Friday, April 20, 2018

Frat Girl by Kiley Roache

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For Cassandra Davis, the F-word is fraternity—specifically Delta Tau Chi, a house on probation and on the verge of being banned from campus. Accused of offensive, sexist behavior, they have one year to clean up their act. For the DTC brothers, the F-word is feminist—the type of person who writes articles in the school paper about why they should lose their home.

With one shot at a scholarship to attend the university of her dreams, Cassie pitches a research project: to pledge Delta Tau Chi and provide proof of their misogynistic behavior. They’re frat boys. She knows exactly what to expect once she gets there. Exposing them should be a piece of cake.

But the boys of Delta Tau Chi have their own agenda, and fellow pledge Jordan Louis is certainly more than the tank top wearing “bro” Cassie expected to find. With her heart and her future tangled in the web of her own making, Cassie is forced to realize that the F-word might not be as simple as she thought after all.


Source: advance e-galley provided in exchange for an honest review


Now, it's been a few years since I was in college and the college I went to didn't have fraternities or sororities so I've never got the allure of them. However, the title to Kiley Roache's debut had me doing a double-take. That her heroine, a self-professed feminist was willing to go undercover and pledge for a fraternity had me simultaneously going, "You crazy, girl!" and "Please be careful!" Yeah, I just had to read this one.

Cassie comes up with this research idea because she needs to win a scholarship to attend the school of her dreams. Her interest in gender studies and her defiance of gender stereotypes makes joining a frat the perfect opportunity to study several issues. What she doesn't bank on though is how much her experience within the frat would challenge her initial thoughts about Greek life and affect her findings.

The research process doesn't go as smoothly as she hopes since she has to work in secrecy. Therefore, no one can know what she's up to and some of her actions tend to rub some new friends the wrong way. While she's hoping to get inside the frat house culture, some folks think she's either hurting women's causes or doing this as some kind of attention-getting stunt. Dealing with the skepticism and negative fallout make this an isolating experience though she manages to keep her chin up. And the surprise is that despite some rough patches, she does end up befriending a few of the guys in the frat and through their interactions she gains a different perspective on the issues she's trying to bring to light. The funniest, laugh-out-loud moment comes when Cassie conducts a sex-ed lesson to the frat brothers. Holy cow, I could not stop laughing! It makes you realize how much misinformation is out there so kudos to Cassie for taking that on. 

I thought Frat Girl was entertaining  with Cassie being a delightful character whose strength is shown through her confidence and her conviction to see something through to the end. It does attempt to tackle some of the currently relevant issues - perceptions about men's sexuality vs women's sexuality, misconceptions about feminism, bullying and hazing - just to name a few, but holds back from delving too deep, otherwise the tone of the book would be completely different. If anything it serves up several talking points for continued thought and discussion which I sincerely hope it does. I also can't wait to read more from Kiley Roache in the future!

~ Bel



I'm so happy to share an interview that Kiley graciously did with us. Keep an eye out for more good things to come from this talented young writer!


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Congratulations on FRAT GIRL! You’re a rock star to write and publish a book while still at university. How long had the idea been simmering in your mind?

Thank you so much! I wrote the first draft of the book after my freshman year of college. Although I did not personally join a frat, the emotional truth of the book was inspired by the things I felt and experienced throughout my freshman year. The idea first sparked when one of my friends bet me $50 to go with them to fraternity rush. For weeks after that conversation, I wondered what this experience would be like—for the first woman to join such an organization. I thought it might crystalize a lot of the experiences that my friends and I had our freshman year.

After writing countless articles for the likes of Huffpost, San Francisco Chronicle, The Mash, just to name a few, what was the transition to writing a book like? How did it change your writing approach?

Well, I had been writing “books”—50 page Microsoft Word documents on my pink laptop—since the seventh grade, even before I worked as a reporter. So writing fiction has been in my life for a while. However, there were definitely unique challenges to writing a full novel for the first time.  It is easy to be excited about an idea at the beginning, but to make sure that premise and that character are well developed enough that they can take you through an entire story with a satisfying end, is definitely a different kind of challenge. However, I found that when it did come together, it was quite magical. I wrote the first manuscript I ever completed while I was in high school, and I often ended up writing well into the night, until 2 or 3 am, after doing homework until midnight. It was hard work for sure, but it was also one of the most rewarding experiences.

In the book, Cassie joins the frat in order to study the culture of sexism and misogyny up close. She steps into it with definite views but periodically finds those views challenged, demonstrating that it’s not as clear cut as initially thought. Is that how you felt as you developed the story?

I think that throughout the process, I wanted the characters to meet people who challenged each other’s views. For young men like Duncan, Bambi, Jordan and Peter this means understanding the perspectives of women, and how they might experience fraternity houses, campus, and the world differently. For Cassie, her fundamental belief in feminism, in equality among the sexes, remains steadfast. She does however, encounter women who define what feminism looks like in a different way than she does, which challenges the details, but not the core, of her views. I definitely think this mirrored my experience during college, as I lived in dorms with people of various perspectives and backgrounds, and saw my own beliefs challenged and further developed through the conversations I had.

Is there a character in FRAT GIRL that you can relate to, and one that you’d like to know better?

In many ways I can relate to Cassie, particularly because my freshman year of college I had a group of friends, the majority of which were men. So a lot of the situations Cassie is in are things I have experienced as well. One of my best guy friends really did run across campus when a boy I was seeing was mean to me. I also relate a lot to Ben or “Bambi” as he is called for much of the book, since I was very focused and serious in high school, and had not really been to a party until college.

One character I’d like to get to know better is Peter. I don’t want to spoil, but there is a lot we learn about Peter at the end, and I’d be curious to explore further how his friendship with Cassie would develop.

How are you going to celebrate your book’s release?

The day of my release I primarily celebrated on the internet, and received so many kind messages from friends and the YA community. A week after the book came out, I had an event right near Stanford’s campus at Kepler’s Books, and a bunch of my friends attended, which was really great.

Okay, now we’re going to have some fun. The Bibliojunkies motto is “books, boys, pie” so with that in mind: 

Which do you prefer: E-reader or a physical book? And is there a book that you had to have on both platforms?

I am definitely am a physical books person, although I have had an e-reader before. I read Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones for the first time on Kindle, and then just had to buy it to complete the set when I read all the other books in the series in paperback. 

One Direction is mentioned in your book a couple of times… so who’s your favourite?

Oh wow that is a great question. I have to say Harry.

And if he showed up at your door, what dessert would he bring for you?

An even better question! I would say chocolate lava cake J.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Loving the Secret Billionaire (Love At Last #1) by Adriana Anders

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Mystery man, recluse, finance guru… Virgin.


I was a shut-in for a reason. With too many secrets, too much to hide, and way too much at stake, I spent years in my mansion in the woods, never trusting a soul.


So, when a stranger showed up at my door, with her plans to save the world, I should have sent her away, like I’d always done. 


But from the second she arrived, I couldn’t resist Veronica Cruz. She was all the things I’d been missing—passionate, generous, and so damned sexy. 


I let her into my life, gave her everything—including my heart. 


Now, the one thing she wants is the truth. The question is, will she still love me when she knows my secret?

Loving the Secret Billionaire is a sexy standalone novella in the Love at Last series, featuring a virgin hero and a slightly older woman.

Originally published in the Rogue Desire anthology, this edition has been expanded with new material. 


Source: advance e-galley provided in exchange for an honest review




Veronica is running for local city council. She has no prior experience or proper funding but runs her campaign on pure passion to do right by the community. Her rich opponent has plenty of donors to fill his coffers so it's a massive uphill battle for Veronica to just keep up and get her message out there. Then her life literally changes when she overcomes any qualms about canvassing the last house in a neighbourhood. One that doesn't look very inviting but she can't leave any stone unturned when she doesn't have too many other means to get her message in front of the people. The reclusive Zach opens his doors and winds up enchanted by Veronica's zeal and reasoning for running for office. Never having the need before to be involved in something, he finds himself inspired and wanting to be on her side, and before you know it he's helping her in ways she couldn't have fathomed. T

As you can gather from the title, Zach has the dollars to help make a difference to her campaign. But it's not just that that's a draw between these two. Veronica's genuine interest in people and desire to help contrasts with Zach's isolated life. Meeting her has been life-changing for him, too. The spark that was there when they first met burns stronger the more they're in contact, and they have heat! I do like the twist that he's an inexperienced younger man and is drawn to Veronica's confidence and sense of purpose. I also like the big secret surrounding him but I'm not going to tell here ;-)

Loving the Secret Billionaire was first featured in the Rogue Desire anthology where the idea is to present short romance stories with some politics thrown in. It's a chance to highlight any pressing social undercurrent in a less in your face kind of way. I didn't get the chance to read it in this anthology but the expanded novella is a fast-moving delicious sweet treat of a read that you can devour quickly. Filled with passion, sexy times, and most importantly heart, it'll bring you smiles!

~ Bel


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Black Tie Optional (Wild Weddings #1) by Ann Marie Walker

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Everything about Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips - on the surface he’s pure perfection.

Too bad he's an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.

Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.

So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober.

Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.
 



It's the best feeling in the world when you pick up a book by a new-to-you author and you enjoy it. Black Tie Optional is not only fun but also gives the fake marriage trope some freshness. 

Cole and Olivia are like oil and water. Cole is a successful businessman running his empire and Olivia is the humanitarian/environmentalist thorn in his side. Every morning she greets him as he arrives at the coffee shop to get his coffee, ready to launch into one of her speeches where she decries his latest attempt at destroying the habitat of one creature or another because of his developments. It's a routine now - she berates him, he responds with sarcasm and acts unmoved. That opening scene sets up their contentious relationship perfectly. So nobody is more surprised and annoyed than these two when they run into each other in Vegas. But it's Vegas so, party hard, right? Well, they partied a little too hard, wind up blissfully drunk and in the same hotel room the next morning. Horror! Rather than freak out, Cole sees this as the perfect opportunity to propose. Literally. And he does so in the most unromantic way by making her a promise to support one of her causes if she marries him and stays married to him for a few months. Olivia doesn't immediately jump for joy over this but reluctantly agrees because the end justifies the means. But don't worry, she finds a way to put her own spin on things and one thing is for sure with these two - they'll never be boring!


"The gown you chose is very becoming on you," he said.
She looked at him and laughed. "Becoming? You just have to dress like you're from the nineteen forties, Cole, not speak that way."
He frowned. "Always busting my balls, aren't you? Even when I'm merely attempting to pay you a compliment."


Olivia and Cole have one of the most combative relationships I've read and that's what makes Black Tie Optional such a treat. Olivia is extremely adversarial, everything is up for debate. If Cole says one thing, she has a remark for that. Everything is contentious. Cole catches on though and simply messes with her most of the time but there also also moments when you see that it gets to him. I liked getting to know the characters better just as they were doing the same, and seeing the subtle shifts in their dynamic. 

Black Tie Optional gave me exactly what I needed - a sexy enemies-to-lovers story filled with laughs and sharp quips. You bet I'm reading Icing on the Cake next!

~ Bel



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chaser by Kylie Scott Release Day Promo & Review




Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she's pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she'd had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it's Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?
 

About the Author
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Todays best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romane Writer of the Year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer's Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages, She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horrow films.  Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kyliescott.com/
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Review

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Do you know how long I've been waiting for Chaser? A long time for sure! The time I spent waiting only made the trip back into the Dive Bar world that much sweeter. It was established previously in Twist how much of a player Eric is and it didn't look like he was in any hurry to change what was working for him. In walks Jean who knocks him sideways. He does the usual flirting but none of that will make a difference because ... she's pregnant! It feels like the world's cruelest joke that this really cool woman would be off limits in the ultimate way. Worse still is everyone's belief that he has and always will be a selfish womanizer. The amount of grief he's been receiving lately from his friends has him rethinking his lifestyle and now he's motivated to prove every single one of them wrong. He can be friends with a woman and not hit on her - he'll show them! With sex out of the equation Eric finds himself in one of the strangest but most fulfilling friendships that he has ever had.

I'd describe Eric as Mal-lite. Funny and at times childish but without the need to be the center of attention. (By the way, I love Mal but this was the first thought that came to my mind.) Eric's quite charming in his self-reflection and he had me chuckling at some of his observations especially when he was confused by his new behaviour. The change in his attitude from the beginning to the end is astonishing, even to his close circle of friends. A lot of the credit goes to Jean who while not completely immune to him also doesn't lead him on during the early days of their friendship. She's a steadying force and because she's new to the group, and doesn't have any previous history them, she has the distinct advantage to see Eric differently. That's the lightbulb moment that struck me: sometimes when you're so close to the situation or have dealt repeatedly with the same behaviour, you just kind of shut off and accept that things will never change. That's where his friends were at with him but not Jean. She saw the effort he was making and she encouraged his self-improvement, and I love them both all the more for it. When things do heat up between them they're both adults about it. These two with their subtle flirting and their growing bond make them my favourite couple of this series.

Kylie Scott is one of my absolute favourites. (I may have mentioned before that she ruined me for most other rockstar romances.) The unconventional romance along with her signature humour and witty dialogue makes Chaser a blast to read and you should definitely add it to your reading list!

~ Bel


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Blackstone Blog Tour



   

We are so excited to be sharing the release of J.D. Hollyfield's BLACKSTONE with you today. BLACKSTONE is the first book in the Four Fathers series written by four bestselling authors. Be sure to grab your copy today!







About Blackstone

I am meticulous. Structured. A single father. I obsess over things and crave control. And when a hot, feisty little woman throws a wrench in my carefully laid out plans, I lose my mind. My every thought revolves around making her bend to my will—until they become less about her doing things my way and more about just her. My name is Trevor Blackstone. I am an obsessive, complicated, demanding man. People may not understand me, but it doesn't stop them from wanting me. *** Four Fathers Series by bestselling authors J.D. Hollyfield, Dani René, K Webster, and Ker Dukey Four genres. Four bestselling authors. Four different stories. Four weeks in April. One intense, sexy, thrilling ride from beginning to end!

Add BLACKSTONE to your Goodreads TBR here!

 

Grab your copy of BLACKSTONE on Amazon today!

 

Read an excerpt from BLACKSTONE

Being Sunday, I decide to take a break from memory lane. I snatch a worn historical romance paperback from Gran’s bookshelf and slide into my brand new white bikini. Grabbing my towel and a Mike’s Hard Lemonade from the fridge, I head out back.

The sun feels amazing on my skin. I inhale the breeze, tasting the salt of the ocean on my tongue. I drop my towel on the lawn chair and get comfortable. My shades are down, and my book is ready to be dominated.

“This is nice,” I hum to myself, lifting my lemonade and taking a nice sip.

And out it all repels as I spit and choke on it.

Jeeeesus Christ.”

I knock my sunglasses halfway down my nose as my eyes threaten to fall out of their sockets. Where in holy heavens did he come from? The half-naked man leaning on his balcony across the way. My tongue about falls out of my mouth. Is that Numbers? And holy shit, when did he get so much muscle? I’d call him fit, but that’s not fit. That’s like, “Hi, I eat muscle for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and now I’m just all muscle.”

I wipe at my chin, unsure whether it’s lemonade splatter or I'm drooling. I’m probably drooling. I wasn’t paying attention to much of him yesterday when he was acting all crazy on my front step. I just wanted him gone. To be honest, while he was babbling, I was trying to dig in the back of my brain for my old high school karate moves in case he tried something on me. Looking at him now, I wish he had.

He lifts his hand, threading his large hand through his hair and dragging his fingers down his hard chest covered in a dusting of hair. “Oh boy, where’s that hand going?” I mumble, licking my lips. Oh yeah. I see where this is going. Yep, oh yeah... Did I just moan?

Oh, hell yeah I did, but it’s so worth it. His hand dips down into his board shorts and he adjusts himself. Feel free to pull them down. Show us the goods, I think, mentally visualizing just how big his junk is. He’s a pretty big guy. Big hands. Theory says, and all.

Watching him fondle himself in all his hot glory, my curiosity piques. How old is he really? He sure had a reason to take offense by my calling him old. He certainly doesn’t look old. He surely looks a zillion times hotter than Jimmy, and he was only twenty-eight. I’m not an age wizard, but if I had to guess, I’d say late thirties, early forties. Definitely a bit out of my age range. Why? No idea. No real reason screaming stay away. Well, besides the major one being he wants to evict me, tear down my Gran’s life of memories, and probably build a gym in its place.

Yeah, that’s a good enough reason.

It also reminds me it’s the guys who look appealing on the outside that usually turn out to be dicks on the inside.


 

About the FOUR FATHERS series

BLACKSTONE by J.D. Hollyfield / KINGSTON by Dani René / PEARSON by K Webster / WHEELER by Ker Dukey

 

About J.D. HOLLYFIELD

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she’s not cooking, event planning, or spending time with her family, she’s relaxing with her nose stuck in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own stories to life. Living in the Midwest, she’s currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s. J.D. Hollyfield dapples in all genres, from romantic comedy, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, fantasy and erotica! Want to know more! Follow her on all platforms! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Blackstone Release Day Blitz

   
We are so excited to be sharing the release of J.D. Hollyfield's BLACKSTONE with you today. BLACKSTONE is the first book in the Four Fathers series written by four bestselling authors. Be sure to grab your copy today!
 






About Blackstone 

I am meticulous. Structured. A single father. I obsess over things and crave control. And when a hot, feisty little woman throws a wrench in my carefully laid out plans, I lose my mind. My every thought revolves around making her bend to my will—until they become less about her doing things my way and more about just her. My name is Trevor Blackstone. I am an obsessive, complicated, demanding man. People may not understand me, but it doesn't stop them from wanting me. *** Four Fathers Series by bestselling authors J.D. Hollyfield, Dani René, K Webster, and Ker Dukey Four genres. Four bestselling authors. Four different stories. Four weeks in April. One intense, sexy, thrilling ride from beginning to end!

Add BLACKSTONE to your Goodreads TBR here!

 Grab your copy of BLACKSTONE on Amazon today!

 

Read an excerpt from BLACKSTONE

“You shouldn’t use those stairs,” I yell, startling her. She wobbles, grabbing for the banister, giving me another scare. The thing looks ready to fall off.

“Jesus, Numbers, you scared the piss outta me,” she yelps, glaring at me like she wants to rip my head off. And I don’t care, so long as she gets down those bunk stairs. That’s when she starts bouncing on each step.

“Don’t fucking do that. Those aren’t safe,” I snap back.

“Don’t do what, this?” She jumps again, slamming her feet back down on another step. My anger spikes. Is she out of her fucking mind? Can’t she see the stairs wobbling under her? She repeats the same gesture to the next two steps, giving me palpitations. The reoccurring effect has her falling through in less than seven more jumps. I glance over, noticing she’s only using one hand to hold onto the railing and has a bottle in her other.

“Are you drunk?” I ask, now worried about her state of mind. She won’t be able to catch herself if she falls.

“Super drunk actually. Thanks for asking. Now, mind your own business.” She makes it to the bottom of the stairs. Relief washes over me as I watch her walk onto the sand and dig her toes into the cool peddles of the sea. Then, she stumbles and trips. “Whoa! I’m okay!” she squeals, catching herself before she falls face-first into the sand.

I’m curious what she’s up to. Until my mind figures it out. “You can’t go in the water. It’s not safe at night.” I’m frozen, waiting for her to listen to me and turn back around. But she doesn’t.

“Yeah, yeah, I’ve seen you in it all week at night. Nice try.” She keeps walking. The tide has picked up the last couple days due to it being hurricane season. If I weren’t trained to handle the choppiness of the waves, I wouldn’t have been out there either.

“Yeah, and I know the water. You don’t. Stay out of there,” I demand. Why the fuck is she still walking? Christ, she’s wobbling down to the water. The farther she gets, the harder it is to see her. The half-crescent moon glows against the water, but it’s still so dark, I struggle to see anything but her silhouette. “Hey!” I yell, but this time, she doesn’t respond.

I drop the bar of soap and run through the sand on high alert, listening for any signs of struggle. What the hell is wrong with this girl? Unsynchronized splashing. I go to call her name, but realize I don’t even know it. Numbers, letters, and equations blast though my head at the chances I guess it right. It’s undefinable, due to the various coed names—

“Hey!” I yell toward where I last spotted her. My feet slam into the sand, hitting the lining of the ocean shore and—

“BOO!”

I jump, losing my balance, and fall back into the cool ocean water.

“Holy shit! You should see your face!” She laughs. I wipe the water off my face as she stands above me, laughing, holding her chest. “Oh, man. For such a big guy, you sure do scare easily. I wish I record—”

Pushing to my feet, I tackle her, taking the last words right out of her mouth. She squeals as I bear hug her body to my chest and walk furiously with her in my tight hold into the cold water.

“Oh my God! Stop! It’s freezing!” She kicks back and forth, trying to fight her way out of my grip. “Ahhh! Stop, please stop! It’s fucking cold!” I don’t stop until we’re almost shoulder deep under. “Hold your breath.” Her eyes shine in the moonlight, a battle warring behind them. She realizes my next move and doesn’t know whether to yell or obey. My face remains stoic, serious, and she takes a deep breath as I sink us both beneath the water's surface.

When I pop back up, she has her arms and legs wrapped around me, the struggle forgotten. Her hair is soaked, covering her face. I lift my hand to brush it off, giving me the pleasure of her eyes. Green. Wide. She knows I’m lost in the sight of her. She seems to be doing the same. Her firm tits press nicely against my chest, and she has to be dumb not to feel my hard cock, even in the cold temperature.

It’s then I remember I don’t have any shorts on. A few seconds pass before she comes to the same realization. “Are you naked?” she asks, her voice hoarse. I can’t help the urge I allow to happen. Using my hand straddling around her taut ass, I press her into me. Fuck, that felt good. “Yep, naked,” she whispers, her lids half closed. Her actions tease me, and I press into her again, gaining another reward. This time, her eyes shut and mouth parts. Hell knows what’s changed between earlier today and now, but my dick tells me I should keep going until she tells me to fuck off.

“You okay with this?” I bend, putting my lips on her bare shoulder, and suck on her skin, which is softer than I expected.


“I don’t like you, but I’m really horny and you’re hot, so yep, let’s do this.”

   

About the FOUR FATHERS series

BLACKSTONE by J.D. Hollyfield / KINGSTON by Dani René / PEARSON by K Webster / WHEELER by Ker Dukey

 

About J.D. HOLLYFIELD

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she’s not cooking, event planning, or spending time with her family, she’s relaxing with her nose stuck in a book. With her love for romance, and her head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own stories to life. Living in the Midwest, she’s currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s. J.D. Hollyfield dapples in all genres, from romantic comedy, contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, fantasy and erotica! Want to know more! Follow her on all platforms!  

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Royal Rebel (Flings With Kings #2) by Jessica Peterson

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Royal. Recklessly Rebellious. Totally Delicious.

SUBJECT: Im sorry (Marked Confidential)
Sat 21 May 02:48 A.M.

From the Desk of His Royal Highness Prince Robert

Aly—can’t stop thinking about tonight. Never thought enemies like us would end up naked together. Know you think Im cocky, but come on, sweetheart…don’t tell me it’s not the best sex you’ve ever had.

I’m not a good man. But for the first time, I wish I were. Maybe then I’d deserve you. I don’t. Not when I come from a family like mine. All these secrets…

You’re gorgeous. Clever. You call me out on my bullshit, and I bloody adore it.

I adore you, sweetheart.

You have your new bloke. And I’m…me. The playboy prince. We’re not meant to be together. But staying away from you is killing me, Aly. Thinking about him touching you is killing me.

I’ve no right to talk to you like this. Im sorry. It’s the whisky talking. This is what you do to me.

Rob

P.S.—am I stupid to think you might feel the same way?

P.P.S—I am not going to send this. So never mind.


Source: advance e-galley provided in exchange for an honest review


The few glimpses of Rob that were in Royal Ruin had me believing that his own book would be a freaking royal treat! Rob is every bit as cocky and funny as he came off previously but in Royal Rebel, his playboy, irresponsible ways become more of a liability. That's because meeting beadstrong Aly has turned his world upside down. Aly, who is his future sister-in-law's best friend, can't stand him yet they're positively on fire when they're getting it on. Still she has no interest in pursuing anything beyond the physical with him because he couldn't be further from the ideal man and life she envisions for herself. Aly's a hardworking career woman who wants a man who's equally as driven and wants stability in the long run. Rob's convinced that it's something he's incapable of offering her. But the more he tries to let her go, the harder it is.

I love snark and Rob has plenty of it. He's the kind of character I love reading and laughing with. Aly, for all her attempts to be impervious to his charm, winds up being ambivalent throughout most of the story. Giving in to her feelings for him means giving up on her dreams. The shenanigans are only fun for so long though. Rob wouldn't be half as enjoyable if he didn't come to some sort of epiphany - and that would be that he needs to grow up. In the meantime, he and Aly behave like knuckleheads about until they're ready to confront what's been in front of them all along.

There were only two things within the story that stumped me: one, Rob's twin brother Jack was a complete no-show, even for a big occasion. I had to go back several pages to see if I'd missed an explanation for his absence and I didn't find any. Maybe it was there and I missed it. Two, his sister's non-presence at the same big occasion also had me wondering what was up. I know that Peterson is currently working on Jane's book so I'm hoping that all will be explained there. Despite these two questions in the back of my mind, they didn't stop me from enjoying the book. 

It's clear that Peterson has been having a blast writing this series and we're the lucky ones who get to read it. Royal Rebel and the Flings With Kings Series is the perfect antidote to satisfy any royal romance cravings you're having. And now we wait for Jane to make her mark next!

~ Bel