December 06, 2016

Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine • FMR REVIEW


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.


Review by: Amy C

Cute and witty, royal for sure but not quite as scandalous said have hoped. Colin & Della are a match made in heaven... If they could each quit being so shy around each other and admit their feelings. Being introduced to a new series by Marquita was super anticipated! Her writing is uniquely swoony and has me chomping at the bit to get a piece of the new work but this time I was a little hesitant and slightly confused.

I liked the storyline about royal exile and making a new life here in America. Everything seemed on target with the story except that he's in love with the girl next door and they both kind of dance around their feelings for years and years until he needs her to help him and he lets his guard down allowing her into his world. Colin seems very fairy- tailish and dreamy but Della is just ordinary enough to make the book super easy to read.

This was a quick read and offered very little angst. The read seemed like one out of a story book and not super realistic, thus making it hard to relate to the characters. I love Marquita's work and look forward to her stories. 

3.75 Stars 

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