Would you believe that I actually read this book AND then joined the book tour? Yep, I enjoyed this story THAT much. So besides a review, I can share an excerpt and a tour-wide giveaway. I so smart 🙂
BedmatesSeries: American Royalty #1
by Nichole Chase
Published by HarperCollins, William Morrow on October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.
Who doesn’t love “royalty” and all the 99 problems that come with it? Yeah…. I’ll just sit back and read fictional tales about the messed up lives of those under the public microscope of social and news media.
I was particularly interested in Ms. Chase’s take on “American Royalty” (pun totally intended) with the mention of a first daughter whose every little trip-up is magnified into a fall down the side of a cliff – metaphorically of course.
Maddie McGuire is the President’s daughter and she’s also a college student majoring in Environment Science with a focus on sustainability. She wants to fix the world, make a difference. Unfortunately, the way she goes about it backfires and gets her in trouble with more than the cops. Her father “sentences” her to work with the Vice President’s son, Jake, on his charity program for disabled veterans returning home from war… not unlike Jake himself.
Jake and Maddie grew up together but they’ve had a tenuous relationship. She always felt like the gawky, pain in his ass, tag-a-long and he was the pompous ass who got all the girls… although she couldn’t help but crush on him. He is kind of hot in an annoying way.
I’ve got to admit, Jake made me so mad in the beginning of the book. Freakin’ men have no clue sometimes. It’s interesting to get a story told in dual POV – you get both sides to the same story or situation and you might take sides. Oh, I definitely took Maddie’s side in this entire book. Honestly, I sometimes enjoy when the characters make me mad because if the story is written well, the plot will flow right off that tension and the author will use it to build up to the climax of the story.
And then there are the other characters in the story. Oh dear God, the Vice President / Jake’s mom… if ever there was a reason why the V.P. had no true power, she is it! Do not ever elect a woman like this into office. You are meant to hate and loathe this creature and Ms. Chase does a fabulous job weaving her nasty into the plot. If she’s not enough nasty for you, there is Maddie’s stepmother, Abigail, but she is at least 20 steps down from Jake’s Mom.
The story is fascinating, charming, and has the kind of romantic tension that I love best.
It’s almost a completely different story by the time you finish.
I would say that I could easily read this story again and again and not get bored. Actually, I kind of did re-read it to write this review 🙂
Here’s a short excerpt ∗sigh∗
“Yeah? Why’s that?”
“You’re just so easy to be around.” He shrugged as if that summed up the whole world but I had no idea what it meant.
“And… . . . that’s a good thing?.” I frowned up at him. He gave me butterflies and I stumbled over everything I said but he thought I was easy to be around.
He stepped closer and I found myself nose to chest. His fingers tilted my chin up and his lips fluttered over mine. I let my palm rest on his skin where I could feel his heart beating rapidly.
He didn’t touch me except for the fingers on my chin and his lips on mine.
When he stepped back, his brown eyes were dark. “It’s a good thing.”
Before I could think to ask anything else, he was gone, taking the stairs two at a time. My fingers drifted up to my lips and I stared at where he had just been, the remote in my other hand forgotten.
I’d never been kissed like that before; with so much tenderness and awe.
Cute, right? 🙂
By the way, Ms. Chase is an incredibly giving person. She opens up honestly about her 2 year hiatus on her website. The more talk, the more help it does everyone, I say 🙂 ∗hug∗
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