Review: Captured by Jennifer Chance

Posted January 22, 2016 in Review / 5 Comments

Review: Captured by Jennifer Chance

Captured

Series: Gowns & Crowns #2
by Jennifer Chance
Published by Elewyn Publishing on January 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Pages: 207
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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For beautiful, pampered Lauren Grant, the idea of love without strings is a fairy tale and a trap. Though she’s skillfully maintained her image as the carefree celebutante, for years she’s been systematically stalked by the richest—and most ruthless—golden boy of the Jet Set. To stay one step ahead, she’s used every resource at her disposal. But now, stuck in Garronia with the whole world watching, she’s finally cornered by her nemesis, with no way out.

Well, no way out but one: the stubborn, forceful, impossibly gorgeous captain of the Garronia National Security Force, Dimitri Korba. The first man she’s ever trusted… which makes him the most dangerous man of all.

Dimitri Korba’s greatest duty is to keep those in his care safe. Since losing his closest friend, he's vowed that he will not fail another. Not even the haughty, foolhardy American blonde whom he can’t get out of his mind. And once Dimitri glimpses the terror Lauren hides behind her icily perfect façade, protecting her becomes his only goal.

Dimitri has no idea how far his commitment will take him, however, nor how powerful his need for Lauren will flare when she’s not only in his care, but in his arms. With each stolen moment, the danger around them intensifies, burning away every doubt…until all that remains is their fierce, unexpected passion. But will that be enough to save them?

Hot! Hot! New Adult Romance

 

Well, I wasn’t expecting that!

The first book in Jennifer Chance’s Gowns & Crowns series was all about the Prince finding his Princess and all that fairytale romance mushy stuff, with a bit of intrigue added in.  Well holy smokes did Ms. Chance ramp up the intrigue.  She added in a whole lot of suspense to this second book in the series.  It was almost as if Intrigue walked up to Romance and asked it to dance.

And it’s a slow, sultry dance in a small pub on a small island in the Aegean Sea.

If only Lauren could have that carefree life.  She’s been groomed since birth to be front and center in the limelight to represent her family and all their billions of dollars.  Unfortunately, someone from her past is coming to collect her to be his trophy wife – someone who apparently has the blessing of her parents.  Lauren is afraid of this guy but is doubly afraid of what the guy might do to her sister if Lauren doesn’t play his games.

For Lauren’s safety (and the Crown’s reputation), Dimitri Korba, the captain of the Garronia National Security Force, is assigned to shadow Lauren to the Prince’s engagement party.  Even though Lauren and Dimitri don’t seem to get along, there is definitely some sort of opposites attract chemistry happening between them.

Besides this series continuing to be on the hotter side of the romance scale, Ms. Chance writes romances that start off as impossibilities and writes them to their possible happily ever afters.  Oh, each book has a definite HEA, but there’s an overall ARC to the series that is kind of obvious and if it plays out, it will change everything and give EVERYONE their final HEA….  err, I hope?

An interesting thing to note is that this second book picks right up after the first book.  So we are talking only a matter of 2 weeks plus 3 days for the entire time frame of both books so far.  Just an interesting piece of trivia…

Even though Emmaline (from the first book) and Fran were only “mentions” in this book, most all the other characters were back.  One of my favorites, the Queen, was in especially rare form 😉  She is an adorable force to reckon with.  But more than anything, I enjoyed getting set up for the next book which will be Claimed in June 2016.  I can’t freakin’ wait for Nicki to get Stefan-the-spy’s stick out of his butt.

On that classy note I’ll just stop right there… I had such high hopes for this review 😐

About Jennifer Chance

Jennifer Chance

I come by romance honestly, having spent several years writing adult romance and entering romance contests through Romance Writers of America–including finaling twice in the prestigious Golden Heart contest and winning once. But despite these and other contest wins, my first published novel came not in adult romance, but as a writer of YA historical fiction (the Elizabethan spy girls stories, the Maids of Honor)

Still, despite my love of Elizabethan spies, I could never quite give up those super Alpha contemporary romance heroes. So, in the summer of 2013, I decided to see if perhaps I might still have a romance or two up my sleeve.

I wrote a tale about a girl whose biggest high-school and college crush–a rock star–suddenly becomes her biggest client, only now she has to be professional and not betray the fact that she’s completely in love with the guy. It was a fun, sexy, romantic fantasy, and I suggested the idea to my agent… who asked what other ideas I had in addition to this story. Shortly after, the Rule Breakers series was born.

To separate these books from my historical work, I adopted the name Jennifer Chance. I am now pursuing my dreams (pretty much round the clock as it turns out) and am THRILLED to be able to have four e-books coming out in 2014 and early 2015, all with Random House LoveSwept’s New Adult romance line.

As to what will happen from here, who knows? But as long as there is a story to be written and an HEA to be had, I’ll be the one over in the corner, tapping away on my keyboard.

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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5 responses to “Review: Captured by Jennifer Chance

  1. I’ve read YA books written by this author under an alias and I’ve really enjoyed them and this series just sounds so good! I haven’t read many royal books, but I loved the Princess Diaries books so I definitely want to read more in the adult or NA genre as well. This sounds like it was a whole lot of fun and I like that the series has an overall story arc as well. I’ll be sure to pick up these books soon!
    Great review, Kristin!
    And HAHA! That last line though! 😀 You always crack me up!
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    • Her “Maid” books are good! This book is pretty en fuego so beware of that and as long as you can appreciate that the country in this story could NEVER exist, this series is an awesome distraction 🙂 I was just really, REALLY surprised by the amount of PLOT (or “meat” to the story) this romance had! One can only live so long on romance alone, right?????

  2. loved your thoughts on this one!! I really like the mix of a fairytale romance with some great intrigue!! I have heard of this author, but haven’t yet tried her out. Need to make that a priority I see!! Fab review.