A simple rule but a valuable one.
The Castle is the most exclusive and illusive male strip club in the country. As dancers we’re treasured like royalty and as clients, you’re treated like it.
I’m the hot tempered, blue eyed beast whose bark is is just as vicious as his bite.
Every man that walks out onto the stage is loved like a prince.
I’m Brock and this is my story.
-This is the THIRD book is a series of STANDALONES-
Ok. Let’s just be honest. I had a difficult time with this book. I liked the story, but I didn’t like Brock and I liked French even less. However, I appreciate the romance between Brock and French who have danced around their feelings for years.
At it’s heart, Prince Brock is really an amazing love story. Brock is a hot mess. He comes from a crappy childhood never really knowing love. French has always been a pawn to her parents and her parents only ever loved themselves. French rescued Brock from a miserable life ten years earlier and now the two have a very unconventional relationship.
Here’s the thing about these two. Brock is always angry, threatening and, in my opinion, kind of obnoxious. Also, he uses the F-word A LOT! Nearly every other word out of his mouth. I’m not joking. I’m no prude. I enjoy liberal use of the F-word, but Brock puts nearly every other book character to shame. French isn’t much better.
As you can probably imagine by my mention of the repeated use of the F-word, the sex is off-the-charts hot! Sizzling, scorching and any other s-word related to sex you can think of. I guess that’s what happens when you deny yourself what you’ve wanted for 10 years.
There is other stuff going on in the book including locating a missing relative. Of course, there is lots of conflict and turmoil. I just had a hard time focusing on that what with all the F-words, the throwing of things and slamming of doors and then this whole Breaking the 4th Wall deal.
Ah yes. Xavier Neal chose to break the mythical 4th wall. Meaning that not only do you hear the characters inner monologues and their external coversations, but they talk directly to the reader. I am okay with occasional use of this writing style, but not through the entire book. It was just too distracting for me, especially because the 4th wall parts were typed in Bold. It’s probably because I have a desk job and I see typed correspondence all day every day and the 1st rules of correspondence etiquette are no bold face and no all caps. Both indicate yelling. So, I felt a bit like the characters were yelling at me, which really isn’t too far off base considering most of what they say to us is said when they are angry.
I know this is a lot to take in, but I am asked to provide an honest review, so I do. This book is not going to be for everyone. If you like angry, alpha males and b*t&hy females and angry sex, then you will likely enjoy this. However, there is a lot in here that might easily offend someone. So, be forewarned.
I gave it 3.5 stars because I really feel the plot itself is kind of beautiful. The writing is good. It flows well, even if the choice of words and the use of 4th wall are a bit unconventional. I am a romantic at heart, so even with all the detractors, I liked the story and it had a lovely HEA.
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