Published by Everafter Romance on October 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Modern Fairytale, Romance
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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.
This book was absolutely, royally, fantastic! Definitely one of those where I loved every single thing about them and couldn’t put it down, not until I was done!
I’m no stranger to Emma Chase, I read her Tangled series a few years ago and loved it, especially Tangled. She’s amazing at the male POV, her heroes are always so witty, funny and so hot and alpha. Prince Nicholas is no exception, what an amazing hero! Swoony to the max, I absolutely loved him from the first page, right until the end.
So, this is a modern fairytale, a la Cinderella, but it doesn’t feel dated or predictable, its super engaging and it feels super fresh, even when you think the story has been done many times before. But then again, who doesn’t love a good royal fairytale? In real life, I love the royals, Spain, England, Denmark, Sweden, you name it, I love them all. And in fiction, from Cinderella to The Prince and Me, I love royal movies, FLOVE them, this book reminded me of all those movies I love, but hotter, way hotter, so much hotter, lol!
You know I’m big on not spoiling the book, for this one I didn’t even read the blurb, I was like oh, Emma Chase and royals, I’m in! But in the interest of being a good reviewer, in the words of Colton Donavan “for you, I will try” 😉
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook is the Crown Prince of Wessco, he’s a rowdy bachelor that for the sake of the kingdom has been ordered by his grandmother to find a suitable wife to get married. She gave him a list of suitable candidates and a six month deadline. Nicholas reluctantly accepts, but fate has other plans. On a trip to New York he meets Olivia Hammond, she’s a working class girl who runs her family coffee shop and takes care of her dad and sister. Nicholas is instantly attracted to her but Olivia wasn’t very impressed with him. He pursues her, hard. Their connection and chemistry though, is instant. And their banter is gold! Oh, and the sex, ridiculously hot, beyond hot, this was steamy as hell. What starts as a fling, turns into so much more, and it’s obviously all complicated by the fact that he is a crown prince and she’s a commoner. He has a duty to fulfill so in the end, he might have to choose between his duty to his country and love. The rest, you will have to read to find out!
I loved Olivia from the get go, she’s smart, sassy, fierce, hard-working, and a perfect match for Nicholas. One of my requisites to rate a book 5 stars is that I absolutely have to love the heroine, if I can’t love her or identify with her, the book just loses me. I absolutely adored Olivia, she was an amazing heroine.
“And even if this night is all there is, I won’t forget it; I’ll hold this memory close. Savor it, cherish it. It will make the hard times just a little easier, the lonely moments just a little less cold. When Ellie leaves for school, when I’m making pies before dawn in the kitchen day after day, I’ll remember this feeling and I’ll smile. This will get me through.”
Nicholas made the book for me. He is hilarious, so funny, so witty and oh so so hot! Being in his head was the best experience. Like I said, Emma is amazing at the male POV.
“Sometimes I think I’m schizophrenic. Dissociative. Possibly a split personality. It wouldn’t be unheard of. All sorts of disorders show up in ancient family trees—hemophiliacs, insomniacs, lunatics…gingers. Guess I should feel lucky not to be any of those.”
“She looks into my eyes and I’m lost. Wrecked. Owned. There’s no thought, no desire—except to please her. Make her see stars and touch heaven.”
The secondary characters were also amazing! Definitely well thought out and developed. I loved the strong bond between Nicholas, Prince Henry and Simon. I loved Olivia’s relationship with Marty and Ellie. I loved Franny so much. Oh and Logan and all the other security guys. I even loved the Queen. I love when while in the middle of reading a book, I start thinking about a sequel and then in the last page you find out there will be one. The entire time I thought Henry needed a book, and guess what? Book 2, Royally Matched is Prince Henry’s book!!!
These days, it is so hard to get a book to fully captivate me to the point of just reading it for hours until I’m done, but this one was one of those for me. I’m not pulling your chain, this was an amazing read. Well written, characters well developed, a healthy combination of love, lust and humor. An amazing ending, an even better epilogue, this book fulfilled all my expectations and more and I absolutely recommend!
“I love you, Olivia. I love you. And I don’t know how to do this. I don’t know how to let you go.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review **
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She’s even lovelier than I remembered, than I dreamed. Delicate midnight tendrils frame a face that belongs in a museum—with stunning dark sapphire eyes that should be commemorated in vibrant oils and soft watercolors. If Helen launched a thousand ships, this girl could raise a thousand hard-ons.
She’s prettily made, the top of her head coming only to my chin, but fantastically curvy. Great full tits that strain the buttons of a wrinkled white blouse, shapely hips in a black skirt tapering to a tiny waist I could wrap my hands around and toned legs encased in sheer black tights finish off the whole package very nicely.
An unfamiliar anxiousness fizzes like soda in my gut.
“The door was open,” I explain.
Logan flicks at the lock. Security is his life, so a broken lock would annoy him like a puzzle with the final piece missing.
“What do you want?”
She has no idea who I am. It’s in the defensive way she holds herself and the accusatory note in her voice. Some women try to pretend they don’t recognize me, but I can always tell. Her ignorance is rather…thrilling. There are no expectations, no hidden agendas, no reasons to pretend—what she sees is what she gets. And all she sees is me.
My throat is suddenly a barren wasteland. I swallow, but it’s difficult.
“Well, he’s desperate for some pie.” I hook my thumb at Simon. “And I…wanted to apologize for the other evening. I don’t normally act that way. I was on a bit of bender…”
“In my experience, people don’t do things when they’re drunk that they wouldn’t do normally.”
“No, you’re right. I would’ve thought all those things, but I never would’ve said them out loud.” I move closer, slowly. “And if I’d been sober…my opening bid would’ve been much higher.”
“She crosses her arms. “Are you trying to be cute?”
“No. I don’t have to try…it just sort of happens.”