Emilia Lancaster is the royal family’s dirty little secret.
Born the illegitimate daughter of a duke, for twenty years she’s lived as a commoner… despite the regal blood running through her veins. But when the entire royal family is killed in a deadly attack, the line of succession swiftly changes course. With her ailing father appointed king and no legitimate heirs in sight, Emilia is pulled from the shadows and thrust into a destiny she never wanted.
If this were a fairy tale, the palace would be paradise. In reality, with a father she barely knows on the throne, a deadly assassin still on the loose, and enemies around every gilded corridor corner — the callous, captivating Lord Carter Thorne chief among them — it feels more like a prison to Emilia. One filled with unattainable expectations, unfamiliar customs, and undesirable suitors.
They want her to behave like a good little girl.
They want her to put on her glittering crown and keep her mouth shut.
They’re about to be disappointed.
She may have agreed to be their princess…
But she’s no one’s puppet.
DIRTY HALO is a royal romance about an ordinary girl who inherits an extraordinary legacy. Filled with forbidden love, murderous plots, and machiavellian intrigue, it is recommended for mature readers only. It is the first book in the FORBIDDEN ROYALS TRILOGY.
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Unwanted to Royalty
This book had me from the very beginning. Julie Johnson was able to leave me wanting so much more from this book/series. I will say that this was the first book of hers that I have read but if they all are like this in writing style it will not be the last.
Emilia is a strong willed, independent, and sassy women. Even though she is all of these things she is hiding something that many people could only dream of, royal blood running through her veins. Even though this is the case she wants nothing to do with anything royal. The only problem is when the royal family is no more, she is thrust into the royal life she never wanted. On top of this she has to deal with the other half of her father's family.
Carter Throne is every girls dream. He is dark, mysterious, and has many alpha aspects. Even though he is all of these things he does have a softer side that is shown a few times. Carter has a dark side that I would love to see more into and find out why he feels/acts the way he does.
Chloe is Carter's sister and Emilia's new step-sister. I absolutely loved her character. She is very carefree and kind of does whatever she wants and most of the time it is to go against what her mother wants.
Octavia is horrible. In the best way to describe her is she is a B***h of epic proportions!!!!
Overall, I loved this book and can't wait to read Torrid Throne. Julie's writing was in my opinion flawless in this book. The story flowed with many twists that keep me reading and wanting so much more. The ending left me with my mouth hanging open because I wasn't ready for it to end.
SO different than anything Julie has ever written before, but oh SO delicious 😍
Not your typical fairytale, rags to riches story, or romance! I devoured every word of this book, while dreading reaching the last page.
Definitely seeing some subtle changes in Julie’s writing, changes that show growth especially in plot development.
You will not be disappointed!