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    Review & #RSFave | The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

    Review & #RSFave | The Prince by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Series | Wicked #3.5, 1001 Dark Nights #85
    Release Date | August 14, 2018
    Genres | Fantasy, Paranormal
    Format | ARC
    Add to TBR | ADD TO GOODREADS
    Buy | Amazon
    Rating | four-half-stars
    Synopsis |

    From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

    She’s everything he wants….

    Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

    She’s everything he can’t have…

    Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

    She’s everything he’ll take….

    But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

    She’s everything he’d die for….

    **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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    Review

    OK, so The Prince or well Caden just might be giving my favorite JLA hero, Aiden, a run for his money! No joke, it surprised the heck out of me, but I absolutely love Caden. Ever since we were introduced to him in Wicked, I just KNEW there was something about him that wasn’t all bad. I was so intrigued and curious about him, and as I read through the first 3 books in this series, none of them would fulfill my questions about him. And although this is a standalone and a great introduction to the Wicked series, I totally recommend reading this series from book 1. You’ll learn a bit more about the Prince and the other characters that are mentioned.

    Once Brave  ended and knew that The Prince was going to be a novella part of the 1,001 Dark Nights, I was beyond excited to learn more about him. And there was a subtle and quick exchange between Brighton and Caden at the end of Brave, some may have missed it, but it’s there and I was left dying to know more.

    Like I’ve mentioned countless of times before, I love JLA’s heroines. Brighton was such a different character than she’s written before, but I love everything about her. She suffers such a tragic loss right in the beginning, she quickly becomes filled with revenge. Being a part of the Order, she was never trained to fight and was instead given an admin job. But deep down, she’s a fighter or  a warrior true and true. She wants to right wrongs. The character development for Brighton is absolutely amazing, so well done. Things haven’t been easy for her, but I loved her tenacity to keep pushing through. And even by the end, it looks like there’s just, even more, she’ll be getting through.

    Once I finished, there was still so many questions that I needed answering. Caden was so alluring and still a bit of a mystery. He’s a bit of a brood and doesn’t exactly say much, but he still oozes sexiness without even trying. When 70% of the book passed by, there was no way Brighton and Caden’s story was over. I just wanted so much more and I have absolutely no idea when we’ll get it. That was probably the only bummer is that we didn’t get the whole story in this one. But I’m completely invested in their story! I want to know more about the royal history of Caden’s family because that would explain soooo much, which you’ll have to learn all on your own.

    Absolutely loved this novella and this series, well done!

    four-half-stars

    Excerpt

    I opened my eyes, but I didn’t see the sun. I saw a form… a shape of a man. The features blurred, but I knew the man. It was him.

    The Prince….

    But that also didn’t make sense. None of this made sense. Confusion crept into the fuzz crowding my thoughts. Something was off. I tried to lift my hand, but my arm felt like it was weighted down. Something was wrong, very badly wrong, and I needed to remember—

    Sleep.

    The desire to slip away hit me hard and fast, obliterating the confusion and consciousness, and I slept. I slept for what felt like years and then I heard a steady beeping. It intruded on wherever I was, becoming so loud, so obnoxious to me, that I had to pay attention to it. A part of my consciousness zeroed in on the sound, clung to it, and I followed it back, tethering myself to the rhythm. With each passing second, my surroundings became clearer. Footsteps. I heard footsteps. Whispers. There was the sound of hushed voices. I dragged in a deep breath, and a shock hit my system. The breath hurt. Like my chest and ribs were too tight and a simple deep breath was too much to take—

    Mom.

    I saw her in my mind, as clear as day.

    I saw her lying on her back in the darkness, her eyes wide and fixed on mine. There was nothing behind those eyes. No life. Nothing.

    The beeping sound sped up.

    The horrifying image of my mom faded like smoke, replaced by luminous skin and bloody smiles and taunts and…

    Pools of blood. Actual pools of it. The ruby-red liquid spilled across stone, forming rivulets that ran between the spacing in the pavers. Why had there been so much blood? A vague feeling of wet warmth bubbling up my throat and choking me swept through me.

    “Bri? Are you awake? Brighton?”

     

    About Jennifer L. Armentrout

    # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

    Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

    She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.

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