ARC REVIEW! - Royal Rogue
By Jessica Peterson
Publication Date: July 12, 2018
Genre: Royal Romance, Contemporary Romance
You’re a princess. I’m a thief. This isn’t a Disney movie. We never had a chance in hell of a happy ending. But I still wish I could have given you one.
When we met, I had you pegged as a snob. All polo and private jets. But you turned out to be the exact opposite. I fell for you the first day we met.
I lied to you about a lot of things. I don’t expect or deserve your forgiveness. You’re too good for me. But I was always honest about my feelings for you.
I hope you’ll find true happiness one day. That’s the only way I’ll ever be happy—knowing you’re okay.
PS—don’t let your blackjack game go to crap. Practice it every day, all right?
A STANDALONE Royal Romance!
Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean.
Review & Wrap-Up:
Here I am, yet again reading another romance! What has gotten into me?! I know you're thinking for someone who doesn't enjoy romance novels, you sure have been reviewing a lot of them! And I have! But yet again, Royal Rogue surprised me! While it was very hot and heavy, there was still a great story to keep me interested. Here's my take on the whole thing:
Five words to describe Royal Rogue: WOW!, steamy, hot, lewd, and heartbreaking.
Royal Rogue hits you hard rather early with hot and steamy, and somewhat lewd, sex scenes. Considering Charlie and Princess Jane meet for the first time in chapter three, followed by a really hot make-out scene in chapter 10, and are rolling around in bed by chapter 13, I find that rather fast, but that could also just be my conservative view on things, I'll admit I can be a little prudish on things. But on top of that, it's not your normal romance novel sex scene either. I mean compared to some of the things that happened in E.L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy, Royal Rogue looks like child's play, but it was still more than I expected for the first go round!
Sex to the side, I enjoyed the story. I found the concept of a con man dating a princess as interesting and fun. To see how they connect over some of the most random of things, things that you would think would fit one, but not the other, was fun in and of itself. The concept of them possibly ending up together once Jane finds out that Charlie was a con man I found to be ridiculous, but that's my real world view on things and I guess I'm not as optimistic as Charlie. (But then again, never did I ever think an American would marry the Prince of England! Had I known, I would have been chillin' by the palace every day! Way to go, Meghan!)
I actually teared up when Charlie is found out. The love is there, and I could picture those screaming blue eyes as he poured his heart out in explanation. And if Jane's heart didn't break for him, mine did. But my heart also broke for her. I know what its like to be hurt and broken so bad that your world crumbles to pieces around you, and here Jane is going through it a second time. She is one brave and strong woman!
I enjoyed Royal Rogue so much that I purchased the first two books in the series as well. Book one, Royal Ruin, is about Kit, Jane's brother and future King of England, and book two, Royal Rebel, is about Jane's brother Rob, the Playboy Prince. So I do hope that Jessica Peterson has plans to finish the series with a fourth book about Jack, Rob's twin brother, and his hot body guard (which she alluded to in Royal Rogue). Don't forget, you can purchase all three by clicking the links above!
From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚
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