Series: Royally #3
Published by Emma Chase, LLC on August 14th 2017
FINAL DECISION: Sweet and enjoyable, this is the story of two people who have known one another for years until the time for their passion to be brought out into the open. I found the characters likeable and I found the book a fun read.
THE STORY: Logan St. James and Ellie Hammond met when her sister became involved with one of the royals that Logan is sworn to protect. Set as part of a security detail to protect Ellie, Logan takes his job seriously, but over the years he has taken to liking Ellie — perhaps too much. Now that Ellie has graduated college, she is looking to find someone and wonders if it is time to put aside her crush on her bodyguard. Although Logan feels something for Ellie, he knows that the sister of a member of the royal family is not right for a boy from the wrong side of the tracks — especially a woman he is supposed to work to protect.
OPINION: For me, the highlight of this book were the episodes between Logan and Ellie which occurred over the years. There was such a gentleness and sweetness that existed between the two from the first. Unlike other books where the entire sequence of events occur within days, I completely fell into the relationship between these two which happens over the course of years. For me, that made their eventual passionate relationship both more realistic and more satisfying.
I loved Ellie as a character. Spunky and determined, I knew that Logan was doomed once she decided to make her move. Their relationship always felt destined — but like they were always waiting for Ellie to make her move. I liked that both characters were good people who just trying to do the right thing.
Chase has a wonderful ability to present the male point of view. Logan’s narrative felt different than Ellie’s and I appreciated how their alternating points of view still felt cohesive and drove the story forward without feeling duplicative or conflicting.
This book also rewards fans of the series since there are lots of updates on the couples from the previous two books of the series. I finished this book was a heartwarming feeling about the entire series.
WORTH MENTIONING: This story is told in alternating first person points of view.
CONNECTED BOOKS: ROYALLY ENDOWED is the third book in the Royally series. This romance is independent of those books, but characters are overlapping and this story might be better if you have read the other books first just to be familiar with them. In fact, the beginning of this story happens in the gaps of the first story in the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.