Thursday, July 24, 2014

eARC BOOK REVIEW#- Loving The Prince (The Jorda Trilogy, #1) by Nicole Murphy

Title:  Loving The Prince (The Jorda Trilogy, #1)
Author:  Nicole Murphy
Genre:  Sci-Fi
Publication Date:  August 1st 2014 by Escape Publishing

Plot:  From Escape’s fresh, exhilarating science fiction romance catalogue comes a story of corporate espionage, betrayal, sex, and bodyguards. Just another day in the colonies.

Cassandra Wiltmore is the heir to the throne of Rica, but it’s unlikely she’ll be stepping up any time soon. So she spends her days managing and building the Rican Balcite Mining Company. The company has made her family wealthy beyond imagination, but that kind of power needs careful control, and Cassandra is just the Wiltmore to control it.

When a new bid for the mining license is announced, Cassandra is determined to squash it. Then the thefts and threats begin, and every step she takes seems to be wrong. Taking on a new protector seems like an indulgence Cass can’t afford, but she equally cannot afford to be caught off-guard. If only the best man for the job wasn’t also the best-looking man she’s ever seen.

Kernan Radaton has ambition, and as protector to Cassandra Wiltmore, he’s well placed to reach all his long-held goals. If only his new all-business boss didn’t make him think of only pleasure. With the company, the heir and the family under attack, the last thing anyone needs is a distraction. But once everything is safe again, Kernan is developing new ambitions — ones that involve a lot of very personal time spent getting to know his boss on a very personal level.

 My Review 

☆I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!!☆


Loving the Prince was an exceptional read filled with mystery, suspense, love, duty, and honor.


Cassandra Wiltmore has everything a person could want: wealth, power, privilege, and the next in line to the Rican throne (the richest colony on the moon of Jorda). The only thing she lacks is: an actual life outside of work.

A self titled workaholic, Cass will do anything to protect and preserve her family’s business and integrity. And so when a series of thefts and even a new bid for the mining license jeopardize to put Rican Balcite Mining Company (RBMC) in the red, Cassandra is determined not to go down without a fight.

Now enter: Kernan Radaton:


Cassandra’s new bodyguard with quite amount of clout. Retired from the King’s guard of Angonia (a land kingdom on Jorda), Kernan has earned the reputation for being the best of the best in his profession. Only, when he locks eyes with brunette beauty Cassandra Wiltmore, the term “mixing business with pleasure” never rung so true.

Filled with an irrevocable and undeniable connection towards Cassandra, how can Kernan do his job when all he wants to do is jump his new boss? Not to mention, he was just previously dating her cousin.

And when danger, deceit, and betrayal lurks its way into the midst, can he protect Cassandra from the oncoming threat that endangers her very life? What about his personal dreams of starting anew and fulfilling the void he so desperately craves of settling down, getting married, and having a family? Will Cassandra hold this vacancy that he has deep down in his heart?

As for Cassandra. Will nixing the lines with her sex on a stick employee, put at risk everything she’s worked so hard for? What about her heir lineage? Will her relationship with Kernan potentially lose her claim for the throne? And finally, what about the future of her family business? Will it rise against malicious opposition? Or crumble beneath her? Read and you will find out!

#Over all, a decent read. It was a bit slow, or should I say “rough” initially getting into, but over all a creative and intriguing plot line.

My likes:
*Kernan and Cassandra’s ambition and determination to sort out the matters at hand rather than zoning in on their own personal feelings and afflictions.
*The slow but gradual development between the two protagonists from work partners to confidants and potentially lovers.


What I didn’t like:
I had a hard time distinguishing between the different place names and titles of individuals. Rica, Angonia, Jorda, etc.; I kind of was confused at first as to what was what but eventually I was able to separate everything apart.

As for everything else: It was all good. Just needed to speed up certain parts here and there and the rest is golden. So all and all, a riveting and sensual sci-fi romance that will captivate you from beginning to finish!


My Rating:
-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8.5
 About the Author 

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Nicole has been telling stories for as long as she can remember and been writing them down since primary school.

Her two main occupations thus far in her life – teaching and journalism – have taught her a great deal about writing. As a teacher, having to explain the nuances of story to young children helped to hone the information in her mind. As a journalist, Nicole has won awards for her writing (in particular a series of articles on mental illness) and has interviewed people such as Gary McDonald, Noeline Brown and Roy Billing. She quit journalism in 2008 to focus on her fiction writing.

Nicole has had more than a dozen short stories published, the most recent in the Scary Kisses, a paranormal romance anthology from Ticonderoga Publishing. She has worked in the speculative fiction industry as an editor and edited The Outcast for CSFG Publishing (including the Aurealis Award nominated horror short “Woman Train”) and Issue 25 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, both published in 2006.

Nicole is also active in fandom. She has been on the organising committee for the first five Conflux conventions, including chairing Conflux 4 in 2007 and programming Conflux 5 in 2008. She was involved with the organising committee for Aussiecon 4, the 2010 Worldcon in Melbourne (quitting when she got the deal for her urban fantasty trilogy The Dream of Asarlai) and is a long-time member of the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSFG).

She is a member of the Fantasy Writers on Retreat writing group, which includes Trudi Canavan, Russell Kirkpatrick, Matthew Farrer, Cat Sparks, Donna Hanson and Kylie Seluka.

Nicole lives in Queanbeyan with her husband Tim, a computer programmer who happens to be one of the top croquet players in Australia and has just captained NSW to victory in the interstate cup.

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