Falling for the Rebel Princess
by Ellie Darkins
From princess to rock-star royalty!
Self-proclaimed “black sheep” Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything…
Rock star Joe Kavanagh gets more from his Vegas gig than he’d bargained for…a princess bride and a PR story to die for! As the initial attraction, which led them down the aisle, turns into something deeper, keeping their marriage strictly business proves increasingly difficult…
The blurb tantalises and teases, without me going into too much detail, but oh my, what a ride!
Our heroine,Charlie of Afland, is a party-girl princess with her finger firmly on the self-destruct button; hell-bent on living her life her way and damn the consequences! That is, until a rock-god conquers the demons at her heels…
Our hero, rock-star, Joe Kavanagh is smooth, solid and delectable. Swoon worthy enough to make me want to scream in the stands of any of his make believe gigs.
Our Heroine, is equally as delightful. She is a fierce heroine, with spunk and class; haunted but determined. The central romance between this musical pair is a journey both tender and sensual. But somehow cheeky and funny whilst being heartfelt.
“Did she remember the kiss? The shivers? The way that she could still feel the imprint of his mouth on hers, as if the touch of skin on skin had permanently altered the cells?”
This story is a vault of complexity… The characters are sassy, classy, bad-ass and sexy; whilst being believable in a paparazzi world with plenty of dazzle and shine.
Ellie Darkins has hi-jacked ‘The Marriage of Convenience’ Trope and taken it to another level! Superb writing, with a sassy flair and quick wit. What a ride! Brilliant read. 5/5 stars from me!
Bound by Their Secret Passion
By Diane Gaston
A forbidden attraction… A hidden desire!
Years ago, penniless Lorene Summerfield wed for duty, giving her siblings the chance to marry for love. But now the generous-hearted countess finds herself widowed…and the man she’s loved in silence for years is falsely accused of her husband’s murder!
Although he closed his heart to love long ago, the Earl of Penford has always found Lorene irresistible. Their newly ignited passion may be scandalous, but now he’ll stop at nothing to clear his name and win Lorene’s hand!
This story all seemed to linger on a kiss… But what’s in a kiss? I felt the prelude to the first kiss between our hero and heroine highlighted just how deeply they were hiding their true feelings and emotions from society least they be condemned for acting on them.
Dell & Lorene’s romance, I thought captured the angst, yearning and longing for the forbidden… The proverbial ‘forbidden fruit,’ just within reach but just one bite could bring certain disaster.
This Historical Romance has had mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it. Granted I would consider it a ‘slow-burn’ but I thought the characters had an incredible depth.
“… Tension swirled through the room like the morning mist through the woods.” This quote aptly sums up how this book was written. Some parts left me breathless whereas others were a delightful slow-burn.
The story had lows and highs but had a constant tension. 4/5 stars from me.