☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
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.
Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine is the second book in her Royals in Exile Series. I recommend reading the books in order for maximum enjoyment as the character development and the key premise are set up in book one, Royal Scandal.
Princess Charlotte might look exactly like her twin sister Imogen, but otherwise, they’re nothing alike. Princess Charlotte is a quiet wallflower. She is not comfortable in large crowds let alone with being the center of attention. Thank goodness, her twin, Imogen, is the heir apparent.
Typical of many an introvert, Charlotte explores the world virtually through blogging and social media. That is how she has become aware of Brook Walker. He’s a sexy journalist who aggressively searches out the skeletons in any celebrity’s closet. While he feels setting the truth free is a noble cause, the celebrities and debutants he reports on think he is the scourge of the Earth. In reality, Brooks is a pretty good guy who has lost track of his own values while aggressively pursing his career aspirations.
Brooks’ ulterior motives are soon abandoned when he finally meets and becomes smitten with ingénue Charlotte. While I couldn’t bring myself to trust Brooks, Charlotte did, and Imogen was content to allow Charlotte a little room to get him out of her system. If only her brothers were equally willing to let Charlotte have some freedom!
Brooks and Charlotte explore each other’s bodies and discover one another’s charms while the nefarious Davies is again plotting the demise of the royal family. As part of Davies enticement, he has set up Brooks for sure failure to ensure his assistance in executing his plan. Will Davies be able to tempt Brooks to spill royal secrets on his scandalous gossip rag? That depends on how much Brooks values Charlotte over the success of his business!
From the beginning, there is little doubt that Charlotte and Brooks will get their much-deserved HEA ending. The enjoyment is in their journey. Unexpected familial assistance as well as the expected negative outside influences make for an interesting, quick-paced contemporary romance. Royal affair is a charming, light-hearted read.
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