Friday, September 16, 2016

Review & Tour: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke

Title: The Wrong Prince
Author: C.K. Brooke
Genre/Age: Fantasy Romance/NA
Series: None
Publisher: 48fourteen
Format: ebook via YABound
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisTwo princes. One bride. A dire misunderstanding…

Geo and Dmitri are the princes of Tybiria. Though Geo is the obvious athlete, it's bookish Dmitri that yields the credit - and consequences - for slaying a foreign prince. But whose arrow really struck the boy?

Luccia Camerlane is the Baron of Backshore’s enigmatic well as Prince Geo’s secret mistress…until she learns of her disastrous betrothal to none other than his brother, Prince Dmitri.

When Dmitri is abducted by the deranged King of Llewes, star-crossed lovers Geo and Lucie must set aside their woes and differences to rescue the Crown Prince from the formidable Wintersea fortress. A precocious castle ward, a fascinating love-quadrangle, and a hit-woman harlot complete this action packed rom com in another wickedly fast-paced fantasy adventure from C.K. Brooke, author of The Red Pearl and the Books of Jordinia.

C.K. Brooke is a 2015 Shelf Unbound Notable Indie author with a five-star rating by Readers' Favorite. She holds numerous fantasy and romance publications with 48fourteen, Limitless Publishing, and Elphame Press. Her lifelong passion is books - reading, writing, editing, publishing and blogging about them. When not blissing out in literary land, she enjoys info-tainment podcasts, singing, songwriting and playing the piano. She lives in Washington, Michigan with her husband and young son. There's tons to check out at the new, so come and see what she's up to!

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**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.** 

Fantastic! Simply fantastic!

I had been impatiently waiting for the tour schedule to come out so I could get my review copy of this book. For some reason, the blurb hit my 'happy place' and I was anxious to get my hands on it. I received it and dove straight into it. I was not disappointed!

Lucie is in love with a prince. He seems to return her affections, and their love affair is a quiet and naughty secret between them. When her father informs her that he has chosen a husband for her, Lucie's heart is nearly ripped out of her chest. She will have to leave her beloved prince, Geo, behind.

Prince Georome will never be a king. And he's alright with that. He admires his older brother, Dmitri, and they have a bond that is obvious from the beginning. So when Geo learns that his lovely Lucie has somehow become betrothed to Dmitri, Geo can't do anything other than stand aside as his heart silently shatters inside him.

It isn't long (at all!) after the royal engagement is announced that Prince Dmitri is kidnapped from his kingdom by a ruthless enemy. Taken to a fortress in the north, Dmitri stands no chance of escaping and realizes his death is imminent.

But Geo isn't giving up on his brother so easily. I found it a bit strange that Geo's parents would agree to allow their only other heir to chase after the Crown Prince, but I overlooked it. After all, if Geo didn't leave to rescue Dmitri, we wouldn't have a story to tell! Lucie following Geo on the rescue mission was icing on the cake.

Dmitri surprised and impressed me the most. I expected (because I know myself) to fall for Geo, the ill-fated and tormented prince. And I did. But more than that, I fell head over heels for Dmitri. After he meets Pavi and opens up to her, we get to see a romantic and suave side of the somewhat nerdy prince.

When our characters come together and we are reminded of the elephant in the room engagement, I was cringing, and cringing, and cringing. My heart ached for each of them. But that ending was certainly worth it. When I reached the last page, I wanted to start all over again. And I definitely will re-read this one and check out this author's other books! 

In closing... 
Royalty, forbidden love, secret romance, and harlot-assassins? What more could one ask for in a fantasy romance story? Five awesome suns!

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