Series: Gowns and Crowns
Author: Jennifer Chance
Publisher: Barclay Publicity
Publication Date: 6 Oct 2015
Source: Reveiw Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Courted is much more than an adult romance full of smex and swoon. The characters are completely endearing, you can’t help but fall in love with them. I literally felt so immersed in this book I had the movie playing along inside my imagination. A true piece of heavenly escapism proving you don’t have to be of royal blood to be a princess ♥.
Told in third person narrative with alternating focus between Emmaline (Em) and Prince Kristos. The story and romance are fast paced and action packed; taking into account the idea of fate/destiny and soul mates. becoming a better person simply by having that soul deep connection within another person.
Both Kristos and Emmaline’s lives have been deterred from their original path due to personal tragedies. both have had to sacrifice in order to assist other people yet they do so willingly. In their own ways they are both selfless and kind. Could they be any more perfect for each other. Wait, throw in some sizzling attraction and you have a dynamic plot.
Courted takes a look at both sides of media coverage, the ugly spin that can be put on innocent comments BUt it also covers the positive way in which the internet can be used to provide support and encouragement. It is wonderful to witness just how much people affect the lives of others even in a small way. Shouldn’t we always remember that fact and try to impact in a positive manner whenever possible.
Courted covers a lot of identity issues within the narrative, especially how we are shaped by life experiences. Taking into account duty versus freedom of choice especially when you look at people who live their lives in the public eye.
The peripheral characters are amazing providing a solid support system on both sides. The foundation has been set for further stories with each of the peripheral characters gaining their turn in the spotlight ♥
Most of all, I adored the way in which Jennifer conveyed how showing kindness and empathy are qualities that define the title PRINCESS as opposed to being born into nobility. We can all be princesses by embracing these qualities (goes to find a tiara to wear to school).
Courted is a fairytale romance worthy of Disney 😀