#BookReview: Royally Roma by Teri Wilson

royally romaSummary:

In this enchanting retelling of the classic Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday, a royal prince tries to escape his hectic and rigid life and ends up leading a young graduate student on a chase through the Eternal City.

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.

Review:

As a huge travel fan, I could not pass up to read a book set in Rome with our main character as a tour guide. Of course, there is much more to this story than just learning about the Eternal City and its history, but a wonderful romance is told as well. I’m also a big fan of the royals, so to read about a prince that decides to go off the grid for a day and ends up falling for his tour guide – yes, this book reeled me in! The romance is definitely scorching and had its blush-worthy moments, and there was a great theme of love throughout. Sometimes the romance lingo was a bit much for me, but overall this was a fantastic read and one that left me with a smile on my face.

4 stars

#BookReview: Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen

gone without a traceSummary:

A jaw-dropping novel of psychological suspense that asks, If the love of your life disappeared without a trace, how far would you go to find out why?  
 
Hannah Monroe’s boyfriend, Matt, is gone. His belongings have disappeared from their house. Every call she ever made to him, every text she ever sent, every photo of him and any sign of him on social media have vanished. It’s as though their last four years together never happened.

As Hannah struggles to get through the next few days, with humiliation and recriminations whirring through her head, she knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to find him again and get answers. But as soon as her search starts, she realizes she is being led into a maze of madness and obsession. Step by suspenseful step, Hannah discovers her only way out is to come face to face with the shocking truth…

Review:

Hmm. This one was …interesting. Intense at moments, definitely jaw-dropping at times. At first I thought I would totally love this book. Twisty, suspenseful, filled with manipulation and betrayal…but once the actual twist came, I actually was a little let down. I’ll try to write this without giving it away, but I felt kind of duped as a reader. I started to catch the little clues here and there, but it was over halfway through the book and pretty close to the twist being revealed that I felt that they were there, so I felt…just a bit duped. It was still really interesting, very good writing, but the character development I think was lacking a bit and maybe because of such a big plot twist and the many details surrounding that. I enjoy psychological thrillers and that feeling of seeing everything out there and connecting the dots, but with this one I felt a little let down at the end.

3 stars

#BookReview: The Big Little Wedding In Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett

the big little weddingSummary:

When Emma’s boyfriend Daniel pops the question with a ring the size of a small country, she suddenly realizes just how different their worlds are. She wants a low-key wedding with close friends and family, while Daniel’s mother is expecting a society party that their high-brow guests won’t forget! While Emma is envisioning the town hall and Uncle Colin’s pub for the reception, future mother-in-law Philippa is talking chandeliers, silver wedding favors and chocolate fountains…

How on earth can Emma put together a vintage champagne-sodden celebration – fit for Lords and Ladies – on a beer pocketbook? Not to mention the fact her cross-dressing Uncle Barbara wants to be a bridesmaid, her best friend Kelly can’t stand Daniel’s best friend Cressida, and her dad is too proud to accept any help from Daniel’s family toward the costs.

There are three months to go until the big day. But will it be memorable for all the wrong reasons?

Review:

This book was just awesome. That’s how I would describe it. I loved what the drama was around – wedding planning, bringing families together, and the stress of getting married. It was something fresh for me, whereas I’m used to reading the drama being around the relationship and breakups and cheating scandals, etc, so I was really drawn to this. Emma and Daniel could win the sweetest couple award, and I had a fantastic time getting to know each character. It was so  heartwarming watching this wedding come together, and during the actual main event, I felt I was right there in the square, enjoying this one of a kind wedding. I breezed through this read, highly engaged, and would most definitely recommend for your spring reading list.

5 stars