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.
“In our fairy tale, anything is possible.”
I’ve been on a real royal kick lately, so snagging myself a copy of Royal Scandal was a no brainier. This book had it all from secrets and lies to a marriage of convenience, to a fantastic friends to lovers romance. Marquita Valentine totally knocked it out of the park with this one!
Royal Scandal pulls you in from the very first moment Colin is introduced. You see, after Colin’s parents were murdered, he had to grow up rather quickly. He suddenly found himself exiled from the only home he’s known and is now the only parent to his younger siblings. In order to start a new life, Colin’s identity and past must be kept a secret. And Colin will do anything to keep his family safe. However Colin will quickly find that he can not do it all on his own….As the years go by, Colin will forever be indebted to Della. Not only is he secretly in love with her, but she is his best friend. She is the glue that holds him and his family together….That is until his secret comes out. When the time comes and the truth must be aired out, will Della continue to stand by his side? Will Della and Colin take a chance on what has always been in front of them?
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was well written and entertaining. Royal Scandal is a fast-paced and quick read, but I promise you, this book delivers in every way that counts. I loved the slow burning romance between Colin and Della. I couldn’t help but root for the two of them and hope that their relationship would turn into something more. I adored Colin’s family. I loved watching Colin care for his siblings as if they were his own children. I really liked how Della stood by Colin’s side, through it all. Even when certain moments of truth came to light, Della remained a strong female character.
Royal Scandal is the first book in the exciting new Royals in Exile Series. I think this series is off to a wonderful start. I’m already hooked on the Sinclair family and am so excited to see where this story is going to go next.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*