In a modern world, what happens to a royal that has bigger and better goals in mind? What happens when that royal is second in line for the crown? Is she able to fulfill her personal endeavors and do what makes her soul sing? Well, Royal Reckoning answers these questions and more in this meet cute fairytale romance.
Princess Eleanor has always felt love from her family, but not necessarily love for her future. When given the opportunity to have a royal holiday, she takes it and runs (literally).
The princess and the tattoo shop owner, sounds like a cliché, but Ellie and Sean are anything but that. Within each other they find that missing piece to make the other whole. Ellie was looking to spread her wings and let her true self out for a bit, while Sean needed more fun and ‘stop and smell the roses’ moments in his life. He has been so busy with opening his shop and other things, that he has lost/forgotten what enjoying life was all about.
Royal Reckoning was a quick read, both pleasant with some fog your glasses moments. As with most fairytales there is a HEA that makes you smile!
Hot Heir is the story about Peach, Papaya (Peach’s sister) and Viktor. Peach and Viktor have an irritate each other to hate relationship. It was so fun to read about their antics with each other. It reminded me of a twelve-year-old boy who pulls the pigtails on the girl that he likes. Such a comedic romance book.
Viktor is currently the head bodyguard for Manning (the royal hockey player from Royally Pucked). Peach has a best friend, Joey, that she co-owns, Weightless, a flight adventure company with. Joey is from ‘The Pilot and the Puck-Up.
Peach finds herself in a precarious position, that just happens to include Viktor. Peach is trying to obtain legal guardianship of her sister, but the judge has ordered that Peach must marry first before this can happen. Consequently, Viktor finds himself in a position he never thought he’d be in. He just found out that he is king of Amoria (a small country that his grandfather was dethroned from). However, life as a royal may not be so ‘peachy’ (ha-ha, see what I did there😉). For Viktor to become king he needs to have a wife. Hilarity ensues as these two work to solve each other’s problems.
Hot Heir is a hilariously, well written book that is full of heat, chemistry, craziness, mishaps and love. Ms. Grant wrote another book that can be swung out of the park. It was a wonderful read!!
Who here is familiar with the Disney story of Cinderella? Let’s refresh. Wicked and evil stepmother…Check. Pampered stepsister…Check. Hard working stepdaughter…Check. Said stepdaughter caught under the wicked talons of the evil stepmother…Check. Fairy godmother…Check. The iconic blue dress…Check. A Prince and a ball…Check. Running from the ball and dropping a memento…Check.
Are you catching a pattern here? The difference between the original story and this one is that, ‘American Cinderella’ is set among the elite in the world of politics in DC. Aria has lived her life in following her father around the haunts of political DC. Before his passing, he was a Senator and is responsible for a prominent law being passed. After witnessing this, Aria has been determined to make her own way to the Senate just like her father. Unfortunately for Aria, Audrey Verna (evil stepmother) throws a wrench in her plans. In order to fall in line, Aria is demoted to a job that she had seven years prior. On her way to her ‘new’ position, she is literally ran into by a good-looking man with an accent by the name of Henry Prescott.
From first meeting, there was a spark. An electrical current that ran through them, that they had a hard time to ignore. Henry is from Paradisa who is doing business with the rest of the family. Henry sweeps Aria of her feet. He is truly courting her and she is falling quickly.
American Cinderella is a cute adaptation of the original story. It is a very sweet (almost saccharinely sweet) love story. There are some sexy times, but nothing to graphic. I had split thoughts on the story though. The anal, practical side that followed the timeline had a hard time believing that all this sweet, swoon worthy and soul encompassing love happened within a few weeks. However, the other side that truly tried to read this book as just a sweet story (timelines be d@mned) did enjoy the blossoming love story of Aria and Henry.
The ending will leave you feeling and saying, ‘Aww’. I loved Aria and Henry individually, but also as a couple. Henry was such a charming, dashing and swoon-worthy character, it was hard not to fall in love with him. Their story, although a little predictable, was still one I was happy to have read. I only wish we got to see more of what happened to the stepmother/stepsister.
Before we go any further, if you HAVEN’T read Cheeky Royal…STOP! Cheeky King picks up right where Cheeky Royal ends, so you will need to read that one before this one.
In Cheeky King, we are now back in the Winston Isles where Sebastian is preparing for his coronation. There is one slight issue. He can’t seem to get past his time with Penny. He is hyper aware of his feelings for her, but also is having trouble acknowledging and addressing the fact that she deceived him.
Penny is also back home in the Isles, but her life is different from Sebastian’s. While he knows what is in store for his future, Penny is lost. She has always felt like she hasn’t fit in with the royal guard, but this has been her family’s calling for generations. She is torn between serving her country, even though she may not be happy or becoming an artist. What she does know is that it is torture having to see Sebastian on a semi-regular basis. Sebastian and Penny know that they could never happen, due to some archaic royal laws. However, Sebastian is king. He could change that, couldn’t he?
While there is suffering going on, there is also a good amount of mystery involved with many twist and turns. It may appear as our two lovebirds have more to worry about than their burgeoning and floundering love life. There is a grander ‘chess game’ scheme going on that makes it impertinent that this mystery gets solved quickly.
I enjoyed this book duet. Penny and Sebastian had insane chemistry that was palpable through the pages. It was well written and fast paced.
Lexi Whitlow is taking the ‘heir and a spare’ phrase to a different level. She wrote with such feeling that you could appreciate its uniqueness and genuineness.
King Size follows around Norah and Owen (aka. Collin). Norah is an American from Charleston, South Carolina. She is an artist, adventurer and thrill seeker. Norah has been traipsing through Europe and on this particular night she is in Paris where she has been interning with a fashion photographer. Owen ‘the spare’ has troubles of his own. However, he manages to sneak away for one last night of fun, prior to returning to his real world and responsibilities. He is immediately drawn into Norah at first sight, but has been using his middle name, Collin. She is not anything like the usual Paris fashionistas and he likes this quality about her. Needless to say, they have an amazing night together only for it to be over when the sun comes up and he gets an emergency phone call from home.
Norah is not immune to the troubles that effect Owen. After being mad, about being left in bed, she receives an awakening from home that may put her plans on hold. She has a childhood friend that she has remained close too that she is hoping can help her out. Eric is willing to help, but has an agenda of his own. Norah agrees to whatever he wants, because she would like to visit her friend from college. Let’s just say from here on out, her future is being carved out and she doesn’t even know what it is or why. Fate has a funny way of working things out.
King Size was cute, royal, romantic read that was fast paced. Writing was well done with multiple twists and turns and ‘no way’ moments. This newly formed couple will have many issues that they need to conquer, individually and together. This was one story that I was sad to have reached the end!