Sunday Spotlight: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Posted July 24, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we’re running in 2016. Each week, we will spotlight a release we’re excited about. We’ll be posting exclusive excerpts and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

The Royals series by Erin Watt is another crackalicious series that I can’t get enough of. This second book is just as cracked out as the last book and I ate every single word up.

Broken Prince
Broken Prince by Erin Watt
The Royals #2
Releases on July 25, 2016 by Erin Watt

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These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

We are so close to the release of Broken Prince and this is how I feel:

I’m going to read and re-read this scene over and over again because Reed. My poor baby Reed!

Excerpt

The house is dark and silent when I let myself in through the mudroom off the kitchen. Nearly ten thousand square feet and no one is here. A grin splits my face. With my brothers scattered, the housekeeper gone, and my dad off who knows where, that means my girl and I have the Royal mansion all to ourselves.

Hell yeah.

I break into a light jog as I cross the kitchen and climb the back stairs.

Hopefully Ella is waiting for me upstairs in her bed, looking all cute and sexy in one of my old T-shirts she’s taken to sleeping in. It would be even better if that was all she was wearing… I speed up, bypassing my room, Easton’s and Gid’s old room until I’m outside Ella’s door, which is disappointingly closed. A quick knock gets me no response. Frowning, I fish my phone out of my back pocket and shoot off a quick text.

Where RU, babe?

She doesn’t answer. I tap my phone against my leg. She’s probably out with her friend Valerie tonight, which is kind of good, actually, because I could use a shower before I see her. The boys were smoking a shit ton of weed over at Wade’s place tonight, and I don’t want to stink up Ella’s room.

New plan. Shower, shave, and then hunt my girl down. I pull off my T-shirt, wad it up in my hand, and shove open my bedroom door without bothering to turn on the light. I kick off my shoes and cross the carpet to my attached bath.

I smell her before I see her.

What the…?

With the sickening scent of roses clinging to my nostrils, I swing toward the bed. “No way,” I growl when I make out the shadowy figure on the mattress.

As a jolt of annoyance rips up my spine, I march back to the doorway and flick the light switch. Then I instantly regret it, because the pale yellow glow that fills the room reveals the naked curves of a woman I want nothing to do with.

“What the hell are you doing here?” I snap at my father’s ex-girlfriend.

Brooke Davidson offers a coy smile. “I’ve missed you.”

My jaw falls open. Is she fucking serious right now? I quickly swing my head out in the hall to make sure Ella’s still gone. Then I head straight for the bed.

“Get out,” I growl, grabbing one of her wrists to pull her off my bed. Shit, now I’m going to have to change the sheets, because if there’s anything that stinks worse than old beer and weed, it’s Brooke Davidson.

Howie from the Big Bang Theory sums up my thoughts perfectly:

This whole series is one shit storm after another and yet, I can’t stop wanting to read more. The tag line, “The Royals will ruin you” is completely true for me. They have ruined me and I’m thirsty for more.

The Royals Series

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About the Author

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox: authorerinwatt@gmail.com

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What Are You Reading? (293)

Posted July 22, 2016 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

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Casee: I’ve been reading a lot this week. I don’t know what’s gotten into me. I read Dark Carousel by Christine Feehan, which I loved. I haven’t loved a book in the Dark series in quite some time. I just finished The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak which was meh, but a fast read.

Today I’m going to start The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward. You guys, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. J.R. Ward is like a trainwreck for me. I can’t stand her, but I can’t stop. She’s like my not-so-secret addiction. I’ve never made it a secret that I just can’t get over her no matter how hard I try. She’s gone so far off course from when I started reading her, but I keep going back for more. Send help.

Holly: Holly has been so busy moving she hasn’t been able to pick up a book. Hopefully next week when things start to settle down. If they settle down.

Rowena: It’s a slow reading week for me. I just haven’t been in the mood to read much and I need that to change because I’m sadly lacking in my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I hope to catch up on that challenge soon. I just finished reading You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini. It was a charming NA romance between two models. It was a pleasant surprise of a read for me. Most books centered around young celebrities don’t hit the spot for me but this one did. I really liked it.

I’m going to start my book club book now because book club is next week. I’m going to start reading Back to You by Jessica Scott. I’m super excited to start it too.

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Guest Review: Body Rocks by A.M. Arthur

Posted July 22, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review:  Body Rocks by A.M. ArthurReviewer: Tracy
Body Rocks by A. M. Arthur
Series: Off Beat series #1
Published by Macmillan, Swerve
Publication Date: June 28th 2016
Genres: Romance, LGBT, Gay, m/m
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three-half-stars

Everything is finally falling into place for Trey Cooper: his band has been accepted into one of the biggest music competitions in the country...too bad their drummer just quit to play with XYZ, their biggest rival. When Trey has a mind-blowingly hot hookup with a mysterious violinist, Trey definitely plans to see him again – just not on stage as a member of XYZ.

Dominic Bounds’ time to make his musical dreams come true is running out. If something doesn’t happen fast, he has to head home to find a real job. This competition is his last chance, and Dom needs to come out on top – but he never expected to fall for his rival. As Dom and Trey risk everything to begin a secret affair, there’s no denying their chemistry is off the charts – but could their band rivalry turn their romance into a one-hit wonder?

Trey and Dominic meet under unusual circumstances.  Dominic is at an open mic night in Trey’s hometown and he blows Trey away with his violin playing rock songs.  The crowd loves it too and asks for more but Dominic’s not prepared.  Trey, who is a band called Fading Daze is called up to play keyboards with him and the two make magical music together.  It helps that they’re incredibly attracted to each other as well and end up together in a car in the boondocks where it proves to be Trey’s first time. The two – who each normally only do hookups – decide that they really like the other and exchange phone numbers.

The next night Trey hears from his roommates and band members that the band XYZ is in town.  They were the band that stole Fading Daze’s drummer away and left them in a lurch for a huge music competition that they were part of.  The trio decides to check out XYZ and Trey’s shocked when he sees Dominic in the band on keyboard!  Luckily Trey and Dominic like each other enough to work it out between them but they keep the secret from all of their band mates except for Trey’s friend Danielle who just happens to find out about them.

Life isn’t easy trying to keep their relationship on the down low when their bands are rivals but they manage.  Dominic is out and proud but Trey, while he doesn’t exactly hide the fact he’s gay he doesn’t shout it from the mountain tops either.  He has a great rapport with Danielle on stage and while they’ve never said that they were a couple they never dissuaded anyone from believing that.  Trey’s not sure he’s ready to come out and lose fans right before the big competition, Unbound.  When XYZ gets a spot at Unbound as well Trey and Dom are happy that they’ll get to be together but they’re torn about winning.  They each want to win for their own reasons but they want the other to win as well.

When someone at the competition decides that Trey and Dom’s sex life would look good on camera and Trey denies any involvement with Dom things get rocky.  When a secret from Dom’s past comes out and Dom gets emotionally distraught, things get rocky, when a tragic accident stops one of the bands from performing in the national Unbound competition, things get rocky.  Fortunately for these two men their love is strong enough to see things through.

This was a sweet story that was pretty angst-filled. Dom had some serious issues because of something in his past, Trey had a horrible family he didn’t talk to, Dom’s friend Lincoln had been kicked out of his house for being gay, the drummer from Fading Daze was stolen away, there was an accident.  I mean, really, while it was a good m/m story, it was pretty dark as well.  I liked how the two men worked things out eventually but I wish they could have not been so quick with the anger and worked it out easier.  I guess that showed their age as they were just around 21 years old.

I have to say that I really loved the family love when it came to Dominic’s family.  They were the best.  They were kind, loving, understanding, supportive – just all around good people.  I loved that the boys had a safe place where they could be themselves and not worry about the outside world.

The issue I had with the relationship was that since it all happened so quickly there just wasn’t a lot of tension between the two and not a lot of buildup.  I liked them together but quite frankly the sexual tension wasn’t there for me.

Overall I thought it was a decent start to the series.  I am curious to see what happens next in the lives of these band members so I’ll be reading the next book when it comes out.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels

Posted July 21, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: A Reckless Promise by Kasey MichaelsReviewer: Tracy
A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels
Series: The Little Season series #3
Published by HQN Books
Publication Date: August 1st 2016
Genres: Romance, Historical
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three-half-stars

It's the kind of vow often made on the battlefield. Darby Travers, Viscount Nailbourne, never imagines he'll have to honor it. Yet here she is on his doorstep—his late comrade's young daughter, and Darby's new ward. Worse, she comes with the most overprotective, mistrustful, bothersome chaperone—the child's aunt, Sadie Grace Boxer. Darby is quite sure that behind her lovely facade, the woman is guarding a secret.

Sadie Grace faced many trials working in her brother's surgery, but none prepared her for the world she's thrust into with his passing. Navigating the ton, with its endless ball gowns and parade of parties, is difficult enough, but hiding the truth about her niece while the sophisticated viscount watches her every move proves nearly impossible—particularly when his searing gaze tempts her to bare all. But when her family's past catches up with her, she'll have to trust in Darby…no matter the cost to her heart.

Sadie Grace Hamilton shows up at the home of Viscount Nailbourne with his new ward, her niece Marley.  Darby aka Viscount Nailbourne, had made a promise to Marley father while they were both in a POW camp that if anything happened to John Darby would take his daughter as his ward.  He never thought anything would happen to John (or he might not have made the promise) so when he got a letter stating that John had died he was a bit upset.  When Darby sees Sadie Grace he at first thinks that she’s his ward.  No, Marley is just seven years old and her aunt states that she will stay with the girl.  Darby didn’t expect that but goes with the flow.  He knows that propriety won’t let Sadie Grace stay in his home without having some sort of occupation like governess but he doesn’t want to do that to the aunt.  He takes them to London and foists them on his friends the Duke and Duchess of Cranbrook. Darby knows that there’s something off about the story Sadie Grace told him about why she is with her niece and why she used the world “safe” to describe his household so he needs to go off and do some digging.

The duchess takes Sadie Grace and Marley under her wing and is thrilled to have them.  She’s not used to be pampered so she does so with reluctance.  When Darby shows back up and proposes to her she’s shocked. She realizes that what he says is true – her being in his household unchaperoned brought this on them but this also lets her stay with her niece and she agrees.

Darby worded his proposal as a marriage of convenience and a business matter but he wants Sadie Grace for his own.  He knows that she’s keeping secrets but will get them out of her.  He just needs to romance her a bit and then she’ll fall for him as much as he’s falling for her.

This was a story that, imho, was a bit backwards.  The H/h became engaged and then started a romance rather than the other way around.  I have to admit I felt it was a bit sudden for Darby to propose out of the blue.  I couldn’t understand his thinking until later in the book when it was explained about his attraction to her.  If the author had told us of his attraction or showed him acting attracted in any way then maybe I wouldn’t have been thrown off by his proposal but that didn’t happen.  Despite my surprise I thought that from there the story unfolded nicely.  Darby and Sadie Grace were good for each other and I liked seeing Sadie Grace come out of her shell little by little.

There was very little angst in the story and I liked that.  This was book 3 in this series but I didn’t feel lost because I hadn’t read books 1 & 2 – it was a good standalone.  The secondary characters played a big role in the story and made me laugh as well.  Humor in historical romances is always a good thing in my opinion.

If you want to read a nice, fun historical romance then this one would be a good one for you to read.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

three-half-stars

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