Making it up the aisle was the easy part: Rebecca "Bex" Porter must survive her own scandals and adjust to royal British life in this "positively delicious" follow-up to The Royal We that's "just as fun, charming, and delightful as the first" (Taylor Jenkins Reid).
After a scandalous secret turns their fairy-tale wedding into a nightmare, Rebecca "Bex" Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas are in self-imposed exile. The public is angry. The Queen is even angrier. And the press is salivating. Cutting themselves off from friends and family, and escaping the world's judgmental eyes, feels like the best way to protect their fragile, all-consuming romance.
But when a crisis forces the new Duke and Duchess back to London, the Band-Aid they'd placed over their problems starts to peel at the edges. Now, as old family secrets and new ones threaten to derail her new royal life, Bex has to face the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind: with the Queen, with the world, and with Nick's brother Freddie, whose sins may not be so easily forgotten—nor forgiven.
This funny sequel to The Royal We affectionately sends up royal pomp and celebrity. The novel traces the tumultuous first two years of marriage for the American-born Rebecca "Bex" Porter and Nick, heir to the British throne, as they navigate the fallout from a tabloid scandal it's reported that Nick's younger brother, Freddie, had an affair with Bex and pressure to produce an heir of their own. The first quarter of the book is weighed down by backstory and the reintroduction of characters from the previous installment, but the intrigue picks up the pace when Nick's grandmother, Queen Eleanor, has a stroke and the couple's royal responsibilities increase. The frothy accounts of an official state dinner, international trips, and glitzy parties are irresistibly fun. Bex's romance with her prince is playful and appealing, and the bond between Nick and Freddie is sincere and moving. As the tabloids continue to wreak havoc on Freddie's reputation, Bex and Nick take it upon themselves to clear the air of secrets and present a unified, calm exterior to the public. There's real heart in this escapist romp, and royal watchers and romance fans alike will be left hungry for another sequel.
Really loved it. Definitely made me cry and laugh out loud. Well worth a read. I hope to read more of Bex and Nick's adventures!
Enjoyed “The Heir Affair”
Enjoyable summer read. Some parallels between the Cambridges and Sussexes but not so much that it detracted from the storyline. I didn’t read the prequel and don’t believe I missed much.
Slow start, good ending
Wonderful writing as with the last one.