Shelli Stevens, Carole Mortimer, Susan Stephens, Heather Long and J.C Makk.
Princess Francesca “Frankie” Grace has no interest in scandal or pomp and circumstance. Her desire for a military career puts her on a collision course with retired Marine Hugh Dillon.
Princess Francesca is no ordinary princess. She wants to follow in her father’s footsteps and serve in the Royal Marines. Unfortunately they don’t permit women in their ranks. Fortunately Frankie knows somewhere that does. The USMC allows women and she wants in. The only prerequisite she doesn’t meet yet is residency. Beyond that she is also going to need Prince Armand’s approval as well.
When she approaches her father, he issues a challenge to her. Complete this mock basic training camp program and he will support her all the way.
The camp is run by Hugh Dillon a former Marine and acquaintance of her father. Hugh has been told not to take it easy on Frankie. This must be a true test as to whether she can handle joining the Marines.
I love a strong woman and Frankie certainly is that. This is a favorite passage from hand to hand training.
The story that unfolds will have you laughing, shaking your head, and sighing with approval. With sexual frustration and some very hot sex, a wonderful opening to this anthology.
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Billionaire ruler of a Mediterranean principality, Prince Alexandre of Androcco took one look at Anastazia Carmichael and knew he wanted her. And he’s determined to have her. In his arms. In his bed. Any way he can get her.
This one starts off with a major OOPS as Stazzi sends off an email meant for her best friend to the Prince. I really felt her pain as she tried to retrieve it unsuccessfully. All she could do is wait for the axe to fall. Within Prince Alexandre’s arrival is one of my favorite passages.
“I’m sure you’ll find Grant and Adrian more than sufficient—” She broke off her brisk dismissal as the prince stepped forward, totally invading her space as he lowered his head and spoke softly beside her ear.
“‘ A princely pain in the fucking ass’?”
Stazzi felt the color leech from her cheeks at hearing the prince quietly quote those words directly from her email. Even her lips felt numb, and she was pretty sure her eyes had widened guiltily as the prince moved back only slightly to look down at her in challenge, the warmth of his breath a soft caress against her jaw.
She couldn’t look away, was held totally captive by those predatory green eyes.
Intense, compelling eyes, that told her she hadn’t misunderstood him. That this man meant exactly what he’d said. He did want her. Physically. Tied to his bed or otherwise.
That realization was a little overwhelming. Flattering too, if she was honest with herself. The man was a prince, for goodness’ sake, and as rich as Croesus. What woman wouldn’t feel flattered at being told she was wanted by him?
Except it wasn’t going to happen. She was almost engaged, and even if she hadn’t been, she certainly didn’t supply those sorts of needs for the hotel guests.
Alexandre admired the light of rebellion that appeared in Anastazia’s eyes even as the color returned to her cheeks and she tilted her chin in an attempt to return his challenging gaze.
Royals & Rogues (Kindle Locations 1815-1825). . Kindle Edition.
When an expected proposal turns into a break-up Stazzi decides to take a chance. A double date with her friend Lizzie and Alexandre’s friend and security advisor Asher ends with the couples heading their separate ways. Stazzi and Alexandre into a steamy hot interlude with a surprise. Lizzie and Asher well lots is insinuated but nothing confirmed.
Sizzling sex intertwined into a tale of intrigue, jealousy, lust and love.
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Angel: The first time I met Gideon Black, I was a teen who hated him with a passion that kept me awake at night.
Gideon: A tease at sixteen, Angel has grown into an irresistible, kick-ass woman. I know exactly what I want to do to her—how thoroughly, and for how long.
A troubled kingdom, a princess about to become queen and a bodyguard with more on his mind than just keeping her safe. Angel’s country couldn’t afford Blackheart security, yet the Council had hired them specifically Gideon to protect her from her Uncle’s nefarious efforts to eliminate her. One of my favorite passages is the disclosure of her problems to Gideon.
“And I have to marry.”
Her cheeks blazed red, and she retorted without thinking, “Why? Are you offering?”
Royals & Rogues (Kindle Locations 3389-3400). . Kindle Edition.
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On the heels of his worse scandal yet, Prince Kostas of Mykorini decides to keep a low profile at his American beach home in the Hamptons. Taking a lover isn’t part of his plan until he meets Eva. Evelynn Fairchild knows she should be wary of the bad boy prince, especially when she’s considered the levelheaded one in her high profile family. But one earth shattering kiss makes her wonder if she should ditch her virginity status in what surely will be a one-night stand.
Prince Kostas didn’t expect to be intrigued by a beauty merely reading on the beach, but he was. In an attempt to possibly run into her again he accepted an invitation to a costume ball. He didn’t have a costume so he made do with the clothes he had on hand, a business suit.
Evelynn never attended these events, but this time it was her parents hosting. She promised her sister she would at least come and make the rounds. She never expected to see the Prince there, let alone before she ever made it to the party. This is one of my favorite scenes.
“Are you, Eva?” His voice dropped an octave, becoming low and gravely. “Just waiting for the right person?”
He couldn’t have known she was a virgin. Couldn’t have known she would take his guess and twist it to suit her own needs, but suddenly and selfishly, she did. No, she wasn’t waiting for the ‘right person’ to turn on her naughty side, but she had been waiting for the right person to make her feel a hot awareness and desire like this. To make her feel something.
Somehow, this man— this bad boy prince of a small island outside of Greece— had been the one to wake that dormant part of her life. And she couldn’t make herself walk away from this moment, no matter how completely foolish it seemed.
“You know what? Maybe I am.” It hardly seemed like her own voice. Confident and husky.
She didn’t hide her eyes from him, and was thankful as she watched his gaze darken.
The only warning she had of his next move was the slight flaring of his nostrils, before his head swooped low. There was no asking permission, no gentle coaxing, just the sudden, intoxicating firmness of his mouth claiming hers.
Royals & Rogues (Kindle Locations 4570-4578). . Kindle Edition.
An explosion turns the Prince’s world upside down and Eva’s too as her sister leaks information to the press.
A delightful, hot read with twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
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Sir Antony Richarden is determined to win the King’s Favor, a prize which will save his family estate and secure his nieces’ future. His only obstacle? Princess Estelle of Dirksbee, the woman he left at the altar is going to make this competition more than difficult. Never mind the fact he still has feelings for Estelle…
What can one say about a man who’s brother dies right before his wedding, and he has to postpone it? That he is awesome and takes on custody of his nieces, triplets who have already lost their mother. He is struggling to keep the girls in their home that is falling apart, one of the many things necessary is a new roof. On top of that Miss Crumb from the Royal Children’s Bureau keeps showing up to make their lives miserable. Trying to prove him unfit to care for them. A way out for him is to win the King’s Favor, a treasure hunt of sorts with a nice monetary prize as well as a renewal of his honor. Honor he somehow managed to lose when his brother died and his wedding called off.
Antony also has the ire of Princess Estelle for not contacting her after the postponement of the wedding. He had tried repeatedly and been turned away by her father’s secretary Boris and advised to stay away.
Both of them have been suffering and now the King’s Favor is the one thing that will elevate one of them back to the top of their game. Tony needs this to keep his nieces with him in their home. Estelle needs this to regain her reputation, tarnished by being left almost at the alter
They love each other still and by a cruel twist of fate the King has made them partners in this quest. This is just part of the conversation in the car. One of my favorite scenes .
If only she had known then that the man was her doom.
Her drug. Unfortunately, she was still as addicted as ever. “Don’t think I’m going to make this easy on you.”
“I wouldn’t expect it, Princess. Nothing about you was ever easy.”
She leaned forward. “You cost me my reputation.”
“That was not my intention.”
“You didn’t even have the decency to call. Not a single frickin’ call.”
He squinted, but said nothing. He folded his arms and slouched back, looking all masculine and cocky.
She laughed. “You think you’re going to win this thing, don’t you?”
“I don’t think, Princess. I know.”
“You should drop out. Leave now while you still have some shred of a reputation left.”
“I’m not a quitter, Estelle. You of all people should know that about me. I don’t give up. When I put my mind to something I follow through. Every time.”
“Except where I was concerned.”
He gave her a poignant stare, but refrained from speaking. He spent the rest of the short ride staring out the window, avoiding looking her way as if she were some kind of plague.
She was going to beat Tony. Show him exactly what type of tough stuff she was made of, what he lost by leaving her.
Royals & Rogues (Kindle Locations 5900-5910). Kindle Edition.
From here between the quest and the people working behind the scenes to destroy him, decisions are made. Love takes the fore and the sex is spectacular.
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