Book Review: Royally Endowed

 

 

 

 

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

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EXCERPT

Ellie

But then the mood shifts, as if the air becomes thicker, weighted, more . . . sultry.

Because slowly, Logan sinks down to one knee in front of me—looking in my eyes the whole time. In this position, I could touch his shoulders, comb my fingers through his thick, dark hair. He’s the perfect height for me to bend down and kiss his mouth—the perfect height for him to kiss me back . . . in a lot of places.

My breath hitches. And I wonder he feels it too.

There’s a sound of tearing Velcro, and Logan takes something off his ankle—a holster, with a small silver knife, about three inches long.

“Keep this on you all the time,” he says seriously. “Just in case. If you wear a skirt, the strap will fit around your thigh.”

And I almost laugh. Most girls get a ring from a guy on his knees. I get a murder weapon. But still, it makes me feel safe . . . watched over. Like I’m something precious that deserves to be protected.

I take the knife from him, testing the surprisingly solid, heavy weight of it in my hand. I press my index finger to the tip.

Logan grabs my wrist tightly. “Careful. It’s sharp.”

There’s a small, painless nick, a tiny bead of blood, so I put my finger in my mouth, sucking.

And Logan’s watching me again.

Watching my mouth.

His chest seems to rise just a little faster, and his throat ripples when he swallows. He bends his head, curves his strong back, and then I feel his hands on my ankle, securing the strap. His touch is warm and self-assured. It’s the way he always moves—confident and experienced. Logan knows his body and he knows how to use it, in every way possible.

I almost moan. The sound is in the back of my throat, but I keep it trapped. I never knew the ankle was an erogenous zone, but it sure as hell is now. A hot pulse of pleasure streaks from Logan’s fingers on my bare skin, up my thigh, between my legs.

And I throb there, growing swollen and heavy as he keeps his hands on me.

Can he tell? Does he know? He’s so aware of everything, always so attuned, I wonder if he can sense my arousal . . . feel it in the air that clings between us.

MY REVIEW

Royally Endowed is the third book in Emma Chase’s Royally series.  They are all standalone that are interconnect and you don’t necessary have to read the others but I would to really enjoy all the characters and storylines.  The entire series takes place in present day but with a fictional country thrown in the mix.

This is hands down my favorite book of this series.  I’m guessing because I found Logan and Ellie much more relatable. These two didn’t have the easiest upbringing and I found them more honest, real and raw then the other couples.  You can clearly tell in the other books that Logan and Ellie have an attraction to each other but aren’t acting on it.  You ask yourself again and again, Why not?  Royally Endowed answers this question and does it with a beautiful build up.  Logan and Ellie’s story takes place over many years and really shows you how well these two know each other and are beyond meant to be together.

Logan didn’t have an easy childhood and he signed up for the military two years before he should have been allowed.  However, his hard work and dedication led him to become one of the king’s most trusted bodyguards.  He is assigned to protect the new princess’s sister in America and Logan quickly finds an attraction to Ellie but she is just a senior in high school and he is just a bodyguard.  But Ellie never sees Logan as just a bodyguard, she actually craves his company and friendship.  As the years roll on, Logan continues to be her protector.  When these two can’t manage to stay away from each other anymore, fireworks go off and they risk everything for each other.

Favorite quote from Royally Endowed:

I would die for her. Kill for her, live for her. The vow echoes through me with every beat of my heart. She is the most important person in my life. She has been from the beginning, and she always will be. There will never be another.
I don’t know if I’ll be any fucking good at love. I’m not quite sure how it’s done. But for her, I’ll learn.  And I’ll do my damnedest to get it right.

Everything about this relationship seemed real and I think it was the pacing of the book that sold it right along with the honesty of these character’s feelings and emotions.  The tension between the two over the years made for easy page turns.  This story is definitely a slow burn and you literally can’t get enough.  It was delayed gratification at its finest.

I have loved Emma Chase’s stories since Tangled and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Royally series.  Logan and Ellie are a must read and if you want a love story with a slow burn pick it up today.

 

 

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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