Return of the Prince by Nana Malone

 

Title: Return of the Prince
Series: The Royal Elite Prince Duet #1

Author: Nana Malone

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2019

 

Blurb
I’ve been a prince in exile, but I’m finally going home, tarnished crown and all. This time, I won’t let anyone keep me away… Not Ariel, the woman I left behind. Not the killer on my tail. Hell, not even my cousin—the king—can stop me.

Unlike my conniving brother, I have no designs on the throne. Let better men rule.

But I do have a score to settle.

Everything was going just fine until Ariel is assigned to my protection detail. Little Miss Hates My Ass will ruin everything.

One look at her and I know it’s not over between us. All I have to do is convince her I never forgot her…and not get dead in the process.

 

My review:

If you’ve read any of Ms Malone’s other books in the Winston Isles world, you know that Ariel has a secret romantic past with exiled Prince Tristan. We have almost no details, however. If you haven’t read the other books, don’t worry – this duet is mostly a standalone from the others. (“Mostly” because there are a lot of references to events that happened in past books but they are conversational between characters, not relevant to the current story.)

Prince Tristan is in Barcelona, Spain, playing professional soccer and secretly plotting a return to his home. Someone is trying to kill him, however. He and his actress fiancee Ella think it’s her abusive former manager after her but when the attempts happen when they are not together, and then still at home on the island, it’s evident he is the target. His cousin King Sebastian increases the Royal Guard protection on Tristan, including the Knights led by Ariel. Their unresolved past and feelings that have held on for ten years get in the way, but Ariel resolves to stay away from Tristan as much as possible since he is engaged.

Being book one in a duet, this is half the story. However, I was happy to find that this one doesn’t end on quite the dramatic cliffhanger as the previous two Nana Malone duets I’ve read. I enjoyed meeting Prince Tristan, and loved getting to know Ariel better. She’s been a big figure in the other books but we haven’t gotten to know much about her personally before. I did like catching up with the other guards from past books, too. This is definitely an entertaining read.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Purchase Links
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

 

Coming Soon
Releasing May 21, 2019
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

 

Author Bio
USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own character s. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantimeworks out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

Want to hit me up? Just email me:

nana@nanamaloneromance.com
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Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms

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Emmy King became a disgraced high-socitey princess when she walked away from her family’s money. Jake Harper is the sexy yet uninterested apartment building’s maintenance man. When the two agree to help each other out, they quickly realize the more time they spend together the more the lines get blurred. The fifth book in the #mustread series, 425 Madison Avenue, is now live. Read Boyfriend Maintenance by Lauren Helms today!

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Emmy

My bad reputation is coming back to haunt me. Now, I need a date for my brother’s wedding just to keep the vultures at bay. I’ve noticed Jake around the building and he’s the perfect man for the job.

The thing is, I don’t actually have what I promised in return for his help, but I don’t want this to end.

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I’ve seen Emmy and she’s out of my league, but that doesn’t stop me from taking her up on her offer and upping the ante. I have rules, however, the more time we spend together the more the lines get blurred.

Her lie made her more like me than I ever thought possible. Too bad liars don’t do it for me.

A little boyfriend maintenance goes a long way…

After all, 425 Madison Avenue is the perfect place to fall in love.

*Each story is completely standalone.

My review:

Another fantastic book in the 425 Madison series! Like the other books, this is a standalone set in the same apartment building in Manhattan. Emmy and Becca are roommate best friends who live in the building and Jake is one of the maintenance men. He is saving up to fulfill his dream of buying a house. Emmy needs a fake boyfriend to get her evil stepmother and creeper ex off her back at the events leading up to her brother’s wedding. She offers to pay Jake to accompany her on 4 dates, three events and then the wedding itself. As they spend time together, they learn they have a lot more in common than they expected, and real feelings develop.
I liked both Emmy and Jake a lot. Both are relatively secure in their choices. Emmy is living the life she wants on her own terms. Jake stumbled into a career he really enjoys, except for the handsy old ladies. Emmy is a shameless “Digibot Go” player and skee-ball fanatic. Jake loves his family and hangs out with his brother regularly watching their beloved sports teams. Their chemistry together is off the charts. The supporting characters add a lot to the story, too. Becca, Emmy’s roommate, and both Jake and Emmy’s brothers all help propel Emmy and Jake to each other. I was happy to see how Emmy and Levi’s relationship improved as well.
This was a fun, entertaining read with complex, likable characters.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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Excerpt

Copyright @ 2019 Lauren Helms

“Oh, well … hello there, hot stuff.” Mrs. Jenkins stands in the open doorway of her apartment.

Her arm slides up the door frame slightly awkwardly as she leans into the frame. She’s attempting to look sexy in a Japanese silk kimono robe. It’s a red floral print that hangs nearly to her ankles. She has surprisingly good posture for a seventy-year-old woman.

Her husky voice is seductive as she gestures for me to come in. I have to mentally prepare myself every time I have a work order for unit 2007. Which is normally once a week.

Mrs. Jenkins is a retired Broadway actress. She hit her stride when she starred in the hit musical Chicago in the mid-seventies. Dorthy Jenkins is a dramatic, wealthy retiree who just happens to hit on me every time I’m here. She may be a tad lonely, so I deal with it.

“Good afternoon, Mrs. Jenkins. My work order says that you’ve got faulty smoke detectors.” Honestly, that seems a bit suspicious since we worked through the entire building updating the detectors less than six months ago.

“Dorthy, darling. Please, stop calling me Mrs. Jenkins. You make me feel like a cougar.”

I raise my eyebrow at that. More like a puma since she’s got to be at least forty years older than me. I set down my toolbox and scan the living room for the unit’s central detector.

“All right, Dorthy. You’re having issues with the smoke detectors? Let’s just take a look. I’ll get these fixed up in no time.” Really, I just want to get out of here. The longer I’m in this apartment, the more cheek pinches I get. And I’m not just talking about pinches to my face. She gets a little bolder with each visit. Not looking forward to the day she takes it too far. Her flirting seems harmless though. She just really appreciates those “hot young thangs.” Her words, not mine.

“Well, no rush. I’ll just pour us a little nightcap.” I don’t mention it’s only four in the afternoon. “Will two fingers do, Jake? I’ve always preferred two.” She waggles her eyebrows.

I divert my eyes. The sexual reference catches me off guard and I feel my face heat.

Clearing my throat, I shake my head. “I’m sorry, Dorthy, but no drinking on the job.” I pull out my step ladder so I can reach the smoke detector.

“You’re such a good boy, darling. I admire that. I’ll just have a nip and enjoy the show.”

Just like she normally does. Unfortunately, she isn’t the only 425 Madison resident to watch me while I do my job. I’ve worked in this building for nearly three years now. Growing up, I never had dreams of becoming a maintenance man, but I’ve always been good with my hands.

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Featuring some of readers’ favorite tropes: second-chance romance, best friends sibling romance to a good ol’ enemies to lovers romance. We’ve got you covered with a sports romance, a fake relationship and even an ugly duckling or two. Don’t forget a brother’s best friend and falling for your soul mate. Maybe a little love triangle as well. Each tale offers you something new, something different. After all, 425

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September by Hilari T Cohen

Title: September
Series: The Gypsy Moth Chronicles Book 4
Author: Hilari T. Cohen
Genre: Contemporary/Small Town Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Cover Design: Cover by Noelle Raffaele
There’s a baby boom in the small town of Bluff’s Cove!
At least that’s how it feels to CeCe. All of her friends are pregnant, but try as they might, she and her husband Carl have had no success. So CeCe agrees to one round of a dangerous fertility treatment in the hope that they’d have a precious child of their own at the end of the grueling regimen of hormone shots and crazy mood swings. 
Then one day, during her regular shift as an ER nurse, a remarkable thing happens. Now CeCe will need to convince Carl to alter his preconceived notion of what constitutes a family. Can he let go of his stubborn pride long enough to grant her this one true wish? Will he open his heart to accept the smallest gift she has to offer?
 
In September, Book Four of The Gypsy Moth Chronicles, CeCe and Carl’s world is turned upside down. Can their love for each other survive the ultimate test?
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This was a good book. I hadn’t read any of the previous ones, but didn’t feel like I was missing anything. This is a true standalone. ER nurse Cece has PCOS and is unable to have children easily, so she and her husband Carl have decided to try one round of fertility treatments before exploring other options. During one of Cece’s shifts a teenager hands Cece a newborn, following the Safe Haven law. Cece falls in love with the infant and talks to Carl about fostering to adopt him. All is going well until the baby’s biological grandmother shows up at their front door. Cece and Carl face the fight of their lives to keep and adopt baby Ethan.

Cece and Carl have an amazing relationship. I love how they love and support each other. And Cece and Ruby’s friendship is beautiful. This book was high on emotion, but not over the top drama. It was just right.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Carl came around to where she stood, “I’d love a kiss from my wife.”
“Just a kiss?” she asked with a smile, tucking the cake into the pink cardboard container. She turned into his embrace.
“Well, maybe more than one kiss,” he replied, twisting his fingers through the belt loops of her jeans so that she knew he meant business.
She was all too happy to comply. She tilted her head back and met his lips eagerly. Carl moved his hands onto her back, drawing her in even closer. He raised her shirt up over her head, undid the clasp of her bra in one practiced motion, and removed both articles of clothing before she even realized what he intended. He grabbed her hips and picked her up, placing her on top of her newly cleaned countertop.
“Too much to move this into the bedroom?” she murmured.
“Not sure yet. You tell me,” he replied as he undid the top button of her pants and then slid the zipper down, lifting her gently to pull them off one leg at a time, leaving her sitting on the cold granite in just a lacy scrap of panty.
CeCe felt herself being swept up by his passion. She knew that she needed to talk seriously with him about the baby — he needed to know — but decided that she could wait. Sensation stirred strongly in the pit of her stomach, and she knew exactly what he meant to do next.
“The bedroom, Carl. Please. . .”

Hilari T. Cohen is an award-winning editor who has worked and consulted in the publishing field for over twenty-five years. She built brands for Berkley, Harlequin and Zebra Books as well as edited many New York Times bestselling authors and titles in both fiction and nonfiction categories. However, she always harbored a secret ambition to write a novel of her own, and she did, successfully publishing both The Lyric of Memory and Adjusting the Rear View before attempting her first romance trilogy, “The Gypsy Moth Chronicles”.
Hilari lives with her husband in suburban New York.

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