FIRE KINGDOM—CARMELLA & DEREK
Everything comes with a price…
For Carmella Woods, daughter of the prestigious and highly favored Lord Woods, feeling caged is no novelty. Her entire life has been designed in the hopes to make her fit, to adapt to what her parents perceive as respectable, honorable. Not doing so has high, unthinkable consequences. Consequences she has faced in the past, and has lost the fight against in the present.
Doing her best to be an obedient daughter and keep her essence—her spark—has proven quite difficult, especially since the favored her father praises are nothing more than a group of superficial bigots.
Until Derek Warren reenters her life.
Gorgeous, egocentric Derek Warren. Womanizing, dangerous Derek Warren.
After being fiercely rejected by Prince Derek, Carmella can hardly glance at him without feeling enraged. Though that quickly changes as her life is swooped into a whirlwind, with the prince at the center of the chaos—of the blaze. A link to who she truly is.
In a battle between past and present, truth and lies, Carmella must decide whether to fight the licks of flame that threaten to consume her, or embrace them.
I received a copy of Royal Obsession by the author in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
Royal Obsession is in the Royal Series and after reading Royal Bond and getting a glimpse of the arrogant Prince Derek and Carmella I thought I would really enjoy it. However, this book was just okay. I didn’t love it, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. We get a better look at the Wieders world and the South kingdom where Derek and his lovable sister Amanda (who we met in Royal Bond) are from. It was nice to get a closer look at their world because in Royal Bond we hardly got to see any of it since the main character was being stubborn and wouldn’t let us learn anything! 😉
Now in Royal Bond we meet Prince Derek with his date Carmella and at the start of this novel we learn that Derek was a jerk and broke Carmella’s heart. She hates his guts. She is so turned off by him and annoyed every time she even sees him. I actually found their earlier encounters a little funny because Derek was almost so clueless about how much she hated him. He would play and flirt with her and she was just not into him and would shoot him down. I really enjoyed this side of Carmella. She was strong and knew what she wanted. She worked hard to get what she wanted. What I hated most was how unsupportive her parents were. They could see how much she wanted to be a guard and got upset with her when they found out she was in combat training or forced her to go to parties and galas that she clearly did not want to go to, but because Prince Derek invited her she must always say yes. Yes, she hates him and this is our whole plot to throw them back together but the parents are the worst and I felt so badly for Carmel.
Now on the other hand, even though I liked Derek and Carmella and loved the ever bubbly Amanda, I didn’t really connect with these characters as much as I did in the first book. Maybe it was my mood, but I didn’t get attached to anyone or feel overly invested in what would happen next. I don’t know what went wrong that made me not like this book for me since I really, really enjoyed the first, but this is going down in the books as just okay. I really liked the setting and seeing more characters though. Also, this could have used a little more editing.
Otherwise, a pretty decent book. Give it a try if you’re into NA Paranormal Romance ❤
Until next time,