"Emotional, intense and beyond sexy. Dylan Hale will light your panties on fire, not that you'll be allowed to wear them anyway." - Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author
"He's not who you think he is . . . "
Meeting Dylan Hale has turned my life upside down. I'm dating an actual duke who's devastatingly handsome and deliciously naughty. On the surface, I'm living the high life. But this surreal world of royalty and paparazzi is getting out of control.
Someone knows way too much about Dylan and me-about the moments when we're alone, about how his hands leave a trail of fire over my skin . . . about the complete control he has over me between the sheets. And worse, it's starting to become clear that Dylan's keeping secrets from me, too . . .
The Royal Scandal series:
Royal Match (novella)
About the Author
Parker Swift grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and then grew up again in New York, London, and Minneapolis and currently lives in Connecticut. She has spent most of her adult life examining romantic relationships in an academic lab as a professor of social psychology. Now, she's exploring the romantic lives of her fictional characters in the pages of her books. When she's not writing, she spends her time with her bearded nautical husband and being told not to sing along to pop music in the car by her two sons.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Book two in the Royal Scandal series returns to Lydia and Dylan. The previous books ends with Lydia being emailed pictures taken of her and Dylan engaging in intimate acts and hints that there is more to Dylan than she knows. This blackmail and the pressure put on Dylan by his family is the running conflict throughout book two. We also see Lydia slowly introduced into royal life, including meeting the Queen. Dylan’s younger sister is on hand to aid Lydia and proves to be an interesting side character who has secrets of her own. Throughout the trials of this book, what I enjoyed the most was how Lydia and Dylan supported each other. While they did have ups and downs, especially with Dylan’s secrecy and determination to handle the blackmailer on his own, they eventually came together as a couple. However, there was times when their arguments seemed a little too over-exaggerated. Despite this, I did like seeing them work through their problems and support each other. Dylan learned to lean on Lydia and let her help him carry some of the burden forced upon him later in the book. It was also great to watch Lydia come into her own as a professional and see her career develop. Like the previous book, Royal Disaster was extremely hot and steamy. Even when Dylan and Lydia had a hard time communicating, they were always on the same page between the sheets!
Well, I've been waiting for this ;-) and of course for the final part. I feel I know Lydia and Dylan pretty well now, and what a long way they've come in a short while. Lydia had come to UK for her career, new country, huge challenge and living her dream. Then she met Dylan, known as Mr No Commitments, a playboy dating dilettante....but when he meets Lydia things change for both of them. For her its a whole crash intro to UK traditions, how structured and insular the royal family, immediate and extended, are. For someone from the USA its a real culture shock, and she's worried about putting a step wrong and letting Dylan down. He doesn't care though, loves her freshness, her sense of fun, her wanting him, Dylan the man as opposed to Dylan the Duke. He's has some tragedy in his past through his heritage and the way the press (vultures) hounded someone close to him, and that led to his dating ban, his one nights and fun only stance. When he meets Lydia that soon changes, a few frivolous interludes simply aren't enough and he's soon wholly in love with her and she with him, even though its been only a short while. Now though there's threats again, and he's trying so hard to protect her in the way he knows best, but its shutting her out and causing friction. Someone is watching them, proving he can't keep her safe, that she's vulnerable even when he thinks she's OK ensconced in his own home... I love both these characters. Inevitable there are comparisons with other romance trilogies, especially those with an erotic angle, but to me this has enough to keep it fresh, to stand successfully on its own. As a UK reader I love that its set in UK, with all our peculiarities, our unique heritage. I love the way Dylan calls Lydia Damsel, so much nicer that the ubiquitous Baby, that title really grates on me. Damsel is just so much more nicer, suits the story, suits Dylan and his sense of tradition, even while he's balking against some of it, dating Lydia for whom Tradition doesn't really mean much. He's a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, and treats Lydia so carefully, always protective but without being stifling or presumptuous. He sees her strength, values her ambition, and they make a perfect couple. Without going OTT Parker brings in some of the media speculation that abounds in this sort of situation, the pictures taken in an unguarded moment that show something that didn't exist, they look for signs of friction, invite readers to speculate on whats going to happen, what Lydia needs to do/needs to change, compare her to Dylan's past ladies. One of the things Dylan and I admire is her independence, the way she hasn't taken advantage of her sudden rise to fame, but only takes what she feels is right, does what she feels is fair and correct. She needs to feel she has control of her life and that has been a bit of friction between them, when Dylan's past experience lead him to take action but not tell her about it. She's also got a thin line to tread at work, with Josh and Fiona who were so kind to her when she first started but could now feel pushed aside. She needs her friends, values them so needs to watch that angle. I'm looking forward to how Parker finally winds up the story. Somehow I feel she's saving the best fireworks for the finale! ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Lydia is living the dream. Her move abroad has helped her heal after a devastating loss. New opportunities are on the horizon. A business venture that could open more doors for this young entrepreneur and an exotic romance that has awakened her senses and heart to happiness. If only the outside world and her sensible mind wasn't determined to rain on her parade. Parker Swift is back with her naughty fairy tale. Royal Disaster picks up where Royal Affair left off and shocking developments await. Dylan is still as wicked as ever with his naughty deeds and killer looks. Lydia is his willing pupil of lust and love, yet her doubts still linger about her good fortune. Could Dylan be too good to be true? Royal Disaster took me on an escapade of lust, love, secrets and heartache. Ms. Swift works her way into a readers soul with these flawed but captivating characters.