Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled Series & Legal Briefs Series, returns with the first of three sizzling standalone books about a family of racy, irresistible Royals.
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, but more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.
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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. “It’s broken.” 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.”
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.
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He's always been responsible and caring, but he’s no saint. He likes his fair share of women…to play with. But keeping someone forever is another story. He's left with very little choices in his life, and his future wife is no exception. After losing his parents in a tragic accident at a young age, he always knew he would marry someday, but now the noose is tightening. A trip to New York and a matter of months are the only things standing between him and an engagement to someone "suitable".
Nicholas was expecting to find his wayward brother, soak up as much alcohol and as many good times as he could in his dwindling bachelorhood. Things didn't quite go as planned. He meets Olivia late one night at her family's coffee shop, and is shocked to discover that not everyone can be bought or easily impressed by his looks or title. Her spirit and beauty drew his eye immediately, but it was her genuine personality that attracted him the most.
Olivia was a wonderful heroine. She was strong, she was a survivor, and was the protector and provider in the family. Much like the role Nicolas has assumed. Maybe it was their shared tragic loss in their past and their shouldered responsibility that helped them connect with one another so completely and perfectly. She didn't see a monarch, she saw a man. And as much as he tried to stay away, to keep things simple, he quickly becomes addicted to the normalcy he feels with her. And the chemistry? It was like nothing either had experienced or promised to find again. Immediate, overpowering, and undeniable, they were both swept away in the current and unable to find shore.
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.
As their time quickly slipped away, it becomes harder and harder to imagine a cold, emotionless life without each other. But they knew from the start they were on borrowed time. Is there any way to salvage what will soon be only a distant memory?
I should’ve left her alone. I should’ve walked away the moment I started to feel…everything. I had no business trying to keep her. It will forever be the cruelest thing I’ve ever done.
I must say, I was pretty curious how this would play out. On one hand, he had the service to his country that he was raised his entire life to prepare for. Ruling has always been his present and his future. On the other hand, a future without the woman who changed his whole world, who accepts him and sees him for who he really is? That's no longer an option for him.
This was a strong start to the series, it was seductive, sweet, and just plain fun. Nicholas' brother Henry's book is next and after the little bit of backstory and tease of what's to come I'm firmly sold on reading it. Overall, this was a pleasure to read and I think Emma's readers will be more than satisfied with this first installment.
Infamy is temporary, celebrity is fleeting, but royalty…royalty is forever.
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