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Royal Scandal

(Royals in Exile #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,080 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Fairy tales do come true—and so do tabloid scandals! Bestselling author Marquita Valentine kicks off a juicy contemporary romance series with a novel about a prince whose best-laid plans go deliciously awry when he marries the maid next door.

Forced to flee to the United States with his siblings after their parents’ assassination, Crown Prince Colin Sinclair takes it upon
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by Loveswept
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Asteropê It's adult. Amazon tags it as:
Books > Romance > New Adult & College
It's not adult in an erotica sense, though.
It's adult. Amazon tags it as:
Books > Romance > New Adult & College
It's not adult in an erotica sense, though.

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Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
3 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

They can pretend we don’t exist, but that doesn’t mean we have to pretend we don’t exist as well.”

The members of the royal house of St. Claire––or what’s left of it, at least––are exiled to a small town in North Carolina after the gruesome murder of their parents. Colin Sinclair, the eldest of the siblings, is left to pick up the pieces, take care of his brother, twin sisters, and act as father to his baby brothers, both of whom are barely toddl
Dash fan
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, profile
Royal Scandal is exactly what this book is based on.

Colin and he's family, are Exiled from the British Isle, due to their parents murder.
They escape to the States to start a new life. Leaving their Royal Heritage behind.

Colin has a lot to deal with including protecting he's 2 sisters Charlotte and Imogen and he's twin brother's who are very young.
Imogen is the rightful Queen and it's Colin's duty to protect her from the outside world and their identity a secret.

Beaumont is the Royal head of sec
Dec 15, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ 35%.

I was looking forward to this after the little hints we were given in the last of Marquita Valentine's Take the Fall series, and whilst in theory it sounded great, in practice, sadly it wasn't to be.

"Princes don’t move to suburbs outside of Charlotte and live there for ten years without someone noticing."


And there lay the sticking point #1 as I couldn't get past this slightly ridiculous notion that these characters were high ranking royalty, yet able to live rather normal lives i
An adorably sweet and sexy story about Royal Scandals and fairytale love.

After forced to leave their country right on the heels of their murder, Prince Colin Sinclair and his brothers and sisters hide royal identities in a small town in North Carolina. Having only themselves to rely on, a barely old enough Colin assumes the role of guarding to his teenaged brother and twin sisters and as a father to his two baby brothers, yet he knows nothing about bottles and diapers. Fortunately the gr
Lady Heather
Publication Date: January 24, 2017

Talk about royal scandals.
The Sinclair children are the victims of their Parent's selfish lifestyles and egos.

Great story!
Wonderful, colorful characters.
I think this is the most erotic book Ms. Valentine has written (or that I've read by her).
Holy Shit! This book was HOT!

I look forward to reading more stories about the Sinclair children (I think Charlotte's going to shock everyone).

"A copy of this book has been provided by the publis
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Crown Prince marries his best friend who happens to be a maid? Definitely a fairytale . . . right? Less of a fairytale when you take into account the fact that Prince Colin, his two sisters and three brothers have all been exiled from their home after their parents brutal death. With Della’s help Colin manages to provide a stable life for himself and his siblings, but thoughts of home are never far from their minds.
Well, you know how we Americans are. Rebelling against the Crown since 17
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

3.5 stars

Great start to the series, but I don't like the cover at all. Royal's in exile and the prince falls in love with a maid. Loved that their country passed from Queen to Queen and that the King is a figure head. Lots of surprises along the way. Collin and Della were hot in between the sheets, but their romance and chemistry was just a little blah. Great epilogue and preview to the next book.
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary
When crown Prince Colin Sinclair's parents were assassinated, both he and his siblings were placed into exile and had to take care of each other in American while trying to figure out a way to get back in the good graces of Parliament, so that his sister can rule. Colin knows that it won't be easy but will do everything he can to see that his family are placed in their rightful place as they were meant to be
Karen Mc
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

"Every once in a while, in the middle of our ordinary lives, love gives us a fairy tale.”

I’ve loved fairy tales since I was a little girl—from Cinderella to Beauty in the Beast to modern romances that feel like fairy tales. Fairy tales are just…SIGH…magical and mesmerizing. These magical stories transport me to a wonderful fantasy world that sometimes feels very raw and real. Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine is a feel-good, friends-to-lovers fairy tale of a romance dipped in suspense that mak
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I was expecting a sweet romance between best friends. With some humor, light angst and some heat. What I got was an overload of sweetness, two best friends that have been in love with each other for years (so much so that the H has'n't been with any OW in years because he only desires Della) little to no angst and nuclear meltdown heat (the scenes are borderline kink, who new rigid Colin was such a dominate stud?)

Colin's been in love with his best friend Della for years. But he's never been able
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016

I loved a lot of things about this book:
*All of the characters
*The overall plot
*The "tone" of the story
*The banter
*The sex was even adequate

That's a lot of stuff, right? If I were doing my normal review layout, I would give the H, h, plot, and sex scenes all 4 or 5 stars.

But my rating is 3 stars.

All that great stuff doesn't work if it's not executed properly. There were times were we were at point "x" in the story and a sentence later we go to point "a". That doesn't make a whole lot of
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

4 Scandalous CROWNS

Royal Scandal, by Marquita Valentine, follows the exiled children of the Sinclair monarchy as they struggle to uncover the secrets that are hidden regarding their parents and their exile from their country, while the oldest son, Colin, tries to balance fighting for the love of his life and the protection of his family.

The whole royal family is interesting. Every single story line she has planned for this series has me intrigued based on the
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Link to full review below! Cute, sweet, friends to loversSee full review on The Book Disciple ...more
Sheryl C. Nash
*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Random House Publishing*
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Favorite Quote: “Well, you know how we Americans are. Rebelling against the crown since 1776.”

Crown Prince Colin Sinclair and his royal siblings are forced to flee to to the United States after a coup in their country results in the assignation of their parents. Settling in Charlotte, NC Colin becomes the official caregiver with some help from friend. When their cover is blown and plastered all over the tabloids for the worl
Reading Royal Scandal was like eating a store bought cupcake: it was sweet, easily consumed and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t anything special. I should do more food analogy reviews, lol.
Heather C
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, jan-2017-release
~ 2.5 Stars ~

This is my first Marquita Valentine book and I was excited about the whole scandalous Royals who are in exile story. However, I was looking for more of the scandal. This story has more of a Cinderella feel to it.

Prince Colin Sinclair and his brothers and sisters were forced to flee from their ruling country when their parents were assigned, forcing them into exile. For 10 years, Colin has played father to his two younger brothers while living completely under the radar in North Caro
(Nat) Reading Romances
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it

Very entertaining

Royal Scandal is the first book by Marquita Valentine that I read - and the first book in the Royals in Exile series. I love a good twist on a fairy tale, they can be so much fun!

In the second chapter we learn they were already in love - there’s a 10 year jump from the first chapter. They just didn’t have an excuse to do the deed yet. I didn’t feel like there was a romance building, but the consolidation of a romantic relationship. I wish I could’ve seen the moment they re
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Royal Scandal
Marquita Valentine

Cinderella and prince charming come true. Who doesn't want a happy ending? Collin is the embodiment of a true prince sandly one true love is a maid. But love always win everybody.
So let's talk about the fact that this story is good one, for starters who wouldn't fall in love with Collin. Him being a prince is just a bonus. I really just want to focus on the twists and the complications of the story cause this is where the meat it.
The part where almost all o
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok, safe

Fairly lackluster. I may read the next book but I probably won't touch the next two as the H is a major manwhore and the h isn't much better.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is one of the more terribly written books I’ve ever read. Nothing about the dialogue felt natural, the plot moved way too quickly, and the way the characters behaved was painful.
Review written: February 17, 2017
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
Heat Rating: ☀☀☀☼☼

An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.

You know how sometimes people talk about romance as sort of a fantasy world or best picture world. Well, this is one of those romantic fantasies. It's a sort of Cinderella story (maid weds prince) but it's steeped in a world where things are half reality and half fantasy.

Let's start with the obvious fantasy part of it. Colin is
Vika aka ♔ of GIF & Grumpy Smut-ateer *P/T Freebie Fairy

Oh wow! Oh Wow!!! OH WOW!!! This has been the best read of 2017 for me! This book drew me in and didn't want to let me go!!! The characters, the plot, the action!!! All of it was perfection in the hands of Marquita Valentine. It's really been a while since I wholeheartedly fallen in love with characters AND secondary characters at the same time.

The premise of the entire series is quite unique what with exiled Royal Family that is matriarchy in nature! So that is where we find our poor Prince

Elle Christensen
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ultimate-re-read
Marquita has given me yet another story and alpha to swoon over! Like every time before, I raced through this story, loathe for it to end but unable to put it down. It’s sexy, fun, and intriguing, with some great twists. And, of course, a fantastic HEA.

Colin is such a strong character. Despite being young and immature, the product of selfish and careless parents, when the time comes for him to step up, he does so with complete commitment. He’s only 19 when his parents are assassinated and he is
monica ♪
2.5 Stars

I think 'Royal Fucked-up' will be more suitable for the title because this story is so fucked-up and confusing.
It's like I'm reading a fanfiction that is not written by a professional writer.

As much as I adore the British Royal Family, it's so hard for me to get into this story because:

1. I never read any Royal Family story before so I have no comparison. Actually when the first time I read the synopsis of this book, I was so excited to finally read a book about a Royal Family. But hon
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Royal Stars!!

“In our fairy tale, anything is possible.”

I’ve been on a real royal kick lately, so snagging myself a copy of Royal Scandal was a no brainier. This book had it all from secrets and lies to a marriage of convenience, to a fantastic friends to lovers romance. Marquita Valentine totally knocked it out of the park with this one!

Royal Scandal pulls you in from the very first moment Colin is introduced. You see, after Colin’s parents were murdered, he had to grow up rather quickly. He s
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-wishlist
Royal Scandal is a quick read full of secrets, lies, family, love and friendship.

Colin is an outstanding character, assuming the role of protector and patriarch at the tender age of 19. His selfless transition into parent to two very young siblings was heart warming and inspiring. Colin puts aside all of his own plans to care for his family while trying to re-establish his families position within his own country, although his battle is hindered by speculation, rumour and scandal created around
book bruin
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Royal Scandal was a fun friends to lovers romance with a few twists and turns along the way. The book is the first in the new Royals in Exile series which follows the lives of the Sinclair family, but can be read as a stand alone.

The story is told from the alternating view points of Colin Sinclair and Della Hughes. They've been best friends for 10 years, but they've also been secretly in love with each other and too afraid to act on it for fear of ruining their friendship. I liked the back and f
Chasing Away Reality
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored Colin and Della’s love story. It was lighthearted, funny, sexy, and a bit intriguing. There’s nothing that I love more than the friends-to-lovers trope. Add in a marriage of convenience, no matter how quickly the fakeness of it all ends, and you’re golden. It was clear from the moment Della came barreling into Colin’s crazy and secretive life that these two were meant to be. I just don’t know how or why they held out for so long or why it took a threat from Parliament to forc ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley***
3.5 Stars

There were a lot of things I liked about this book, and there were things that did not work for me.

This was, essentially, a fairy tale. And that is a lot of fun when done well. The exiled Prince, the woman who has been in love with him and spending time with his family for years, of course with no idea he is actually a Prince. His insane wealth and all of the things that make him a prince are all there, and they are all fun.

I liked the sl
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Marquita Valentine is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance.

When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south.

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