Thursday, July 16, 2015

review || THE PRINCE'S RUNAWAY LOVER { blog tour } by Robin Covington

Entangled Indulgence | July 14, 2015 | Contemporary Romance
Men of the Zodiac: LIBRA


Crown Prince Nicholas Lytton was never supposed to be ruler of Callanos. He was the "spare to the heir," pursuing a decadent life of the rich and royal - extreme sports, physical pleasures, and glorious irresponsibility. Until his brother died. Now Nick is to be coronated king, and no one believes he's ready.

The best way to secure his crown is to do the unthinkable...find a queen.

While Isabel Reynolds works in the palace gardens, she has no desire to draw the attention of the way-too-flirty, would-be king. For she's not the woman everyone thinks she is. Even if she wanted - or was tempted by - the promise of love, it would only end in disaster. Because while Isabel may be able to catch a king, her secrets would only destroy him...

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{ about robin covington } .

Robin Covington loves to explore the theme of fooling around and falling in love in her sexy, bestselling books. When she’s not writing sexy, sizzling romance she’s collecting tasty man candy pics, hoarding red nail polish, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and obsessing over Dean Winchester. Don't send chocolate . . . send eye candy! Robin’s bestselling books have finaled in the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice, the Book Seller’s Best and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. She lives in Maryland with her handsome husband, her two brilliant children (they get it from her, of course!), and her beloved furbabies. Drop her a line at - she always writes back.

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“You want to tell me why you didn’t want your photo taken?”

She shook her head, the sudden dryness of her throat and the new shot of adrenaline making it impossible to speak.

“Are you ever going to tell me?”

She just stared at him, her silence speaking volumes.

“Fuck me,” he muttered under his breath, lifting a hand to cup her jaw, his thumb gently stroking along her jaw in a move that soothed as much as it shot her adrenaline level back up. “I don’t know whether to thank you for taking me to the camp or to walk away and leave you and your particular brand of trouble alone.”

The only thing she could think to say was the same warning she’d issued previously and ignore the part of her that hoped he didn’t heed it…once again. “I’m not staying and I’m”

“You’re no Cinderella. You’re a bad idea. I heard you.” He shifted in closer to her body, his length pressing her further back into the stone. He was like a furnace to her front and the contrast with the chilled stone made her shiver. He was not the cause of the tremor, not even a little bit. She would just keep telling herself that and it would be true.

“Thanks for the warning but I’m a big boy and I can make all the bad choices I want.” He dipped his head, nose brushing against hers as his breath warmed her lips. She closed her eyes against the onslaught of this man who could have any woman in the world but was hell-bent to have her. His voice was rough when he murmured, “You’re a bad choice that I can’t wait to regret.” He took her mouth, living up to his pronouncement with the deep thrust of his tongue as soon as she gasped with the pleasure of his intrusion and the heavy full press of his body against hers. It was as if they’d been kissing each other forever, the twining of their tongues, the angle of their mouths fitting together perfectly.

Their lips nipped, explored, tongues plunging and tasting and she moaned when his one hand slid along her neck to tangle his fingers in the mess of her hair while the other delved under her T-shirt to glide across the skin of her belly to cup her breast. She pushed into his touch, silently pleading for him to tease her nipple through the light cotton of her bra. It was his turn to moan when the movement caused the strap to slip off her shoulder and drag the cup down, allowing him room to caress flesh against aching flesh.

His skin was rough and calloused, and the sensation lit up her nerve endings. Her breasts, unwilling to keep the pleasure all to themselves, sent hot tendrils down her belly and into the core of her. Wet. Hot. She was dying for him, panting against his mouth as she was taken to the place where all she could do was feel.

Isabel looped her arms around his neck, hanging on for dear life as her legs really did give way under the avalanche of sensations ricocheting inside her body. It had been years since she’d felt this kind of pleasure, had wanted and craved it like it was sustenance to her very being. She wanted him, the shock of it catching in her throat as she gave in to desire that she’d thought had left her completely. She was awake, alive, and finally craved the touch of a man again.

Nick broke away from her mouth, pressing a trail of heat and wet kisses along her neck and angling down along her collarbone.

“Nicky,” she gasped as she gripped his shoulders, nails digging in at the contact of his thigh against her core as he wedged his leg between her own. She moved against his hard muscle, the sharp spikes of electric pleasure beginning in her core and warming her belly into an inferno of desire. “Oh my God, Nicky.”She felt his smile against the skin just below her ear, the huff of his laughter in her hair. “I like that.”

{ review } .

When you think of prince brothers, I'm willing to bet you'll think of William and Harry. Am I wrong? Didn't think so (...if you agreed, of course. If you didn't, what planet have you been on? ;) )

Well, Crown Prince Nicholas Alistair Malcolm Lytton is most definitely the Prince Harry.

He's a gold-medal winner who is a world-wide name. He's a partier who frequents as many countries as he can. His brother is going to be crowned King due to their father's dementia. However, while Nick is out of country having a fabulous time with two very willing ladies in his room, his best friend busts down the door with the biggest sucker-punch of Nick's life.

Never even thinking there was an option to being crowned King, Nick made quite the playboy reputation for himself and now that he finds himself in that very position, his country doesn't think he'd be quite the best option for thrown -- something that his cousin is banking on. While it's not a position Nick ever saw himself in, his sense of loyalty and duty have him planting his feet and going forth with the coronation.

Nick.... Nick, Nick, Nick (...Nick, Nick, Nick, Nickelodeon, shhh -- I'm writing this while working nights and not having the most sleep this week) is actually a pretty good guy. He doesn't necessarily agree with the issues his family and ... royal cabinet? ... want to push forward. He has his opinions but because they're not the popular opinions of his people, everyone just shoos his ideas away as those of an irresponsible 'child'. But the thing I liked most about this man? He had a (damn good) cause that he wanted to fight tooth and nail for -- he was adamant about it -- yet because it didn't meet the popular political opinion, it was something his advisor was being slow-footed about.

I liked Nick. He took a sucky situation and he made it the best that he could. And then there was Isabel.

The last year plus hasn't exactly been the kindest to her, either, and she's found herself far away from her home in Kentucky, working on the gardens at the Palace of Callanos. She's a by-the-book girl; she takes notes of the rules and follows them explicitly -- but her last year plus has her in a slight state of fear, so following rules is extremely necessary.

I really liked Isabel's character. Here was this almost do-gooder who was there to work on the gardens and that. Was. It.

No fraternization, no partying -- you don't look at the royal family, you don't speak to the royal family, and you certainly address them with respect when they are near. But one day on a run, she finds herself a new running partner and it's a few days in before she learns that he's Prince Nicholas (side note, I loved that Nick got her name from Chris. Way to be a wingman, dude). She enjoys talking with him and running with him, but now all of the rules are haywire and the very last thing she needs is for the spotlight to be on her.

This whole thing was surreal and she'd been fooled by tall, blond, and says-everything-right before and it had all gone to hell. But she'd become very adept at reading people since she paid the price for getting it wrong and Nick gave her the vibe that he was a good person. Easy to talk to and not anything like she expected. And while she was rusty on the finer points of male and female relationships it had certainly seemed as if Nick was flirting with her.

With her. While she had her hair in a messy ponytail, the dust of the day on her clothes and wearing flip-flops.

Incredible. And then she knocked her ass back into reality and remembered one crucial difference: this man was a prince. He probably had some princess or duchess or somebody he was supposed to be with. Not her. She was no princess; she was not Cinderella. She was a fake, a liar. An attempted murderess, a fugitive from the law.

I love the way Robin Covington weaves a story, and this one was no different. I enjoyed the slight plot twists that lead us to the end, answering the biggest questions: What does a seemingly good girl do to be considered a fugitive? I loved that Nick found something that he wanted to fight for and for someone that he was (eventually) willing to put everything on the line for.

Altogether, this was a wonderful addition to the Zodiac series.

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