CapturedSeries: Gowns & Crowns #2
by Jennifer Chance
Published by Elewyn Publishing on January 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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.
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?
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 😐