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Carter Hills Band Universe #2

Princess and Country

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Princess and Country is an emotional soulmates romance about a music superstar on the rise, trying to juggle her career and the love of her life when he needs her the most. Dahlia Ellis is not a princess. She’s just a girl trying to give her heart what it desires.

- "If I could give more than 5 stars, I would." (Jessica Belmont blog)

- "Where has Emmanuelle Snow been hiding all my life?! It's the second book in the series and I'm still in love with her words." (Tanja, OMG Reads blog)

- "Emmanuelle's magic lay in her words, and how she could squeeze my heart with a single stroke of her pen. It was magical. Not many authors could imbibe their words with emotions. This author could, and I was in awe." (Book Reviews by Shalini)

- "This is heartbreaking as much as it is heartwarming." (Lili Blissful Pages)

- "It was sweet, romantic, sad and all the feels. I laughed and cried." (Goodreads review)

- "Princess and Country is a lovely romance that will tug at the heartstrings and keep you reading until the end." (Red Pillows blog)

I made a mistake. A pretty big one. Can he forgive me? But mostly, can I forgive myself?

I’m not a princess. That’s the nickname he gave me when we were kids. But it doesn’t define me. I’m just a girl trying to live up to her dreams and to follow her heart. And my heart is set on him. No one else. And no matter how messy our lives get; I’m not backing up from the challenge. We’re meant to be together. No matter the cost.

Fame, money, and success are my new reality. But they are not enough to patch my broken heart as I miss him. I’m here. He’s there, broken and alone. And my heart isn’t whole when we’re apart.

His smile, the way he makes me feel, his stubbornness, and his love are all I crave. And all I need. The record deal and the world tour are only noises in my life. They only matter when he’s around.

Just when I thought things between us could finally make sense again, life has its own game plan ready for me.

Will I get through this new reality, or will music leave my life forever?

If you like Mariana Zapata or Mia Sheridan, you'll love Emmanuelle Snow's Princess and Country.

*All books in the series are STANDALONE NOVELS. For a better experience, read in the suggested order.
*Due to mature subject, only suitable for people over 18 years of age.

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Published July 13, 2021

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Emmanuelle Snow

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USA Today Bestselling author Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who likes to give life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness.

Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially those complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex, all at the same time.

She likes her characters to be believable and relatable! And her stories laced with raw emotions.

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Profile Image for Read with Sandee ・❥・.
654 reviews1,293 followers
April 9, 2023
Got to 30%.
The writing was okay and I like the relationship between the characters but something is missing for me.
This is definitely a me problem.
I think my taste in books have changed a lot and this type of romance just doesn't do it for me anymore.
Profile Image for Kealyn.
244 reviews12 followers
August 26, 2022
Oh I LOVED Princess and Country. Is it blaspemous to say I might love it even more than Carter's story?

Right from the get go I was invested in Dahlia and Jeffrey's story. I love how Jeff tried to catch her attention at the start. And it was wonderful to read how madly Dahlia fell in love with him.
Their love is pure magic and fire. And it blazes of the pages.

I felt Jeff's pain after he came home from war. And I understood why Dahlia did what she did. But I admire how the both just kept on fighting for the other one. There was one else, but eachother.

But the ending, the pain, oh the searing pain. To go through all that before your 20 is really rough.
I liked the epilogue a lot. She deserved to find happiness again.

I also really loved the chapters through Dahlia's eyes in regard to Carter. I finally understood what they truly shared. Why they are so tight together. And I finally truly understood Dahlia's feelings for Carter.

All in all a brilliant book and an amazing love story.

5 huge stars from me! ♥
2,867 reviews23 followers
October 13, 2021
This is book two in The Pink and Country Series and it is Dahlia and Jeff's story and omg get the tissues ready because you are definitely going to need them. Dahlia and Carter are best friend's and have been since they were children and they have such a strong connection between them and spent nearly all there time together singing and making music but the older Dahlia got the more her feelings for Carter's brother Jeff got stronger and that caused so much conflict because she knew that Carter had always had strong feelings for her as well so when Jeff asked her to the prom Carter encouraged her to go even though his heart broke. As time passed Dahlia and Jeff fell more in love but Carter was still an important part of them and they included him in everything that they did but when Dahlia and Carter became famous and started doing sell out tour's Jeff needed something special for himself so he went into the military but he came back a different person. Would Dahlia and Jeff make it through all of the dark time's or would it break them apart only time will tell what the outcome would be. I absolutely loved this book but it was also so emotional that I cried so much reading everything that they were all going through but the strength of the connection between Dahlia, Jeff and Carter was so strong and they were always there for each other regardless of the situations. There are twists and turns along with loss, betrayal, secrets, hope, love and so many emotional situations that I couldn't put this book down and I can't wait to read the next one in this series. Emmanuelle Snow is an amazing author and writer and she certainly knows how to keep her reader's attention and on the edge of their seats and her books are so addictive that I definitely recommend you read them. Even though each book is a standalone one I really suggest that you start reading from the beginning to get the full effect of this series and you will definitely not be disappointed.

I Voluntarily Reviewed an Arc Copy of this book.
Profile Image for Tanja OMGReads.
1,876 reviews45 followers
July 11, 2021
Where has Emmanuelle Snow been hiding all my life?! It's the second book in the series and I'm still in love with her words.

It's Dahlia story and her complex story about her friendship with Carter (book 1) and his older brother Jeff. Even though I knew she didn't end up with Carter tnx to book 1 my heart still broke for him. As for her relationship with Jeff - they were good together until they weren't. Their love was powerful and all consuming. They went through a lot and just when peace and happiness were at their reach the world implodes and again the only thing making me not want to break something is the fact that we can guess what happens in book 3 so I'm more than ready to see how peace finds Dahlia's soul.

***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog * * *
Profile Image for Shalini (shaliniandbooks).
2,521 reviews208 followers
November 19, 2021
This was a beautiful read, full of feels. Everything hit me hard. Dahlia touched my heart in ways I couldn't even begin to express in words. The writing was perfection as each line evoked my emotions. I didn't even mind crying. But love always found its way, and it did with Ms. Snow who brought the book to the second-best ending. Dahlia, in my mind, belonged to Carter. Hahaha. Complete Carter fan. And now Dahlia's

Read the book if you are a romance lover, who believes in true love. Soulmates are a different definition, well written Ms. Snow.
Profile Image for Lili  Marcus.
715 reviews406 followers
July 15, 2021
ONE-SENTENCE REVIEW: Princess and Country played my heart in the best way possible – it made me smile, love, cry and believe in the power of friendship and love, and even family.

This book is about Dahlia. I first met her in Pink and Country, and even though she’s the male lead’s (Carter) former love, I’ve loved her. She seemed like the kind of person you want to be friends with. Even before reading THIS BOOK, I understood why Carter fell in love with her and held her in high regard. Still, I was hesitant to read Dahlia’s story for a couple of reasons. One, I’m no fan of love triangles. Two, in every genre, I really hate it when siblings are rivals. I avoid books with plot or trope like this. I’m not really close to my siblings but I don’t even want to think being their rival for any reason. But Shalini made sure that I will like this book even more than I did with Pink and Country, and I loved that one so much. Obviously I trust Shalini’s judgement and thank God, I do.

My fears were for nothing. This is not a love triangle at all. I wouldn’t label this as a complete love triangle because right from the start, Dahlia knows her heart. And siblings rivalry? Sure. But Carter and Jeff are two great men and I couldn’t help but love them both. Their bond was strong despite them being completely different. And that’s why, reading this book really affected me because the characters had my heart as soon as I met them.

Princess and Country does tell a story of love, but more than that it’s a story of friendship. It tells the story of Dahlia and her love for two men but in a different way. And her struggle to keep them both in her life. I liked the way the author crafted the story. The story captured my heart, I was so invested. My eyes were glued to the pages and I read enthusiastically. And even tough I knew there’s a heartbreak coming, I was hopeful. I was sure that this book, these characters will make my heart smile despite the tears in my eyes.

And yes, there were tears. This is heartbreaking as much as it is heartwarming. I don’t even know how to explain it without spoiling everything. But I don’t resent the author for including that heartbreak, that big loss, because it was needed. I know it would only make Dahlia stronger and I’ve seen her version of stronger in Pink and Country and I loved it.

There was no part of the story that I didn’t like. I was with the author with everything she decided to put in this story. Everything that Dahlia did or decided, I agreed with her. And Carter…darn it I love Carter. It’s so unhealthy to love a fictional character this much. Jeff is an added joy in this book. Maybe joy is not the perfect term to associate with Jeff but still, for me, he’s a joy and I am glad he’s part of this story. I really find all the characters very well-written.

If you love stories about love, friendship and hope, then this book is for you. Princess and Country has everything that your heart might be looking for.
Profile Image for Jessica Belmont.
1,483 reviews50 followers
July 20, 2021
This is my second read from Emmanuelle Snow and she is now, officially, on my “auto buy” list of authors. Princess and Country is a beautifully written romance that I couldn’t set down.
A relatively light read that pulled at my heart strings. We follow Dahlia on a journey of discovery. This is a story of love, friendship, and second chances. It was captivating and inspiring.
As with the previous book, I was absolutely enamored. I highly recommend giving this series a shot. The books are beautiful, the writing is memorizing, and the characters are relatable. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would.
Thank you to Digital Reads Blog Tours for the opportunity to join this blog tour. I recieved a free copy of this book to review honestly. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
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Author 25 books163 followers
January 22, 2022
Princess and Country is the second full-length novel in the Carter Hills Band series. It follows Dahlia and Carter as they reached the top of the charts together at the same time they must deal with what their hearts want, trying to leave few broken pieces behind.

Princess and Country isn’t a fairytale. It’s a story of love, trust, grief, and hope that will tug at all your heartstrings and give you all the angst and feel a drama romance should.

All books in the series are standalone novels that can be read in any order. For a better experience, read in suggested order.

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262 reviews
March 20, 2022
I can't tell you enough how much I LOVED this book! I hate reviews with spoilers, so I won't let anything slip, for those of you who hate them too.

I was hooked from the very first page and struggled hard to put it down. I absolutely how Emmanuelle wrote these characters, flaws and all. I laughed when they laughed. I cried when they cried. I felt joy when they felt joy and I hurt when they hurt. This story took twists and turns I didn't always see coming. Dahlia, Carter and Jeff will forever have a special place in my heart. Their friendship and love for eachother made my heart happy.

You HAVE to read this book!!
Profile Image for Amanda Glaeser.
152 reviews7 followers
March 23, 2022
My heart.

Oh, my heart.

I know this is Dahlia and Jeff's story but my heart feels for Carter. Everything they did affected Carter in some way and it made my heart hurt.

The story is beautiful and I love the backstory of how Dahlia and Carter started the band.

The only thing that bothered me was when Jeff was suffering, instead of looking into counseling for both of them, Dahlia pretty much told him to do it himself then she did what she did with Carter. I understand why she did it but she knew it would mess with his head and break his heart.

I'm excited to read Nick and Dahlia's story and see how their life plays out.
Profile Image for MAR Robertson.
13 reviews
December 15, 2021
Ok where to start?
This book by Emmanuelle Snow was unpredictable even if we knew the storyline from her previous book Pink and Country. For the entire time I kind of wish Carter has been wrong when he told his side of the story (part of it) in book 1. But I cried and smiled and rooted for them even knowing the aftermath of that story because it was so well written I couldn’t put it down. Love here is an undertatement
Profile Image for Marie Lucio.
115 reviews5 followers
November 25, 2021
I received an Advance Readers Copy of “Princess & Country” by Emmanuelle Snow and wow, wow, wow. Talk about a nice Story line that follows the MC from early childhood throw early adulthood. It’s a sweet story with some hard felt emotions. It is not a standalone, the story continues in “Pink and Country” and I can say I can’t wait to see what happens with Dahlia and Carter. I totally recommend reading the complete series.
Profile Image for Moony (Captain Mischief) MeowPoff.
1,566 reviews133 followers
January 16, 2022
I was so lucky to get an Advanced readers copy by the author Emmanuelle Snow & Bookfunnel.

Did i just read this in one sitting? Yes i did. Do i regret it? Nope.
It was heartbreaking for Carter, Dahlia and Jeff. It was also beautiful and sad.
I really enjoyed to get to know Dahlia and Jeff more, but also see how Carter was when he was younger (well in Dahlia`s eyes) and i understand the anger and frustration comming for all of them.
Profile Image for Maureen.
1,105 reviews40 followers
April 13, 2022
After reading two previous books in the Carter Hills Band series by Emmanuele Snow, I knew I wanted to read more books by her. So when I got the opportunity to read ‘Princess and Country’, I was super excited and started reading as soon as possible.

In ‘Princess and Country’ we meet Dahlia and Jeff. We read a bit about Dahlia in the previous books, and I loved getting to know her story in this book. Dahlia has been best friends with Carter for years. She’s been to his house daily, and never did she really notice his brother Jeff much. That is until she is fifteen years old, and she suddenly starts to notice how handsome he is. But how can she love her best friends brother. Especially since she knows her best friends has had feelings for her forever.

Jeff has always been the handsome fun guy. His best friend is his younger brother Carter, and he loves spending time with him. But for the last few months being around him starts to get harder. Dahlia is always around him, his little brothers best friend and the girl he can’t stop thinking about.

Throughout this book we read about the starting relationship between Dahlia and Jeff, and the path their relationship took. A lot of time passes in this book. And although it’s not a very long read, it didn’t bother me that time flew by at times. I usually don’t like that in a read.. but it fitted this story perfectly and totally made sense.

‘Princess and Country’ is filled with romance, friendship, loss and heartbreaking moments. It kept me hooked from start till finish. And I really loved the connection between Dahlia and Jeff. There was something absolutely magical about those two.

I’m not a fan of love triangles whatsoever. And this book isn’t really a love triangle, but Carter has always loved Dahlia. And Dahlia and Jeff love Carter. It was hard for me to imagine how this book would go, and how I would like the ‘love triangle’ bit. But it worked perfectly in this book.

‘Princess and Country’ was a fun, romantic read that keeps you hooked. And it definitely has a twist for you that will make you want to cry and scream.
Profile Image for Shelby.
127 reviews
May 8, 2023
I’ll start by saying that while this book may not have been the best fit for me, I believe many people would find a lot to love about this book.

Sweet Agony was a very fast read for me. Best friends brother to lover trope. Also, childhood friends to lovers.

The story follows Dahlia, as well as the Hills brothers Jeff and Carter. A little bit of a complicated love triangle. Carter loves Dahlia. Dahlia and Jeff love each other. Dahlia and Carter are in a band together. Jeff and Carter are brothers. It’s an intense little triangle in this one, folks.

There is teenage angst in the first half of the book followed by an insatiable thirst for one another in the last half.

While the story of Dahlia, Jeff, and Carter was captivating and easy to follow, I felt that there were also a lot of gaps in the story. Things would happen suddenly with little to no build up. The story focused a lot of Carter and Dahlia. It felt like Jeff didn’t really belong in this story. I could feel the lust and the passion, but I simply couldn’t feel the love or the purpose. Maybe it’s because I was really just rooting for Carter all along… haha!

Lastly, I really feel like things were too nice. The cheating scenario in particular, I really felt like that should have been way more intense and heated. It didn’t feel like a real reaction for me.

I liked the story enough that it could have easily been a solid 4 but a few things just didn’t make the cut for me. If you like childhood friends to lovers stories or love triangles, I think you may really enjoy this!

Trigger Warnings: PTSD, cheating, unplanned pregnancy, and death
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Fae.
942 reviews23 followers
May 16, 2023
Read this under the title “sweet agony”. Dahlia and Jeff met when they were very young and their story started from there. The book then spanned over the next 10 years of their lives or so. It was a story of first love, and how much they sacrificed for each other to make their relationship work as Jeff spiralled deep into the abyss.

As heartbreaking it was, seeing what happened to Jeff in the later chapters of the book, I felt this book lacked a little something to make it better. I do know that their relationship moved too quickly for my liking, and that it also lacked some other thing which I can’t quite put my finger on. First love, sacrifices, heartbreak, loss, were all covered in this book. If you love the above, I believe this book is for you. However, for me, I prefer books that does not stir such sadness within me and like lighthearted and happy plots. Hence my 3 stars rating.
Profile Image for Vanessa  Ramirez .
617 reviews2 followers
April 9, 2022
✨ ARC Review ✨
Thank you to Emmanuelle Snow for the ARC to review.
This book gave me all the feels.
I will admit, I was not a big fan of Dahlia in Carter's book, but after reading this book I understand her a bit more. I really loved and hated this story. It gave me so much insight on Dahlia and Carter. I absolutely loved Jeff. He and Dahlia were perfect together. I loved getting to see how Dahlia became the person she was in Carter's book. Emmanuelle stoled my heart, took it out of my chest, stomped on it and put it back together with this book. The writing was phenomenal and the order of the books is perfect. I cannot wait for Nick's book. I just know I won't be able to survive it.
Profile Image for Courtney.
1,846 reviews1 follower
April 4, 2022
In this book we get Dahlia’s story and it is an utterly heartbreaking one. I was glad to see the dynamic between her, Jeff, and Carter even if it was hard to swallow the hurt they go through. Dahlia and Jeff have this soulmate connection and even though Carter has always been her friend when she realizes he wants more than friendship she knows in her heart who she wants, but she still had this one night with Carter which blew my mind. It was hard to read this story when we got Carter and April’s epic love story (book 1) because even thought we all have pasts its hard to see these characters be with someone else even if it occurred earlier in their life. Anyways this story was a good, emotional, read that will stay with me for a while.
Profile Image for Amanda.
216 reviews21 followers
April 14, 2023
I couldn't put this book down. The story of Jeffrey and Dahlia - that sweet taste of first love, the consuming passion that it turns into as they go from teenagers to adults together was everything. I'm not sure my heart was prepared for this story and everything it made me feel. I really liked the coplexities that this story had - Carter being in love with Dahlia as well, being the best friend as he watched her fall in love with his brother. My heart ached for Jeff as he returned from deployment a very different man than he had left as. Everything happening to thees charcters in such a short amount of time. Dahlia living more life by the the time she's 20 than most people live in an entire lifetime. If you like an emotional story with a bit of steam, this is a great one.
Profile Image for Sarah Nielsen.
2,977 reviews10 followers
February 13, 2022
I received this as an arc from the author and I’m voluntarily leaving my honest review.

This was an emotional best friend’s brother romance. This could have been an amazing story but I’m just the type of reader who needs the HEA. But it was an achievement in itself that I became invested in the story at all seeing as I knew where it was going. The story was really well written and I really loved that.
Profile Image for Kimberly Stephanie.
16 reviews4 followers
June 9, 2022
I received this book from the author. I loved that i was able to see the pov of Dahlia. You get to small portion of her in Pink & Country. I loved her story, this book was able to depict the true emotions of a young love and the struggles that can occur when you go to the army. This book had great character development. Dahlia is literally the sweetest person ever 🥹
Profile Image for Nina Silva.
198 reviews11 followers
July 20, 2021
4.5/5 sizzling stars!

My first book by Emmanuelle Snow was Pink and Country and it was a fantastic emotional roller coaster of a tale.

In that book we meet Dahlia and come to understand the intense bond between her and Carter. Best friends from just about infancy, it seems almost nothing can shake their connection. Their friendship even survives Carter’s falling in love with her while she falls just as deeply in love with his older brother. Based on what we know of Dahlia’s story from Carter and April’s book, I knew Princess and Country was going to be a heartstring puller… and it was.

Okay, I’ll admit, there are some super steamy scenes but, it’s well within context. The connection and chemistry between Jeff and Dahlia is amazing. Their story begins as teenagers and we see them experiencing the first blush of romance right up to the heady excitement of truly falling in love. Their love matures as they grow up and weather the stresses of Jeff’s going away to college, getting a job, Dahlia and Carter’s burgeoning country super star career, Jeff’s eventual military deployment and his PTSD upon return. Throughout it all they provide an anchor for each other, they are each the other’s home and it all makes for a beautiful reading experience.

If you’ve read Pink and Country, you know how this story goes and you will really really really wish something radical would happen to change. It doesn’t and all the emotions are raw and poignantly described. Oh my.

One point to note is that this is not a love triangle story, by any means. Dahlia is always clear that she loves Jeff with her heart and soul. She loves Carter too, but he is not her soulmate. She never leads him on and is well aware of his feelings for her. In fact, the only person Jeff and Dhalia love more than anyone else in the world is Carter. If they could have pushed aside their feelings for each other to spare his, they would have. I absolutely love how the author is able to distinguish between these two types of loves and the nuances across the characters’ interactions.

Although this tale spans a couple decades, the pacing is just right. Readers have ample opportunity to get to know all the players without any scenes being drawn out.

If anything, this story left me wanting more. I wanted to read about Dhalia’s life after she moved to Green Mountain and started her life there. Wonder if readers will have a chance to see that story…. hmm… All I know for sure is that whatever comes next in this gorgeous series by Emmanuelle Snow, it’s something I’ll definitely be reading!
Profile Image for Ruby.
239 reviews25 followers
December 27, 2022
Well, Emmanuelle has done it again. She has once again made me bawl my eyes out.

I would like to say that I have read these books out of order and I know (kind of) what happens in the future, yet I am STILL bawling as if I had no idea. AS IF IT WAS ALL NEW INFO. That is the absolute power of Emmanuelle's books.

First and foremost, I am a huge fan of her writing - she writes about IMPORTANT themes in all of her books. She touches on mental health, PTSD, Post Partum, miscarriage, cheating, death etc. in this series and it's so refreshing. She doesn't sugar coat ANYTHING. The journey that these characters go through, even the ugly parts - feel like they are your own.

This book tells the story of Dahlia, and her best friend Carter. They had been friends since they could remember, and one day dreamed (mostly Carter) of being famous musicians. They shared this unbreakable bond, yet Dahlia had an inkling that Carter wanted more. One day, when she was 15/16 Dahlia was having dinner at Carter's house when his brother, Jeff walked into the kitchen, shirtless. That was when everything changed. Could she fall in love with her best friends brother? Would her and Carter be able to survive it?

Anyways, I wont go into too much detail, but the book spans throughout a long period of time, from when Carter and Dahlia are kids, until they are in their 20s. Dahlia, Carter and Jeff definitely go through a ton of hurdles. Even if I know what happens in future books - this book was such a surprise. Dahlia is one of my favorite characters, and her journey in this book was beautiful, heartbreaking and emotional. It made me like Carter EVEN MORE, especially in the way he handled things with Dahlia and Jeff. Even when he was hurting, he never stopped loving them.

These books are all the perfect amount of spice, real life issues and country vibes - I will always recommend them!

I want to thank Emmanuelle for an ARC on audio (available now on GOOGLE PLAY) - her books are also now all available ON KU!

1. Pink and Country ★★★★
2. Princess and Country ★★★★★
3. Whisky and Country - TBR NEXT
4. Hope and Country - TBR
5. Stars and Country - TBR
6. Legend and Country - TBR
7. Wild and Country - ★★★★★ (this one is my fave so far!)
Profile Image for ReadaholicDeb.
448 reviews14 followers
April 18, 2022
An emotional and beautiful story! This book left me with so many emotions, I’m still recovering. Princess and Country is Dahlia and Jeff’s story. Even though I read Pink and Country and knew what was going to happen….I hit me hard. It is told in Dual POV and having Jeff’s perspective is what hit me the hardest. I’m going to say this here…..I do not cry while reading books. I may get emotional and choke up when reading but this book had tears running down my face.

Princess and Country spans across time beginning with Dahlia’s first public music performance at 7-years-old up to her decision to step away from the fame. Throughout the years, Jeff was always there to cheer for her and his brother, her best friend, Carter. Carter and Dahlia have a strong connection. I loved seeing and learning more about their friendship, they have a way of communicating without saying a word. Although Carter is in love with Dahlia, she doesn’t share his feelings and has feelings for the older Jeff. As teenagers, Jeff and Dahlia begin dating, which is romantically sweet. I loved seeing the evolution of their relationship from teenagers to young adults in their early twenties when Dahlia and Carter's music careers heightens. Seeking to find his place, Jeff enlists and is deployed while Dahlia and The Carter Hills Band go on a world tour. When he returns his experiences change him and they face real-life issues that we see them working through. One event tragically changes it all.

If you are looking for a gut wrenching emotional book, I recommend picking this one up as soon as possible. It can be read as a standalone, read before, or read after Pink and Country. If you want to be jolted, read this before Pink and Country.

"𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑡 𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝐼 𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 ℎ𝑎𝑑 𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑛𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑎 𝑏𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑟𝑦 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 ℎ𝑖𝑚𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓. 𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑠𝑡 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑟𝑒𝑓𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑘 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑖𝑡."

"𝐸𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑠𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑓𝑒𝑙𝑡 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝑛𝑒𝑤 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑝𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒. 𝐴𝑠 𝑖𝑓 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑚 𝑤𝑒𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑤𝑎𝑦. 𝐹𝑢𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 ℎ𝑜𝑝𝑒— "
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October 22, 2021
The story of Dahlia, aka Princess, and the 2 Hills brothers, Carter and Jeff will take you on a roller coaster of emotions.
Dahlia and Carter have been best friends since childhood, united by their love of music. But as feelings grow, Dahlia realizes that her best friend Carter has a crush on her, but Dahlia's heart loves Jeff.
A very well managed love triangle, obviously with its dose of drama, but without overdoing it.
❤️the love story of Dahlia and Jeff, with all their ups and downs.
And although the ending will make you cry, believe me it's worth it.
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Author 1 book30 followers
April 30, 2023
It was good...until it wasn't.

The ending is so unexpected, cruel.

I read this for Jeffery & Dalhia's HFN/HEA. I didn't read it for Jeffery's sudden death and then a cliffhanger ending with Dalhia and another man.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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579 reviews11 followers
February 22, 2022
Book 2 in the Carter Hills Band was an emotional read but a true joy. If you have read Pink and Country (Book 1) then you'll know Dahlia's story. However, despite knowing how it was going to end I absolutely loved Dahlia and Jeff's story. Throughout the whole story, my heart was tight knowing the outcome but it also was full of the love and joy they had together. It was sad to see Carter's hurt and the back and forth, push and pull that they went through. I can only applaud the magnificent storytelling by Emmanuelle Snow to know the outcome but still be so drawn into the story is a real skill.

I've you are ready for some heartbreak, a brother's best friend, emotional romance mixed with rising country music stars you'll really enjoy Princess and Country.

"Sure, I love Carter. Like a lot. More than I should. But Jeff makes my insides vibrate. I can't breathe when he's around. And I can't look at him, worried he'd see through me."

Dahlia and Carter have been best friends since they were little and together they started up their own little band, singing for family and friends. Carter had it all, the talent, the charisma, and the drive, and Dahlia was along for the ride.

Growing up as best friends they know each other inside out and they loved each other fiercely but for Dahlia, it was a love that was never romantic. When she finally felt that pull to someone it was someone she really shouldn't, Carter's older brother Jeff.

Jeff thinks he has loved Dahlia since he was 10 years old, now he's older and the want for her is strong, he could never go after the same girl his brother is so desperately in love with. Carter's best friend Dahlia has to stay off-limits.

When Carter convinces Jeff to ask his mystery crush out he fights the idea but he knows either way he'll have to tell Carter how he feels about Dahlia. So when he invites her to prom while Carter watches the whole dynamic shifts and cracks. One look from her best friend and Dahlia goes with her heart and agrees to go out with Jeff.

There is no denying what is between them, the bond forms instantly and the chemistry explodes from the first kiss. Their relationship continues to grow despite the ticking clock for Jeff to leave for college. While Carter hurts he begins to make even better music and he works through his pain that way while trying to hide his longing for his best friend who is now his brother's girlfriend.

Jeff struggles with college it isn't his dream and he ends up quitting to work in Nashville, where he meets some music people. With his contacts, a manager shows up to watch a performance. He's blown away by their talent and soon the Carter Hills Band is officially formed and making a name for themselves. Jeff couldn't be prouder of his brother and the girl he loves but he's missing something for himself. Without discussing it with Dahlia, Jeff enlists.

While Carter and Dahlia take on world tours, Jeff fights overseas. When he returns he is not the same man that went away. He is darker and angrier, he can't seem to find a way back to Dahlia and continues to hurt her and push her away. When it becomes too much Dahlia heads off on tour again telling him not to join them.

One night just needing comfort leads Dahlia to the arms of her best friends, the following morning Jeff arrives to fix the mess he's made. Life has another curveball to throw Dahlia's way and she soon discovers she's pregnant the problem is which Carter brother is the father? She believes with her whole heart it is Jeff's but for Carter, he is losing his best friend all over again because Jeff is happy and wants to marry Dahlia.

While Carter breaks, Dahlia and Jeff are finally on track and happy. They won't get their Happily Ever After though. The loss will break Carter and Dahlia but as true best friends, their love for each other keeps them strong and helps them heal.

Happy Reading.
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May 4, 2023
This is a new author for me so I didn’t quite know what to expect, it’s fair to say that this may be my first book by Emmanuelle Snow but it definitely won’t be my last. This story captivated me from start to finish. It focuses on Jeff and Dahlia’s relationship, with their friendship starting in early childhood and developing into a romantic relationship in their mid/ late teens. This was quite a slow burn book given the timeframe involved but that didn’t feel out of place at all rather a natural progression. Jeff’s younger brother Carter is an integral player in this book and boy did the relationships between the three make this book a must read.
This story ran the gamut of emotions from really sweet, down right spicy, romantic and emotional to jealousy and utter heartbreak.

Jeff is Carter’s older brother and he’s well aware that Carter adores his best friend Dahlia BUT so does Jeff. Ultimately it’s Dahlia who chooses Jeff. I loved how respectful Jeff was not just of Dahlia but of Cater too, he knows pursuing a relationship with Dahlia could fracture his relationship with his brother. There were definitely some very rocky moments between the three of them but ultimately they are a family and work hard to work through theirs difficulties. Jeff was also mindful of Dahlia given her age and their relationship moved at her pace, he was caring and listened to her. There were times Jeff felt that he was being left behind given the success of The Carter Hills Band and this did affect his behaviours and choices. It was heartbreaking to see the boy he was be changed by his experiences in the military it was gritty and raw and you really experienced the full gamut of emotions. But I loved how both Carter and Dahlia refused to give up on him.

Dahlia loves both her boys but Jeff has always held her heart, while she grew up during the book she still had a zest for life… until she didn’t. Jeff’s PTSD affected all three of them in different ways. Combine that with always being on the road with the band… well despite loving her man she does find solace elsewhere with very unexpected consequences.

This book was quite an experience and i couldn’t put it down, just when you think everything is coming up roses your hit with unimaginable heartbreak….Now for book two in Dahlia’s story.

This may have been a fast read but it was well written with strong characters, I recommend this story but be prepared, you’re going to experience all the emotions.
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59 reviews3 followers
May 7, 2023
“I love you, Princess. Even if I wanted to stop loving you, I wouldn’t know how. It’s you and me. Forever.”

*3.5 stars rounded to 4
Fair warning: Sweet Agony is part of a series; book 2 of the Carter Hills Band. I didn’t read book 1 before this one, and don’t feel like I missed much, as this one sort of goes back to before book 1 events took place. BUT, I feel like my life won’t be complete until I read book 3, Second Tear!

This book follows the friends-to-lovers story of Jeff and Dahlia, who grew up knowing each other because Dah is best friends with Carter, Jeff’s little brother. Jeff is 3 years older but is close with his brother and friend, supporting their dreams of making it big as country music stars. There is a little bit of a love triangle for a hot second while Dahlia matures and recognizes that her BFF is attractive and starting to catch feelings for her, but then comes Jeff asking her to prom and that’s it for her. As they grow up and become more serious, the Carter Hills band gains more and more fame. Jeff decides that he needs to go out and make his mark on the world instead of following Carter and Dah around so he enlists in the Army. No details are given, but when he comes back from deployment he is a different man and this causes major drama and angst for the couple to navigate.

I am speechless. Sweet Agony is not only the title, but also an apt description of the emotions this book will put you through. The writing is not perfect and distracted me several times. And we spend a LOT of time watching the 3 friends grow and mature, from 7/10 years old, with a majority of the love story being when they are teenagers. As I have gotten older, I have been less and less into young love unless it’s a second chance romance where they come back to each other later in life, and recognize that’s just a me thing…BUT the story was solid enough to keep me coming back. Until that TWIST at the VERY END…OMG…What was that?!? My poor heart. There is an epilogue that takes place 3 years AFTER...


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