Friday, February 28, 2014
Review: A Royal World Apart (Call of Duty #1) by Maisey Yates
When duty wars with desire, which one wins?
With her life mapped out since birth, Princess Evangelina Drakos-known for her dramatic flair-hopes the minor scandal she plans to create will deter potential suitors.
Hired for Eva's security, unemotional bodyguard Makhail Nabatov never makes a mistake, but the impulsive princess pushes his resolve to the limits. It's not long, however, before the beautiful and imprisoned Eva entices him to leave his bonds of duty and honor behind.
While their chemistry reaches fever pitch, Makhail knows he knows he must deny his desire-for Eva is promised to another man.
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Review: I’m such an impulse buyer when people are in a tweeting frenzy about a book. I end up downloading 20 books in one day then forgetting what the heck they were and why I bought them in the first place.
That was the case with this book, A Royal World Apart. I was in one of my OMG I have so many books but I don’t know what to read manic moments and saw this on my Kindle. Why did I download THAT book?The cover looks kind of cheesy…heads to Goodreads. Spoiled princess falls for cold, virgin, bodyguard hero. Oh yeah! It was the virgin thing lol But now it sounds dumb…I should just delete it. But it’s a novella – I can finish that baby in a few hours. I’m in the mood for cheesy!
Well shame on me for being so judgy because this was really goooood! Super romantic, sexy and emotional.
Eva is a spoiled princess who has no say in her own life. Her father believes in arranged marriages that benefit the country, not love. So she acts out publicly in an effort to scare off potential suitors.
Mak is Eva’s self appointed billionaire bodyguard (ok – so I rolled my eyes a little on that one). He’s cold and very rude to Eva, calling her out on her spoiled brat behavior. He believes in honor and duty. He doesn’t believe in love…for really heartbreaking reasons.
Of course, as they spend more time together Mak sees that she’s more than just a princess, a prop to be handed out to the highest bidder, and Eva finds out that he isn’t as cold and unfeeling as he seems.
For a novella, both characters were surprisingly well developed, both with explaining their pasts and how much they grew as individuals in the present. I loved how their relationship allowed both of them to change their perspectives on life – even though they were coming at from totally different points of view.
This had the feel of a old school romance novel. It’s all the kind of longing and romance that you get swept away in. The emotional depth and intensity of the couple help overcome the clichés that might have taken this from romantic to silly.