Growing up as the Princess of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club, Clover Black knows she’s had a thoroughly unique upbringing. As the daughter of the former President of the club, she’s expected to live a certain kind of life but she does the unthinkable…she goes to the police academy and becomes a cop. Without her family knowing.
After being assigned a new partner, the handsome Felix Banks, a friendship blossoms, but as Felix teaches her how to be a better cop, she finds herself falling for him, all while, struggling to keep her two lives separate. Tensions rise when the truth comes out and it becomes clear that Clover is being used for her motorcycle club ties.
As things heat up within the MC and at Clover’s job, she faces a difficult choice—her love for Felix and the law, or her family and the Wind Dragons. A steamy and unputdownable romance, Fallen Princess is perfect “for fans of Kristin Ashley, Julie Ann Walker, and Joanna Wylde, and those who are heartbroken that television’s Sons of Anarchy has ended” (Booklist).
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Fallen Princess ONE
Thirteen Years Later
RUSHING to the police car, I slide in and wait for my partner to get us on the road and out to the action. After getting a call for a suspected burglary, adrenaline fills me as I finally am able to do more than push paper at the station. I tap my foot impatiently as Jenks takes his sweet ole time, eating the last of his doughnut and wiping his sugary hands on his uniform before turning on the engine. The man couldn’t be more of a walking stereotype if he tried, with his slightly overweight appearance, balding head, and love for sweet treats.
We’re complete opposites. He’s one of those cops who has lost his passion and enthusiasm for the job and just collects a paycheck until he can access his pension. He probably doesn’t even remember why he joined.
I, on the other hand, entered the police force full of ambition, excitement, and determination to make a change in this world. I wanted to be a heroine. I wanted to make a difference, no matter how big or small. I wanted to go above and beyond. However, if I’m being honest, this job isn’t what I thought it’d be. I pictured myself being out in the field, being challenged every day, both physically and mentally. But for the most part I’ve been sitting behind a desk, which is slowly sucking the life out of me.
“Are you ready, Black?” Jenks asks me as we stop outside a dark two-story house. “Remember, stay behind me, and do as I say.”
I grit my teeth. I’m not the best at following orders, especially from someone like Jenks, but I’ve learned that being a new recruit, there’s nothing much I can do for now other than keep my mouth shut and do what I’m told.
“I will follow protocol,” I reply, sliding out of the car, hand on my gun.
“That’s not what I asked,” the bastard replies. For some reason he thinks he is the boss of me and can tell me exactly what to do.
“You just stay behind and let me handle this,” he continues.
“We’re supposed to be a team,” I fire back. “I’m not your little minion, Jenks.”
He makes a sound of irritation but says nothing further.
The street is quiet and deserted, what you’d expect on a weekday night in this neighborhood. The owners of the home are away, but when their alarm went off, the neighbors called 911, assuming someone had broken in. It could just be a false alarm, but I need to prepare on the off chance that someone really is in there.
Jenks heads toward the back entrance, checking the door, which is unlocked. I pull out my gun and follow behind him, alert and using all my senses. In my mind I plan how I’m going to take this man or woman down. Maybe I’ll finally get a chance to show off a few of my skills, the ones that made me the top student in the academy.
We clear all the bedrooms but find the place empty. There is no mess or signs of a burglary, and it doesn’t appear that anything obvious has been taken. Sighing with my shoulders hunching, I squat down when I see something move behind the couch.
“What is that?” I mutter to myself, glancing over it to see a little black cat sitting there. “They must have left their door open, or something, and a cat got inside.” I holster my gun.
Jenks groans. “Come on, let’s lock the place up.”
“We can’t just leave the cat here,” I say to him, grabbing the little beast, checking its collar, where it has a name and address on it. “It doesn’t live here, it lives down the road.”
“That’s not our problem,” Jenks tells me, tone annoyed. “Put it down and let’s get out of here.” He’s so heartless.
“I’m going to return him. Come on, Meowth, let’s get you home.”
I smirk at him being named after a Pokémon and place him on my lap in the car, ready to drop him back where he belongs. Jenks grumbles the whole ride, but I don’t care. There’s no way I was leaving the cat there, and I wasn’t breaking protocol by helping it. It was just an added few minutes of our time.
This isn’t how I was hoping the night was going to go.
But I saved a cat.
That’s something, right?
I know, I’m delusional.
Back at the station, I’m stuck writing up the report of our big call, while Jenks is telling the other cops about the cat as he drinks coffee and eats another doughnut. I’m the only woman on shift, and being a rookie officer, the men love to try to push me just to see how much they can get away with.
“Black, I hear you finally got to see some action tonight,” Officer Basil calls out. He can be a jerk sometimes, and we also like to pretend that he didn’t hit on me on my first day at work. Especially since he is married with kids.
“More action than you will ever see,” I reply with a smirk. I don’t let them get to me. Little do they know I’m used to much tougher men than they will ever be, and I can give back just as much as I can take.
Maybe even more.
I’m here because I want to be, not because I have to be, and I think that’s the difference between me and so many of the other officers. I’ve been a policewoman for six months now, and in that time, I’ve dealt with the most boring things. A ticket for someone driving while on her cell phone. Breaking up a minor fight between two homeless people. The return of a pet lizard when emergency thought it was a lost child. I once got a call for a domestic disturbance, but it turned out the couple just got a little too vocal during their intimate moments. Tonight was the most exciting call I’ve had. And it was a cat. Figures.
I don’t complain, that’s not who I am, but the boredom is starting to kick in, and I’m getting a little antsy. I need a challenge. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to become a cop in the first place, that and to actually help improve this city I call home. I went against the grain and all that I knew to follow this dream, and I did it because something inside of me told me that this was my calling and this is where I’m meant to be. I followed my gut, my heart over my mind. However, saving a cat wasn’t what I thought the highlight of my career so far was going to be.
“He’s married; he gets action,” Jenks says, big belly shaking as he laughs. “Just less and less every year, am I right? It’s like as each anniversary piles up, everything else goes down. Sexually and physically.”
The men all laugh.
“Don’t you all have some work to do?” I ask them, eyes back on my computer screen. I didn’t use my business degree because I knew I didn’t want to be stuck behind a desk all day, and yet here I am.
My phone beeps with a message from Cara, one of my best friends.
I’m coming to stay at your place tonight. Dinner and drinks? If I leave now I should be there when you get off work.
I reply to her, smiling.
I always send her my schedule so we can work around our everyday lives to make time for each other. I grew up seeing her practically every day. It sucks seeing her only once a week or every other week, but I guess I had to adult at some point.
She is such a good friend to drive the hour just to see me, probably longer if there’s traffic, and I’m grateful. A dose of Cara is exactly what I need right now.
The sacrifices I have made once seemed worth it. But I don’t know if they are anymore.
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I spent the majority of this book rolling my eyes. We’re constantly being told (by Clover herself no less) how smart and amazing she is yet it never occurs to her that the academy would do a background check and know she’s related to a MC. At the beginning of the book she is so whiny and immature, constantly complaining and disregarding what her partner tells her, which being a rookie, everyone outranks her and (at least in America) all rookies have training officers which are there to, gasp, train you. But she has a total disregard for how policing works. She gets paired up with a new partner, Felix, who she all of the sudden decides to listen to because he’s what, hot? Her partner (who’s technically her superior) makes the first move even though he’s on the fast track and dating your partner is most definitely not the way to get there. There was no tension, no chemistry between the two. I don’t even know why they liked each other besides the fact that he’s hot. I wanted more of that forbidden romance, trying hard to stay away from each other and follow the rules. But they jump right in to a relationship without really even knowing each other. Then there’s this “twist” near the end and even though it was suppose to be suspenseful, I laughed out loud. Everything about this plot was ludicrous and not what I expected from a MC romance.
Another fast-paced, engaging read from Chantal Fernando! Admittedly, I don't read a lot of MC romances, but this author has become one of my favorites regardless of the trope. Clover's story sucked me in from the beginning, and even though Clover frustrated me a bit in the beginning, I found myself rooting for her and Felix. The romance is a little Romeo and Juliet-ish minus the whole tragic ending. They come from different worlds, but that doesn't stop the attraction between them. It does, however, add an element of tension to the story as we wait to see how the MC is going to react to Clover's job and her chosen love. Clover has a few things to learn about following the rules and chain of command, which is surprising given her roots, but not so surprising when you consider who her mother is. That stubborn determination does suit her well as things ramp up and she finds herself in a dangerous situation she never saw coming. The story is told from Clover's perspective, so what we get of Felix is what she knows as she knows it. That said, what we do get of our leading man is nothing short of swoon-worthy. He's sexy, sweet, and exactly what Clover needs in her life. To sum it up, Fallen Princess is exciting and sexy, and we even get a bit of suspense and intrigue along the way.
3.25 stars-- FALLEN PRINCESS is the seventh instalment in Chantal Fernando’s contemporary, adult WIND DRAGON MC romance series. This is police officers Clover Black, and Felix Banks’ story line. FALLEN PRINCESS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary, FALLEN PRINCESS focuses on the next generation of the motorcycle families. Clover is the daughter of Dex ‘Sin’ Black, vice president of the Wind Dragons MC, and his wife, attorney Faye Black. NOTE: Several characters from both the Wind Dragons MC and the Cursed Ravens MC cross over for cohesion and history. Told from first person perspective (Clover Black) FALLEN PRINCESS follows police rookie Clover Black as she struggles to keep secret her family history from the people she works with, and battles between head and heart as it pertains to her job as a cop, and the people she loves. Clover Black, for all intents and purposes, is a little naïve to believe her family connection to the Wind Dragon MC does not go unnoticed by the local PD but a difficult partnership with someone on the force means gaining a reputation, and a new partner on the job. Enter police officer Felix Banks, and the man with whom Clover will fall in love. What ensues is the forbidden but building relationship between Clover and Felix, and the potential fall-out as Clover’s connections to both the Wind Dragons and the Curse Ravens MC will be used against our story line heroine. The relationship between Clover and Felix is quick to develop. There is an immediate connection but Clover keeps secret her family history, and her connection to the local MC. When a drug sting brings our heroine face to face with the people she loves, all bets are off, including her need to reveal the truth to the man with whom she is falling in love. The $ex scenes are passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters many of whom were previously introduced in both the Wind Dragons and Cursed Ravens MC series. FALLEN PRINCESS is a quick read but in saying that the entire story line felt rushed; the build up was cursory; and the conflict resolutions were hurried and abrupt. Overall, I feel like the small details were missing, details that would have grabbed my attention and pulled me into the story –I did not feel connected. The MC lifestyle is virtually non-existent, almost ‘vanilla’ in comparison to other seires; the action and chaos mostly absent. The premise is fast paced and intriguing; the romance is flirty and warm; the characters are energetic. I am a big fan of Chantal Fernando’s MC series but for me, Fallen Princess didn’t hit the mark.
For so long Clover Black has only known life as the daughter of a biker, but now she is stepping outside of that world to create a life of her own... and she has decided that those rules she learned a long time ago no longer apply to her. Growing up she learned that associating with cops was a no-no, but that didn't stop her from dreaming about being one, unbeknownst to her parents of course. So she went to college, went to the academy, and now has a shiny badge and gun to prove it... but she still hasn't found the courage to tell her family what she does for a living. She told them a little white lie about her career, and with them being far enough away she has been able to maintain appearances, and keep the white lie going... but all that is about to change! Fallen Princess is a suspenseful and uber sexy tale that will have you captivated from start to finish! The moment these wonderful characters wandered onto the page I found myself enamored with them and their intriguing story, it had many highs and lows that reeked havoc on my emotions and stirred up a case of the feels. It was so fun to be reunited with all my favorite Wind Dragon characters and meet their children, I really hope there are more stories to come for this second generation! I loved this one, it had steamy times to curl the toes, suspenseful action to keep me on the edge of my seat, and loads of emotion to tug on the heartstrings!! Well done Ms. Fernando, you have once again left me dazzled with your well crafted words, and perfectly designed characters!! Highly recommend!
I've read (and loved!) all of the WDMC books, and Dragon's Lair was always my favorite. There was just something about Faye and Sin that made me happy. When I read the blurb for Fallen Princess, and found it was about Clover, their daughter, all I could thing about was "Gimme! I've gotta read this one RIGHT NOW!" Clover is a good girl. She has a good upbringing, and loves her family in the WDMC. But she has a burning need to be a police officer, that she knows her family would not approve of. Because in the MC world, the police are the enemy! Achieving her goals, and then keeping her life secret from the family she is so close to, isn't easy for Clover, but she doesn't see any way around it. Felix is a cop. His father was a cop. His only goal in life is to be the best cop he can be. When he meets Clover, he isn't sure about her to begin with. But he teachers her how to be a better cop, and they become close. There is a connection there, and boy, does it get steamy! These two are absolutely perfect for each other! I couldn't help but cheer for them throughout the book. Even when things were stacked against them, or when it seemed like they wouldn't be able to find their way, I was still cheering for them. This story was fun, from beginning to end. I enjoyed seeing old friends from previous books, (and even a few surprise visitors!) and I loved seeing the kids, all grown up! This book was a pleasure to read, and I can't wait to see where the WDMC series goes next!
Is It Possible That a MC Princess Becomes a Legit Cop?! The Wind Dragons MC Princess has fallen to the “dark side”?! That’s what many from her family would think when she finally lets them in on the secrets she’s been hiding. Dex and Faye’s little girl has grown up to be the bad*ss reflection of both of her parents and has become a cop which makes her extremely lethal seeing she knows how the “bad guys” live as well. All she wanted to do was help people which also makes her into an exceptional choice. It surely doesn’t hurt any that her new senior partner is also at the top of his game and he is one fine specimen of a man as well. I have loved this series and was excited when Clover was going to be given her book and what made me love this book even more was how all the “old” bikers were brought in to this story. I still love them all and now with the next generation growing up I look forward to more to come from the Wind Dragons MC.