Book Review – Heir to the Crown

Posted August 31, 2015 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 4 Comments

Book Review – Heir to the CrownHeir to the Crown Series: The Doyle Hawthorne Series #3
by Ember Shane
Published by Self Published on August 12, 2015
Genres: New Adult Paranormal 18+
Pages: 290
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
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Doyle Hawthorne has two choices. He can sit idly by and watch his grandfather, fueled by revenge and hatred, destroy the world via a tidal wave of infection… Or he can form a temporary alliance with his nemesis in order to stop it…

Give him a minute. He’s thinking.

Heir to the Crown is the third novel in The Doyle Hawthorne Series and continues to follow Doyle and company as they navigate their way through the volatile atmosphere of royal subculture. Intended for audiences 18+ due to language and sexual content.

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Heir to the Crown is the exciting third book of The Doyle Hawthorne Series. I loved everything about this book: the writing, the story and the characters!


You need to read the previous books in order to follow the story so this review is spoiler free. The Doyle Hawthorne Series is a creative and unique story about a special species of zombies called Royals. These aren’t your Walking Dead zombies! The Royals are a highly intelligent and sophisticated species that can shade (aka shift) between their human and zombie state. In their human state they have heightened senses, speed and strength. Shading into a zombie adds extraordinary powers, such as mind control. The Royals are deadly so it is no surprise that a government agency wants to control them.


Heir to the Crown is written in alternating POVs of the main characters: Doyle, Addy, Chuck and Kai. I love this group so I really enjoyed spending time in their story lines. The couples are still struggling with their relationships while at the same time trying to stay safe. This series is the perfect mix of action, suspense, romance and comedy. Chuck still makes me laugh and with this third book he makes a heartbreaking decision that made me love him more.

Here are my favorite Chuck quotes:

You desire no payment. The only thing you want is to cluck like a chicken while doing jazz hands. (Said as he is trying to control someones mind).

I refrained from including bow-chicka-wow-wow background music in at this point, as hard as it was. It was a judgement call.


Author Ember Shane is a very talented writer. It amazes me that this is only her third book. Her writing is flawless and this series is fresh and unique. All the scenes were well written so I was able to visualize them clearly. The action scenes were exciting and the romance scenes were steamy! I can’t wait to read her next book.


I highly recommend this series to paranormal fans and to anyone looking for something new to read. You definitely should give this series a chance!

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Overall: five-stars

About Ember Shane

Ember Shane was born in Oak Ridge, TN, but currently resides with her son in southern Ohio. When she isn't writing, she enjoys watching her son's insanely accurate impressions of Jim Carey and crossing items off her bucket list. This year's plans involve traveling to Disney World for the first time, playing in a local volleyball tournament, and learning to sew.
Of Royal Descent, the first book in The Doyle Hawthorne Series, was her debut novel. Ember is currently working on the third novel in the series, tentatively schedule to be released summer 2015.

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