feel makes up a great book. I even felt like I could relate to some of the characters. This was a book many readers can relate to. The characters are realistic people with realistic and relatable issues and struggles.

I highly recommend Complicating. I give this 2 thumbs up and five stars. This book is definitely a must read. One of the greatest accidental pregnancies and definitely a great opposites attract book.

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review 2017-07-19 01:46
The Chase (An Isaac Bell Adventure) - Clive Cussler

This was a good mystery with a cowboy type hero although he had no horse. He drove a fast car. I really enjoyed all of the historical details that were woven in with the story. This story has a western feel and is captivating even without cursing and graphic scenes. Once I got half way through the book there was no putting it down until the end. The "chase" scene made you feel like you were on board.

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review 2017-07-17 17:02
Nopity Nope
Royally Matched - Emma Chase
I should have stopped while I was ahead.

This one magnified everything I didn't enjoy from the first. Our hero was such an immature I can't believe we're really calling him the hero, guy. He never did redeem himself for me. Because of the Bachelor like show he is involved with, more than half of his time is spent with other women. Even though this time isn't really focused on or seen, you're still aware of it. The time he does spend with the heroine (also, this happens over a span of 6weeks) is rushed and we're told they talk all night but don't get to read about the sharing. 
My shy book loving heroine is more of a badly done facsimile of one. Her painful background also felt sloppily done; in fact this whole story felt sloppy. 
Shallow characters and shallow story line, I know, I should have seen this coming with the synopsis.
Even though we don't get a glimpse of the couple I'm looking forward to in the third book, I'm still going to read it and hope it gives me some of the cheesy charm from the first. The hero gives me more hope as he has to be more mature than this one was.

*Rounded up because the hero searches out a first addition Sense and Sensibility for heroine (because he ruined her copy in an immature fit. Ugh.)
 
 

 

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review 2017-07-16 23:00
Drowning in cheese
Royally Screwed - Emma Chase

Thank you to Lover of Romance for the recommendation. And has now cruelly added another series to my never ending stack :) 

I'm...I laugh to myself…I'm Cinderella, stepping into her coach to go to the ball. And even if this night is all there is, I won't forget it; I'll hold this memory close. Savor it, cherish it. It will make the hard times just a little easier, the lonely moments just a little less cold. When Ellie leaves for school, when I'm making pies before dawn in the kitchen day after day, I'll remember this feeling and I'll smile. This will get me through. 

Cotton candy, fluff, and cheese-fest. You could call this all of those and you'd be right but I couldn't help myself from eating it up with a spoon; even when I groaned and rolled my eyes. But hey, romance stories help get us through, don't they?

This is told is dual pov from our hero and heroine and had a bit of a New Adult vibe. Our hero danced across the boar line a couple times and was colored a bit too much with an overly cocky paintbrush, which I usually loathe. Look, I have no excuses.

I giggle again---feeling silly and light-headed. Possibly delusional. 

The heroine says it perfectly. I'm American and would never dishonor my ancestors by bowing a knee to royalty, and that is possibly how they get into my naughty taboo, I know I really shouldn't and that is why it's now hot category. The author's writing and tone is immensely readable, if not challenging. This is royalty fan fiction with no surprises and not a lot of depth but god help me, I read this in 24hrs with a goofy grin on my face most the time.

Don't read quote if you don't want a sneak peek at ending.

"He gave up a kingdom for you." 

(spoiler show)



If I had read this in my teens, I'd have worn out the spine in two years. Alas, I read this in my thirties, so while I probably won't re-read this into oblivion, my dopey grin will stick around for a while. 
Predictable, gooey, Cinderella-ish, and sugary satisfying. 

"Smell." 
After a moment, Henry leans down and sniffs the pages distrustfully. 
"What do you smell?" Sarah asks.
Henry gives it another sniff. "It smells…old."
"Exactly!" She smells the pages herself, deep and long. "Paper and ink---there's nothing like it. The only thing that smells better than a new book is an old one."
 


The heroine of the next in the series already has my heart. Usually, this kind of story and trope only works for me once in a series but a book loving heroine? I MUST read it! Also, I NEED book three and the couple that stars in that one. NEED.

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