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What good is a King without his Queen?

Sebastian…

I never wanted the crown, but now it's mine.
Instead of my freedom–instead of her.
But even though she’s not mine to keep, I can’t seem to stay away.

Penny…

The moment he became king, I knew we were over.

Now I’ve returned home some kind of conquering hero.
If only they all knew that we'd both lost our hearts.
If only I could stay out of the royal bed.

What good is being cocky if you can’t get what you want?

250 pages, Kindle Edition

First published April 19, 2018

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Nana Malone

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Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling author, Nana Malone writes Sexy Feel-Good Romance and loves of all things romance and adventure.

That love started with a tattered romantic suspense she "borrowed" from her cousin. It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was 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.

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Profile Image for Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic.
2,472 reviews1,204 followers
April 22, 2018
I’m so in love with this couple. Even though they drove me bonkers with the way they ran hot and cold, I was a total fan! Sebastian and Penny are at odds because of the lies they told and truths they omitted. Not the best timing as Sebastian could really use Penny at his side while he navigates life as the new king. Then again, the law is the law and these two can’t be together… even if they wanted to. But maybe… just maybe… the new king can change the laws to suit himself.

Loved them! As Sebastian tried to reconcile duty with the deep love he felt for Penny, she was trying to figure out exactly where she wanted to be in her life. An artist? Part of the royal guard? What she knew was that as much as she wanted to spend her life with the king, it wasn’t meant to be and being around him was its own special brand of torture.

Insane chemistry, a royal family, and a devastating mystery made this story into an intensely satisfying read. It was fast-paced drama with touches of intrigue, bitter rivalries, secrets and betrayals. But at its heart it was a sweet love story that made me laugh and swoon with how immensely I loved these characters.

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Release:04.30.2018 | Contemporary Romance | Dual POV - 1st person | Heat: 3.5 | Royals Undercover #2

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646 reviews6,082 followers
December 3, 2022
this author knows exactly what she’s doing, sex at a funeral? BE SERIOUS, so hot 🥵
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April 29, 2018
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️STARS.
ARC BOOK REVIEW
Release Date-30/4/18

I bloody adored "Cheeky King".
I clicked and connected more with this instalment than I did with the previous one, which I also enjoyed immensely.
This surprised me considering how hot and cold this pair run.
In fact, I felt that first Sebastion spat his dummy out and basically threw a royal brat tantrum and when he seemed to eventually stop fighting the inevitable it was basically Penny's turn to have a pop.
This pair were actually exhausting to keep pace with at times so up and down were their moods.
But despite there bi-polar antics I really did enjoy the hell out of this couple.
They had insane chemistry and I got to admit I do have an old soft spot for royalty romance it's a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
"Cheeky King" was such an easy read, with plenty of action as well as romance occurring throughout.
It was told in dual POV and delivered on all fronts.
An intensely satisfying light romantic read that I really enjoyed and am happy to recommend.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of "Cheeky King (Royals Undercover, #2)" of which I have reviewed voluntary.
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1,512 reviews486 followers
April 8, 2018
Suspense, enchantment, and devotion infuse the pages in this spectacularly royal love story!

Cheeky King was everything I wanted and more for the conclusion to Sebastian and Penny’s story! The storyline is so intriguing with its mysterious who-done-it and the yearning for a HEA. The intricate storytelling designs the author exhibits in this book is beyond fantastic; the woven narrative between duty and love, between betrayal and forgiveness, and between sabotage and loyalty gives the book a climactic feel that leaves readers on the edge of their seats. And the unstoppable love that saturates the story makes this book an irresistible must-read!

After reading this book, I STILL WANT MORE!!! A complete royal wedding novella, a royal honeymoon novella, a royal baby novella, a royal life novella, and more royal baby novellas….that’s not too much to ask for, is it?? *wink*

I could not put this book down! Cheeky Royal and Cheeky King both delve into the lives and hearts of what it means to be royal. It showcases the true burdens and sacrifices people make for the greater good. And it enhances the emotional connections people share when they see beyond the look of a person, but to the character they are underneath all the glamour.

5 Magnificent Stars!

*ARC provided for a voluntary honest review.* ~Kelly
June 23, 2021
I'm not sure why the cliffhanger in the first book hit me so hard, but I immediately had to dive into this one to see how the situation and relationship resolved into a HEA. At the end of book one, Sebastian and Penny are in love. The two recently became physical and just as they are both about to divulge their secret identities the world around them crashes. Sebastian's father has been murdered and Sebastian has now become the King-the last thing in the world he thinks he wants. No longer can the two be together under the current monarchies rule as Penny is just a commoner. As Sebastian learns about his fathers death, he also learns Penny's identity and that she knew all along who he was. Even knowing he lied about himself the whole time as well, Sebastian is really cruel at times in his dealings with Penny after the fact. He recognizes he's being unnecessarily cruel and is even called out by his friends and family yet he just can't help himself. His behavior really did tick me off at times, he was just behaving so petty and immature. Penny takes the digs and behavior far too long if you ask me but eventually she has enough and decides it's time for her to leave and be on her own so she goes back to NY. I did not blame her one bit for leaving and I actually liked that she was able to go off on her own and discover who she wanted to be and what she wanted to do with her life. After working for the Royal Guard her whole adult life mostly to make her parents proud, she comes to the realization that no longer should she waste her life on something she personally does not enjoy. Her leaving actually was a nice step back and also a nice slap in the face for Sebastian. While Penny was around he could be cruel, get his rocks off and then throw it in her face but with her gone he had nothing. This was a perfect opportunity for him to grovel and win back his girl. I did enjoy the book and I'm glad Penny was finally able to stand up for herself against Sebastian and even her family. There was an added mystery as to who killed his father which wasn't much of a surprise but still gave the story added depth. It was not perhaps as exciting as I'd hoped but I'm happy these two found a way to be together and Sebastian finally learned that although being King may not have been what he wanted, in the end it's what he was made for as long as he had his girl by his side!
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May 21, 2019
This was such a disappointing sequel to an interesting and funny book and I had high hopes of a good murder investigation and a bit more in depth feelings between the characters now they finally found out the truth.
But no. All I got for the first half was angst and Sebastian being a dick to Penny, for no reason other than he was mad at his father for orchestrating their meeting and basically controlling him but he couldn't confront him so he took it out on her.
And she just took it. Like, he knew he was being shitty, she knew he was being a dick, everyone could see he was being a dick because he was mad at his dad and because he was in denial about being in love with her blah blah and they both basically hid from their feelings and just sort of admitted it to themselves they wanted the other but they couldn't have them so they just went back and forth in a sort of childish nonesense of being angry and not really talking about anything, in between trying to protect and help Sebastian take over as King regent and that would have been interesting if she actually had gone in to detail about it besides, mentioning the odd meetings and a few balls or whatever. But it was basically him just trying to wind Penny up and/or get close to her, only for them to fall out again and go back to being mad.
It was so stupid and frustrating because that took centre stage for about 150 pages, while the interesting bits, like The King's death and investigating it and finding out who was trying to kill Sebastian in the first book, got pushed to the side and only a couple sentences bout it when finally touched upon, while I had to endure the bullshit of them being mad at each other then wanting each other then being immediately mad again after they had interactions, and having the same thoughts repeated and repeated in both POVs of how they wanted to be together but they couldn't because of who they were, what they'd each lied about, why it wouldn't work but at the same time the other was so irresistible and they wanted to touch and love the other but no they lied.. Fml. I literally would have thrown this book had it not been on my phone -_-
Then the last 50ish pages were basically everyone telling them that they were in love and needed to get their shit together and they'd agreed but then still continued to be in denial or cowardly when faced with the other.
Then Penny ran away and he tried to find her and some politics, that could have been explained so much better rather than the angsty shit that I had to endure. Some bits about security and a tiny touch upon his dad's death and Penny trying to build an art career but it was overshadowed again by then missing the other but the same thoughts again about why it wouldn't work, urgh and the story and the last of my attention span died.
So when they finally confronted the truth, I was perking up, the idea of how they'd meet again, he found her at Lucas's, he started to grovel, she was like no I want to buy a place and then the chapter ended! What?! And then some unknown amount of time passed but she was moving out, Lucas convinced her to go to an art show and it was basically Sebastian gathering everyone to look at her work, the stuff she'd sold he bought and put it on display instead of his Winston photos and proposed to her. I expected her to finally confront him and explain how she was feeling but that didn't happen, their interaction just went, "I'm sorry I love you" and "I love you too" boom happy, like they hadn't been playing some stupid game of angsty cat and mouse for months! Like fuck off, if I were Penny, after all the shitty things Sebastian had said and done, toying with her emotions and basically making her move away, and having Royal Guard training, I would have at least throat punched him or you know, said how bad he'd made me feel, but she was like, yes, I love you too lets get married.
Then the last few pages were just them rediscovering each others bodies and I genuinely wanted to puke. They weren't the same characters as the first book, the writing was so dull and repetative and I had to slog through so much unnecessary bullshit, if she had just focused more on the investigation or who was trying to kill them or something other than lengthy intimate scenes - like seriously, I do not need a chapter starting in Sebastian's POV of them being intimate then finishing it off in Penny's for another full chapter *vom*, seriously, 100% done.
I might have been interested in finding out more about the customs and laws of the Kingdom and more about Lucas but I can't take any more of the shitty writing and unnecessarily overdescriptive sex that served no purpose in relation to what they were taking about 3 seconds previous and then what they said next. Like no. Burn the freaking book.
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March 3, 2020
Penny and Sebastian certainly steamed up this book. Sebastian father is dead and he has to head home. They have both fallen in love but has not said anything about it. He tries to hate her and tries to get away from him, which becomes impossible when she is kept by Sebastian as his personal guard.
Even though the ending was predictable, the journey was absolutely fantastic. The story lots of humor and excitement. Arial as always delivers. However, this time Lucas was also funny and kinda cute.
On top of all their emotional drama, they have to deal with a killer. Find out he is and stop him. Then there is the fact that Sebastian is now king and have to be presentable at all times. Penny has to deal with the fact that everyone sees her as a hero for saving the king twice but also feeling guilty for sleeping around on the job. I wanted drama and the book delivered. Though not as good as the first book I would totally re read this book.
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April 29, 2018
Loved the conclusion to Penny and Sebastian's story! Betrayals, secrets and suspense!
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4,411 reviews463 followers
August 17, 2018
Cheeky King brings Nana Malone’s Royals Undercover duet to a close, and it was a great second book. The moment I finished the first I was desperate to dive into this second book, and I gladly completed it in no time at all. I needed to see how everything played out, and I was more than willing to power through the book.

With Cheeky King, so much is brought together. We were introduced to so many aspects in the first book, and I was a bit fearful the second book would be unable to bring together all the loose ends. My fear was unfounded, though, as the details came together beautifully. Everything we were introduced to in the first book came together in this one, giving us resolution to all the things we had questions about. With more of the characters loved so much in the first one, and plenty more drama, Cheeky King will please anyone who enjoyed the first book.

I will be honest and say the ending did seem a bit rushed to me, though. I feel as though events came together rather easily and didn’t quite have the depth they could have had, considering everything that went down in the first book and in the first half of the second. It was interesting, it certainly ensured everything was tied together well, but it did not have quite the impact it could have had. It did not ruin the duet for me, not at all, but I did feel as though things were a bit too easy for my liking. I think, in part, this is a reflection of my preference of high-octane thrills in my books, and this was not to the standard I prefer (which, I can understand, as it was not that kind of book).

Overall, though, I loved the Royals Undercover duet. I had so much fun with the characters and the events, and I’ll be diving straight into the spinoff duet Nana Malone has given us with Lucas as a main character. After enjoying Royals Undercover so much, and falling in so deep with the characters, I’m more than eager to see what comes next.
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2,734 reviews136 followers
April 30, 2018
I don't know why, but I got an arc for this book and not for book one. I decided not to buy the first book and I began reading this one. I did not feel like I had missed something because from what I gathered, the story is the usual deception one. The characters have left the States and they are back in their country. Sebastian knows the truth and he is not happy. Penny is trying to salvage the whole situation and continue working as a guard.

If you ask me, whatever romance you could get from Penny and Sebastian's story, you are going to get it from the first book. In this one, you will get mostly cold and hot behaviors and it drove me crazy. First, it's Sebastian the one who is cold and wants nothing to do with Penny and then it's Penny. I was not very happy with that. The characters didn't spend much time romancing each other. The ending was good, but it didn't feel like the royal fairytale couple. The epilogue was sweet and my favorite part of the book. It will also kind of fun.
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262 reviews26 followers
April 24, 2018
" Nana Malone rocks once again with her new duet! Suspenseful and steamy, Cheeky King has the whole package of royal drama and forbidden romance to keep the reader on the edge till the last chapter ends."


Book rates: 5stars
Plot: 5stars
Characters: 5starts
Writing: 5stars
Pacing: 5stars
Cover: 5stars


Hero: King Sebastian
Heroine: Penny

"I received a complimentary copy of this book and have volunteered to leave a review."

Long live the King! Although he did whatever he could not to be the King himself, Sebastian was meant to be for this role. After his dad's unexpected death, Sebastian is confronted with many responsibilities and also, has to deal with his risen mixed emotions. Pain, regret, anger, hate, love are the feels he is not capable to settle down yet. He is torn in two. The one half is over Penny. The girl who has stolen his heart. Who had lied to him, who had saved him. The other half is over being the righteous, capable King for his people. Oh, and Penny isn't royal.

I love mature Penny. I admire how loyal to her family and to Sebastian is, despite all the difficulties she has to encounter, after she was returned to the island. However, I missed her talkative self...What I enjoyed more in new Penny is how in sync is with Sebastian's desires. How fast she melts on his hands rather shielding herself from being hurt. How she handles herself when inside she is a shattered shell. I truly, truly love her more!

'I think you mean Your Majesty.' OMG!!! Sebastian, the Cheeky King himself, has the attitude of the boy next door but if you take a stand he would really put you in your place. I fell in love with him and Penny easily. Although they drove me crazy through out the storyline with their indecision to face their real feelings, I truly enjoyed all these twists and turns on their relationship. Nana Malone has the ability to tangle with the most confusing way her storylines yet in the end delivers one of the most heartwarming, delightfully swooning romance stories to date. I am impressed with her writing every time; easy to read, fluent, fast paced, suspenseful. I finished 'Cheeky King' in one sit; I wasn't capable of putting it down...I had been invested in what will happen next. And it so worth it!!! Until next time, enjoy your free time reading great books with the most unforgettable stories.

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456 reviews6 followers
April 17, 2018
OH MY GOODNESS!! What a great conclusion to Penny and Sebastian's story!! Cheeky King picks up right where Cheeky Royal left off...so, if you haven't read Cheeky Royal STOP right now and go read it!! This is not a standalone. If you want to the full royal treatment read Cheeky Prince, the novella, as well, before you read Cheeky Royal. Cheeky King takes us back to the Winston Isles where Sebastian is preparing for his coronation as King and all that comes along with it. However, Sebastian cannot seem to get over his feelings for Penny or the fact that she lied to him...and that leads us into the roller coaster of a ride that is the conclusion to Penny and Sebastian's story.

Cheeky King is a fun and enjoyable story that is filled with treachery and mystique, and extremely witty banter that will take you on a ride so filled with twists and turns that you will not be able to solve the mysteries that continually pop up through the story until Nana Malone reveals each solution, and even then the suspense does not stop. On top of all of that, Cheeky King is every girl's fairy tale love story, and I loved every single minute of this beautiful tale that Nana Malone has crafted for her readers. Let me just say, Cheeky King has some of the most wonderful and lovable characters you will ever meet in a story starting with the two leads, and although there were times where I wanted to shake some sense into Sebastian I understood his predicament. And Penny, there is no one more lovable or likable than she is with all of her awkwardness and beauty. I absolutely loved Roone, Sebastian's best friend and member of the Royal Guard, and Lucas who met in Cheeky Royal. And let me just say the parents, especially the moms, in this story are awesome!!

So, go out and grab your copy of Cheeky King, but remember Cheeky Royal comes first, so that you can hop into this wonderfully enchanted world of the Winston Isles that Nana Malone has created and reconnect with the Cheeky Royal gang, especially with Ariel, Penny's awesome best friend!! Oh, and you will also get to be reunited with some very special characters from other Nana Malone stories.
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6,798 reviews131 followers
April 8, 2018
It's been a long time coming. Cheeky Prince issued an invitation, Cheeky Royal set the stage and Cheeky King is the final chapter of the diary of Sebastian and Penny's forbidden romance. Nana Malone has created an adventurous tale of dangerous treachery, heartbreaking loss and undying love. The life of a Prince is never ordinary, but in Sebastian's case can prove deadly on so many levels. I don't say this often, but the Royals Undercover series, should really be read completely and in order. There were many red herrings on display in Cheeky Royal and Cheeky King finally reveals all. Their's was a romance years in the making, but the King finally gets his Queen.
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May 11, 2020
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I loved everything about this except the proposal was VERY rushed after everything we readers had been through with these characters. I wanted to linger in the night at the art gallery and the romance of Sebastian proposing....
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April 26, 2018
In Cheeky Royal, I told myself that I will fall in love with the second book. I also told myself that I am going to get sweet, sexy and tantalizing moments in the second book. Boy, did it deliver. My heart was ripped with enormous cliffhanger from Cheeky Royal that made me freak out and curse a lot lol. I was not happy but I wanted to read Cheeky King pronto. I was absolutely happy when I got to read Cheeky King. There is a saying : good things comes those who wait.And good things came in a enchanting and electrifying romance. Cheeky King just tied everything together and gave such satisfying and impressive ending that made my heart melt. Absolutely incredible.

Cheeky King is the anticipated conclusion to the Cheeky Royal duet. I SALIVATED. I was HOOKED. I was CAPTURED. I was TRANSPORTED. Cheeky King absolutely made me swoon and literally swept of my feet. I was spellbound and hopelessly carried to a royal romance full of fun and heat to quickly envelope and take you on a ride. Nana Malone's romances are designed to steal your heart sentence after sentence. Cheeky King truly stole my heart. Every page just singed and seeped of love, seduction and a touch of elegance with a vibrating story line to wake up my soul. Nana Malone wrote Cheeky King with so much conviction and she hits you with an exciting and blinding mystery. I enjoyed every moment. I devoured every page. Charming. Reverberating. Passionate. Cheeky King gave a perfect and scintillating package full of secrets, drama, angst with twists and turns to keep a reader on the edge.

Penny and Sebastian, from the beginning have been one of my favourite couple of my 2018 reads. The sexual tension was beyond steamy. Their witty banter and cute moments absolutely sparkled. Although they frustrated me with their hot and cold but you could see the love and affection they had for each other. In Cheeky Royal, Penny was an awkward and clumsy woman but in Cheeky King, she transformed into a sassy and strong woman . My oh my Sebastian just got a lot more hotter in Cheeky King. Cocky. Sexy and Swoon worthy with plenty of drool from me.

Thank you Nana Malone for this pleasurable and indulgent read. Fully loved it. If you being swept of your feet, you need to read the duet.

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
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1,473 reviews88 followers
December 26, 2019
Cheeky King is the continuation of Cheeky Royal (The 1st book in the Royals Undercover series). I found this 2nd installment to be just as entertaining as the 1st book. Although, this book definitely has a lot more feels. The emotions are everywhere.

Sebastian received life changing news at the end of the last book and is now back home to deal with the details and all that entails becoming the new King. He broke my heart so many times. Not only did he have to deal with his new lot in life, but the intrigue and mystery surrounding him as well as his feelings about Penny. His emotions go from understanding why she did it and hurting over the betrayal.

Penny has so much guilt for hiding her true identity from Sebastian. She is actually finding it hard to do her job. It doesn't help that word has spread fast how she saved his life when they were in the states so she is no longer the palace guard screw up in their eyes but the palace guard hero. She understands Sebastian's hurt and anger but knows that she can't go on as she is. You can only let someone emotionally punish you for so long before you have to protect yourself.

So much more emotion in this story but no less a great read. The air still sizzles when this couple gets close to one another and they still can't keep their hands to themselves. They just now fight the feelings afterward. I am still looking forward to learning more of the other characters and what their story has to tell.
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60 reviews4 followers
April 2, 2018
OMG!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t put this down once I started!!! Cheeky King picks up where Cheeky Royal leaves off. If you loved Sebastian before, be prepared to hate him for most of the book. Penny, has grown and progressed that’s to the events in New York. She goes from being Calamity Penny in everyone’s eyes, to a hero... It’s too bad she doesn’t see herself like that. It doesn’t help that the one person who has the ability to make it all better, is the same person making her life hell: Sebastian. Meanwhile, our Cocky King Sebastian is grieving the loss of his father, his relationship with Penny/Len, and coming to terms with his feelings about all of the lies surrounding these people in his life. Luckily with all of this depth and drama we have Ariel, the best friend everyone should have!!! There are heart pounding plot twists and greater development of Lucas and Sebastian’s best friend Roone. I can’t wait for more!!!!!

I was provided an advanced reader copy for this very honest review.
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April 1, 2018
This was such a good book and conclusion to Penny and Sebastian's story. I wasn't sure what to expect after the explosive ending to Cheeky Royal. Penny and Sebastian had fallen in love and even though I knew there would be fallout from the King's death,I wasn't prepared for all that followed.

Cheeky King is more suspenseful than Cheeky Royal. Many more secrets are revealed and a dangerous plot is exposed. Through it all Penny's love (although painful for her) for Sebastian remains. Keeping him safe is her number one priority until it becomes deadly for her. Even though Sebastian was trying to punish her for the deception, I liked how Penny didn't let me get away with anything. I also appreciated those closest to him also letting him know he was not off the hook for treating Penny like crap, and pushed him to get it together.

In the end, love conquers all and his gesture and willingness not to give up was rewarded. Such a good ending for this couple.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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1,013 reviews142 followers
April 24, 2018
Cheeky King is an AMAZING end to the FUN, romantic, and SEXY Royals Undercover duet. Sebastian and Penny are perfectly matched with fan-yourself-worthy chemistry and a captivating rapport. Sebastian is dealing with a lot now that he is king, including some intrigue and suspense, and he and Penny have a few things to sort out from the previous book. (I am trying to keep spoilers out of this!) They do so without a lot of overly dramatic angst and shenanigans, which makes their feelings and actions believable. Of course, readers will fall hard for Sebastian—royal doesn’t get better than this!

See my recommendation of Cheeky Royal on USA Today’s Happy Ever After on April 17, 2018.

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April 30, 2018
Life is definitely different for Penny and Sebastian now. Once he realized he was King, the weight of the responsibilities made him realize it was time to grow-up. With that also comes the need to follow the rules and traditions established in his country. Plus, how can he forgive Penny for lying to him.

Poor Penny now is the one that has to deal with her emotions and Sebastian being downright mean to her. This is an impossible situation when Sebastian is still the love of her life and she knows he will never be hers.

This is the conclusion of this amazing duet. So many mysteries yet to be uncovered and resolved. One by one, all our questions are answered and secrets are revealed. But wait for it... the drama is not over yet. There are more surprises ahead before you finish reading this book.

I am voluntarily reviewing this book. Thanks to the author for sharing a copy with me.
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1,342 reviews9 followers
April 9, 2018
Genre: Romance - suspense, second chance, royalty
Standalone: Nope - Read book 1 first
Part of a Series: Yep - Book 1 of 2 in the Royals Undercovers Series:
POV: Sebastian and Penny
Steam Level: Quite toasty at times
5/5

Cheeky King starts three days after the end of Cheeky Royal and back on the island. This book is more emotional and raw than the first one. It's angry and passionate and you can feel the pain. And while rooting for Sebastian and Penny - Sebastian is being a jerk and Penny's letting him, mostly. Although when she stood up for herself, it was awesome (and funny). Ariel is awesome and I'd love for her to get her own book. Lucas, too. I really enjoyed this series. It was emotional but not overdramatic. It was intriguing and funny, with several laugh out loud moments. The mystery done well with a ton of twists and turns to keep you guessing who, how, and why. A great end to an awesome series!

I received an advanced copy of this book. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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1,514 reviews19 followers
April 10, 2018
I was anticipating this conclusion and I enjoyed it. At the ending of book 1 I was wondering how Sebastian was going to take the news about Penny. At first he was a bit of an idiot because his emotions were all over the place. But then he got his act together and went after what he wanted. His persistent is endless.

Penny was still sweet as ever and madly in love with Sebastian but she stood her ground on lots of things which made me proud. She wasn’t his pushover even though at times it seems like she was. This was just a beautiful love story showing how you have to start trusting to let love in and also to start doing for yourself instead of trying to make others happy.

Now there was a major twist that I didn’t really see coming. At some point I kind of had an idea that particular person was rotten but I didn’t expect that to actually be a concern. Good way of the author keeping the suspense.

Their HEA was funny but well deserved and sweet.
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1,573 reviews23 followers
April 7, 2018
The perfect ending for Sebastian and Penny! Cheeky Royal is book two and we get to see what happens when Prince Sebastian become is King Sebastian.

A lot of hearts are hearting, there have been lies said, people have been deceived. It gets a bit sticky throughly this second book. Finding out who the murderer is isn’t as easy as it may seem.

Sebastian and Penny go through a lot of heartache during this time, mostly done by Sebastian to Penny. When the heart hurts, people tend to act out but love will conquer all.

When the time comes and King Sebastian has to make a move, he has no choice but to show Penny his love is for real.

These two will have you fanning yourself, yelling, and then swooning. King Sebastian is a little cheeky but he will always be Penny’s Cheeky King!

Highly recommended. Cheeky Royal should be read first before this one as this is not a standalone.


Andrea B
Book Reviewer for Everything Marie Book Blog


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1,533 reviews
April 8, 2018
This story, where to start?. I adored Penny and Sebastian in Cheeky Royal but I LOVED them in Cheeky King. You know those situations where you know what you should do but you are too stubborn to own up to it and do it? Well, that is the conundrum that both Penny and Sebastian are in but now with a threat looming. I felt every single emotion; from cockiness and regret, mourning to love, desperation to relief and everything in between. This is a cinderella story with characters that are memorable and real. I want to be a “Penny” when I decide to grow up.
Profile Image for Fran Zoch, LSoR.
2,033 reviews12 followers
April 30, 2018
Ok this book made me want to throttle Sebastian,
He didn't want to be king but now he is and it is killing him he can't have Penny, she is not allowed but as we all know these alpha men always get what they want.

Penny is at a loss trying to figure out just where she fits in this world now but she still wants Sebastian and keeps ending up with him even though it is forbidden.
Can these two work everything out ?
You gotta read to find out
951 reviews
April 8, 2018
I actually finished this book a few days ago, but I was a little on the fence about what to put in my review. Now that I've had a chance to think, this story is pretty alright.

I love the dual POV of the story, but feel a little slighted that there's no resolution towards Robert and his involvement. However, the overall feel of the story is that of a fairy-tale ending, and I really hope to see more of these characters in other books! Totally love the Blake Security tie-in.

Please note that I did receive an ARC of this book, and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Profile Image for Andrea B .
435 reviews2 followers
March 31, 2019
This series was outside my norm because of the royal thing. I like this author so I gave it a try. I actually really enjoyed it. It was funny and angsty. There is a twist at the end I did not see coming. I do recommend this series. Note: u need to read book 1 to understand book 2. Book 1 is a cliffhanger so have book 2 ready to go
Profile Image for Ashley.
454 reviews8 followers
April 9, 2018
The swooning continues in the Cheeky King. I have fallen even harder for Sabastian. Ashley @ White Hot Reads.

I was excited for this book because the ending of Cheeky Prince was not what I expected and this book did not disappoint. Sabastian and Penny’s combustible love continues. I fall in love even more with Sabastian as he finds his way as King and grows into the man and King his father knew he could be. I do not blame Penny for not wanting to hide what she feels and making Sabastian prove that he wants to be with her. Nana Malone hits a homerun with this Happily Ever After.
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