Monarch by Belle Whittington
Genre: Paranormal YA
The Story: Blair Reynolds was born to rule. Worlds, that is. Destined to reign over an ancient intergalactic race, it may seem her fate is written in the stars. But she’s willing to risk it all for another chance to spend forever with her true love – even if it means traveling through time and space to the other side of the universe.
As far as Ash is concerned, Blair's happily-ever-after involves him, not the mere mortal with whom she seems so infatuated. She was bequeathed to him by her father, and Ash will go to any lengths to keep Blair and her true love apart.
And Ash isn’t the only one.
Deep in the jungles of Brazil, where tribal drums call to Blair and her true love, other forces carry out dangerous secret plans.
However, Blair has secrets of her own … secrets so lethal she dares not even remember them.
Secrets so painful they could ruin everything.
Because some secrets kill.
My Review: I can't believe this story is done. Just not possible! It's been great reading about Blair and the obstacles she's had to overcome. And those secrets?! WOW, totally wasn't expecting them!
You can tell that Belle Whittington puts a lot of emotion and research into her books. All three books: Cicada, Firefly and Monarch have been such great reads! I'd highly recommend reading this series! Especially if you love paranormal!
About the Author: Belle was raised in deep East Texas. She now resides somewhere north of Houston, Texas in a small inconsequential town with the smallest, most inconsequential name. There, in the shady reaches of the pines, elms, and oaks, she daydreams adventures and secrets she weaves throughout her stories. She’s the author of CICADA, FIREFLY, and MONARCH, a Young Adult/New Adult cross-over trilogy with excellent reviews. She studied literature and history at University of Houston where Beowulf, Shakespeare’s works, and the history of the Vikings were her favorite topics. Belle is positive her readers and fans are the best in the universe.
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Guest Post: When Nicole submitted the question for this guest post, I must admit I was so happy that someone finally wondered why Blair’s mom chose the site of “the building” for the new Sprinkles bakery! For a long time now, I’ve been asking myself the same question – “don’t they wonder why she chose that spot?”
I set out to answer Nicole’s question. However, I found myself at a bit of a loss in how to explain why Blair’s mother, Renee, chose such a location for her new bakery. Therefore, it only seemed logical that I asked Renee to explain it for my readers. Here’s the interview I had with her.
“Hi, Renee! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and help explain why you chose that specific location for the new Sprinkles bakery.” I poured her a glass of sweet iced tea and led her to the dining room where golden autumn sunlight shone through the windows.
“Hey, Belle,” she smiled. The happiness that had once sparkled in her eyes was replaced with a hint of sorrow. She ran her hand through bangs that now hung long over half over her face. The other side of her hair was shaved close to her head, revealing the tell-tale tattoo of members of The Resistance. “Glad I could be of help,” she took a sip of iced tea and glanced out the window for a moment before speaking.
“I’d been surprised to meet Luke,” Renee began. “He’d claimed to have met my late husband while training in The Resistance.” A frown tugged at the corner of her lips … the sort of frown the spoke of equal parts of sadness and regret. “It was a mistake to get involved with him. But I was lonely, and I missed my husband so much. I thought he’d make me feel safe again.” She shook her head, and her bangs slipped back down and covered part of her face again. “He ended up making me feel the exact opposite.”
“So, Luke had something to do with the new location?” I asked.
“Oh, yes,” Renee nodded. “He’d said we’d prove we’d won the battle against the Hunters by taking over their lair … it was hogwash, of course.” Her nostrils flared, and I remembered what Luke had hidden in the secret basement beneath the bakery. As if she could read my thoughts, she said, “He was going to use those weapons to kill my daughter, my entire family, everyone I love.”
“I know,” I answered, placing my hand on her arm. “But I know how strong you are … I know you didn’t just follow him blindly into rebuilding your bakery there.”
“Well,” she blushed. “I admit I wanted to show the Hunters I wasn’t going to cower down to them and let them kill Blair. It was my pride that drove me to build the brightest, shiniest bakery right on top of where they’d been hiding for several years.” She smiled, “Each month, I’d pay the bills and then send the rest of the sales to support The Resistance.”
“How did Luke like that?” I asked.
“I never told him. It wasn’t any of his business. Besides, at the time, I thought he would’ve liked it. Then I found out what he really was when he became obsessed with my daughter.” Renee’s hand clenched into a fist. “I’d already started seeing someone else at that point,” her face softened a bit. “My new fella tried to help me kill Luke and his entourage of Hunters. I’d set a trip line, wired to the explosives Luke had hidden in the basement. But they’d ambushed us, and knocked my new boyfriend out.” She took a sip of tea and glanced back out the window. “I was out for days. I woke up back in South America. I don’t want to talk about that, though.”
“No, that’s okay. You don’t have discuss that.” I patted her hand. “So, the reason you built the new Sprinkles where the building had once stood was because – “
“Because I wanted to show those bastards they weren’t going to win. I wanted to show them I’d take back everything they’d ever stolen from me. I wanted to claim a victory over them!” She sat up high in her chair.
I nodded and smiled. I’d had a feeling that had been her motivation. But I’d wanted her to explain it. We spent the rest of the afternoon talking about her plans for her upcoming nuptials. When she drove away, I had to wonder how she’d been coping with what had happened with Andrew …
But that’s another story.
And so, now we know why Blair’s mother built the new Sprinkles where “the building” had once stood.
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