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Title: A Royal Christmas Gift, Happily Ever After #1
Author: LuAnn McLane
Publisher: Southern Born Books, Tule Publishing
Release Date: October 12th, 2015
Rating: 3/5 (Most of the story rated 4/5, ending rated 1/5 overall 3/5)
Oh boy, oh boy, I just can’t believe it ended like that! It is like someone took a whole book and decided to split it into two books! Everything is left up in the air, there’s no HEA though there are indications that there will be one, nothing is resolved and, having got totally engrossed in the story it plummeted to an unsignposted, dramatic halt. Talk about let down 😦
Now I don’t mind reading series where each novel in the series ends with an ending which actually feels like an ending. This ended with me turning to read the next chapter only to find there isn’t one! Pet hates in my reading are erotica and no real ending . . . . this avoids the first but not the second. If this hadn’t been so well crafted, with great characters, an intriguing plot and delicious descriptions to engage the reader it wouldn’t have gained the three stars I’ve deigned to award it. Having been engrossed in the story, how it ended left me feeling like giving it only one! I actually thought this was going to be at least a four and possibly a five star read and I suspect that had I been able to read the next part straight away it would have a higher rating. As it is, the second part ‘Prince in Plain Sight’ won’t be available until early 2016, I’ll let you imagine how that makes me feel.
I highly recommend that you wait until the second part is available to read both in sequence – it will then be worth more like 4.5 stars but at the moment it is just too frustrating to earn those – it certainly didn’t leave me feeling Happily Ever After.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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