Author: Tia Louise
Publisher: TLM Productions LLC
Published: May 2016
Let the games begin...
Runaway Zelda Wilder will do whatever it takes to secure a better life for her and her sister Ava. Crown Prince Rowan Westringham Tate will do whatever it takes to preserve his small country.
When Zee is blackmailed into helping a vengeful statesman take down Rowan, she never expects she'll be pulled into a web of lies and international intrigue--much less that she'll find herself falling for Cal, Rowan's "playboy" younger brother.
Ava's no help, as she finds quiet walks in the moonlight discussing poetry and leadership with the brooding future king irresistible. Even more irresistible is kissing his luscious lips.
They're in over their heads, and the more time passes, the more danger the sisters are in. Shots are fired, and it's soon clear even a prince might not be able to rescue these players.
Cinderella meets Ocean's Eleven in this ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE featuring secrets, lies, royal high jinks, scams and double-crosses; breathless, swooning lust, cocky princes, dominant alpha future-kings, and crafty courtiers, who are not always what they seem. Readers 18+ only, please!
First off I do want to say thank you to Tia Louise for sending me a copy for an honest review. And let me tell you this was definitely a book of players and princes to remember!
WOWZA! I mean that's really all I can say! This novel has taken a new height to finding your dream prince! I mean I'm sure almost every girl has imagined at one point in time that they would find a handsome prince like in Cinderella (or really any other fairy tale) to sweep you off your feet and live your life in pure happiness. Alright I'm getting side tracked, because clearly things aren't as they crack up to be for Zee and Ava.
The story starts off pretty fast paced, and really captures you to read more. I found that when reading the first few chapters, you really had to pay attention, because the finer moments really come out later on... Right off the bat you get a sense of who Zee and Ava are, and all that they have to do in order to keep afloat.
For me when it came to Zee in the novel, I could totally tell that there was more than meets the eye. She obviously feels compelled to take care of her sister, because it's family. But you really see the lengths that she goes to ensure that Ava will be okay. The amount of love and sacrifice (although not the best ways come about) Zee has for Ava is just crazy...in a good way. You can tell that there is a certain amount of weight on her shoulders, because you know that she doesn't want to live this certain life anymore, and even more, you know that she will do absolutely anything to protect her! Something about this sisterly bong, is actually something you kind of dream about...minus a few details of course. So naturally when push comes to shove, she would obviously take this deal with fancy rides, and even fancier dresses and live (with) like royalty.
Alright, so here's the part where I generally talk about the male interest in my reviews...but that's hard to do when there are TWO OF THEM!! Let me tell you that it's not just an amazing sisterly bond, but also a brotherly bond going on in this story!
" Her fingers thread with mine, and I know what I want. I know for the first time, and I feel complete."
Alright! So In this novel, you go from both Zee and the Prince Rowan. Rowan is also about to be a future king, so there is a little more authority with him than his brother Cal who is also a prince. TWO PRINCES!! #fangirloverload. So the story is from both perspectives, although I feel like it definitely could have been perspectives from all four characters, I am glad it only stayed with two.
When reading scenes with all four characters, you can really tell that there is attraction among them. It's actually pretty apparent, yet somehow they don't really realize it, or actually act on it until a little later. (and then things really go!) I found that even though both girls definitely have the feels for the Prince's, you can tell that they are so trying their best, which is an utter fail...in a good way!
Rowan has this thing about him that I can't necessarily place, but you can tell that there is more to him that what media say, and what his mother clearly says. Cal on the other hand knows exactly who he is and what he wants, and has no objection to say it loud and proud, and let me tell you, he says it a lot!! Let me also say WOWZA to all of those real steamy scenes! I totally didn't see what happened with the characters, but I'm actually happy it turned out the way it did, but WOW! I don't think you could get any *Steamier* than that!
Moving on, I do have to say that this was definitely a roller coaster ride of emotions! At the very beginning, you go from one emotion to the other. Then all of a sudden this twist comes in and begins to unravel and destroy things! I honestly was on the edge of my seat with anger, fear, love, and so much more, I almost couldn't handle it!
Alright, I can't really say much about this, because I would spoil it, so all I'm going to say is that what happened, I never would have expected to happen in the end, and I was so completely shocked I almost threw my tablet across the room! I seriously felt like I was in this novel! I got a sense of Cinderella (and I guess because I was watching it around the same time) a part of The Princess Diaries, with the whole ball and getting to dress up aspect. But there was a whole other realm that didn't really have to do with being a Prince. You really get to see a side of the men that you wouldn't expect to see in real life, and I think that's why I was so drawn to it!
" She stole my heart. I don't know how I'll let her leave at the end of her visit."
Overall this book was amazing! I found it to be fast paced, catches you on the edge of your seat. That cliffhanger IS SO REAL! You really understand the strength that Zee really has along the way, and of course get all caught up in what she is doing, that sometimes I found myself yelling at her to just tell them what's going on. A roller-coaster ride of emotions, and definitely a lot of love, passion, and *steam*! THE FEELS ARE REAL when it comes to these relationships! I honestly felt like I was there, and at some points I really wish that there was like a cousin prince to show up...I would be perfectly okay with that! I can't wait to read and find out what happens in book two! This is definitely a series you will want to check out! I mean who doesn't want to read about falling in love with a Prince?
That's all for my review today! I hope you enjoyed it, and definitely go give it a read!
So until the next time, Keep Reading!!
Your Graduated Bookworm!! :)