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Review – Savage Seduction by J. Woods

Review – Savage Seduction by J. WoodsSavage Seduction by J. Woods
Published by Inkitt Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 226
Source: Inkitt

I received this book for free from Inkitt in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


SAVAGE SEDUCTION is the first Savage family novel in a new fun and steamy contemporary romance series.

Since starting Savage Security with his brothers, Logan Savage has been chasing mission after mission, running away from the memories of his past. With no fear and no one waiting for him at his isolated cabin in the woods, Logan is determined to keep everyone at arm’s length including his concerned family. And the irresistible woman who dares to blur the lines between his defenses and desire.

Known for her independence, successful CEO Zoe Alcott makes no apologies when she finally takes a stand against her placid love life. Until the day she finds a love note from a deranged stalker and her safety is placed in the palm of Savage Security and the mysterious Logan Savage. Not her usual type, Zoe wonders if the instant passion between them is enough to convince Logan to break his only rule - never get involved with a client.

When Zoe’s stalker becomes increasingly more insistent, Logan continues to fight against his growing possession and wild desire for the too courageous troublemaker determined to drive him crazy. But when the mission takes a turn for the worse, Logan wonders if the battle is worth losing the only woman that he can’t stop thinking about.

In an Oyster Shell –It was a provocative read with characters you found yourself rooting for.

The Pearls – I like a suspense romance with the lead an ex-military man. They always tend to be interesting. Romantic suspense is a sub-genre that I don’t read very often but do enjoy it very much when I do. This book is no exception.

Logan Savage is an on-point alpha male who is struggling with keeping his professional life from getting personal. The struggle was tangible and delightful to read. He was a great character who had a great heroine in Zoe. The two were completely different but complemented each other well.

The romance, of course, was the star of the show and was really fun. It was electrifying. The suspense in the romance was breath-taking. It kept me turning the pages.

The Sand – It was not a clean romance.

3.5 Pearls!


3.5 Stars

About J. Woods

J. Woods is a Toronto based writer, mother, and non-conformist. She lives between the space of her green tea and humming laptop when she isn’t chasing after her free spirited daughter. She has studied too many things to count including radio broadcasting and entrepreneurship. Grasping at sanity, she realized writing stories about her insane thoughts was easier than explaining them to a doctor. Not to mention cheaper.

Blog Tour with Review – My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani PetroffMy New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
Published by Swoon Reads on October 31st 2017
Genres: YA, Romance
Pages: 224
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Charlotte Charlie Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He s the school s star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor), and is about to be featured as One to Watch in a teen magazine basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie s meant to be with. The only problem he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie is determined to be Teo's date to the Christmas ball. And she has a plan: To rig the paper s Secret Santa so that she can win his heart with five perfect gifts. But to do that she needs help. Enter J.D. Ortiz Teo s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He s easy going, laid back, unorganized, spontaneous, and makes a joke out of everything the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he s willing to provide insight into what Teo wants, so she s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?


Charlotte Charlie Donovan has just broken up with her boyfriend. She is upset not because the relationship is over but that she won’t have a date to her friend’s exclusive birthday party. The party is focused on couples and she’s single. Charlie want’s the perfect boyfriend and Teo Ortiz seems like the perfect candidate. An honor roll athlete that is always on time she thinks he’s the one for her. She rigs the newspaper secret Santa so she makes sure she gets Teo. The problem is she doesn’t know him so she has to get help from Teo’s annoying cousin J.D. J.D. is everything Teo is not disorganized and laid back. The more Charlie spends time with him the more she finds Teo might not be the perfect one for her after all.

In an Oyster Shell- This was a cute romance with great characters which makes me want to read other titles from this author.

The Pearls – I liked the concept of this story. A young girl who thinks she knows what she wants but gets challenged along the way. I like that she’s going after one guy when the guy she might really need is right in front of her all along.

The characters were well defined and had great growth. Charlie was the main character and goes through the most growth. Her epiphany, in the end, had me cheering on the inside.

It’s a great romance with a sweet HEA. I like how the romance slowly develops and Charlie has to make a choice in the end. It’s not a love triangle so don’t worry about that. Her idea of the perfect guy might not be so perfect after all.

The Sand – It was a good book and I am going to buy the other book from this author.

4 Pearls!

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About Shani Petroff

Shani Petroff is the author of the YA novels Romeo and What’s Her Name (Macmillan/Feb. 2017) and My New Crush Gave to Me (Macmillan/Oct. 2017) and the tween series, Bedeviled (Penguin). She is also the co-author of Ash.

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Blog Tour with Review Murders over Mochas by Caroline FardigMurder Over Mochas: by Caroline Fardig
Published by Alibi on October 24, 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 235
Source: Great Escapes Tours

Juliet Langley new PI is looking forward to sticking to cheating husbands and dirty business partners. She is swearing off homicide detecting, that is until her ex-fiance shows up at the coffee shop and falls over dead having been poison. Juliet must work fast to clear her and her boss Pete from the accusation of murder. The police detective is wanting an open and shut case with all fingers pointing to Juliet and Pete. As she works to clear their names romance blooms in unexpected places.

In an Oyster Shell – Another great addition to the series, my favorite yet!

The Pearls – The backstory in this book was extensive without bogging down the overall story. Juliet’s knee-jerk reaction to her good for nothing ex-fiance is interesting to the story. A lot of history comes into play showing her in a new light.

The characters in this story are shining stars. I like Juliet much better in this story than I did in previous books. She’s calmed down a lot and her relationship with Peter helps a lot. Peter is a little bolder in this book making the dynamic between the two even more interesting.

I like the romance. Pete finally gets his chance and Juliet is calmed down enough to receive it. Like I mentioned earlier this is my favorite installment of the series and the romance had a lot to do with it.

The Sand – It was a good book!

4 Pearls!


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About Caroline Fardig

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

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Review – First Step Forward by Liora Blake

Review – First Step Forward by Liora BlakeFirst Step Forward (Grand Valley, #1) by Liora Blake
Published by Pocket Books on November 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 358
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

Pro-football player Cooper Lowry is off the field and into some trouble—in the form of a very alluring, very free-spirited apple orchard owner named Whitney Reed—in the first installment in Liora Blake’s all new Grand Valley series.

After eight seasons playing pro-football, Cooper Lowry knows all the right answers.

Is he stubborn, short-tempered, and impatient? Yes. Are jersey chasers more trouble than they’re worth? Absolutely. Has he ever imagined a life beyond the game? Nope.

Cooper has built an enviable career—the result of staying focused, working hard, and keeping his head on straight—even as his body takes the brunt. So when a hard hit during a Sunday home game leaves him in a dazed heap on the field, it’s nothing more than another day at the office. The only thing that’s different about this Sunday is a chance encounter with a certain fascinating, beautiful free-spirited woman. And some sternly-worded instructions from his coach to take a little time off and give his body the TLC it craves—before he does lasting damage.

Whitney Reed is a few months away from losing the organic fruit orchard she bought three years ago in the tiny town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. At the time, she was just looking for a place to get lost. Instead, she found a home, somewhere she could finally put down roots. Now foreclosure is knocking on her door—along with a grumpy, gorgeous football player who might be just what she never knew she needed.

A charming love story for romance and sports fans alike, First Step Forward is a sexy, heartwarming romp perfect for readers of Jennifer Probst, Kristan Higgins, and Julie James.

Cooper Lowry is pro football player who has taken a major hit on the field and told to take a rest. He runs into a free spirit, Whitney Reed. Cooper is wary of jersey chasers but finds Whitney to be far from that. Whitney is months away from losing her orchard. She finds Cooper to be a good escape for the time being. They find though they come from different worlds they can’t get enough of each other. As they both face uncertainty in their futures they find solace in each other.

In an Oyster Shell – A steamy romance with diverse characters that left me wanting more.

The Pearls – Even though I am not a sports fan, I find that I really like some sports romances. I don’t know why. I really liked this book about Cooper and Whitney. That they were two dynamic but very diverse people coming together made for an epic story.

This was a character driven prose. The characters practically jumped off the page especially free-spirited Whitney. There were some good supporting characters some of which get their own book. I want more of Cooper and Whitney but I am excited to get into Garret’s story next.

The romance was steamy and enticing. The obstacles they overcame were interesting and kept my attention. They had to work at their relationship which was refreshing.

The Sand- It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Liora Blake

Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.

When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.


Review – Blinded by Maya Hughes

Review – Blinded by Maya HughesBlinded (Breaking Free, #1) by Maya Hughes
on January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 238
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


When Alex left Gabe, he knew she walked away with his heart, he didn't know she'd walked away with more than that - his baby.

Alex fell for Gabe Stevens before he opened his mouth. His striking green eyes and easy style had her tripping over her coffee pot the minute she laid eyes on him. But he was more than just a pretty face. Her good-looking customer just happened to be a rising movie star on the fast track to fame.

A whirlwind romance sweeps Alex off her feet, eventually taking them to LA where everything falls apart. When she thinks he wants nothing to do with her she leaves, finding herself on her own... and pregnant.

Once he discovers the truth he'll do everything it takes to win her back and make a life with her and their new daughter. But it's not always easy to get a second chance with love, and some wounds are hard to heal.

This standalone romance is the first in a series and guarantees an HEA.

Alex is working as a waitress in a sleepy tourist town that is ready to shut down for the season. Gabe is in town for filming a movie he is starring in as an up and coming actor. Alex and Gabe have a whirlwind romance. Gabe wants it all his acting career and Alex. His agent gives him the news that he can’t date Alex publicly but must pretend to date his co-star for publicity. When he breaks the news to Alex she runs little did she know she was running away with his child. Years after a successful career at acting Gabe finds that he is a father and its been kept by him from his agent. Gabe does everything he can to make up for lost time to his daughter and to Alex.

In an Oyster Shell – An enchanting storyline with great characters making this a classic story.

The Pearls – I liked this book from the opening. Alex is trying to make ends meet while going to college. Gabe is trying to get his acting career off the ground. Them meeting and falling love are dreamy. The real story happens when they are separated and come back together. It was a well-crafted story that gets a well-deserved raving review from me.

The character really makes this story. Alex captivated me from the beginning. She was a strong character but had a softness about her that was appealing. Gabe was vulnerable in the beginning and in turn, had me being very receptive to him. Alex’s college roommate was a great supporting character and has her own book next in the series. I am very tempted to read it.

The romance was sweet. It was a whirlwind at first and seemed liked insta-love. Some people don’t like that but I feel like it can have its place. The romance is put on hold for awhile and then they have to fight to get it back. I really liked this story and is my current favorite of the moment.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Maya Hughes

Maya has always loved romance novels, one look at her Kindle will confirm that. She started writing her first romance novel while pregnant with her third child. One of her best friends said she should go for it and she hasn’t looked back. Now her romance writing addiction has replaced her romance reading addiction.

You can find her writing on her foldable keyboard and phone anytime inspiration strikes. Her stories range from sweet and sexy to dark and dirty contemporary romances with even more on the way. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with her three kids, running errands or vegging on the couch with the love of her life and biggest fan, her husband.


Review Dark Justice by Jenna Ryan

Review Dark Justice by Jenna RyanDark Justice by Jenna Ryan
Published by Entangled Publishing. LLC (Amara) on October 23rd 2017
Pages: 254
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


After attempting to help the FBI expose a ruthless weapons and drug dealer, Owen Fixx, Amber Kelly enters the Witness Protection Program. Unfortunately, her sister, who was once married to said drug dealer, is forced to join her—key word, forced. When Rachel grows tired of their new life and runs off with a local man, a nightmare ensues for Amber.

The only person who can help her is Gage Morgan, an edgy former police officer. The mysterious and compelling Gage must convince Amber that he is not only on her side, but he is also her best bet to stay alive.

Amber wants her sister back. What she doesn’t want is to be attracted to her sexy new protector. But in the haunted Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, desire trumps logic. And it leaves a smoldering trail for Fixx’s gunmen to follow.

Amber Kelly is in witness protection with her sister after she attempted to help the FBI with exposing a ruthless drug dealer. It just so happens that her sister was married to the said drug dealer. Gage Morgan is enlisted to help Amber get away from the thug who has found her and her sister. Amber is intent on getting her sister back even if it causes problems for her and Gage. While on the run they fight the attraction for each other which is a losing battle.

In an Oyster Shell – The narrative was a bit dry and hard to get through though there was a lot of action.

The Pearls – There was a lot of action. The characters could never stay in one place because they were constantly being attacked. They were being followed and could not figure out how. So no matter where they were they had to fight there way back to safety.

The supporting characters added depth to the story.

The plot was interesting. It was most interesting that they were constantly followed. It added a little mystery to the mix.

The Sand – The sister was a really weak character that Amber kept fighting for it was a bit frustrating. Overall the narrative was a bit dry and didn’t spark a connection for me.

3 Pearls

3 Stars

About Jenna Ryan

Jenna Ryan was born in Victoria, British Columbia. After long stints in different cities across Canada, she returned home to Vancouver Island where she has lived ever since. She has had thirty-one books published in the Harlequin Intrigue series. Her ideas come from real life, and she is helped in her writing by her sister Kathy.

She enjoys reading and is a big fan of women’s fiction, psychological suspense and mystery novels. She also enjoys watching classic suspense movies. She loves strong heroines, heroes with character, romance stories and a good whodunit by the fire on a rainy night.

Her heritage is a blend of English and Irish — which is probably where the gift of blarney comes from. She is unmarried, but involved with a wonderful man. She also has a little white cat named Sheena.

Whenever she is not writing, she travels as much as time and finances will allow. After North America, Europe is her favorite continent to explore, because it was in those countries that many of the myths and legends she drew upon in her early years of writing were born.

Growing up, she considered various careers and dabbled in several of them, including, after university, the travel industry, tourism, sales and modeling. Work in the fashion industry in Toronto and Montreal gave her an interesting peek into various aspects of that world. She learned that where money, power and people come together, there will always be unpredictability — an element she feels is essential to a strong mystery. Add a healthy measure of personal conflict, an intriguing setting and a spicy romance into the mix, and you have the ingredients for what she believes to be the best of all possible stories — a great romantic suspense. (less)


Review – The Boy I Hate by Taylor Sullivan

Review – The Boy I Hate by Taylor SullivanThe Boy I Hate by Taylor Sullivan
Published by Good House Publishing on August 12th 2017
Pages: 276
Source: Xpresso Book Tours

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Samantha Smiles and Renee Montgomery have been best friends for over a decade. They’ve shared laughs, secrets, and a mutual hatred for one person: Tristan Montgomery, Renee's older brother. He was the guy every girl wanted, and every guy wanted to be, and it wasn't uncommon they'd befriend his little sister just to get closer to him. Which was exactly how Samantha became Renee’s saving grace. She was the only girl Renee could trust not to fall in love with her older brother.

Until the one night Samantha spent with him alone, leaving her questioning everything she’d ever known about the blond headed heart-throb.

Years later, Renee asks Samantha to be her maid of honor. With no other option, Samantha is forced to drive cross-country with the focus of their teenage ire.

He was her first kiss.

Her only secret.

Can Samantha survive the trip cross-country with the reckless Tristan Montgomery? The guy who did what he wanted, whenever he wanted, without worry for tomorrow? Or will she discover a different side of him. One that’s sweet, funny, and maybe a little bit vulnerable. And fall completely and helplessly in love for the first time in her adult life with the one man who could cause her to lose her best friend forever?

Samantha Smiles is getting ready to go across country with her boyfriend to be the maid of honor of her best friends wedding. At the last minute, her boyfriend chooses his career over the trip and forces her to go on the trip with Tristan Montgomery. Samantha and Renee shared a mutual hatred for the reckless guy who seems to get whatever he wants. What Renee doesn’t know is Tristan is Samantha’s first kiss. The kiss that brought inexplicable emotions that she has never experienced again. On the trip Tristan challenges her to rethink her whole life and that scares her greatly.

In an Oyster Shell – A steamy swoon-worthy romance that will leave you falling in love with Samantha and Tristan.

The Pearls – I loved the concept of the story that is embodied in the title. The boy Samantha hates really is because he triggers the unknown for her. It makes the reader empathetic to the age-old conundrum of fearing the unknown.

The characters made this story delectable. Samantha was beautiful and flawed making her relatable and encouraging me to want to root for her. Tristan was deliciously complicated and was adamant in his pursuit of Samantha. He was a man of integrity making him an even more desirable love interest.

The romance was sexy. I liked that Tristan challenged Samantha and got her out of her comfort zone. The tension of keeping it a secret from her best friend added intrigue to the story.

The Sand – It was a good story.

It’s a steamy romance so if you like it a little cleaner this is not the book for you.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Taylor Sullivan

Taylor is a contemporary romance author who loves writing stories about real people. Ones with hopes, dreams, fears, insecurities, and flaws. She loves to read as much as she loves to write, and is trilled to share her first novel with you.
When Taylor isn’t writing, she can often be found with her nose in a book, her face behind a camera, or spending time with her husband and three young children.

Taylor would love to hear from you.


ARC Review – The Claimant by Lily Burlington

ARC Review – The Claimant by Lily BurlingtonThe Claimant by Lily Burlington
Published by Inkitt on September 30, 2017
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 131
Source: Inkitt

I received this book for free from Inkitt in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Cat has made the decision to stay with Leopold in Solis, leaving behind any chance of life as an average teenager. With the help of Governor Richard, she has found herself next in line for the throne of Arcadis, which is to be liberated from French control upon her ascension.

But when ancient artifacts rumored to be lost centuries ago start to turn up, and Leopold is victim to a tragic and mysterious accident, Cat must step up and rule her people without his direction. With Antoine lurking around every corner, Cat may have to start plotting who will wear the crown of both countries if Leopold doesn’t recover.

Can truth and love survive when the path to the throne and crown is riddled with deception and daggers?

Catherine and Leopold have made their relationship official. They are able to do that because France has given back the power to Arcadis. Catherine finds herself the Queen of Arcadis thanks to Governor Richard. It seems that Richard has his own agenda onto why he worked so hard to get the country reinstated. Mysterious artifacts start showing up and Cat is concerned. Leopold is in a mysterious accident that leaves in question who will rule the countries?

In an Oyster Shell – A short novel that is riveting with action and romance.

The Pearls – It’s a great continuation of the story. Leopold and Catherine get a little more serious in this book and I love it. It’s an imaginative tale that kept me turning the pages.

The characters are even more defined in this second book. Catherine’s development is story worthy. Leopold shows, even more, affection in this book and it is breathtaking.

This novel has more mystery to it. What is Governor Richard and his nephew Antoine up to? It can’t be anything good because Leopold is left nearly dead after a fatal accident. It’s intriguing and I can’t wait to read the conclusion of the story in the next book.

The Sand –  The main character is named something different in the first book. It was awkward and confusing to have the named switch. I wonder if the publisher will have this fixed before it comes to print. I hope so! It’s a glaring mistake. The book is short and left on a cliffhanger I would prefer if they just extended the story.

3 Pearls!

3 Stars

About Lily Burlington

Lily Burlington is a Canadian born author who has been writing since the age of 15. She loves coffee, reading, and fairytales, and spends most days surrounded by books.


Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery
by Barbara Early

Murder on the Toy Town Express: A Vintage Toyshop Mystery
Cozy Mysterry
2nd in Series
Setting – New York
Crooked Lane Books (October 10, 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1683313090

Liz McCall has come to love running her father’s vintage toyshop back home in East Aurora, NY, so when the Train and Toy Show comes to town, she’s all aboard for a fun toy-filled weekend. The only hitch is that her childhood bully Craig McFadden, now local business rival, has set up a booth next to hers. But the fun and games are over when Craig falls from the ceiling in a publicity stunt gone wrong.

What was initially thought to be a fatal accident proves much more sinister. Pulled into the case by her feelings for both Ken, the police chief, and Jack, her high school sweetheart whose brother is one the prime suspects, Liz dives headfirst into the investigation. But as she digs deeper, she’s shocked to learn her father may have been the intended target.

The trouble train is barreling down and Liz may have just bought herself a first class ticket in Murder on the Toy Town Express, Barbara Early’s delightful second installment in her Vintage Toyshop mysteries

Review – 

Liz Mcall is busy running her father’s vintage toy store. She signs up for a weekend at the toy and train show. She runs into her old school bully, Craig McFadden. Things go awry when Craig falls from the rafters of the show in a publicity stunt gone wrong. As more facts come to light it seems like Craig was drugged by a drug that makes the person take suggestions. It gets even more sinister when Craig who survives dies mysteriously in his hospital room. Much to the dismay of her friend who might be something more police chief Liz investigates.

In an Oyster Shell – A good mystery with too much telling rather than showing.

The Pearls – I love the concept of a mystery surrounding a vintage toy store. I loved how Liz was a game fanatic and I got to know some new games. I liked the descriptions of the toys it made the narrative more vibrant. I also liked that along with the toys they had candies. It was a delicious addition.

The characters were well defined and developed. There was a whole cast of characters that added depth to the story. There was a little bit of a love triangle that added some pizzaz. I liked Liz’s sister in law Cathy she was pregnant and had some quirks that were fun.

The mystery was well done and multi-faceted. It was intriguing that the victim didn’t die at first. It looked like an accident than it turned to murder. It prolonged the story and kept me engaged.

The Sand-  There was a lot of telling rather than showing. It made the story a bit dull and frustrating to read.

3.5 Pearls


About The Author

Barbara Early earned an engineering degree, but after four years of doing nothing but math, developed a sudden allergy to the subject and decided to choose another occupation. Before she settled on murdering fictional people, she was a secretary, a school teacher, a pastor’s wife, and an amateur puppeteer. After several years living elsewhere, she and her husband moved back to her native Western New York State, where she enjoys cooking, crafts, classic movies and campy seventies television, board games, and posting pictures of her four cats on Facebook. She writes the Vintage Toyshop series and the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mysteries (as Beverly Allen).

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ARC Review – The Inherited by Lily Burlington

ARC Review – The Inherited by Lily BurlingtonThe Inherited by Lily Burlington
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Published by Inkitt on September 9th 2017
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 244
Source: Inkitt

I received this book for free from Inkitt in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


One second Catherine believes that she is a normal girl, the next she finds herself betrothed to a Prince. Together they are thrust into a world of political intrigue, ancient oaths, & deadly mystery.

All Cat wants is to make it through her final exams and to get into a good university but that is put on hold when two men show up on her doorstep and tell her she is the last descendant of an ancient and forgotten royal bloodline. Not only that, but they offer her the chance of a lifetime trip to spend the summer living it up in castles and yachts off the coast of France. The only hitch is that she has to be a brooding prince's arm candy.

A summer of parties and beaches changes faster than the tides when old secrets begin to be unearthed and blood binding decrees are called upon.

Can truth and love survive when the path to the throne and crown is riddled with deception and daggers?

Catherine is a normal girl waiting to finish out her senior year with her best friends. All that changes when two men from a country of the coast of France come to tell her she is the lost princess. They have her come to the country where she finds she is betrothed to the second son Leopold. The men failed to tell her that Hector the oldest had abdicated his right to the throne. Ancient law between their two countries deems that they are betrothed. Catherine gets to know Leopold and is surprised where the relationship takes them.

In an Oyster Shell – The story was imaginative with a swoon-worthy romance.

The Pearls – The story reminds me slightly of Princess Diaries where there is a lost princess. The difference is Catherine is automatically betrothed to the Prince of the neighboring country. This makes for an interesting story.

The made-up countries made for a fun setting. There were ancient rules and traditions that governed these countries. They were rich with a heritage which was really imaginative. It was fun to follow Cat as she learned about the two countries.

The romance was the best part. Leopold was a bad boy that gets reformed when Cat comes into the picture. The romance is nicely paced growing over time.

The Sand – The main character goes by a different name in the story than what is in the synopsis. The storyline was a little awkwardly paced.

3 Stars

About Lily Burlington

Lily Burlington is a Canadian born author who has been writing since the age of 15. She loves coffee, reading, and fairytales, and spends most days surrounded by books.