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A Princess In Waiting


Synopsis:
I was born the youngest princess of a tiny country in the Alps, but I've never been any good at being a princess. I'm shy and bookish, and I don't know how to flirt. The only man I'm comfortable around is my best friend, Alex. I used to have a crush on him, but I don't anymore.
I absolutely don't.
Right now, I'm interested in a handsome French millionaire, but I need Alex to help me learn how to be attractive to men. He agrees because he's my friend, but he doesn't seem happy about it.
And I need to remember that Alex is just giving me lessons. He isn't the man I'm trying to win.

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Excerpt:

“So, since you’re my friend, what do you suggest I do to move things along with Stefan.”
He stared at me blankly. “Move things along?”
“I don’t mean I want to jump into bed with him, but I’d like to know if he’s a possibility. What if he still doesn’t want to kiss me?”
“He will.”
“What if he doesn’t?”
“I just said he will.”
“But you said he did last time, and he didn’t even try.”
“Did you give him any encouragement?”
“What kind of encouragement?”
“You know.”
I gave an outraged huff. “I do not know! What do you think I’ve been telling you all this time? I’m completely clueless. I’ve never done this before.  What kind of encouragement am I supposed to give a man to get him to kiss me?”
Alex straightened up, shifting slightly in his seat. “Just… just… I don’t know… gaze up at him soulfully.”
I snorted. “How am I supposed to do that? What does that even mean?”
He groaned, but then evidently decided to take on this particular task. He turned to face me more fully and reached out to take my shoulders, turning my body toward his. “Okay,” he said in a different tone. “Look at me. In the eyes.”
I gazed up at him without hesitation. I looked at him all the time. There was no one I’d rather look at than Alex.
Our eyes met, and he murmured, “Now stop looking like you want to dig into my brain for answers to your questions.”
I gasped at this comment, but he didn’t give me time to respond.
He continued, “I’m serious. Relax. Stop thinking. Just look at me.”
I tried to do what he said and was startled by the look in his eyes. He was gazing at me too, and for a moment I was trapped by the softness, the depth, the warmth of his expression.
My mind blurred over and my heart started to beat wildly. I could feel my pulse in my wrists, my head, my throat.
“That’s good,” Alex murmured huskily. “Really good. Just like that.”
My breathing was growing more shallow, and other parts of my body started to throb. He wasn’t even touching me, but it felt so much like he was.
Trying to make my mind work the way it was supposed to and engage in this conversation, I asked, “So what if he… if he still doesn’t kiss me.”
“Try touching him.”
“I don’t want to humiliate myself.”
“So make it a little casual touch. Nothing definite. Just touch his arm or his chest or something.”
Instinctively, I lifted my hand and pressed it lightly against Alex’s chest. He was wearing a dark blue crew neck shirt, and I could feel his hard, warm chest beneath the fabric.
I heard his breath hitch slightly. “Good.”
Willing myself to act normal, I managed to say, “What if he still doesn’t kiss me?”
“He will.”
“What if he doesn’t?”
“He will.”
“What if—”
He smothered a soft groan. “Then move your hand. Maybe touch his face. But just lightly.”
I raised my hand and used my fingertips to gently stroke along the line of his jaw. “Like this?” I whispered.
Alex seemed frozen, unmoving, as he sat stiffly and stared at me.
I loved the feel of his face so much that I stroked my finger back up to his cheekbone.
He let out a low groan and grabbed my face in both of his hands, pulling me toward him until he was kissing me hard.


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A Princess Next Door (Rotham Royals #1)
I was born the oldest princess of a tiny country in the Alps, which means my future has been planned out for me since I was an infant. I was supposed to marry a rich, arrogant stranger to help restore the royal bank accounts, but I decided to go to college in the States instead. It was the one act of rebellion in my very sheltered life. 

That's how I met Jack Watson. He lives next door, and he's the nicest, sexiest guy I've ever known. My time here is almost over, though. Soon I have to go back home and be the daughter my family and country expects. So there's no sense in letting Jack seduce me with his slow smile, his skillful hands, and his husky drawl. 

Even if I was allowed to have him for a boyfriend, Jack hates formal occasions, pretentious people, and being the center of attention. He'd never hook up with a princess. 

Which is why he can never know who I am.

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A Princess For A Bride (Rotham Royals #2)
I was born the middle princess of a tiny country in the Alps, which means my primary duty in life has always been to make a good marriage for my family and country. That's why I'm marrying Edward Channing. He's rich, handsome, arrogant, and silent.

Seriously, he almost never talks to me at all.

He might be marrying a princess, but he obviously doesn't want to spend any more time with me than he has to. I have no problem with that. We can live entirely different lives and pursue our own interests. I'm sure we can make this arranged marriage work.

Of course, we do need to produce an heir, but I'm trying not to think about that.

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About Noelle Adams:
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

If you'd like to contact Noelle, please contact her at noelle.s.adams@gmail.com. Or connect with her on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Princess in Waiting (Rothman Royals, #3)A Princess in Waiting by Noelle  Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Princess in Waiting is a good, enjoyable read. I received a free copy through Fantastic Flying Book Club provide a free copy in exchange for review. During a time when I am inundated with work and books that used to take me 1 to 2 days to read now take me 4 to 6 days to read because I am always working, this was time well spent. It helps that the characters are very likable. A Princess in Waiting is the third story in a series about the Rothman Royals. Although I did not read the first two I was able to jump right in and understand the characters and a bit about their history.

Lisette is the youngest of the Rothman Royals. She is extremely shy and introverted except when with her family and her best friend Alex. When strangers are around she withdraws and, when possible, flees the scene. She has been in love with Alex, the son of a staff member of the royal family, since she was a teenager. They literally grew up together and always share everything. Lisette's mother has visitor's coming and one of them is the wealthy, successful son, Stefan. The queen wastes no time working to bring Stefan and Lisette together and they seem attracted to each other. Lisette has never dated and is unsure how to show Stefan she is interested so she seeks Alex's help. Alex is willing to help but, he appears to not be too happy about it. It is quite unusual for someone to make it through college and still be so shy, but, the story gives a good feel for how hard it is for Lisette to come out of her shell. She steps out and tries to make some changes and things go a bit haywire. This is definitely a series I would like to jump into and read the other books. If you are in the mood for a light romance with royals A Princess in Waiting will definitely suffice.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Love's ShadowLove's Shadow by Nichole Van
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Brother's Maledetti is a totally engrossing series that I am loving every moment that I spend with it. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review from EbooksForReview.com which I always love participating in whenever I can. Love's Shadow is the second book and is Branwell and Lucy's story. Branwell, Dante and Tennyson are triplets and they have been handed what some might think is a raw deal in the form of a curse. Each of them has a different "gift" and I use that term loosely. For those that it helps it is a gift. For them it seems to work more like a curse, except when it allows them to help the ones they love. Lucy and Branwell have a long history together and I have to admit that I was very leery of, she was Tennyson's girlfriend previously and it ended as these things do, with a crash and burn. In my house my family had one hard rule and that is we do not date each other's ex-boyfriends and we never ever date someone the other one is interested in dating. So, I was emotionally involved in that scenario. How could Lucy and Branwell end up together after everything that happened with her and Tennyson?

Tennyson is a wreck and getting worse as each day moves on. Lucy has been in the US for the last two years and is visiting Florence, Italy where her brother and his family are living. Lucy is going to babysit her amazing niece, Grace while her brother and his wife take a vacation in Africa. They are gone no more than a day when tragedy strikes, the trail is cold before the police are even involved and the only ones that can help are the Maledetti brothers. Tennyson knows there is a problem with Lucy before she even reaches out to them, but, Branwell is on-site quickly to help because this is Lucy, Tennyson's ex whom Branwell has loved for many years and never had a chance of every having a relationship because it might hurt Tennyson beyond repair. Things in Lucy's brother's villa are odd and it really takes all of the Maledetti's including their sister, Chiara, who is the most well-versed in the D'Angelo's family history, has many connections to pull on to help and is a whiz with research. The situation is fraught and everyone is on edge and things are more on edge because Tennyson is getting worse, Branwell is having problems with his GUT (curse), well more than usual, and Dante has family issues to deal with on Claire's side that makes him not as available as he would like.

Florence, Italy is an amazing place to see in person and Nichole Van does an amazing job of presenting the scenery so that it is vivid in my mind and I can see it as if I was still there. She has done her homework on the location and it is evident in the way she makes the location another character in the story that stands out like Branwell and Lucy. It is a book that is hard to put down especially once you start delving into the Branwell's story.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Masquerading with the BillionaireMasquerading with the Billionaire by Alexia Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kat Smith is a seriously gifted cyber security expert who has been hired to conduct an investigation into Remington Wolfe’s organization and determine why invoices are disappearing payroll has some weird things happening also and Wolfe is competing for a design contest for a royal family in the Middle East and cannot risk the designs being exposed before the event. I received a free, early release copy from the publisher via NetGalley. Kat also has some things that she is trying to stay out in front of from her past. As they work together to try and determine who is responsible for the malicious code causing issues in Wolfe’s network Kat and Wolfe grow closer.
Wolfe has been burned recently by another woman he thought he was close to and Kat’s secretiveness is driving him crazy. Does she have other reasons for being there? She works for Liam, a friend of Wolfe’s so she is supposed to be someone he can trust, but, Wolfe sees deception in some of the answers to the questions he asks Kat. Wolfe and Kat are posing as a couple so that no one in the company is aware of what Kat’s investigation. He also is heading to Russia and decides to take Kat with him, but, Russia is not a safe place for Kat to visit and one wrong step could put them in danger. Masquerading with the Billionaire is a great read. Wolfe and Kat had amazing chemistry. There was an interesting plot and even a nice mystery which romance readers do not always get.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rome Is Where The Heart IsRome Is Where The Heart Is by Tilly Tennant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Honestly, thank you so much Bookouture and NetGalley for the Arc in exchange for review. I jump at most any book that takes place in Rome, or really any place in Italy. Rome is Where The Heart Is will be added to my favorite books based in Italy that I will read over and over. I typically hate when a book starts out with the woman being dumped, especially in this case where Kate and her husband Matt had a deep history. I often wonder how someone loves someone for years and builds a life together and one of them cheats, or betrays the other. Kate doesn’t know if Matt cheated and at this point it is not all that important because the most important thing is that he left her when she appeared to be clueless that they were not doing well. Kate is pretty shocked, and Matt is a bit of a “tosser” so it is hard to feel sorry for someone that knows they are unhappy but never bothers to try and do something about it and just leaves. But, Kate does the one thing that I admire, head to Rome, which in my humble opinion, can never be a bad idea.
Kate has one week in Rome which not nearly enough to even see half of it, but, she makes the best with the time she has there. She sees some amazing sites and meets some amazing people. It goes without saying that she eats some wonderful food. One of the people she meets, Jamie, takes her under his wing and I like that the reader gets to know Jamie. He isn’t just a passing character. He is an integral part of Kate’s story and he adds so much color to the book. But, that is one of the great things about this book. The characterizations stand out. Each person Kate meets or interacts with is well written. Even the people who are not main characters are colorful and well-written. Kate has a mishap while out one night near the Spanish Steps and meets Alessandro, a policeman in the Rome police department. Oddly enough they run into each other again and hit it off. At this stage, Kate has made two friends in about 2 days in Rome where I have made zero when visiting for about 10 days across two different visits. I’m not sure what I am doing wrong, but, I’m hoping I have it straight for my next visit. Kate has this way of drawing people to her even when she is not trying and her personality shines through in the book. Alessandro is a good looking Roman guy who people appear to love. He loves his job and believes in his city and wants to ensure that others love it also. He has this lively, close family and he and Kate have a lot in common. It doesn’t hurt that Jamie loves him also. What is key is will Kate’s sisters love him enough to cheer for their sister’s second chance at love? It is well worth reading Rome is Where the Heart is to find out.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Proof of LiesProof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallace is a completely awesome, exciting book. I received a free copy from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Proof of Lies fits right in with one of my favorite topics to read about, in fiction and non-fiction, espionage and spies! Anastasia and her sister Keira are both in a "funk" even years after losing their parents to a car crash. Move after move. They move to new locations all over the world following their parents' work as engineers at Dresden. It has taken its toll on Anastasia. Each time she's been told this was home for a while so she has made friends and become involved in activities at her school in Boston. Then suddenly they are gone. She is left with Keira, who is just the age of adulthood herself, to finish raising her. Anastasia is trying to keep herself going and Keira appears to be going off the rails with partying, drinking and bad boyfriend after boyfriend.

Keira disappears and Anastasia is devastated by the way she disappeared and by yet another loss of a loved one. Their roommate Charlotte is there for Anastasia and she is doing what she can for Anastasia. But, things have changed. Anastasia is lost this time and Charlotte is doing what she can to help her find her way back even if it means to find out what really happened to Keira. Anastasia is convinced that Keira is not dead and is doing what she can to find her. Charlotte is a computer genius that is with her every step of the way and the search takes them across the world and they have no idea who they can trust because no one is who they seem, including Keira’s last boyfriend.
Proof of Lies is one of those books that resonates with the reader if they have a sibling, even if they are the older sibling who has been made responsible for a younger sibling even for five minutes.

The resentment, arguing and sometimes ill-treatment of that sibling. Parents do not mean to have a hand in that relationship, but, sometimes they do because they cannot help but treat the children different. Maybe it is not because they like one better than the other, but, because the children are different with different needs and personalities. The parents also have personalities that just seem to mesh better with one child, not because they like the other one less, but, because they have things in common. Sometimes, just the age difference is enough for the siblings to not have as close of a relationship as they could. Keira and Anastasia seem to have a pretty close relationship but that is put to the test with the loss of their parents. Keira’s disappearance makes Anastasia realize her part in how their relationship has turned. But, what is one of the best parts of this story is that Anastasia knows her limitations and despite all of them she uses the people and tools she must search for her sister. But, in the middle of understanding more about her relationship with Keira, she learns more about herself and her parents. Proof of Lies is the great start to an action-packed thriller with a great mystery and I look forward to the next book!

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