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Series: Suddenly

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blog Tour Review: Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Blog Tour, Contest, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Blog Tour Review: Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase

Blog Tour Review: Recklessly Royal by Nichole ChaseRecklessly Royal by Nichole Chase
Series: Suddenly, Book 2
Also in this series: Suddenly Royal
Published by Avon on 25 March 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult, Royalty
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars
Also by this author: Suddenly Royal

Place(s) Traveled To: Lilaria

First Line(s): There wouldn’t be more press outside of Rousseau Manor if Queen Elizabeth herself was planning to parade around in her panties while singing the British national anthem.

 Recklessly Royal by Nichole Chase picks up around two years after Suddenly Royal ends and tells the story of Alex’s sister Catherine. The story begins with Alex and Sam’s wedding and I found it initially hard to believe that they’d wait 2 years to get married after getting engaged within months but that was just a minor quibble. I also didn’t see the closeness that was supposed to exist between Sam and David since he was barely in the first book but did feel that for his reason to be in Lilaria that it made sense. I also really enjoyed the relationship between David and Cathy even though there were times when David did act like a bit of an ass.

Overall though the two meshed well together and I liked watching their relationship grow. I liked watching Cathy regain her footing after she became more drawn into herself after events in Suddenly Royal. I liked how David allowed her to be herself and not just a vapid princess as some thought she was. As with Suddenly Royal, this book was a quick read and fortunately wasn’t one where it took forever for the two main characters became an item. Cathy and David’s relationship was a bit quick but it wasn’t in the realm of the impossible.

I could have done without the unnecessary (and predictable) drama that unfolded but definitely preferred it to the hemming and hawing and angst of Sam in the first book. I also would have liked to have seen more cameos from Sam and Alex but I get how this book was also to serve an an introduction to Max, a reluctant prince who will have his story told next. There was some obvious set up for his story in Recklessly Royal and it was just so obvious and a bit sigh worth as while i like cameos, etc I do like the full focus of a story to be on the lead characters.

If you like feel good contemporary new adult romances then you might want to check out Recklessly Royal. David is a sweet hero with no asshole like behavior, no tattoos or troubled past. He’s a good guy who likes a good girl and this is the story of how they fall in love. And since Alex and Sam aren’t in this story much you can easily read this story either before or after Suddenly Royal. Recklessly Royal is a quick, fun read and I enjoyed the time that I spent in this world. Its not a perfect book but it is a fun way to pass a few hours and its one that I would recommend.

irishdarkblue

 

 

 

RECKLESSLY ROYAL Synopsis:

Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . .

When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

 

Nichole Chase Bio:

Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy.

Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole ChaseSuddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Series: Suddenly,
Also in this series: Recklessly Royal
Published by Avon on 26 November 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, New Adult, People & Places, Royalty
Pages: 388
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-stars
Also by this author: Recklessly Royal

Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, Minnesota // Lilaria

First Line(s): To say my day was not going well, would be like saying the French Revolution had been a bit troublesome for Marie Antoinette.

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase is a new adult contemporary romance that was cute and a quick read. Though I do think the synopsis is a bit misleading as Alex is all about pursuing Sam who just recently learned that she is a Duchess in the country where he is the Crown Prince. Sam is a very reluctant royal and doesn’t think that she is up to the task. Nor does she think she’s good enough for Alex and so is pretty angsty for most of the book as she pushes him away with weak arguments. I say weak as for much of the book she keeps telling herself it won’t work with Alex as he’s royalty and she’s an American commoner and she always forgets that her Lilarian rank makes her a potential match for him.

Overall, Suddenly Royal  was a really cute read and I enjoyed watched Sam navigate the waters of her new life. I enjoyed the side characters of Cathy (Alex’s sister) and Chadwick (her personal assistant) and they both brought in some added humor to the story. Though too much time was spent getting Alex and Sam together which left little room for them to be a couple so their actual relationship felt rushed. I did like Alex and Sam as a couple and believed in their romance I just wished that they had gotten together earlier. I also liked how Sam was a strong character who didn’t want to give up all that she’d worked for in college and grad school just because she suddenly found herself with a title. She valued education and so really weighed the pros and cons of packing up her life and moving.

I found Sam to be real and genuine and didn’t mind being in her head for most of the book. Although I could have done without all the angst on if she should date Alex or not. That just got old, fast. I enjoyed her relationship with her Stepdad and wish that we could have seen more of him in the book and that certain events weren’t rushed where he was concerned. Suddenly Royal is a book filled with so much potential but that had some missed opportunities for greatness. So much time was wasted on buildup (as I mentioned above) and little details that don’t matter as much. As I mentioned, Suddenly Royal, is a quick read and I read it in just a few hours. I enjoyed the story but didn’t love it for all the reasons mentioned above.

I do enjoy Chase’s writing style and do look forward to her other books and think she can only grow as a writer as time progresses.  Chase first published Suddenly Royal on her own before it was picked up by Avon and I believe the copy I read was her self-published version. While I believe there were some additions made to the story when Avon picked it up they weren’t details that actively change the main story line. I think that anyone who enjoys a feel-good romance (especially those that contain royals) will enjoy this book.

irishdarkblue

 

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