Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally #2
Format: Hard copy gifted from my mom

Synopsis:
Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

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Review

It’s been over a year since I’ve read the first book in this series and, at first, I remembered why it took me so long to read this book.

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The Greatest Showman Tag

I was so excited when The Perks Of Being A Daydreamer tagged me in this one! I love this movie so much!


Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and provide a link to their post!
  • Maaaybe include a link to my (the creator’s) post, which is this one right here.
  • Include the logo somewhere in the post.
  • Find a book/anime/movie/manga/K-Drama/TV show or anything else that fits the prompts below.
  • Cliche rule here, but have fun!
  • Tag 5 to 10 people (or more, if you’re feeling like it, no biggie)

Questions

1. The Greatest Showman: In Which The Intro Is Amazing

Alpha (Shifters #6) by Rachel Vincent has, hands down, the best intro. However, you have to have read the previous books to appreciate just how intense it is.

2. A Million Dreams: In Which Things Get A Little Too Dragged

Honestly? It’s hard for me to find a book that dragged only because if I find that I’m not enjoying a book, I just don’t finish it.

3. Come Alive: In Which There Is A Nice Plot Twist

I mean, I think I have to say A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas! Luckily I read it before I saw any chatter about it, so the twist took me completely off-guard.

4. The Other Side: In Which A Villain Turns Into A Good Guy or Vice Versa

The Sweep Series by Cate Tiernan definitely counts for this one. I don’t think I ever fully recovered.

6. This Is Me: In Which Representation Is Amazing
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Huong. I love that the author is Asian and has high0functioning autism which is represented in the main character as well.

7. Rewrite The Stars: In Which It’s ‘Us Against The World’ [Not Necessarily Romantic]

I’ve always loved Lissa and Rose’s relationship in the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

8. Tightrope: In Which The Love Triangle Took A Wrong Turn
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, I suppose. I loved them both, but I still was on the other team.

9. From Now On: In Which The Main Character Only Gets Their Stuff Together In The End

Lover Awakened by JR Ward. It’s a hard fought battle, but it is worth the wait!

 

 

… And that’s all folks! Feel free to do this one if you’d like! Let me know if you do!

 

Slightly Scandalous (Bedwyn Saga, #3) by Mary Balogh

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Slightly Scandalous
Author: Mary Balogh
Series: Bedwyn Saga, #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Meet the Bedwyns…six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality.

Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she.

Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society ladies. From feisty manner to long, tumbling hair, Lady Freyja is pure fire, a woman who seeks both adventure and freedom.

Adventure soon finds her on a visit to Bath, when a handsome stranger bursts into Freyja’s room and entreats her to hide him. His name is Joshua Moore, Marquess of Hallmere, a man with a hell-raising reputation of his own who is quickly intrigued by the independent beauty. So intrigued, in fact, that he makes her a surprising request: to pose as his fiancée and help thwart his family’s matchmaking schemes. For two people determined to be free, it’s the perfect plan…until passion blindsides them both. For as Joshua sets out to achieve his complete seduction of Freyja, a woman who has sworn off love is in danger of losing the one thing she never expected to give again: her heart…

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Review

This was my Talk Darcy to Me Romance Novel Book Club’s book this month and while I’m not a big historical romance reader, I adored this book.

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Reading Recs: Favorite Damaged Heroes

Although I tend to have more of an appreciation for charming, charismatic, somewhat irreverent heroes, every so often a beautifully damaged hero comes along in a novel that absolutely sweeps me off my feet.

Maybe it’s that innate romantic in me that loves the idea of epic love being the one thing that can heal a tortured soul.

Anyway, here is a short list of my very favorite damaged heroes and the novels in which they exist:

Lance Romero

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Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting
Oh, my sweet, sweet Lance! Lance’s book is second-to-last in the Pucked series and it came out of nowhere for me. His story was heartbreaking and intense and he loved so fiercely despite having such a hard time in life. Of all the guys in this list, Lance is the one whose story surprised me the most because my perception of him from the other books were nowhere near how he ended up.

 

Caden Grayson

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Hearts in Darkness Duet by Laura Kaye
It’s not until the second book in these novellas do you realize just how broken Caden is, but because of the epic love that develops between the two characters in the first book, you are just as willing to fight for him as Makenna.

 

Grayson Pierce Sullivan

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Darkly, Madly Duet by Trisha Wolfe
I mean… Grayson is a serial killer, so… You don’t get much more damaged than that. His book is by far the darkest out of all of these books and it certainly is not for the faint of heart. Grayson is also, in his darkness, alluring and intensely compelling.

 

Rhysand

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
I hesitate to say much about Rhys’ story because it would be riddled with spoilers for those who haven’t read the first two books in this series, but just know that he 100% deserves to be on this list.

 

Zsadist

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Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood #3) by JR Ward
Zsadist’s story was actually the first true broken hero story I’ve ever read and it completely slayed me. I was not prepared. I’ve re-read this story over and over and though nothing will compare to how it made me feel the first time I read it, the story still hits me where it counts every time. Of all the damaged heroes on this list, no one is as broken as Zsadist. But it just makes his story that much better.

Who are some of your favorite damaged heroes?

 

 

 

 

All In (Full Tilt #2) by Emma Scott *Favorite Read* *So Many Spoilers*

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: All In
Author: Emma Scott
Series: Full Tilt #2
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
SPOILERS FOR FULL TILT….

Reeling from her loss, Kacey Dawson is grieving and heartbroken, her addictive demons hauling her back into the alcohol-soaked abyss she worked so hard to crawl out of. Kacey teeters on the edge of oblivion, and must fight her way through the pain, to build a new life for herself with her music, and somehow fulfill the promise she made to Jonah…one she feels is impossible to keep.

Theo Fletcher has a secret burning in his heart, one that he holds close, while he struggles to keep strong for his family that is falling apart. His mother’s health is fragile and his father’s disapproval is breaking him down. Theo is afraid if he follows his heart, he’ll fail, and not just himself, but his brother who believed in him when no one else did.

Drawn together by their pain, Theo and Kacey slowly build a friendship, re-forge old ties, help each other to heal, and give one another the courage to reach for their dreams. Together, from the depths of grief and guilt, they learn to laugh again, to trust again, and quite possibly find something beautiful and lasting amid the shattered pieces of their broken hearts.

PLEASE NOTE, this novel is NOT a standalone. It is highly recommended one read Full Tilt first to get the entire arc of the story and to avoid spoilers.

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Review

THIS POST IS FULL OF MAJOR SPOILERS FOR FULL TILT.

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Full Tilt (Full Tilt #1) by Emma Scott *New Favorite Read*

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Full Tilt
Author: Emma Scott
Series: Full Tilt #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

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Review

Excuse my language, but GODDAMMIT this was not what I expected.

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