AUTHOR: Julie Johnson
SERIES: The Forbidden Royals Trilogy, #2
RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2019
3.5 SECRET CROWNS
While there are moments I loved, Torrid Throne, ultimately, didn’t have enough development with the plot or the characters for me to fall in love with it like I did Dirty Halo.
There are moments within this story I would give 5 crowns to. Any moment with Carter and Emilia is one million percent electric. You can feel the want and angst permeate the air whenever they are near each other. Their desires licks the air. It is palpable, and I loved every single moment.
The pacing and plot development of this story is too slow for me. There are too many avenues presented: danger from the anti-monarchy group, the betrayal of Owen, the issue with potential suitors, the current threat to the throne, Carter’s past relationship, the forbidden romance between the two. All of these areas are talked about but few are really developed, which left the plot feeling very underdeveloped and very much like filler for book 3. It also leaves me feeling, as a reader, that I have no idea where the story is going or even how all of these plot details that have been introduced will be resolved in the final book. Because now that they have been introduced to the story, I need all parts resolved to in Sordid Empire.
The last chunk of the book, though, would get 5 CROWNS. I loved it. Couldn’t get enough. There was plot progression, emotional and sexy moments with Emilia and Carter. It was everything I hoped the whole book would have been.
While Torrid Throne missed the mark for me, I still enjoyed Julie Johnson’s writing, and I’m still largely invested in Carter and Emilia’s romance. I’ll be excited to see how this all ends.
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