TITLE: Princess and Country
BY: Emmanuelle Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: July 13th 2021 by Smart Lily publishing inc.
NOTES: I received an e-copy from the publisher and blog tour host in exchange for promotion and honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.
I’m here for another blog tour featuring a book by an author that’s very new to my list of favorite romance authors. Emmanuelle Snow sure knows how to touch my heart with her stories. Big thanks to Shalini from Digital Reads Blog Tours for letting me join 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 Country is 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
Princess and Country played my heart in the best way possible – it made me smile, love, cry and believe in the power of friendship and love, and even family.
This book is about Dahlia. I first met her in Pink and Country, and even though she’s the male lead’s (Carter) former love, I’ve loved her. She seemed like the kind of person you want to be friends with. Even before reading THIS BOOK, I understood why Carter fell in love with her and held her in high regard. Still, I was hesitant to read Dahlia’s story for a couple of reasons. One, I’m no fan of love triangles. Two, in every genre, I really hate it when siblings are rivals. I avoid books with plot or trope like this. I’m not really close to my siblings but I don’t even want to think being their rival for any reason. But Shalini made sure that I will like this book even more than I did with Pink and Country, and I loved that one so much. Obviously I trust Shalini’s judgement and thank God, I do.
My fears were for nothing. This is not a love triangle at all. I wouldn’t label this as a complete love triangle because right from the start, Dahlia knows her heart. And siblings rivalry? Sure. But Carter and Jeff are two great men and I couldn’t help but love them both. Their bond was strong despite them being completely different. And that’s why, reading this book really affected me because the characters had my heart as soon as I met them.
Princess and Country does tell a story of love, but more than that it’s a story of friendship. It tells the story of Dahlia and her love for two men but in a different way. And her struggle to keep them both in her life. I liked the way the author crafted the story. The story captured my heart, I was so invested. My eyes were glued to the pages and I read enthusiastically. And even tough I knew there’s a heartbreak coming, I was hopeful. I was sure that this book, these characters will make my heart smile despite the tears in my eyes.
And yes, there were tears. This is heartbreaking as much as it is heartwarming. I don’t even know how to explain it without spoiling everything. But I don’t resent the author for including that heartbreak, that big loss, because it was needed. I know it would only make Dahlia stronger and I’ve seen her version of stronger in Pink and Country and I loved it.
There was no part of the story that I didn’t like. I was with the author with everything she decided to put in this story. Everything that Dahlia did or decided, I agreed with her. And Carter…darn it I love Carter. It’s so unhealthy to love a fictional character this much. Jeff is an added joy in this book. Maybe joy is not the perfect term to associate with Jeff but still, for me, he’s a joy and I am glad he’s part of this story. I really find all the characters very well-written.
RATING: 5 blissful pages with lilies
If you love stories about love, friendship and hope, then this book is for you. Princess and Country has everything that your heart might be looking for. 🙂
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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who likes to give life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness.
Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially those complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex, all at the same time.
In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading, Emmanuelle likes to go on road trips—with her four kids and her own soulmate—watch movies, paint, or do some DIY, always with a cup of green tea in her hand and listening to country music.
She splits her time between beautiful Canada and the small US towns she adores.
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3 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Princess and Country by Emmanuelle Snow (@SnowEmmanuelle and @Shalini_G26)”
Lili, I had tears when I read your review Nad your trust in me. Gawd you and Emmanuelle will do me in. I have cried more in these two days reading your words. Fantastic review. So happy you loved Dahlia’s story. She was brilliant. Though I agree, we are Carter’s girls.
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I love Dahlia so much, I want her to be my friend in real life. 🙂
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Thank you so much ❤️ for your wonderful review.