Sunday, July 23, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ & 5 STAR REVIEW: Privileged by Carrie Aarons

Title: Privileged
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: New Adult Romance
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
Release Date: July 23, 2017


In a world of wealth and power, the rules of love and war are nothing as they seem.

Nora Randolph never wanted a life of luxury. But when her mother falls in love with the heir to the British throne, their small-town lives are uprooted and every little girl’s fantasy becomes her reality. All too quickly, she learns the dangers of running in circles with the world’s elite, especially when she attracts the attention of Winston Academy’s resident golden boy.

Asher Frederick has known nothing but favor and fortune. The son of London’s most influential family, his future has been written in stone since infancy. But a tragic childhood loss redirects his course, and revenge has been boiling in his blood for years. When innocent and unaware Nora lands in his path, it’s as if the universe hands him the ammunition to finally drag his enemy through the mud.

But as his plan for vengeance gets more twisted, so do his feelings for Nora. And as her immersion into the upper crust dives deeper, she struggles to keep the secret she’s been guarding for eighteen years.

Heavy lies the crown, and when the ultimate betrayal blindsides her, will either of them survive the consequences that come crashing down on their heads?


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My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review. 

To say that Nora is a fish out of water is a major understatement. Growing up in Pennsylvania, Nora and her mother lived a quiet life and now it is the exact opposite of that. With her mother marrying into British royalty, Nora is getting attention that she doesn't want or thinks she deserves, especially from her new schoolmates. They are kids who grew up in this world that Nora is uncertain about, therefore she is uncertain of them. But when Asher Frederick, resident bad boy takes interest in her, everything changes. 

I definitely had a love/hate relationship with Asher. He was an entitled brat who was used to getting what he wanted. When Nora initially rebuffs his advances, it only makes him try harder. It doesn't help that he has his own agenda and is determined to carry it out no matter what the consequences. But throughout he did show glimpses of his true self that led me to believe that deep down he was a good person. He was just led astray by someone who should have been there for him.  

I loved Nora and at certain points during the book I felt really bad for her. Her mother's engagement thrust her into a spotlight she didn't want and there were many times when she struggled to fit in to her new life. Not to mention her relationship with Asher made things complicated and very confusing. But overall she knew how to roll with the punches and even managed to make a few friends along the way. 

I loved how Carrie's writing made me forget just how young the characters were. While I felt like Nora's character was a constant reminder that these kids were still in high school, everyone else seemed like they were these adults living their best life. Their attitudes toward each other and just life in general were a bit jaded, which tends to come with age, or in their case life experience, which they had in spades. That added an interesting quality to the story that allowed me to enjoy it more than I thought I would. Because I have to admit, I don't usually read books about teenagers. And while I was a little bit wary after reading the synopsis, I was willing to give it a shot. And I'm glad I did. I love Carrie's books and her writing is always fantastic. This book was no exception. 

Author Bio

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn't in what her husband calls a "writing coma", Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

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