Book Review: Royally Yours by Emma Chase

ROYALLY YOURS
by Emma Chase
Series: Royally #4
Genres: Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: October 30th 2018
Source: eARC received through Inkslinger pr in exchange of an honest review
Rating: ★★★★★

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen — the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal.

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.

What she isn’t… is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man — particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

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Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer — climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants — until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there.

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad — or become his greatest adventure.

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Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace — mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.

This is theirs.

This is my favorite book of this series, hands down. Also, I realised right away that I failed to actually read the blurb for this book when I requested it, because for some reason I thought it was a book about the new generation, but then… no! It’s about Lenora, duh! Nicholas and Henry’s stories were great, but their grandma takes the cake 😀 .

Lenora was an amazing character, so strong and unique, and I loved everything about her. She was stern, but she was also innovative and open to new ideas, she was open to happiness too, but she was always very herself. I love her!
Edward was also so different. He was willing to always follow his Queen, but he challenged her in the best possible ways, and they were better when they were together. They complemented each other so so well.
The romance was quiet, but so strong. ❤
I loved everything about this book, and it made me cry a lot because it is so sad at times, and also because you know what’s gonna happen in the future, and not everything is good. But this one allows us to see a different side of the Queen, and she was even better than I expected, and I already loved her from the previous books. So, if you’ve been following this series, and even if you haven’t, pick Royally Yours now, and get ready to fall in love with it.

About the Author:

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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Getting Schooled (Emma Chase)

Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.


OMG OMG OMG OMG!

Did I say OMG  a few times too many? Deal with it! This book is amazing and it deserves all the praise.

I recently added the romance package to my audible account, and when I saw that Emma Chase had an audible exclusive release, AND that it was on my package, I jumped on it. And oh boy, I loved it, and I highly recommend it to everyone. It’s so so good.

I love second chance romances, and this one is exactly that, with the added bonus that there was never any fall out. Callie and Garrett loved each other always and forever, and they were so cute and perfect, and *swoon*.

The characters are perfect, but Garrett stole my heart. I loved his dedication to his children, aka, his students, and I loved how he knew them, and how he dealt with them. He was a friend, a teacher and educator to his core. He was so good at his job, and his love for it bled through the story. Amazing.

And it was so heartwarming to see Callie grow into her own potential as a teacher too. The way she got to know her students and got invested in their lives was great.

This book was much more than just the romance between Callie and Garrett. The involvement of their students, their colleagues and families… was awesome! It brought another dimension to the story and much more depth.

Now, the romance was definitely AMAZEBALLS. They were each other’s first and only love, and they were seperated for over 10 years because of circumstances and distance. I loved that there was no fuss, no confusion about their feelings and no hiding. It took them a little while to understand how to make it work, but again, no conflict, they were just that in love and sure of each other and THEM!

I loved their story, and their struggles, and I loved how they loved each other, and the relationships they had with each other and everyone around them. Those kids of theirs made me cry on occasion, and I was laughing my ass off for most of the book.

So guys, if you have Audible, go listen to this book ASAP. The story is great and the narrators are the best – I love Zachary Webber as Garrett. If you’re not into audiobooks, the ebook will be out on June 26th 2018, it’s a long wait, but worth it for sure.

Whatever you want to do, do not skip it. Go listen or read it. It’s that great!

Sidebarred (Emma Chase)

There was a time when Jake Becker had it all together. He was controlled, driven, ruthless — in and out of the courtroom.

Then, six irresistible orphans and their heartbreakingly beautiful aunt crashed into his perfectly ordered life. They changed everything. They changed him. Now he’s a husband, an upstanding member of society, a father figure — a family man. And he’s pretty damn good at it.

Sure, he has to referee sibling smackdowns, re-learn algebra, ensure his clients stay of jail, and keep his wife happy — but it finally feels like he’s got it together again….

So, of course something has to screw it all up. It’s huge. Life-changing. Kind of terrifying.

And it will be the most amazing, perfect thing he’ll ever do.


I loved everything about this little novella, and I’m beyond happy that it exists. Jake and Chelsea and their 6 kids are my favorite part of this series, so I was so happy to have a chance to see them all again and see how they end up.

Again, this one is told only through Jake’s POV, and that worked perfectly in my opinion.

The conflict could have been handled a bit better, I honestly sided with Chelsea there and I thought she relented too easily. But I also saw Jake’s point of view, and my heart broke a little for seeing them fighting. I want them happy all the time.

I just wanted MORE. I wanted more time with the kids. I wanted more of their family time and fights and shenanigans. I just wanted more of the Becker-McQuaid gang, because they’re AWESOME!! Also… now I want a book for each kid… I’m not asking much, right?

Appealed (Emma Chase)

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate — and prized — parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Louboutins.

When Kennedy looks at Brent, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school in order to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell for her.

But she’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore–she’s a Washington, DC, prosecutor with a long winning streak. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case, and Kennedy thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.

But things aren’t exactly working out the way she planned. Brent has his sights set on Kennedy, and every fiery exchange only makes him want her more–and makes her wonder if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. In the end, they may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.


This is the third book of the Legal Briefs series, so by now, I knew and loved most of the characters, and I think that’s a major reason of why I liked this book so much.

Again, this book is told in single male POV, and I really loved Brent’s voice, but on this case, I think I would have benefited of a few glimpses into Kennedy’s POV, because she wasn’t easy to read, and a bit broken, and lots interesting, and I kind of wanted to know a bit more about her. Still, Brent and Kennedy have known each other since they were children, so Brent does a wonderful job in letting us know Kennedy, at least the Kennedy that HE knows.

I loved both main characters. Brent has been a delight to read since book 1, he’s cocky and unafraid of showing his true feelings, and I really appreciated that. He loved with all his heart and he was all in. And he grows up so much. Kennedy does too, because she’s so marred from what happened in the past, that she has to learn to trust Brent again, and I really enjoyed reading her progress. She’s tough as nails though.

This is a second chance romance and a friends to lovers romance, and I love both those tropes, so I’m happy. Their romance was all kinds of hot, and based on so much more that first met the eye.

Also really liked the plot, I wasn’t expecting all that happened, but I liked the way it was handled, and how the whole gang had such a big role in putting things back on track.

Overall, another amazing book from Emma Chase. I want to read everything she has written now…

Have you read this one? What are your thoughts?

Overruled | Sustained

Sustained (Emma Chase)

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating — and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me — I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming — and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I’m going to Mommy and Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal’s office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.


Last month I read Overruled and really liked it, but I LOVED Sustained!

I’m gonna keep this review short and on point. This book is adorable and amazing and sweet and funny and amazing 😀 . The writing is once again incredible, with the added bonus that this book is told exclusively through Jake’s POV. You guys know how much I love a male-POV only book, and Jake was the perfect guy to carry this one.

I loved the characters. Jake is beyond amazing, even when he’s slightly stupid a bit clueless. The way he loves Chelsea and those kids is spectacular, and reading about his character development was great. Chelsea was a great character on her own, and such an amazing girl, I really liked how she faces everything in her life. She was strong and beautiful, and just wow.

The romance made this book for me. The romance and the kids. I have to be honest, I love romances with kids involved, because they have so much more at stake. And this one had a total of 6 amazing and beautiful and challenging kids. The McQuaid gang was great. I loved how each of them had their own personalities and quirks, and I fell in love with each and everyone one of them at the same time as Jake, eheh.

I loved every second of this book. So much so that I picked up book 3 right after, and the last novella right after that. I just couldn’t get enough of this group. Especially of Jake, Chelsea and their kids.

Have you guys read this one? What are your thoughts???

September TBR

From the books on my TBR last month, I only left 2 unread, and I plan to read them soon, I just didn’t have time to get to them this past month, because I had other priorities. This month of September, I’m leaving my TBR lighter, and if I have time, I’ll jump on a few more books. Seven of the 8 books below are upcoming ARCs and I’m very excited to read them all.

  1. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
  2. Temporary by Sarina Bowen and Sarah Mayberry
  3. On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold
  4. Bad Reputation (Bad Boys of Sports, #1) by Nicole Edwards
  5. A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
  6. Sustained (The Legal Briefs, #2) by Emma Chase
  7. Legs (One Wild Wish, #1) by Kelly Siskind

Have you guys read any of these books? What are your thoughts?

Overruled (Emma Chase)

As a DC defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don’t call him the Jury Charmer for nothing – with his southern drawl, disarming smile and captivating green eyes – he’s a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him.

Stanton’s a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan.

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart and mother of his beloved ten-year old daughter. Jenny is getting married — to someone who isn’t him.

That’s definitely not part of the plan.

***

Sofia Santos is a city raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn’t have time for relationships or distractions.

But when Stanton, her “friend with mind-blowing benefits” begs for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him – to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi – to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves.

Her head tells her she’s crazy…and her heart says something else entirely.

***

What happens when you mix a one stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage and a gun-toting Nana?

The Bourbon flows, passions rise and even the best laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.


I’ve been meaning to start this series for a long long time, and I’m so glad I finally had some time for it and read Overruled.

This book felt completely different from the Royally series by Emma Chase, but I loved the writing all the same. And she completely sucked me into this story, and made me fall in love with the characters.

But I do think I should have read the blurb, because I had no clue what was going to happen right from the start. And once I started reading, I was a bit worried about the triangle quality of the story. But I was happy that even though in theory Stanton was trying to get his first love back, this story never felt like a triangle to me.

I had a few moments when I wanted to slap Stanton in the face though, because he was kind of clueless and lots blind. Jenny, I wanted to slap a few times too, because she put Stanton in a tough situation. They had their arrangement, and even though it was stupid as hell, they were both in it together, until they weren’t and she forgot to actually say so to a few key people… like her boyfriend or the father of her child. Either way…

I did like the guy a lot, especially his moments with his little girl. He was an amazing dad, even if somewhat absent at times.

I did love Sofia! That girl was amazing 😀 ! I loved how strong and determined she was, and that even though she was hurting like hell, she was still supporting her best friend and wishing the best for him. Good thing that the best for him was the same as the best for her.

The chemistry between these two? EXPLOSIVE! I’m so glad that when the book started they were already well acquainted with each other, because it made their relationship and their interactions that much better, by how well they knew each other.

Overall, I loved this book. I loved the romance and the connections between the characters. And I’m so excited for the next couple of books, because I loved their little gang. I can’t wait to see that group grow 😀 .

Have you guys read The Legal Briefs?
What are your thoughts on Overruled?

Royally Endowed (Emma Chase)

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times — but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard — but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job — a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.

***

Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.


Once again, this book blew me away. I LOVE this series, and I swear to god, that Shane East, who narrated all the males in this series, can melt panties just with that awesome accent… *sigh*

I’m not even going to go into the writing, because this is the third book in the series, and it’s pretty clear that I love the writing on it, right?

I really liked Ellie and Logan already, but I was super curious to see how Emma Chase would deal with the age difference when they met, and evolve it to a full romance. I’m happy that this was a slow slow slow burn romance… as in, it took years for ANYTHING to develop. And given that when they meet Ellie is 17 and Logan is 22, this was really the only way to go 😉 , though I admit that I was shipping them by that point. But they get to know each other, and they helped each other, Ellie is a free spirit and Logan is so bound to duty and honor and to be part of something larger than himself. I loved their connecting, how they’re always there for each other, how Logan protects Ellie at all costs, even from his own feelings.

But when it finally happens, it’s glorious and amazing, and the connection that was there along turns into something exponential MORE, and it was epic.

The book takes place throughout 5 years, so the inclusion of Nicholas and Olivia and Henry and Sarah was a given, but I was so happy with the large amount of page time they got, especially with their families growing and special moments taking place.

The drama is big, but I felt it was a bit predictable, given the way the book starts, still, it didn’t take away from the main event, and didn’t deter from the story one bit.

I was truly only missing more interactions between some favorite characters. I wanted a heart to heart between Olivia and Logan. I wanted more time between Logan and Tommy, because these guys are BFFs, but because the books spans so much time, we hardly ever truly see them together. I wanted more family time with all of them.

But as you can see by my rating, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book. If you have any doubts left, I LOVED IT! I think this one was my favorite one of the series.

Now I need a book about Tommy and this Abby woman. And then I think Princess Jane would have a good match in sweet Finn a few years down the road… Yeah, I can see it… she’s a brat, and he’ll be super down to earth and he’ll be such a sweet heart and pure soul, that I think they would balance each other out. Who’s with me on that one?


Royally Screwed | Royally Matched

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book That Was Worth the Hype

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Hype is not always a bad thing. Choose a book that was worth the hype”. I’m going with Royally Screwed by Emma Chase, because I just finished the third book in this series, and I absolutely love this series, and I want everyone to read it.


Original & Favorite COver:

I love the original cover for this book. I think it represents the book well, and I love the font and choice of colors.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(S):

The Only different cover is the Italian one, and yep, I don’t like it at all.

August TBR

I did very well with my TBR for last month, and I finished most books there, except for one, that I did start. So, I hope I do as well this month… as I plan to read:

  1. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn
  3. Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland
  4. Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon
  5. Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4; Winston Brothers #0.5) by Penny Reid
  6. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid
  7. Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid
  8. Beard in Waiting (Winston Brothers #3.5) by Penny Reid
  9. Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid
  10. Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase
  11. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
  12. A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) by Linda Kage
  13. Heartfall by J.B. McGee

Have you guys read any of these books? What are your thoughts?