Author: Geneva Lee
Other book in series:
Series: Royal Saga
tl;dr recommendation: I liked it. But I didn’t love it.
When he kissed me, I was shocked. He was a stranger and still so familiar. It wasn’t until I woke up to my picture splashed on the cover of tabloids that I realized I knew who he was.
Prince Alexander of Cambridge.
Royal bad boy.
Exiled heir to the throne.
He isn’t Prince Charming. He’s controlling. He’s demanding. He’s dangerous. And I can’t say no to him.
We both have secrets—secrets that could tear us apart or drive us closer together—and as the paparazzi exposes each one, I have to decide just how far I’m willing to go for King and Country.
Alexander had the world at his feet and me on my knees until secrets tore us apart.
I should stay away from him. I should run. But I’m addicted to him…to the pleasure and the pain.
He warned me about his dark side…about his past. But I have a dark side, too. Together we’ll conquer our demons…if we don’t destroy each other first.
Love doesn’t always conquer all, but it can Conquer Me.
This is a review of books 1 & 2 in this series.
Ok kids. I liked these books. I did. They’re fine, they’re a decent read. I call these a good layover read, meaning books you read while you’re in between ones you’re dying to read. Clearly, I didn’t love them. Will I read Crown Me when it’s released in 2015? Yes. of course i will. Am I counting down the minutes until the release date? No. Nope. All the nope.
Now your question – Why? It’s really simple: I feel like I’ve read these books before. In all seriousness the amount of similarities between these books and FSOG was getting a little ridiculous. It was a combination of Fifty Shades & the tragedy surrounding the real Royals in England. The below may have spoilers. Read ahead at your own risk.
The basic storyline is that Clara Bishop unexpectedly meets the Prince of England, Alexander, who is heir to the throne. She totally doesn’t recognize him, makes out with him, and then goes about her life. However, a picture of the make-out session leaks and all of a sudden she’s news. Alexander hunts Clara down and proposes a sex only relationship. He’s a bit of a dominant but she doesn’t think she’s a submissive. Ultimately he agrees to take her however he can have her. [we’ve heard this line before, yes?] Alexander is troubled – he was in an accident when he was younger in which his younger sister, Sarah, died. His mother has also passed. The only two women he has ever loved have died and therefore he is incapable of loving anyone. [If you’re having flashbacks, you aren’t the only one].
I may have rolled my eyes when he didn’t want her to touch his chest and when he kept his shirt on during sex. I may have rolled my eyes even harder when he had nightmares. I totally, 100%, called it when she left him at the end of book 1. Really, all I had to think of was what happened in FSOG and I started predicting from there. I remember thinking, well, at least she didn’t leave because he punished her with a belt. BUT THEN, BUT THEN! There is a belt scene in book 2. I nearly threw the book down. But i didn’t. Because I was reading it on my kindle, and fuck – that thing is precious to me.
There is an unbelievable amount of sex in these books, which I definitely enjoyed. However, I was concerned for her hygiene multiple times and I really wanted the author to mention that she was at least taking her pill. There’s one scene where, let’s just say, she’s in dire need of some attention – he mentions that he’s going to go clean up in the bathroom, but instead SHE ROLLS OVER AND GOES TO SLEEP. No. no no no no. I know this may sound stupid and unreasonable, but the details matter to me. Another example – They fuck in a car before a massive charity event. She’s not wearing any underwear. He doesn’t wear a condom. Afterwards, she just pulls down her dress & they go inside. Oh please, please tell me how that works out for her. She must have kegels for days. Ironically, I had the same hygiene concerns for Ana in FSOG.
It may not sound like it, but I did enjoy the story. It was fun, Alexander is hot and if you liked Fifty Shades, I can guarantee you that you’ll like these books (for the reasons mentioned above).
If you want a dominant, billionaire, alpha male, Alexander will certainly deliver. But for me – he just didn’t do it enough for me to put on my re-read list.