From USA Today bestseller Ella James...
After that close-up of his package on the sailboat in Morocco, TMZ started calling him Crown Jewels.
Not that I keep track of Prince Liam. Definitely don’t stalk him online like my friends do. I’m out of that scene now. My family’s reality show might still be running, but I’ve been off-screen for a while. When people pass me on the sidewalk, they might squint, but most of them don’t scream “Lucy Rhodes” and ask about my love of Lucky Charms or how my broken toe healed.
Prince Liam—my stalking his Instagram—that’s just for fun. It’s my dirty little secret. Trust me, I’m the only woman in the world who doesn’t actually want him.
Except I’m back in the Hamptons for the first time in two years. I’m at a party, and Prince Manwhore is here as well. I tell myself that smile has no effect on me. That his ridiculous charisma is a parlor trick I see right through.
After our one night together, no one knows that I succumbed. It doesn’t matter. It meant nothing. Not until I see those two pink lines.
** Crown Jewels is an 80,000-word contemporary romance novel with no cliffhanger ending.
The blurb on this book caught my attention. I’m not much of a reality TV watcher in real life but I thought maybe reading about a reality star would be fun. Add in a sexy Prince and an unplanned pregnancy? Sounded like an interesting read. And while it was interesting, I just didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.
The premise of the story is good. It’s well written, but I just had a hard time connecting to our main characters. I felt Lucy was childish, but to be fair that seems to be a fair portrayal of a typical reality tv star, so I felt she was true to her character. She had her reasons for walking away from her family’s show when she did, and I felt for her then, but in all honesty that was about it for me. I just couldn’t connect with her.
Our handsome Prince had his own issues to deal with, but I appreciate how he tried to make things work with Lucy. His backstory is interesting and he’s the reason I kept reading, to be honest. I wanted to see the resolution of his story, as well as his story with Lucy.
The writing here was solid, but I think the secondary characters got in the way of the story a bit. Overall, I liked it, but it wasn’t as great as I wanted it to be.
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Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of fifteen teen and adult love stories. She's an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.Ella's obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other obscure, crunchy stuff like rock collecting, and the antics of her 2.5 little monsters. (Monsters 1 and 2 will meet Monster 3 in November).
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