Title: Charmed Empire
Author: Brooke Ellis
Synopsis: She didn’t know it then, but she was destined to be his from the moment they met at the Statue of Liberty. Adeline’s last day in the country spun into a whirlwind 24-hour holiday romance. Now back home in Australia though, the key-ring charm he gave her is a constant reminder of what once was … All those years ago, he was her perfect. Could it have ever been more?
Mitch Morris has wanted for nothing. Born into a life of privilege his world has been filled with luxury, wealth, power and influence. He can have anything he’s ever desired with the flash of money and a quick request, but he’s never been able to have the one thing, that one thing he has truly desired for the past ten years. Or can he, finally?
Adeline has returned to her beloved New York. She’s a sassy tell-it-like-it-is young woman determined to forge a career as a fashion photographer in the Big Apple … Turmoil follows as Mitch’s manipulative and controlling mother, who just so happens to be her new boss, barges into not only Adeline’s work life, but also her private life.
Is Mitch’s desire to have Adeline back in his world strong enough for him to fight for what he wants, to go up against the almighty powerful matriarch of the family? Marriages and close family relationships are threatened as secrets from long-ago have a very public climax.
Disclaimer: I was sent this book from the author but all thoughts are my own
I was excited to read this book and though a bit cliché in my opinion, I was really looking forward to the plot and just the whole journey of Adeline and Mitch. I already had an inkling of how this book was going to end but I was sort of surprised that it didn’t ruin the whole reading experience. But I feel like with romance books it kind of easy to guess the ending but you get wrapped up in the relationship that it doesn’t even matter. Okay, so getting back on topic, I was easily pulled in to the relationship and that is what I look for in a romance book.
Adeline Carey. As a character I liked her. She’s a fun character and I liked the sort of spunk she had. She is very confident about herself and the work she does and that was my favorite aspect of her character. Adeline was born in Australia so watching her discover things about America and New York was sort of fun to read about and sometimes her reactions cracked me up a bit. Her job is a photography job and through that job, it leads into a conflict that comes into play in the book. Later on in the book something happens to her that was just horrible. I wasn’t a fan for it, not only because of the event and how horrible it is but I just thought it was sort of just thrown in there for no reason and to add another level to the book. But I also think the author put it in there and made the person responsible for said act to set up the plot for the next book in the series. That being said, when the act happened to Adeline I felt so bad for her and my heart ached for her.
Mitch Morris. I liked Mitch. He was really sweet toward Adeline and I appreciate the actions he did to show his affection toward her. One thing he did particularly in the end just made me happy and I found it sweet. Mitch comes from a very wealthy family that has an empire in New York. Mitch is such a gentleman and romantic and I loved how he treated Adeline. Mitch’s mother is sort of the typical mother you expect when a romance novel. She cares about her reputation, who is let into her family, and she is controlling. Mitch doesn’t take any of her crap and I loved that about him. When Mitch’s mom goes and attacks Adeline, Mitch gets all protective and stands up for her and I was like YAAAS!!
The writing was a big issue for me. It didn’t feel concise and felt all over the place. In this book the author gives us insight on other characters by changing the point of view. I like when an author does this because it gives us more insight on how the character thinks and feels. But, when an author doesn’t say who the perspective is from when its in the middle of the chapter, it can get quite confusing for me. On top of that, I found that while I was reading I would read one sentence and then the next sentence it would switch to another point of view and that was really confusing for me and I did not like that. It sort of pulled me out of the book because I had to reread and try to figure out what just happened and who’s perspective I was reading from. Another issue I found was things didn’t seem properly indented. It would go from one scene to the next all in the same line or right after the line in which it was a different scene. Because of this I felt like things seemed more rushed then they already were. One thing I did like about the writing though was the fact that is was very descriptive when describing buildings and scenery around New York. I really appreciated that aspect of the writing and could easily picture the buildings being described.
In the end this was an enjoyable read. I liked reading about Mitch and Adeline’s relationship and it was fun to see it blossom. The writing is what really stopped me from giving it a 4/5 stars. At times it made it hard for me to understand what was going on in the book and I often had to reread parts just to understand who was talking and what was even going on. This story is insta-love so if you aren’t a fan of that I would not recommend this book for you.