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Books I’ve Read: Courted by Jennifer Chance

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Title: Courted
Series: Gowns and Crowns
Author: Jennifer Chance
Publisher: Barclay Publicity
Publication Date: 6 Oct 2015
Source: Reveiw Copy
Rating: 4/5

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 😀

Classics Carnival: Spotlight: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden Mills

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A scarred fighter.

A girl with rules.

One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.


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Meet Declan and Elizabeth in Ilsa Madden-Mills new fighter romance!


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**Dirty English is a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice**

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding heroes in books. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.

When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

You can stalk her on her website as well as get signed books:

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Tantalising Trailers: Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Tantalizing Trailers: Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

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Title: Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things I Can’t Mend
Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Author: Katie Finn
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: May 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads

Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already.

Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn’s first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.

Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe

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Title: Conversion
Author: Katherine Howe
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication Date: June 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature with and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?


Based on real life events, Conversion follows the story of a teenage girl, Colleen Rowley, who lives in Danvers, MA. Colleen is in her last academic year of a very prestigious high school, St Joan’s Academy. Our initial encounter with Colleen finds her in a battle to obtain a crucial place at Harvard University. As if the situation wasn’t stressful enough, weird occurrences start to happen at the school. A mystery illness is sweeping its way through the students leaving terror in its wake. The weird symptoms are frightening to all concerned and baffling the doctors desperate to get answers.

The book is divided between the past and present of St Joan’s Academy, each interlude is quite short leaving the reader wanting more from each time-frame. While the main character is Colleen, we also have a different view-point for the past events in the form of Ann in 1706. As the reader has the advantage of being able to view both time frames, it soon becomes apparent that the mystery illness has occurred before!!

The plot is gripping and maintains the tension throughout, the mystery element concerning the illness had me guessing and trying to predict the plot. As much as I enjoyed the mystery element of the story it was the characters portrayal that really stood out for me.  The characters were very realistic with real-life problems woven with the supernatural elements within the narrative. the contrast between the life of a ‘normal’ young adult and the mystery illness worked very well. The situation itself was unexpected, a very odd catastrophe within a simple school setting.

I have to say that the inclusion of Ann’s story from 1706 was a little confusing to start with due mostly to being so invested in the events happening to Colleen. As the story progressed I did find the additional story beneficial in understanding the incidents Colleen faced, providing insight and understanding to a degree.

To give credit to the author, Katherine Howe has really done her research and it shined within Conversion providing an enlightening re-imagining of the Salem Witch Trials. There are a huge number of theories and possibilities surrounding these events, Katherine adds her own touch to the underlying story making it unique, original and fantastic. In my opinion making the events more relatable and realistic within contemporary society. Add in the fact that Katherine is herself a descendant of not one but two women accused of being witches in the Salem Witch Trials and you can’t help but be completely fascinated by the outcome of the story. I would love to gain further insight into the other theories surrounding the Salem Witch Trials.

Review: Surrendering to Always by Chelsea M Cameron

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Title: Surrendering to Always
Series: Surrendering Saga #4
Author: Chelsea M Cameron
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 6 Oct 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

They’re about to walk down the aisle, but more than one obstacle is standing in their way…

Rory Clarke didn’t want to get married until she was at least thirty. But then she hired sexy redheaded, chin-dimpled Lucah Blythe as her assistant at Clarke Enterprises and everything changed. She’s finally agreed to set a wedding date and plans are well underway. Rory’s definitely starting to see the perks of being engaged and she couldn’t be happier. As long as everything goes her way, of course.

That is until not one, but two huge surprises rock her world, putting everything she’s planned in jeopardy. Her job, the wedding, the future she planned for herself. Lucah is there for her no matter what, but trusting someone else isn’t always easy, even if you love them more than anything.

Her road to the alter is a rough one, but will Rory decide it’s not worth the struggle to get there? Or will she take Lucah’s hand and throw herself into their future together?

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It’s always really difficult to write a review for the third book featuring much beloved characters. Rory and Lucah are preparing for their wedding when life happens to throw some unexpected events into their path 😉

Rory is her adorable neurotic, feisty, sassy self with Lucah the calming rock she never released she needed in her life. I completely love their relationship to the point oh envy. Lucah balances Rory perfectly, while there are a lot of tender moments they still haven’t lost the ever-present heat between them – plus post-it notes 😉

Their support network of family and friends growing together is wonderful to follow. I would love to know more of Lilia’s back story and am hoping she will get her own chance in the spotlight. I feel as if there is a lot more to her than meets the eye!!!!

Surrendering to Always is a wonderful addition to the series.