4.5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine

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Fairy tales do come true—and so do tabloid scandals! Bestselling author Marquita Valentine kicks off a juicy contemporary romance series with a novel about a prince whose best-laid plans go deliciously 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.

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Once again I am a total sucker for anything that is geared towards a helpless romantics. Royal Scandal, by Marquita Valentine is your typical guy who hides his true identity and then the girl finds out that he is a prince. There is a great deal more to this story, but that is the overall major point.

Della has lived in North Carolina her whole life and with her surrogate step-mother. When her step-mothers job and home are threatened to be taken away, Della marches up to the individual who is responsible for it. Ends up being a gorgeous guy, just a few years older than her with two little boys. Her heart melts and she ends up helping this dad raise his two boys.

Colin, who is the crown prince, has been had a difficult few days. His parents have been assassinated which ended up with him and his 5 younger siblings left under his care. His brother Theo who is 2 years his junior. A set of twin (fraternal) sisters, Imogene and Charlotte, around 11/12 years old, when all this happened. Because the two youngest royals are so small, they ended up calling Colin, Daddy. No one had the heart to tell them the truth, and no one in the states knew the differences. So, that is how it went for 10 years. Colin playing Daddy for two little ones, and acting as a father figure for his other 3 siblings.

Present day, Della has made herself a fixture in Colin’s home. All the siblings love her, and the two little ones consider her to be a mother figure. Colin and Della, have become best friends. There is a strong chemistry between them, but neither act on it, because of their own personal secrets.

I like Della, she wants to do what is right, and her heart is always in the right place – even if her head isn’t at times. Colin and Della have some “heated” love scenes later in the story. Let me tell you, I needed a fan for some of them. There is only, I think, 3 main ones. But trust me, anymore sex scenes the book and I would have melted.

Colin isn’t your typical bad boy prince; we will leave that duty to the younger royal brother Theo. Colin carries too much responsibility and it shows. He loves ‘his boys’ (that is what he calls the two youngest) and he cares deeply for his entire family. All he wants is to return to their homeland. Just because Colin is a good guy, doesn’t mean he always makes the wisest choices. That is something you will have to read and find out.

This story is about Della and Colin finally admitted their true feelings for each, by being in a pretend relationship. It kind of reminded me of Southern Pleasure by Kaylee Ryan (which I will say is a compliment, because I love Kaylee Ryan).

I really liked this book. It was an ARC provided by Netgalley, so the copy I had still needed some revisions, but it didn’t deter from the overall story. My only problem, that made me so mad was the end. The author gave us a good chunk of her next book – which is going to be about Charlotte – but we have NO IDEA when it will come out. Agggggg So Not Cool!

Do I recommend it? Well this year has all been about Royals (if anyone else has noticed).

So if you liked

 Paper Princess,

Royally Screwed

then YES this is a book for you.

Buy it HERE

4-5-hearts

 

Can’t wait for the next one’s in this series.

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