His name is Royal, but he's no prince charming. He's not even a prince - though you could say I loved him once upon a time.
He was my older brother's best friend. Growing up, he sat at our dinner table every Sunday, teased me mercilessly, and pretended I annoyed him. When I was old enough, he took me on my first date.
Royal taught me how to drive. Escorted me to my junior prom. Gave me my first kiss...among other things. He was my first taste of toe-curling, all-consuming, can't-sleep love.
We had our whole lives ahead of us. There was never anyone else for me but him. And then he disappeared. No letter. No explanation. Not even a good-bye.
I've spent the last seven years trying in vain to forget my first love, but just when I think I've finally moved on, guess who's back in town?
©2016 Winter Renshaw (P)2016 Tantor
Love listening to audiobooks, and being swept away by a great story and narrator. It's my therapy, and I need it daily!
I enjoyed listening to Royal, and while it was predictable, both the story and narration were engaging, and held my attention.
Told for dual POV's Demi and Royal have know each other since they were young kids. Royal came from a dysfunctional home and was placed in foster care where he was fostered by Demi's family. As they matured from teenagers to young adults, they fell in love, and planned a future together. Then one night without warning Royal vanishes. Demi's father knew what happened to Royal, but refused to tell Demi why Royal left without even saying goodbye. Flash forward seven years, Demi is now engaged to one of the towns most influential men, and Royal has been secretly watching over Demi for years. When Demi's fiancé is in an accident, she finds her life in turmoil, and Royal comes to support Demi. Demi's hesitate to let Royal back in her life, and wants answers on why he left, but before Royal will discuss it, he wants Demi to get to know and trust him again, because what he needs to share is bad.
The narration was great. CJ Bloom and Eric London both delivered a fantastic performance, and made it easy to distinguish between the different characters.
Royal was a good story, and I'm giving it an overall rating of 4 stars. Had the plot, characters and sex scenes been a little more intense, I would have given the story five stars. The story's worth a credit; however, I love using my Kindle Unlimited membership and finding awesome Whispersync deals, and Royal was another one of those awesome finds!
Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)
This book was well narrated had an interesting plot and a ending if you are not a miserable person(misery loves company) you will love. Oh yeah there is some sexy scenes👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
This book had a good idea and I really enjoyed the speedy timeline BUT it skipped over some of what I thought would have been really important moments for the characters. Not the best book out there. Wouldn't waist a credit.
Enjoyed the narrators, best part about the book.
Story line had potential but fell short, I was disappointed
this is a cute love atory. it really has a low key to the drama in the storyline. took serval days to finish it because I kept falling asleep but, it is a good story overall
The story was great, lots of twists & turns. The male narrator was great, and the female wasn't bad, it's just the volume control on her narrations was horrible. One second she was speaking softly & the next yelling into my ear. had to constantly adjust the volume & feel bad for putting my poor ears though that. I'm hesitant to read the next book now, though I still want to, since the story was, like I said, good.
I love second chance romances and stories of childhood love but this one was lacking. We got to see their relationship post break up but I would have loved to learn more about their relationship when they were younger and the love that they had built together.
However I loved the villains in this story, as well at the twist and the explanation for why Royal went away. You can't help but feel for Royal, I found his character endearing. Demi on the other had was a bit frustrating. I found myself very upset with Demi's parents. The way they just abandoned him was unacceptable
CJ Bloom is a good narrator, I'll have to keep an eye out for more of her work. Eric London was okay. I found his impressions of the female characters to be laughable
I love reading! You can find me at home at night with my face in a book or listening to books during the day while I deliver mail.
I love how Royal really just wants what is best for Demi, most of all he wants her to be happy.
I have listened to CJ Bloom before (she also performs as Carly Robins) and I like her. This was the first time I have listened to Eric London, but I would definitely listen to him again. Both of them gave a great performance.
This book starts off with snapshots from Demi and Royal's childhood, which gives you a good sense of the bond between them that starts from a young age. Things like Royal giving Demi her first kiss and teaching her how to drive. Royal is a foster child who is an honorary member of Demi's family, he spends Sunday dinners and holidays with them, he's fairly engrained even moving in with them when he ages out of the system. One night Royal gets a call and the next thing Demi is being told is that Royal is not coming back and she is never allowed to see him again. What happened? That's what Demi wants to know and she will have to wait years to get any answers.
I really enjoyed this audiobook, there are a bunch of revelations made throughout the book that keep it interesting. The chemistry between the two leads is strong and the sex scenes are great. I would recommend this book to people who love a great second chance love story or just romance in general.
The story was enjoyable and I liked the two main characters, Royal and Demi. But I'm still angry that Demi's parents didn't have to do some graveling to get back into Royal's good graces after his sister told the truth. Their abandonment of the young Royal was a far greater crime than the author addressed. I needed a few more paragraphs of the elder lawyer and his wife begging forgiveness.
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