Royal Affair: A Royals in Exile Novel

Royal Affair: A Royals in Exile Novel

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.

Praise for Royal Affair

“The perfect princess story for readers who love a strong heroine and a wonderfully written novel!”—Sarah Robinson, author of the Kavanagh Legends series

“Sexy, quirky, and fun! This book had me intrigued from the very beginning. Marquita Valentine gives us a forbidden romance that overcomes all odds, giving us off-the-charts chemistry that’ll melt your heart.”New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover

“A princess that needs rescuing, and a villain that needs to become her knight. A match made in heaven. Addictive series!”New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland

“For those who love the royalty read such as myself, I definitely recommend Royal Affair.”—Harlequin Junkie

Royal Affair is light and fun! While it can be read as a stand-alone, it would help you understand this family.”—The Book Disciple

“This book was just so refreshing! And that cover, I don’t know why, but I absolutely love the covers for this series! I really can’t wait for the next book in the series, as the whole Sinclair family is entertaining and rather quite delightful.”—Obsessive Book Nerd

“One of my favorite themes to read about is Royalty and Cinderella type tales. Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine was refreshing in a way as it still followed suit but [with] a gender reversal.”—The Phantom Paragrapher

“Marquita Valentine has never stopped surprising me with how good each new book of hers is.”—Collectors of Book Boyfriends & Girlfriends

“Oh man, what fun this book was!”—Addicted to Romance

Praise for the novels of Marquita Valentine

Take the Fall is a sexy, emotional, heartfelt read. I adored this book and can’t wait for the next!”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy

“Crackling with tension, intrigue, and romance, this story has it all. Your heart will pound, you’ll laugh, you’ll feel, and you’ll definitely swoon.”New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans, on When We Fall

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399594731
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Series: Royals in Exile , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 218
Sales rank: 72,680
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Royals in Exile, Take the Fall, Holland Springs, and Boys of the South series, which have sold more than a quarter of a million books around the world. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been praised as “sexy, fun, and slightly addicting” (Book Queen Reviews). When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high-school sweetheart, Marquita Valentine lives in a seriously small town in the South with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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Chapter 1


The ballroom is decorated to look like an enchanted forest, complete with tall trees, chandeliers dripping with crystals, and flowers. Fairy lights are wrapped around anything and everything that is stationary.

However, my favorite part is the mural of a maiden in a tower that my brother had commissioned just for the ball. She’s gazing out her window, waiting for her rescuer to come. Over the hill on his white horse, he’s galloping toward her.

A nod to Rapunzel, one of my favorite fairy tales. Although I adored Tangled, the Disney version, so much that I watched it at least a million times. My crush on Flynn Rider is only eclipsed by my crush on a certain journalist with a penchant for exposing my family’s secrets.

But it is better to long and lust for a man I will never have, and therefore never be hurt by . . . unlike the supposed Prince Charming I dated before.

I scan the room again, keeping my smile bright and friendly, but not too friendly. I don’t want to actually have to carry on conversations longer than, “Would you care for some punch?” Or “The restrooms are to your left.”

Out of the corner of my eye, a movement catches my attention. My pulse begins to pound, although I can’t see anything due to the crush of people at the entrance.

The crowd thins out and I see . . .

Oh dear.

He’s here.

At my house.

In our ballroom.

My breath catches at the sight of him striding confidently into the ballroom, exactly like a man assured of his place in the world. I can’t tear my eyes away. He’s so fit, so handsome in his tux.

And he knows it.

He doesn’t care because he’s so used to it. He revels in the attention.

I can’t help but stare at him.

I shouldn’t stare.
I know I shouldn’t, not to mention that it’s terribly rude, but I literally can’t help myself. Seriously, I should put myself in the corner and face the wall. Close my eyes tight and promise to never Google images of him again.

Never look at his picture again.

Never gaze upon his face in public . . . or private.

Or drool over his Instagram when he shares pictures of himself wearing custom-made suits that emphasize how fit he is.

Or the way his blue eyes gleam with self-assured victory right before he strikes his opponent in a debate—

Holy crap.

He’s coming this way.

He’s heading my way.

Don’t slip is my chanted mantra as I attempt to run in high heels to the punch bowl—the station I should have been manning all along—and begin ladling the pungent liquid into crystal glasses the size of teacups.

I will my traitor of a heart to stop beating so hard and loud while I glance up every so often to see how close he is. But it doesn’t bother to listen.

Which is reason number 506 that I wouldn’t make a good queen.

“How are you this evening?” His voice, low and without the southern accent I know he should have, washes over me.

I slosh punch over the rim and onto my hand. “Fine. Thank you.” My voice stays mostly neutral, but even I can hear the slight rise in pitch. “Punch?” I hold out a glass.

His fingers brush against mine and my knees shake, not with fear, though. Not even close.


“Not unless you consider sherbet to be particularly uninhibiting,” I reply.

“Depends on what’s in it,” he says.

“Milk, sugar, sweetened fruit juice, and—” I stop, realizing that is not what he meant at all. “The drink is nonalcoholic. However, you are welcome to an assortment of adult beverages at the bar on the left side of the ballroom.”

“Is there a reason why you won’t look at me?”

“No.” I force my chin up, thinking I should be fine when I finally see him this close. Our gazes collide and my world crumbles beneath me.

His eyes are blue with brown circling the irises and fringed with heavy, dark lashes. My eyes drift down his face, taking in his straight nose, high cheekbones, and full lips, then back up again to his gleaming, light hair. He’s wearing it very conservatively tonight, like he’s trying to hide who he really is.

Only I know exactly who he is.

Brooks Walker, the man who exposed our family’s secrets to the entire world.

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Royal Affair: A Royals in Exile Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
BeautyNTheChic More than 1 year ago
* I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review, via NetGalley.* I really enjoyed Charlotte and Brooks story. Charlotte wants a normal life, which is hard since her family is royalty embroiled in scandal. Brooks is a journalist who is intent on being the best journalist he can be -- regardless of how he gets there. Charlotte makes Brooks an offer he can't refuse and we are along for the journey. I really enjoyed the back and forth between Charlotte and Brooks and found myself rooting for them. Charlotte is an interesting character by herself and I was intrigued by her from the first story. Brooks took a minute for me to warm up to, but that was mostly because I have my own personal bias against Brooks type of journalists, but by the time I really got into the book -- I was rooting for him, despite my reservations. I am excited to see what happens in the other rest of the series. These books can be read as stand-alone.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This is Charlotte's story and the journey to be with the man that has intrigued her online and in person. I enjoyed the back and forth between them. Watching Brooks realize that he was in further than he thought was definitely fun. Royal Affair stands alone although there are elements that cross over from book 1. The series is proving fun, and I look forward to the next book. I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
I'm loving this series by Marquita Valentine! Princess Charlotte wants nothing more than to be a normal woman with a normal life, but she can't because she is a princess, and the spare princess no less. When all of her family secrets were leaked she thought her life could be more normal, but that hasn't happened. Charlotte decides that she wants to step out of her responsible role and do something for herself and a little naughty so she propositions Brooks Walker with an agreement that he can't turn down. Brooks thought he knew what he wanted in life, to be the best journalist that he possibly can, but that all changes when his princess propositions him with a no strings attached affair. He soon finds that his life plans are changing to include the one person that he thought was off limits. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Captivating! This was a Sexy, Sweet, Fun, Royal Romance. Royal romances are what all our fairy tales are made of and I couldn't and didn't want to put this down, the chemistry between Princess Charlotte and Brooks Walker is off the charts and this story takes you along with them on a whirlwind seduction in a forbidden, sexy romance that was full of charm and passion. Charlotte Sinclair is the wallflower princess, as the spare heir to her twin sister Queen Imogene. She is tired of being a prisoner in a lovely gilded cage, and not being allowed any sort of freedom. She has always been the good responsible one, but that is about to change. She has decided to break the rules for some of her own happiness and I was cheering her on. Brooks Walker, is the enemy as CEO of Walker Media, he is the most unsuitable man in existence for a princess like Charlotte since he is the person that exposed her whole family's secrets to the entire world. So why is she so taken by this man? Could it be his cocky, confident, million, watt smile, gleaming, blue eyes fringed with heavy dark lashes, his full lips, high cheek bones, or that he is so handsome, maybe it is that he is 6 foot 3 inches and so fit, so sexy, with his divine abs. Charlotte has had a crush on Brooks from the first time she saw him. After the best kiss in the history of kisses between them, Charlotte proposes a strictly exclusive physical affair to Brooks. Their relationship is fun, deliciously sexy, and I loved getting caught up in their affair and watching them fall. But when Brooks is blackmailed will he betray Charlotte's trust? You don't want to miss this fun, deliciously sexy and sizzling affair between these two! The heat will scorch your fingers as you turn the pages. So if you love Royal Stories, love, sizzling Romance, sizzling Chemistry, as well as intrigue and blackmail this is a must read for sure! LOVED IT! I Highly Recommend this Captivating Romance! ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley and and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for "commoner falls in love with royalty" stories and this was a quick, enjoyable read. It was nice to have a princess, instead of a prince, this time around and her particular family dynamics took the novel in some interesting directions. I also liked the behind-the-scenes aspect of Brooks's job at essentially what is TMZ and what it would mean for him to date royalty when he is a purveyor of celebrity gossip. At the same time, I had a hard time believing their insta-love and some of the choices Charlotte and Brooks make. Overall, I wanted more depth from these characters and for the plot to be less predictable. At the same time, it was a nice way to spend a few hours. I haven't read the first book and I'm curious enough from the references in this one to want to see how that particular story went down. Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Melodyslove4books More than 1 year ago
Royalty, romance, scandal, intrigue, passion, and humor? Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine has all of those feels and more. It also has a very hot bad boy, Brooks Walker, known for exposing scandals among the elite and famous. Combine all of those feels, Brooks, and a shy princess from an exiled royal family and you have a recipe for book you don't want to miss. Charlotte Sinclair, known as the "spare" twin finds herself attracted to the one man who can break her family. She wants to break a few rules and they set out on a fun affair, which soon turns into much more. Ms. Valentine does a beautiful job bringing Brooks and Charlotte to life along with drawing you into their love story. Brooks is not as terrible as he thinks he is and Charlotte is braver than she gives herself credit for. I enjoyed watching the two of them get their HEA although they definitely had some obstacles to overcome. While this is a fun story to read, the author still grabs your heart as these two struggle to be what is expected of them while loving each other. I confess to tearing up in a few parts. I can't say how much I love Royal Affair. I love all of Ms. Valentine's books, but each of her series usually has one book or one couple that becomes my favorite and Royal Affair has joined that list. I highly recommend this book to and give it 5 stars.
CrystalsBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read Charlotte's story! Remember our beloved Charlotte ( and also a little bit of a trouble maker with the social media pictures) from Royal Scandal. It's her time to shine! Brooks and Charlotte run off together at the end of book one. Brooks is the one that revealed the Sinclair family secret. All hell pretty much broke loose. But this reveal is not about book one. Let's get into Royal Affair! Charlotte is back home and tends to her twin, the Queen. She is always staying out of the lime light. She will not do anything that takes her out of her comfort zone. Until Brooks comes back looking for her. They take off and have some fun. Brooks has always wanted more in his career and to be the #1 person that has the best story out there. The one that everyone in his work industry is dying to get their hands on. When one comes to Brooks, he is torn on what to do. Before he would not care whose life he ruins. But now that it may break Princess Charlotte, he is having second thoughts. The question is what happened to his ruthless attitude? Charlotte finds herself falling for her nemesis. She has always had a pull to him. She had secretly ( or so she thought) admired him from afar. Then they have a few days of hot sexy bedroom fun and their lives change. Emotionally and physically. Get your copy on this book asap! You get your favorite characters back for a scene or two and see how they are doing. I can not wait for the next book! This is truly my favorite series so far from Marquita!
Arys More than 1 year ago
Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine is book two in her Royals in Exile series and it picks up right where the previous book ended. So I'd recommend reading book one, Royal Scandal, first just so you'll know everything that's been going on because Royal Affair jumps right in to the romance between the "spare" twin, Charlotte, and the villain to the Sinclair family, Brooks Walker, CEO of Walker Media and the journalist who revealed the Sinclairs' family secrets to the world. Brooks Walker is seeking a new secret to reveal about the Sinclair family and he's set his sights on seducing the information out of the more amiable twin, Charlotte, but he's completely surprised when Charlotte is instead arranging a "royal affair" with him! Now that Imogen has agreed to take her place as queen, Charlotte has decided it's time to break a few rules especially with the roguish off-limits journalist whom she soon finds herself falling head over heels for. What was supposed to be a simple affair soon becomes more complicated and more meaningful than either expected. Throw in a hidden Sinclair secret that could shake the monarchy and the return of a former enemy, and the plot definitely thickens. I liked Royal Affair and it was a great sequel to the series. Brooks and Charlotte are wonderful together and I feel bring out the best in each other. I also love the nods to Disney's Tangled and the story of Rapunzel in her tower. It even had a Mother Gothel character. Overall, Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine was an easy to read and enjoyable romance with endearing characters. I happily recommend and look forward to reading Theo and Imogen's stories, especially Imogen's! Her and Deveraux! Can't wait. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Dear Marquita Valentine, Thank you for this series! Oh, how I love it! I have been anxiously awaiting Charlotte and Brooks’s story! This was such a fun read. Charlotte loves to cause trouble, because she can. She isn’t beholden to the throne like her sister, so she takes the extra leash and runs with it. Right into a fling with the cocky Brooks Walker. What Charlotte wants, Charlotte gets. Brooks is the media man who broke the royal scandal and while he basked in the notariaty he received, he likes the royal family and his feelings for Charlotte run a bit deeper. This is a lighthearted romance between two people who were probably just using each other in the beginning, but from that builds something deeper, something real. Brooks gets his redemption and Charlotte gets her man. The perfect royal romance!
connie430 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book about two characters who had a little bit of a past that wasn't pleasant. Brooks is a hard nose journalist who always prints the truth regardless of its effects on other's lives. Charlotte is a princess who was in hiding until Brooks found out and told her families story. Although they were upset about it, it helped them in the long run but there was still animosity between Brooks and Charlotte's family. Unfortunately Brooks and Charlotte have an attraction they cannot deny and decide to have an affair, both falling in love with each other. Brooks fights his emotions because he knows there are more secrets, Charlotte is afraid of trusting because it's her and her twin sister's secret she doesn't want leaked. Watching them fight their feelings and learning to trust made this book a page turner. The chemistry was off the charts but there was quite a bit of emotion involved too.
LightningCityBookReview More than 1 year ago
Marquita Valentine skillfully brings Fairy Tales romantically to life between displaced royals and hapless Americans in the sexiest of ways. "Royal Affair" has so many delicious twists and turns that I can't bear to spill the fabulous jaw-dropping tidbits here. So I'll deal with the easiest twist. The Hero, Brooks Walker's the villain, he's the man who revealed the identity of the undisclosed royal family. Brooks broke the biggest news item putting his name and his media empire on the top of the heap. Announcing the royal children of the Isle of Man are living surreptitiously in North Carolina is quite the scoop. Now that it's old news he needs more "dirt" in order to stay on top. Luckily Princess Charlotte's a Social Media addict, following his Instagram, and blog religiously, under a pseudonym of course. Princess Charlotte is like a wallflower Rapunzel desperately wanting to escape the castle walls. Unlike the fairy tale the princess has a weakness for villains rather than knights in shining armor. As much as she dislikes the spotlight she craves the attention of Brooks Walker and she surprisingly gets it. Charlotte shocks Brooks with a brazen deal, a royal affair. An exclusive sexual tryst with information he can use except anything said in the "heat of the moment". Brooks isn't a fool so he takes the deal. A.) He believes he can lull Charlotte into a false sense of security and get juicy information. And B.) He's been a bit obsessed with her as well. "Royal Affair" is loaded with bombshells and super hot and racy sex. The pace is fast, the characters are charming, and the romance is fun and flirty. "Royal Affair" is white hot steamy and has jaw dropping secrets. Marquita Valentine doesn't skimp on the storyline in this installment of her Royals in Exile series. Brooks' and Charlotte's romance is sweet and extremely racy. Their sexual chemistry's through the roof right out of the gate and the spicy fun is electric and instantly gratifying! The secondary characters are lots of fun, mainly Brooks' twin brother Briggs. The rest of Brooks' family is a hoot as well. I think that "Royal Affair" is sexier and more fun than "Royal Scandal". Thus far I'm loving the Royals in Exile series and can't wait for Prince Theo's "Royal Chase"! To read the entire review please visit: This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed
SullyGirl More than 1 year ago
Brooks is a gossipmonger out to find the next big royal story, and he isn't above using Princess Charlotte to find it. But this bad boy has a soft and squishy center where the sweet and innocent Charlotte is concerned. You can't hate a guy like that and right away, you find yourself rooting for their HEA. Charlotte may seem naive and a little goody-goody, but she has a heart of gold and a spine of steel. No one is going to hurt her or her family, even the smoking hot Brooks, who she has more than a little crush on. He's met his match in the princess and soon he's not looking for a story but a forever love. Great second book in the Royal in Exile series, can't wait to read more!
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the sinclair siblings have lived in exile and hidden away from public scrutiny most of their lives, but all that changed when brooks walker published the truth about their identities. suddenly their private lives have become public curiosities. and following the rules of their small island with diplomatic ties to the united kingdom becomes more pressing. as the second in line for the throne, charlotte sinclair has always been good at following the rules. her duty to her twin sister, imogen, the future queen of their country, has always been clear to her. but sometimes she wishes she had something that was just hers. her obsession with brooks walker is maybe just one of those things. and when he approaches her at a charity event and goads her into leaving with him she can't help but feel a thrill. even though she knows it is a dangerous thing to trust brooks, even after they've shaken hands on having an affair, a royal affair. with rules about what is on and off the record. and how they are not going to get attached. as far as charlotte is concerned, brooks is the villian of the story. he's the one who has attacked her family and pushed them into a public scrutiny that they were not ready for. and there are secrets he hasn't uncovered, secrets that only she and imogen know. and brooks has a million reasons to keep digging. but the reasons he wants to know charlotte and uncover her secrets has nothing to do with his online reporting and everything to do with how he feels about charlotte. he likes her. he likes everything about her. she's intrigued him from the start, and while he's always been keen on exposing the truth, he isn't interested in hurting the people he loves unduly. being with charlotte brings him back into his family fold, reconnects him with his own twin brother and his parents. but also, the way he feels when he is around her is something he's never felt before. being with her, loving her, making love with her, it's better than anything he ever imagined. so when the truth lands in his lap and he has to make a choice between revealing the truth about charlotte or revealing the truth about his feelings, there is only one choice he can make. in royal scandal there was so much happening between colin and della that we didn't get to see as much of the sibling relationships. also, i think that since colin was their de facto parent and guardian we weren't privy to the sibling relationships between theo and imogen and charlotte, but we do get that here. we also get to see brooks relationships with his brothers. and the fact that we do get to spend more time with their families, adds a depth to both charlotte and brooks and lets us know their real character in a way that never happened for colin and della. even though things with charlotte and brooks begins almost on a lark, their relationship is more emotionally satisfying and sweeter. **royal affair will publish on april 18, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/random house publishing group (loveswept) in exchange for my honest review.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
I loved Colin's story in Royal Scandal but Charlotte is by far my favorite!! Charlotte is second in line to the throne and is the quiet, proper twin. She started following Brooks' social media years ago and when he comes to a party and notices her, she has a proposition for him that he can't really refuse if he wants to get more dirt on the Sinclairs. Brooks will stop at nothing to expose corrupt politicians and people in power. He knows that if he can get Charlotte to trust him then she will tell him everything he needs to know about her family. It wasn't supposed to be anything more than affair but with chemistry like theirs, there's no way it wouldn't become more. I loved Brooks in Hard to Fall but I didn't even make the connection until he mentioned his brother Hayden. I didn't really love Brooks in Royal Scandal though and I wasn't sure how he was going to redeem himself in this book but he did, in a huge way. I was blown away by the supportive web of the Sinclair family and how they will all do anything for each other. I can't wait to see what else is in store for this family and am keeping my fingers crossed that Briggs will get his story told too! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
gdsnv More than 1 year ago
Although Royal Affair is a standalone read, I would recommend reading Royal Scandal, book one in the A Royals in Exile Novel and (new) series by Marquita Valentine, so that you can revisit all the characters you’ve met (and some new ones, of course!) and have a lot of fun. In Royal Affair, we meet Princess Charlotte Sinclair again, second in line to the throne to rule her country and Brooks Walker, the CEO of the media company that thrives on exposing (true) secrets around the world. They truly are SO not right for one another, on paper, but the author gave them layers and layers to their personalities. Both of these characters have things in their backgrounds that formed who they are now and reading about their journey to an HEA is at times heart-breaking, heart-warming, funny, sad, and with pages where you’ll want to do bodily harm to some of those peripheral characters. I think they are perfect for one another and loved their story. What I think is perfect is that although Brooks is definitely an alpha, he isn’t a complete jerk about it and Charlotte is silently strong and pushes back quietly and with dignity; they make a great couple. I had book one in my TBR pile since its release and I am happy that I read it right before I read book two, Royal Affair. I’m looking forward to the next sibling to fall…and fall hard!
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Royal romances are so entertaining to read, add in a dash of forbidden romance and Valentine’s effervescence and we get a royally sweet, fun and sexy read. Brooks Walker has made his fame and fortune by not being afraid to go after the politically corrupt. He’s also infamous for exposing the secret behind the Sinclair siblings’ exile and his journalistic instincts tell him there’s more. What they can’t warn him about is that after meeting the quiet and shy Princess Charlotte, his life will never be the same. Being a wallflower, Princess Charlotte has admired—ok she digitally stalked—the CEO of Walker Media from afar. Being persona non grata to her family, she never expected the man to be at one of her family’s fundraisers. When he comes up to talk to her and invites her to leave with him she takes the biggest risk of her life and follows. Having an affair with him would be bad enough, falling for him would be a royal disaster especially when he’s hiding a secret of his own. Charlotte was looking for freedom, Brooks was looking for the truth. What they found in each other’s arms was a passion and love like they never imagined they’d ever be able to have. I never had an interest in royal romances until I started reading Royals in Exile by Marquita Valentine as she writes wonderful characters whose stories greatly appealing. Reading about these very different yet undeniably charming siblings whose lives are immersed in secrets that have the potential to tear them apart but together as a family have supported each other has been highly entertaining. Charlotte is a highly likeable character, always following rules, loyal to her family and duty, taking on the role of second to the throne behind her twin sister Imogen and behaving accordingly. In this book though, she lets herself have some fun taking what she wants regardless of the rules. I really liked the combination of nice girl with a bit of impishness, which is the perfect complement to Brooks Walker. Brooks is the kind of man who never gives up. He had become captivated by Charlotte long before he actually met her by following the blog of a woman who felt trapped in a gilded cage. Feeling compelled to help her, he exposes her family’s secret, but still unable to sate his curiosity he pursues her unable to anticipate the attraction and feelings she evokes. Brooks and Charlotte have wonderful chemistry. The relationship that develops between them is fun and deliciously sexy, and the love that flows between them burns up the pages. Royal Affair is book #2 in the Royals in Exile series by Marquita Valentine. It is a standalone, full-length, contemporary romance with sweet moments, delicious sexy times and a good dose of royal dramatic.
micharch More than 1 year ago
Brooks and Charlotte finally meet after stalking each other for a long time on social media. Brooks is enamored with Charlotte and they reach an agreement. She wants an affair and in return will give him some of her secrets. For a social blogger who was thrust into the spotlight when he let the whole world know who the Sinclair's really were, this is like gold to Walker. He finds himself not using this information to his advantage however. He finds Charlotte more and more endearing and, although he claims that his heart is secure, he really does bend quite a bit. Charlotte was quite silly and is keeping some seriously shocking secrets. Why she would agree to this arrangement really baffled me. Both find themselves drawn to the other. As usual, outside forces try to keep them apart on both sides. Walker receives an unusual offer and has to decide which path to take - either keep Charlotte in his life or expose some serious revelations about the Sinclair family. You will have to read the book to find out what happens. I did like how Charlotte put herself out there repeatedly for Brooks. He wasn't always the most forthright but he had his reasons. Both Charlotte and Brooks will have to give up a lot to stay together. It was a good addition to this series and I really enjoyed it. I was grateful to receive an ARC from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
heater_28 More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Royal Affair is the second book ni the Royals in Exile series. While it can be read as a standalone, I think it is better received after having read the first book, Royal Scandal. Princess Charlotte is known as the "spare" and all she wants to do is escape her life and live the quintessential fairy tale - find a man, fall in love and have a family. Not too difficult a request unless the man you want is the one person who is out to hurt your entire family. Brooks Walker is the one person the royal family wants to avoid. He has a penchant for revealing the secrets of the family and he has his sights set on doing it again. When Brooks and Charlotte meet and she proposes they have an affair, Brooks is so drawn to her he accepts. But will that derail his plans to out her family's secrets? And, will a secret that Brooks is keeping end up derailing what has quickly become more than affair for both of them? This was a sweet addition to the series and it's a definite twist on prince charming, but that is certainly not a bad thing. I am interested to see how the additional books in this series play out. I'm definitely intrigued.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Received as an ARC from publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. This is book 2 in the Royals in Excile series. Princess Charlotte story is one of a fairytail in waiting to be set free from her castle. Now that the family has been exposed from hiding. Princess Charlotte just wants to live a normal life, fall in love and live happily ever after, BUT the one person she is drawn to is the last person she should want. Brooks, the man with a mission to expose all of the Royal famiy secrets has a secrets of his own. And his desire/attraction to the Princess could be the downfall to bring him to his knees. When Brooks puts himself infront of the Princess, things don't turn out the way he was expecting. A secret affair is agreed upon and fate pushed theses two together. Family bonds are teasted, loyality is questions and so much more. Ms. Valentine has done a amazing job, with this story. Bringing enemies together.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I adored Royal Affair by Marquita Valentine; book two of her Royals in Exile series. This frienemies to lovers adventure as the hero, Brook Walker, was the journalist who exposed the Sinclair royals in book one. He only wants to make sure the public knows the truth, not caring who he hurts in doing so. Charlotte, Char, Sinclair is the spare queen. She is the younger twin, trying to find her place in the family and tired of feeling locked in the tower. Ms. Valentine created a wonderful story, with characters that not only demonstrate compassion and empathy but also a depth to their feelings. This book exemplifies Valentine’s creativity, sexy and sensitive scenes, as well as her outstanding writing ability. I really enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down, reading it in one day. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
RHolub More than 1 year ago
I am loving this series more with each book I read. And that is saying something for someone who has never really cared for "royal" romances before. Charlotte Sinclair is considered the "spare" princess, as well as something of a wallflower. But there is a lot more to her than meets the eye. And she has her eye on the one man that could really hurt her family. But when she proposes an affair things quickly become more complicated than she ever expected. Brooks Walker has been secretly interested in Princess Charlotte ever since her realized she was the one writing an interesting blog, as well as commenting on his stories. When he crashes a charity event her family is throwing it's with the intention of getting to know the royal wallflower, not the future queen. But he gets much more than he expects when he finally meets Charlotte face to face! This is a sweet story with some unexpected twists. Definitely worth taking a chance on!!!
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
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.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
There is always something exciting when reading about a royal family. They play by different rules and have years of tradition set in place. As the Sinclair family finds themselves back at the Royal helm, princess Charlotte again has to face her anxiety at balls and dealing with large crowds. Her sister is getting ready to become Queen and Charlotte just wants to fade into the background. Brooks is the bad guy who exposed the family, but he is the only one who truly sees the wallflower, Charlotte. Suddenly digging up dirt on the Sinclair family isn't as important as keeping Charlotte safe and protected. This was a great reverse fairy tale, where the villain truly becomes the hero. I thought it was a really good read. Loved watching Charlotte and Brooks find their way.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story with great writing and interesting characters. These aren't your typical royal. They've been in exile for the last 12 years but since their whereabouts and family secrets have been outed to the world their lives have been turned upside down. Having an intense attraction to the man responsible for outing them probably isn't the wisest thing but Charlotte can't resist Brooke Walker. Being the spare sister gives her some freedoms her sister can't enjoy yet letting this fling out of the bag won't go over well with her family. Keeping their hearts out of it is priority one. A great read that you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Last updated on 27 Mar 2017 I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept to an ARC of "Royal Affair" by Marquita Valentine for my honest review. The genres for this novel are Women's Contemporary Fiction and Romance. Princess Charlotte is described as a lonely, shy and laid back Royal. Although she has been warned of the consequences, Charlotte has been on social media using a different name. Charlotte panics in social situations, not especially helpful for a princess. Brooks Water is a journalist that specializes in getting information on the political elite. Brooks has already exposed Charlottes" family who were in hiding, and caused a dangerous situation. Both Charlotte and Brooks have a twin. Charlotte's sister will be the Queen, and Brooks' brother is an attorney. Brooks and Charlotte find themselves at the same ball, and both are verbally sparring with each other. There do seem to be some sparks. Is Brooks trying to get information out of Charlotte, and what does Charlotte want with Brooks? The author describes the characters as quirky and moody. I found that this book to be an easy and sexy read.