Book 1, Royals in Exile - A Royals in Exile Novel
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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.
Praise for Royal Scandal
“A sweet and sexy modern-day spin on the classic Cinderella story.”—Heidi McLaughlin, New York Times bestselling author of Blow
“For any of those royalty romance fans, I highly recommend Royal Scandal.”—Harlequin Junkie
“I’m definitely interested in the next book in the series!”—Somewhere Lost In Books
“I absolutely loved this book! This is a mix of a modern Cinderella and British monarchy story. This love story is swoon-worthy . . . you can’t stop reading!”—Books & Boys Book Blog
“With a sweet, sexy romance, a fantastic cast of characters and a plot that will keeps your eyes planted in this story, Marquita Valentine creates an excellent book with Royal Scandal.”—JoJo The Bookaholic (five stars)
“Once again I am a total sucker for anything that is geared towards hopeless romantics.”—Book Plus Heart
“I love Marquita’s work and look forward to her stories.”—FMR Book Grind
“Hot, funny, and emotional too, Royal Scandal is an absolutely wicked fantasy from the first page to the last. I’m in love with this story, the characters, and this world! Marquita Valentine perfectly captures the magic of romance and royalty.”—Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author of the REAL series
“A rom-com of epic proportions! Don’t miss this book!”—New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips
“Marquita Valentine brings a new twist to Royal stories with a truly scandalous family. She writes from her heart to yours! Don't miss out on this fresh, wonderful romance.”—Jen Frederick, USA Today bestselling author
“Just have to say . . . sign me up for the royal family! This book totally rocked my world. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.”—New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards
“Royally engaging. Loved Prince Colin and the love he had for the princess of his heart—Della.”—New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Fun Friends to Lovers Romance!
Royal Scandal was a fun friends to lovers romance with a few twists and turns along the way. The book is the first in the new Royals in Exile series which follows the lives of the Sinclair family, but can be read as a stand alone.
The story is told from the alternating view points of Colin Sinclair and Della Hughes. They've been best friends for 10 years, but they've also been secretly in love with each other and too afraid to act on it for fear of ruining their friendship. I liked the back and forth and playful banter between them and it made the reward all that much sweeter when the truth and their feelings were revealed. Della and Colin share some pretty sexy and swoony moments and let's just say I'll meet Colin in the library any day! ;)
Where the story lost me was the details of the Sinclair family history and their sordid past. There was a lot of build-up about the reason why the Sinclair's were exiled and the deaths of their parents, but it all just felt disjointed and confusing when the "truth" was revealed. There wasn't a lot of angst/drama in the story, which I liked, but the drama that was introduced felt forced and rushed.
I did enjoy the secondary characters though like Tressie, Beaumont, and all the other Sinclair siblings, Imogen, Charlotte, Theo, Pierce, and Aiden. They added tender moments and some comic relief as well. The epilogue was sweet and a great introduction to the next book about Charlotte. Overall, I enjoyed Royal Scandal and thought it was a fun and sexy read.
*I voluntarily read a free advance reader copy of this book. Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept and Netgalley.*
Good start to the new series!
This was a good start to this series. Della and Colin have been best friends for ten years. When Colin finds out he needs to get married, he doesn't want anyone but Della. Colin and Della have never been more than friends in the ten years they have known each other, but they are the best of friends. When they exchange vows, suddenly all of the feelings they have been fighting come to the surface. They find out that perhaps they can have a happily ever after.
I liked this story and thought it was a great story to kick off a new series. Della is a strong heroine. Colin is a stand up guy and presents himself as the perfect royal. I loved getting to know the Sinclair family and look forward to all of their stories.
A great start to a new series from this author! This was a very enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to more about this fabulous Sinclair family. It's filled with wonderful characters, has an interesting storyline, and is very well written. There are secrets, lies, scandal, and a wonderful friends to lovers romance. I loved Della's sass and wit and I though she and Colin were great together. Della's upbeat personality and Colin's stoic nature were a perfect balance. Definitely a book I would recommend to everyone.