I'm a modern twenty-three-year-old princess bound by rules more suited to medieval times. My father's declining health means I will soon be queen, but, as a woman, I will not be allowed to rule alone. I can only claim my birthright by marrying the man chosen for me—a business tycoon useful to our kingdom.
My parents are unbending. If I do not comply, my younger cousin will take my place simply because he's a man.
I'm the one who must bend, or walk away and lose everything—my family, my birthright, my island home.
I never met a man tempting enough to risk a kingdom...and then I meet him.
I'm the good looking one. If you need to pick me out of the middle of the Rourke clan that's how you do it. Does it bother me that nothing is expected of the fourth-born son other than to flash my devastatingly handsome smile for the press? Maybe.
Would I like to be needed even just by one person who sees me as the key to something important? Yes.
And then I meet her.
Only lightning struck for the wrong woman. She's on Villroy for a short time before she must return home and marry the man her parents have chosen. If she doesn't, she loses her birthright.
If I truly care for Polly, I'll walk away. But do I have the strength to resist the most perfect woman I've ever met?
The Rourkes Series
Royal Catch (Book 1)
Royal Hottie (Book 2)
Royal Darling (Book 3)
Royal Charmer (Book 4)
Royal Player (Book 5)
Royal Shark (Book 6)
About the Author
Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.
Find out more about Kylie and upcoming books at www.kyliegilmore.com. Sign up for Kylie’s newsletter at kyliegilmore.com/newsletter
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Adored this reluctant couple and all the awesome charters that I have become very attached to in this heartwarming and laugh out loud fun romantic series. Loved getting to know the real Polly and her charming and irresistible Rourke brother. Love this series and breathlessly looking forward to the next one to fall.
Polly and Oscar’s royal story was a fun and wonderful adventure in Royal Player by Kylie Gilmore, book five in The Rourkes series. Imagine you have been groomed your entire life to be the queen except you must marry a man who would be useful to the kingdom in order for that to happen. That’s the life Polly is bound by. Not only that, but the man her parents chose is twenty years older, cares only about making money for himself and not as loyal as he professes. Given a reprieve to attend the birth of the Villroy royal baby, Polly has a chance to figure out what to do about her future. Then she meets the one man possibly worth walking away and losing her family, her birthright, her island home. Oscar is the fourth-born son and other than being the good looking one has little to offer or expected of him. Then he meets her. Lightning strikes, electricity sizzles, and their magnetic attraction brings them together and they fall in love at first sight or is it first touch; despite being the wrong time and wrong place. Oscar works hard to find a way to usurp the man Polly is supposed to marry and find a way to be the perfect man to be her king. When a hurricane hits her island Oscar finds the opportunity to prove his worth and love for Polly. Ms. Gilmore wrote a wonderfully very humorous, sexy, and moving tale filled with sexual chemistry, hysterical situations, and endearing characters that is not to be missed. I loved how she found a way to provide Polly and Oscar a love and future together that neither ever expected. I highly recommend Royal Player to other readers and look forward to reading the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I underestimated my emotional connection to this series. The Rourke men are dropping like flies and taking my heart along for the ride. Kylie Gilmore blends her sense of humor with heartwarming romance and an abundance of charm to keep readers coming back for more. There's been enough sitting on the sidelines, now it's Polly's turn to shine. Forget tradition, Polly has a spirit that needs to be in the spotlight. Weighed down by responsibilities, it will take an overlooked Prince to show her that the road less traveled, could be a perfect fit for love. The Princess that started it all is about to claim heart's everywhere. Smart, funny, sexy and sweet. Royal Player is a winner in my eyes.