I’m delighted today to have Princess and Country featured on The Cozy Pages again, this time with a review. Another gorgeous story! Thank you Emmanuelle Snow, you will fit very nicely on my list of favourite authors now. 😉
Thank you Digital Reads for my spot on this tour.
Her best friend and his brother.
A passion that can’t be shared.
A record deal that will bring her all over the world.
And one fateful night.
Country superstar Dahlia Ellis is sweet, leveled-headed, and passionate.
When she finds herself loved by both her best friend and his brother, Dahlia must find a way to come to terms with her own feelings without leaving too many broken heart’s pieces behind.
Despite her best intentions, Dahlia will be sucked into a tornado of love and loss that will hurt her and the people she loves the most.
One night will change the rest of her life.
One night will shatter everything she’s ever known.
And one encounter will give her the courage to dream again.
For Dahlia, fame, money, and beauty don’t mean anything. And her story is one of love, strength, trust, and fate.
When her life falls apart, will Dahlia be able to get back out there and rise to the top again?
Get to know a younger version of Carter Hills in this prequel of Pink and Country.
Princess and Countryis the second book in this small-town, second chance, country music romance series.
If you like raw emotions, sizzling moments, relatable characters trying to overcome their flaws to reach their goals, lots of heat, banters, and chemistry, you’ll enjoy Emmanuelle Snow
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My first book by Emmanuelle Snow was Pink and Country and it was a fantastic emotional roller coaster of a tale.
In that book we meet Dahlia and come to understand the intense bond between her and Carter. Best friends from just about infancy, it seems almost nothing can shake their connection. Their friendship even survives Carter’s falling in love with her while she falls just as deeply in love with his older brother. Based on what we know of Dahlia’s story from Carter and April’s book, I knew Princess and Country was going to be a heartstring puller… and it was.
Okay, I’ll admit, there are some super steamy scenes but, it’s well within context. The connection and chemistry between Jeff and Dahlia is amazing. Their story begins as teenagers and we see them experiencing the first blush of romance right up to the heady excitement of truly falling in love. Their love matures as they grow up and weather the stresses of Jeff’s going away to college, getting a job, Dahlia and Carter’s burgeoning country super star career, Jeff’s eventual military deployment and his PTSD upon return. Throughout it all they provide an anchor for each other, they are each the other’s home and it all makes for a beautiful reading experience.
If you’ve read Pink and Country, you know how this story goes and you will really really really wish something radical would happen to change. It doesn’t and all the emotions are raw and poignantly described. Oh my.
One point to note is that this is not a love triangle story, by any means. Dahlia is always clear that she loves Jeff with her heart and soul. She loves Carter too, but he is not her soulmate. She never leads him on and is well aware of his feelings for her. In fact, the only person Jeff and Dhalia love more than anyone else in the world is Carter. If they could have pushed aside their feelings for each other to spare his, they would have. I absolutely love how the author is able to distinguish between these two types of loves and the nuances across the characters’ interactions.
Although this tale spans a couple decades, the pacing is just right. Readers have ample opportunity to get to know all the players without any scenes being drawn out.
If anything, this story left me wanting more. I wanted to read about Dhalia’s life after she moved to Green Mountain and started her life there. Wonder if readers will have a chance to see that story…. hmm… All I know for sure is that whatever comes next in this gorgeous series by Emmanuelle Snow, it’s something I’ll definitely be reading!
I give Princess and Country 4.5/5 sizzling espresso shots.
My boyfriend turned to face me, and I hurried into his arms. “Princess, you’ll be amazing up there. Look at me.” I tilted my head back. “I’m so proud of you.” He tucked a strand of hair behind my ears.
I rose to my tiptoes. “I love you.”
With the pads of his fingers, he wiped the tears pooling in the corners of my eyes.
“I love you too.”
I looked around. “It’s kinda scary. All those people. The stage, the crowd—”
“Carter will be up there with you. You have nothing to worry about.”
Riley stepped next to us. “Okay, Dahlia, time to go. Ready?”
Would my voice be shaky like this on stage?
Butterflies took flight in my stomach. The not-so-fun kind.
I walked away, my hand locked in Jeff’s, touching until our fingers broke apart.
Carter neared me and snaked his arm through mine. “It’s okay, Dah. I’m here. We can do this. Just follow my lead, I’ll take care of everything.”
My pulse evened.
We exchanged a smile as Stud padded in our direction and put his arms around us.
“Let’s show them what we’ve got.” He stopped and pulled us into his embrace. “We’re kicking off our first world tour. How awesome is that? Let’s do this, motherfuckers.”
Stud’s longish stubble rapped my cheek.
“Oh yes,” Carter said as I replied, “Let’s make history.”
The lights of the stage blinded me. My heart sank down to my toes. “Seventy thousand people,” I said, mostly to myself. “Seventy thousand.”
My insides tightened. Carter said a few words to the crowd, but I registered none. My eyes drifted to the right side where Jeff stood. Did I look like a deer caught in headlights? My fingers shook. My head turned. My legs wobbled. I tried to breathe, but my lungs were closed for business.
“You can do this,” Jeff mouthed.
I swallowed the lump choking me.
Carter strummed the first chords of “Heart for Rent.” My heart leaped in my throat. Why did I agree to this? I loved our simple garage band. This, right here, was way too big for a White Crest girl like me. I shut my eyes, silencing my thundering heart. I could do this. I breathed out. My fingers played on their own. I locked my eyes on my best friend. He winked. No one was here except the two of us—and Stud. We were back in Carter’s garage, dreaming about getting fifty people to come see us play.
This—right here—was our dream.
I rolled my shoulders—chasing the tension away—rotated my neck and found my voice.
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