ROYAL BASTARD by Nana Malone is AVAILABLE NOW!
Don’t get in trouble, they said. Don’t cause an incident. Oops.
I might be a newfound prince, but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to say goodbye to my days of freedom. So when my brother, the king, asks me to babysit a diplomat’s daughter, my first thought is to say no… that is until I see her climbing out of a window with her dress tucked into her thong.
She might just be my kind of girl.
I just thought I’d mix business with pleasure…I didn’t plan to lose control of my heart.
I’ve been groomed by my parents to climb the social ladder all my life and I’m done with it. I want nothing from their royal world.
Now that I’m finally on my own, I can live where I want, date who I want, do who I want.
The one person I won’t be doing? My new accidental roommate.
Oh, he’s gorgeous and mysterious, and cheeky. He’s also friends with the king and a total jackass.
So basically, he’s never gonna get it…famous last words.
(Book 1, Royals Undone)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
Lucas and Bryna are front and centre in a scintillatingly suspenseful roller coaster of an adventure. I feel the need to mix things up in this review. This book isn’t your typical contemporary suspenseful romance with a reluctant royal and court member, oh no. So I’ll explain a little about the set of this book first before I dive off the cliff and into the shallow water below.
This duology is in the same world as Royals Undercover; if you have read the previous books, Lucas will come as no surprise to you. He is after all the reason behind this book’s title. Unless, like me, you haven’t read Royals Undercover, this is a book that can still be enjoyed. An author as seasoned and talented as Ms Malone is able to stitch together multiple threads, without bogging down the pace or pulling readers out of the story.
Okay, the story: For me the biggest question running throughout this book was one the characters kept asking themselves. ‘Can you really change who you are?’
Lucas has run away from his past, and the bad influences he had there. Now he’s working for his king and attempting to keep his head down until the time is right for the news to come out. What news you may ask? Now that would be telling. Throw Bryna Trellis into the mix and poor Lucas is so torn he doesn’t know what ways up.
‘I looked the part. I was a philanthropist seeing after the king and queen’s interests. But deep inside, I was who I’d always been. A thief, a liar.
But a good one. Even I’d managed to believe I was different now. The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist, right?’
So many times I was left feeling heartbroken for these two. Lucas so desperately doesn’t want to let anyone down, and yet the way he sees himself is as near to hatred as it can be. He hates who he was and he despises what others guilt tripped him into doing.
On the other hand, Bryna is a young woman fighting for her independence and freedom. Parents can be a blessing or a curse and for her, she knows all too well what giving an inch can do. I can’t say enough good things about the secondary characters. Especially Bryna’s best friend Jinx, she is the type of friend that we all need. As Jinx herself says, ‘I’m down to ride or die’. The romance was tangible. The will they, won’t they was off the charts hawt.
“Even after knowing how awful I am, the things I’ve done, the things I was willing to do…do you still want me?”
“Of course. This isn’t exactly a choice for me. From the moment I met you, there’s been this pull between us. I can’t deny it. I feel alive, and infuriated and free, and giddy when I’m with you.”
There were so many breath holding moments where I hoped they would take the leap. I’ve never wanted something so bad. Well, until I read the last page and discovered that there’s a wonderfully, frustrating cliff hanger. Thank you Ms Malone, the wait will be untenably frustrating and I’m so excited to see how this one ends. Tony comes to mind, fingers crossed.
Bastard Prince will release on September 4th!
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I’ll never stop fighting for her…no matter the stakes.
A year ago I found out I was a long lost prince. But with one lie, that’s all been undone.
But prince or pauper, I’m not going to stop fighting for Bryna. She may be the only thing I can count on right now.
I never meant to get in so deep with my royal roommate—but in my defense I didn’t know.
If anyone else finds out his royal status my mother will meddle faster than you can say gold digger. More importantly, Lucas’s life could be in danger.
Because I’m not the only one with secrets.
And there’s a lot more at stake than heartbreak.
NOTE: This is a sequel – you must have read Royal Bastard to understand Bastard Prince!
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.
With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.
Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.
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