logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: Royalty
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-11-10 06:50
I Knight Thee Just Fine
A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole
A Duke by Default - Alyssa Cole

I started reading Alyssa Cole sometime last year. I think I saw her name on a list of women of color writing contemporary romance, and given how tragically white much romance is, I thought I should give her a shot. I read her Off the Grid series, which, in addition to being both science fictional and post-apocalyptic (these things are not necessarily the same things, a distinction I'm happy to fight about), also include a gay romance and one with and Asian dude as the hottie. Oh, and Cole is clearly a nerd and a geek, and she is not afraid of some pop cultural jokes. Really good stuff. 

 

I didn't read more, at the time, because I'm, like, not as interested in modern day princess stories. I once went regularly to this open mic at an Irish bar run by a Welshman, and there was this woman who showed up regularly in full on tartan explosion. (Yes, I recognize that's all very Celticly confused, but this is America; deal). She tended to sit in the booth behind mine, and we were nodding acquaintances. She drove me absolutely fucking bananas with her bullshit.

 

See, she claimed to be some sort of Socttish royalty, like maybe not a duchess, exactly, but more like a countess? Honestly, I find it hard to give a fuck about titles so none of that stuff is going to track for me. Anyway, she had this younger dude who liked to do sweeping bows and a bunch of hand-kissing, probably because he spent too much time at the Ren Fest. Once, he tried to drag me into it, and I was like, sorry, I live in a representational democracy and have zero interest in kowtowing to someone because of who their grandparents are.

 

There was a record scratch noise and some people got pissed at me, but fuck royalty. Some of my people were hapless drunks, others were fleeing various wars, some just hated their hometowns. I feel neither pride nor shame about my ancestors; they were just people: good, bad, and indifferent.

 

Point being, I have something of a chip when it comes to the concept of hereditary monarchy. Sure, fine, if they're figureheads like in Denmark (though I'm still not bowing and scraping), but actual ruling dynasties like the al Saud family are monsters, as one recently brutally murdered journalist could attest if he hadn't been dismembered and murdered, not exactly in that order. 

 

Which is to say, I'm a fucking crank about a little subgenre of romance novels with lighthearted wish fulfillment about being a princess. I recognize I have issues. 

 

So, it came as something of a surprise when I actually earnestly enjoyed Duke by Default. Cole dives right into the class issues of the peerage, and doesn't cut those assholes any slack. Her Duke character is actually the child of a Scottish Duke and a refugee, raised by a step-father and with half siblings who are straight up black. He's not some ponce, and more's the better. Oh, and his love interest is coming to terms with an ADHD diagnosis, which was sensitively written. All told, well done. 

 

Princess in Theory, less so. (Note: I read these books out of order.) The main character, who has aged out of the foster care system and is struggling to make it in the STEM field as a black woman of no means, was a fucking great character. Prince what's his face from an imaginary African country, him I did not like much at all. Sure, some of this is intentional: he's to have a redemption arc from being a rich dickhead to monarch with a heart of gold. But I just couldn't get on board, though of course some of this is my aforementioned frustration. 

 

Anyway! So, one which didn't work so great, and one which knocked it out the park. I would totally read number three. 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-11-02 08:10
Review Blitz - Royally Yours

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add To Your TBR: GOODREADS

 

 

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. 

It’s a big deal. 

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. 

What she isn’t…is married. 

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. 

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. 

Even Queens. Especially them. 

 


** 

 


Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. 

And a sacred promise keeps him there. 

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. 

 


** 

 


Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. 

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. 

This is theirs. 

 

 

ROYALLY YOURS is LIVE on ALL platforms!  Get ready to swoon, laugh, blush, sigh and smile! We are beyond excited to share this story with you!!

 

 

 

  

Royally Yours (Royally, #4)Royally Yours by Emma Chase
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book #4 in the Royally series. This story can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Princess Lenora needs to be a wife. Apparently being the royal is not enough. With all that is going on in her life, why does this have to be the priority?

Edward is the long lost brother of her best friend. When he meets her, it is like being struck by lightning. Instant attraction - for them both.

While this series is more than HOT, this book starts out with more of a cool tone. The ups and downs that happen to this royal gem are more familiar than most would want to admit to, I have a special love for this one who has been through so much. There is so much heart in this book, and when the heat begins..... oh MY!


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

View all my reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author:

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Emma Chase writes contemporary romantic comedies filled with heat, heart and laugh-out-loud humor. Her stories are known for their clever banter, sexy, swoon-worthy moments, and hilariously authentic male POV’s. Emma’s novels have been translated in over twenty languages around the world.

Emma lives in New Jersey with her amazing husband, two awesome children, and two adorable but badly behaved dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine

 

Connect with author online:

 

Website * Goodreads * FacebookTwitter

Sign up for Emma Chase's newsletter: https://authoremmachase.com/newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-11-02 07:19
Time
Royally Yours - Emma Chase

This is book #4 in the Royally series.  This story can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Princess Lenora needs to be a wife.  Apparently being the royal is not enough.  With all that is going on in her life, why does this have to be the priority?

 

Edward is the long lost brother of her best friend.  When he meets her, it is like being struck by lightning.  Instant attraction - for them both.

 

While this series is more than HOT, this book starts out with more of a cool tone.  The ups and downs that happen to this royal gem are more familiar than most would want to admit to, I have a special love for this one who has been through so much.  There is so much heart in this book, and when the heat begins..... oh MY!  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-10-07 19:41
Bedmates, Nichole Chase
Bedmates: An American Royalty Novel - Nichole Chase

My goodness, this was an interesting read. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.2* rating. This was a fairly fast read but because of sexual content, it's not for the under 18 readers. This story tackled the PTSD problem, so yes there are some sad parts to this. So it showed a little of what might happen in the background of the Whitehouse, which was interesting in some parts. Had just too much erotica for my tastes but overall, it tackled a big problem in our country today.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2018-09-19 14:01
Cover Reveal - Royally Yours

     

 

 

 

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco. It’s a big deal. When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning. What she isn’t…is married. It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want. Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty. Even Queens. Especially them.

 

*******

 

Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home. And a sacred promise keeps him there. To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure. ** Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever. Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story. This is theirs.

 

 

 

ADD TO GOODREADS      

 

 

ROYALLY YOURS will be available on October 30th

Pre-order:

 

iBooks | B&N | Google Play | Kobo

Get an alert when the book is available on Amazon

     

 

 

 

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

 

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | NEWSLETTER | TWITTER | GOODREADS | READER FAN GROUP    

 

 

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?