A beautifully sexy and sassy fairytale with a twist…
I am absolutely f**ked. Well and truly buggered. Marquita Valentine has done a number on me with Royal Affair. I’m not one for royal romances. I dabble. Once in a very very blue moon. However, so far this week has been full of dark stories and this book was my light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. This had it all – rainbows, butterflies, unicorns, princesses and most importantly a mysterious and in a way mildly sinister undercurrent. No, it’s not Game of Thrones – but there is a throne at play, as well a very sexy and extremely alluring alpha male that’ll have you swooning and mooning. Let’s face it, the best kind of prince is one that tears you apart, feeds you to the wolves and then not only rescues you, but conquered your heart. Yup, Brooks Walker is most definitely the alpha Prince Charming every girl dreams of.
Obviously Brooks was a BIG factor in making Royal Affair my book of the week, however, the actual story is just precious. Just like Royal Scandal(book #1), this book was gorgeously plotted and written. So, no, us Brits don’t use shall and love as often as Charlotte does – that was probably the only thing that annoyed me. But I overlooked that pretty freakin’ easily. What actually made this my book of the week, was the way in which this story is so cheerful and light, but yet has substance. By all means this is a fairytale, but it’s not just some overly sugary and soppy mush that although lovely to read is very blah… it has grit and rawness. Not to mention that it’s hotter than hell!
The central characters of this story are Charlotte and, hottie mchotterson, Brooks. However, the secondary characters are so very well written in that in a way they become a standout part of the fabric of the story. I’m not saying that you have to memorise all of them, but they are just so very well woven into the story that you really do get that sense of family. Normally I don’t think this such a big deal – however in this story it adds to that feeling of closeness, privacy and prestige… supremacy in a way. I don’t mean that the characters are belittling, in no way is that ever portrayed – in actuality what makes this fairytale so blood special is that it’s so down to earth and grounded. I found both Charlotte and Brooks approachable and empathiseable. Brooks in particular with his cockiness, brashness and cheeky arrogance has the makings of a complete and utter arsehole – yet you cannot help but love him dearly because he is so caring, protective and loving. He by far has the biggest progression within the story, however, Charlotte also opens up into more than just a shy and level headed woman. Her layers are exposed one by one and you see her sass, wit and sexiness.
I’m already dying in wait for the next two books in the Royals in Exile series. It’s the perfect cocktail of the Royals (TV series), Gossip Girl and The OC. Royal Affair is just the best laidback, PJ day read. Marquita Valentine has outdone herself. This series is nothing short of addictive!
Royal Affair is now available…
About the Book
A sheltered princess goes wild—and makes the best mistake of her life—when she falls for a roguish reporter in this fun, sexy romance from the bestselling author of Royal Scandal.
Online muckraker Brooks Walker has a reputation for exposing the political elite. Now he’s set his sights on the Sinclair siblings, who’ve been embroiled in their fair share of drama ever since their exile to North Carolina. But Brooks has never been afraid to get his hands dirty—until he meets a royal wallflower at a charity ball who makes him reconsider everything. Is Brooks feeling guilty because he knows all the sordid details of her family’s history? Or because he’s putting their relationship first, before his journalistic integrity?
As the “spare” twin, Princess Charlotte has always been the responsible one. So when her sister finally agrees to fulfill her duty as queen, Charlotte gives herself permission to break a few rules by flirting with the very off-limits CEO of Walker Media. Brooks is the worst sort of man to start an affair with, but Charlotte just can’t help it. The trouble is, since she’s no good at playing games, soon she’s tiara over heels in love. And when Brooks comes clean, Charlotte must decide whether his confession is worth a royal pardon.
About the Author
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today 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 Lists 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.