Princess Ballot by Jaymin Eve – A Book Review

Posted July 2, 2020 by Booksandblurbs in Reviews, Romance / 1 Comment

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Princess Ballot

(Royals of Arbon Academy – Book 1)

by Jaymin Eve & Tate James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dark Academy Romance, Altered History
Available in Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

Back stabbing, temptation, politics and intrigue – it’s all in the halls of Arbon Academy… and Violet’s getting a front row seat to the drama. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

You have been chosen.

Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she’s selected in the “princess ballot.”

Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry … except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It’s a worldwide lottery, and one that Violet entered without giving it any serious thought.

But the media got it wrong and Arbon Academy is much more than a simple college for future leaders.

It’s a dark world of politics, intrigue, and dangerous guys who will stop at nothing to get their own way. Despite her best efforts at remaining off the radar, Violet finds herself a pawn between two of the most powerful monarchies in the world.

Prince Rafe of the Switzerlands and Prince Alex of the Australasias are bitter enemies both on the soccer field and in the political arena. Monarchies rule the world now, and every waking breath is a competition for the princes.

Control the ball.
Control the world.
Control Violet.

Whether it’s through love or hate, someone will ultimately win.


*This is book one in a dark college romance. This is not a RH or traditional love triangle story, but it does include a-hole princes, nasty princesses, and one chick who will take none of their shit, all the while doing her best to make it out alive. HEA guaranteed. Eventually. 17+. #darkromance #collegeromance #sportsromance #royals

Thoughts on Princess Ballot

I hedged on reading this, as I saw somewhere that it was a Love Triangle and I HATE that trope…. but considering the authors, I caved. Those two can write a menu and I would 5 star it. Anyway, I was relieved to see that it’s not a love triangle, at least not the way you normally think of one. It’s… complicated, in the best way possible.

When Violet is ‘randomly’ chosen to attend the prestigious Arbon Academy, Violet’s life is radically changed by the glitz, glamour and danger of the hallowed halls. In wars past, the Democratic system so many nations hailed, crumbled, leading to the rise and expansion of Monarchies the world over. Now, Royals rule every nation and land, and their heirs need somewhere to train… privately, discreetly and completely. Arbon Academy. The very place a know nothing, faceless and nameless orphan has now found herself. Let the games begin….

This is everything you would expect from a Tate James and Jaymin Eve mash up, and then some. Fast, romantic and thoroughly twisted, it smacks across the page and leaves you guessing. There is so much more going on here that Violet suspects, but by the final page, she’s starting to get a clue, and so is the reader. 5 stars.


First Person, Single POV

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My Final Verdict on Princess Ballot

An alternative future (present?) with drama, intrigue and heat – it’s both a political dream and nightmare, wrapped around a heated romance that isn’t quite what you think. A 5 star read, free on Kindle Unlimited.

Princess Ballot

Published December 26th, 2019
252 Pages

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Your Turn

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