To start this review, I actually need to go back 5 years in time, to when I read the first book in the series, The Royal We. Goodreads informs me that I liked that book well enough to give it a 4 star rating though I did not bother to write an actual review for it. There is no possible way I could ever hope to remember the plot for a book I read 5 years ago beyond the information contained in the blurb. I vaguely recall that Freddie, younger brother of and the spare to Prince Nicholas, who is the heir to the British throne, admitted his love for American commoner Rebecca (Bex) and kissed her. Bex and Nick were in love and engaged. Bex rebuffs Freddie and the book ends with them getting married while someone in their inner circle betrays them by blackmailing them over a scandalous (and untrue) tabloid story implying Bex and Freddie have been having an affair behind Nick’s back.
Mini-reviews of The Girl Next Door, Conventionally Yours, You Should See Me in a Crown and Wrong Bed, Right Brother. So that's four contemporary romances: two f/f, one m/m and one f/m.
Eva Leigh's latest historical romance asks "Would I Lie to the Duke?" and the answer is yes, yes Jess would. But it's for a good cause and everything works out, so perhaps we can forgive Jess and forgive the author for all the 80's earworms.
I am not a fan of first person POV. In fact, I am known to click right out of a sample or fanfic when first person POV enters the chat. I am also the head cheerleader for #TeamDualPOV. So, the fact that this book is written in first person and entirely in Desta’s POV and I did not care is a pretty big indication of just how much I enjoyed it.
Mini-reviews of Girl, Serpent, Thorn; A Song of Wraiths & Ruin; Take a Hint, Dani Brown; and The Rakess. That's two YA fantasies (with romance), an f/m contemporary and an f/m historical.
Mini-reviews of Forbidden Desire, Hate Crush, The Falling in Love Montage and Daring and the Duke. So that's an f/m sex planet eRom, a steamy f/m contemporary, an f/f YA contemporary and an f/m historical.
Mini-reviews of The Court of Miracles, The Henna Wars, Beach Read and What I'm Looking For. So that's a YA alt-historical (not a romance), a YA f/f contemporary and two m/f contemporary romances.
It’s a pretty well known fact that I dig slow burn romances. And while this book definitely qualifies as the slowest of slow burns (the two main characters don’t even share their first passionate kiss until the 77% mark), there are a few things that left me wanting more from this book.
If you're looking for a book in which two people who split up as teens are reunited 13 years later for a week of lots of "no-strings" sex, this is the book for you. As you might expect, the no-strings thing doesn't work. Darn those feelings.
I've been seeking paranormal romance with lighter plots and not so much murder and suspense, so I've gladly sailed through each of Abigail Owen's re-issued Brimstone, Inc. novellas. The first pairs a demigod and a nymph, the second matches up two alpha werewolves and the third hooks up a witch and the warlock/coven official looking for her. Heads-up: all three are connected and I'm not sure they'd work as stand-alones.