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 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.
Review by Nathalia
Royal Scandal was a good read. The characters were relatable and the relationship between Della and Colin, the main characters was believable. If you want a cute HEA this is the book for you. There were a couple of scenes that may have developed too fast, but these are made up for by some really hot and steamy love making/sex scenes.
The reason behind the 3 stars is the slight lack of the subplot development. Though it doesn’t effect the way the story is read, I found myself left asking a few questions that would have been nice to know throughout the book. Even still I loved how Colin, and sweet gentle British man falls in love with a lovely southern bell.
Even though the story lacked in a fee facts I would have liked to know, I think I would still like to read more from this author. There are things I loved about the book. When I started reading I was sucked into drama of the royal family. There wasn’t a time where I didn’t want to read the book or felt like I wanted to put it down. There is this part (no spoilers) where the heat between Colin and Della became scorching and I loved it. Everything else was nice, sweet, and down to the point of the happily ever after. I would enjoy reading more of this author’s work, but my expectations are not as grand as going into Royal Scandal.