Dirty Halo by Julie Johnson

Okay. I sometimes grab books that I see randomly on FB, and this is one of those. I saw the add and a blurb from it and was like I NEED THIS NOW.

I will be honest, I totally thought it was paranormal or fantasy based on the cover at first. I was surprised when I started it but absolutely devoured it either way. I was reading it during a playdate and telling all the other moms about it and now we are all addicted. I legit was on my toes with anticipation and angst with this read and loved each of the characters. The plot however had me screaming at it. I truly loved it from start to finish and am completely addicted to it. I need to go dive into the next one. Ignore my short review, and GO BUY THIS BOOK. Royals. Taboo. And ALL THE YES!

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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.