Friday, May 4, 2018

Review: Royal Treatment

Royal Treatment (His Royal Hotness - Book 2) by Tracy Wolff

Publication Date: 04/24/2018
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Imprint: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 255
ASINB07287QDC3

(Received for an honest review from Loveswept via Netgalley)

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Books in the series:

His Royal Hotness

1. Royal Pain
2. Royal Treatment

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Excerpt from Royal Treatment, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature

Synopsis:

What’s a crown prince to do with time on his hands? Or better yet, who? It’s Prince Garrett’s turn to find love in this mouthwatering standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Royal Pain.

Once upon a time I was being groomed to sit on the throne of Wildemar. Now I’m lucky they let me into the palace through the front door. After I was kidnapped and tortured by extremists, my reward upon my release is that nobody trusts me enough to let me be king. And since my twin brother, Kian, has assumed all my responsibilities, I figure why not take over as the black sheep?

But after breaking things off with my betrothed—we never had much chemistry, anyway—and giving the jetsetting playboy lifestyle a try, I’m starting to wonder if I’m cut out for this s***. Then I meet Lola Barnes, a drop-dead gorgeous entrepreneur from the States who’s as refreshing as she is feisty.

It’s supposed to be a one-night-stand—until the press catches wind of my “new American sweetheart.” Trouble is, Lola’s no sweetheart. But the more I see our names together in the headlines, the more I find myself craving another taste. .


Thoughts:

Author Tracy Wolff knows her way around a Crown Prince in the latest addition to the erotic contemporary romance series, His Royal Hotness. Royal Treatment takes readers back to Wildemar and introduces them to the heir to the throne, Prince Garrett. Only things aren't going quite as planned after Garrett's traumatic kidnapping and torture. Readers who are intrigued by royal life and the ins and outs of court will find this one a very good read. 

What I liked:

Every once in awhile I want to read a good quick and dirty erotic romance and Royal Treatment certainly fits the bill. Tracy Wolff is able to get readers in the mood quickly for a romp with a playboy prince. I don't know a lot about royalty. Most of us don't. Just what we are allowed to see in the media and what stories we get from those paid to provide photos that cast royals in the limelight whether good or bad. I liked that Wolff gives us a glimpse into a world most of us will never see and that makes this one a grand escape. 

Garrett isn't quite what you'd expect. He is definitely on a bit of a tear after his recent experiences. He was kidnapped and tortured and then removed as heir to the throne by his ruthless father. He has a lot of issues and he's taking his frustrations out with wine and women. What's a prince to do with no country to rule? Wolff does a wonderful job of portraying Garrett as more than just a lost soul. He has been preparing for the duty of being King his whole life and without that coupled with PTSD, he is the epitome of a tortured hero. But he's not sitting around lamenting his woes, he's out there trying to enjoy a debauched life. He was quite endearing as he worked through his issues with candor and honesty. I liked his attitude, his demeanor and his ability to love. A very good character.

Oh Lola! I loved Lola. What a spitfire. Who just goes toe to toe with a prince over a swimming hole? She had spunk and determination and it has served well as a fashionista and entrepreneur. Garrett has met his match with this one. She doesn't put with any nonsense and she calls him out when she needs to, but she also understands the position he is in with his family and does what she believes is right for him even though perhaps it was a misguided gesture. I liked that Wolff made her tough but showed her vulnerabilities with Garrett. Their chemistry was not only off the charts hot, but it was endearing and loving as well.

What I didn't like:

We hear quite a bit about the King though he never really makes an appearance. As readers we can easily decide that he is quite a pain and very tedious and somewhat mean to his children. He deems Garrett unfit and hands the throne over to Kian who is even more unfit to rule. I wanted the boys to have a chance to their father in his place a bit but it didn't happen. Just a pet peeve that they didn't get to have their say with the man in question.

I had to throw my ideals of what is proper and right for the crown out the window a bit with this one because it seemed a bit out of place with my thoughts about royals. I've been watching too much Netflix lol... It's all about decorum and what kind of royal face is presented to the public. This one was bit of a clash with that and I was a bit skeptical in parts until I thought some of the things real "princes" have been caught doing.

Bottom Line:

This is a very good hot read. If you are looking for that book that takes you out of your head and out of the mundane everyday life... this is a good one. It's not everyday we as readers can rub noses with royalty. I loved Wolff's approach to main character Garrett. A tortured but beautiful soul. The high spirited Lola was his match in every way even though there were other reasons they probably shouldn't try to make a go of it. A good book if a little out of the norm when what you'd expect from a royal family. And the King needed a good spanking.

Royal Treatment is available in e-book format from your favorite online booksellers.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag




About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes contemporary romance and erotic romance as Tracy Wolff, paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Tessa Adams and young adult novels as Tracy Deebs.

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