Book Review: The Prince & The Player by Tia Louise

The Prince & The Player Book Cover The Prince & The Player
Dirty Players #1
Tia Louise
Contemporary Romance
May 17, 2016
Hang Lee

goodreadsCinderella meets Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in this tale of power, lust, and royal deception…

One crown prince; one “playboy prince”…
One con artist; one petty thief…
One twisted plot for revenge.

When Grand Duke Reginald Winchester is exiled in disgrace, he vows he won’t go down without a fight. Crossing paths with Zee Wilder and her younger sister Ava at a gambling resort in Miami is the stroke of luck he needs.

Zee is the counterfeit courtier in Reggie’s plan to humiliate Rowan, the controlled heir who kicked him out of the kingdom. In return, the sisters get a permanent spot on Easy Street.

If only Zee didn’t keep finding herself in a clutch with Cal, Rowan’s playboy younger brother. Ava’s no help, as she finds quiet walks in the moonlight discussing poetry and leadership with the brooding, future king irresistible. Even more irresistible is kissing his luscious lips.

The whole plan is falling apart, and neither sister is sure she wants to stop it.

My review

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Royalty, suspense and romance. I think, I found my new favorite plot combination. This is my first book of Tia Louise and I’m hooked.

About the plot: Zelda and Ava are orphans. They escaped from abusive foster home and lived on the street. To survive, they worked in a group that scams in casinos and other fraud. When one day they fooled the wrong man. Grand Duke Reginald Winchester (brother of queen of Monagasco, mother to Rowan and Cal). Reginald was banished from the Duchy of Monagasco for scheming against the country. He threatens the two young women to go with him to Europe. Zelda has to make that Rowan fell in love with her, and then discredit and ruin his reputation in the eyes of the nation. The thing is, it’s Ava who caught the eye of the prince, and Zee alone was smitten by his younger brother.

“I feel like a dirty Cinderella, playing games with the handsome prince’s heart.”

Final thoughts: What a ride! Four people. Two pairs of siblings. And two love stories. Yes! In this book there are two stories in one told from various perspectives. It sounds chaotic? Perhaps sometimes could have been a more developed moments, there are also questionable one, when you undermine the decision of the heroes and their actions. I could roll my eyes once or twice. But at the end, I would have changed nothing, because it work out really fantastic and I just read an excellent and unique story.

“I can’t help feeling we were meant to find each other. Our paths were destined to cross.”

The action is fast, a lot is happening. We have not only love story, fast cars, glamorous events and world of wealthy and beautiful people. But also enemies, intrigue and jealousy. The chemistry between the characters is great, and a little dirty talk turn up the heat. So everything that you can imagine. Lots of fun. I’m so glad that there will be another part of the story.

Do not be discouraged with the cliffhanger. Yes, it is here, but it is one of that with which I don’t have problems. It ended certain stage of plot and now you are waiting for the next one. I can live with that. I am excited about how these stories grow further. September could not to be faster.

If I’d recommend? Yes. Especially if you like suspenseful fairytale with the royal family and Cinderellas with good intrigue.

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~ Zelda ~

“Come,” he groans. “Come for me.”

I’m clenching and gasping as he moves in a rhythm faster, provoking the orgasm spiking my veins. He’s never been like this. The Playboy Prince is gone, and instead this conqueror has me, taking what he wants.

He kisses my back, and the scruff of his beard clenches my insides, causing him to groan. “I want you to know I’ve been here. I want you to feel me wherever you go.”

“Oh, god… Yes!” I fumble my hand to cover his moving swiftly between my legs as my vision darkens, my brain scrambles.

I brace against the wall of the Jacuzzi as he blows my mind. Then all at once, he starts to jerk, groaning and pulsing. My insides break, and I come with a ragged cry. He continues rocking us as the sensations flutter and ripple through my legs, through the arches of my feet.

We’re move together slower. I’m trembling, and he’s pulsing above me, at my back, sliding his warm hands down the length of my back. I want to curl into his arms. I want him to hold me as I hold him. I want to wrap my arms around his neck and never leave. I want to bask in this afterglow, forgetting everything and pretending I can keep this beautiful man, this beautiful dream.

He slowly pulls out, and I feel the traces of cum on my thighs from an orgasm I can’t wrap my mind around. Turning to on the padded leather step, he pulls me onto his lap.

My knees are bent, and my cheek is against his skin. We’re breathing hard, still coming down, and he slides his hand gently down my hair. Turning my face, I kiss his neck. My heart feels shattered yet whole. He stormed in and took it, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back. He’s right. No matter where I go, I’ll remember this night. I’ll remember how I gave him everything.

The hand that was stroking my hair moves around to my chin, and he lifts my face. Without a word, he kisses me so deeply. My mouth opens readily, and our tongues slide together. It’s warm, tasting, bonding and urgent. Tears heat my closed eyes, and I reach up to hold him, to wrap my arms around his neck, as we communicate in a way words can’t capture.

His lips chase mine, kissing me over and over, nipping my top lip and moving higher to my closed eyes. I’m sure he can taste the salty tears there, hiding behind my lids. He kisses my forehead and then holds me in a long embrace.

About The Author

tia louiseTia Louise is the Award-Winning, International Bestselling author of the One to Hold series.

From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning the 2015 “Favorite Erotica Author” and the 2014 “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…

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