Title: Royal Tease
Series: Royals United Duet #1
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 13, 2018
The plan was simple, go undercover, protect my best friend’s little sister. It should have been the easiest assignment of my life.
But Jessa isn’t your usual princess. She’s feisty, and sexy, and stubborn, and gorgeous. Did I mention she hates me? From the moment I carried her over my shoulder out of a bar fight, I’ve been persona non grata.
But the stakes are too high to mess this up. The monarchy is at risk.
I can’t stand Roone Scot.
There I said it. Shoot me.
We go together like lightening and water. His quiet, steady obstinance is going to cost me my job. A job I have worked very hard to keep. No one is messing this up for me. I’ve had enough crazy in my life.
Not to mention the way his eyes track me every time I move, makes me uncomfortable in an I-need-my-batter-operated-boyfriend kind of way.
But even if I wanted him - which I don’t, but if I did - I can’t ever have him. My life is not my own. I’ve known that since birth.
(Book 1 in the Royals United Duet)
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“They are in for a royal mess, 3.5”
Jessa is living her best life and happy with how things are. What she doesn’t know is her life has been one big lie because of her parents. Now things are starting to come out and she doesn’t know who to trust. She was falling for Roone and then discovers he has ties to her past as well. Leading her to do what her father taught her to do-run.
Roone is the king’s best friend and body guard, so it was only logical that he would put him on the case of bringing his sister home. Only Roone never expected that he would fall in love with Jessa. He isn’t the type to lie and even though he’s not he can’t help but feel like he is. Will he be granted permission to tell Jessa who he is before it’s too late?
The writing of Royal Tease is on point but for some reason I personally just couldn’t fall into the story and stay there, and I honestly cannot pinpoint why. Royal Tease is not the normal royal book and ends on a cliff-hanger because its part of a duet. Royal Tease is action packed and full of unknown. If that’s the kind of story you’re into then Royal Tease might be the one for you.
Royal Tease is book one in a new series by Ms. Malone. And despite knowing that, I wasn't prepared for the cliffhanger at the end. So there's your warning. Otherwise we find our characters trying to overcome childhood issues to find love and how to balance work and love.
Oh, the intrigue. Roone is undercover to guard Jessa. Jessa has no idea she needs protection. And despite Roone's misgivings and requests, he has to do his job without letting Jessa know. That creates a bodyguard/royalty/work mashup romance mixed with opposites attract.
Roone and Jessa were interesting characters. I felt like the backstory and details were great, but were doled out very slowly. Though I'm sure it was with great thought, it left a lot of unknowns to the reader and felt like the essence of each character was just out of reach for understanding. Jessa is a hard working PR associate. She was dealt a lot of childhood uncertainties, but has overcome them to be a great person. Roone is a very capable Royal Guard, but rubs Jessa the wrong way when they first meet. He's still chivalrous and interested; and despite knowing this is a work assignment, it's hard to tell where the acting ends and the hormones start. I liked that Roone wanted to make the assignment known to Jessa from the beginning and work with her instead of leaving her in the dark.
The assignment for Roone sets up the duo for possible romance. And no matter how much Jessa fights the idea, the chemistry is there. The desire, innuendos, flirting, and attraction thrives despite their back and forth feisty banter. When the cameras finally go off and the two end up in the bedroom, it's no surprise that Roone rocks Jessa's world. Poor Ariel listening in!
The pace of the book was a bit up and down. The mystery of if and when Jessa would piece together the “princess” bit coupled with Roone's unorthodox public relations craftsmanship...but the background details that made up their history was choppy and a bit awkward. You constantly know something is missing, and some is the mystery of the lost princess, but it's more than that somehow and make it a bit rocky to read.
This book felt like part of a bigger novel universe, so I'm interested in going back to find other works by Ms. Malone so I can get some of the backstory that was alluded to. And I really want to know what happens, so of course I'm up for part two! I hate cliffhangers like this, and I want to know if they work out their pasts to create a future.
“One rule. I would not shag my best friend's sister.”
“The rush of adrenaline was pure and fast and sweet, tasting like a frozen lemonade on a hot summer day.”
“The angel on my shoulder tried valiantly with one last protest. But the devil that had taken over my soul was having none of it.”
Plot = 4/5
Characters = 4/5
Heat = 4/5
Writing Style = 4/5
Overall Rating = 4/5
USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.
With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.
Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.
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