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Just Desserts (4) -- Pat + TBQ
Live For You (1) -- TBQ
Only For You (2) -- Pat + TBQ
All For You (2.5) -- Pat
Need You Tonight (#6) -- Pat
The Request (#1) -- Pat
The Deception (#2) -- Pat
The Confession (#3) -- Pat
All The Right Moves -- Pat
Love So Hot (#1) -- Pat
Love So Irresistible (#3) -- Pat
Love so Tempting (#4) -- Pat
The Billionaire Bride (#1) -- Pat
Hard to Fall (#4) -- Pat
He’s the enemy, she – or rather, her life and secrets – is his professional wet dream. It’s supposed to be a simple affair, but, like always, it’s so much more than just physical. Can they make it work?
Brooks runs a very successful media company where he specializes in printing the drama and secrets of the hypocrites in any position of power (stars, politicians, etc.). He first learned about Charlotte when he broke the story about her family, exiled royalty, living in North Carolina (all this was from book 1). But there’s something about her that he just can’t shake, and he wants to get to know her – even as he reminds himself he just wants to learn, and later use, her secrets, nothing more.
Charlotte is the “spare” princess – their monarchy is matrilineal, so she’s in line to be Queen behind her twin sister – and has always lived a very protected life, both for safety, privacy, and some of it of her own choosing, as she tends to have anxiety attacks in large crowds. She knows she shouldn’t let Brooks get close to her, she knows what he can do, but for once in her life, she wants to break the rules a bit and do something just for herself. She requests the affair, though there are rules -- including the deal that he won’t print anything she tells him during the course of the affair. Maybe it’ll come back to bite her in the ass, but even with that risk, she can’t walk away from what they have together.
But things are never that easy, and while Brooks quickly has a change of heart about ever printing anything about her or her family, the same can’t be said for everyone else. When someone with knowledge of the royal family’s secrets tries to blackmail Brooks into breaking the story or lose his entire business, he has to make a choice: lose the life he’s worked hard for or lose the woman he’s fallen hard for?
I loved Charlotte and Brooks together. For one thing, their chemistry is off the charts, and the sex scenes were deliciously hot. I’ve never had a reason to complain about Valentine’s sex scenes before, but I think this one is even hotter than her others. And you know me, that makes me very, very happy.
Here, have a taste of the build up:
And this scene . . . Oh, shit. I have A Thing for a hero losing control. And since heroines are always coming on command for the hero, I love the little reversal here:
FYI: She uses the tongue-to-ear and pleading trick during another scene, a quickie while at a party, and that was also hella hot.
They have some fun interactions and banter, too.
I also loved seeing Brooks with his brother and family, as well as Charlotte and her family. There were definitely some fun scenes involving both families, which only added to the book and my enjoyment of it.
And then there’s the tease we get of Gen (Charlotte’s twin, the soon-to-be Queen) and her hero, Deveraux, her bodyguard. Gah, their story is going to be so good, I can tell. Now, admittedly I wasn’t terribly fond of Gen here – I didn’t hate her or anything – but I have a feeling that getting her story, which will obviously be from her POV, will change my mind on that. Their book (#4) won’t be out until September and I cannot wait. Theo, their brother, is next (July) and I’m looking forward to his story, too, as it’s a second chance romance.
Now, I didn’t read book 1, and in a way I do regret that. It’s not that jumping in here will have you completely lost, but I definitely felt like I was a bit in the dark about what went on before they were outed as hidden royalty. It didn’t ruin this story for me at all, but if I could go back in time, I would first pick up Colin and Della’s book, just to get that background information. I have it now and will be reading it while I’m waiting for book 3.
I’ve been a long-time fan of Valentine’s work, and I love that she’s done a royal series, and one that’s different – their being in exile, the crown passing through the women rather than the men, etc. And let’s not forget the dirty-smutty-goodness, which was fantastically done. Royal Affair is my first Valentine in a while, but it reminded me all over again why I love her writing. If you need a new royal series to enjoy, this one should be on your list!
4 1/2 STARS!
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I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
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