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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?

Β©2016 Winter Renshaw (P)2016 Tantor

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Engaging, Suspenseful, But A Tad Predictable!

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 fiancΓ© 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!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I LOVED IT. I LISTENED FROM START TO FINISH

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 scenesπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Addictive

I binged on this book!
Once I started listening, all I wanted to do was finish it! Angst and heartbreak at its finest!!

I'm so glad I picked up this audiobook because Winter Renshaw has got a new fan! I found a new author to stalk! Ha! Score!

Fantastic storyline! Seriously. I found myself HATING some of the characters which was the author's goal, of course, and pacing around needing to know what would happen next. I despised Brooks and his mother--OMG. They made my blood BOIL.

Royal was DE-LI-CIOUS. Perfect book boyfriend!! My heart ached for him in so many instances that I lost count. But seeing him go after Demi and not letting her slip his fingertips again was swoon-worthy.

Demi was an amazing female lead character. While in the beginning she made me antsy when she would not stand up for herself, she definitely made up for it towards the second half of the book.

Now, onto the audio part of this book.
I'm happy to say that the narration was great too! There were times where CJ Bloom's portrayal of certain male characters threw me off a bit, but overall, her and Eric London did an phenomenal job in bringing the characters to life.

All in all, this audiobook is a MUST! FIVE STARS!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great potential

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

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A Second Chance Romance

What did you like best about this story?

I love how Royal really just wants what is best for Demi, most of all he wants her to be happy.

Have you listened to any of CJ Bloom and Eric London ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • RAE
  • United States
  • 08-17-16

love Royal and Demi

This book and audio was a keeper and I'm happy I got to read it and listen to it. it felt so real I was so in over with this book and the audio. I'm happy I took a chance and got this book with the audiobook. I laughed and Cried all at the same time and I love it. best book I every read. and the narrators were awesome they were on point with this book I could not ask for more

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  • EnVee
  • JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States
  • 03-07-17

A Royal Mess

Not often do I come across a story that is agonizing to finish,but...unfortunately this one was.Over all the story was all right,might've been better to have read the book instead of listening to it.Eric London(the male narrator)was awful in doing some of the female characters,some sounded like a drag queen with a bad cold...CJ wasn't too much better since she told the story to you like you were an elementary school kid sitting on the floor.I don't understand how the"police"back in the day allowed a 40 year old man to keep a 15 year old girl who wasn't related to him or his foster child,how did that get overlooked?I recommend reading the story,it might be better.

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Good story

I enjoyed this audiobook very much. The story of a boy and a girl who loved each other completely, then were forced to be separated by tragedy and lies. Seven years later, she's engaged to another man and is shocked when he calls off the wedding. As soon as her ex-fiancΓ© leaves her he is involved in a serious car accident which leaves him in s medically induced coma. Everyone thinks they are still engaged, which is where her old love comes back into the picture. He still loves her and she soon realizes that she still loves him too. After they have reunited, the ex-fiancΓ© wakes up and his massive web of lies starts to unravel. She turns to her first love for comfort and reassurance, while lies about the past by family come to light. Very nice ending and great narration.

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Loved reading it and loved the audio

I read this book before but I was excited to listen to it on audio. I really loved this story. The author really does a great job with creating scenarios I haven't read before. I absolutely love her hero's. They are just the sweetest guys ever. And I love how strong her heroines are. They are they type they wont let a man get them down. You never see them pining over a guy. They keep it movin no matter the circumstances. The narrators were perfect for this story. CJ Bloom is a narrator I keep looking for in books and Eric London also did a great job.

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cute

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

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