Two years ago, one mistake cost Gideon Royal the girl of his dreams. Since then he’s become jaded and stoic, caught in a spiral that has him dealing with blackmail, heartache and loss. When he left for college, he hoped to start over. But fate has other ideas, placing Savannah Montgomery in his path again.
Savannah believes there’s no coming back from Gideon’s betrayal.
He thinks she’s wrong.
Forgiveness. Hope. Redemption. Gideon has vowed to win back the only girl who owns his heart. And when a Royal makes a promise, he’ll go to the ends of the earth to keep it.
I knew Gideon would be dull. His caveman lizard brain made this whole thing so predictable. He puts no thought into any of his actions and basically stalks Savannah. It is impossible to say no more than Savannah did and Gideon still persists. Unfortunately, it appears she’s conditioned this response out of him, which is just asking for future trouble.
Tarnished Crown feels like Watt copied all of the characters from previous books in The Royals series and pasted them into a college environment. I was so bored; this felt a lot longer than it actually was. Gideon said from the very beginning that he was going to be upfront and honest, and it still took ages for him to do so, and the second Steve shows up, he immediately tries to start hiding things again.
Savannah became a more fully-fleshed character than we’ve previously seen, but it didn’t make me like her any more. She’s so passive and overly concerned about what everyone else thinks. It makes her an incredibly bland person.