Nom de Plume Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Reading Time: 4 minutes
*FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of Royal Affair from Random House (Loveswept) in exchange for an honest review. I have in no way been influenced by the author and/or publisher's generosity.
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.
First Line: "Have you ever been so locked up in your own world that you feel like there's no way out? That's me in a nutshell."
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We are first introduced to Princess Charlotte. She's as far from scandalous as one can get; the dutiful, honest, princess. (Let's re-evaluate just how dutiful Charlotte is in a bit...) Her twin sister, the soon-to-be Queen, seems to be getting all the attention lately which overshadows the filthy thoughts Charlotte has been harboring for a certain journalist...
This journalist - Brooks (aka The Debonair Devil) - happens to be same man who exposed her family's secrets years prior. 😏
I can see the headline now: SPOILED PRINCESS DEMANDS FREE FOOD FROM SMALL BUSINESS. No. Too long.
PRINCESS CHARLOTTE'S PUBLIC BREAKDOWN.
Oh yes, this read is definitely scandalous! Marquita Valentine is giving us delicious, saucy, conflict!
Charlotte and Brooks conjure up a little arrangement where he can write about her... if she can have her wicked way with him. Charlotte wants to have an affair with the man who betrayed her family?? Goodbye dutiful innocent girl! Send Charlotte's heart into the inferno now! Of course, Brooks must leave out the intimate parts of their relationship.
Does he leave out intimate details?... Unfortunately, I am not able to tell you because I didn't it finish this book.
Now you're asking, "But why, NDP?"
This forbidden romance starts too quickly. The affair is so abrupt and out of character for Charlotte, it was difficult for me to associate with her. She's reserved one moment, and a hellion the next. Instantaneous combustion! Now, Charlotte is having one of those desperate I-NEED-CHANGE moments, so she's not particularly thinking about the long term effects of her actions... but the build up to this moment was incomplete. Her change in character was too random and under developed for me.
Now, this is just me... I know y'all love a good spur of the moment romance! WhooEEE hop on the Marquita Valentine train! 🚂
Brooks Walker? Ummm YES. Marquita Valentine kidnapped my heart and Brooks tied me up with his sweet words. Royal Affair definitely has its share of swoony men!
Charlotte's character spoiled this book for me... and rather quickly. But hey, I enjoyed being kidnapped while it lasted.