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Series: American Royalty #2
Published by Tule Publishing on September 5, 2019
Cover Design: Lee Hyat
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author's Pal
He likes to be in control…
It’s like this: I’m the hottest restauranteur on the west coast. I work hard, play hard, and love my family. I’m also the guy on the receiving end of some unwelcome threats and fixation. Then Pascale Nichols walks back into my life, and I forget about everything but her. They say lightening never strikes twice, but she’s the one that got away. She’s also, I soon discover, the one my family *secretly* hired to protect me. Am I mad? Hell, yes. Am I game to play along? You bet.
She’s in over her head…
Everyone knows and loves Ethan Auprince. With his sexy-as-sin dimples and crazy likeability, he’s always the center of attention. I’ve been tasked with protecting celebrities, bigwigs, and high-ranking officials, but when I come face-to-face with the man I spent one incredible summer with, I’m in trouble. A careless mistake on my last assignment cost me, and now Ethan is looking at me like he wants to devour me, not cooperate with my subtle instructions while I work under the guise of his restaurant manager.
My reputation is at risk. His safety is on the line. But worse, were falling in love again.
Contemporary Romance; Second Chance Romance
First person; dual-POV
Book #2 of the American Royalty series; they can be read as standalone (I haven’t read the first book and had the full experience with this one)
He wears a tux like Captain America wears his Avenger clothes. Hot. Sexy. Strong. All-American appealing.
Addictiveness: 3.5/5 It was an easy read with a few fun moments and some cute ones. This has two parts, the second part for me it had a better flow. As addictive as melted cheese!!!
Character: hero 4.5/5, heroine 4/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 Interesting characters that were multidimensional and felt very realistic.
Ethan was a great book boyfriend. He was hot, smart, ambitious, loving, caring, fun and charismatic. He was rich, but not a jerk. He grew along the way, really embracing everything that was thrown his way. Even his mistakes, never felt like a huge deal at all. Totally drool-worthy!
Pascale was also a good heroine. She was beautiful, strong, caring, friendly and everybody liked her. She had a tendency to run from her problems that got on my nerves a few times. At the same time, she handle the twists of life like a pro.
Several interesting secondary characters that I would love to know more.
All characters were easy to love, connect and understand!
Freshness: 4/5 This was definitely a surprise. At first, I thought this would be very predictable, but suddenly, it had an unexpected twist and it become more. Surprising and exciting, at the same time it was believable and real. As fresh as mint tea!
Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 3/5, dialogue 4/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 4/5, opening 3.5/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 4/5, subplots 4/5, twists 5/5 Ok opening and great ending. Believable plot with dialogues well written. The pace was better at the second part of the story, and the subplot has really spice up the story. An ok setting with an amazing, unexpected twist!!! The first conflict was not very interesting, but the second one was BOOM! Explosive! Great level of satisfaction!
I can’t talk much, because I think the unexpected gave new life to this story, and I don’t want to spoil the fun for anyone. The “main” conflict, at least the one hinted at the blurb, was a bit lackluster. But the second one, was a curve ball! It come out of nowhere and it gave this story depth and intensity. After reading the book, I’m certain this was always on the author’s mind, and I found it very crafty how she tied up both parts of the story together.
Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 5/5 I believed in their love story from the beginning. Yes, Pascale did get on my nerves a few times, but their chemistry was high and the couple’s love easy to feel. Their journey was beautiful and complex. Oh, the smut was there and it was perfertly created. As hot as tabasco!!!
Writing Style: I’ve enjoyed the author’s writing style. Very crafty how she worked the plot and subplots in the story. This story had layers that were easily written by the author. Looking forward to read more. Crafty!!!
Cover: art 3/5, title 5/5, color-font 4/5, buy 3.5/5 I’m obsessed with book covers. I love to find snippets of the stories within the art. This cover is ok, but not great. It is just a handsome man. I wanted to see a bit more of the story at the cover. Maybe the restaurant as a background, or something that felt more personal to this book. This is a bit too generic. I would probably buy this book by its cover, but I guess I would read the blurb first!
Plot: I’m still unsure if the first plot/subplot was really needed or not. The second part of the story was so rich and important that I believe it could have held on its own.
Even though I’ve said a few times that I felt the first conflict a bit lackluster, I’ve loved the unexpected! The twist came as a bomb. Really, it blew on my face. I had no idea where the story would be heading after the first conflict was solved, but never would my brain conjure up the second conflict. It was rich, convoluted and it gave this story flavor. This is definitely magic writing skills.
I’ve loved the brothers, and I feel I have to go back and read Finn and Chloe’s book white waiting for Drew’s.
28/35 STARS – 4 STARS (between 28 stars and 31 stars)
Addictiveness: 3.5 Character: 4 Cover: 3 Freshness: 5 Plot: 3.5 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 4
Would I recommend? Sure. For everyone that likes a family romance with a bit of spice.
Would I re-read this book/series? I’m don’t know if I would re-read the book, only time will tell. But I will definitely follow the series.
Would I read more from the author? Yes!a Rafflecopter giveaway