Review: Royal Bond (Royal, # 1) by Megan Maldonado

September 7, 2015 Review 0

Review: Royal Bond (Royal, # 1) by Megan Maldonado

They are forever…

Sydney Field’s life is a rollercoaster on steroids with one constant—Ryan Edwardson.
Best friends since a projectile crayon incident in kindergarten, Sydney and Ryan have stuck it out together through thick and thin, pranks and rants, and anything in between.

One kiss changes everything…

As Sydney does her best to sort through her new found feelings for Ryan and mend what she broke in their friendship, the rollercoaster makes a complete one-eighty, unveiling Ryan’s lifelong secrets.

Thrust into a world chalk full of royalty and kingdoms and wielders, Sydney starts to wonder what’s up or down, right or wrong, reality or fantasy.

In a twist of events, Sydney finds herself enveloped in a world she never knew she belonged to. Friends become enemies, strangers become her survival, and love becomes the ultimate price.

Title: Royal Bond
Author: Megan Maldonado
Series: Royal #1
Published by Self
Source: Publisher
Published: June 8, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 354
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Stars: two-stars
Flames: three-flames

When I read the blurb for this I thought this might be worth a look.  Unfortunately, I think the blurb was the best part of story.

The best friend to lover trope showed potential.  I find it rather satisfying when one falls in love with the best friend.  All the good and bad is usually already known.  They have seen each other at their best, and at their worst.  There is already a foundation for a strong relationship.  But, what happens when one discovers that everything you thought you knew about your best friend wasn’t real?  Sounds like it might be an interesting dilemma.

Unfortunately, I found myself rolling my eyes and groaning more often than anything else.  I did not like either of these characters.  Sydney came across as wishy-washy.  Strong and opinionated one minute, weak and pliable the next.  And frankly, Ryan was a “douche” pure and simple.  I really didn’t find any redeeming qualities in him at all.

When the paranormal aspects of the story started to appear, they were introduced in very vague ways.  I realize part of that was because Sydney had no clue, but did the reader need to be left just as clueless?  The building of the “other world” was minimal at best.  It left me scratching my head and wondering “uh?”

I continued reading, in spite of continued eye rolling and out right boredom, hoping something would crack.  Some spark would happen.  Some clue as to what this world was all about.  Maybe an explanation as to the inconsistencies – if living on earth made them sick, why were they living there? Only to find a cliffhanger ending.  Grrr! Arg!  I waded through this for that?  I was not only left unsatisfied, but extremely frustrated.

I seem to a minority in my dislike of this book, so maybe it is just me.  You dear reader will have to decide for yourself.  Me?  I am done with it.

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