I’m super excited to share with you today a really sweet, totally fun book! I’m proud to be participating in the official Blog Tour for Jennifer Chance’s COURTED, and I have so much great stuff for you in today’s post! Sit back an enjoy not only my own review of COURTED, but also an exclusive interview with the author herself! And when you’ve gotten to know COURTED and Jennifer, be sure to enter the amazing Giveaway! And…here we go!
Aspiring concert violist Emmaline Aurora Grace Andrews is torn between her love of family and her love of music. A year ago, she deferred entering a prestigious graduate program to help her parents recover from a devastating accident. Now the deferment is expiring, but her parents still need her. Worse, every time she plays her audition piece, she mangles it. Is it too late to be the musician she’d always dreamed of? Should she even try?
Determined to get clarity, Emmaline accepts a friend’s offer for a whirlwind European vacation. First Stop: a real live fantasy kingdom—the perfect place to sort wishes from reality.
Prince Kristos Andris was a respected captain in his nation’s military… Was. In the wake of the tragic death of his elder brother, he’s managed to avoid his duties as the new Crown Prince of Garronia for months. But now he must accept his responsibilities and leave his troops behind. Outraged at the restrictions of his new royal position, he’ll do anything for one last adventure. So when opportunity suddenly lands in his arms in the form of a dreamy-eyed American girl, he embraces it (and her) for all he’s worth. What’s the harm in a quick fling, after all? It won’t change what he knows he must do…
Only this is Garronia in the summertime, where passion has a way of ruining even the most sensible of plans.
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Miss Riki’s Review:
This book is a really sweet love story featuring a swoon-worthy prince, a girl who has always wanted to live her recently troubled life as a princess, and the whirlwind romance they embark on.
First of all, I loved the friendship aspect to this novel with Emmaline and her girlfriends taking a European vacation. The friends were wonderful secondary characters in this fun romance and I enjoyed seeing their reactions to what Em is going through. Lauren is such a character and kind of stole the scene when she showed up on the page!
Kristos is a wonderful leading man, and I thought the sweet meet-cute when he runs into Em on the beach was just so dang adorable. I love that he is able to come to her rescue right away and thought that it set the tone for the romance that runs hot and fast. There is a bit of the insta-love aspect to this novel, but it feels earned after all the drama that Em and Kristos go through. Somehow being thrust into the spotlight makes people realize what’s important much quicker, and I fell for the quick romance with no problem.
This book truly is a modern fairy tale, with all of the wonderful aspects of palace life explored. Romance fans will love stepping into the kingdom of Garronia and will fall for Em and Kristos, just like I did. This book is fast-paced and an easy read sure to thrill readers.
Interview with Jennifer Chance:
Describe yourself in five words.
Grateful, Growing, Happy Professional Author
(okay, clearly you caught me on a good day!)
What is the best piece of advice have you ever received in your writing career?
Keep writing. No matter what, start working on that next book, even if it’s just a few words at a time. It’s the only part of this career you can control. J
What is the strangest/most interesting thing you’ve looked up in the name of book research?
Ha! Great question. I’d say the strangest research I’ve done is for my Elizabethan spy books (young adult), where I learned about the superstitions of Elizabethan-era people. In a world where witchcraft was a crime punishable by death, it was still a time of great mysticism and extreme beliefs.
What was your favorite part of writing COURTED?
Honestly, COURTED is one of those books that makes me tear up every time I read certain sections. I think I just really like the idea of a young woman who gives everything to those around her… then one day the world gives something back to her. It makes me very happy.
DREAM CAST: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s) from COURTED?
Ahhhhhh…. You’d think I would have thought of this question before now! I think for Emmaline, maybe a young Keira Knightly (minus the British accent), and for Kristos, anyone who comes up under “hot Greek model” is a good start. It’s a little more difficult because I don’t know a lot of Greek actors! And Googling this is a surefire way to lose a half an hour of your life you’ll never get back. 😉 Not that I know this from experience or anything.
What is an unknown fact or fun trivia about COURTED?
Unknown fact: I actually did way more research than I think is reasonable to create a fictional kingdom between Greece and Turkey. Garronia is about the size of Rhode Island, so it is tiny… but it is fierce.
E-Books or Traditional Paper Books?
It depends on where I am! I love paper books, but if I’m traveling, or lying in bed late at night unable to sleep, or waiting in line somewhere—then e-books are a godsend! I do tend to prefer to have research books in paper, though, I’m not sure why… I think it’s just easier to bookmark and keep notes when there are actual pages.
What’s Next: What are you working on now?
Up next for Jennifer Chance is CAPTURED, book 2 in the Gowns & Crowns series! This book, which comes out in January, features Lauren the socialite, and the bodyguard who makes her absolutely crazy. You meet both Lauren and Dimitri in COURTED, and I think their story will be a blast to write.
One (1) lucky grand prize winner will receive a $25 Gift Card for Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice) and two (2) runner-ups will win an eBook copy of Rock It, book #1 in Jennifer’s Rule Breakers series! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:
About Jennifer Chance:
Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series as well as the modern royals Gowns & Crowns series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio. In addition to her work in romance, she is also Jenn Stark, urban fantasy author of the Immortal Vegas series, and Jennifer McGowan, YA author of the Elizabethan spy series The Maids of Honor. She is truly NOT trying to become 27 Jennifers, but it’s getting a little dicey.