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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Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
Royal Affair immediately piqued my interest, and I found myself devouring this book! With a storyline using the royalty trope and some seriously steamy scenes, this story was seductive and sexy as hell! The author’s writing is strong, her characters are well-developed and engaging, their story was believable. The repetition of the sex scenes was a bit boring at times, though. I would have preferred more focus on the plot and the characters.
After her father’s death, Lydia Bell decides to get away and accepts a summer job of nanny, travelling to Canada with her employers. A chance encounter with Dylan Hale, a sexy and mysterious Brit, will alter the course of her life. When she moves to London to pursue a career in fashion, she gets to know him better. As it happens, Dylan is a celebrity is his country, not only as heir to a dukedom, but also as a famous, award-winning architect.
With his upper-crust accent and his title of Marquess, he is every socialite’s dream and oozes status, self- confidence and sophistication. Lydia is startled by his attraction to her, they don’t run in the same circles and she feels vulnerable and out of her depth with him. But she is drawn to him and enjoys his gentleman-in-charge attitude. Dylan is a former bad boy turned successful businessman. He is posh, rakish, bossy, and yet caring, attentive and nice.
I loved Lydia and Dylan, the delicious push and pull between them, their undeniable chemistry was palpable. My heart broke for Dylan, he was a lost soul. He is a public figure, constantly followed by paparazzis and has paid the price of celebrity. This is why he wants to protect Lydia from the negative impact of being in the media spotlight. But even if Lydia is a genuinely sweet girl, she isn’t weak. She refuses to be his little piece on the side. Will Dylan accept to break his self-imposed rules to keep Lydia by his side?
Royal Affair is the first part in Parker Swift’s debut series, and it ended on a mild cliffhanger that left me wanting the next installment immediately! But no worries, the next book, Royal Disaster, is coming soon!
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We weren’t a foot inside when he closed the door behind him and said, “Turn around, damsel,” indicating I should face away from him. I complied, and he slowly came up behind me, running his hands along my bare upper back and down my arms. He unzipped the dress and pulled it off my shoulders so it pooled at my feet. I was naked except for my insanely high heels. Grabbing my hips, he pulled my naked ass into his front, and I could feel his hardness pushing against the seam of his trousers. “Can you feel how much I want you? How much I want this?” he said firmly, increasing his grip on my hips, pulling me even closer.
I tilted my head back and to the side to try to steal a glimpse of him, and he rested his chin on my shoulder. His hands wrapped around and palmed my breasts. He pushed them in and up, molding them in his palms, and he began to tug at my nipples, rolling them between his thumb and finger, teasing them to the point where pain met pleasure.
“I’m breaking all sorts of rules for you, aren’t I?” He was kissing my neck, sucking my skin, nipping it gently between his teeth, devouring me in motions that mimicked what he was doing to my breasts.
“What rules have you broken for me?” I asked, practically whispering, searching for steadiness in my breath.
He spun me around and lifted me by my ass in one swift move. I locked my ankles behind his back. “For starters I rarely sleep with the same woman twice, at least not in the same week. I don’t spend the night. Ever. And neither do the women I see. And I don’t invite women into my office. Ever. But I couldn’t resist with you. I’d been dreaming about having my mouth on that pretty pussy on that table for weeks. Picturing you just as you were.”
“Did it live up to the dream?” I nuzzled into his cheek, desperate to get to a place where he was naked, where I could feel his skin on my skin.
“The dream didn’t stand a chance.”
“Well, I wouldn’t want you breaking any of your rules, would I? I mean, maybe we better stop now, and you could sleep on my sofa. Or you can get back on your horse—”
“Not on your life, smartass.”
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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