From the bestselling author of Suddenly Royal comes the first in a sparkling new series about America’s favorite royal—the First Daughter.
Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States, any little slip up is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire’s latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good looking but extremely annoying vice president’s son, Jake Simmon, will be along for the ride.
Recently returning from Afghanistan with a life-altering injury, Jake is wrestling with his own demons. He doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the likes of Maddie. They’re like oil and water and every time they’re together, it’s combustible. But there’s a thin line between love and hate, and it’s not long before their fiery arguments give way to infinitely sexier encounters.
When Jake receives devastating news about the last remaining member of his unit, the darkness he’s resisted for so long begins to overwhelm him. Scared to let anyone close, he pushes Maddie away. But she isn’t about to give up on Jake that easily. Maddie’s fallen for him, and she’ll do anything to keep him from the edge as they both discover that love is a battlefield and there are some fights you just can’t lose.
Author: Nichole Chase
Series: American Royalty #1
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: October 4, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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So New adult isn’t really my thing, mostly because the characters tend to be a bit too immature for my patience level. This book started off as that – the heroine, Maddie McGuire, is the president’s daughter, and she is so entitled, I actually had to put the book down for a couple of weeks, then pep-talk myself into picking it back up again. Jake, the hero, seems pretty together; he’s a vet and his character has a lot more maturity.
I am glad I picked this novel back up, though. I was unimpressed until about 65% in, when the author threw something completely unexpected at me. It made me sit up really fast and take notice; no spoilers here, but from that point on, the book changed in its tone. Maddie quickly matured, as Jake needed her to; she finally understood how life could be fine one minute, then blown apart the next, and it made her stop and think about every action (you know, like a grown woman…). The tone of the novel went from NA to adult romance and the changeover was wonderfully done.
If you decide to pick this one up, stay with it. It delivers emotional punch, even though it took quite awhile to get there, but I felt the wait paid off. This book would’ve been rated much higher had the story picked up earlier, but the last third of the book had me glued to the page.