Friday, October 21, 2016

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase Blog Tour

Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series & Legal Briefs series, returns with the first of three sizzling standalone books about a family of racy, irresistible Royals.

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

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She’s even lovelier than I remembered, than I dreamed. Delicate midnight tendrils frame a face that belongs in a museum—with stunning dark sapphire eyes that should be commemorated in vibrant oils and soft watercolors. If Helen launched a thousand ships, this girl could raise a thousand hard-ons.

She’s prettily made, the top of her head coming only to my chin, but fantastically curvy. Great full tits that strain the buttons of a wrinkled white blouse, shapely hips in a black skirt tapering to a tiny waist I could wrap my hands around and toned legs encased in sheer black tights finish off the whole package very nicely.

An unfamiliar anxiousness fizzes like soda in my gut.

“The door was open,” I explain.

“It’s broken.”

Logan flicks at the lock. Security is his life, so a broken lock would annoy him like a puzzle with the final piece missing.

“What do you want?”

She has no idea who I am. It’s in the defensive way she holds herself and the accusatory note in her voice. Some women try to pretend they don’t recognize me, but I can always tell. Her ignorance is rather…thrilling. There are no expectations, no hidden agendas, no reasons to pretend—what she sees is what she gets. And all she sees is me.

My throat is suddenly a barren wasteland. I swallow, but it’s difficult.

“Well, he’s desperate for some pie.” I hook my thumb at Simon. “And I…wanted to apologize for the other evening. I don’t normally act that way. I was on a bit of bender…”

“In my experience, people don’t do things when they’re drunk that they wouldn’t do normally.”

“No, you’re right. I would’ve thought all those things, but I never would’ve said them out loud.” I move closer, slowly. “And if I’d been sober…my opening bid would’ve been much higher.”

“She crosses her arms. “Are you trying to be cute?”

“No. I don’t have to try…it just sort of happens.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I have been a fan of Emma Chase from the beginning. My copy of Tangled is the indie published ebook – the one featuring the beige sheets instead of the red ones. I stumbled upon it a couple of weeks after its release and was amazed by how an author could make me cry like a baby and laugh myself silly, all while writing from the male point of view. Crying wasn’t a biggie because with the right storyline, an author can rip my heart out and wring it dry. It was the laughter that shocked me. I’m pretty sure that Tangled was the first real romantic comedy I’ve read and with it, Chase secured a spot on my watch list, and with each subsequent book of the author’s I read, she secured her spot on my must-read list. Royally Screwed not only continued to validate her position on that list, it made me laugh and cry in just the right amounts and left me wanting January to get here sooner so that I can remain in Wessco with the royal family.

While the prologue is intended to give the reader an understanding of why Nicholas is able to live his life under the close scrutiny of the press – he’s never known a time in his life when they weren’t present – it is the first chapter that really pulled me into the story. I love the way Chase writes her male characters and I found Nicholas even more entertaining because of the dichotomy between what he wanted to say and what he had to say to maintain his image as the heir to the throne. There were certainly times I wanted him to be able to say what he was thinking, but I understood why he could not and those times I was happy that he had the judgement to know when to hold his tongue – sadly, there is a time when the skill fails him and does so spectacularly. But prior to that, watching him get rejected by Olivia, watching him apologize to her, and then watching him pursue her – all things it’s painfully obvious he’s not used to having to do – was wonderfully entertaining. And endearing because you could tell that Nicholas didn’t get to just be himself often, so it wasn’t difficult to understand why their relationship progressed as it did. What wasn’t fun to watch was Olivia learning just how nasty the aristocracy could be, but thankfully, she found an unexpected ally in Franny. Yet the ups and downs were well worth the ending as Chase managed to give the couple the royal ending they deserved – which also set the stage for book two quite beautifully.

One of the things I appreciated about Royally Screwed is that while Chase doesn’t skimp on the humor, it occurs a bit more subtly in several places. This fits well with the characterization I believe many Americans have with royalty: that they’re far more buttoned-up and less crass than the regular guy – at least in public they are. There is a nice balance between the sharp-edge-of-the-tongue humor and the intentional humor that one would use in an effort to break the tension, but not over-the-top humor. I loved the family relationships and how even though Nicholas’s family couldn’t approve of his relationship with Olivia, they weren’t as unsympathetic as they appeared at first glance. My only real complaint about Royally Screwed is that I wish there had been more – I would have loved to see what took place in the eight months between the last chapter and the Epilogue, but I can never get enough of Chase’s writing. I loved Royally Screwed and cannot wait for the release of Royally Matched so I can read Henry’s story.

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase to read and review for this tour.

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