*I received a physical copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Heir to the Crown
Author: Ember Shane
Series: (The Doyle Hawthorne Series #3)
Publication date: August 12th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Synopsis [from Goodreads]:
Doyle Hawthorne has two choices. He can sit idly by and watch his grandfather, fueled by revenge and hatred, destroy the world via a tidal wave of infection… Or he can form a temporary alliance with his nemesis in order to stop it…
Give him a minute. He’s thinking.
Heir to the Crown is the third novel in The Doyle Hawthorne Series and continues to follow Doyle and company as they navigate their way through the volatile atmosphere of royal subculture. Intended for audiences 18+ due to language and sexual content.
Heir to the Crown is the third installment in the Doyle Hawthorne series, and it definitely didn’t disappoint! I love the action, the writing, and I especially enjoyed how we got to read from multiple POVs: Chuck, Addy, Kai, and Doyle. I love this particular group of friends, and so delving deeper into their sides was something I liked instead of just endured. It wasn’t choppy or boring either; I was engaged the whole way through.
What I noticed right away in this book, is how much Doyle has changed. He’s taken control and while he’s still fairly awkward about his position, he fits into it pretty well. He isn’t overcome by power or lost in greed, but he does take the action need when called for. In fact, many of the decisions he makes he thinks through, whether it has to do with his family, Addy, Chuck, or just keeping up appearances so problems don’t arise. He loses his composure some times, but honestly, with a bunch of people after you and another colony hoping to overtake the world with a vengeance plan, who wouldn’t?
“I don’t care. Leave. Her. Alone.” Doyle’s tone was a low snarl and I knew he was giving me a command as opposed to his opinion. [page 2]
The next thing I realized is that this is probably my favourite in the series concerning romance. Instead of a more love-at-first-sight type of romance as we see in the first book, we really get to see the characters prove their affections and ease into a relationship. While they still struggle and have problems from time to time, it all comes together nicely and I was definitely rooting for a certain couple. It actually hurt my heart to see one particular character try so hard to fix his mistakes only to be turned down every single time. He’s changed too, but definitely for the better, as is obvious by the end.
I can’t say much about the story itself as it would be considered a spoiler, and so I’ll just leave it at this: This series is fantastic, and I definitely recommend reading it. It’s full or action, romance, suspense, and zombies. What more could you want?