Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Inconceivable (Review) & 1000 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway!

Hi there!

Title: Inconceivable!
Author:  Tegan Wren
Publisher:  Curiosity Quills Press
Published Date: 16th November 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: A popular, young royal couple can't produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!

When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he's affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them. 

But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty's journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can't produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”

Review: Before we get started with this review, look at that cover. LOOK AT IT. Admire its beauty and as you read the novel, learn how it is so applicable.

This meant so much to me, mostly because I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. This book is fun and flirty, and yet has a meaningful story to it as well. When it comes to romance and royals it kind of is my weak point. I went into this novel not knowing anything about it, so it made me interested!

The main character, Hatty, stole my heart straight away. She’s the kind of girl who says what is on her mind immediately and has absolutely no filter. She does have her shaky moments but she is mostly confident and fun, really upbeat! When we meet her she belts her heart a karaoke at a bar while singing a Natasha Bedingfield song. If that doesn’t steal your attention right away, then maybe the flirting and banter that happens between her and Prince John before she even knows who he is will. I love when flirting and banter is playful and humorous, and this book masters it. She also finds herself in awkward situations pretty often which was a good laugh.

Seeing as Hatty is a reporter it brought a good insight into the journalism life and what happens there – the inner workings and how it goes. Hatty being a reporter also created a bit of conflict seeing as she was supposed to be the one reporting on John’s life and all, and well, the royal family doesn’t usually take too well to reporters. So her profession did put a spin on things.
Hatty's life motto.

John was a nice character and even though he did have his difficult moments where he was struggling himself, his love for Hatty was always evident. There was a constant war waging in him when it came to what he was required to do as a successor to the throne and what he wanted to do. He also played harp like me so YAY bonus points for him! Hatty is someone who likes reading as well, so double bonus points all round!

The writing style was fun and playful which perfectly reflected Hatty’s personality and matched the tone of the story too. The romance was a bit explicit. It wasn’t exactly an NA romance but it wasn’t an entirely clean one either, if you get what I mean.

The secondary characters were nice and all, but they fell a bit flat to me which is why I had to give the book four stars. They were simply there and I wanted some more detail to go into them. Halfway through the book we get a five month time jump which was a bit jarring but it was completely necessary so I understood why the author included it. It did mean that we skipped over Hatty adjusting to suddenly being in the limelight as she dated John and having all the reporters flock to her as well. I wish we had seen that, but I guess one book can’t always include absolutely everything.

The author herself writes that she has struggled with infertility herself, and that theme is so perfectly handled and portrayed in this book you can tell it is tapping into some personal emotion and thoughts. It must have taken a lot of strength for her to right this, so I commend Wren for doing so. The pressure, the emotions, the pain… everything that women go through trying to get pregnant when nothing seems to be working. As well as that, Hatty is a royal so she has the pressure of needing to deliver a successor for the throne or some very harsh consequences are applied. It feels wrong to call it ‘suspense’ but that was what was building as I was basically hoping that with every medical treatment something would work and Hatty would be pregnant. The stress tore at me.

I don’t feel like my review does this book justice. Throughout it all, the love between John and Hatty was never doubted. I liked seeing a couple who rode over their hard times together instead of taking a break of pushing each other away. It was a nice change and I do believe in relationships like that too. This book was the first book I have read in a while where all I wanted to do was read. I pushed away other things that kind of needed doing so that I could finish this book!

My wrap up note is based on the authors note of the book. Tegan Wren is donating half the royalties that this book earns to two charities which help cover the costs for treatment that is given to women who are having trouble conceiving and need to pay costly treatments in attempts to get pregnant. It’s a very worthy cause, and you would get to read this wonderful book as well. So if that doesn’t sway your judgment, I hope this review and the charity addition has. I loved it and I hope you would too. The author is too kind.

Links: Goodreads and Amazon!

Giveaway! I have a wonderful 1000 Bloglovin followers which is a number I never thought I would achieve when I began this blog a few years ago. Honestly, it made me SO happy to see this. So this giveaway is for all of you! Love you all~ 

Win a 20 dollar amazon giftcard! Open internationally!


Olivia’s Question: Do you know anyone who has struggled with fertility? Do you like royal romance kind of books?

Olivia-Savannah x


147 comments:

  1. Ohh now I want to read this one even more!! I loved your review, and that is amazing that the author is giving half the proceeds to two charities for women who cannot conceive. Warms my heart. Congrats on 1000 followers, wow that is a lot!!!

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    1. It's such a honorable thing for the author to do, and it makes me love the book all the more. And thank you for being one of those followers <3

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    2. Kara: I'm so happy to have this opportunity to "pay it forward" and help others who are struggling with infertility. Hope you enjoy reading INCONCEIVABLE!
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      Tegan

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  2. Congrats on reaching 1000 blog followers, Olivia! You deserve each and every single one of them <3

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  3. I like royal romance, especially when I am reading twilight fanfiction. But I am open to published royal romance recommendations as well and Inconceivable sounds interesting :)

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    1. Royal romance is something I really love :D I think you would like this one!

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    2. Hi, Lucia! For what it's worth, I'm a Twi-fan. :-) Hope you'll check out INCONCEIVABLE!
      Cheers,
      Tegan

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  4. That cover is absolutely gorgeous. I really love the watercolour effect. I wish there were more covers like this! And congrats on 1000 followers, Olivia <3

    Ely Tea & Titles

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    1. Yes, that effect works so well! I also see it a lot on your blog too. Thanks Ely xx

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  5. Sounds like an adorable read. I like that the flirting and banter is playful and humorous.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. That's my favorite kind of thing in romance!

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    2. Diane: I love humor and flirty banter, when done well. Hope you'll consider checking out INCONCEIVABLE! I think you might enjoy it. ;-)
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      Tegan

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  6. I would have to agree with you: The cover is really amazing! And although those kind of stories are no longer appealing to me, just knowing that half the money goes to those charities it's reason enough to purchase it. I personally don't know anybody who is struggling with fertility but I know a couple of friends who do know people who are. It's such a shame because that couple really really wanna have kids and being unable to, must be devastating.

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    1. The cover love is real <3 I love the fact that she is giving half of it to charity and am also going to buy my own paperback copy to support the charity and have a book I will love! I know what you mean about the unfairness of it. Wouldn't it be lovely if people who wanted kids and those who didn't could simply swap out?

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    2. Noelia: Thank you (and Olivia) for wanting to support Baby Quest Foundation by purchasing this book. It's such an incredible charity to help infertile couples who have little or no insurance coverage for fertility treatments. I was in that boat myself several years ago.
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      Tegan

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  7. Yes, my Uncle's wife can't have kids. Since the late 80s they've opened their home to over 20 foster kids, and they adopted 3 boys who are all grownup now. I really feel for women in that situation because there are some who are able to conceive but don't want kids.

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    1. It's good that they have found a way to be around kids and look after their own through a different manner! It can be so difficult for those couples.

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    2. Lekeisha: Thank you for sharing about your uncle and his wife. I love to hear the many ways people deal with infertility. We also became parents by way of adoption, and it's a theme I address in INCONCEIVABLE!
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      Tegan

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  8. If I'm being completely honest, I only looked at the cover of this book and immediately added it to my To-Read list (whoops). But, I mean, the cover is just so gorgeous. <3 Now that I read your review and the synopsis though, the story also sounds amazing. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this!
    Ooh and congrats on 1000 followers -- that is HUGE! Thank you for the giveaway, too. :)

    ~Cari @ My Addiction: Books

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    1. Ahaha that's perfectly okay because trust me, I've done the same multiple times! It's worthy book though and I hope you will love it like I did. And thank you! Thank you for being one of them too x

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    2. Thanks, Cari! I agree with you--the cover is AMAZING! Hope you find the story to be as beautiful as the cover.
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      Tegan

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  9. I like Royal Romance books. My sister struggles with fertility.

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    1. I'm very sorry to hear that <3 Praying for the best for her.

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    2. Sohamolina: So sorry to hear about your sister's struggle with infertility. I know firsthand how painful it is physically and emotionally. I wish her all the best. I wrote this novel, in part, to show women going through infertility that they're not alone and that there is no "one size fits all" happy ending.
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      Tegan

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  10. Great review and I like that catchphrase - "A popular, young royal couple can't produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!"
    Also, thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Doesn't it already make you want to read the book? And you're welcome!

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  11. Congratulations! That's a huge amount of followers.

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  12. First off, congrats Olivia for the huge following! Secondly, I'm totally swayed by Wren's cause! A few of my friends had to undergo IVF treatment so I totally get the emotional turmoil that comes with this. I'll definitely check out Inconceivable!

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    1. Tegan Wren does mention IVF treatment in this book which is something I knew nothing about before reading this. It discusses the emotional issues that come with it too. I think this might be one for you.

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    2. Lonna Ten: I hope your friends have had success with IVF. My husband and I did one cycle, but it ended in miscarriage. I'm happy that I can use my novel to change the stories of real couples going through infertility by donating to Baby Quest Foundation. Hope you enjoy reading the book!
      Cheers,
      Tegan

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  13. Congrats on 1k followers. The book sounds very interesting. I'd love to read this.

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    1. Thank you. And it is a book well worth reading :D

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    2. Hi, Lysa! Thanks so much, and hope you enjoy reading INCONCEIVABLE!
      Cheers,
      Tegan

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  14. Congrats on the bloglovin'! That's wonderful.

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  15. Congratulations on reaching 1000 followers Olivia! You really deserve it.

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  16. Congrats on 1000 followers! Now, about this book. I love, love, LOVE that cover. And while this doesn't sound like the type of book I usually read, your review makes me want to read it. And so I'll be off to add it to my TBR on Goodreads now! Great review!

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    1. I am glad you are going to give it a chance although it isn't your usual read! Hope you can like it!

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  17. [ Smiles ] Hmm. Everyone loves a good giveaway!

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  18. new to me but I like the sound of Hatty and think that I would enjoy reading about her too

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    1. This seems like a good book for you. Hope you do decide to pick it up x

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    2. Brandi: Hatty's a ton of fun, and I think a lot of readers have really enjoyed having the story told from her perspective. Hope you'll check out INCONCEIVABLE!
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      Tegan

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  19. First of all- I loved the cover the moment I saw it! I am glad the book was so much fun and that you liked it so much. I would love to read it. I know a lot of people that have struggled with fertility problems. Thanks for sharing!

    Awesome that you reached 1000 Bloglovin followers. Thanks for the giveaway. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I think this book does justice by a lot of people going through the same struggle. And thank you, Jess <3

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    2. DMS: So sorry that infertility has touched a lot of people you know. It's such a life-altering struggle. Hope you enjoy INCONCEIVABLE...might be a book you want to recommend to your friends. :-)
      Best,
      Tegan

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  20. Congrats on 1000 followers! That's awesome! And this book sounds great. Thanks for the chance! :)

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    1. It's a wonderful book. And thank you for all the times you read and comment <3

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  21. congratulations on the 1k followers!

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  22. The book sounds like it would be fun to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  23. Oooh! Another to add to the Xmas list. Sounds nice!

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    1. This book would make a great Christmas present :D

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway! Loved your review. And congrats on reaching 1,000 followers

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    1. I am glad you liked it. And thank you :)

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  25. I like any kind of romance book, royal included! If anyone I know struggles with fertility problems, they have not shared that with me.

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    1. The romance genre is pretty popular, so I can understand you liking the majority of them :3

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  26. Congrats on your continued success!
    This is book I would like to read soon.
    thank you

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    1. I hope you do get the opportunity to read it soon.

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    2. Hi, Barbara! Hope you're able to fit INCONCEIVABLE on to your TBR list!
      Best,
      Tegan

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  27. I love romance novels, Thanks for the chance!

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    1. Then you will probably love this like I did!

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    2. Racegirl1022: That's so sweet! (And thanks to you, too, Olivia-Savannah!) I hope you enjoy INCONCEIVABLE! I wrote the kind of book I'd enjoy reading.
      Cheers,
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  28. Sounds like a great read and an even more amazing author!

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    1. Ann: that's so sweet! (And thanks to you, too, Olivia-Savannah!) I hope you enjoy INCONCEIVABLE! I wrote the kind of book I'd enjoy reading.
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  29. I am in love with the cover! It is so artistic and creative!

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    1. That cover artist blows them all out of the water.

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  30. great contest, thanks for the chance of winning

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  31. the book sounds great thanks for the chance to win

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  32. Another book to read! & thanks for the giveaway, I love Amazon!

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  33. both my niece and her husband are infertile they adopted a beautiful baby girl 5 yrs ago

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    1. I am sorry to hear about their infertility but it is great that they became parents through adoption!

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    2. Wendy: Thanks for sharing about your niece and her husband. Adoption is also how my husband and I became parents to three amazing kiddos. It was an issue I just had to explore in INCONCEIVABLE!
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  34. Congrats ,that is awesome :) The book sounds like a great read.

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  35. Congratulations on 1000 Bloglovin Followers!Thanks for the great review and giveaway :)

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  36. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.
    Entry form name: Marlene V.

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  37. OMG...what a awesome giveaway..would love to win it <3

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  38. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  39. Thanks for hosting the giveaway and congrats on 1000 followers.

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  40. Okay, so this sounds fairly awesome. I'm kinda half there and half not, because the cover? It is gorgeous beyond words (and I am definitely getting the feel that it suits the story) but I'm not sure if the plot totally has me overcome. I feel like I'd be all in if it were fantasy and I could be assured of some magic, but the fact it's contemporary and deals with real issues and royal romance is still intriguing and it does sound fairly wonderous.
    Lovely review! We should start a cover-love club for this one! xx

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    1. I would definitely be on board for a cover-love club! I know quite a few covers which would be worthwhile being mentioned in the club. It's no fantasy, but when it comes to contemporaries it does beat the majority of them out there!

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    2. Hi, Romi! Thank you for the cover love! <3
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  41. I am looking forward to reading it

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  42. Thank you for the great giveaway!

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  43. thanks for the nice giveaway!~

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  44. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on 1000 followers :)

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  45. Great,thank you for the chance! :)

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  46. i have never struggled with infertility, dont really know though, never been pregnant, got kicked in the stomach by a horse when i was in my early twenties and had lots of female problems...i like some of the romance novels, used to read them more, my mother was a big reader of these.

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    1. Oh wow, I am so sorry to hear about being kicked in the stomach! That must have been incredibly painful...

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  47. congrats on the followers and thanks for the givaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  48. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the giveaway also.

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    1. It's a lovely book and I hope you get the chance to read it!

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  49. thanks for the chance to win, it really sounds like a good book, i have struggled with my fertility.

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  50. This sounds like a really sweet book. I like books that are balanced and read a bit more like real life.

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    1. Yes. When it becomes realistic it makes for some really good reading.

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  51. I currently struggle with fertility, been off birth control since 2009 and no luck, hopefully metformin will get my body back on track.

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    1. I am so sorry to hear this tale, Jammie, and I hope that will really work for you. Praying for the best x

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  52. Yes, I like royal romance books, and I know many people who have suffered with infertility.

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    1. Royal romance books are the best! Hoping for the best with those that you know, or that they will find another path which is good for them.

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  53. That sounds like a great book and one I'd like to read. Thanks for the review and the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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    1. I think everyone should give this book a chance!

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  54. I'm loving the cover. The cover alone makes me want to read the book!

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    1. I know the feeling, it's what I first felt when I looked at it too :D

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  55. Olivia’s Question: Do you know anyone who has struggled with fertility? Do you like royal romance kind of books?

    1) I do not know of anyone who is personally struggling with fertility, but I do have a friend who can never have kids. I believe it is because she was born with an extra chromosome or something else because she gets a monthly visitor.

    2) Yes. A Royal Romance can be a means of escaping reality.

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    1. I am glad you like royal romance books. I do feel sorry for your friend though, and my thoughts are with her <3

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  56. I do not know anyone who has struggled with fertility...or maybe they just kept it hidden from us. And I don't really like romance books of any kind. Thanks for the great giveaway! :-)

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    1. It's not a genre suited to everyone, but I didn't like romance books for a long while either - they grew on me.

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  57. I love the cover. It seems there is a lot going on but is so simply and romantic

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    1. There is quite a bit but it never gets confusing!

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