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Review: Royal Affair (Royals in Exile #2) by Marquita Valentine

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A sheltered princess goes wild—and makes the best mistake of her life—when she falls for a roguish reporter in this fun, sexy romance from the bestselling author of Royal Scandal.

Online muckraker Brooks Walker has a reputation for exposing the political elite. Now he’s set his sights on the Sinclair siblings, who’ve been embroiled in their fair share of drama ever since their exile to North Carolina. But Brooks has never been afraid to get his hands dirty—until he meets a royal wallflower at a charity ball who makes him reconsider everything. Is Brooks feeling guilty because he knows all the sordid details of her family’s history? Or because he’s putting their relationship first, before his journalistic integrity?

As the “spare” twin, Princess Charlotte has always been the responsible one. So when her sister finally agrees to fulfill her duty as queen, Charlotte gives herself permission to break a few rules by flirting with the very off-limits CEO of Walker Media. Brooks is the worst sort of man to start an affair with, but Charlotte just can’t help it. The trouble is, since she’s no good at playing games, soon she’s tiara over heels in love. And when Brooks comes clean, Charlotte must decide whether his confession is worth a royal pardon.

My Review

Royal Affair is the second book in the Royals in Exile Series and can be read as a stand alone novel. Told from dual points of view, Royal Affair follows the story of Brooks and Charlotte. All her life, Charlotte has been the wallflower and the “forgotten twin”. She’s always been quiet and responsible. There is only one thing Charlotte has truly wanted for herself and that is Brooks. However, Brooks is completely off limits. He is the wrong type of man for Charlotte, but that makes him oh so right….Brooks is one heck of a journalist. He always seeks the truth and will do anything to get it. He’s been fascinated by the Sinclair family for quite some time. There is just something about their lives that draws him in and he’s quickly finding Charlotte hard to resist. She is everything he could possibly want, but the last thing that he needs. Will Brooks be able to separate his job and his feelings? Will Charlotte finally have the relationship she’s always dreamed of? Will Charlotte and Brooks’ duties keep them from finding their happily ever after?? You’ll just have to read for yourself to find out.

Royal Affair is a fantastic addition to The Royals in Exile Series. This story was fast paced and a ton of fun. I am just a sucker for royal reads and this one was just so much fun. I loved getting lost in Charlotte and Brooks’ story. I appreciated where Charlotte was coming from and found her easy to connect with. Brooks is supposed to be the villain of the story, and despite that, I found myself really liking him. I got him. I understood why he was the way that he is and I understood his need for the truth. He is the type of character that you know is bad for you, but at the same time, he is oh so right and you just can’t wait for him to step up and prove that he is the right guy. Together, I thought that Brooks and Charlotte were a great pair. They had wonderful chemistry and just really got each other. They balanced one another really well despite their social differences and I just really looked forward to seeing their story play out.

Overall, I thought Royal Affair was a fantastic read. It’s a story that you can easily finish in one sitting. The characters are a lot of fun and the story will leave you with a smile on your face. I look forward to seeing where this series will go next.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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