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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

Publisher's Summary

Some fairy tales start after midnight.

The crown prince and I have nothing in common. He's a rugged, battle-hardened soldier who spent four years in the Royal Guard, an elite military unit. I met the king and queen for the first time wearing leggings and a sweatshirt. But there's the way he looks at me. Like he knows every dirty thought I've had about him - and he likes them. There's the way my pulse skyrockets every time his hand brushes mine. I'm the ambassador's daughter. I know better than to mess around with a foreign head of state. But I don't know how long I can resist.

Not all princes are charming.

I spent years in the Royal Guard, our most elite military unit, fighting like hell so I could rule one day - not so I could give my father an heir with some well-bred rich girl. I have a f--king country to run. My love life can take a back seat. It's not like I've ever met a girl I had to have - until her. I can't stop thinking about the way she laughs, about how she might taste. My father's threatening to strip me of my title if I touch her, but she makes me want to break every one of my own rules.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Roxie Noir (P)2017 Tantor

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3.5* GOOD.. BUT OH THOSE 'SAYS' WERE JUST TOO MUCH

Hazel has been invited to spend a month in Sveloria by her Mother who is the American Ambassador there and she happily agrees as she dropped out of Med. School a few months earlier and hasn't made plans for her life yet. However, when she steps off the train after hours of travel, the last thing she was expecting or wanted was to be formally introduced to the King, Queen and handsome Prince of Sveloria. From their first meeting, it was clear that sparks flew between Hazel and Prince Kostya.. and that it was just going to be a question of where and when.. but a few things stood in the way.

Prince Kostya was getting pressured by his cold heartless father to wed and produce an heir so a likeable candidate with all the right lineage was ever present.. but Kostya wouldn't be coerced into marrying without love. Since meeting Hazel, and finding an ease when talking to her, Kostya's mind has been consumed with sexy improper thoughts of her - what she would smell sound and taste like.. and it wouldn't be long before he would know the answers. And, for a week, things are wonderful.. but then the unthinkable happens and lives change, danger looms and their relationship suffers.

A modern day fairytale.. with young lovers, an ogre of a father and a dark force to be won over or crushed. Fairly insta passion and sex with romantic words and sweet sentiments errr 'coming' a week later. I think I could have happily listened to the smooth witty dialogue and storyline in one sitting - it was light, had humorous banter, a dashing Prince, a down-to-earth feisty heroine and sexy scenes too but the CONTINUAL over use of the words say and says was just too much. No 'saids' here - in ONE chapter lasting 8 minutes I went back and counted 50.. yes 50 I say or he says and 26 alternative SAYings for the word... arrrgh enough! enough torture I'll tell you everything just please stop SAYing say!! This could have been a 5 star listen if it wasn't for the says - and also that it suddenly went from one sexy scene to the final chapter which was a year later at the wedding rehearsal then it just abruptly ended.. and sadly an Epilogue never came. Dual POV storyline and both narrators did a great job making, IMO, the thousands of SAYs after someone spoke totally unnecessary.

Worth a credit? It was entertaining, well narrated, totally unrealistic, insta everything and I enjoyed most of it and certainly won't be asking for my credit back so YES, IMO, it's creditworthy.. but don't say I didn't say anything about all those frustrating says!!

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WOW!

This could be a definite re-listen. Author and both narrators are new to me, but man did it all work together nicely. A great story with a fantastic narration. I'm not Russian, so I can't say if the accents were perfect. But, both male and female narrator American and Russian accents sounded totally fine to me. The story was engaging. Loved the characters, like all of them. Had a nice mix of romance, suspense, drama, and humor. I could have listened in one sitting, and had to force myself to put it down to get work done. Sure hope there is more coming from this team.

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Fantastic Story! Fantastic Listen!

I read this book by Roxie Noir before I listened to. I loved it then, but think the audiobook is so much better! Both Lidia Dornet and Will Thorne did such a fantastic job with their performances. I loved how both of them were able to inflect the Russian accents into their narration for the characters when needed. This is a sexy listen and a standalone book. I will definitely listen to this book again! I will also look for more audiobooks by this author and both narrators. They are that good! This book is performed in the Dual Narration style where one narrator will perform the entire POV chapters.

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More please

If you could sum up Reign in three words, what would they be?

What is next???? I loved this book, maybe it was just he sexy Russian accent by Will

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed this book, but I loved Will the best , his Russian accent just made me love this story.

What does Lidia Dornet and Will Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lidia also did a great job, but Will was just phenomenal

Any additional comments?

I hope to see more books on audio by Roxie.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fiery hot royal romance

This audiobook was definitely entertaining and had a great story! The daughter of the American ambassador to a tiny Eastern European country arrives there for a month long vacation. Once there she meets the heir to the throne, who is almost immediately enthralled by her. They start a hot and heavy secret affair because the king doesn't want his son to marry an outsider. The longer they are together, the harder it is to go separate ways after the month is over.

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How many times can you say "I say"?

Loved it! Great romance story. Hated the princes dad. Loved The lead Hazel and the prince.

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Hot Russian falls for funny as heck American girl

mmm I need to get me a hot Russian the Russian accents where awesome . the American girl was lol funny . plenty of love and misunderstandings between them .

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Long Live Kostya

Hazel and Kostya somehow combine the princess fantasy with a touch of oh so naughty make the perfect HEA. Hazel was taking her European vacation to help her decompress after life kind of kicked her in the teeth. When her mom asked her to join her in Sveloria on her diplomatic trip she figures why the hay - spending some time in a palace by the sea would be an an cool addition to her itinerary. When she meets the Royal family a few things are instantly apparent - they seem to think Americans are a little bit gouache and the Crown Prince Kostya is like the hottest broodingest guy on the planet. Hazel has this unnerving ability to suss out trouble and striking up an affair with the prince would be like numero uno on the no-no list. Kostya is nothing like his ironed fisted father. He knows the struggle his father went through to secure the country from communist rule, but the time has come for reform and change, and Kostya wants to be on the forefront of it. If they aren’t arguing over policy and reform then his father is forever harping on him about finding himself a Svelorician wife and his duties to succession. Kostya is determined to not follow in his father’s footsteps politically or personally. When he gets married it will have nothing to do with her breeding capabilities. When he first lays eyes on the beautiful Hazel it’s like lightning has struck him. He has never been so affected by a woman before and Hazel proves impossible to ignore no matter what his father or anyone else may think. But when tragedy strikes and Kostya’s must make hard and fast decisions will Hazel be the one to pay the price? A fairy tale HEA with some delightfully saucy and sexy spice added!



Narration- Lidia and Will are absolutely picture perfect as Hazel and Kostya. I was unsure that I could love this book anymore until these two brought them to life so well!!! Will’s portrayal of Kostya was s&:t hot and Lidia was dynamite as Hazel

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Oh that is just how pictured it being. BRILLIANT!

Where does Reign rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

O.M.G SO, I am still a newb to the audiobook world as far as how many I have listened to, but let me tell you this is one of my all time FAVORITE books. NOT just by this author. I mean in general. I have read it at least nine times now.. ( what don't judge ) So I had a pretty clear idea in this fictional noggin of mine how I pictured the whole crazy, awesome, hilarious scenario. The narrators were spot on! I applaud them for keeping themselves together through parts of this book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kostya... He is this larger than life hard a@@ with that sense of humor, how hard he tries to get her to laugh SIGH the demanding yet giving side he$$ yeah!BUT I heart Hazel as well! She is the typical American girl, well with very official parents! She has awful luck, a mouth like a sailor thinks and does things so much as I do- I could not help but relate to her- rooting for them both was soo easy the first time I read this all the way through to the 9th time! Hearing this in audio though brought it to a whole new level!** warning, I would not listen to this in a waiting room around chapters nine and ten ** SO FUNNY!

What does Lidia Dornet and Will Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Brought the emotional turbulence front and center! You can feel it in words written, but WOW these two brought it to a whole new level! It was amazing!

Any additional comments?

I loved this Audiobook! More than did the book justice! I had my headphones in every spare minute I had- considering I have read this book nine times that says something!

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So Worth Taking The Chance

Where does Reign rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's made it into the top 15. I own hundreds of books. Everything about ths audio was enjoyable. The story line, the charactors, the narrators, etc. Well done Roxie Noir

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reign?

Memorable because I found this funny, was Hazel and the joint. She finds the joint. She loses the joint. She finds the joint. She wigs out about the joint. The humor surrounding the pot is just cute.

Have you listened to any of Lidia Dornet and Will Thorne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't believe I have listened to these particular narrators before. As we all know a good narration can make or break an audio book. I would love to listen to them again. They both give their voices a little extra something that draws the listener in. Well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Constantine's relationship with his father is very intense. It's a typical royal relationship but how it plays throughout the story gives it more of a presence. The other moment is in the final chapter which involves Constantine, Hazel and a ring. But you'll have to listen to understand.

Any additional comments?

If you're in the mood for a hot steamy prince, who falls for a sassy commoner with a lot of intrigue thrown in. Than this is your book. The narration is great. You won't be disappointed.