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I'm the bastard child, son to the mistress, my father's backup heir to the Kingston empire. He sent me to Harvard. I left and became a Navy SEAL, but I'm back now, and I finished school on my own dime. I'm now the right-hand man to Grayson Bennett, the billionaire who runs the Bennett Empire. I'm now a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don't need my father's company or his love. My "brother" can have it. I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made. 

And then she walks in the door, the princess I'd once wanted more than I'd wanted my father's love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. I don't want to save my father but I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else. 

But she's the Princess and I'm the Bastard. We don't fit. We don't belong together and yet she says he needs me, that she needs me. We're like sugar and spice, we don't mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?

©2018 Julie Patra Publishing (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Very good book

Good story just disappointed it ended up in the air download second book but no third forth or fifth not available. Disappointed

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Over acted

love the story but I don't think Erin is the right narrator for Harper's character found her over acted her performance. put me off from the sex scenes too sleazy .

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  • Marie A.
  • 27-03-2019

I wasn't mentally prepared for the cliffhanger 😭

Worth the read/listen but gosh dang it...If I had realized I would have waited for the next book to be out or at least close to being released.

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  • AudioObsessed
  • 28-03-2019

Amazing

First off I'll start by saying this ends in a cliffhanger. The trilogy is complete on Amazon just not on Audible yet. So if you hate cliffhangers you may want to wait, the next one is out in April. The story is told in dual pov with the past and present. There is one huge question, who is the pawn? Is it Harper or Eric? Their love is sort of a second chance since many years pass between the night they met and the present. It is an instant attraction but that did not bother me. Perfect narration casting in my opinion.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 16-06-2019

ENTERTAINING AND SUSPENSEFUL.. mostly

Hummm.. well, I’ve gone through many different and varied opinions of this trilogy as I was binge-listening to it.. and they ranged from gripping, masterful, sexy, tense, thrilling, exciting, tender and romantic to - repetitive, frustrating, boring, over-sexed and, in the end, a wee bit rushed. But, despite its peaks and troughs, this dual POV trilogy was very enjoyable, suspenseful and often intense as clues had to be slowly pieced together, a murderer with his (or her) reasons had to be uncovered, motives had to be revealed, all secrets had to be disclosed, trust had to be given and earned.. and foundations had to be laid for an all-consuming love. Book 1 is, IMO, the best.. closely followed by book 2 and then, despite its revelations, book 3 because of its repetitive ‘trust’ issues. Erin and Jason (sigh) did a fantastic job as usual with the narration and they infused, injected and inflected all the fundamental elements together to enable me to create colorful mental images, to bring the story and its characters to life and to cringe, blush, reel, rock and relish every word. Worth a credit? Yes, IMO, it would’ve been.. however, I didn’t have to use any - and that’s the beauty of being a member of the Romance Package.. it’s a win win situation and there’s nothing to lose.. well except time and patience of course :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-03-2019

In Love with these characters!!

This book is definitely worth the listen and books like this is why the Romance Package is worth the extra price!! But if needed to I would have definitely used my credit on this book!. only took me a day to finish as it was so good! And as always Lisa Renee Jones did amazing writing and she brought amazing narrators to bring the characters and the story to life. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. Warring if you don't like cliff hangers you might want to wait for the next book to come out.

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  • Farm Wife
  • 01-05-2019

Narrators awful and the storyline was repetitive

I immediately thought that Jason Clarke’s narration style was...different. He sounded like he was trying too hard to impress me so that I would not notice the terrible writing. How many times do I need to hear that Eric, the protagonist, is a bastard? It’s not Mr. Clarke’s fault that his lines were written poorly, but his delivery left something to be desired. Then, Erin Mallon took a chapter as Harper and I wished Mr. Clarke would come back. She spoke so matter-of-factly, it was like she was making some kind of declaration rather than reading a sex scene—like, “I am the boss and this is what will happen” kind of tone. The end of every sentence had her holding onto the last syllable for slightly too long: “Harperrrrrrrr.” “To the beeeeeeed.” “He took off his shirt and I stared at his inkhhhhhh.” I started liking Eric’s chapters rather than Harper’s. Like another reviewer said, you could play a drinking game while listening to this book. The words and phrases bastard, Princess, sweetheart, ink, his mouth closed down on mine, he/she cut her eyes, and the condom, to name a few, appear too often. Get a thesaurus, Lisa! Aside from that, I didn’t understand the dynamic between Eric and Harper. How could two people hate and distrust each other one second and then jump each other the next, then hate and distrust each other as soon as they’re done? This was a recurring theme. The moments of intimacy were ill-placed...”I just got off the phone with our evil step-grandma...wanna bang?” There were a couple things I thought were bright spots: Eric being a savant was an interesting angle. The car company investigation could have been a great aspect of you didn’t get lost in all the love/hate sex in the middle of investigating. Overall, I’m not continuing the series. It was too annoying to try a second book.

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  • kelly wisniewski
  • 15-04-2019

Lots of words that go nowhere fast!!!

These two main characters have the very same argument 20 times over... same words, same struggle with no results. I found myself rolling my eyes at each chapter. Like someone was writing a term paper but didn’t do enough research to fill the word quota. I’m so bummed , I really wanted to like this story. I didn’t even finish it. There are secrets and an underlying mystery, I didn’t even want to have solved because the author kept me there waving my hand with a “ get on with it already”!

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  • Kamil Zielinski
  • 13-04-2019

Cliffhanger. But the story is exciting.

Enjoy listening the story witha little action in it it keeps you in check. Very interesting worth the listen.

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  • Clarissa
  • 30-03-2019

Ahhhhh

I can’t wait for the next book, April 16th isn’t going to come fast enough. Worth the credit/money. Emotional and suspenseful. I didn’t realize it was a trilogy. I usually wait for an entire series to come out before I start listening because I hate cliffhangers.

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  • Justina
  • 30-10-2020

Hard to listen to! As in wanting to quit!

OMG! Most of it was two characters that constantly said the same thing over and over and over again. the story line dragged with no complete story and I felt bad for the narrators. They have done other great books, but this made them really sound bad due to the writing that makes you want to hate the characters. I wanted to quit half way through because it was getting no where and them talking about leaving and hating each other, as a constant reminder. Don't think I will continue the series. I'm i curious, yes. but Don't think I can hack another dragging story!

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  • Ree
  • 28-10-2020

Bastard

Harper goes to Eric for help with the family business. They had problems before, he got away, and didn't want to be brought back in. His love for her brings her back. will it be soon enough?

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