Secret Notte (The Royals on Monterra Kindle World) by Marie Long
Publication Date: January 20, 2016
Format: I received a e-copy from the author in exchange for a review.
You can get a copy of the book here: Secret Notte
Summary from Amazon:
In celebration of her newly acquired Fine Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, twenty-two-year-old Claudia Gray takes the vacation of a lifetime to the exclusive country of Monterra, which the media has recently deemed the newest, hottest tourist spot in Europe.
Claudia takes in the country’s beautiful scenery while also working on enhancing her job portfolio. But an accident during an evening outing brings Claudia’s celebrations to a halt, and an unlikely and selfless gesture by a stranger adds a new level of flavor to her Monterran experience.
Twenty-four-year-old Stefano Fiorelli, future Duke of Cittàcigni by day and the hottest Monterran deejay sensation by night, is swept up in the woman he saved, but soon, he realizes there is something familiar about her that he recalls from the past.
Stefano wants to get close to Claudia, but she believes their lifestyles are too different for a relationship to ever work. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to second-guess those feelings. Will Claudia return to her familiar, safe, and secure lifestyle back home? Or will she decide to give a relationship with Stefano a chance?
*Just a note: I may seem like I’m being overly critical with parts of my review but rest assured, it’s just because I loved the book too much that I point out these little things.*
The main character is Claudia Gray, who recently graduated from school. After hearing about the article written by an American tourist turned princess 2 years ago, Claudia made it her dream to visit the European country after she graduates to create a portfolio of her sketches of the beautiful Monterrian land. After hitting an artist’s block, Claudia
Claudia’s love interest in this book is Stefano; someone with status and money. Within the first few chapters, we can see that Stefano is not exactly pleased to be in his position (as a noble) but we, the reader can not see why exactly.
I found the story’s beginning to be a lot like Kat’s story. They both get hurt in this foreign land, do something that they normally would not do and then catches the attention of the love interest for the rest of the book. Their personalities are also similar as they refuse the attention they get at first but undeniably gives in. But the similarity ends right there because Claudia’s ‘perfect’ adventure with Stefano runs into some difficulties (which I will refrain from talking about in order to avoid spoilers).
I really liked the beginning of the book. It was immediately catching and made me want to continue reading. I also really liked how she referenced the article written by Kat in Royal Date.
I really liked how Claudia had no idea exactly who Stefano and his mother were and was acting like a fool around them (not in a bad way). The romance was so sweet and touching. It is the perfect type of happily ever after I could’ve asked for in a book like this. The innocence in Claudia’s character was so fun to read about, because of all the mistakes she makes and how she has some comments that just makes me feel like I am there with her, watching the events go down. The story is really cute. I liked how the two, Claudia and Stefano already knew each other from the past and they rekindled their relationship when they met again in Monterra.
There is very little that I didn’t like. The story was very well written and engaging, keeping me wanting to read more until I hit the end, and then some. The only problem I had with the book was that it didn’t talk about what happened after the end (I was almost going to spoil it but don’t worry, I stopped myself) but I really wish it had an epilogue or something. :(
All the books in The Royals of Monterra start with this ordinary girl who comes from the U.S. and feels like their problems would be solved if they go to Monterra. Now, I’m not tearing the book apart because of this fact but this is just a fact that I’ve noticed among these books.
Of course the ending was totally predictable but after reading so many books in this Kindle World, I totally expected the book to end this way. But seriously though, the last chapter was just so sweet. I also liked how Marie set up the ending so that Trina, Claudia’s best friend, would be visiting Monterra soon, leading to Marie’s second book in the World, which will be published sometime soon I hope.
Overall, I absolutely loved the book and I recommend it to anyone who wanted to read more about The Royals of Monterra. I give the book a 9/10 (which rounds up to a 5/5 on review sites). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can not wait for Royal Secret which goes through Trina’s story.
Also if you haven’t noticed already, I’ve made it my goal to read all of the original books in The Royals of Monterra Kindle World. (I say original because there are now a lot of books in this world and there’s no possible way for me to read them all. That being said, who know? I may do that someday.)
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