Title: Crowne of Lies
Author: C.D. Reiss
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/4
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Marriage of Convenience
Narration: Dual POV
Primary Characters: Logan & Ella
Source: Courtesy of Author/ Publisher – ARC
I voluntarily read an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.
I had read Iron Crowne before this and was intrigued by Logan in that. I jumped up the opportunity to know more about him. Unfortunately, for me, this book didn’t hold my expectation. We see at the end of Iron Crowne, Ted Crowne informing Logan Crowne that he needs to get married and settled and enjoy his personal life equally and only then he can take back the full control of his father’s company. So now Logan needs a wife in order to take full control of his father’s company. What sort of women does he choose? How well will it be between these two?
Ella Papillion was nothing that I expected Logan to pursue. She is a free-spirited, pierced up artist who is complete opposite of Logan. She agrees to the marriage to suit her own goals. Logan, a workaholic whose ideas about marriage are a little outdated. According to himself, he is boring, and no one would stick around longer and comes first apart from his work so he would never choose to marry one. When his father issues him an ultimatum that requires him to seek out a wife, Logan finds himself entering a marriage of convenience with a woman who is the total opposite of everything he ever envisioned his wife being. Now it looks a perfect arrangement for both.
I’ll be honest and say that this didn’t quite go how I expected it to – which is both good and bad. I mostly like the forced closeness and the slow burn that naturally comes as the couple begins to learn more about each other. This takes a different path here. Ella’s presence makes him realise what really matters. Similarly, Ella realises what she really wants from her life. Logan is a cold, unemotional guy and remains that way for a significant portion of the book. The emotions displayed were good, but the actually small things to build relationship b/w them were not highlighted well.
In the story there was a lot of talk related to business issues that tended to be long and monotonous. I liked the scenes with Ella and her stepmother Bianca, the misunderstanding and the way they clear it was good. I was more intrigued by Colton in this. However, book took in a different direction in the end. I’m definitely intrigued to know more about Dante and Mindy.
So, to conclude Crowne of Lies is enjoyable read. While I enjoyed it, it was a bit hard to really lose myself in the story. I still encourage everyone to give it a go.