Release Blitz with Double Review: Princess Ballot by Jaymin Eve and Tate James

January 3, 2020


PRINCESS BALLOT: A Dark College Romance (Royals of Arbon Academy Book 1) by Jaymin Eve - Author and Tate James is LIVE!! #OneClickNow


  You have been chosen. Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she's selected in the "princess ballot." Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry ... except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It's a worldwide lottery, and one that Violet entered without giving it any serious thought. But the media got it wrong and Arbon Academy is much more than a simple college for future leaders. It’s a dark world of politics, intrigue, and dangerous guys who will stop at nothing to get their own way. Despite her best efforts at remaining off the radar, Violet finds herself a pawn between two of the most powerful monarchies in the world. Prince Rafe of the Switzerlands and Prince Alex of the Australasias are bitter enemies both on the soccer field and in the political arena. Monarchies rule the world now, and every waking breath is a competition for the princes. Control the ball. Control the world. Control Violet. Whether it's through love or hate, someone will ultimately win. *This is book one in a dark college romance. It includes a-hole princes, nasty princesses, and one chick who will take none of their sh!t, all the while doing her best to make it out alive. HEA guaranteed. Eventually. 17+.

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Last year, I read some great books by Jaymin Eve and Tate James, so when I heard about their newest collaboration, I put it on my tbr asap. That being said, Princess Ballot has hot heroes, a badass heroine, and a cool premise, so I would've likely jumped on it regardless of who wrote it. An awesome author duo being involved was just the icing on the cake!

Violet Rose Spencer, an orphan with dreams of a better future, gets the shock of a lifetime when she finds out she was selected to receive a scholarship to Arbon Academy, a college home only to royals and individuals from the most wealthy families around the world. It's a dream come true, but not all of the students matriculating at the prestigious academy are exactly welcoming to the poor new scholarship student. Though she prepared herself for that probability, it does nothing to lessen the sting.

Prince Rafe of the Switzerlands acts like he would rather see her head on a pike then at his lunch table. His betrothed throws insults Violet's way before she's barely in the door, and the headmaster's son does nothing to disguise his outright hatred for her despite not knowing a thing about her. Their aggressive behavior towards her would be enough to send anyone running, but Violet needs this opportunity more than she cares about their ignorant hostility.

Besides, not everyone at Arbon Academy wants to see the new girl leave. Mattie and Nolan, twin royals, take it upon themselves to be her resident best friends from the time she walks through the door. Prince Alex of the Australasias shows his romantic interest immediately and unabashedly from the moment she lays eyes on him.

Friendship and romance help ease the sting of constant hatred thrown her way, but before long petty insults turn into something more sinister. Something that can't be ignored. Something that turns her whole life upside down once more.

Princess Ballot is a new adult dystopian romance that delivers on intrigue, angst, and hot motherfucking royals! The whole time I read it I wished it could be a reverse harem, because Violet would have loved being in a Rafe/Alex sandwich as much as I would have loved reading about it. I wouldn't mind throwing in their droolworthy friends either. The more the merrier, am I right? Lol

Despite not having my fantasies fulfilled and the story having a bit of a slow start, I enjoyed it in the end, and I'm looking forward to the next installment. Book 2 will likely be more complicated, steamy, angsty, and violent, so of course, it has the potential to be my favorite.

If you're a fan of new adult romance in an academy setting, this one's for you!

Princess Ballot for me is sort of like a modern take on Cinderella. Violent Rose Spencer, who comes from a poor background, is given a chance to attend Arbon Academy, a school for only the Elite, the Royals with riches. . .

And let me start of by saying, Violet is a grade a BADASS!! She definitely takes the cake as a worthy lead heroine of the book and I loved how she was fierce and secretive! There’s so much more to her than what she shows and I think that’s what I admired most about her character. 

And while being at the Academy early on, she gets the attention of not just ONE, but TWO different boys, Rafe of the Switzerlands and Alex of Australasias. Now these boys... ahhh. As much as I found Rafe sort of interesting, I was more imbedded with Alex!! 

Princess Ballot truly brought the angst, intrigue, and a whole cast of characters that will keep you guessing!! There’s so much more to this Academy than what it seems! 

But overall, this book kept me intrigued enough to finish all the way through! There were parts where it was a bit slow for me and or a bit frustrating, but nonetheless, I cannot wait for the next book in this series! I know there will be so much more to look forward to! 

P.S. The ending had me like AHHHH! But truthfully, it was hard for me to be in complete and utter shock!! 😂

Four dreamy stars: 💫💫💫💫

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  Jaymin Eve is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and sci-fi novels filled with epic love stories, great adventure, and plenty of laughs. She lives in Australia with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and a couple of crazy pets. To date, she has sold close to two million ebooks, and still can't believe that she gets to create fantasy worlds as a job.

Tate James is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy and sometimes dabbles in Romantic Suspense. She was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, babies and furbaby.   She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is most definitely not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.   

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