Meet the next Prince of Tease.
A simple rule but a valuable one.
The Castle is the most exclusive and illusive male strip club in the country. As dancers we're treasured like royalty and as clients, you're treated like it.
I'm the hot tempered, blue eyed beast whose bark is is just as vicious as his bite.
Every man that walks out onto the stage is loved like a prince.
I'm Brock and this is my story.
-This is the THIRD book is a series of STANDALONES-
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Prince Brock by Xavier Neal is the third book in the Princes of Tease series. It is an interesting story with captivating characters. For the most part, Prince Brock can be read as a standalone although there are times that I feel like I’m missing some backstory, I’m not sure. Possibly it is the way Prince Brock is delivered with what the author calls breaking the fourth wall.
French Adams, a.k.a. Queen, a.k.a. Boss is the owner of The Castle, a male strip club; Brock is one of the dancers. French and Brock have a ten-year history with Brock pursuing French and French strictly enforcing the rules of not fraternizing with staff over the ten years. That is until Brock has enough and takes control of the situation. They both want a relationship but they are stopped by fear.
Ms. Neal does an excellent job building the anticipation for this couple from the beginning. The reader wants some answers about French’s father, who is the stalker and why is he stalking, and is French going to give Brock his big gift. It is necessary to get the answers before putting the book down.
The dialog and the relationship between French and Brock are well done. It is evident that the couple has good chemistry and devotion for one another. The characters are complex. French appears like a heartless, control freak; that isn’t farther from the truth. She works hard to protect and love her staff like a family she never had. Both of the main characters’ personalities are likable and fun to get to know. Both Brock and French hide behind protective walls. Brock is on edge most of the time ready to explode.
French and Brock are Type A personalities who spend their life overcoming a bad childhood. They can help each other if they can only accept help. These two have a lot of issues to work through with trust the major hindrance to a stable relationship. They lock horns regularly, but somehow their love comes through loud and clear.
What didn’t work for me was the attempt to “break the fourth wall.” In the middle of dialog that has me captivated the author makes comments in bold to the reader that takes me right out of the mental picture I'm envisioning and puts Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller in my head. The first couple are informative but then, they become too frequent for my taste. I forced myself not to skip over them not because the information isn't valuable but because they make my mind shift out of the scene. Almost every time I fight to bring my thoughts back to the French-Brock story.
I have read a couple series by Xavier Neal. She is a very talented writer. Prince Brock is a good story. I like the concept and characters in Prince Brock. I want to root for this couple throughout the book. I truly love their journey and the hurdles they face. I even get a little teary sometimes when French and Brock are forced to deal with their past. However, no matter how hard I try, I couldn’t wrap my head around the commentary. For me, it slows the flow and the pace of the story. Regardless, if you are reading the series, Prince Brock is a must read. It is worth getting this couple's story. I look forward to more in the series.
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Xavier Neal lives in Texas where she spends her time getting lost in writing, reading, or fandoms she recently discovered. Whether she is enjoying books or movies, she continues finding inspiration at every turn to bring more exciting stories to life.
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