About the Book
As crown princess of Lorencia, Desi can handle other royals, dignitaries, and celebrities without batting an eyelash. But Astin Gold, the suave heir to a hotel empire? No amount of diplomatic training prepared her for him.
Or the whirlwind media scandal she’s about to ignite with him.
Rumors swirl, and the pressure is on to deflect the attention. But Desi’s feelings for Astin only blossom, despite allegations that he’s using her for his own gain. As she dares to date him under the radar, it becomes clear someone close to her is behind the scandal. And their secret won’t stay secret forever.
As tensions rise, Desi must decide if Astin deserves her trust. And, more important, her heart.
I do love reading about royals, so I was looking forward to A Royal Affair by Amy Saunders. Princess Desi was immediately quite likeable – she didn’t come across as a spoiled royal, and actually felt pretty relatable throughout the story. The romance angles were interesting and the scandal that she gets involved in kept my interest, though I will say I didn’t quite get as invested into the book that I do with others. It wasn’t what I would consider fast-paced and sometimes I didn’t feel that strong pull to pick up my Kindle, but once I would start reading I would stay for several chapters at a time. Overall I still enjoyed the story and would recommend if you like a light romance with a royal twist, it just wasn’t a favorite.
Amy is a sci-fi/mystery addict with a soft spot for humor and romance. She lives in Massachusetts, and loves to bake and watch movies.
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I almost never miss a Tracie Banister book, and was absolutely delighted to read and review her latest, Izzy As Is. I actually went into the story without realizing that we would be meeting characters from past novels that Tracie Banister has written, and was quite excited when I made that realization. In Izzy As Is we follow our main character Izzy Alvarez, swimsuit model. She’s always been successful in her career because of her good looks and gorgeous body, but with the big 3-0 looming on the horizon, Izzy is shocked to hear her agent say the offers are starting to dry up. When friends encourage her to find her passion so she can have a career post-modeling, Izzy knows just what that passion is – money and a man. She goes on a series of dates looking for a man she can settle down with and that will take care of her – love not required. Izzy has never been into the romantics of relationships, or developing real feelings for the opposite sex. When she meets Eduardo, all the chips fall into place. Good-looking, uber-successful, totally rich. But will Izzy realize there might actually be more to life than a pretty wardrobe and big house, and that it takes more than money to make her truly happy?
Izzy was an over the top character to follow and gave me plenty of laughs. She might not have been the most relatable, but she was still likeable for the most part in her own unique way. The supporting cast was fun to read about, especially Izzy’s family (and mother!) and catching up with Pilar and her family. The failed dates were quite funny, and the other romance angles had me curious to see how Izzy’s story would play out. While I enjoyed the ending and was happy to see some growth for our heroine, it did get a little cliché for me, but still fun to get the conclusion. Overall it was a fun, light-hearted chick lit read that came at a great time for me to escape into her story. Another solid novel from Tracie Banister that I would recommend amongst her past titles!
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About the Book
Astrid can’t remember the best day of her life: yesterday.
A traumatic car accident erases Astrid’s memories of September 9th, the day she spent with an oddly charming stranger named Theo. Ever since, she’s been haunted by surreal dreams and an urgent sense that she’s forgotten something important. One night, she gets a mysterious call from Oliver, who knows more about her than he should and claims he can help her remember. She accepts his help, even as she questions his motives and fights a strange attraction to him.
In order to find Theo and piece together that lost day in September, Astrid must navigate a maze of eccentric Boston nightlife, from the seedy corners of Chinatown to a drug-fueled Alice-in-Wonderland-themed party to a club where everyone dresses like the dead. In between headaches and nightmares, she struggles to differentiate between memory, fantasy, and reality, and starts to wonder if Theo really exists. Eventually, she’ll need to choose between continuing her search for him or following her growing feelings for Oliver. Astrid might go to extreme lengths to find what she’s lost . . . or might lose even more in her pursuit to remember (like her sanity).
This book started off pretty twisty, and I worried I wouldn’t be able to get a grasp on the storyline. It didn’t take long though for me to settle in and get involved with Astrid and her accident though, and try to piece together her missing day as well. All the plot twists were really intriguing, especially when Oliver came into play. I loved the in and out of the dreams and the forgotten day, and I was so anxious to get to the end. Unfortunately, the ending left me feeling pretty unsatisfied. I actually shouted “what?” when I realized it was the end. I understand it’s a book that lets us finish off the story in our minds, but I felt really connected to Astrid and was so curious to see how this played out, that I felt let down at the ending we received.