by M.J. Prince
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Genres: A Forbidden Love, Enemies to Lovers, Royal Romance
Since the beginning of time, tales have been told about Eden. But all the stories are wrong.
Running parallel alongside Earth, but never touching, there exists not just a garden, but an entire world of vivid colours and breathtaking beauty where the Seraph reside.
Jazmine has lived in ten different foster homes, in ten different towns and all her life she has felt like she doesn’t belong – not in the trailer park which happens to be foster home number ten, not anywhere on Earth. After a universe shattering revelation, she discovers why. Far from being the nothing and no one, with no past and no future, that Jazmine had always believed herself to be, she discovers that she is in fact an heir to one of the seven remaining Seraph Dynasties.
She is Jazmine Evenstar, the last heir to the sovereign Evenstar Dynasty.
Thrust into the world of wealth and privilege in which the impossibly beautiful and equally cruel Dynasty heirs reside, Jazmine is forced to manoeuvre the tangled web that holds the Dynasties together. Against the backdrop of breathtaking star filled nights, sweeping coastlines, grand marble halls and decadent palaces, Jazmine tries to find her place in this beautiful new world whilst fighting not to lose herself in the process.
But the fairy tale quickly unravels.
Half human and the illegitimate daughter of the late suicide King of Eden, the other Dynasty heirs make it clear that Jazmine does not belong in their world.
Raphael St. Tristan, heir to the rival sovereign St. Tristan Dynasty and next in line to the throne of Eden, the guy with the face of an angel but who is as wicked as the devil himself, promises to break her.
Jazmine quickly learns that the beauty of Eden is nothing but a deception as she uncovers the secrets festering at the heart of it. But can she disentangle herself from the web of deception and intrigue that the Dynasty heirs have spun? Can she stop herself from falling into Raphael St. Tristan’s trap before he can fulfil his promise to shatter her completely? Or are those stories about Eden true after all and will she be foolish enough to taste the forbidden fruit that is Eden itself?
SECRET HEIR is the first book in the all new DYNASTY trilogy. A loose adaption of Romeo and Juliet but with a fantastical twist, this saga of feuding Dynasties, forbidden love, betrayal, royal scandals and power struggles for the crown promises to ensnare, captivate and shatter then leave readers clawing for more.
Welcome to Eden…
The Secret Heir was not what I expected, but it was enchanting and captivating.
Jazmine had lived her life from one foster home to another in ten years. Orphaned at the age of 7, Jazmine knew the struggles and pains of living in different homes and still felt alone, like an outsider. Now aged 17 and living in a trailer park, she’s working her butt off to get good grades and eventually move out of the foster system. And then she met a man claiming to be her grandfather and kidnapped her. Soon, she found herself in a world called Eden, running parallel alongside to Earth. This wasn’t just the garden of Eden, but a totally different whole new world.
In Eden, Jazmine life turned upside down. She became Jazmine Evenstar, half-human, half Seraph, the last surviving descendant of Eve, the secret heir to the Evenstar Dynasty, daughter of the dead King of Eden, and probably, the rightful ascendant to the throne. And when Raph St. Tristan from the Tristan sovereign met her, his own world turned upside down.
This story is like a fusion of romance in Paper Princess (Erin Watt), drama in The Kennedy’s (Siobhan Davis) and fantasy in The Last Airbender (Legend of Aang).
Jazmine is a commendable character – strong, compelling, indignant, but was also blind and crazy in love. The chemistry between her and Raph St. Tristan is palpable, but the journey to their ill-fated love story is tainted with the trial to secure the crown of Eden. I wasn’t a big fan of Raph because of his wicked ways and unreliable character, but seeing him trying amidst agitation and longing for Jaz made him quite alluring.
I liked how the story was written and narrated. The writing was opulent and poetic, I was immediately drawn to the world of Eden and the enchantments that went along the way. enjoyed the book from beginning to end – or the lack thereof.. That cliffhanger ending was like Paper Princess all over again, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
About M.J. Prince
MJ Prince is the author of SECRET HEIR – the first book in the all new DYNASTY trilogy. A loose adaption of Romeo and Juliet but with a fantastical twist, this saga of feuding Dynasties, forbidden love, betrayal, royal scandals and power struggles for the crown promises to ensnare, captivate and shatter, then leave readers clawing for more.
New Adult and Young Adult author, sometimes artist, sometimes lawyer, often a dreamer and a hopeless romantic but a die hard bookworm at all times.