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T-Rex aka Rhett to his family back home in Louisiana… He’d come to California for vengeance and stayed because he’s too broken to go back. As an enforcer for the Royal MC he carries out his duties with unquestionable determination. His vow, his oath is to protect his club and his brothers at all costs. Settling down with one woman isn’t part of his plan
Lux Donaldson tattoo artist and fixer of men… She’s not your typical California girl. She’s met a lot of men; most are nothing but liars and cheats. When she meets T-Rex, she knows he’s unlike any other man. He’s not only gorgeous, but he’s a walking heartbreak for a girl like her.
When her past crashes into their present and danger comes knocking on her door, T-Rex’s fierce desire to protect pushes forward. Lux realizes he’s just the man that might be worth taking a risk on, and he also might be the guy who breaks her. T-Rex didn’t think he’d love a woman, but he’d do anything to show Lux she didn’t need to guard her heart, if he can keep them both alive long enough.
Royally Inked is written as a standalone. You don’t have to read the other books in this series to enjoy this one.
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I’m an open box of passé photographs, snapped in chaste daylight, but filtered in sepia. I’m the past that he tried to forget, and he was the future I needed. When he left six years ago, I screamed for him every night. But then it all stopped. My screams were suddenly muffled by cruelty, and further coaxed by pain.
But he has come back. He’s not the cute big brother I had a furtive crush on, or the bad boy, rich brat that I hated to love.
He’s the ruthless vice president of Wolf Pack MC, and he doesn’t answer to Royce Kane anymore.
He answers to Sicko.
— MY REVIEW —
This was one hell of a ride! All kinds of trouble… and I’m still wrapping my head around what I’d just read. 🙉
After reading the blurb: Alright… I’m about to get into a hot MC romance.
After reading the first few chapters: Alright, okay… a little backstory to our hero/ heroine. Nothing sinister yet. Nice.
Reading the next few chapters after: What the hell?!! What just happened?? 😱
Double take galore! 😲😲😲
Since this sudden, unexpected, and shocking turn of events… the rest of the book felt like I was damn Alice down that rabbit hole.
I’ve read countless dark romances and MC romances, and tons with lots of twisted, gut-wrenching content, but I’ve never encountered one that has me completely disturbed, cringing with disgust and questioning nonstop at what exactly I was reading. But weirdly enough — I could not stop reading. These characters are masked in mystery, darkness, and answers that I so deeply needed in order to understand what the hell was happening.
‘Eyes Wide Shut’ meets ‘Taken’ meets Sons of Anarchy/ Mayans MC is what comes to mind when I was reading this book. It’s quite a combo.
There’s a lot of sensitive subject matters that may trigger some readers. Trafficking, rape, drug use, kidnapping and extreme violence, with continual mental and emotional abuse present. It also contains some BDSM. It’s definitely NOT for underage readers.
Props to Jones for writing something that exists all around the world but unfortunately is hardly spoken about in society unless it’s breaking news. Whilst Sicko is a fictional story, it does put awareness of situations similar to the ones broached in this book do happen in reality without a doubt.
These characters are psychologically damaged (and I think that’s putting it mildly). They use liquor and drugs as a crutch to get through what haunts them, and other times (especially with Jade) it’s just plain old snappy remarks to hide the truth. Despite knowing this is a work of fiction, my heart and sympathies go out to them for what they’ve been put through.
I initially thought I would be drawn to Royce (I do love me some bikers). But I ended up being more intrigued and invested in our heroine, Jade. She’s the focal point. I guess the cover should’ve clued me in! 🤦♀️
But with their lives drastically altered, the character growth is strong with this one!
Jones has created such an inky, perplexing world that’ll have you second-guessing anything and everything. I hadn’t expected mystery/ crime/ thriller and a whole bunch of game playing added into this dark MC romance. It added layer upon layer of world-building and gave different dimensions to these characters’ personas. You won’t know for sure which side of them is showing until it’s smack dab in front of you.
With darkness, there is also light. The steady playlist of songs throughout the book was 🙌 ahh… pure perfection! Not only did it set the mood for each scene, but it set this entire story’s atmosphere. It’s another added element to look forward to. (I grew up listening to a lot of the songs/ artists featured so it was a cool little throwback for me!)
Jade is unique as they come. She has a facade of coolness, nonchalance, and someone who you could never imagine to be corrupted. Yet she’s living in hell, daily — and what worried me on occasion whilst reading Sicko, was whether she liked all that darkness, or whether she’d been in that life for so long that she’d grown accustomed to it.
Royce, on the other hand was a tougher nut to crack. That is until he finally revealed some of his past… and from there things started to make some sense. But seeing how he was first introduced to how he is years later is surprising… yet not surprising. 🤔
I’m not going to sugarcoat this — So many things happen in this story. So many different sub-plots that somehow eventually work its way together, with a good handful of secondary characters that all have their own secrets and demons that I found overwhelming at times. Especially when trying to pinpoint how they all interconnect. There was one big plot point I figured out fairly early on into the story (unless you’ve already read the sample chapters of Sicko from the Love, Loyalty & Mayhem Anthology which pretty much spills the beans anyways). Luckily — a deluge of other unpredictable things that did pop up that completely blindsided me. So that certainly kept things interesting! 😜 Hehe.
This is a twisted, somewhat sick story. Jade and Royce’s love is beyond complicated and brutally hard. I mean — they are brother and sister (albeit foster siblings, but still). You won’t be swooning over their relationship. Yes, there’s moments where you’ll find yourself holding your breath. But for the most part, I think you’ll be looking at it with deep, almost probing eyes. Their relationship is an intense roller coaster.
And it won’t just be their relationship that you’ll scrutinize — it will also be the people they call family, and the consequences to all their actions. This story is a head trip (hence why I couldn’t put it down)! You forget that these protagonists are still relatively young, yet they’ve already lived such a demanding life.
If you’re looking for a stereotypical MC romance where there’s your bad ass alpha hero, and your gorgeous but tough-as-nails heroine with banter, hooking up, and comical relief from friends, then I don’t think this one is quite what you’re looking for. Whilst the MC and the brotherhood is present, it’s not the be all and end all of this story. Sicko comprises of so much more. It’s one of the more darker MC romances I’ve read. If you can handle the grit, then I say give this one a try!
Thank you to Amo Jones and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💚
When I was seventeen, I fell in love. It was incredible, earth shattering, but most of all, it was heartbreaking. He walked away without an explanation. Without saying goodbye.
He was simply gone.
But five years later, I walk into a room and he’s there. He had been only hours away from me all these years. I often imagined how a reunion between us would be. Would I run into his arms, kiss him and tell him I still love him?
No, I slugged him.
I knew the day would come when I’d have to face Skylar. I made a decision years ago that I’ve always questioned. Always wondered if it was the right choice. I was torn between the woman lying in my bed and the best friend who was giving me the opportunity for a better life.
Skylar deserved better than me. I chose the Royal Bastards MC.
Now, she’s here, having been brought to the club for protection. Our reunion didn’t go as I imagined it would. There was no sweet embrace, no words even exchanged. She marched right up to me and punched me in the face.
I knew right then and there, I never stopped loving her. Thing is, the Royal Bastards have rules. I live and die by them. If I break them, I’m out. I’ll lose my patch and lose the family I have.
Is Skylar worth the risk?
• MY REVIEW •
Oooo-wee! Drama. Drama. Drama.
And I loved. every. damn. minute. of. it! 🤤🤭
Skylar has this steamy one-nighter with her brother’s best friend Jake (who she’s had a crush on since she first met the guy), only for both her brother Hunter and Jake to leave, never to return. No note. No goodbyes. Just radio silence.
Fast forward five years later to the present, where Skylar is unexpectedly thrown into a world of bikers, life and death situations, and losing what little independence she had. All because of secrets and lies that have been kept from her all these years.
This story starts you right off with intrigue, and immediately wanting to get to the bottom of where, why, and how Hunter and Jake could (and did) leave Skylar. Relatively well-paced story-telling all throughout, and told from dual perspectives. Despite the never ending drama, it was a cushy, enjoyable read that left me wanting the next installment really, really badly..
WHERE’S THE NEXT BOOK, DAMMIT!?!?!
*Calm, blue ocean… Calm, blue ocean…*
As much as I enjoyed reading this, there was also so many things I wanted more of, and questions I need answered. The ending left me feeling like a lost puppy. Like dude, really?! 🙈 All I can say without giving any spoilers away is…. there better be a book two in this Royal Bastards MC: Birmingham Chapter. Because… ugh. Answers, people!! 🥺
Like so many good MC romances I’ve read, this one has a nice balance of MC and romance. We have a club, club members — which are our secondary characters we want and need more of! I already have a few from this club I want to see have their own books. Hunter being numero uno! ☝
There’s a seriously complicated relationship going on between Hunter, Skylar and Jake, that had me really grasping at needing to see more. These guys have history. Hunter and Jake have been friends since they were teenagers… and Skylar being Hunter’s younger sister, was someone who always wanted to hang with them.
I know this story revolves around Skylar and Jake’s romance, but I couldn’t help it whilst I was reading this book, Hunter had my attention a smidge more. He has sacrificed so much of his life into protecting his family and has not once given up despite having one problem after another popping up. I think he deserves so much credit, definitely a lot more love, and to be honest… I think deserves a whole lot better, especially considering how this entire story unraveled. Now. I don’t agree with all his actions.. *cough* especially with a certain woman *cough* .. but that’s why I desperately need a sequel! 🙏
But moving on, moving on.
Let’s cut to the chase! Get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?
The story line itself was engaging. There’s a lot of different things happening but it was easy enough to follow. It didn’t feel overly done with too many issues going on at once, so that’s good. Oh, and there was something that did catch me off-guard, something I didn’t see coming — so points for unpredictability!
And secondary characters were definitely in attendance. There’s a good amount of club brothers, all with individual personality traits, with some a little more charming than others.. 😉😉
Although Skylar was uprooted from her life to be watched over by her brother and a half dozen or so MC members, it’s always cool to see another woman in the scene and befriending Skylar. I love me a good bromance and brotherhood, but I never wanna see a chick left to fend for herself… especially when there needs to be girl talk, giggles, and eye-candy to be drooled over, right??
There’s lots of potential for more stories to be told and for the world-building to expand if and when the author wants to.
I love the obvious chemistry the author has excellently written between Skylar and Jake, despite not having seen each other in years. There’s hate and regret there, but a very obvious heat still lingering between them that they can’t deny either. Always nice to see protectiveness, alpha-ism in MC romances (it’s always entertaining) and this one had it in bucket loads!
There’s some unresolved family issues between Skylar and Hunter and an obvious strain in their relationship from being apart for so many years with no contact. But their family dynamics is one of the things I liked about this book. Skylar can be the stereotypical bratty younger sister who doesn’t want to be bossed around by her big brother, yet stills sees him as someone to look up to. Hunter is fairly closed-off and keeps his true feelings to himself, but he’s very much an overprotective brother. There’s so much mystery surrounding him that I couldn’t get enough of the guy.
And let’s not forget Hunter and Jake’s friendship. Never been a fan of a chick getting in between guys’ brotherhood/ friendship.. even if she is family. Not gonna lie, I have mixed feelings about the things that were said and done, but it didn’t interfere with my liking of it overall so that’s a relief. Plus my need for the next book is strong, so… *shrugs* 🤗
As I said earlier, it ended with such a gaping hole of unanswered questions. Even if Leslie, decides to continue with more books, I would still liked to have seen an epilogue included in this one. I know with the majority of the MC romance books I’ve come across, characters still make appearances in sequels and relatively give the reader an update of how life has been like since their book, but Worth The Risk seemed like Skylar and Jake’s story was far from being sorted out completely. I can accept a HFN (aka Happy For Now) ending but it didn’t quite feel that way with this book either. It felt a little more up in the air… like there’s still things to overcome first before they get their true HEA. You know what I mean?
Nevertheless, it’s a very convincing start to a potentially juicy MC series. There’s already a decent amount of world-building introduced with the Royal Bastards MC: Birmingham Chapter. An atmosphere between the brothers has been placed and intriguing enough to want to see develop further. There are possible future plot lines that I would look forward to see play out. As far as MC romances go, this one although contains violence, was a little less suspenseful than most, less graphic and in my opinion mild in the dark, gritty romance factor. It’ll be a good one to start off with for a first timer of MC books.
All in all, if you’re looking for your next MC romance, or like your alpha males tatted and with bikes, then you’ll find this one satisfying! Lots of feels. There’s a couple of moments you’ll find yourself giggling over, and times that make you genuinely sad for these characters, and then there’s times you wanna rip some heads off from frustration. But hey, all in a good book, am I right?! 😜
Thank you J.L. Leslie and the entire Royal Bastards MC team for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 🧡
Stole in the dead of the night I forged her signature on an unbreakable contract.
She would become my wife.
She would give me a heir.
She would help me destroy her father and get my revenge.
**This is a prequel to Savage Beginnings which is a +125,000 words standalone dark mafia romance novel.**
— MY REVIEW —
This was a nice introduction to what’s to come in Savage Beginnings. There’s enough intrigue and mystery in Julian who’s come out of nowhere to take Elena as his.
I’m usually not a fan of prequels (especially if the main novel hasn’t been released yet) because it’s literally a teaser. But there’s some positive aspects to prequels as well — There’s enough to give you a gist of what you could expect in the storyline, between the characters, and you get an idea of what the author (or in this case; authors’) writing style is like.
J.L. Beck and C. Hallman are both new-to-me-authors but after having read this little novella, I’m sold that I’ll have to check out their other collaborations. There’s a nice flow and pace to their storytelling. It’s easy to follow. Right from the beginning I was already curious about Julian’s motive and why he wants Elena so badly. The mood is set and it’s deviously juicy!
With very little revealed in this novella of how this story will develop (other than the contract), I did gather that Julian is the big bad mafioso that you don’t want to mess with, and Elena is pretty much the innocent young lady who’s going to change everything. Hehe 🤭
Mafia Romance? ✔
Arranged Marriage? ✔
Suspense? ✔ Revenge? ✔ Betrayal? ✔
If any of these elements call out to you, then you might want to add this one to your TBR.
Sidenote: I’m currently reading an ARC of Savage Beginnings and yes, I highly recommend you read this prequel just before or when Savage Beginnings is released so that you won’t have to wait too long to see the interactions between these two leads. Trust me, you won’t want to wait! 😉
I normally wouldn’t bother rating a prequel because like I said earlier, it’s an introduction to a book… but for the sake of this mini review (and in conjunction with my upcoming review for Savage Beginnings), I’ll add one in.
Read this prequel before the upcoming release of Savage Beginnings!
His opinion of me is tainted by prejudice even before my arrival at his grandmother’s estate, and my first impression of him is just as abysmal.
His arrogance and icy demeanor make it clear that he’s the type of man who’s best handled at a distance.
Fortunately, space shouldn’t be an issue inside this Gilded Age mansion and its lush gardens. If I stick with the servants and he keeps to his sailboat and vintage Porsche, we should hardly cross paths at all. Unfortunately, at Rosethorn, I find that all roads eventually lead to Nicholas Hunt.
Sparks fly as we spar at the dinner table. Fighting words are flung in the shadows of the palatial halls.
We hang suspended in our hatred of one another, painfully oblivious to the heat and tension that build with every moment we’re left alone. We’re liable to kill one another, I think…right up until my eyes land on his lips and a new feeling grips hold of me: lust.
He knows it.
They say you should keep your enemies close, but when Nicholas tightens his grip on my waist and draws me near, I’m not sure if it’s out of loathing or love.
One thing’s for sure—I intend to find out.
— MY REVIEW —
I’m always up and raring to go when Grey has a new release. Her books always has a way of lightening your mood and is a great escape from the daily grind (even if it’s only for a few hours).
Love The One You Hate is a standalone contemporary romance that has a Cinderella/ Pretty Woman/ Pretty in Pink rolled into one story line.
You’re introduced to Maren who pretty much has the worst luck in the world. She’s barely scraping by in the financial department, on the verge of getting fired from her job at an aged care home, and basically has no family to lean on.
But just when she thinks her life is just one big black sucky hole, luck finally throws her a bone in the form of Cornelia Buchanan. Or as I’d like to call her “the fairy godmother”.
Cornelia is pretty much the fairy godmother everyone wishes they had! Kind, thoughtful, giving… and did I mention boatload rich??! Whilst visiting a friend at the home, she sees Maren having a bad day at work and an idea forms out of thin air — Hire Maren to be her personal carer of sorts. Great idea, right?
Enters Nicholas Hunt. Well traveled, classy, a lawyer to boot, and oh yes.. Cornelia’s cold, takes-no-shit, serious grandson. And one look at Maren.. and all he can think is she’s there to take advantage of his grandmother and take her for everything she’s got. Why else would she be there, right?
“It’s like he hated me upon sight. Is that a thing? People drone on about love at first sight, but what about the opposite? Can someone lay eyes on a stranger one time and decide on a whim to hate them forever after?” — Maren
Whilst I adored the concept of this storyline (who wouldn’t love a Cinderella-esque story where the poor girl, finds love and happiness with a man who can offer her the world?!).. it did feel a little choppy for my liking. There’s quite a few little sub-plots happening within this story but they all fizzled out. I would’ve liked to have seen one or two of those side stories lead somewhere. It almost felt like they were added on as fillers..? A lot of things were left unfinished or quickly settled. Not to mention the epilogue confused me. There was quite a lot of change that I, for one did not see coming at all as there were no hints of it prior. Sigh.
You want unpredictability in your reads? You’ll get it from this one. Hehe.
But there are a handful of positive features in this book. Like Cornelia and Maren’s blooming bond. They have a nice friendship that’s consistent and probably the only stable relationship throughout. I enjoyed reading their time spent together.
Then you have Maren and Nicholas, who are from two different words. She’s considered an outsider, not from the same class, and before coming to stay and work for Cornelia she was pretty much a loner. Nicholas and his family are well known. He’s hanged out with the same circle of people all his life. So saying their relationship is complicated is an understatement, but I couldn’t deny every time they were in the same room, the zing was strong!
Nicholas was wary, judgmental and a little cold at first but was quick to accept he prejudged Maren and was willing to admit he made a mistake. Maren on the other hand came off as a little rude and standoffish towards Nicholas — which I must say I was a little taken aback considering he is Cornelia’s grandson. You would think she would try to befriend him or at least be civilized, but sadly that wasn’t the case at all. There’s a lot of game playing involved and I found that there was very little about her I did like (besides being a great companion to Cornelia) 😞
In all honestly, whilst there were a lot of parts I enjoyed reading from this book, but it’s not one of my faves from Grey. It fell a little short with little to no real character growth from either protagonists. Whilst there was obvious chemistry between the two, I wouldn’t even call what they had a proper relationship (and based on how it was going, certainly one I didn’t see lasting).
“If you and I hadn’t gotten off to such a rocky start, I think I would have found you very handsome.” — Maren
But Grey is a pro at creating witty banter between her characters and she always knows how to lighten the mood with a little humor. I’m happy to say it’s no different with this one! I may not be a fan of Maren, but there was some secondary characters that I did find appealing and gave this fictional world a little more depth in the sense that you get the gist that Maren is brought into a world of exclusivity and social standing.
All in all, a fairly well-paced story. A nice familial bond with Cornelia really being the link between Nicholas and Maren. A couple of entertaining secondary characters that never fail to make me smile. And a few saucy scenes between our leads. Romance readers who enjoy an enemies to lovers/ hate to love trope will certainly have no problems settling in with this one on a comfy couch! 😉
If you’re an avid fan of R.S. Grey and her books, then you’ll want to add this one to your collection. It’s a modern take on…
Thank you to R.S. Grey for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy! 🧡
Dr. Easton is part man, part myth.
He’s a formidable surgeon. Highly respected in his field.
He also happens to be an ex-collegiate quarterback with a classically handsome face.
Are you catching on yet?
A walking Ralph Lauren ad.
He’s also so off limits he should come with a warning label: This way lies heartache.
Not only is he an attending at the hospital where I’m training, he’s also my brother’s best friend. If you’ve lost count, that’s two reasons why I plan on putting this ridiculous crush behind me. Besides, it’s definitely not mutual.
Dr. Easton has never once paid me special attention. No tempting smirks. Not even one subtle innuendo. To him, I’m just another resident—all but invisible.
For the last five years, I’ve mentored Natalie in the OR, stayed in line, and kept my hands to myself, but it’s been agonizing.
Natalie is trouble in scrubs. A walking temptation I’ve been forced to ignore.
For so long, I’ve wanted her in silence. By the time fate finally gets around to throwing me a bone, my patience has run out.
Natalie’s brother is leaving town, and he wants me to watch over her while he’s gone.
He has no idea how I feel about her.
Neither does she.
But she will.
Haven’t you heard good things come to those who wait, Natalie?
Well… I’ve done my waiting.
— MY REVIEW —
Okay… *pheeew* Just survived another R.S Grey book without too much withdrawals! 😛
If you’re familiar with her books, then you know what to expect—
Overly detailed, yet funny descriptions of the lead swoony character.
Banter. Lots of banter!
Characters pouring out random, crazy thoughts like word vomit.
A few embarrassing hide-under-a-rock type moments.
Supporting characters that add an another element to the plot.
Doctor Dearest is no different. This is another, fun, enjoyable, sit-back-and-get-comfy type of read that I flew through at rapid speed. Despite thinking I knew what to expect from another Grey book, I was surprised to see that this story took a turn from secret crush and into a rollercoaster ride of love, hate, love again, nope hate, uhhh no… love again scenario.
Normally I would eat up the hate-to-love trope in my romance books (it’s actually one of my faves) but this one had one too many loop-de-loops for my liking. But I think that’s more to do with Natalie. She’s an indecisive little thing. Lol. But looking back at it now that I’ve had time to let the entire story sink in, I can actually get on board with why she’s that way throughout the book. It’s easy to criticize, question or judge someone’s actions when you’re only a spectator but honestly if I was in Natalie’s position I probably would’ve been just as confused, scared shitless and hesitant of going all in, and so quickly too. So, I’m giving Natalie a reprieve over her flip-flopping ways.
Connor on the other hand was someone I could easily add to my book boyfriend list.. *cough* along with all the other gorgeous, swoony men Grey has conjured up in her books *cough* 😉 😉
Is he perfect? No. Like Natalie, he didn’t always have the best reactions to circumstances. But in saying that, he was sweet, didn’t mess around and all in all a very well rounded, damn good guy! He’s someone you would want to be besties with (that’s if.. if you weren’t attracted to the guy). Because not only is he smart, caring, has a good sense of humor and easy-going— he’s also the type of guy you would be saying ” Oh, his mama raised him right!” about. The man’s a package. Good looks, brains and manners!
He was definitely the more mature one in this relationship. And I’m damn glad he had more sense than Natalie, or else their relationship would’ve ended long before it even got to the juicy bits.
I tell ya though, she has some of the best people doting on her. Besides the protagonists in R.S. Grey’s books, I always look forward to the side characters. They always put the extra oomph in these rom-coms. And Doctor Dearest has some awesome ones included! 😀
Noah; Natalie’s brother (and Connor’s best friend), is one I absolutely would love a book centred on. He’s the cool, bigger brother who loves and protects, but who can also tease and be playful. And based on how Natalie mentions how girls drool over him, I’m thinking he’s not a bad looker either. I’m putting it out there — book gods.. could we get a book on Noah?! Pretty please??
And then you have Natalie’s best friend Lindsey. She’s a hoot. You would never be bored or feel lonely with a friend like her. I love the fact that she was a great sounding board for Natalie. She needed someone who she could vent and cry to and genuinely have support in return. I’ve read one too many amazing romance books but I found a lot of them have annoying friends (ones who are too loud, too out there, too in your face) and who takes a lot of the focus and attention away that it makes you wanna roll your eyes and say, “Oh, shut the eff up. You’re ruining a potentially great story here!”
Lindsey is the complete opposite. I wanted more of her. Book gods? A book with Lyndsey as well, if that’s not too much to ask for? Sigh.
There’s really not much else I can say without word vomiting spoilers. If you love romantic comedies, then this is definitely not one to miss. R.S Grey has perfected these types of romances and honestly, they read like I’m watching one of my all time fave rom-com movies. The blurb is pretty much self-explanatory of how Natalie and Connor start off. It’s all a matter or just seeing how it all develops — like all good, swoony, lighthearted romances go.
Were there parts I found predictable? I admit, yes. But it didn’t bum me out knowing that’s where it was heading. I was actually curious to see how it would be handled.
But were there things I wasn’t expecting? Hmm. Yes and no. There’s one particular thing I was hoping would happen… and when it sort of brushed against the idea I was over-the-moon giddy about the prospect of it. Buuuuuut…. it unfortunately didn’t go any further than I would’ve liked, so my giddiness was short lived.
How did I find the overall backdrop? Natalie and Connor are both doctors working in the burns unit. There’s plenty of terminology, examination scenes, and steps explained on taking care for these victims that made it all the more intriguing and put depth in what would have been an overall fluffy love story. Regardless of this being fictional (and a romance book), the amount of research Grey put into making sure the setting felt authentic, and that Natalie, Connor and all the doctors in this book looked the part and knew the lingo was pretty impressive, in my opinion. I don’t know how accurate all the technical medical mumbo-jumbo was, but to me it sounded pretty on point!
Overall — I loved reading it. It’s great escapism from the hustle and bustle of everyday adulting. I seriously think I was smiling the entire time. Who wouldn’t enjoy a nice feel-good read, am I right?! After reading this, along with the half dozen of Grey’s books I already crossed off my TBR, I realise they always leave me feeling like I stumbled upon another modern day fairy tale— light, airy and one hell of a love affair.
Thank you to R.S Grey and InkSlingerPR for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!