Thursday, April 21, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday On Thursday & A Giveaway!

After a marathon editing session, I was ready for some reading and relaxing today. The book I've been reading is Royal Brides by Traci Hunter Abramson and I was happy to be part of her book tour!

This is the continuation of the Royals series, Royal Target and Royal Secret. Each book involves the royalty of the fictional country of Meridia and their ties to the CIA. In this one, someone is out to destroy the royal family, but Noelle Saldera is pulled in to help keep them safe when she alerts the security team to a bomb at the royal wedding. Everyone is determined to tighten security around the family for the next royal wedding, but the clues are hard to find. Jeremy, a newbie CIA officer and brother to the bride, is called in to help in an undercover way, but soon finds himself as enmeshed in the events as Noelle is---not that he minds. She's caught his eye, but can they stop the bomber before any of their loved ones get hurt?

I was reading this book while waiting for my daughter's dance class to get out and the lady next to me was so excited to see that Traci Abramson had a new book out. She'd listened to the other two on audiobook with her husband and really enjoyed them. As we talked a bit about the new one, she was disappointed to find out during our discussion that Meridia is not a real country. I felt so bad that I burst her bubble! From Traci Abramson's descriptions, it does feel real. I did tell her that it was fun to see Prince Stefano and Prince Garrett put the final touches on their love stories from the previous books. My only problem was, it's been five years since the first one came out and I honestly couldn't really remember the storyline or that of the second one. Both Alora and Janessa's stories are referenced quite a bit in Royal Brides and I was lost in some parts because I hadn't re-read the first two books before I read this one. So, if you want the full effect, start at the beginning again! (And they are all books worth re-reading anyway, so win/win for everyone.)

Other than that, I thought the plot line was well-done, the villain surprising, and the buildup to the love story was touching. (I did notice a major grammatical error in the back copy, though. They have the phrase "diffusing the bomb" instead of "defusing the bomb." Oops.)  But I think readers will definitely enjoy this clean romantic suspense.

Be sure to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway!

You can buy your Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

In this eagerly anticipated companion novel to Royal Target and Royal Secrets, readers are invited back to the shimmering Mediterranean paradise of Meridia, where two royal weddings in a year are more than stressful—they’re deadly . . .

Lovely Meridian native Noelle Saldera yearns for adventure, but as the daughter of palace servants, working at Prince Stefano’s royal wedding may be as exciting as her life will get. But her options change drastically when she finds herself in the unlikely position of diffusing a bomb at the ceremony and being enlisted as the newest member of Meridian Intelligence. And with another wedding in the works, there can be no more close calls when Prince Stefano’s brother, Garrett, walks down the aisle.

The bombing attempt at the first royal wedding leaves few clues as to the assailant’s identity. Desperate for answers, Meridian officials enlist CIA agent Jeremy Rogers to prevent a repeat occurrence at the upcoming nuptials. The beauty of the plan: the bride is Jeremy’s sister, so his cover is foolproof. What no one could anticipate is the instant connection between Jeremy and Noelle. Now, with their hearts on the line, the pair must work together to stop a seemingly unstoppable enemy before time runs out.

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