Today, I am lucky to be participating in the launch day blitz for Parker Swift’s new book, Royal Affair. I am the biggest fan of contemporary royalty romances. And coming from a long history of loving historical romances focusing on Dukes, well, Parker Swift’s new book Royal Affair was heaven-sent for me.
Lydia is a nanny for the summer. She’s anxious for the summer to come to an end, even though the kids she’s watching are very sweet. But soon she will be in London working in her dream job, fashion. But before that happens, she catches the eye of Dylan Hale when she is visiting one of his Canadian estates. But surely a guy as sexy as Dylan, a future Duke, would never be interested in her.
Once she has arrived in London, Lydia is pleasantly surprised to see Dylan again. He asks her out and the attraction between them proves to be off the charts. But while Dylan wants to be with Lydia, he does not want a relationship. It has to be sex only. Lydia is not sure if this kind of arrangement is for her but to say the sex is phenomenal with Dylan is putting it mildly. It isn’t easy, being Dylan’s secret, but Lydia does find being with him sexy. Unfortunately, she is developing feelings and it doesn’t seem like Dylan is following. Besides that, how would Lydia even fit into his rarefied world of privilege, legacy, wealth, and royal connections? Lydia doesn’t know what their future may hold but then again, maybe they do not even have a future.
Perhaps one of the most important things to note about this book is that Lydia and Dylan’s story does not end in Royal Affair. This is the first book in the three part Royal Scandal series. So, don’t go into the story expecting a happily-ever-after right away. I have no doubt these two will get there but it will take some work.
Dylan is kind of mysterious. We learn he is a very successful architect, he’s a darling of the royalty circuit, and his parents are desperate to marry him off. He also loves his sex kinky. He’s domineering in bed (though this book is not a BDSM story by any means). He likes control and he’s only too happy to help Lydia explore sex. It’s hard to tell how he feels about Lydia throughout the story. Clearly he is attracted but do his feelings run deeper? Parker Swift teases and tempts readers into trying to figure Dylan out. I admit, I wish he had shown his feelings a bit sooner but there are moments throughout the story where his actions do show his emotions.
I liked Lydia. She left the United States with pain in her past. She’s excited to be working in the fashion industry in London. And no, Lydia isn’t a designer. She’s working on the business side of things and I really found her job and passion interesting in the story. I loved that she was willing to take a chance and live somewhere so far from home (in NYC). Of course, she does some issues with her dad to deal with (fairly common I suppose) but she was still brave and willing to give London a try. And hey, she landed herself (kind of) a Duke so things are looking up.
I will be interested to see how things progress for Dylan and Lydia in book two, Royal Disaster which comes out in April. Judging by the title, it isn’t going to be an easy path for these two.
Royal Affair is available now.
ARC provided by publisher for review.
ROYAL AFFAIR by Parker Swift (February 2017, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Royal Scandal Book 1)
One seriously sexy son-of-a-duke . . .
Behind the posh British accent, Dylan Hale possesses a down-and-dirty sexiness. Off-the-charts gorgeous, a ruthless architect . . . and did I mention he’s a future duke? Every time we touch, it’s wildfire. All need and lust and heat. But Dylan has rules: just sex, no one can know, and in the bedroom he gets complete control. All I have to do is follow the rules, because falling in love with Dylan Hale is all it would take to screw everything up . . . royally.
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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.
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