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“The Princess Diaries meets Game of thrones in this bold, engrossing new royal romance full of passion and palace intrigue…”
Sarah’s Musings… 5 Tiara CROWNS Hidden Heirs. Corrupt Royalty. A throne in danger. Julie Johnson has begun a tail of treachery and suspense twisted with a forbidden affair so delicious I couldn’t put it down. Dirty Halo follows Emilia as she is thrust into royalty. As a hidden heir to the throne, she is forced to take her rightful place when her country is need, but she doesn’t fit in and for most of the story we see her try to fight her new fate. One thing that Julie Johnson does well is put readers in the story, and so your heart breaks for her as she must cut ties to her old life, manage the new world, and try to resist her growing temptation with Carter. Carter, the royal, brooding playboy you should not love, but do. What is enticing is the simmering anger underneath. I’m intrigued by him and want to dive into what makes him tick. The chemistry between the two is off the charts. I literally just wanted them to have hate sex and get on with it. It is electric. The story is book one of three, so there really is a lot of exposition. We haven’t gotten to the meat of the story, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t exciting. We have betrayal, the poor entering the rich and wealth, and steamy romance in the beginning stages, and if I know Julie Johnson, she is just getting started. Dirty Halo kicks off what could be one of my favorite royal romances. I’m excited to see what is coming next. ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
♛ BLURB ♛Emilia Lancaster is the royal family’s dirty little secret. Born the illegitimate daughter of a duke, for twenty years she’s lived as a commoner… despite the regal blood running through her veins. But when the entire royal family is killed in a deadly attack, the line of succession swiftly changes course. With her ailing father appointed king and no legitimate heirs in sight, Emilia is pulled from the shadows and thrust into a destiny she never wanted. If this were a fairy tale, the palace would be paradise. In reality, with a father she barely knows on the throne, a deadly assassin still on the loose, and enemies around every gilded corridor corner — the callous, captivating Lord Carter Thorne chief among them — it feels more like a prison to Emilia. One filled with unattainable expectations, unfamiliar customs, and undesirable suitors. They want her to behave like a good little girl. They want her to put on her glittering crown and keep her mouth shut. They’re about to be disappointed. She may have agreed to be their princess… But she’s no one’s puppet. DIRTY HALO is a royal romance about an ordinary girl who inherits an extraordinary legacy. Filled with forbidden love, murderous plots, and machiavellian intrigue, it is recommended for mature readers only. It is the first book in the FORBIDDEN ROYALS TRILOGY.
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“Dirty Halo was everything I didn’t know I wanted to read. I know that without question I will love everything that Julie Johnson writes, and I wasn’t quite sure what we were going to get in Dirty Halo, but it was utterly breathtaking, suspenseful and jaw-droppingly sexy.”
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