November Mini Reviews: Contemporary Romances

Magnolia by Kristi Cook

This is a cute southern love story with a twist on the Romeo Juliet story. I really liked the characters of Ryder and Jemma who are both strong, decisive and have a clear picture of what they want to do with their lives. The backdrop of the hurricane season which transforms their hate to love relationship is very well written. I am very unfamiliar with the southern small town culture, so this book was a nice experience but I obviously can’t speak for its authenticity. On the whole, this was a light breezy cute read that I was able to finish in a single sitting and thoroughly enjoyed.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

When it’s Real by Erin Watt

Famous pop star needs to revamp his image, so his PR team hires him a “normal” fake girlfriend. Seems like a common enough trope but the writing here is amazing. Vaughn is a sweet girl who doesn’t even try to impress Oak and him being famous doesn’t intimidate her. Oak may be a celebrity but he is still a lonely teenager who wants to do more with his music and life. It starts like a job but the two of them develop an unlikely friendship. I really liked how they were able to understand each other despite their different backgrounds. Oak really grew on me as the book progressed and it was good to see that he respected her choices always. She tries to give him the chance to have normal experiences which was great to read. I am in love with these two and also the whole Bennett family and Ty. This is a wonderful love story and I recommend to anyone who enjoys cute romances.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Paper Princess (Royals # 1) by Erin Watt

This book has too much violence, drama and sexual content to be about high school teenagers. It’s like Gossip Girl on steroids. I am not usually one to read such stories. So, why did I pick this up and then continue with it???? For the same reason I binge watched Gossip Girl. This series is damn addictive. I did not want to put it down at all!!! Ella may have grown up poor with a mother who was a stripper, but is now thrust unwillingly into this world of entitled prep school kids and the Royals. But she is spunky and strong with a backbone and will not let anyone get her down. I hated Reed in the beginning and still have lots of problems with his character but the progression was good. Their relationship obviously starts off with insta-lust aggravated by teenage hormones but I still love them together. I love how Ella becomes a part of the family and they all make a great team. Easton may have his addiction issues but he is still cute and I love his semi-brotherly affection towards her. Despite all its problems, I fell in love with the book and couldn’t wait to start the next one, also obviously compelled by the crazy cliffhanger.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Broken Prince (Royals # 2) by Erin Watt

Ella has run away and the family dynamic is worse than ever. All the boys hold Reed responsible. The kids at school have gotten worse with their bullying coz Reed can’t be bothered to keep them in check. When Ella comes back, I liked that she took some time to figure out her feelings towards Reed and whether she wanted to trust him again. She also grows more confident in this book and I enjoyed her character development and her epic takedown of Jordan was quite a sight. Reed’s POV gave a lot of insight into his feelings and I loved getting to know him better. I fell in love with their relationship even more and that’s why the ending cliffhanger blew my mind away. I mean, WHAT THE HELL!!!!

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Twisted Palace (Royals # 3) by Erin Watt

Reed is a murder suspect and all his past deeds finally catch up to him. No one is ready to believe he is innocent but Ella trusts him. Their relationship in this book is tested in ways normal teenage ones are not but they remain strong together. Their faith and trust in each other made me very emotional and I loved them even more than I thought I could. Reed’s character development is huge in this one and I felt he is finally growing up and owning up to his actions. I kinda guessed the culprit early on but didn’t know the Why of it. But this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book even one bit. I loved the twist at the end and I am so happy this book doesn’t end on another cliffhanger. On the whole, this series may have too much of everything but I still love it. I love Ella and Reed, the Royal family, Val and even Wade. This series is my new guilty pleasure and I totally enjoyed the experience.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Fallen Heir (Royals # 4) by Erin Watt

I really liked Easton a lot in the previous books so I was quite excited to pick up this one but I probably shouldn’t have. While I thought he was cute and sweet and protective towards Ella despite struggling with his addiction issues, this book shows him in a totally different light. He comes across as arrogant, entitled, even stalkery coz he won’t leave Hartley alone though she has told him no multiple times. I also thought all his feelings towards Ella sounded very creepy and I really couldn’t reconcile the East from the previous books with the one here. Hartley comes across as an interesting character but I still couldn’t connect with her a lot. The absolutely crazy twists and cliffhanger at the end made me mad because it’s become the authors’ trademark to make the readers continue with the series. But I don’t think I will. I was really disappointed with the change in Easton’s character and I am not sure if I am ready to get sucked into his story anymore.

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️

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