Audiobook Review – The Princess Pose

Audiobook Series Tour: Modern Royals by Aven Ellis

The Princess Pose

Author: Aven Ellis

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 21 hours and 8 minute

Series: Modern Royals, Book 2

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: July 24, 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy

A modern princess. A charming commoner. Can they hurdle tradition to find true love?

Princess Elizabeth “Liz” of York isn’t interested in a fairy tale life. Determined to use her elite platform to champion children’s causes, she’d much rather raise awareness than find her prince. If only she could stop picturing one certain gardener with vivid hazel eyes….

When the relentless paparazzi invade her space, Liz’s crush comes to her rescue and steals her heart. Tossing aside centuries of tradition for something real, she takes Roman’s calloused hand and braces for the backlash. But after her progressive approach ruffles more than a few feathers, one member of the monarchy vows to keep the princess locked in her stylish but decidedly ivory tower.

Can Liz break through her birthright to find a powerful kind of love?

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Aven began her publishing career in 2013 with her debut release, Connectivity. She currently writes hockey and baseball romances as well as a modern royal romance series.

Her books are designed to make readers laugh out loud and fall in love. Happily-ever-after endings and good-boy heroes are guaranteed.

Aven lives in the Dallas area with her family. She is a huge fan of both the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers. Aven loves shopping and fashion and can spend hours playing with fragrances in any department store. She can be found chatting it up on social media, eating specialty M&Ms, and crushing on the latest outfit the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing.

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Narrator Bio

Best Selling, Award Winning Audiobook Narrator, Andrea Emmes was born in Hollywood, Florida, grew up in both Tennessee and Rhode Island and started her career in musical theatre. She’s enjoyed an eclectic career as a singer, dancer, Vegas Headliner, Magician’s Assistant, a Recording Artist and a Video Game Designer.

A total book nerd, Andrea, now enjoys narrating all genres of audiobooks, especially YA, LitRPG, Mystery, Romance, and NonFictionat her professional home studio in San Jose, CA.

Her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in and has versatility and charisma.

Fun Facts: Andrea has a Bachelor of Science in Game Art and Design; was a game designer for Disney Interactive; and gets her gamer-geek on playing games of all kinds!

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Aven really knows how to tell a great story. I am absolutely loving this modern and day or royalty. It is taking the British monarchy and completely changing what we know about it. If the British Royal monarchy were ever going to take on a modern role in the world and let go of some of their traditions I would definitely hope that this will be the path that they’d take. It’s so fun reading these books. I’m really hoping that there is going to be more a. Out with I like a book about Prince Xander. The out there makes you wanna live in her world. Her writing is so pretty you just feel good while reading these books. 

The narrator I really enjoyed. Andrea does an amazing job. Her British accent for this a specific character Elizabeth was really nice to listen to. I will say though a where voices for males can be a little distracting and take you out of the story just a little bit but her fellow is really nice and you get sucked right back in period it on the fact that she was born in Hollywood of Florida and can pull off a British accent that while is amazing. There are just some narrators who can’t really pull off accents but she does it flawlessly.

The production and sound on this book were great!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Aven Ellis. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Top 10 List

Aven Ellis’ Top Ten Literary inspirations
  1. Sophie Kinsella. The moment I started reading Confessions of a Shopaholic, I felt as though I had never read anything like it before. It was so funny, so vivid, so bright. I knew instantly that these where the kind of stories I wanted to write-ones with humor and heart. And that began my path toward becoming a romantic comedy writer.
  2. Georgette Heyer. I absolutely love her regency romances, in particular Sylvester and The Grand Sophy, which had me laughing out loud. Absolutely brilliant writing.
  3. Jane Austen. The way she weaves together a story is masterful. These are re-reads for me.
  4. JK Rowling. The fact that she had such strength and perseverance to follow her writing dream is truly inspiring.
  5. Maeve Binchy. She wrote the most beautiful descriptions and stories with so many layers.
  6. Julia Child. Her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a masterpiece. When you read her book My Life In France, you see what a monumental undertaking it was to write that cookbook and in this book, you feel like you are on the journey. I absolutely love both of them.
  7. Julia Quinn. Her Bridgerton series is a master class in laying out a series. How the plots are so thought out, so interwoven to lead to the next book, is brilliant.
  8. Margaret Mitchell. Gone with the Wind, need I say more? I love the way her plotting kept me turning the page.
  9. Helen Fielding. Bridget Jones’s Diary is humor at it’s best. She is another comedic inspiration for me.
  10. Emma MCLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, The Nanny Diaries. I still remember parts of this book, which made me laugh and made me sad. Most of all, I remember feeling it was totally unique and I loved that about their writing style.

Dream Cast

Aven Ellis’ Casting Picks for The Princess Pose

Giveaway

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Book Review – Fueled

Hello, wonderlandians. We are back in the world of Rylee and Colton. This is the second book in the Driven series. If you have not read my review on Driven I would recommend reading that first. You might get a little lost on what I am talking about in this review.

I do want to say that if I get a little ranty I am so sorry. This book had me feeling all of the things. We will get to all of that and more after we talk about the cover.

Synopsis

What happens when the one person you never expected suddenly happens to be the one you’ll fight the hardest to keep?

Colton stole my heart. He wasn’t supposed to, and I sure as hell didn’t want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist.

Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. She’s seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she’s still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint, and I am most definitely the sinner.

How is it the one thing neither of us wanted—neither of us anticipated that fateful night—has us fighting so hard to keep?

He steals my breath, stops my heart, and brings me back to life again all in a split second of time. But how can I love a man who won’t let me in? Who continually pushes me away to prevent me from seeing the damaged secrets in his past? My heart has fallen, but patience and forgiveness can only go so far.

How can I desire a woman who unnerves me, defies me, and forces me to see that in the deep, black abyss of my soul there’s someone worthy of her love? A place and person I swore I’d never be again. Her selfless heart and sexy body deserve so much more than I’ll ever be capable of giving her. I know I can’t be what she needs, so why can’t I just let her go?

We are driven by need and fueled with desire, but is that enough for us to crash into love?

Cover

We have the three different covers. I personally have to say that I like the last cover the best. It is the newest cover. The starting from left to right left you to have the original cover, the middle one is the audio book cover, and the last one is the newest rendition of the cover. I have to say for me it is the most eye-catching out of them all.

Review

So I’ve actually given myself a couple of days before I went into this review. I thought I was going to get very ranty with this review. There are a lot of reasons why I thought I get this way. This book really makes you feel some type of way. Every emotion that you can ever feel you will feel with this book.

Before I go further into my review you guys know I like to give a disclaimer if I feel that there could potentially be something triggering to somebody. At the opening of the book, there is a flashback to Colton’s childhood that has to do with abuse. So take that as you well if you guys can’t handle childhood abuse which is very instrumental to this story. Then I really would suggest not going on with the story. There is, however, a reason why he goes through what he goes through. It shows throughout the book how one can overcome abused as a child. That’s all I’m gonna say about that because I don’t wanna ruin the book for those of you who decide to go on with the series.

So the last book ends on a cliffhanger. I was heartbroken by how the first book ended. Thankfully in the prologue, we get an understanding of why it ended the way that the book ended. So I love the author for that. Now I love this series. I don’t know if this Author is an evil genius or she just really likes to play with the emotions of her readers. I’m gonna go with she’s an evil genius. K. Bromberg writes characters that you 100% cannot forget. The way she writes Colton specifically to me he is so beautifully flawed if you well. His character has gone through a great challenge in his early years and I feel like he could be a very real person. Most books I don’t feel the characters are real. Like I love the characters and I would love to be friends with characters of other books but when I leave the story I don’t feel like it’s real life. Because honestly most books that I read they are paranormal or supernatural books. I definitely feel with this book that I am reading about my friends. I was so emotionally invested that I finish these books essentially in less than a week.

The author does write a book that you can read after you finish the series or you can read it before you read the last book. This is just scenes from Colton’s perspective. She ends up giving a little note before the scene in explaining why she did what she did. So I really enjoyed that fact. But I definitely wouldn’t read it before this book. It’s called Raced. That book has scenes from the first book and a from this book.

Now again I’m going to be talking about three of our main characters. And then I will be getting into more information about the movie that is coming up. It has been announced that they are making all three books in the series into movies. So I will be using pictures from the movie that’s coming out I believe next year. So we can kind of put some contexts to the characters with the people who will be playing them.

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Rylee Thomas – I gave glowing reviews about Rylee in the last book. I don’t know what it is about her in this book in particular but she had me so freaking frustrated through the last half of this book. She is probably one of the most stubborn characters I have ever met in a book. Now don’t get me wrong I understand why she was the way she was in this book specifically. I am really trying not to give spoilers away but again this is the second book. Now I’m going to have to say for maybe 10 to 12 chapters towards the end she was so irritating. And I don’t mean irritating as in I didn’t like her. Again I am so invested in these characters that when they’re hurting I am hurting. I honestly feel like Rylee is like my girl and I wanted to shake her and just wake her up. I was crying for Rylee at the end of this book. There is something that happens to her that has me still thinking about it and has me shook I was crying for Rylee at the end of this book.

I was bawling my eyes out at one point. Because what happens to her is so heart wrenching and you’re like is the author just that mean to these characters or is it really plot driven. What happens to Rylee is 100% plot driven. I feel while there was a lot of growth for Rylee’s character in this book there were 10 chapters where I felt she took a lot of steps back but she did end up redeeming herself and in all reality that’s all matters for me is that she redeemed herself. And I love her to death.

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Colton Donavan – Actually did you hear from his point of view in this book and I love it. The author she did the dual perspective very well. For me, it takes a very talented author to write a dual perspective that is amazing. Colton for me is up there with my favorite characters. He has a lot that happens to him in his early life which really carves out who he is as a person. Being the fact that he was abused in his early life you get a sense of why he is the way that he is today. You get these moments throughout the book with Colton and Rylee where they are so hot and cold with each other and most of that is due to Colton. He does have a coping mechanism that I have done in my life. As you guys know I have OCD and depression and one of the coping mechanisms that he specifically has is he will try and push everybody away one to prove that he can as well as to know who’s really going to stay with him. That is something I could very much connect with the character. A lot of the time from his perspective we get the insight of why his thought pattern is the way that it is. So I really enjoyed that the author did give us that perspective. Otherwise, I really would be yelling at Colton the entire time and not really like him as much as I really do.

He tries to fight so much against her felt for Rylee and one thing Rylee is is a fighter so she will fight for both of them. If you’re with Rylee you’re with her boys. Colton’s interactions with the boys are very important to the story because he gets very attached to them.

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In a way, I feel that the boys really end up helping Colton grow as a character and I enjoy that fact so much. There is a lot of times when an author will just focus on the two main characters and yeah still have the side characters in an out by in romance it really is about the driving force of the two main characters. So the fact that she not only includes the best friend and the boys as such a part of the growth of the characters it really shows at least to me what the author is really capable of. Most of the time I don’t find that connection with the secondary characters as I do the main characters.

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Zander – I love this boy so much. Zander’s character in this next book grows so much. When we first meet him he doesn’t talk in the first parking is very very shy and really the only one that gets him talking you can is Colton and bond that they have is amazing.  Now he and Rylee have a very special relationship. I honestly feel that he has the closest bond of mother and son at least this book. He has been with her the shortest amount of time but the relationship that you feel between the two of them is incredible. Colton and Zander have a relationship that I feel Rylee won’t understand. They both come from very similar backgrounds so you can tell Colton loves him immediately. Colton doesn’t do love.

Zander, as I’ve said, goes through a lot of progress in this book is interacting with people more it seems that he’s a lot less scared around people and he’s also talking to people. I’m in love with this little boy so much that I’m kind of sad that there is more of him in the book. That’s OK because the parts of him that we get to see interacting with his family. It’s amazing because it shows that just because you are related to somebody by blood that doesn’t necessarily make them your family. Rylee has taken these seven bully and it made a family with them. She gets to be a mom to these boys. Well, they don’t call her mom that’s exactly what she is to them. The bond that she has with Zander is very amazing. Zander relies on Rylee so much and when he’s up that she’s upset which ends up making you upset.

One thing that I do want to point out that kind of didn’t sit right with me is the fact that describe Rylee’s inner monologue through some of the harder parts of the book. She uses the term my Schizophrenic thoughts. I personally wouldn’t have used get the term schizophrenic to describe thoughts. I guess for me that’s really the only “negative” thing I could say about the book. I don’t know what do you guys think would you ever use a term like that describe somebody’s inner thoughts no matter how scattered they are. I personally would have gone with my racing thoughts.

Narrator

Tatiana Sokolov is amazing as always. She never disappoints when reading a book. Every time I hear a book but she narrates I am at peace. That is the one thing that I love about audiobooks is the fact they can put me at peace.

Sean Crisden this is the first book that I have heard him narrate. His voice is so smooth when he reads. Sean and  Tatiana are amazing together when reading. They do a lot of books together and I have been finding that when you have a girl and a guy who read the other day typically tend to read a lot of books you have there. They complement each other so well. His voice I could fall asleep to him talking every single night. He has such a vulnerability about him when the scene calls for it in the book, Also I find that when he does a woman’s voice I do not cringe. That Is one of the biggest things I find with male narrators that when they do a female voice I cringe so hard. There was none of that he was absolutely incredible. And together they are just magic.

Movie 

I said earlier in the post I was going to bring the movie news. The author of the series K. Bromberg did an interview in a private group on Facebook that now. She was talking about how she was very excited that her books are being made into movies. one piece of information that I really liked was the fact that she had said that the people in the movie  I’ve only read the first book because they didn’t want to be spoiled about their characters. This means that their reactions to what could be happening in the upcoming movies are going to be very authentic. Now when they go and film the other two movies I do have a feeling that they are going to be reading the book so that way they know what they’re character in the book was feeling at that moment. Although with the script I do believe that they would be able to tell what the character is feeling anyway. When they read the books will definitely get him or end up an idea of what characters are supposed to be like though.

There have been so many behind the scenes photos. I am so excited for this movie. Now you guys know I did a review of The Matchmaker’s Playbook after I read the book. I still need to get the movie review up I’m sorry I really do want to watch it one more time. I’m even more excited for this that I was bored The Matchmaker’s Playbook. That should tell you how fantastic these books are.

I hope you guys enjoyed this really long with you. I think this is the longest review I’ve ever done.

Thank you guys for joining us here in our little part of Wonderland. Please do not forget to feed the unicorns on your way out. They have been loving all the attention that you guys have been giving them lately.

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Tag Tuesday – 50 Questions You’ve Never Been Asked

Hello, wonderlandians. It is Tuesday! How is yours going? I am so hyped on sugar. Candy Candy Candy! I have a great tag today. We are going to get personal today.  So here are 50 question to get to know me better.

1. What’s your favorite candle scent?

Any cherry blossom scent. I love it.

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?

Dakota Johnson. She is my favorite actress.

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?

Cole and Dylan Sprouse they remind me a lot my younger brother already.

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

I am hoping by the time I am 30. I am currently 26.

5. Do you know a hoarder?

No, I don’t.

6. Can you do a split?

No, I have not been able to do then since I was like 8.

7. How old were you when you learned how to ride a bike?

I was like 10.

8. How many oceans have you swam in?

None

9. How many countries have you been to?

None

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?

Yes, my boyfriends brother.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?

Thea Marie
12. What would you name your son if you had one?

Zachary James or Conner

13. What’s the worst grade you got on a test?

F

14. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?

Anything on Disney

15. What did you dress up as on Halloween when you were eight?

I don’t remember. Maybe a witch.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?

The first two books in Harry Potter. None of Hunger Games. All of the Twilight Series.

17. Would you rather have an American accent or a British accent?

If I have to choose out of these British. I really don’t like my American accent. If I could have any it would Irish.

18. Did your mother go to college?

She is getting her doctored degree right now. She will graduate next year.

19. Are your grandparents still married?

My mom parents no. My dad parents no.

20. Have you ever taken karate lessons?

Nope, but I have always wanted to.

21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Yes, I do.

22. What’s the first amusement park you’ve been to?

Kitty Park

23. What language, besides your native language, would you like to be fluent in?

I can do sign language. Not ASL. There is a big difference. I would love to be fluent in that.

24. Do you spell the color as grey or gray?

Depends Grey is a last name and Gray is the color.

25. Is your father bald?

No
26. Do you know triplets?

In my dreams and in the books that I write.

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?

The Notebook

28. Have you ever had Indian food?

No.
29. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant?

Olive Garden

30. Have you ever been to Olive Garden?

See previous answer

31. Do you belong to any warehouse stores (Costco, BJ’s, etc.)?

Sam Club
32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?

Zachary James

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?

Ashy, Ashka, and Big Ash…thanks to Jack and Aaron

34. Who’s your favorite person in the world?

Aaron my boyfriend

35. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs?

Rural area

36. Can you whistle?

Yes, I can

37. Do you sleep with a nightlight?

Nope, I sleep in the pitch black

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?

Nope, it makes me sick.

39. Do you take any pills or medication daily?

No, not any more.

40. What medical conditions do you have?

Where do I start. OCD, Depression, Anxiety, POTS, Acid Reflex and more that I don’t want to get into.

41. How many times have you been to the hospital?

I really don’t know. To many.

42. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?

Yes, once or twice.

43. Where do you buy your jeans?

Target

44. What’s the last compliment you got?

I am really cheerful.

45. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Not really. I have to be in that state where you are partly asleep and awake.

46. What flavor tea do you enjoy?

Not a big tea drinker.

47. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?

Three

48. What religion will you raise your children to practice?

They are free to choose their  own way. I believe that there is something out there but don’t follow one strict religion.

49. How old were you when you found out that Santa wasn’t real?

I was 8 years old when I found out. My sister and I were going down stairs to try and catch Santa. My mom was putting candy in our stocking and heard us turned to me and made a be quiet gesture with her hand. I knew then. I wanted to cry. I was crushed.

50. Why do you have a tumblr?

 Why not. I like it.
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Ashten
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