Review: Courted by Jennifer Chance

Courted by Jennifer Chance
(Gowns & Crowns #1)
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published October 6th, 2015 by Elewyn Publishing
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Aspiring concert violist Emmaline Aurora Grace Andrews is torn between her love of family and her love of music. A year ago, she deferred entering a prestigious graduate program to help her parents recover from a devastating accident. Now the deferment is expiring, but her parents still need her. Worse, every time she plays her audition piece, she mangles it. Is it too late to be the musician she'd always dreamed of? Should she even try?

Determined to get clarity, Emmaline accepts a friend's offer for a whirlwind European vacation. First Stop: a real live fantasy kingdom--the perfect place to sort wishes from reality.

Prince Kristos Andris was a respected captain in his nation's military... Was. In the wake of the tragic death of his elder brother, he's managed to avoid his duties as the new Crown Prince of Garronia for months. But now he must accept his responsibilities and leave his troops behind. Outraged at the restrictions of his new royal position, he'll do anything for one last adventure. So when opportunity suddenly lands in his arms in the form of a dreamy-eyed American girl, he embraces it (and her) for all he's worth. What's the harm in a quick fling, after all? It won't change what he knows he must do...

Only this is Garronia in the summertime, where passion has a way of ruining even the most sensible of plans. 

My thoughts…

Usually I don’t typically care for books that contain insta-love between the couple, but for some reason I really enjoyed it in this book. I have a love for these royal stories and I'm a hopeless romantic when it comes to them.

Emmaline’s parents were in a horrific accident while she was working on her graduate degree in music. Emmaline put her degree on hold to come home to care for her parents. Her former college roommates take her to Garronia as part of their European vacation, they feel Emmaline needs a break from taking care of her ailing parents.

Through an accidental run-in on the beach, Emmaline meets Kristos while he is practicing military maneuvers with his team. Kristos is instantly taken with Emmaline as she is heading into the water and he warns her about the strong undercurrents. As she’s trying to swim back to shore, the undercurrent gets the best of her, Emmaline is saved by Kristos. They have a connection that is witnessed by many, including the paparazzi, which she is unaware of.

Never once, however, had he felt protective about his conquests. Never once had he wanted more than the pleasure of a stolen kiss or a passionate, sun-soaked interlude before duty called again.

Prince Kristos is called back to the castle to prepare for taking the throne when his father relinquishes it. He was never meant to be the New Crown Prince, he is happy serving his country in the military. After his brothers, tragic plane crash the royal duties were left to him, that includes an arranged marriage to a stranger in a matter of days.

He resolutely looked forward and swung into the waiting ATV, not wanting to see Emmaline’s reaction when she realized that she’d been rescued not by a respectable member of the Garronia National Security Force, but by some spoiled and pampered prince. He scowled at the men falling into ranks around him. Just that quickly, he’d gone from protector to protected. He didn’t like it one bit.

Courted is a predictable happily-ever-after, but still enjoyable.

Happy Reading -J


  1. Awesome review. Sounds like a great story I would enjoy. Same with you, I normally don't enjoy instalove but sometimes I found myself enjoy them. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this story. Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. In this case the insta-love worked, usually I just roll my eyes when it happens in other book. Have a wonderful day.

  2. I love it when a book is really enjoyable even though it contains elements that I don't usually care for. It sounds like it worked well in this one. Sometimes a predictable HEA is exactly when is needed.