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review 2017-06-27 11:50
Review: Royce Rolls
Royce Rolls - Margaret Stohl

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I was really looking forward to this one. I’m actually not interested in reality television. (With the exception of Judge Judy and court TV)  I pretty much loathe the type of reality TV this book is based on. But I do actually like novels about reality TV.

 

Unfortunately, this book didn’t work for me at all. The satirical nature of it was almost too over the top, it seemed to be going one minute like it was making light of all the ridiculous drama that this scripted reality family go through, then tried to be deep and meaningful as the main character tried to do whatever it took to keep her family together.

 

The biggest problem I had was the main characters, the Royces,  were all horrible horrible people. The mother Mercedes is the worst type of all about me showbiz mother who only seems interested in keeping the show on air, the eldest daughter Porsche, who was an attention seeking bimbo, focused only on her own fame and her own product line of cosmetics. The sixteen year old daughter Bentley is the one the reader is supposed to be routing for, nothing like the vapid character she supposedly portrays on the show she’s really quite deep and smarter than anyone ever imagined. Problem for this reader was I just didn’t like her. And then there’s Maybach, the youngest brother, who’s sole purpose seems to be the cute gay brother. Though for Bach, he seemed to just have a gambling problem that was used as plot point later on rather than give him a romance or something.

 

The premise of the novel is the show is on the verge of cancellation, the family want to keep it going, Bentley wants out and wants to go to college instead. So they keep coming up with more and more ridiculous antics to keep the public watching. So the older sister comes up with an idea for making a wedding, which would give her new product lines and sponsorships and things. Of course it’s all a big fake.

 

But when the chosen groom makes an appearance it all goes wrong very fast. The drama is ridiculously increasing throughout the novel. And to be fair, Bentley does a pretty good job of playing her role as the brattiest daughter of the bunch, managing to ruin planned events and become the worst sort of paparazzi fodder. It’s told with a tone that’s meant to be humorous, but it’s the type of humour that I found got very old and very tiring quite quickly.

 

Bentley finds herself stressed more than she wants to be, she finds out a pretty shocking secret about her sister’s so-called fiancé. She can’t talk to anyone about it. She’s also dealing with constant bickering between her mother and Porsche who seem to be trying to one up each other in antics meant to get attention. And then there’s annoying network executives to deal with and producers and such.

 

She does get a little bit of freedom when she can sneak away and hang out at the library, where she chats to a boy named Venice who appears to be a vagrant. She can talk to him like herself, she doesn’t have to play a character. And Venice listens to her. He was actually one of the decent characters. He had a huge secret of his own as well.

 

Again to be fair, the twist at towards the end was pretty damn epic.

 

There was just too much annoying stuff about the book in general to care by then, too much of Hollywood image crap, the body shaming was really irritating. While there were some decent scenes of the family coming together, finally, when the answers to the twists are finally revealed. There just wasn’t anything really redeemable by the end for my liking.  Reading it was a bit like even though it’s terrible there was still a need to know how it all turned out.  

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)

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review 2017-05-29 15:18
Great New Story by a Great Author
Tradition Be Damned (Last Hope Book 1) - Rebecca Royce

Anne has been part of a mystic Sisterhood since she was taken from her family as a baby. Unfortunately she’s always been a bit different from the other sisters. There are ways a sister is supposed to act that Anne just can’t do. When she finds out her five guards, Bryant, Mason, Garrett, Kieran and Milo, might not hold her in as much disdain as she thinks, she decides to go on a journey for them. She doesn’t know that his journey is going to change her destiny.

Another great book by one of my favorite authors, this is a new series and definitely a bit different from her other books. Yet it holds certain elements that are found in her other books that I just love. I really loved watching Anne slowly figure things out about herself, particularly when her true purpose finally comes to light. The author did a good job with making each guard a bit different from the other. My only problem was that, aside from the oldest guard and the youngest guard, I kept getting the middle three guards mixed up until the story was almost over. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-05-01 04:04
Excellent Story and Conclusion to an Excellent Series
Persuasion Enraptured (The Cascade Book 4) - Rebbeca Royce

Kendall sacrificed herself and is now trapped in the Shadow Dimension. Because of the way time moves, she’s given up all hope. She barely feels human. Luckily her family hasn’t give up.

This is the fourth and final book in the Cascade series. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book or how the author would choose to end the series. Throughout the series, she managed to pull me deeper and deeper into Kendall’s world and with everything she was going through. I was very satisfied with this entire book and series. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-05-01 03:49
Loved This Next Story in a Great Series
Love Beyond Flames (The Outsiders Book 7... Love Beyond Flames (The Outsiders Book 7) - Rebecca Royce

Zane Walsh has finally been given the details to find his fated mate. He just didn’t expect to find her quite the way he did, but once he got to her, everything in his world made more sense. Raquel Tate has had a bad life. When she finally meets her soulmate, she’s knows that Zane is her match. As the battle the end of the earth together, they’ll do what they can to save each other.

My biggest problem with this book was that I’m an impatient person and, considering I devoured the first six books in this series, I went into mourning when this one never came out when I wanted it to. Was the wait worth it?? Absolutely. I loved where the author took their story.I feel bleak for what will happen in the last two books that will happen in this series, but at the same time, I can’t wait! I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-04-30 17:46
Loved This Next Story in a Great Series
Darkest Wolf - Rebecca Royce Rex Kane is the youngest of the Kane brothers and is suspected of being a traitor. On what he feels is his last chance for his family, he’s sent to find a witch. He did find one, but it turns out she’s his mate and seriously cursed. Elizabeth Willow has been raised to hate wolves, but when one appears to see the real her buried under a terrible curse, she just might have to trust him. This one of my favorites in the series. While the formula is similar to the other books, I loved the way Elizabeth was able to find her strength to do what needed to be done. Also, I liked what was found out about their father for the overall series. It finally put everything into perspective as to the whys. I loved the book and highly recommend it. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
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