Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Book Review & Giveaway: THRONE TOGETHER by Zoe Dawn (Rosavia Royals #3)

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Blog Tour & Giveaway:
The Rosavia Royals Series

Featuring: 

Throne Together 

by Zoe Dawn 

Welcome to the tiny European country of Rosavia, where roses ramble over alpine slopes and princes fall for the men of their dreams. Every Rosavia Royals book happens simultaneously, so books can be read on their own, or in any order... but keep an eye out for familiar faces around the palace!
 

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 Throne Together 

by Zoe Dawn

Rosavia Royals, Book 3

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A pining prince needs a second chance at love.

Prince Julius has only ever wanted one man. Raised alongside Prince Dante of Thedes, the two were inseparable until their unspoken mutual attraction ignited into a single passionate encounter. Convinced that it ruined their friendship, Julius retreated to his duties in Rosavia, where he daydreams of another chance to win Dante’s heart.

After four years apart, fate brings Prince Julius back to Thedes. He offers Dante a coveted invitation: return to the Rosavian palace for ten days, and be his plus-one to the Royal Ball of the century. Before long, they realize one night of passion wasn’t enough, and they can’t imagine losing each other again.

As the clock ticks down to the ball, Julius catches wind of Dante’s family meddling, and he must decide if their feelings are real or if they’ve both been played. Were they always meant for each other, or is it all an illusion that will melt away at midnight?

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Exclusive from Zoe & the Inspirations behind her Prince:

Throne Together

How did you become a part of this project/world?
It was pure luck! My first trilogy (Best Men, Inc.) which was going to be my debut is structured like their Men of Hidden Creek books because they all take place at the same time and overlap heavily. They wanted to help a new author get started and I made myself available to drop everything and write a book with them! Now I’m debuting with Rosavia instead (and I’m incorporating the lessons I’ve learned into Best Men, Inc.). A dream come true!
Where did your story’s inspiration come from?
The title was already decided when I entered the Rosavian world. Throne Together was obviously going to be about two princes. It made sense for them to know each other their whole life and even be raised together for diplomacy reasons. I lurrrrve a slow burn, yearning, childhood-friends-to-lovers story! The Royal Ball gave me the perfect excuse to throw these two star-crossed lovers together to uncross their stars, untangle their feelings and fall madly in love with a time limit ticking down!
How did you create your Prince?
I have the only two-princes story! I wanted these two princes to be raised together so they would speak both Rosavian and Thedian, know each other inside-out-and-upside-down from birth, be totally comfortable around each other… until the big world-changing event, of course… ;)

Julius, the Rosavian prince, had to be a LITTLE bit of a himbo—big and sweet but emotionally clueless about what his best friend has always felt for him. He’s even kind of clueless about whether he’s attracted to men or women since he hasn’t realized that it’s only ever been Dante for him. Meanwhile Dante, the Thedian prince, is totally aware he’s been pining for Julius ever since he left for his own country and adult responsibilities.

The most fun part was all the research involved in creating my own little country. I wanted Thedes to be its own place, yet feel familiar to anyone who’s been to the Mediterranean. Lazy hot days, white stones, airy halls, shimmering harbors… Dante finding out his love for painting made sense! Meanwhile, Julius is from a world of alpine lakes and lush green fields, steep red roofs and narrow cobbled streets. His family also played a big role in shaping him, of course.


Carra's Review

Friends to lovers is always one of my favorite tropes, and toss in a couple of princes as the friends?  That’s a recipe for a really good read.  I loved that Jules and Dante had been best friends and closer than anyone practically their entire lives, to me those types of relationships are some of the most fun to read.

Both Jules and Dante are drawn to each other, neither one feeling truly complete without the other.  Their first and only attempt at a physical relationship leaves them awkward with each other, and Jules for sure is confused about his feelings.  When they reconnect several years later, some of that awkwardness is still there since nothing was ever really resolved between them, but eventually their attraction will win out.

These two are SUCH a good match, the only thing that was a little frustrating was them not just coming right out and talking to each other.  The lack of communication in these types of setups is what always frustrates me since to me it just creates unnecessary angst (I’m really over angst nowadays!).  Thank goodness love finally breaks those barriers.  There’s a bit of family drama on Dante’s side, balanced by the interactions with the family on Jules’s side.

Throne Together was somewhere between 4-4.5 stars for me overall, and once Dante and Jules admit to their feelings it was wonderful to see them together.  There’s a bit of adult language and sexual content (lordy are these two super-sexy hot together!), so this book is meant for readers 18+.


Check out the other books in the series:

 Book 1: Up for Heir By Stella Starling 

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A playboy heir needs a man to marry, right now.

After spending half his life dodging his duty to the crown, the rebel heir to the Rosavian throne has been told in no uncertain terms that it’s time to settle down. Crown Prince Leopold has one month and a vetted list of suitable princesses, and he will announce his engagement during Rosavia’s Royal Ball. But Leo’s got his own ideas about what really suits him…

Royal Librarian Edvin Blom is good at not attracting attention. Shy and self-conscious of his stutter, he’s used to being overlooked and more than happy to stay in the background. At least, until the crown prince with a wild reputation shows up at the library’s new opening and decides to flirt with Edvin’s sister…

Edvin isn’t at all what Leo thought he wanted, but turns out to be everything he can’t stay away from. Edvin’s been burned by falling for someone out of his league before, though. And believing that Leo has really fallen for him? While Edvin’s drowning in his own doubts and insecurities, that might prove impossible… unless love gives them both a reason to come up for air.



Book 2: Reign or Shine By HJ Welch

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A secret prince needs a lost tourist to save.

Prince Cassander is on vacation from his overdeveloped sense of duty. While hiding out as simply ‘Cas’ in the Rosavian capital, he rescues a gorgeous, distressed American tourist. Matty has no idea that Cas is second in line to the throne. And with only two weeks together to explore the sparks between them, he doesn’t need to ever find out.

New Yorker Matty Doyle is a fish out of water, taking care of his niece and mending his broken heart. When Cas rescues him, the handsome stranger coaxes Matty out of his shell and he throws caution to the wind. Nobody knows him here. Would it hurt to live a little for once?

But a prince can’t stay secret in his own country for long. Cas would give anything to protect Matty from reality, but how can this fantasy together continue when they belong in different worlds?


Book 4: In His Court By Max Rowan

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A spy prince needs a man who sees through his disguise.

Prince Benedict is not what he seems. His image as a lazy playboy is carefully constructed to hide the truth. Trained since childhood to become Rosavia's top spy, he spends his life in disguise—and danger—to protect his country. Nobody sees the loneliness in his heart.

Felix Wright is a genius with four degrees, no real-world experience, and a top-secret job... and he's never even been kissed. A lifetime of being alienated for his most valuable assets has left him reluctant to trust the charming prince who thrusts him into fieldwork for the very first time.

When the Crown Jewels are stolen two weeks before the royal ball, it's their job to save the country's reputation. Benedict helps Felix believe in himself, while Felix slowly coaxes the real prince out of hiding. But can they find the jewels and rescue the most priceless treasures of all: each other?




Book 5: Barely Regal By E. Davies

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A bratty boy prince needs a firm but fair Daddy.

Prince Renford is a royal brat. Nineteen and last in line for the throne, Wren hates his made-up job: Commander of Roses. Good thing his long-time valet has a firm hand—if only Wren could tempt him to break all palace protocol and use it.

Thom Pierce is sixteen years older. Old enough to know he should ignore his prince's less-than-subtle flirtation. He's been burned by a higher-ranked boy before. His job and reputation are at stake if the palace catches a scandal unfolding under their noses.

Wren needs the part of Thom that he's kept locked away for years. If the young prince wants to be taken as seriously as his older brothers, he has to grow up fast. Thom's rules could help Wren become the man Thom knows he can be in time for the Royal Ball... or they could attract the very attention that forces them apart forever.


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About Zoe:

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Born and raised on a series of islands in the Pacific Northwest, Zoe's summers were a blur of catching crickets, picking blackberries, and smuggling romance novels into cozy nooks--or even up trees. Now a reluctant suburbanite, Zoe's heart is still nestled between the jagged Rockies and the limitless Pacific. She writes books filled with men who love men, shares her life with a man who surprised her one day with her very own reading nook, and still dreams of sea breezes blowing through the bedroom window at night, carrying the promise of adventure.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: NORTH POINT by Thom Collins


North Point
by Thom Collins

Publisher: Pride Publishing 
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance, Thriller and Suspense
Trope/s: Going home, murder mystery 
Themes: Fatherhood, survival
Heat Rating: 4 flames 
Length: 61 000 words

It is a standalone story



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Will an idyllic summer holiday lead Arnie to the love of his life, or the end of it?


Blurb

It should be the start of a perfect vacation. After a period of stress, Arnie Walker takes his nine-year-old son AJ home for the holidays. Arnie grew up in Nyemouth, a picturesque fishing town on the North-East coast of England, and he wants AJ to experience the kind of carefree, endless summer he enjoyed as a boy. It’s a short-lived dream. While taking an evening walk along the North Point cliff, Arnie and AJ witness a murder attempt.

For the volunteer crew of Nyemouth Lifeboat Station, it’s a rescue mission like none before, Helmsman Dominic Melton is part of the team who rescue the victim from the deadly North Sea. When Arnie and Dominic come together in the aftermath of the attack, the attraction is instant. Arnie isn’t looking for a relationship. He’s committed to his son’s well-being and has no time for a distraction like Dominic, even though the handsome ex-naval officer is hard to dismiss. Is it possible for Arnie to fulfill his promises to AJ while falling for Dominic?

Despite the distraction, a fledgling killer remains at large. As feelings between Arnie and Dominic develop, so does the danger they are in. North Point may be a beautiful place to fall in love, but it could also be the most dangerous.


Excerpt

“The police are outside,” Dominic said. “They want statements from all of us.” He had large and very expressive brown eyes. Within them, Arnie saw flecks of amber and gold. With his dark hair and muscular build, Dominic looked every inch a hero.

No, Arnie corrected himself. This guy doesn’t look like a hero. He is a hero. The entire crew are. It was more than the way he looked. There was an aura about Dominic, an undefined energy that made him incredibly attractive. Arnie had worked with some exceptionally good-looking men in his career, bona fide Hollywood heartthrobs, and none of them had Dominic’s naturally sexy quality. Everything about him—his face, his hair, his build—appealed. He was a knockout.

Come on, Arnie thought, pulling himself up. You’ve just witnessed a horrendous crime. A woman is fighting for her life this very minute and you’ve taken a fancy to the local hot guy. Get a grip.

He dunked a biscuit into the tea and ate it. His father was right—the sugar seemed to have an instant effect and his senses became clearer.

“How rough were things out there?” Martin asked.

“The sea’s getting up,” Dominic answered. “The wind too. Another half hour and we might not have got in there. It wouldn’t have mattered if we did. The tide would have taken her by then. It doesn’t bear thinking about.”

“You’re amazing,” Arnie said, and meant it. Dominic and the crew of volunteers had risked their lives for the safety of a complete stranger. They might all have died trying to rescue her.

“I just drove the boat,” he said. “My colleagues— Joanne and Minty—they did the hard work. They transferred the woman from the rock to the boat and kept her stable the whole way back. That’s no easy job in those swells.”

“Does anyone know who she is?” Martin asked.

“Minty thought he recognized her from around town but couldn’t be sure. It’s for the police to find out now.”

“It’s hard to believe something like this could happen here in Nyemouth,” Martin said. “Something so cruel. Who do you think did it? An ex-boyfriend?” Martin and Dominic looked at Arnie expectantly.

“I’ve no idea,” he said at last, avoiding the intense scrutiny of Dominic’s eyes. “Whoever it was, they kept their face hidden. It could be anyone. And they came from behind. So, even if it was someone she knows, I doubt she’d have recognized them.”

“Bastard,” Dominic said. He had a slight accent Arnie couldn’t place. Northern. Maybe Yorkshire. Nothing definite. The accent of someone who moved around a lot, losing all but a trace of their regional twang. A bit like his own. It was hard not to look at him. He was stunning. That hair, the glossy sheen of his beard, the moody furrow between his eyebrows. Wow. Despite everything that had happened, Dominic aroused something in Arnie. It should have been the last thing on his mind, but Arnie couldn’t stop the desire he felt for him. He imagined holding him and kissing that mouth, thinking about the body beneath those clothes.

Stop it.

Arnie finished his tea. “I should speak to the police. The sooner they know who they’re looking for, the sooner they’ll find him.”

“Are you feeling better?” Martin asked.

“Much,” he assured his father. “Thanks to you.”

“Take care of yourself,” Dominic said. “I wish we’d met under better circumstances. Hopefully I’ll see you around some time.”



About the Author 

Thom Collins is the author of Closer by Morning, Gods of Vengeance, Silent Voices and the Anthem Trilogy. His love of page turning thrillers began at an early age when his mother caught him reading the latest Jackie Collins book and confiscated it, sparking a life-long love of raunchy novels.

He is currently working on a new series.

Thom has lived in the North East of England his whole life. He grew up in Northumberland and now lives in County Durham with his husband and two cats. He loves all kinds of genre fiction, especially bonk-busters, thrillers, romance and horror. He is also a cookery book addict with far too many titles cluttering his shelves. When not writing he can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes. He’s a keen traveler but with a fear of flying that gets worse with age, but in 2013 he realized cruising is the best way to see the world.

Check out his website for news updates and a free ebook The Night.






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Monday, July 6, 2020

New Release-Review & Excerpt: EXTRAORDINARY THINGS by Beth Bolden (Star Shadow #4) - Includes Giveaway!


Extraordinary Things
(Star Shadow #4)
by Beth Bolden

Publisher: Beth Bolden Books
Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood Designs
Genre/s: MM Rock Star Romance, Existing Couple
Heat Rating: 3 flames 
Length: 50 000 words
It is NOT a standalone story. Reviewers need to have read at least Terrible Things.
Release Date: June 26, 2020



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Extraordinary Things is a continuation of Leo and Caleb's love story from Terrible Things.

It should not be read as a standalone.

Blurb

Leo and Caleb have been through hell—addiction, destruction, and even a five year separation—but they’ve come through on the other side with their love stronger than ever.

Caleb knows he’s earned Leo’s forgiveness. He wants to believe he deserves it, but just when Leo needs him more than ever, a voice in his head insists that maybe he doesn't. It’s so loud, he can't block it out. So loud, he’d do anything to silence it.

Including risking everything he and Leo, and the rest of Star Shadow, have built together.



Excerpt

“If you don't want to buy another house, you just need to tell me,” Leo said, and then wiggled out of Caleb's grasp, walking over to their big oversized walk-in closet. “Then I'll tell the realtor,” he said, his voice muffled. “But I feel stupid going to look at all these great places, when you end up hating all of them.”

“I don't hate them,” Caleb said quietly. That was true. He didn't hate them. There wasn't even anything really wrong with them, but there was this voice that kept telling him it was a mistake to move. A mistake to buy a new house, even though they had enough cash they could buy ten houses. “I just like this one.”

“I do too.” Leo walked out of the closet, wearing only a pair of skintight briefs, leaving nothing to the imagination and sending Caleb's pulse through the stratosphere. His voice and expression had softened, and Caleb thought if he kissed Leo, he wouldn't push him away. Not now. “I just wouldn't mind having some additional space.”

“Maybe,” Caleb said, clearing his throat as he began to unbutton his own shirt, “maybe we could look into an addition.”

Leo gave him a soft, chiding look, like he could see right through Caleb, straight into him, into all those ugly places that he tried to hide, and tried to hide from. “Maybe,” he said. Even though they both knew perfectly well that there was no extra room on their small, beachfront lot for an addition. If they wanted a bigger house, they would need to buy one. But for right now, Leo seemed to have let the problem go, and so Caleb decided that now when they had so much to celebrate, what was the point of continuing to argue about it? They'd figure it out—someday, anyway, Caleb reasoned.

“Hey,” Caleb said, shucking his shirt and reaching for Leo again, his hands sliding up his soft curves, reveling in the way his skin felt against his hands. “Hey, let's go to bed.”

Leo gave him a sly, lopsided smile, reaching up and intertwining his fingers through his curls, pulling Caleb down so their lips were nearly touching. “And what do you think I was trying to do, this whole damn time?”

“Torture me?”

“Maybe just a little,” Leo acknowledged, raising himself up so their eyes were nearly level. That deep, endless blue was something that Caleb had gotten lost in for the first time at the age of sixteen, and he'd never ever gotten over it—and the truth was, he never ever wanted to. Leo was as much a part of him as his red hair or his too-big hands or his mediocre ability to play the bass. Even when they'd been separated, and it had been years since he'd seen Leo, there'd always been a part of him yearning to be with him again, to feel that hot wild blue gaze wash over him, calming and exciting him, somehow all at the same time.

“I love you,” Caleb said, even though the words didn't feel like enough to possibly explain the feelings surging through him. Love and lust and tenderness and winding through all of that, a golden thread of abject gratitude.

Leo was the toughest person Caleb knew—the most relentless, and possibly the least forgiving person on the planet. So if he'd forgiven Caleb, and they'd moved on, that must mean Caleb deserved that forgiveness.

“You look,” Leo said thoughtfully, tapping a finger on Caleb's bottom lip, “you look like you're not thinking of what you should be thinking about.”


Carra's Review

I adored Leo and Caleb in Terrible Things, so it was wonderful to revisit their relationship here in the final book of the series.  This time, the story is told from Caleb’s point of view and peppered here and there through the story are “interludes”—flashbacks to a couple of years ago when Caleb had returned to the group and his and Leo’s relationship restarted.  While I’m not generally fond of flashbacks, here it helped knowing Caleb’s thoughts from those scenes from the first book.

Since not every relationship is an automatic happy ever after—even if it may seem so at the time a previous story ends—Extraordinary Things lets readers see Leo and Caleb continuing to work on their relationship.  Yes, they love each other; that’s obvious even as they seem to hit some bumps in the road.  Everything they’ve been through up to this point makes their hard-won happiness even more solid.

Now, I’m going to admit—if I had never read this book, I would have been perfectly happy with how things were left at the end of Terrible Things.  But the insinuation of possible issues between Caleb and Leo at the end of book three (Hazardous Things), and the opportunity to get Caleb’s point of view made me glad I read this story.  Bonus points for getting to spend some time with all of the guys again, and the author just HAD to squeeze in something to make a couple of tears fall (for those who’ve read it…the story behind the tattoo).

Extraordinary Things was a solid 4-star read for me, and it closes out the series on a high note (pun intended).  Please note that this is not a standalone—at a minimum you need to read Terrible Things first, though my personal recommendation is to just read the entire series in order to get the most enjoyment from this story.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.


About the Author 


A lifelong Oregonian, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband and their sweet kitten, Earl Grey. Beth still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to be just as weird in Raleigh.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published eighteen novels and six novellas.



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Friday, July 3, 2020

Review & Giveaway: REIGN OR SHINE by HJ Welch (Rosavia Royals #2)



Blog Tour & Giveaway:

The Rosavia Royals Series



Featuring: 

Reign or Shine
by HJ Welch

Welcome to the tiny European country of Rosavia, where roses ramble over alpine slopes and princes fall for the men of their dreams. Every Rosavia Royals book happens simultaneously, so books can be read on their own, or in any order... but keep an eye out for familiar faces around the palace!


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Reign or Shine
By HJ Welch

Rosavia Royals, Book 2


A secret prince needs: a lost tourist to save.

Prince Cassander is on vacation from his overdeveloped sense of duty. While hiding out as simply ‘Cas’ in the Rosavian capital, he rescues a gorgeous, distressed American tourist. Matty has no idea that Cas is second in line to the throne. And with only two weeks together to explore the sparks between them, he doesn’t need to ever find out.

New Yorker Matty Doyle is a fish out of water, taking care of his niece and mending his broken heart. When Cas rescues him, the handsome stranger coaxes Matty out of his shell and he throws caution to the wind. Nobody knows him here. Would it hurt to live a little for once?

But a prince can’t stay secret in his own country for long. Cas would give anything to protect Matty from reality, but how can this fantasy together continue when they belong in different worlds?



Exclusive from Helen & the Inspirations behind her Prince:

Reign or Shine by HJ Welch

How did you become a part of this project/world?

Fun fact! The covers came first! Our incredible designer, AngstyG, did a pre-mades sale, and our princes were the pièce de résistance. Ed and I just happened to be online at the right time, and as soon as I saw them, I started screaming at him over messenger that we HAD TO HAVE THEM lol. We had loved working on Hidden Creek so much, but after 24 books we knew that we’d said goodbye to Texas. Suddenly, a chance to create a brand new shared universe dropped into our laps, and there wasn’t even a moment of hesitation.
After that, I felt like we were assembling the Avengers! We reached out to a variety of authors and editors, and the stars aligned to give us the incredible line up we have today. We used what we’d learned from Hidden Creek and I know our shared universe is better than ever. We all beta read each other’s books as we worked, and I swear to you Rosavia is a real place now that I want to go on holiday!!

Where did your story’s inspiration come from? 


I am a huge fan of cheesy romantic films – I wish we had the Hallmark channel in the UK!! I feel like I was heavily influenced by films like The Princess Diaries, A Crown For Christmas, The Princess Switch etc… The idea of the American tourist and the secret prince popped immediately into my mind and I knew it would be so fun and fluffy to write! I also knew early on that these guys needed to save each other from their own pasts, and it was obvious that a holiday romance would soon blossom into a tender love before Matty had a chance to get back on that plane to New York!

 How did you create your Prince?

As the covers were already made, we got a sense of who all the princes would be very quickly. The rebel heir, the secret spy, and the bratty baby all came right away, and Throne Together just had to be two princes. So that left Book #2, and I knew that was Cassander and had to be mine. With those explosive personalities all around him, I figured Cas was the long-suffering responsible one, trying to keep the family together. He compares himself to Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice at one point, and I think I was channeling a lot of my favourite classic literary heroine into him. But by taking a vacation from his real life at the start of the book, he soon realizes what he craves is to love and be loved, to have something that just his, not for crown or country. That’s where Matty came in! I loved the dynamic between these two, and how they end up saving each other. They have a very beautiful, gentle relationship that was a joy to capture.


Carra's Review

Here in the second book of the series we get the second-oldest prince, Cassander (Cas), the good guy who covers for his brothers and cleans up after their messes…at least until he decides to take a well-deserved break to put himself first for a change.  He just wants to get lost in the masses for a while, to feel like he’s just Cas, and not a member of the royal family.  Good thing, too, because taking that break lets him run into Matty.

Matty is a super-sweet, selfless, and dedicated guy, and I think everyone who reads this book will wind up falling for him.  He’s been hurt in the past by both his parents and his exes, and while that doesn’t make him fragile it does make him wary.  But with Cas, he decides to throw caution to the wind, resulting in a dizzying, passionate connection that quickly morphs into more.

Now throw in one persistent (and super-shady) reporter, a faithful and resourceful valet, and some newfound friends.  It’s a recipe for a great story, and my only niggle was that it felt just a bit drawn out.  That aside?  I adored Matty and Cas together.  Their relationship is intense, the attraction between them immediate, and their physical chemistry sizzling.  Even when things go sideways, the connection between the two is so strong that you just know everything will work out.

Reign or Shine was a strong 4-star read for me.  I liked getting to see glimpses of all the brothers, and it’s starting to look like the palace is going to need a never-ending supply of blueberry lube ;-)  And yes, the adult language and sexual content (blueberry flavored and otherwise) does make this story one for readers 18+.

Check out the other books in the series: 

Book 1: Up for Heir
By Stella Starling

A playboy heir needs: a man to marry, right now.

After spending half his life dodging his duty to the crown, the rebel heir to the Rosavian throne has been told in no uncertain terms that it’s time to settle down. Crown Prince Leopold has one month and a vetted list of suitable princesses, and he will announce his engagement during Rosavia’s Royal Ball. But Leo’s got his own ideas about what really suits him…

Royal Librarian Edvin Blom is good at not attracting attention. Shy and self-conscious of his stutter, he’s used to being overlooked and more than happy to stay in the background. At least, until the crown prince with a wild reputation shows up at the library’s new opening and decides to flirt with Edvin’s sister…

Edvin isn’t at all what Leo thought he wanted, but turns out to be everything he can’t stay away from. Edvin’s been burned by falling for someone out of his league before, though. And believing that Leo has really fallen for him? While Edvin’s drowning in his own doubts and insecurities, that might prove impossible… unless love gives them both a reason to come up for air.





Book 3: Throne Together

By Zoe Dawn 

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A pining prince needs: a second chance at love.
 
Prince Julius has only ever wanted one man. Raised alongside Prince Dante of Thedes, the two were inseparable until their unspoken mutual attraction ignited into a single passionate encounter. Convinced that it ruined their friendship, Julius retreated to his duties in Rosavia, where he daydreams of another chance to win Dante’s heart.

After four years apart, fate brings Prince Julius back to Thedes. He offers Dante a coveted invitation: return to the Rosavian palace for ten days, and be his plus-one to the Royal Ball of the century. Before long, they realize one night of passion wasn’t enough, and they can’t imagine losing each other again.

As the clock ticks down to the ball, Julius catches wind of Dante’s family meddling, and he must decide if their feelings are real or if they’ve both been played. Were they always meant for each other, or is it all an illusion that will melt away at midnight?




 
Book 4: In His Court

By Max Rowan 

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A spy prince needs: a man who sees through his disguise. 

Prince Benedict is not what he seems. His image as a lazy playboy is carefully constructed to hide the truth. Trained since childhood to become Rosavia's top spy, he spends his life in disguise—and danger—to protect his country. Nobody sees the loneliness in his heart.

Felix Wright is a genius with four degrees, no real-world experience, and a top-secret job... and he's never even been kissed. A lifetime of being alienated for his most valuable assets has left him reluctant to trust the charming prince who thrusts him into fieldwork for the very first time.

When the Crown Jewels are stolen two weeks before the royal ball, it's their job to save the country's reputation. Benedict helps Felix believe in himself, while Felix slowly coaxes the real prince out of hiding. But can they find the jewels and rescue the most priceless treasures of all: each other?



 Book 5: Barely Regal 

By E. Davies 

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A bratty boy prince needs: a firm but fair Daddy.
 
Prince Renford is a royal brat. Nineteen and last in line for the throne, Wren hates his made-up job: Commander of Roses. Good thing his long-time valet has a firm hand—if only Wren could tempt him to break all palace protocol and use it.

Thom Pierce is sixteen years older. Old enough to know he should ignore his prince's less-than-subtle flirtation. He's been burned by a higher-ranked boy before. His job and reputation are at stake if the palace catches a scandal unfolding under their noses.

Wren needs the part of Thom that he's kept locked away for years. If the young prince wants to be taken as seriously as his older brothers, he has to grow up fast. Thom's rules could help Wren become the man Thom knows he can be in time for the Royal Ball... or they could attract the very attention that forces them apart forever.


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About Helen (HJ Welch): 



HJ Welch is a contemporary MM romance author living in London with her husband and two balls of fluff that occasionally pretend to be cats. She began writing at an early age, later honing her craft online in the world of fanfiction on sites like Wattpad. Fifteen years and over a million words later, she sought out original MM novels to read. By the end of 2016 she had written her first book of her own, and in 2017 she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a fulltime author.

She also writes contemporary British MM romance as Helen Juliet.

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