Tuesday, April 23, 2013

*Review* Nichole Chases' Suddenly Royal

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I'm so happy to share this book with you all. I have my Review plus an absolutely phenomenal, HUGE Princess for a Day Giveaway!

But first, my review

*Spoiler-Free* REVIEW: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Published On: April 23rd, 2013

Suddenly Royal
by Nichole Chase
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
Genre: New Adult

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

My Thoughts:

When I first saw the announcement of the Suddenly Royal blog tour, I was immediately drawn in by the cover. The cover conveys an attitude of fun and sass. The little wink telling me, “You won’t want to miss this book. If you do, you’ll be sorry.” Challenge: Accepted.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away as much as I was. The story premise reminded me faintly of The Princess Diaries, but after I started reading, I was quickly disabused of that notion.

This is the book that I wish The Princess Diaries would have been, just for the older set!

I really and truly fell in love with Samantha, aka Sam. She’s feisty, loyal, an extremely likable. Then there’s Alex, aka Prince Yummy. Where do I begin....Alex knocked me off my feet, charmed my pants off, and made me fall in love with him.

I can’t fully verbalize how steamy he is....so I’ll let Sam tell you for me:

I shrugged out of my coat and that’s when I felt his eyes on me. Looking up, I realized Prince Yummy had indeed come for the dinner. Jess and the undergrads had been wrong. He wasn’t yummy, he was delicious; a feast to be savored. Dark blonde hair hung a smidge too long, eyes so blue it was like looking into the heart of a glacier. Built like the statue of David; the contours of his suit hugging every delicious muscle. Laugh lines around his mouth and eyes brought him into the realm of humanity, and gave him a personality. As his eyes ran over my face and down my body slowly, heat washed over my skin. When I handed the jacket to the maĆ®tre d’ I felt naked. There was something about his bright blue eyes that left me feeling exposed.

*Fans self* But it was more than just his looks (which I imagine looks like this:

It was his caring, the way he takes charge (without being domineering), and they way he becomes someone Sam can rely on. And sorry, but I just have to mention....Alex is a man who makes dressing a woman just as sexy as undressing her. There are only a few book boyfriends that I think I would actually fight someone for. Alex would be one of them. *insert dreamy sighs*

The Final Verdict:

Suddenly Royal had so much of everything: quirky and lovely characters, a little drama and sniffles, a heavy dose of fun, and a whole lotta steamy sexiness. Nichole Chase concocted this well balanced recipe and created a thoroughly enchanting story that sucked me in and made me wish to be a part of this little world. This fun and heartwarming read went by too quickly for me, but I hope I get to take a trip to Lilaria again soon.


About the Author: 

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule.

For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs.

Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Ms. Chase is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Flukes, and Suddenly Royal (including several short stories).

Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, dog, tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

Be sure to come back here on FRIDAY for my exclusive interview with Alex's sister, Dutchess Catherine! We're dishing some gossip about the behind the scenes of Suddenly Royal!

Where to purchase & learn more:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Author's Website

And now...time for the giveaway!
From Nichole:

To celebrate the official release of Suddenly Royal, I wanted to do something special. I could have done another giveaway, but that just didn’t seem like enough. This year, I’ve seen a lot of sad things, but I’ve also seen some amazing, spectacular people step forward to help. In a time of uncertainty and confusion, I feel like it’s important to celebrate those that are doing good and making a difference around them. So, this is what I want to do. I want to treat someone like a princess for a day. Really pamper them and make them feel special and loved.

But how to choose? Instead of doing a random drawing, I want you—my readers—to nominate someone deserving. Leave a comment on this post describing your deserving nominee and I will choose five people. Then you guys get to vote on who is the most deserving. All five of those people will receive a small package from me—but the one person with the most votes will receive the grand prize!

What is the grand prize, you ask? Well, let me tell you. We’re pulling out all the stops!

The grand prize winner will receive:
Signed swag from Suddenly Royal
A signed paperback copy of Suddenly Royal
A $100 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate-I’m donating to this too! You do the Ulta and I’ll do the bookstore
A handmade necklace by moi!
A $100 ULTA gift certificate!
And what princess is complete without a crown and wand? Those will be provided for their special day as well!

Visit Nichole's blog to enter to win! HERE:

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all the best, dear readers!