Irish Crown by Nashoda Rose
Published by Self-published on November 26, 2018
Narrator: Justine Eyre, Tim Gerard Reynolds
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From the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nashoda Rose, comes a new, sexy standalone romance novel.
It was one night together.
I wasn’t supposed to see him again.
I never thought I would.
And then, the six foot three cement graffiti wall of badass strides back into my life, and does it full force.
Now he’s protecting me from his past and I’m protecting myself against the heated chaos he erupts in my body. It doesn’t help that he can do playful and sweet, when he’s not doing bossy.
But the overly confident, playboy Deaglan Kane is danger, has no boundaries, and is totally off limits.
And I know behind his walls there’s a man with a dark and damaged past.
A man more dangerous. A man who may be the greatest threat of all.
The Irish Crown.
*May contain triggers. 18+
I’ve been a Nashoda Rose fan for years. She’s given me some unbelievably dark and angsty tales of woe that I can’t get enough of. I’m not a huge fan of angst, but these books have these barely perceptible glimmers of hope woven throughout the story that keep me not only turning the pages but reaching for the next book.
Irish Crown is loosely connected to both the Tear Asunder Series (Killian from Kept From You is Deaghan’s brother) and the Unyielding Series. You do not have to read those to read this one but they all are great books well worth considering, although they are pitch dark, full of angst and heart pounding suspense.
Expecting a whole helping of that angst and woe, I dove into Irish Crown but only after I’d prepared myself for the worst. Really, I should have paid more attention because Irish Crown clocks in at at least a hundred pages less than most of the other books connected with it which means the characters weren’t quite as fleshed out, and neither was the plot. That doesn’t mean the book wasn’t good, it was, just not what I had expected.
Deaghan provides most of the dark with his past and the secrets he’s keeping. Eva, too, has some dark spots marring her history, but nothing like Deaghan, or so she thought. The shorter length of the book meant that we didn’t get near as angsty and dark of a plot as I expected, which was both good since I’m not all about angst, and bad. As much as I wanted it to, things moved so fast that I had a hard time believing in the connection between Deaghan and Eva. They just never felt solid to me, even at the end.
I did have a bit of an eye roll going at the huge coincidence related to the suspense angle. As I read, I hoped that what I suspected wouldn’t come to pass, but it did. What saved the book for me was that the last fifteen percent completely made up for it. It blew past “edge of your seat” suspense and went straight to proverbially knocking you straight off that seat and I ate that shizzle up.
I also loved getting some time with the men from the Unyielding Series and finding out how their lives turned out. They are living the dream and if anyone deserved it, it was those couples. Every time a baby was mentioned I was doing little fist pumps in my head.
This wasn’t what I thought I was getting when I opened the book to the point I had to reset my expectations. What it ended up being was an enjoyable, sexy, quick read, with the action I crave and a great finale. I will definitely pick up the next one when it comes out and in the meantime, I may do some re-reading.
4 You Can’t Always Get What You Want, but… Stars
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