Fairy tales do come true — and so do tabloid scandals! New York Times bestselling author Marquita Valentine kicks off a juicy contemporary romance series with a novel about a prince whose best-laid plans go delicious awry when he marries the maid next door.
Forced to flee to the United States with his siblings after their parents’ assassination, Crown Prince Colin Sinclair takes it upon himself to become the caretaker of his family while hiding out near Charlotte, North Carolina. But after a decade in hiding, the secret’s out and Parliament demands that Colin wed a princess of their choosing. Unwilling to play their game, Colin decides to marry an American instead, and he has the perfect candidate in mind.
As a home-service professional, Della Hughes doesn’t believe in storybook endings. But when her best friend and secret crush reveals that he’s a flesh-and-blood prince, she doesn’t know what to think. Still, she’ll do anything for Colin, including becoming his wife — in name only, of course. But when their plans to stay purely platonic go by the wayside, their fake honeymoon turns all too real. After a week of white-hot nights, Della can no longer deny her feelings — not with a happily ever after so tantalizingly close.
About the Author
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks List on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being “a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read” (The Book Queen).
When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Title: Royal Scandal
Series: Royals in Exile #1
Author: Marquita Valentine
Colin and his family were forced into exile after the assassination of their parents. Young, alone and thought of as not worth saving, their family fled to North Carolina and lived in secrecy. Our main guy Colin then meets Della, the groundskeeper’s daughter, and fast-forward to ten years later, they’re best friends. It’s turned into more over the years, but neither knows it. They worry their feelings for the other will ruin what solidarity they have with each other. Understandable, sure, but oh so complicated.
And it only gets worse, when Parliament decides to overrule the exile on their family… if Colin takes his sister’s place on the throne and marries a woman they choose. One, their country’s been a matriarch, and two, Colin wants nothing to do with being king. But with the pressure of seeing his family back in their homeland, he has no other choice… and gives them the biggest ‘fuck you’ by marrying an American maid from North Carolina.
I loved this for so many reasons. It was fast, entertaining, really attentive with the important bits and had me involved with every chapter. Colin’s an adorable royal stiff who knows how to turn
you it on, and Della’s a real sweet woman who holds her own when she’s not barring herself from Your Highness. The way everything revealed itself was great, and though that last secret was a bit of a mood killer, it was still understandable considering the years of over-protectiveness.
The other characters seemed to have their own voice, which was cool, but my favorite group was Parliament, specifically Davies, for a number of reasons. Despite this being a contemporary romance novel, Valentine really sold me this world development when she interested me with the horrid man that is Davies. He’s conniving, vindictive and controlling. I loved it. The huge plot twist on his ass and the political shit he kept on spewing made me want to smack him lol So brownie points for that entertainment.
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS TO EXPLAIN WHY IT DIDN’T DO IT FOR ME
Now, some of the issues I had: it honestly bugged me that Colin didn’t tell Della about his secret regarding Pierce and his brother. I could understand that he’d hide it in the beginning, because she was just a good friend and they weren’t at that level. But they did get to that level, and he still didn’t tell her. Even after she told him her own! I just thought she earned his trust by then, so I was a bit disappointed with that logic.
I’m not one for politics, but with the complication of their parents’ assassination and it being revealed that Davies made up the shit he was telling them…. I don’t know. It didn’t sit right with me, and I had to either stop reading to understand some things or skim over it to maintain the mood Colin and Della had me in the chapter before. Looking back, I could see it being a real scandal for the royal family. I did like that Colin’s family history was full of bad characters forced into roles (thanks a ton, Parliament) and how they all had to prove themselves against generations of bad press and worse decisions. Just great, man.
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If you love sweet romance that turns hot, politics between abandoned royals and a corrupt power holder, funnies and those super cute moments, definitely check this out. I certainly enjoyed reading it.
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