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/ Arc Book Review / The Wolf King’s Bride (Fate of Imperium, #1) / C.A. Worley /

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❄️ARC BOOK REVIEW❄️

Release Date-10th September 2018
Genre-Fantasy Romance
Kindle Edition-277 Pages

When Kellan, Wolf King of the North, meets his fated mate, she is only a child. He immediately brokers a betrothal and, on the day after her 20th birthday, whisks her away to his castle in the Northland. Kellan is elated, believing he has everything he has ever wanted. His new wife, Nora, doesn’t quite share the same sentiment.

Before Kellan has time to court her, Nora is attacked. An ancient brotherhood refuses to allow an heir of one kingdom onto the throne of another. All four factions in the land of Imperium appear to be involved in a surreptitious struggle for power … while Nora hides a few secrets of her own.

***The Wolf King’s Bride is the first book in the Fate of Imperium Series. Each book is the story of a different king and his fated mate. While the three books do not have to be read in order, it is highly recommended.

 

The Wolf King's Bride (Fate of Imperium, #1)

The Wolf King’s Bride by C.A. Worley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I have never read anything by this particular before but as this sounded so intriguing on paper I decided to take a chance and have a stab at it.
I am always a trifle nervous when trying on a new writer for size what with the whole will we be a fit and am I going to like this; especially when I also have to also write a review at the end of my experience.
I am extremely happy to report that I loved “The Wolf Kings Bride” like a whole lot and I will definitely be sticking around to read the next instalment in this fascinating new fantasy series.
So, this is a stand-alone love story with an extremely heartfelt HEA.
Each book in this series is cleverly interwoven to feature at its centre a different couple but all threads are connected together to form a much larger overall picture.
Here in this first instalment, we are introduced to this exciting new paranormal fantasy world and we get to learn about the separate powerful factions that together make up the lands of Imperium.
Elementals, Wolves, Demons and vampires.
In “The Wolf Kings Bride” the story itself centres on Kellan Wolf King Of The North and his fated mate Nora; the daughter to Kind Edward king of the Elementals.
Almost instantly here I was invested in the larger picture.
Fabulous centre characters combined with romance, intrigue and action make this such an incredibly easy read to lose and immerse yourself in.
This story played out against such a rich creative backdrop assisting in the overall ambience almost transporting me away to a whole new dimension.
This in itself really helped to set the scene so splendidly here.
This has so much to offer in terms of content and I was so invested here that I managed to read this book in one complete sitting.
I adored Kellan; if I’m honest he was my favourite, he had just the right amount of adorability crossed with his Alpha tendencies and I was hooked line and sinker on his brash bashfulness.
Nora for the most part I liked; she did have some slight annoyances to her nature that bugged me at times but I overlooked this slightly as I really did devour everything else about this story.
She eventually did see the light and overcome this so all was good in the end.
I also really liked where we left things here and can’t wait to see what direction this series will take us next.
I believe next up we have Nora’s sister Eden and the Heartless King (King of the vampires) I really can’t wait.
This one gets a wholehearted seal of approval from moi, Ive been reading a lot of dark stories lately and it made such a delicious change to just kick back and feel the love for once and this is one tale that delivers on that softer emotion in spades but while still also managing to fulfil fully on all else.
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of “The Wolf King’s Bride (Fate of Imperium, #1)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Suspense, Young-Adult

/ Arc Book Review / Mirage (Mirage #1) / Somaiya Daud /

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💜ARC BOOK REVIEW💜

Release Date-28th August 2018
Publisher-Hodder & Stoughton
Genre-Young Adult
Kindle Edition-320 Pages

The crown of Dihya had been stripped from me, my face changed, my body broken.
But I was not a slave and I was not a spare.
I was my mother’s daughter, and I would survive and endure. I would find my way back home. 

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation, and of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double to appear in public, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear and if Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection… because one wrong move could lead to her death.

Mirage (Mirage, #1)

Mirage by Somaiya Daud
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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There wasn’t really anything awful or bad about Mirage: it just wasn’t quite to my personal taste.
It didn’t have that pizazz for me: not managing to either grab or retain my initial interest.
I even found myself having to concentrate and work really hard on staying the whole course and I started this three actual times before progressing any further than the first few chapters.
I think maybe there might have been a bit of an information overload when it came to the world building; too much info dumped on the reader in one go, I myself would have prefered to be drip fed.
This also wasn’t really what I thought it was going to be at all and considering I was actually so looking forward to this one I’m a bit bummed, to say the least.
My journey will definitely be ending here as I am just not invested in this at all.
So the premise here was intriguing eighteen-year-old Amani is taken to the palace to act as the body double to a princess; here she enters a whole new world of politics, intrigue and also romance.
The concept behind this story was fabulous indeed: just for me personally it worked better as that concept rather than in reality.
I also think this was much to heavily geared towards the romance and as a result, a large part of the story was lost.
For me, I was expecting a much faster pace with more of a sci-fi action vibe, but what I got was far from that.
this was more heavily steeped in legend, mythology and love.
Look don’t get me wrong if this is your thing then it’s probably going to blow your mind: Mirage is full of lyrical prose and fantastical descriptions throughout.
The language used here is so beautiful with an almost poetic flow to it.
I myself am not a big fan of this type of prose: I imagine if you were this would definitely be your thing.
Though I’m not much of a fan myself I can still applaud and appreciate the appeal of this type of literature and this as a prime example disregardless of my own personal taste.
I also wasn’t that keen on Amani herself and also found the fiance Idris a bit lacklustre as well.
In fact, if I’m being completely honest the cruel Princess Maram was perhaps the most interesting character here for me and I would have liked to have seen a chapter from her POV.
On a sidenote just want to add that the front cover here was gorgeous, very eye-catching indeed.
So Yeh, in a nutshell, gorgeous front cover, beautiful language overall but this was not quite to my taste.
Thank you to the Publisher, Author and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of “Mirage (Mirage, #1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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Contemporary, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Cheeky King (Royals Undercover, #2) / Nana Malone /

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💙ARC BOOK REVIEW💙

Release Date-30th April 2018
Genre-Contemporary romance 
Kindle Edition

What good is a King without his Queen?

Sebastian…

I never wanted the crown, but now it’s mine.
Instead of my freedom–instead of her.
But even though she’s not mine to keep, I can’t seem to stay away.

Penny…

The moment he became king, I knew we were over.

Now I’ve returned home some kind of conquering hero.
If only they all knew that we’d both lost our hearts.
If only I could stay out of the royal bed.

What good is being cocky if you can’t get what you want?

 

 

Cheeky King (Royals Undercover, #2)

Cheeky King by Nana Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-30/4/18

I bloody adored “Cheeky King”.
I clicked and connected more with this instalment than I did with the previous one, which I also enjoyed immensely.
This surprised me considering how hot and cold this pair run.
In fact, I felt that first Sebastion spat his dummy out and basically threw a royal brat tantrum and when he seemed to eventually stop fighting the inevitable it was basically Penny’s turn to have a pop.
This pair were actually exhausting to keep pace with at times so up and down were their moods.
But despite there bi-polar antics I really did enjoy the hell out of this couple.
They had insane chemistry and I got to admit I do have an old soft spot for royalty romance it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
“Cheeky King” was such an easy read, with plenty of action as well as romance occurring throughout.
It was told in dual POV and delivered on all fronts.
An intensely satisfying light romantic read that I really enjoyed and am happy to recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Cheeky King (Royals Undercover, #2)” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / A Bride For The Playboy Prince: Crowned for the Prince’s Heir / The Ice Prince / At His Majesty’s Request / Sharon Kendrick / Sandra Marton / Maisey Yates /

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💞ARC-BOOK REVIEW💞

Release Date-3/4/18
Publisher-Mills & Boon
Genre-Romance
Kindle Edition

To celebrate the royal wedding, we’ve specially selected three glamorous, passionate stories!

Designer Lisa Bailey knows she doesn’t belong in Prince Luciano’s world. Yet when one stolen encounter leaves her unexpectedly pregnant, Luc is determined to claim his queen!

Prince Draco Valenti wears his icy exterior like a suit of armour…. until he meets lawyer Anna Orsini. While they’re at odds in business, in the bedroom Draco’s desire for Anna melts his defences.

Matchmaker Jessica Carter arranges marriages that work. And that’s exactly why Prince Stavros Drakos has hired her. Yet no other woman ignites as intense a passion in him as Jessica does…

It’s time for these rebel princes to meet their match!

 

A Bride For The Playboy Prince: Crowned for the Prince's Heir / The Ice Prince / At His Majesty's Request (Mills & Boon M&B)

A Bride For The Playboy Prince: Crowned for the Prince’s Heir / The Ice Prince / At His Majesty’s Request by Sharon Kendrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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ARC REVIEW COPY.
Release Date-3/4/18

So this was an Anthology containing three stories all featuring royal matches.
I gave the first two books thee stars and the last which I enjoyed the most four stars.
That’s how I decided on an overall rating of three and a half stars.

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Crowned for the Prince’s Heir by Sharon Kendrick was an enjoyable read.
It was your classic second chance romance and passed an enjoyable couple of hours for me.
Dress designer Lisa Bailey protecting her broken heart ends her liaison with Prince Luciano Leonidas of Mordovia.
A couple years later Luc hankering after the one that got away and on the brink of a politically advantageous marriage with a neighbouring princess has a brief run-in with Lisa which ends less than pleasantly between them.
Fast forward a few months and Luc spots Lisa in the local rags and she’s six months pregnant with what is obviously his child.
This is where our story really begins in earnest and I really can’t say too much else without revealing all.
What I will say is that though I enjoyed this I wasn’t overly fond of the male lead Luc.
I found him a rather selfish arrogant individual at times with a bit of a god complex.
Despite this, I did try to warm up to him as I felt he was probably a product of his cold upbringing.
Raised by a revolving door of palace governess’s and nannies is it any wonder he lacked in the emotional department.
I don’t feel that he had felt real love until his daughter was born, which is really rather sad.
Lisa was also a product of her early years and had developed a suit of armour to compensate.
It’s a wonder these two emotionally stunted individuals managed to eventually pull it together.
I also wanted Lisa to grow a backbone as I felt she gave up her dream of designing much too quickly.
And I didn’t feel the bone that was thrown at the end of this made up for this fact.
In conclusion, this was an enjoyable easy read but didn’t ultimately hold many overall surprises.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS
This is the first book in the “The Orsini Brides” and Anna Orsini is sent off to Italy by her father Cesare to play lawyer over a small strip of land he claims belongs to her mother but in truth is owned by Prince Draco.
In actual fact, it’s his crafty way of playing matchmaker for his daughter and Prince Draco Valenti.
The manipulative old sod.
So this was a sassy hot read from the get-go and though I did find Anna herself to be a bit annoying with her feminist rantings.
I absolutely adored Draco, he was so scrummy sweet and utterly adorable.
This was a lovely engaging story which I would have rated higher if Anna had maybe been a bit more likeable.
I just have an issue with woman who argue the toss all the time for no other reason than to be difficult.
Having a giant chip on their shoulder over every common courtesy extended, but would be the first to winge at any lack of chivalry they perceived as a slight.
Wanting there cake and eating it as well.
I mean come on man she was even pulling her face when he wanted her to try a certain ice-cream, flavour, it was bloody ice-cream man.
I still enjoyed this but just felt Draco deserved much more.
So this was an ok read for me that could have better with a different female lead, like someone, not ANNA!!!
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I really enjoyed “At His Majesty’s Request” by Maisie Yates much more than I was expecting to.
This was a sweet and poignant tale that I couldn’t help but like.
Matchmaker Jessica Carter is tasked with finding a suitable wife for Prince Stavros Drakos.
he doesn’t require or want a love match just a certain list of qualities that must be met.
The most important being that she provide him with future heirs.
Watching his father the king crumble and morph into a shell of a man after the death of his wife Stavros sees love as a weakness and only requires duty in his future spouse.
The only problem is that all candidates put forward for his consideration pale in comparison to the lovely quirky and snarky matchmaker.
Stavros cant get her luscious curves and prickly personality out of his head.
Trouble is Jessica is not suitable wife material for him at all.
In return, Jess is fighting like crazy to batten down her hatches and resist her attraction to the sexy prince.
Both damaged by there pasts and against her better judgment the two succumb to there lust and mutual magnetism.
Knowing that this affair is going to be short-lived before they both get on with there lives.
So I loved both main characters here, they were just so relatable and human in their interactions with each other.
I especially adored the backstories they were both dealing with it made them both seem much more approachable overall.
This was not major angsty and apart from the obvious, there was no OW action that felt wrong.
There was, of course, the matches put forward by Jessica but this felt totally separate and we never really get to know them as people, so it didn’t really cause an issue, as it was all so cold, sort of like a job interview.
Stavros himself even uses that terminology when describing his future union.
This was told from both Jessica and Stavros’s POV helping to get a well-rounded insight into reasons for both their emotional states.
I also found this to be so sad and heart-rending there were instances I got an actual lump in my throat from the emotion conveyed here.
This was a great read that kept my attention.
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Thank You to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this Royal omnibus of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Contemporary, Humorous, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC-Book Review / Cheeky Royal (Royals Undercover #1) / Nana Malone /

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🌹ARC-BOOK REVIEW🌹

Release Date-2nd April 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-246 Pages

All they want is everything they can’t have.

Penny…

Yes, yes, I’ve heard the rumours.
The prince is royal, and cocky and has a—well never mind about all that.
The problem is, he’s also my job.

When the King called on me to retrieve the wayward prince, I was ready to walk away.

Then I caught my boyfriend cheating—and suddenly leaving never felt like a better idea.

Sebastian…

I never wanted the throne.

When I left behind my gilded cage of a palace, it all sounded so simple: find my long-lost brother & make him the prince so I don’t have to rule the kingdom like my father expects.

Then I meet my new neighbour, and quickly realize I’ve found the queen of my heart—and bed.

Just one problem, I can’t let her find out who I really am.

 

 

Cheeky Royal by Nana Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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ARC REVIEW COPY
Release Date-2/4/18

So I really enjoyed cheeky royal it was a fun easy read that I had no issue losing myself in.
This had no high brow storyline to draw the reader in and relied totally on its charming storyline which had me smiling and chuckling to myself throughout.
I’m not gonna rehash the blurb here but will just say that this is one of those stories that creeps up on you by surprise.
I really wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did but it had such a feel-good factor to it that it was very easy to enjoy.
The main characters here were both so likeable and relatable and I especially enjoyed the fact that Cheeky Royal progressed at a slower pace that allowed both Seb & Len to connect emotionally before taking the plunge in regards to sexual union.
There were no big plot twists and this was predictable but I didn’t actually find that a minus.
It was refreshing to just get what it says on the tin, chill and kick back.
This also had a couple of great side characters that definitely added to the storyline as well.
But the brother sheesh he was a right nob-trot.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series as I was really intrigued where this ended.
happy to recommend Cheeky Royal it was a great engaging read.
Thank You to the Author for proving me with an ARC of (Cheeky Royal (Royals Undercover, #1) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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