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Between a Rock and a Royal

(Kings of Carolina #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Two foreign princes, one local girl in a serious jam, and a ’65 Mustang headed for Georgia. What could go wrong?

LEO: My brother likes to think he’s the clever one, and I usually let him. He’s the crown prince, after all. But he’s cocked things up royally this time, pardon the pun. It will take some quick thinking and a heavy dose of luck, but I’ll pull us out of it. Even i
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 26th 2018 by Rolling Hearts Press
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Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun, right up until I realized this isn't an actual book. A book has a beginning, plot and conclusion. This book just introduces the characters sets up a plot and ends. No conclusion. Which makes this a money grab. You buy the book and if you want to keep reading, pay more money. I was enjoying this but not enough to play the game and continue. ...more
Andrea B
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone could of told me I needed to have book 2 ready and waiting
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the things that I enjoy most about the author's work, is her ability to moderate her delivery, dependent upon the story being told. This is a perfect example.

Although there are some deeper threads to be pulled with the backstory for each, there is sufficient humour and distraction shot through to lift the book. And as a result, the story has a lighter touch with great pacing and a narrative that effortlessly carries the reader along for the ride.

I look forward to reading the conclusion.

Masa Kaye
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unrealistic but I loved it. This is one of the things as a little girl you dream of. The characters are really made well, and the story steadily progresses. You better have the second book when you finish, it's a little bit of a clif hanger ending. ...more
Marissa Chavez
Oct 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my! Ruby and Leo were so much fun! I loved the road trip they all took! It was so great to see the adventure they went on. Can’t forget about Leo’s brother Malcom he definitely made the trip so much better. Can’t wait to what happens to Ruby and Leo next and also see what Malcom is up to. 🥰
Romance Rehab
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Note: This is a review for a book duet. You’ll need to read both books, since book 1 ends on a cliffie.)

This is one of those stories that could have crossed over into cliche land REAL fast. I mean, the story of a prince from a fictional tiny land who falls for a small town girl? It’s been done a time or two (or ten thousand). But the author deserves MAJOR props because never once did I feel like I’ve read this story before.

First of all, I loved Leo about 99% of the time. (He’s a bit of a jerk a
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In part one of Between a Rock and a Royal, we meet Ruby who co-owns a car repair shop with her uncle Carl. He's like a father to her and he's run into some trouble on account of his son. They're about to lose the business if they can't come up with the money, and soon.

Visiting America are twin brothers, Malcolm and Leo, and they just happen to be princes. Unfortunately, their father's health is failing and Malcolm needs to take his place as king, though he's not ready yet. Opposing personalitie
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need more stars!

This book took me completely by surprise. On the surface, it looked like a sweet story of a girl and a prince that might be charming at best, clichéd at worst. I was completely wrong. The writing here is some of the best quality I’ve seen among top romance authors. It’s clean, crisp, clever, and funny. Stewart has NAILED the mannerisms and speaking of the royal brothers so keenly that they burst through the page. And that spunky heroine was one of the most empowering young wome
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Review: Between a Rock and a Royal
Author: Sylvie Stewart
Sylvie Stewart takes us for a nice long ride in a 1965 Ford Mustang with a set of HOT identical twins. Ruby really has no idea what she is getting herself into, all she knows is Malcom offered her 10k for a ride through the mountains and a few days of her time and she desperately needs the money.
Malcom and his identical twin Leo are actually a lot more than they appear. Yes they are twins, yes they are identical and oh yeah,
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Between a Rock and a Royal is a fantastic read. It was fun, there was plenty of witty banter, and the characters are all quite lovable in their own quirky little ways. Leo and Mal may be twins in looks, but in disposition they couldn't be more different. Leo likes to be calm, controlled, and ever the adult. Mal wants to have fun, break some rules, and fight the chains of responsibility as long as he possibly can. Head butting, bickering, and sheer stubbornness ensue until Ruby. Suddenly straight ...more
Cathy P
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Between a Rock and a Royal

Super funny and sweet romance and storyline. This is a duet and ends in a huge cliffhanger. The first book and the first half of the second book were fantastic. Then the style of writing changes.
Malcolm and Leo are two princes and identical twins, from an obscure country in Europe. Malcolm is to become King and wants one last harrah before taking over for his ailing father. With John Denver's Country Roads as inspiration, the two ditch their security and sneak off on a
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do you get with two identical princes [one on the run to have some fun and the younger out to keep him out of trouble] plus a feisty small town girl who wins the heart of Leo, the younger twin. Malcolm desperately wants to just be HIM and have fun but his security detail seem to be determined to stop that. Ruby is having trouble and then she meets THEM. Bestill her beating heart! A great fun romance and caper that kept me on the edge of my seat, laughing and enjoying all the fun and romance ...more
Becky Baldridge
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Wanna get to know someone? Take a road trip together. In this case, Ruby just might bite off more than she can chew. Between a Rock and a Royal is an amusing, fast-paced read with witty dialogue and a bit of steamy fun. The romance revolves around Leo and Ruby, who are both likable characters, but the driving force of this adventure is Malcolm, the fun-loving, trouble-making future king. The angst level is relatively low through most of the book - at least until the end when we get a pr
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Between a Rock and a Royal is Book 1 in the Kings of Carolina Duet.
It is a contemporary romantic comedy told in duel POV and a cliffhanger of sorts, so have book 2 ready.
I can’t praise this story enough. I havnt read anything by the author before and I was so pleasantly surprised with how good this story was. I couldn’t put it down and I wouldn’t change one single thing about it.
I loved the main characters Ruby, Leo and Mal and I adored every character after that and the story arc. It was filled
Margaux Espinosa
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This was a great read, I really loved the brothers....twins guys, they’re twins! But seriously, the characters are fantastic, the story line is great. It’s funny, and witty, entertaining and original. The author drew me in right away, the characters were not just great but they are easy to relate to, and their plight is one I easily got behind. The ending had me biting my lip and getting a bit heated at Leo, but was understandable. I very much look forward to reading what Sylvie Steward has in s ...more
Heidi Dickinson
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ruby and her family are in need of And Leo and Malcom may just be the answer to her problem. Oh how I loved Malcom (I really hope he gets his own book!!) and Leo! Leo has quite the job trying to keep his twin brother in line...but what harm can come in just a little road trip? Meeting Ruby may be the answer to the road trip dilemma...but will she end up helping or harming the two incognito brothers? The chemistry between Leo and Ruby...HOT, HOT, HOT! I can’t wait for the second book ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, this one was definitely a cut above and over the top. Clever, snappy, witty, sensually arousing, engaging--oh, the list on this book can go on and on. Leo was a prince, both literally and figuratively. Ruby was a jewel, both literally and figuratively. The story and the characters meshed so well together. Simply yummy. Yes, wow, it was that good.
I volunteered to review an arc of this book, and I am so glad that I did. Sylvie Stewart has a gift for literary deliciousness.
Don't miss it.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love the adventures of Leo and Malcolm with Ruby along for the ride. Humorous laugh out loud moments. Malcolm the fun loving brother wants a break from his responsibilities when Theo is the serious voice of reason. Ruby needs help and accepts the brothers offer. There’s an attraction between Leo and Ruby but they both have secrets that challenges their new relationship. This is cliffhanger. Engaging from beginning to end. Recommend read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am v
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This was such a fun read and I loved every last minute of it. Malcolm and Leo are twins and while they look alike they could not be more different. Malcolm is in the US to have some fun before he takes the throne Leo is with him to make sure he does not get into too much trouble. Ruby owns a garage with her uncle but they are sinking fast so when she is offered ten grand to go on a road trip with the guys she agrees. This was such a funny book it had me laughing out loud and I could not stop rea ...more
Janet Graham
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cliffhanger – Great Story
I loved this book until the last page when I found this was a cliffhanger. Not leaving the door open for the next story, but a bonafide end of the book in the middle of the plot. I hate that. I never read cliffhangers. The story had me completely intrigued. The plot and execution were just wonderful. And then it ended. What a lousy way to sell more books. I received this ARC book for free and this is my honest opinion.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gotta say, this book was everything I expected and more. I could not put it down once I started it and did not want it to end when I got there.
Stand-alone, romance with a HEA.
A captivating very well written read! An intense emotionally heartfelt story-line that grabs you right from the start keeping you engrossed and on edge throughout this beautifully written story!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ready for an adventure with two royals buy this and see what happens!!! Love the characters and the story. Timing is everything right well for the three characters that couldn’t be more true. One group to push some limits and a person that needs some financial help. Jump on the hilarious fun train and buy this today! You can never go wrong with Silvie!!!!
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: humor, adventure, romance fans
Recommended to Molly by: Booksprout
ok, maybe she found two princes - but it is up for debate which one is the bigger royal um butthole !

hilarious road trip mixed with messed up romance and family turbulence.

time to hit the road with the rest of the story!

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Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My brother is the crown prince and thinks he is the clever one which he lets them think. Now they are in a man and he needs to get them out of it. Her uncle and her owe money and they will pay it for a ride. Easy right. Maybe not so easy? Trouble is coming so see what will happen

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Misty Goan
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun enjoyable story full of loveable characters, witty banter, hot chemistry, and a few sweet and sexy times. I love that is was told in dual point of view and the chemistry between Ruby and Leo is sizzling hot. Can't wait for the rest of the story a entertaining fun road trip.

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Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A road trip for redemption. A win right. The antics that goes on with royal family. How can two royals be so different. Read how a monkey wrench female takes a road trip with two royals and falls in love. But with which one.

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Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the characters, they worked so good together. Humor, sadness - but not resignation - caring, love and more. Ruby manage to draw out the best of both Leo and Malcolm, even if their first meeting could have been better.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is a good small town romantic comedy read. The characters are good. Both the story and the characters meshed well together.

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Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found myself totally captivated as I turned the pages of this well written story with characters that were so well developed that I couldn't put this book down until I finished reading the very last page! ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great read that will wanting more. This is the first novel I have read from this author and it will keep me coming back for more. I would recommend this book.

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Sylvie Stewart is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic comedy and contemporary romance. She loves all things North Carolina, wants a baby goat for a pet, and lives to make her readers laugh and swoon. Sylvie's newest release is The Runaround .


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