Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Royal by Susan Stoker

New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Stoker.

In this modern Cinderella story, New York Times bestselling author Susan Stoker weaves a tale of stepfamilies, stalkers, and a suspenseful, sweeping romance that proves true love can conquer all.

Former military man and member of a royal family Callum Redmon can’t deny his sense of responsibility. So when his cousin’s latest love interest claims to have a stalker, Cal reluctantly meets with the young woman and her mother. He wants to write off the situation as a complete farce—if only his feelings for another member of the household could be as easily dismissed.

Since her father’s death seventeen years ago, Juniper Rose has been at the cruel beck and call of her stepmother and stepsister. Her fantasies of escape mean leaving behind her father’s beloved home, but enough is enough: when Cal offers her a way out sooner rather than later, June takes the leap.

Cal’s home in Maine with his military brothers seems like the safest place to start fresh. But as Cal and June’s fairy-tale romance blossoms into something real, they find that the dangers stalking them may have been real all along.

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The Royal by Susan Stoker

Book 2
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He hated what had happened, hated how he felt about himself now, but he wouldn't change anything if it meant his friends being hurt in his stead.



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Cal is a former soldier who loves his new job. Suffering from the effects of his torture and PTSD, Cal isn't someone who thinks that he's going to ever find someone to share his life with. To add to the issues, he's also royalty and while people know that he only shows up when absolutely necessary, they know his bank account is hefty. When his family calls him to help suss out a stalker for a friend of his cousin, Cal reluctantly says that he'll help.

June is a modern day Cinderella. After being taken advantage of by her stepmom and stepsister for most of her life, June is ready to break free. Doing that is scary and when June sees Cal and hears what her stepsister has in store, June shows her rebellion in small ways. I loved it.

June and Cal are fantastic for each other. Each broken or bent in their own way, both will lean on each other to learn what love is. When someone from the past doesn't like their new romance, it will take the love that they have for each other to figure out what's going on and who's trying to destroy their lives.

I really loved this story and the hope that it showed. It was inspirational and truly a great love. I can't wait for more. The only reason for the four stars instead of five is the predictability.

This is the second book in the series, and I would recommend that you read them in order, so that you get the full impact of the background of the men living in Newton, Maine.

Cal was the one who suffered the most when they were imprisoned and tortured, due to him being a prince and the most newsworthy. His body is now so disfigured that he cannot even face himself in a mirror, so he has no expectation of ever falling in love and being accepted by a woman. That has not stopped gold diggers trying to gain his attention.

Carla is one such woman, but it is her stepsister, June, who actually attracts his attention – and not just because she affects his heart, but because she is clearly a slave to her stepmother and stepsister. In true Cinderella fashion, the prince saves the day – but has the danger really passed?

Both Cal and June are very attracted to the other, but neither thinks they are worthy – so we do have to deal with quite a lot of denial – but the inner voice musings are a worthwhile price to pay for the goodness and joy of the story. It is impossible not to wish them every happiness!



He definitely wasn't Prince Charming; he was more like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. Unfit to be seen in normal society. Grumpy. Broken. Cursed.


Author Bio

SUSAN STOKER is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author whose series include Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes. Married to a retired Army noncommissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri and California to Colorado, Texas, and Tennessee—and currently lives in the beautiful wilds of Maine. A true believer in happily ever after, Stoker enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love.

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I've never felt about anyone the way I do about you. Like if I don't see you, can't touch you, I'll break into a million pieces and float away.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided with a free copy of The Royal (Game of Chance #2) by Susan Stoker to read and review.

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