Book Review: Charmed Empire by Brooke Ellis


Ellis’s writing is enriched with description especially setting description, places me tight in the heart of New York. Sadly, I do have a few issues with the storyline. Mitch and Adeline spend one glorious day together ten years ago. It was one day. When they reconnect, they are only together a matter of days before he completely upends his life and professes his love. The timeline is incredibly short especially with everything he has to lose with this relationship. At the end of the book, I was left with more questions than answers. I didn’t realize until after the reading, this is book 1 of a series. I hope that many of my questions about Mitch and Addy’s relationship is answered in that book. This book does end with a happily ever right now….

Adeline Carey spent some time with her mother’s college friend Reggie in New York City when she was 18. She gained experience in an art gallery including painting which is completely outside of her norm of photography. On her last day, she meets a gorgeous man who she spends the rest of her time in New York with.  Ten years later, she returns to New York to begin her career in fashion or magazine photography. She inadvertently accepts a job from Mitch’s mother. Everything in her life is turned sideways including rekindling her romance with Mitch.

Mitch Morris has always had a difficult time when it comes to his mother. He has never been able to figure out why his father remains with her. Like his father, he tolerates her. Until she comes between him and the only woman he has ever loved. Mitch couldn’t believe his eyes when he spotted Addy running in the park or in his mother’s building working in the studio. Once he confirmed it is Addy, he does everything possible to be near her. He has a few issues to contend with first.

Can Mitch get his mother to back off of his love life?

Will Addy have the strength to stand up for herself?


About Charmed Empire:

A simple key-ring charm throws an empire into chaos.
Their 24-hour holiday romance began at the Statue of Liberty, the key-ring charm he gave her is a constant reminder. 
Ten years later Adeline returns to New York to find, unexpectedly, re-kindled lust and love. Turmoil follows as his powerful mother barges into their lives. 
A violent act causes tensions to explode at a high-profile fund-raiser, love and marriages are threatened as secrets from long-ago have a very public climax



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Exclusive Excerpt:

Ten Years Earlier

Intoxicated by the May sun bouncing off the Manhattan buildings, my head feels light, almost giddy. I roll over in the wicker lounge and stretch like a cat to reach for the bottle of rosé in the ice bucket and pour a hefty glass. The skin of my arms and legs tightens in the unseasonal spring warmth. I’ve settled in for the day and staked my place on the rooftop, where I’m surrounded by the expansive yet comforting Manhattan skyline above but am very aware of the city that hums below.

Having been a guest of the city for three months, apprehension is starting to creep in. I take a deep breath and a large mouthful of the crisp chilled wine as I contemplate my return to Australia tomorrow morning. For my short eighteen years on this earth, I’ve figured out that running away from problems never solves anything, I’m well versed in problems, just not so much the figuring out of them, and I’m in no way looking forward to having to deal with the fallout that would have occurred three months ago.

My relationship with Dad has always been a turbulent one. I think he regrets that he never had a son to share his love of boats and the family business with. He was always surrounded by women—a dream for most men, you would think. Before my college term starts in June, and if I was still living under his roof, I had two choices: work for my father or look after my twin twelve-year-old sisters. I had my own thoughts on that and worked damn hard at my part-time job, where I scrimped and saved during the last months I was at school, so I could escape both of those options and instead spend three months working at Reggie’s art gallery here in New York City. That did not go down well in his household. Even though mum organized it with Reggie, she would have had to deal with the wrath of my father.  

Half asleep from a combination of midday sun and wine, I hear Reggie’s voice in the distance.  “Adeline, what are we going to do on your last day … child what are you doing drinking? I know you’re eighteen and of legal age back home in Australia, but you’re not of legal age here in America, not even when you’re under my roof.”

“Reggie, you used to be so much fun. My mum has told me stories! Obviously not now.” I huff.


And check out the upcoming:

Liberty Empire

Divine Empire


About the Author:

Spending most of her life in Sydney, Australia, before moving back to her hometown of Brisbane, Brooke worked as a chef in many a steamy hot kitchen. Which provided the perfect segue into writing equally steamy hot contemporary romance books. Letting her imagination run wild, she set out writing her first novel in 2017, which turned into a second and third in 2018.

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I love to read! I review books for contemporary fiction, young adult, and romance novels. I read the majority of my novels on my Kindle.

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