Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??
Sexy. As. Hell.
And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.
For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.
To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.
The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.
But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.
Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.
But there’s only one woman he wants.
For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.
He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.
But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.
Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.
What I love most about Royally Endowed is that Emma Chase decided to focus on a hero and heroine who are not royal by birth or by marriage; characters who are definitely in the inner circle of Wessco’s royal family, but have no title or duties based on their birthright. In fact, Logan St. James and perhaps even Ellie Hammond would claim that they are the most common of commoners despite Logan’s position as one of the royal family’s bodyguards and Ellie’s familial connection as the sister-in-law to Prince Nicholas.
Logan and Ellie’s relationship plays out over half a decade, which means that as Prince Nicholas was wooing Olivia and Prince Henry was claiming Sarah, Logan and Ellie were trying to figure out exactly what they meant to one another because what started out as a simple task to protect Olivia’s sister while she’s away in Wessco turns into a bond of friendship, trust, and unrequited feelings that aren’t as one-sided as Logan wants Ellie to believe.
Logan St. James is a man of honor…of loyalty. He wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself, which he’s clearly accomplished in his years as a royal guard and confidante to Prince Nicholas. On the surface, Logan is diligent, controlled, and in some ways, emotionless, but the man beneath his job, the one Emma Chase allows readers to see because parts of the story are told from his perspective, doesn’t think very highly of himself or of his upbringing, which makes him question pursuing anything with Ellie because he feels she’s out of his league and destined to be with someone of noble blood and money and those are things he cannot offer her.
Ellie Hammond is a contradiction of sorts, which makes people misjudge her intelligence and her worth. I love her desire to “suck the lemon dry” to experience everything life has to offer, making every day count. She’s the perfect counter balance for Logan’s outlook on life, which is why he feels so drawn to Ellie, even when he knows she’s completely off-limits due to her age and her connection to the royal family.
Logan and Ellie’s love story is not a fast and wild one…it’s slow and steady, which, at times, can be frustrating as a reader, but the way Chase allows their relationship to play out is exactly how it should because Logan needs time to be able to see Ellie as the woman she is in the present, not focus on the young girl she was when he first met her. His insecurities have to be conquered before he can offer Ellie the one thing she’s always wanted – him – and that can’t and won’t be an instantaneous action, which means that the pace of their feelings for one another, especially Logan’s for Ellie, need time to grow and transform from protecting her as his job and protecting her because she’s his.
Emma Chase’s Royally series has been an absolute pleasure to read; each book has made me laugh, swoon, and appreciate the relationships that the characters develop, not only between the heroes and the heroines but with all of the secondary characters who play just as important of a role as the main ones do. The idea that everyone deserves a happy ending is a continuous theme throughout the series, but it’s especially poignant in Logan and Ellie’s story and Emma Chase couldn’t have given readers a better send off to the Wessco’s royal family and friends than the one that’s included in the Epilogue, which truly illustrates the idea that happily ever afters aren’t just for princes and princesses…they’re for anyone willing to love with all their heart and give everything they are to another person.
4.5 Poison Apples
But then the mood shifts, as if the air becomes thicker, weighted, more . . . sultry.
Because slowly, Logan sinks down to one knee in front of me—looking in my eyes the whole time. In this position, I could touch his shoulders, comb my fingers through his thick, dark hair. He’s the perfect height for me to bend down and kiss his mouth—the perfect height for him to kiss me back . . . in a lot of places.
My breath hitches. And I wonder he feels it too.
There’s a sound of tearing Velcro, and Logan takes something off his ankle—a holster, with a small silver knife, about three inches long.
“Keep this on you all the time,” he says seriously. “Just in case. If you wear a skirt, the strap will fit around your thigh.”
And I almost laugh. Most girls get a ring from a guy on his knees. I get a murder weapon. But still, it makes me feel safe . . . watched over. Like I’m something precious that deserves to be protected.
I take the knife from him, testing the surprisingly solid, heavy weight of it in my hand. I press my index finger to the tip.
Logan grabs my wrist tightly. “Careful. It’s sharp.”
There’s a small, painless nick, a tiny bead of blood, so I put my finger in my mouth, sucking.
And Logan’s watching me again.
Watching my mouth.
His chest seems to rise just a little faster, and his throat ripples when he swallows. He bends his head, curves his strong back, and then I feel his hands on my ankle, securing the strap. His touch is warm and self-assured. It’s the way he always moves—confident and experienced. Logan knows his body and he knows how to use it, in every way possible.
I almost moan. The sound is in the back of my throat, but I keep it trapped. I never knew the ankle was an erogenous zone, but it sure as hell is now. A hot pulse of pleasure streaks from Logan’s fingers on my bare skin, up my thigh, between my legs.
And I throb there, growing swollen and heavy as he keeps his hands on me.
Can he tell? Does he know? He’s so aware of everything, always so attuned, I wonder if he can sense my arousal . . . feel it in the air that clings between us.
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.