Monday, 24 March 2014

Hush (Lakeview #1) by Stacey R. Campbell

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gemelli Press LLC and Netgalley.
Hush  (A Lakeview Novel, # 1)Blurb (from Goodreads):
For small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princesses. That is, until she spots her boarding school’s new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn’t.
Following the tragic demise of one of Europe’s most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he’s right.
Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way?
When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends’ lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after.
From the exclusive rolling lawns of Canada’s most prestigious boarding school to the University of Saint Andrews’ hallowed grounds, Blakely’s quiet, unassuming life is turned upside down. Is she really who she thinks she is? Can she survive long enough to help Max unearth the truth?

Hush by Stacey R. Campbell

My rating: 3.12 of 5 stars

Hush  (A Lakeview Novel, # 1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gemelli Press LLC and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Blakely is the daughter of a foreign Princess; as a result of an affair with her chauffer’s son. Blakely has no idea that this is the case though, and instead believes herself to be a regular American teenager, even if she was adopted.
Max is intent on graduating top of his class, and when he finds information that leads him to discover Blakely’s true identity; he goes undercover to find out the truth.
Is Blakely really royalty? And will Max want her to be once he gets to know her?

This was an okay story, but it was a little slow in places.

Blakely was an interesting character, and she was pretty down-to-earth about things. I have to say that I liked her a lot more than Max, who seemed a bit conceited at times! I really wanted him to get over himself when he was complaining that she wasn’t falling all over him, and that he hadn’t had this problem before.

The storyline in this was fairly straightforward ‘girl who doesn’t know she’s really a princess’ sort of story. We did have some bad guys, and they did try their best to dispose of Blakely, but to be honest I almost thought that Max was the worst of the lot because if it wasn’t for him, nobody would ever have worked out Blakely’s heritage.
There was some romance, although I just couldn’t like Max. I thought he was pretty conceited and arrogant, and when he started wishing that Blakely wasn’t a princess, just so he could have his way with her, I was again less than impressed.
The ending to this was pretty good. The story was quite slow up until the 75% mark, but thankfully we got a bit of action after that. I can’t say I was 100% impressed with the outcome in terms of the romance. If her mother wasn’t allowed to date her chauffer’s son, I very much doubt that Blakely would be allowed to date whomever she wanted!
Overall; an okay ‘lost princess’ story,
6.25 out of 10.

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