Review: Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning

Saturday, April 30

Title:  Rock Hard*
Author: Olivia Cunning
Series: Sinners On Tour #2
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Format: Tradesized paperback, digital e-book
Date/Year: April 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Booklover1335

*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review 

Summary from the publisher:

This second book in the Sinners on Tour series features lead singer Sedric Lionheart who became a playboy after his fiancee, Jessica, broke his heart. Forced on a summer tour together for two entire months, but stubbornly desperate to stay apart, they find a million steamy reasons why they had that lovin' feeling in the first place.

Sinners’ lead singer, Sed, had his heart shredded when Jessica left him to pursue her dreams,so when she dances her way back into his life, he's not sure he's ready for her brand of pain, or pleasure, again. When she convinces Sed to engage in a benefits with benefits relationship, things seem to be going his way, until one of his fans catches their explicit public display of affection on film and posts it all over the internet. Will Jessica ever trust Sed again? And has Sed become the man of Jessica’s dreams or is he just posing to get what he wants?

My Musings:

Last year I was really blown away by Olivia Cunning’s debut novel in the Sinners on Tour series, Backstage Pass.  I thought it was original, and sexy, and I couldn’t wait to read each one of the band members stories because you could tell that each book would highlight a different theme of erotic romance.  I loved that idea! I was especially drawn to the lead singer’s character, Sed Lionheart being the dark, dramatic, and wounded type.

In Backstage Pass Sed came off as egotistical, manipulative, self-serving , controlling to a fault, and even a bit sinister in his need to sabotage every relationship that the hero in Backstage Pass had by seducing his love interest at the time.   Sed was a sabotaging, seducing “sinner” in every sense that those words evoke.  He was so bad that you couldn’t help but be intrigued by his story, especially when you learned that he was the way he was because of a woman that broke his heart.  That woman is, Jessica, the heroine in Rock Hard.

We meet Jessica for the first time in Rock Hard.  She’s smart, and has a need to survive on her own.  She is independent to a fault.  In fact it is Sed’s need to control (take care of) those he loves that leads Jessica to leave him after a short but passionate love affair.  She is the catalyst for his destructive behavior, has been a lyrical Muse in his song writing, and many of his actions including his meaningless encounters with other women are a direct result of her leaving him without reason…at least that is his perception.

One of the major issues that I had with Rock Hard is that so much of Sed’s detached, disreputable, reprehensible behavior, bordering on some kind of sexual disorder, came as a result of Jessica leaving him and appeared in the book Backstage Pass, but not really in Rock Hard.  Yes, there’s lots of sex in Rock Hard to, but in a much different way than it was for Sed in Backstage Pass.  In Rock Hard the reader is told over and over again in vague terms of the impact that the end of their love affair had on him, but his behavior in Rock Hard lacked the intensity and impact that was in Backstage Pass.  So while it is said that the book can be read as a stand alone, I don’t think you get a clear picture of Sed and how he uses sex as a character without having read Backstage Pass.  Consequently, I felt that Sed’s story came across as much weaker and less substantial than it should have been.   I didn’t feel that in Rock Hard you could understand his alleged devastation, nor do you fully comprehend the kind of self destructive person that Sed became since the “badness” of him isn’t completely illustrated to Jessica or the reader in this story.  Without Jessica understanding the depth of Sed’s love and loss, neither can the reader.  As a result, I didn’t feel that Sed’s character grew very much in Rock Hard.   He’s given a second chance with Jessica and makes the same mistakes again, but this time it somehow all works out instead of falling apart.

Jessica is also virtually the same person that she was when she left him the first time.  Their chemistry together is still on fire, their sexual chemistry is combustible on practically every page, but she still has the same independence issues that she had before.  She is still pursuing her dream of being a lawyer, despite being discriminated against within her law school, and by the end of the story she somehow believes that a marriage between them can work despite her career, Sed’s love of being on tour, and them barely being able to go one day apart from each other.  I still have my doubts how this relationship will work even though they have renewed their love for each other since neither of them grew enough as characters in my opinion for this time to be different than the last.

The last two major issues that I had with Rock Hard had to do with Sed’s role as the lead singer in the Sinners.  At the beginning of the book Sed’s throat is injured which became life and career threatening, much like one of the other band members in this story.  But Sed’s injury and the impact to his singing, which is how he defines himself as a person, is kind of glossed over as less important than his fellow bandmate’s career threatening injury.  Quite a bit of the story that wasn’t sexin’ focused on the other bandmate, Trey’s, injury and his resulting drug dependency.  And while it brought Sed and Jessica together I can’t help but wish that those pages would have been devoted instead to Sed and how he would cope with having to change his singing style when he is THE “voice” of the band.  It’s what made him famous, but he can’t really be that “voice” anymore.  I was baffled that in Sed’s story that this wasn’t a bigger issue.

Sed’s other role in the band is writing the lyrics for their songs.  And towards the beginning of the book the reader is given a glimpse into his notebook of ideas, yet not once is the reader gifted with one of his songs.  In Backstage Pass, Brian’s creativity was sparked by his love for his Muse and even though he wrote music the reader still got the sense of his inspiration.  That didn’t happen for me in Rock Hard and I was very disappointed in that.  Especially in the one scene that I felt it was critical to the story…when Sed proposes to Jessica for the second time.  He wrote a song, just for her or about her, that expressed his love (or so I can only assume).  It is supposed to be the epitome of what he feels for her, or how he felt when he lost her, yet the reader is left out in the cold.  For me, this was an absolute necessity and I can’t understand why the reader couldn’t “hear” the song as it was played for Jessica at such a pivotal moment in their romance.  His songs could have said so much in so few words.  They could have shown the devastating loss he felt when she left (and it is hinted at that the songs were written), as well as his undying and enduring love.  They could have made the story work for me.

Was there anything redeemable about Rock Hard you may wonder?  Yes, I think there was.  I still enjoy Olivia Cunning’s writing style.  I think it is sexy, fun and easy to read.  I still am in love with the Sinners as a band.  I love each of the characters that make the band as a whole and I am still looking forward to each of their stories despite Sed being a real disappointment as a lead “hero” and character (not to mention that I never really warmed up to Jessica as a heroine that would inspire such strong feelings in Sed…other than intense sexual attraction of course).
 
Overall, if you are looking for a sexy, steamin' hot read with lots of sex (yes, sex does bear repeating in this instance) without too much kink then I think you will enjoy Rock Hard, but if you like a bit more character growth and plot substance with your erotic romance, then you might find the story lacking.  I think Rock Hard is a slight misstep in the Sinners on Tour series, which is very sad for me because I was most intrigued with Sed in Backstage Pass.  However, it doesn't diminish my love for the band.  I still consider myself a "Sinners groupie" because of the promise this series offers, and you better believe I'll be eagerly anticipating the next book.

Ratings: 
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Overall: 3.00
Sensuality level:  4.25 (lots and lots of sex, including sekrit public sex, sex in front of people in a more private setting, and one or two times in an actual bed :)

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Review: The Heart of War by Lisa Beth Darling

Title: The Heart of War*
Author: Lisa Beth Darling
Series: "Of War" series
Genre: Erotica
Publisher: Moon Mistress
Format: Ebook
Date/Year: November 2010
Reviewed by:  Julia

*The reviewer received a copy of this eBook from the author for review

Summary from the publisher:

Inside the Heart of every Warrior breathes the Soul of a Hero--even within The Heart of War.

Meet Ares God of War, the greatest Warrior the world has ever known. He's moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual, and above all, built like a Greek God.

Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares' secluded Greek Isle is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a plucky little Fey washes up on his shore after believing she's been shipwrecked. It's not mere fate that has brought the unlikely couple together yet it may be what tears them apart.

Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from her husband the Great Horned God for 200 years.

When the Olympians discover her presence on Ares' island, they send Apollo to the island while Ares is away with orders to bring her to Olympus. With nowhere to run and strikes a bargain with the God of War--her virginity for his protection.

Ares sees a sweeter deal; her in his bed and himself back in his rightful place on Olympus among the Gods. If it means turning Alena over to Zeus afterward, well that's of no consequence to him...is it?

After Alena proves herself to the God of War in battle and in his bed, the Ares must choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena.

Get lost in this sweeping dark saga of lust, rage, revenge, and redemption. Battle Ancient Gods while falling in love with Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. They share a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors, but will it be enough? Will love triumph, or will revenge and rage win the battle for the Heart of War?

My Musings:

I enjoy reading about Greek mythology. In fact I enjoy reading about most mythologies, and as in most mythogies this book is full of the required: sex, arguments, lies, and sex. Our main god in this case is Ares, the asshole true to form Greek god of war. I actually really like how she writes Ares. I fully believe that this dick can be a Greek god. Then we have Alena, also called Maggie, the chastity belt wearing fey descendant on the run. I don’t like her as much. She bores me to be honest.

Ares is in exile and Maggie gets washed on to his island. Hijinks ensue. But these crazy shenanigans take forever to get started. I found the book to be too wordy for me. It was just a lot of things that I didn’t really need to know about or things that dragged on. I found myself scanning through pages for main ideas quite a bit.

Like I said, I really loved how the gods were written. I don’t know how I would have felt if the story pulled me in more, but the fact is I was a little bored.

I have not read much erotica. In fact I don’t really think you can say I have read any before this. So that is my asterisk. The sex was pretty good. It was quite sensual. But (and again this may be a standard thing that I am just unfamiliar with) but sometimes it was a little rough. Like rape rough. I understand the threesomes and fun sex from the perspective of the gods but why did I need to read such random (in the context) violent sex? It just took me out of the story and I had to stop reading for awhile.

Overall, I thought it was okay. It has some things written well, like the characters, but I was not pulled in and some of the sex was a turnoff. But it was ripe with mythologies and was an interesting world that she built. If this sounds like your cup of tea, check it out!

Ratings:

Overall: 2 stars
Sensuality level: 5

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Friday Fun: Royal Romances Recap & More

Friday, April 29


Friday is finally here!  I'd like to thank everyone who participated (both authors and readers) in my Royal Romance celebration.  I had a lot of fun with it and I hope you did too.

When creating the agenda for this week, I thought it would be fun to showcase some of the more bizarre or outlandish memorabilia I found during my "research".  You would expect to find fine china, tea cups, t-shirts...you know the normal kinds of souvenirs, but who knew tea bags and refrigerators could be made to commemorate the happy event?  Not me.  Here's a few of the items I found amusing:

First we have the "No More Waity, Katie" nail polish from butter.  I had never heard this nickname the English press gave Kate because she had to wait so long for Will to finally propose, but thought the name of the lacquer to be hilarious....though I think most nail polish names are amusing :)  Coming up with those names has to be a fun job.

Next we have the Will and Kate knit gloves.  Kate's has a ring on her hand, but Will's hand does not since he reportedly will not wear a wedding band.  What's that about anyways!  I don't care that he is one of the most recognizable men in the world, there are obviously some people who don't know him, hence the need to visually show he is married (see below).

 I'm not quite sure who the manufacturer of this cup was, but they obviously don't know the English Royal family that well since they can't tell the difference between Will and Harry because they mistakenly put Harry's picture on the mug commemorating Will and Kate's marriage.  Surely they had some kind of approval process before they were mass produced...at least I would think so.  Anyways, this just reaffirms my belief that Will should wear the ring :)

If you bought the mug, then you might want the tea.  This might be the only way you can brag that you had the Prince and Princess for tea.  It's a Royal cuppa (couple).  LOL.

 Tea not your thing?  Then how about some Royale...or Royal Ale....as in beer :)  "Kiss me Kate" by Castle Rock.

 Whether you drink your tea hot or cold, you'll definitely need something to keep your "Kiss Me Kate" beer chilled, so why not buy a GE side by side refrigerator with the Royal couple on the front...yes, you can actually buy this in the UK.  And it's not some desperate marketing ploy either....apparently the British public voted for this.  I don't know all of the details, but I do know this...I don't love them that much :)

Then there is this cheeky book trailer about the William and Kate Dress Up Dolly book from Penguin books.  I don't if it actually exists, but I am sure you can buy the book at the end of it.  Either way, it makes me smile every time I watch it...every time.  Much like this week's Tempting Trailer for Will and Kate's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.  If you haven't seen that one either you should definitely check out the left sidebar before Monday when a new Tempting Trailer will be posted.  I love a good sense of humor!

At the end of the book trailer above, it ends with Will and Kate on their honeymoon, so maybe they will pack these Crown Jewels condoms....yes even condoms can become wedding memorabilia especially when they are "regal prophylactics" that have been "lavishly lubed" and "regally ribbed".  Though by most accounts Will and Kate would like to start a family soon, so I doubt they will be using these :)

Maybe your are just sick and tired of all of the Royal wedding hoopla and are glad it's finally coming to an end,...but then there is always all of the post wedding rundown and analysis....if you can't take one more minute of anything to do with the Royals then you may need the Royal Wedding Sick Bag :)


It's all in the name of fun :)  I hope you enjoyed this week, the guest authors and the reader polls.  Are you curious as to what the favorite poll picks were?  You all choose...

Kate in the Justin Alexander Ball Gown.  I have to admit this was one of my two favorites :)  I loved it's simplicity and regalness.   This dress won by a landslide...it was practically no contest at all.  And it appears that almost half of you were not fans of the broach bouquets :(  I really liked them, but I also love love love real flowers :)  There is nothing like the smell of fresh spring flowers which is what you all choose.  Another fine choice.


Lastly, for our Cinderella you choose the Cole Haan Flowered Slipper for our Bride.  Beauty and comfort....the perfect combination!  I love all of the little roses on this shoe  as well as the sling back and open toe.  Very pretty!!  The news program that I watched last night reported that she will be wearing flats for the ceremony, which goes to show that she has beauty and brains :)  I mean, if you can't see the shoe go for comfort and save the show stopping high heels for when everyone can appreciate them!  It is also been reported that she will be changing shoes five times.  Five.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the Royal Wedding.  I've set my DVR to record it because 4 am...I just cannot do 4 am and keep up with three toddlers during the day.  Are you going to watch it live, or record it.  If so what channel are you going to watch.  I'm going for BBCAmerica and NBC and crossing my fingers that they have good coverage :)

Enjoy your weekend!


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Guest Author & Giveaway: Lila DiPasqua featuring A Midnight Dance

Thursday, April 28


When I think of fairy tales, I think of two things Cinderella and Lila DiPasqua.  So when I was planning my Royal Romances event I knew that Lila's upcoming Fiery Tales romance, A Midnight Dance, would be a perfect fit for what I had envisioned because her upcoming full length historical romance is based on the fairy tale Cinderella...with Lila's own unique twist to the story of course :)

Author Lila DiPasqua is my guest today to share a bit about A Midnight Dance, and is going to giveaway four royally romantic prizes, as well as an excerpt that begins with, "Once Upon a Time..."  How perfect is that!  Read and enjoy!

...and don't forget to vote on your favorite slipper fit for a Princess at the end of the post!


There are Fairy Tales . . . and Fiery Tales! 

Tomorrow there will be a royal wedding!  Commoner, Kate Middleton will marry her Prince, His Majesty, William of Wales, the man she loves.  And she’ll become a princess.

Approximately 1900 invited guests—and who knows how many countless others around the world via the media— will watch the nuptial.  Why?  Because we all love a fairy tale.  And Kate’s marriage to William is definitely the stuff of fairy tales!

My upcoming release, A MIDNIGHT DANCE (Berkley Sensation) is the third installment in the Fiery Tales series (steamy, yet romantic, retellings of classic fairy tales!). The Fiery Tales series is all about retelling those beloved well-known fairy tales and delivering a passionate love story with a happily ever after between a sexy, carnally-gifted rake and a smart strong heroine who will make him lose his heart.  Oh, with a healthy dose of scandalous behavior in each! *winks*

For those who have read AWAKENED BY A KISS and THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED, you know they’re each collections with three fairy tale retellings in each book.

But my upcoming August release A MIDNIGHT DANCE isn’t a collection at all!  It’s A Fiery Tale!  My first full-length novel is based on the most famous fairy tale of them all . . . Cinderella!

Like Kate, my heroine Sabine is a commoner.  She fell in love with her prince, gorgeous Jules de Moutier, a man born into high nobility, when she first laid eyes on him at fifteen.  But, as the story begins, things have soured…. 

Once upon a time there was a woman whose life was in cinders. Her story has been retold many ways, many times, throughout the realm. Throughout time. Her family’s wealth was gone, as were their elegant home, and their prestigious theater.  They were as lost to her as her girlhood dream of marrying a man she’d loved from afar. A man who was well beyond her reach.

A man she’d dubbed her Dark Prince, for he was tall, dark, and oh so handsome. But her opinion of him had soured. No longer did she believe in a happily ever after.

Yet one night, at the stroke of midnight, the stars aligned.

Destiny stepped in.

And she came face-to-face with her Dark Prince.

But she didn’t arrive before him as she’d dreamed all those years ago. She was not in a golden-colored gown, but in humble attire, not in a gilded carriage, but in a rickety cart, as worthless as a pumpkin, driven by two men, as meek as mice . . . carrying wine mixed with a special potion . . .

What’s in the wine, you ask?  Well, she plans on drugging our hero and making away with a fortune.  It’s a desperate plan.  She knows it.  But desperate people must resort to desperate measures.  She’s in dire straits and her family is in danger.  The only appeal about this mad scheme…. she’ll be stealing from a Moutier—whom she blames for her predicament in the first place.

If you’re looking for something different and fresh, if you love fairy tales, historical romance, a hot hero, a clever heroine, sizzling sexual tension, scorching hot love scenes and delightful secondary characters—if you want an exciting read with intrigue and twists—I hope you’ll check out A MIDNIGHT DANCE.  Trust me, Cinderella has NEVER been retold like this! *smiles*



Inspired by the tale of Cinderella, Lila DiPasqua weaves a steamy historical romance that offers a glass slipper, a dangerous deception, and an impoverished beauty determined to find her handsome prince…and make him pay.

Born into wealth, Sabine Laurent and her twin sister lived a life of luxury, their father’s prestigious theater frequented by royalty and aristocracy alike. And Sabine dreamed of her own prince charming—the devastatingly handsome Jules de Moutier.

That was before the loss of her sister and her family’s fall from grace—a disaster Sabine blames on the Moutier family. Now, with her father’s death, she’s inherited his sizable debt and the responsibility of caring for his spoiled long-time mistress and her two wastrel daughters. But with the help of Sabine’s eccentric friends—the balance of her father’s acting troupe—she plans to get very close to her old infatuation, seduce the rake—and make away with a fortune.

Resisting Jules’s skillful mouth and tantalizing touch is not as easy as Sabine supposed. And soon she must decide whether her desire for vengeance is greater than her desire for her one and only prince…


Lila DiPasqua writes wicked & witty historical romance for Penguin/Berkley. She lives with her real-life hero husband and three children and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after. She loves history and enjoys traveling. She has been to four continents so far. Her novels, AWAKENED BY A KISS, and THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED are featured in Doubleday as well as Rhapsody Book Clubs.  To learn more about Lila and her books, visit www.LilaDiPasqua.com.

To celebrate the Royal Wedding and Lila's upcoming Cinderella story, A MIDNIGHT DANCE, she would like to giveaway the following amazing prized to Four lucky Musings followers.  Here's what you could win:

FIRST PRIZE: A beautiful glass heart-shaped necklace, a signed copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE (as soon as I get my author copies), AND a signed set of my collectible Fiery Tales series Romance Trading Cards.

SECOND PRIZE: A signed Cinderella slipper ornament, A signed copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE (as soon as I get my author copies), AND a signed set of my collectible Romance Trading Cards.

THIRD & FOURTH PRIZE: A signed copy of A MIDNIGHT DANCE (as soon as I get my author copies), AND a signed set of my collectible Fiery Tales series Romance Trading Cards AND winner’s choice of either AWAKENED BY A KISS or THE PRINCESS IN HIS BED (signed by author)

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Tell me in your comment, what does Jules tell his servant, Raymond, in private to do about the wine (burgundy) Sabine is offering? Hint:  you can find the answer in the excerpt :) (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & International addresses
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on May 1st at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
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Of course, any respectable Cinderella needs to have a pair of fabulous shoes on her most special of days.  That's why today I hope to have your help in voting for a pair of shoes fit for a Princess on her Wedding Day.  Here are your choices:

Option 1:  The Glass Slipper.  Come on...you know this had to be at least one of the choices :)  It's THE fairy tale shoe! I don't know how comfortable they would be though...unless of course they were the perfect fit :)

Option 2:  The Cole Haan Flower Slipper.  Supposedly Cole Haan heels feel like wearing a tennis shoe instead of a 4 inch heel...I find that hard to believe, but I think Kate might need a pair of shoes like this during her long day of festivities :)

Option 3:  The Christian Louboutin Jeweled Slipper.  We are talking a seriously blingy, and very high heeled shoe.  This way Kate can be a bejeweled Princess from her head to her toes...literally :)  For me this is definitely a fairy tale shoe, because I could never wear it....I mean did you get a look at that heel? but I have faith that Kate could.

Option 4:  The Manolo Blahnik Something Blue Slipper.  According to most, Kate is going to be very traditional in her dress and flowers, no strapless dress (like almost any other wedding dress) a somewhat large bouquet of flowers, and a borrowed tiara from the Queen herself.  Which leaves her needing something blue....Manolo blue?



Tomorrow I'll have the results from all of the polls this week, so if you haven't already voted for the bouquet, or the dress you still have a little bit of time.


Good Luck!

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Favorite Royal Romances

Wednesday, April 27


I think every great fairy tale romance should begin "Once Upon a Time..." It has to be one of the best and most memorable first lines to begin a story with.  First lines set the tone of the entire story you are about to read.  Beginnings are just as important as endings, but the stuff in the middle is where the real magic happens don't you think?  

Will and Kate are about to embark on the "beginning" of their married life together and I hope they are supremely happy together.  And even though their life together is sure to be filled with trials and tribulations I hope they find their own happily ever after...much like the heroes and heroines in some of my favorites romances featuring Princes and their brides.  Here are some of my favorites...

  • The entire Royal Brotherhood series, In the Prince's Bed, To Pleasure a Prince and One Night with a Prince by Sabrina Jeffries.  This is one of the first series that I have read by Ms. Jeffries and one thing I can say is that I have never been disappointed by one of her romances....much like Lisa Kleypas.
  • Then there are two early Gaelen Foley romances from her Ascension Trilogy that I enjoyed, The Pirate Prince and Prince Charming.  I would compare these as far as style and storytelling to the beginning of the Knight Miscellany series (ie The Duke).  I adored them (much more than some of her more recent books sadly).
  • I'm also a fan of Patricia Grasso's Kazanov series featuring Russian princes.  These princes are alpha all the way, and dare I say a little domineering, yet I loved these stories to pieces.  It begins with To Charm a Prince, Seducing the Prince, Pleasuring the Prince, Tempting the Prince, and Enticing the Prince (there are a total of 7 in the series, but these are just the one that have Princes as heroes).  I picked up To Charm a Prince at a used bookstore and it was a royal find!  I've been hooked ever since and was sad when her publisher dropped her last year :(  Most of these books are connected to a two other series by this author because she loves to write about families (which I love) so if you decide to check them out you may or may not want to read them in order.
  • Since we are already talking about Russian Princes I thought I should mention a few of Susan Johnson's earlier works also featuring Russian Royalty that I read during my early romance reading days.  I'm talking about Seized by Love, Love Storm and Golden Paradise.  Now I do have to say that since reading those I've broken up my reading relationship with Ms. Johnson's newer romances...and I use romances in the most loosely of terms.  I don't know if my tastes have changed since reading her romances, or her writing style has changed.  When I first discovered her I read her backlist back to back to the exclusion of other authors....nowadays you couldn't pay me to read one of her new books.  And I just can't bring myself to revisit the earlier books to find out if they are still worthy of bookshelf space, so I can't really say that I recommend these reads or not.
  • And even though I haven't read Prince of Dreams by Lisa Kleypas I can't help but note it here with all of the other Russian prince romances since Lisa's hero is also...you guessed it, a Russian Prince. Though I can say I haven't met a Kleypas book that I haven't liked....yet :)
Some newer releases based on a royal fairy tale, or in honor of the upcoming nuptials are:
I know I probably left out MANY many great books so I'd love to hear what some of your favorite romances with Prince heroes in them.  Here are just a few that I found, but doesn't include any of the Harlequin category romances since there were simply to many to list :)


Don't click away yet, because today I need your help in selecting a wedding gown fit for a soon to be Princess.  Kate is said to be modern and chic, yet still somewhat traditional.  It has also been rumored that her dress will accentuate her slim physique so it could be a body hugging dress, or one to demurely show off her curves.  I can't wait to see it!  I tried to keep some of these things in mind when narrowing down the limitless possibilities.  I hope you find one that you love!

 Option 1:  Is an A-Line dress with a beaded waist, a sweetheart neckline and a flowy skirt.  Very romantic and fit for a Princess!

Option 2:  The ball gown.  I think this one is so elegant in it's simplicity and would really accentuate Kate's small waist.  With a sweetheart neckline and full skirt Kate would look regal indeed walking down the aisle in this dress.

Option 3:  The sheath dress.  I think this dress would definitely show of Kate's statuesque physique.  It has lace on the bodice, a bejeweled jacket and waist and soft cascading ruffles on the skirt.  I think this is a very modern look, yet traditional at the same time.

Option 4:  The Fit and Flare dress.  Otherwise known as the sexy dress :)  It's body hugging and sensual.  We know that Kate isn't adverse to showing off her body...after all it was her trip down the runway in the see through dress that finally got Will to see her as more than a roommate.  Should she wear a more daring dress like this?


Share your favorite Royal Romances and if you haven't voted for your Bridal Bouquet pick there's still time.
 

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