A STARLET REVIEW: ROYALLY ENDOWED BY EMMA CHASE

 

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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 An Excerpt from Royally Endowed

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

I am a huge fan of this series.  While I absolutely enjoyed the first two books in this series, this is actually my favorite of the three!  I couldn’t wait to get Ellie’s story.  We knew a little about her from Royally Screwed, which is about her sister Olivia and Prince Nicholas.  I knew she was quirky and still a little bit of a rebellious teenager.  What I didn’t know was how utterly in love with her character I would fall.

Ellie has dealt with a lot in her young life.  A father that drowns his broken heart in a bottle, a mother who left them far to soon, a sister that is now in love with a Prince, and a family bakery to run with her sister.  In the beginning of this book our young Olivia is finishing high school.  When Nicolas decides that Ellie needs to have a security detail, only one person he will trust with his wife’s sister, and that is Logan St. James.  Logan’s loyal and admirable and he knows he won’t have to worry with Logan in charge.

This book progresses rather quickly actually, the budding feelings that Ellie has for Logan as a young girl continue to grow as she becomes a woman and finds her own self.  Logan knowing that it would be frowned upon by the royal family, fights his feelings for Ellie for a very long time.  What I honestly loved more then anything was what Logan was willing to do for Ellie, to keep her safe.  I melted when he handled a particular situation that pertained to her graduation from high school.  Like I was literally a puddle on the FLOOR with what he did for her.  I won’t ruin it but it was probably one of the single best things I’ve seen a hero do in a book, he had my heart in that moment!

There is this serious and mysterious side to this book that we didn’t have before.  There are some seriously gasp worth moments, moments I found myself in a different puddle on the floor, of the tear variety, and some happy and funny moments that made me laugh out loud.  Emma really has a well rounded read with Royally Endowed!  I absolutely love the meddling queen, and her antics when it comes to family and the old traditional ways of the royal family and how they should behave.  She’s positively humorous in certain situations, she’s snotty as can be, and softer then I’d impinged at another point in time.

GAH!  This book and these characters sucked me in, kept me reading and making me beg for more!  I really love everything about this book and this series, but this one was special.  I loved that Ellie wasn’t a push over, and that Longan as strong and honorable despite his upbringing but still had a seriously soft side to him.  He really was everything I want in my book heroes!

If you haven’t read any of this series pick them up today.  You won’t regret it!

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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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