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Privileged by Carrie Aarons [Review]

Privileged by Carrie Andrews Genre: Romance, Young Adult Rating: 3/5 Stars Format: Read on Kindle Unlimited. Synopsis: In a world of wealth and power, the rules of love and war are nothing as they seem.

Nora Randolph never wanted a life of luxury. But when her mother falls in love with the heir to the British throne, their small-town lives are uprooted and every little girl’s fantasy becomes her reality. All too quickly, she learns the dangers of running in circles with the world’s elite, especially when she attracts the attention of Winston Academy’s resident golden boy.

Asher Frederick has known nothing but favor and fortune. The son of London’s most influential family, his future has been written in stone since infancy. But a tragic childhood loss redirects his course, and revenge has been boiling in his blood for years. When innocent and unaware Nora lands in his path, it’s as if the universe hands him the ammunition to finally drag his enemy through the mud.

But as his plan for vengeance gets more twisted, so do his feelings for Nora. And as her immersion into the upper crust dives deeper, she struggles to keep the secret she’s been guarding for eighteen years.

Heavy lies the crown, and when the ultimate betrayal blindsides her, will either of them survive the consequences that come crashing down on their heads?
This was a suggestion from Stephanie from Steph’s Romance Book Talk. Check her out on YouTube. She makes great videos! I love books about the rich and elite. Gossip Girl was one of my favorite book series when I was a teen. I also went through a phase where I was obsessed with British culture. Bearing these things in my mind, I expected to love this book. This didn’t happen, and I’m disappointed because I placed high expectations on the book which fell really flat.

There’s a book which takes place in the same universe, and I’m hoping I do enjoy it more. I even picked up a different book by Carrie Aarons because I believe I will like her other writing. Aarons can write romance well. Nora and Asher have this chemistry between them right from the start. Even though Asher wants to destroy Nora, he also seems to have a genuine curiosity in getting to know her much better. Nora is adjusting from being the daughter of a single mother to becoming royalty. Asher wants to ruin Nora because her step dad is the reason his mother is dead. There’s already a lot of tension between the pair. Nora is suddenly attending this fancy private school and living the jet set life. Asher has been privileged all his life so he plans to have fun with Nora before he crushes her heart and gets the revenge he wants so badly. Asher has a group of friends who he hangs out with, constantly getting into trouble and being teenagers. Nora is welcomed into this group, but she also knows they look down on her. There’s also Nora’s mother and stepfather who are planning a wedding while Asher’s father wants the family destroyed. Many events are happening to the pair, and it’s clear someone is going to get hurt no matter what.

Nora and Asher grow closer, but he’s only doing it because his father wants him to destroy Nora. Of course, he has feelings for her but doesn’t want to think about those when he wants the revenge for his mother even more than he craves Nora. She is happy getting close to him because she believes this will be a chance for her to fall in love, shedding her innocence and becoming a new person. Their friends know they are involved, but they both deny being a couple in the beginning because Asher is too much of a player to settle down.

Nora and Asher are spending more time together. Nora has feelings for him, but Asher convinces himself he doesn’t really feel the same for her. Asher is focused on wanting the chance to confront Nora’s step dad to share how he ruined a family.

So there’s a few issues I had with this book. It’s written in present tense, but it would switch to past tense in the same sentence. This got on my nerves so badly because I want to know why the author could not make the effort to double check her work and make sure the tenses match. It really threw me off because it doesn’t sound right when reading, and I hope someone tells Aarons she should fix this issue because it made the book harder for me to enjoy. This is literally the main reason I didn’t like the book as much.

My other issue… Nora keeps talking about how she was looked at weird in her hometown and people saw her different because of her ability. Since this was referred to in such a vague way, I kind of expected her to have a superpower. I thought she was going to be a witch or something. Turns out, she’s just a genius. And part of Mensa. Honestly, it’s just mentioned like hey I’m a genius. It’s a personality trait for her, and it didn’t really add anything to the story so I’m wondering why it was needed. Maybe the author was trying to show Nora is special, but I just see it as the character is a genius and it adds nothing to the plot. Okay then.

It’s kind of meant to be enemies to lovers. But it’s just Asher wanting revenge and Nora thinking Asher is amazing. I didn’t really buy the royal family aspect because I thought they had rigid rules, and it seems like Nora has a lot of freedom to do what she wants. I may be wrong, but I was pretty sure its inaccurate.

Asher ends up trying to get his revenge, but it just seems so rushed. He goes from I hate Nora to maybe I like her to let’s ruin her whole family. Then after he tells her step father what’s going on, the step father is just sad and is like your mother would not want you to be like this… so it’s not even dramatic. Just a life lesson where Asher and Nora fall apart.

So, I guess my takeaway is Nora is a genius and Asher is a broken man who needs to fix himself. The tension between them is great. I love how they interact and are written. I just hated how it seemed so rushed.

Nora and Asher do get their happy ending. Of course. It’s just weird the epilogue was after the book ended? I’m going to read the standalone novel in the same universe, and I’m hoping I like it more than this one.

I would say if you like books like Gossip Girl, try this one out. But beware of how annoying the tense changes are. I couldn’t get over them, and I still can’t. It’s definitely a YA read, but the author does write well. I’m planning to read Aarons other works, and I’ll make a better informed decision about my thoughts on the author.

Until I rant about books again,

WWW Wednesday [September 18 2019]

It’s Wednesday. This is my first time doing this post so bear with me if it turns out not so well. I’m working on doing more with my blog, and I thought doing things like this will be a great place to start. So here’s what WWW Wednesday is about and all that jazz.

WWW Wednesday takes place every Wednesday and was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words.  Here is what you’re sharing..

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading

So far, I’m not loving this one. I think the narrators are a little annoying and the tense in the book switches from past to present in the same sentence. I’m disappointed because I thought I would love this book.

I recently finished

This is a cute Christmas romance. I talked about it in my recent wrap up and on Goodreads. I am not quite in the Christmas mood yet since we haven’t hit Halloween, but I had to get this done for NetGalley.

I’m thinking next I’ll read

This was suggested by Chandler Ainsley in her latest Kindle Unlimited recommendations. I started it, and I liked the beginning so I have a good outlook on how much I’ll like this book.

Well, this was my first WWW Wednesday. I’m not sure if I did this write, but I tried. I look forward to others WwW Wednesday posts.

Until I rant about books again,

Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It? [To me, yes!]

I enjoy reading as much as I can. I love going to the library and getting a big stack of books. I love choosing a book off my shelf and getting lost in a story. That being said, I haven’t had time to go to the library and I have a few piles of unread books on my shelf. Or near my shelf. Don’t ask. But I also have a five and a half month old which sometimes leaves less room to read books easily. Hence, I’ve been using the Kindle app on my phone and iPad. I also use Libby, but I don’t love the romance choices my library has to offer right now. So when I was given a chance to sign up for two months of Kindle Unlimited for just 99 cents, I said hell yes.

What’s the appeal of Kindle Unlimited for me?

  • I don’t have to buy the books
  • I can check out up to 10 books at one time
  • I can read on my phone or iPad and whisper sync keeps me right where I left off.
  • There’s so many romance choices.
  • Ebooks are easier for me right now with the baby, and I just really love ebooks.

The other nice things about Kindle Unlimited so you can just cancel at any time. So if I decide I’m not using it enough, I can just let it go. Then again, I can pick it back up if I miss it too much. I also have Prime, but I haven’t looked into Prime Reading or Kindle First yet. I’m just too excited about the books I’ve got to read from Kindle Unlimited. I currently do have ten books out because I’m insatiable, but I just wanted to share a few I’m most excited about from what I’ve added to my KU library

Book one of The Mavericks series by Max Monroe. This was a cover pick, but I did enjoy her book My Brothers Billionaire Best Friend so I am anticipating this will be another fun read. Just with athletes instead, and I never mind a good sports book.

Privileged by Carrie Aarons was suggested to me by Steph from Steph’s Romance Book Talk, and you can find her YouTube channel here. She’s awesome, and she reads a lot of romance so if you want awesome romance books in your life, check out her channel.

Chandler Ainsley did an enemies to lovers recommendation video on her channel, and this book was on the list. She said it was a problematic book, but she didn’t care and enjoyed the book. You should check out her channel in general and because she does Kindle Unlimited recommendation videos as well.

These are the books I’m most excited to read on Kindle Unlimited. I have just started Privileged, and I’m hoping this helps to get me out of this reading slump.

This post was inspired by Bree from Falling From Romance talking about her own journey with KU. Find her post here.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking with KU and reading so much romance. If you have any KU recommendations, let me know. I’m always open to more.

Until I rant about books again,

September Swoons TBR and Current Reads

So the month of September is going to be a deep dive into the romance genre for me. It’s one I used to read as a teenager. Yeah, I read those Harlequin Romance books when I was a tween and young teen. Mostly the purple mystery ones. I was so addicted to those back in the day. I’m not sure why I got away from romance because it’s a great genre. The best part is I don’t even have to buy any books because I have a lot of romance books on my Kindle. I actually added 16 books to a collection for this month. I don’t know if I will get through that many, but here are 10 books I’ve planned out for September Swoons. I will also be reading some other books as well… but those will be talked about in my weekly wrap ups.

Some of these are eARCs. The rest are books I’ve had on my Kindle.

  • All I Want- Tamara Lush (eArc)
  • To Be Your Girl -Rae Kennedy (eArc)
  • We Met in December- Rosie Curtis (eArc)
  • Meant to Be- Melody Grace
  • A Girl Like Her- Talia Hubbard
  • From Scratch- Katrina Jackson
  • Cracked Kingdom- Erin Watt
  • The Perfect Game- J Sterling
  • Challenge-Amy Daws
  • Step Brother Dearest- Penelope Ward

And these are the books I’m currently reading:

Are there any romance books you think I should read? Have you read any of the books on my list? Join me for September Swoons if you wish. I’ll be using the hashtag #septemberswoonsreads on Twitter. My username on there is hybibliophiliac. Come find me and follow along or join me!