#NewRelease “Torrid Throne” by Julie Johnson

Image may contain: sky, text and outdoorAUTHOR: Julie Johnson

SERIES: The Forbidden Royals Trilogy, #2

RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2019

Sarah’s Musings…


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.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

The Princess Diaries meets Game of Thrones in this epicengrossing royal romance series…” ~ 5 Star Goodreads Review


Two months ago, Emilia Lancaster was a regular girl with a regular life.

Now, through a cruel twist of fate, she finds herself living in a castle with a crown on her head, the sole heir to the Germanian throne.

Between the charity balls, press events, and royal obligations, Emilia’s days are suddenly full of unfamiliar responsibilities. And with a series of new suitors vying for her attention — not to mention Carter Thorne, the one man she can never have, sleeping one suite away — her nights aren’t much simpler to navigate.

One thing is certain: Emilia’s heart is in undeniable danger. But as enemies of the crown circle ever-closer…

Her life may be in jeopardy as well.

TORRID THRONE 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 second book in the FORBIDDEN ROYALS TRILOGY.



DIRTY HALO (book one) is now available to read in ebook, paperback, and hardcover. 

 ♛ 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.





JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-seven-year-old Boston native and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. When she’s not writing, Julie can most often be found adding stamps to her passport, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, and Instagramming pictures of her dog. (Follow her: @author_julie)
She published her debut novel LIKE GRAVITY in August 2013, just before her senior year of college, and she’s never looked back. Since, she has published more than a dozen other novels, including the bestselling BOSTON LOVE STORY series, THE GIRL DUET, and the highly anticipated FORBIDDEN ROYALS TRILOGY, arriving in early 2019. Her books have appeared on Kindle and iTunes Bestseller lists around the world, as well as in AdWeek, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today.
You can find Julie on Facebook or contact her on her website www.juliejohnsonbooks.com. Sometimes, when she can figure out how Twitter works, she tweets from @AuthorJulie. For major book news and updates, subscribe to Julie’s newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bnWtHH

Happy reading,


  1. I just want to say that I really appreciate this review, a lot. Not every book is going to be a home run, and I feel like there are a lot of people who just throw 5 stars on everything they read. Unless I know and trust the reviewer (such as a friend or blog that I’m following), if I were just looking at Amazon or Goodreads, I am more likely to read a lower rated review than those that are higher, just because I feel like they have more honest feelings. So thank you for this!

    • Thank you so much! I try hard to be honest while not bashing a book. I always want to be respectful of their time and work, even if it didn’t work for me as a reader.

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