Royal Scandal (Royals in Exile, #1) by Marquita Valentine
Published by Loveswept (Penguin Random House) on January 24th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
This is my first Marquita Valentine book and I was excited about the whole scandalous Royals who are in exile story. However, I was looking for more of the scandal. This story has more of a Cinderella feel to it.
Prince Colin Sinclair and his brothers and sisters were forced to flee from their ruling country when their parents were assigned, forcing them into exile. For 10 years, Colin has played father to his two younger brothers while living completely under the radar in North Carolina. Upon their arrival, he meets the fiery Della Hughes, who lives on his property while her mother is the caretake of the land. The two end up becoming best friends and they are secretly in love with each other.
When Colin returns back to his country to learn that they want him at the throne but they want him to marry someone that they choose, he refuses. Instead he comes up with the plan to marry Della. What starts off as a business transaction quickly turns into their true feelings coming out. Will they be able to get back the charade and commit to each other for the sake of true love?
I have to be honest and say that this fell a little flat for me. I don’t know if it was the transition of Colin being the sweet man who has raised his brothers as his own to one dirty mouthed man when he finally gets with Della or something else. Don’t get me wrong, I love dirty mouths. It was just an awkward transition for me.
I did like Della. She has the biggest heart and has loved Colin for years now. I’m sure some will see her as a doormat because she does just about everything for him but during those 10 years, he wasn’t running around with other people and he was doing his best to raise his brothers.
Overall, I think I would have liked a bit more of a scandal as the title says but I think people who like a love story with a fairytale ending will enjoy this book. If that’s you, then this book is for you.