Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid

Book Description

After being cruelly jilted by a lord who claimed to adore her, Miss Payton Peppiwell swore her future husband would be as ordinary as she. Now if only her family would listen to her. Then she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, an untitled horse breeder, in a highly improper and scandalous encounter. Never had Payton expected to be so attracted to the dark, intriguing man, who seduces her to recklessness with a mere stare.
Mikhail abhors anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But Mikhail has a dark past—one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. But his biggest secret will be the hardest for Payton to overcome: Mikhail is not only titled, he’s a prince

AVAILABLE: November 30, 2015

I thought The Royal Conquest had a lot of potential, but it just fell flat for me.  Boy hides out from society and their judgements.  Girl was jilted by fiancee and is judged by society.  Boy and girl meet, drama drama drama, fall in love.  Potential, but where it fell flat for me were the actual characters.  

I thought Payton was very fast to judge others, especially when that was her problem with "society".   I thought she WAS the hypocrite throughout the book.  It was like there were two completely different Payton's throughout the story and they didn't mesh well.  One was inexperienced and shy, while the other was demanding, judgmental, and mean.  She complained that society "judged" her for not having a title, yet she judged Mikhail for HAVING one... makes no sense to me.  

As for Mikhail, I felt bad for what happened to him when he was a teenager.  I didn't dislike his character exactly, I just didn't connect with his or understand why he was so infatuated with Peyton.

Rating: 2 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**