Monday, June 13, 2016

~*★Blog Tour with Review★*~ Royal Prick (A Stepbrother Romance #2) by J.L. Beck


Royal Prick (A Stepbrother Romance #2)
Author: J.L. Beck
Release Date: June 9, 2016

Blurb

Royal is a prick.

A sexy as hell prick.

The I need and want to screw you right now kind of prick.

The arrogant, I can do and f*ck whoever I want to type.

He's so self-entitled that I want to punch him in the face, yet kiss him at the same time.

I hate him but at the same time, still want him.

A darkness surrounds him. He has secrets.

For instance where he sneaks off to almost every night.

He'll break my heart and my headboard if let him.

I wanted Royal, but could I handle his darkness?



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Title: Royal Prick
Author: J.L. Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (A Stepbrother Romance #2)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa

I didn’t have the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, but there was something to be said about the blurb for this one, that made me want to overlook that and dive right in, evening knowing nothing of the writing style of the author or the characters that I would be reading about.

Step-brother romances for me are a guilty pleasure of sorts. I don’t read them all the time, but when I do, they usually give me the break from the more emotionally gripping tales I’m looking for.

This step-brother romance wasn’t like that. At all. This one stood out from the ones I’ve read before because it had its moments where it did bring the emotion. Did grip me and make me feel more than some others have in the past.

I will admit that at first, this book was a little hard to get into for me. I can’t really say for certain why that was, like there wasn’t one specific instance where I just felt things dragged or I wasn’t intrigued by the characters, but for the first couple of chapters, I did struggle. But once I got past those, the pacing seemed to pick up, we were thrown straight into the thick of things (right around the moment when Royal is sent away and starts over, really) and business certainly did pick up.

From that moment on, the action, the interactions, it didn’t let up. The pacing stayed consistent and I was pulled into the relationships between not only the two people that were destined to fall in love, but also the secondary family dynamic. I will say that there were a few moments that seemed rather out of this world as the story progressed in terms of the family, especially Noelle’s mother (Royal’s unfortunate step-mother), but they weren’t so outlandish that in the end they took away too much from the story.

This being my first foray into this author, I’m definitely pleased with the result. We had a bad boy who just under all that bravado was just oh so damn sweet, while still remaining alpha in the moments that mattered. We had a fighter (which, for some strange reason, pulls me in a lot more lately than it ever has) and we have a fractured family that in the end sets the stage for some pretty major growth from quite a few of the characters. All of the nonsense from that stepmother you just love to hate, it had a purpose and one that by the end of the book revealed itself in the best possible way.

Setting these two characters free to be who they are meant to be, but more than that, be better than what they were when they started.

It was steamy, romantic, hot, gripping and at times downright emotional, maybe even a little scary (with the event that takes place with Noelle later in the book). It was a step brother romance, but it was more than just that and I’m definitely glad I caught sight of this and took the chance as it was an enjoyable ride.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this book before its official release. If you’re looking for a step-brother book that’s just a little different from the rest, give it a try. Hopefully like me you’ll enjoy Royal and Noelle’s journey.


About the Author

J.L. Beck is the Best Selling Author of some of your favorite series, those including The Kingpin Love Affair Series, The Bittersweet Series, The Ties Series, The Project: Series, The Worth It Series, and The Stepbrother Romance Series.

She's a 24 something year old, who plays mother to two adorable minions during the day, and wife and author by night. Whenever she can you will find her reading, lounging around the house, or playing with her two German Shepard pups Halo, and Hatchi.

Her favorite books are those that leave a lasting impression, and that have you coming back for more.

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