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Book Blitz - Royal Service

Royal Service
Leslie North
(Royals of Danovar)
Publication date: May 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

King Phillip is a real life Prince Charming. Golden haired with a Danovian accent, and a solid gold crown sitting on his head, he’s every girl’s daydream. He’s a good man and an even better king, but the one thing he’s been terrible at is choosing a royal wife — fearing a marriage that’s more about policy than passion. But when his mother invites all the eligible maidens to The Summer House Party, Phillip is trapped in a real-life Bachelor where he won’t have the option of quietly splitting from the girl after the party is over — he’ll be wed to her for life.

 

Ella Fernstone is tired of being the family servant. After her father died, Ella was receded to the basement as her stepmother began a full court press to cultivate her own daughters. Ella’s ready to escape the hot mess of a home that she grew up in by finally pursuing her dream of competitive riding: something she’s been preparing her whole life to do. All she has to do is marry one of her step sisters off to the King of Danovar to finally find her freedom. It couldn’t be that hard right?

 

That was until Ella was the first to fall for the King’s dashing good looks and an offer to ride off with him into the sunset. Ella is hesitant — a Queen’s life was still one of servitude, but it’s hard to ignore the pull of a handwritten love letter and a skillfully delivered kiss. Phillip too is caught up in seducing what he never expected to find: an eligible woman he might just learn to love. But when the reality of a royal marriage comes crashing down, Phillip and Ella must decide if they can risk their hearts, or their freedoms, on the chance of true love.

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EXCERPT:

 

King Phillip Gregory Humbert Alcott knelt beside his favorite vintage Indian motorcycle, grease coating his hands, and wished he could stay there forever. Or better yet, finish fixing it up and then just ride off into the sunset. Unfortunately, the sun’s current angle in the mid-afternoon sky put the kibosh on that plan—not to mention the gaggle of women halfway down the drive, any one of whom he was supposed to marry.

 

Phillip loosened the rear axle nut with a grunt, putting more effort into it than was strictly necessary. A strand of his long blond hair swung loose and he pushed it aside with his forearm. Fixing up his motorcycles usually brought him peace, but lately, with his thirtieth birthday looming, there was hardly any peace for him in the whole of Danovar. According to his country’s law—not to mention his mother’s insistance—he was supposed to choose his queen by the time he turned thirty. And seeing as he’d managed to successfully ignore that law for the last twenty-nine years and nine months, now he had exactly three months left to pick a bride. His mother’s way of “helping” him achieve that goal was to gather all the eligible ladies for a weeks-long party at the Summer House, so that he might pick one to marry before the impending deadline.

 

The ladies had been arriving all day, and the group at the other end of the drive was among the last of the bunch. Dressed in their jewel-toned finery, they looked like a flock of peacocks, fluttering around and clucking amongst themselves while they assessed the Summer House with openly calculating gazes, not even noticing him kneeling there covered in oil and engine grease.

 

His mouth twisted. One of those oblivious women might well be his future wife.

It wasn’t that he didn’t want to get married. In fact, he’d always been enamored with the idea of growing old with a woman he loved—but that was the problem. During this party he wasn’t so much picking a wife as he was choosing a queen, someone who was capable of ruling Danovar at his side. That meant he would never marry for love, and having seen his parents and grandparents live through loveless marriages, he knew it was nothing to look forward to. He wished there was a way for his duty and love to go hand in hand but it just wasn’t in the stars, and being king meant putting his country

before his own desires.

 

He allowed the rear wheel to slide in the swingarm a bit, blowing out a breath and rolling his shoulders to try to get the tension out of his muscles as he returned to his bike. It wasn’t what he wanted that mattered, he reminded himself. It was what his people needed. And if his people needed one of these scheming peacocks to be his wife, then that’s what they would damn well get.

 

But that didn’t mean he couldn’t enjoy himself a bit first. Sneak off, spend a few hours on the road, just him and the sunset and the cherry-red bike roaring beneath him. Once he could manage to focus long enough to get the damn drive chain tightened, this beauty would ride like the wind. He’d be sure to get back in time to give the opening speech tonight, of course—shirking his duties was no way to start his search for a queen—but he just needed a little freedom, a little time to himself.

 

One last limo pulled in, carrying the final load of ladies who were here to vie for the royal engagement ring. Two women who looked like sisters climbed out and stared up at the Summer House, but at least they looked more like they were appreciating its beauty than calculating how much money the crystal chandeliers and extravagant stables were worth. These two were attractive enough, he supposed, and in other circumstances he might not have minded flirting with them. In fact, maybe he could simply pretend he was his brother Eric tonight—then he could flirt with anything in a dress and it could all be fun and games, rather than the official business of the crown.

 

The women’s servant was standing at the rear of the limo, efficiently unloading the designer luggage. Now with her, he’d love to do more than flirt. She was sexy as hell from behind, clad in a crisp outfit that screamed personal assistant. It also screamed I have a nice ass. Her golden hair was caught up in a bouncy ponytail, and the second he saw it he couldn’t stop thinking about what it would feel like to wrap those golden locks around his hand, tug her head back and angle her just right for a scorching-hot kiss, to run his other hand across those delicious curves and then down, down, down even further, until she was panting and trembling and neither of them could remember their own names.

 

He tightened the axle back in place and set his tools in their box, wiping his hands on a rag as he contemplated her. It had been a long time since a woman had affected him this strongly, this quickly—but judging from the efficient, completely un-self-conscious way she was juggling her bosses’ luggage, she had no idea she was drop-dead gorgeous. Her innocence was refreshing after all the stuffy gold-diggers he’d watched drive up, who he’d now have to spend the next few weeks courting.

 

He stood, dropped the rag, and straddled his bike. He’d just been thinking he needed an escape, and now he couldn’t conceive of a better one than shirking tonight’s duties to spend some quality time with the gorgeous creature in front of him. Usually his flings had to go through layers of security checks before he was alone with them, but he was feeling restless and reckless, and the beauty in front of him would be the perfect cure for that.

 

Decision made, he revved the engine.

 

 

 

Author Bio:

 

Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women's contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

 

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren't afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

 

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

 

She LOVES reader feedback, and if you have any comments, don't hesitate to contact her via e-mail: leslie@leslienorthbooks.com.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-22 17:25
Book Review: Romancing the Prince by Felix Books and Andrea Dalling
Romancing the Prince (Poor Little Billionaires #2)Romancing the Prince by Felix Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting take on boy meets prince!

We start this book meeting Lucas Burson, youngest son of a Texas senator, who thinks he's in love for the first time in his life. Lucas is gay and deep in the closet he chose to live in because he didn't want to hamper his father's political ambitions in conservative Texas. Unfortunately the person Lucas thinks he fell for was an unscrupulous so and so and made a video of them having sex in order to blackmail Lucas's father from running for state senator again.

Skip forward one year, Lucas' father has been appointed ambassador to the small Mediterranean island nation of Kalyphos. Lucas has been pulled from school in order to spend the next two years with his parents in Kalyphos, a fate he considers punishment for his indiscretion. He is blind to the beauty of the island nation until he meets Prince Nicolo of Kalyphos, youngest son of King Felipe, at a reception the palace holds in honor of the new American ambassador. The sparks are instantaneous.

Nico has spent his entire life hiding his own sexuality for fear of bringing down the constitutional monarchy. He's cultivated an image of a playboy prince by being seen with one supermodel after another, never mind that each model had to sign a non disclosure agreement saying they wouldn't talk about their time with Nico - time which was spent as friends only. Meeting Lucas at the reception held for the American's ambassador father strikes a spark in Nico, and the two connect on multiple levels.

Friendship soon become romance, passion turns to love and the two begin a secret affair. But Lucas's sex tape is still out there and Kalyphos doesn't acknowledge same sex unions. The odds are not in their favor, but Lucas and Nico have to decide if their love is worth fighting for despite things being stacked against them.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was fun, light read, a cinderfella type romance that was equal parts sweet and hot. The plot was a little jumpy and contrived at times and the 'turn for the worse' was rather obvious but other than that it was well written. I'm probably going to look up the other books in this series because it makes for a feel good read.

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review 2018-04-14 01:50
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Cheeky King - Nana Malone

This is book #2, in the Royals Undercover series.  This book should be read in order, as it may contain spoilers, and can confuse the reader.  I recommend reading this hot series in order.

 

Sebastian & Penny grew up together.  From the early days he was her protector.  Now, she is Royal Guard and is protecting him.  Their story continues in this book, where the heat sparks and flies and really just kind of sizzles when they are in the room together.  Is it hot in here?

 

Penny knows she can never have a future with Sebastian.  That does not stop her traitorous heart for wishing for one.  When he touches her.... well her body fairly combusts.

 

I loved this book.  Was so glad I read the complete works.  These characters are so easy to read.  They are meant to be together.  I would have only changed one thing  - I would have done bodily harm to the bad guys.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-04-03 07:10
Release Day w/Review - Sparks Fly

 

 

★ LIVE and on KU! ★
 
Everly wasn’t excited over her impending meeting with the enigmatic Prince Sage. Being one of only four women from whom the Prince gets to choose in marriage was never something she valued. Her goal was to politely and elegantly remove herself from a forced wedding due to long standing traditions. Handsome Prince or not, she won’t marry for anything but love. 

Once Sage proceeds to the next candidate, Everly finally feels she can move forward with her life. On her own terms. That is, until she receives a mysterious request, asking her to solve a riddle, taking her on a night she’ll never forget.

A fervent adventure ensues, and attraction builds as the excitement of the night unfolds. Sparks fly in more ways than one just as she finds out who’s stealing her heart.
 

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Sparks FlySparks Fly by Lauren Runow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everly was not looking forward to meeting the Prince. Her family was one of four, who are raising children fit to marry royalty. This is a tradition she does not agree with.

Sage has been exhausted meeting the choices for a future wife. He knows his time has run out, he just really does not feel ready to settle down with a boring woman. What can he do but prepare himself?

What I loved right from the start was the perfect timing of sarcasm and humor. While there are plenty of actual sparks bouncing between the main characters, there is also an actual connection. This author is an automatic purchase for me. Her books and style make for great reads.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2018-04-03 06:20
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Sparks Fly - Lauren Runow

Everly was not looking forward to meeting the Prince.  Her family was one of four, who are raising children fit to marry royalty.  This is a tradition she does not agree with.

 

Sage has been exhausted meeting the choices for a future wife.  He knows his time has run out, he just really does not feel ready to settle down with a boring woman.  What can he do but prepare himself?

 

What I loved right from the start was the perfect timing of sarcasm and humor.  While there are plenty of actual sparks bouncing between the main characters, there is also an actual connection.  This author is an automatic purchase for me.  Her books and style make for great reads.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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