Monday, December 26, 2016

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase ~ Review

Source:  Purchased audio

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

The experience of reading a book usually comes down to three things for me.  

First, characters.  That connections with the characters is the most important piece for me.  And I truly did love these two.  Nicholas has been raised a Prince and as nice as that sounds, in reality it's a royal pain in the a$$.  But he's developed the best qualities from it and I adore his protective, loyal ways.  AND he's one HOT royal!  Definitely has some dirty, sexy ideas.  I may never look at shaving my legs the same way again.  And then there is Olivia.  She's a New Yorker and is barely getting by.  But she has the backbone to get things done and she is one of the good ones.  True and human through and through.  Together, these two have some serious heat - maybe a bit too much for me - but sexy sparks are in every possible way and place. Hehe

Second, the story.  Great characters are important but if their story falls short, what difference does it make.  These two have an emotional story that is jammed full of lots of joy, love, pain and happiness coupled with an impossible situation.  Yeah, this story will suck you in and have you stuck in it's pages.

Finally, the writing.  I consider several things with this one.  What person is it written in?  How well does the writing help me connect to the characters?  Did the author tie up all the strings for me?  Where there any glaring errors that had me taking pause?  Mostly, I was happy with this aspect of the book.  It's written in third persona with alternating points of view.  I enjoy that type of third person the best.  I still felt very connected to the characters.  Perhaps my one problem were a few loose ends.  I still want to know a couple minor details that are sprinkled throughout the book.  Nothing major, mind you, but I always feel a polished author ties those all up for the reader.  

Overall, this book is a sexy bombshell that's waiting to go off in your hands (or eReader as the case may be).  I read it quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it.  It sets the stage for Prince Henry's story and I definitely want to read that one. 

It would make the coldest nights thaw for you so if that's your thing, pick this one up!


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