Series: Royally #3
on August 18th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Narrator: Andi Arndt, Shane East
Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, 2017 New To Me Challenge
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, gorgeous 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.
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 call him hers.
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.
Emma Chase is a very popular romance author, but I’ve only read a few of her books. Last year, I started the first book in this series, Royally Screwed, and had the hardest time getting into it, and never finished it. It was all for personal reading preferences, and nothing about the book being bad, by the way. Anyway, I wasn’t sure if this series was for me. But the premise for the third book in this series, Royally Endowed, really appealed to me so I decided to give it a try. And I loved it so much!
Royally Endowed follows the sister of the heroine in book one, Ellie, and Logan St. James, a royal guard who helps keep Ellie safe. Royally Endowed is majorly a slow burn romance. It starts off when Ellie and Logan first meet, and she’s still a senior in high school (Logan isn’t a lot older than her, though, only about 4 years older than her), and goes all the way until Ellie has finished college. All this time Ellie has been somewhat in love with Logan, and Logan with her, as well. But they never pursued it. Until they can’t resist each other any more.
Ellie was such a wonderful heroine, and I loved her from the very start. She’s smart and intelligent and kind and spunky, and seriously I would love to be friends with her. And Logan totally, completely stole my heart. His job as a royal guard means a lot to him and he takes it very seriously. He can’t help but care for Ellie, and seeing these two pine for each other for years was so sweet. When they FINALLY got together, I couldn’t stop smiling. It just made my heart sigh.
I will say that I did every once in awhile get a little impatient for Ellie and Logan to actually get together. Chase spends so much time developing their relationship, which I loved, but also I wanted kissing right away! I also felt that some of the conflict once Ellie and Logan got together could have used a little more development. There was a particular scene that I wish we could have seen from Logan’s point of view, because it felt like it came out of nowhere. But still, it’s a mini gripe. I also felt like the suspense at the end could have used a bit more development as well. But again, small things here.
Royally Endowed is narrated by two people: Shane East and Andi Arndt. Andi Arndt was fine, but wow she really couldn’t compete with Shane East. His voice and his narration – a huge reason I loved Logan so much. On a side note, I think Shane East is Steve West (who co-narrated The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater). Anyone know for sure? Either way Shane and Steve have the most amazing voices and I would listen to him/them read the phone book and love every minute of it.
Royally Endowed by Emma Chase is an romance, especially as an audiobook. I loved the characters, the setting, the story, and especially the narration.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: