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Dirty Halo

(The Forbidden Royals Trilogy #1)

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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  417 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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 si
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Paperback, 274 pages
Published January 25th 2019 by Julie Johnson
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Katerina
A thousand stars (and a desperate plea for the second book)
❝ You know the funny thing about fairy tales? You never see what happens to the pretty scullery maid after she rides off into the sunset with a dashing prince in a gold-plated carriage and shacks up in his castle.
Fade to black. Roll credits.
And they lived happily ever after.

You know the story. There's a plain, ordinary girl with a dangerous secret. A royal father that abandoned her and deprived her of the life she deserved. A trage
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Julie Johnson
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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 an
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Sabrina
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dirty Halo is the start to Julie Johnson's Forbidden Royals Trilogy, the story of Emilia Lancaster as her entire life takes a drastic turn. Being a princess sounds like a fairy tale for some girls, but for Emilia it's her worst nightmare.

Emilia was a brilliant heroine and I loved her attitude that was present through the entire book. She didn't lose any of her fight, even after being thrown into such a difficult position and instead we got to see
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NiCoLeTa E.
***5 solid "Stay bold!!!" stars***



"Non sibi sed patriae. Not for self, but country."

Oh, no, no, no, no, no....
Please, please, tell me that the next book will be released very, very soon!!! I'm dying here from the agony...
I'm so curious of what will happen in the next book... I have NO patience!!!
So many unresolved issues and I'm really dying here!!!
God, i love this book and let me tell you a weird thing... There isn't a single book of Mrs. Johnson that it's not in my TBR list and here, i am!!!
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Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
4 “Intriguing” Stars


Dirty Halo is the start to a very intriguing trilogy. A modern day fairytale wrapped in an evil shroud where an evil stepmother seems to hold all the puppet strings in the castle. This first book put all the players in riveting positions to what will be a very scrumptious trilogy that includes murder, mystery, passion, and a forbidden romance.

Emilia is the illegitimate daughter of newly crown King of Germania. She knows her father only by name and when chaos comes to their qu
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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YOU GUYS!!! OMG!! I am still trying to catch my breath from the amazing ride that was Julie Johnson's Dirty Halo. Holy Crap was this an amazing amazing start to what I already know will be a truly phenomenal series. I could not get enough and am seriously DYING for book two!!

Without giving away any spoilers, when Emilia Lancaster is discovered to be the illegitimate heir of the reigning king, her whole life is in disarray. She is now forced to wade through an ocean of political treachery, secret
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TeriLyn
**Dirty Halo generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

4 "A golden lie." Stars

What an interesting concept woven through the pages of the newest romance in the Julie Johnson collection. I loved the reader's note and prologue; how they provide a springboard for this author to take readers on her unconventional spin of a fairy-tale. The characters are luminous led by Johnson's signature brand of snarky, loveable heroine. This time though she delves into a darker, troubled anti-hero who
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Einav
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
full of Cliche with a little bit wibe of Soap opera. some parts were lovely and exciting. but the others were not good enough. again - the writer rushed things too much. It seems like they all forgot how to build and write something slowly and gradually. the charecters don't need to reveal their emotions so quickly. slow burn! its the key word. the idea of the book is great. the potential is there. but the writing should have been better.

קלישאתי וסבוני. מהנה לפרקים. לא מוצלח ברובו. הרעיון נפלא,
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latte lily
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dirty Halo was everything I ever desired in a royal romance, It was scandalous, downright hot, and addicting. Royal romances are a bit stale for me, but I was unable to set Dirty Halo down for a single moment.

From chapter one, Dirty Halo started out with a bang. Emilia was thrust into a world she believed rejected her. She was initially an illegitimate daughter who was cast aside to becoming one of the most important people in her country. However, Emilia didn't want to play by the rules of the
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Michelle
5 Stars!!
Wow!!! I started this book last night and couldn’t put it down. But I had to sleep. lol I loved it! Emilia and Carter...hot damn!! I can not wait to see what happens between them and the kingdom.

Funny how you search for days/weeks for a book to pull you in and come up empty.
Then one night when I’m just browsing and not really expecting to find something to read that I finally find a book that grabs me right away. It grabbed me and didn’t let go. lol


***I stare at the stranger in the mir
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Nicki Pipes
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Dirty Halo! I was so excited for this book and it completely blew me away! Julie Johnson has this crazy ability to write like magic. It's as if every word is chosen for maximum impact and entertainment but she makes it look completely effortless. Dirty Halo immediately sucked me and held me captive until the very end. Actually no, it's still holding me. I feel this book hangover will last a while. This Royal family is insane and amazing and just wow! I cannot wait to read more of this serie ...more
Meital
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dnf at 33%
Too much trashy for my taste.
Flo Grugel
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE LOVE LOVED Dirty Halo!
Emilia and Carter are everything! Now I have grabby hands waiting for Torrid Throne! I have my own thoughts on what's been happening at the palace and who is behind it I shall have to wait!
Awesome start to the Forbidden Royals Trilogy!
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Ho. Lee. Shit.
What a book!!

Dirty Halo was everything I didn't know I wanted to read. I know that without question I will love everything that Julie Johnson writes, and I wasn't quite sure what we were going to get in Dirty Halo, but it was utterly breathtaking, suspenseful and jaw-droppingly sexy.

This modern day fairy-tale is just the beginning of clandestine tale where there are so many moving pieces so aren't sure who you can truly trust. A villain so evil that you shouldn't ever turn your ba
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Heartsandlace
If you're a fan of royal romance look no further... Dirty Halo was a wild ride from page one! An addictive page-turning romance about an ordinary girl who happens to be an illegitimate heir to the throne. Emilia's life gets flipped upside down when tragedy strikes at the castle, and the kingdom suddenly needs a new princess...

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Throw in a scheming stepmother, a dangerous chess-game of politics, enemies around every corner, and a scorching hot forbidden love with her new stepbrother...

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Can we pleas
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Eleonora
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bold, original and engrossing. From the first page of dirty halo by Julie Johnson you are transported and transfixed into the lives of these characters. What could have easily been a generic rags to riches story is anything but; with twists and turns of intrigue and betrayal this is a study of human nature where we get to see the struggles of Emilia trying to find her footing in a world that she may be better off never being part of. The chemistry and strong connection with Carter is dynamic and ...more
Hayley Garcia
I received an ARC for an honest review:

I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into “Dirty Halo”. It seemed like a big departure from my favorite authors previous books. I read 2-5 books a week....I read this in one straight four hour shot. I devoured it. And all I can say is WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK COMING?!?

Dirty Halo centers around Emilia. An ordinary young woman, with a secretive royal history. She lives her life never expecting the royal way of life to impact her, but boy is she wrong.

[imag
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C
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved Emilia & Carter !! Good, addictive and fresh storyline. I can’t wait for Book 2!
Liz
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dirty Halo has gone to my "TOP of the RANKS" "TOP READ for 2019" "A MUST READ"
Julie's writing is flawless, she can morph herself into any genre, and what a storyteller !!
The first book I read of hers in 2013, was "Like Gravity" and I knew from that moment on, what talent she had and potential as a writer was limitless.
Dirty Halo was amazing (totally invested with every page turn). The character development was spot on , you will fall in love with every single character , whether they are good or
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Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
***FULL REVIEW***

5 Tiara CROWNS

Hidden Heirs. Corrupt Royalty. A throne in danger. Julie Johnson has begun a tail of treachery and suspense twisted with a forbidden affair so delicious I couldn’t put it down.

Dirty Halo follows Emilia as she is thrust into royalty. As a hidden heir to the throne, she is forced to take her rightful place when her country is need, but she doesn’t fit in and for most of the story we see her try to fight her new fate. One thing that Julie Johnson does well is put re
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Inked Avenue
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"THE KING IS DEAD"

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Dark. Edgy. Bold.

Dropping you right in the middle of chaos, Julie Johnson perfectly executes jaw-dropping scandal, a cunning and mysterious threat, and the soul-shaking angst that comes along with forbidden romance. Throw everything you know and have come to love about a JJ novel out the castle window because she completely flips the script and taps into her dark side with this new sinister, modern-day fairy-tale, and proves that not every princess wants to wear the crown.

Emil
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Keri Loves Books
A life she never wanted. A love she never expected. Duty she wasn’t prepared for. Forced to take a position because of her birthright. This is her destiny.

Emilia was just a college student trying to get a degree so she could pursue a career in psychology. Raised by a single mother, she was just a regular girl.

Then her life was turned upside down when the current king and queen are killed and her father, the one she has never met, is set to takeover the throne. He has no other heirs, but his ill
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BooksCastleIgnite
Read My Five Stars ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Review On Dirty Halo by @author_julie

“This Story Is So Memorizing, Beautiful Written, & Freaking EPIC!!”

Gosh!

Where do I even begin.......

All I can say is that this book starts strong. I was hook from the very beginning. Each page I turned made it harder to get back to the real world of responsibilities!!

Yes!! The story ends with a cliffhanger!! But come on guys it was expected since this is a trilogy! Seriously you won’t be disappointed at all!!! It was some cra
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elbie
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ratula
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Brilliant Stars! Full Blog Review: http://bit.ly/2FQN78U
Simone Butler
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not normally really into the whole normal girl turned princess theme but I always love Julie Johnson’s books so read this anyway. Well I eat my words!! Loved the characters and can’t wait to read more!! Bring on book two! What a cliff hanger
Kate R
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*5 stars*

What the heck just happened?! Julie Johnson has done it again. I honestly didn’t think anything could top my personal favorites of Johnson’s Like Gravity, and The Girl Duet, but I have a feeling this trilogy will. Book one, Dirty Halo, was absolutely incredible! This book is unlike anything you’ve ever read from Johnson. The descriptions are on another level, making you feel everything. Her words are like knives, meant to cut deep. I highlighted so many amazing quotes throughout the bo
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Amy Schoppman
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gimme more!!!! Another 5 start read by Julie Johnson! I actually read it twice before reviewing as I wanted to be able to do it justice with my words, but I totally feel I'm still going to fall short.
Julie's characters, especially her heroines, are always so real & relatable. They pull you into the story & make it so much more than a good read. Emilia is a young woman who's always known where she comes from, but struggles with where that leaves her in the grand scheme of things as well a
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Tiffany Diamond
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people dream of the fairytale of living in a castle, being the princess...or even better, the queen. Not Emilia. She's the illegitimate daughter of a Duke. When danger strikes and the King and Queen are murdered, Emilia is pulled in under the guise of protection. Now she needs to decide whether she can handle living the life of a princess and eventually taking over reign. She may not get the option as danger strikes again and forces her hand. Between betrayals at every turn and the intense ...more
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JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-seven-year-old Boston native and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. When she's not writing, Julie can most often be found adding stamps to her passport, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, and Instagramming pictures of her dog. (Follow her: @author_julie)

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Other books in the series

The Forbidden Royals Trilogy (3 books)
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