Thursday, April 26, 2018

Royals by Rachel Hawkins | ARC Review

Royals by Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
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Goodreads Description

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

My Thoughts

Royals follows 16 year old Daisy Winters as she's thrown into the life of royalty after her older sister gets engaged to a prince. Since her sister Ellie started dating Alex, the Crown Prince of Scotland, Daisy has received unwanted attention. After an unsavory article is released involving her ex-boyfriend, it is suggested Ellie go to Scotland for the summer to stay out of any further trouble. However that seems to have the opposite effect.

I had some mixed opinions while reading Royals. I liked Daisy as a character. I felt she was a unique character and pretty funny at times. However, I felt like at times she was extremely whiny and selfish. From the beginning of the story she talks about how her sister's new life is basically a disaster for her. We soon find out she doesn't have the best relationship with Ellie because of some things that happened as she was growing up. Throughout the story I kept hoping they would sit down and talk. At the very least come to an understanding and stop being so hostile towards each other. It took almost the entire book for this moment to happen and while I was happy it happened I felt like it should've happened sooner than the last couple chapters.

On another note, I thought the entire royal family was messed up! I liked that the siblings have a pretty good relationship with each other but there were so many other things going on in the background that I couldn't appreciate it. I think a major part of this was because a large part of this story focused on the tabloids and how much people cared about what was depicted in them.

Overall, I thought Royals was a fun read. While I had some issues with some of the characters I enjoyed being able to see some of them grow during the time I spent with them. By the end the story did feel a little rushed and unfinished. However I have seen there's supposed to be a sequel/companion so hopefully we'll get the wedding in that book. If you want a fun and possible quick YA contemporary Royals might be what you're looking for.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Author Spotlight : Stephanie Nicole Norris

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour Stephanie Nicole Norris. This tour will run April 23, 2018. Book your own tour here. Title: No Holds Barred Genre: African American Contemporary Romance ASIN: B07C8J6DH9 Read for free with Amazon Kindle Unlimited

  Meet Stephanie 

Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. Always being a lover of reading, during Stephanie’s teenage years her joy was running to the bookmobile to read stories by R. L. Stine. After becoming a young adult, her love for romance sparked leaving her captivated by heroes and heroines alike. With a big imagination and a creative heart, Stephanie penned her first novel Trouble In Paradise and self-published it in 2012. Her debut novel turned into a four book series full of romance, drama, and suspense. As a prolific writer, Stephanie’s catalog continues to grow. Her books can be found on Amazon dot com. Stephanie is inspired by the likes of Donna Hill, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jackie Collins, and more. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and two-year-old son.                                                

                                 About the Book

Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla's had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. Adapting to her new surroundings isn't easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn't expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight. As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can't explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.

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