Saturday, March 5, 2016

{eARC Romance Review} Courted: Gowns & Crowns, Book 1 by Jennifer Chance

Courted: Gowns & Crowns, Book 1

Courted: Gowns & Crowns, Book 1 by

"An awesomely fun, modern day fairy tale!" - Lori Foster, NYT bestselling author

Aspiring concert violist Emmaline Aurora Grace Andrews is torn between her love of family and her love of music. A year ago, she deferred entering a prestigious graduate program to help her parents recover from a devastating accident. Now the deferment is expiring, but her parents still need her. Worse, every time she plays her audition piece, she mangles it. Is it too late to be the musician she'd always dreamed of? Should she even try?

Determined to get clarity, Emmaline accepts a friend's offer for a whirlwind European vacation. First Stop: a real live fantasy kingdom--the perfect place to sort wishes from reality.

Prince Kristos Andris was a respected captain in his nation's military... Was. In the wake of the tragic death of his elder brother, he's managed to avoid his duties as the new Crown Prince of Garronia for months. But now he must accept his responsibilities and leave his troops behind. Outraged at the restrictions of his new royal position, he'll do anything for one last adventure. So when opportunity suddenly lands in his arms in the form of a dreamy-eyed American girl, he embraces it (and her) for all he's worth. What's the harm in a quick fling, after all? It won't change what he knows he must do...

Only this is Garronia in the summertime, where passion has a way of ruining even the most sensible of plans. 
(Blurb via Goodreads)
{Details} 227 pages. Published October 6th 2015 by Elewyn Publishing. Source: eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 4/5 - I really liked it!

Kristos a soldier. He had a life, a plan, he never wanted to be king, and he's struggling with a new path, with grief and changed expectations and responsibilities. Just when he finally has to face up to those responsibilities he meets a girl. Emmaline can understand Kristos in a way few others can. She had a plan, a dream that has also been derailed by her parent's accident.

Things happen quickly, their attraction is immediate and irresistible and things get sexy so this is definitely a story for mature readers. I love how they make each other feel, like they can handle the twists and turns of life. They're like magnets, they can't stay away from each other. When they're near they can't help but touch, kiss, be close in every way they can.

I liked the friendship between the girls, they've got each other's backs. They're supportive but they also have fun.

And what's a royal story without Cinderella moments?

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