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Royal Playboy

(Playboy Royal #1)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  170 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Vengeance is best served piping hot.
Prodigal Son. Black Sheep. Playboy Prince.
I've been called lots of things. Merciful is not one of them.
It doesn’t matter what you call me, as long as I get what I want…
What I crave.

And it’s not the crown.

She is the Princess I didn’t see coming. The one I didn’t plan for.
Until her, women came easy.
Until her, I wasn't sure I had a heart.
Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Sankofa Girl
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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

First things first, wtf?! I was so thrown off by how much I liked this and let's be honest, I wasn't expecting much and thought this was going to an over the top cheesefest sooo… bravo Nana Malone! Kudos to you! This was a lot better than I had expected. The hot chemistry, oozing sexual tension and well done opposites attract component won me over and I’m mind blown to find out this was so well written for a book with less than two hundred pages. It sure flew by and before I knew it the
Nana Malone
Jan 07, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

I wanted to kiss the sass right out of her.

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Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Social Butterfly and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Royal Playboy
Playboy Prince Duet #1
By: Nana Malone

Royal Playboy is the first book in a new duet by Nana Malone. Imani and Xander have an unconventional story. For starters, the prologue, in present day, is an intense what just happened kind of thing. The rest of the book flashes back to four years earlier and explains how they met. Imani is an
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KindleFriendsForever

Lex and Abby broke and rebuilt my heart for sure, but Xander and Imani almost shattered my soul.

A chance encounter and both their lives were changed forever. One in need and the other with a proposition, will they be able to help each other out?

This author creates characters superbly; fully padded out and oh so real. It’s so easy to connect to any of them. Desires, hopes, dreams all are out in the open for the reader to see and
Priyanka Dhingra
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not the first time that I am reading and reviewing books of Nana Malone and I already know What an Amazing author she is and this book is no exceptional. I read this book in one go. Just got Hooked up. This is the first book of the Royal playboy duet.

The story is of Royal Prince Alexander or Xander who is in need of bride so that he can improve his image from a Playboy. He wanted to convince someone that he is better than that by committed to someone so that he can take his revenge.

Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

This is only the second book that I have read by this author and this was a vast improvement from the first book. The first chapter of this book definitely caught my attention and Piqued my interest. However, the actual telling of the story left me a little frustrated as it was a flashback of how they met. I am not a fan of books being broken up like this. This frustration grew as I realized that the book was going to be a cliffhanger. Knowing this now, I am sure I can already tell how
Dolapo Akingbade-McDowall
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nana Nana Nana! How many times did I call you? *in my West African elder voice*

First off, I am pleased with the beginning of the book, but now I'm back to why Nana why?! As one of my fellow reviewers said, your books need to come with a disclaimer saying "will likely scream at the author in absolute frustration!"

I now wish I had read London Calling, but also happy I didn't as it's now totally new to me, unlike London Royal, because I had already read London Bound, so had an idea of most of it.

Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.. I was CLAWING at my kindle app looking for more words once I had finished the book. I. Need. More.
Isha Coleman
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Royal Playboy (Playboy Prince Duet #1) by: Nana Malone

I don't know how she does it, but Malone has once again got my attention. Royal Playboy contains the perfect book boyfriend. Xander is a walking dream, dragging emotions through his own worst nightmare. He's all heart until his ruthless side comes out to play. Then all bets are off. Imani is his greatest achievement, but beware of heartache, because it's never far behind. There's always a twist waiting to be discovered between the pages of a
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

Imani (love that name!) and Xander have chemistry. Not that either wants to acknowledge it, but it's so there. It's not real, though, or at least, not forever, so Imani knows better than to give the playboy prince her heart, right?

They both have pasts, have demons, and the way they come together is just, wow. Pretty perfect. The actual amount of time is short, but their relationship evolves quickly and organically, and by the end and with the crazy cliffhanger, I was dying to know what's going
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really?! That ending? Gah, what the hell, woman? I. NEED. MORE!

Nana Malone takes my breath away, and writes an epic start to a new series that I know is going to be amazing. I hadn't read any of her work, and I am asking myself what has taken me so damn long to start? I wasn't sure what to expect but the moment I started, I fall in love with her writing. Her way with words has me completely fixated on the story and one minute I'm starting the book and the next I look up and it's 4 am... and I
Jolene St Germain Triggs
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Da*n this woman! I swear, this author needs to put a disclaimer in the beginning of all her books, 'may cause bouts of rage and frantic finger movements at the end of this book as you claw through your Kindle searching for more words, thinking NO, DON'T LEAVE ME LIKE THIS!!!!' Seriously though, if you've read her other books (and if you haven't, WHY NOT? Go get some and message me to discuss!) you know we can trust Ms. Malone with our hearts. She will only make them bleed for a tiny while for ...more
Dawn Myers
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nana Malone is a mean, mean author. Teehee!!! If you are a fan you understand where this is coming from. Be fore warned Royal Playboy ends in a cliffhanger. The next book is due out Feb. 25, 2020 it's a long time yet with the holidays it should fly by. This book starts where London Soul ended. Royal Playboy is London Calling updated. This book goes a little more in depth of Xander and Imani's relationship. It's been a long time since I read London Calling so I forgot a lot of things, So I'm ...more
Jean Marie
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imani and Xander are so different its fun to watch them come together. Somehow these damaged souls have been making it work but will they....

Imani is escaping a drunk father who is suffocating her by his destructive behavior. But Imani has an amazing opportunity and she's grabbing it. Now she just got the lead role in a play and she's playing a call girl. She does her research by meeting one and realizes that she can make a lot of money by just talking with one guy and that will help her
Amy Mccann
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Holy wow I loved Lex's story alot but I'm totally besotted with twin brother Xander's story it's easy to see he's lived a world of pain from a young age and trust doesn't come easily for him unless it's Lex so he uses his looks and his arrogance to his advantage.

Imani is such a beautiful women who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders with an alcoholic dad and a younger sister she's picking up the slack for her family in America whilst she's
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story a lot. The characters were wonderful and not only was the story interesting but it was sweet, steamy, and funny, with a bit of suspense and mystery. The chemistry between Xander and Imani was undeniable from the very beginning and I enjoyed every minute they spent together. The one thing that bothered me a bit about Xander was his thoughts about Abbie. The attraction was okay but I thought it was a bit much when he kept thinking about it even after his brother told him what ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Royal Playboy is packed full of everything I expect from Nana Malone’s books, suspense, intrigue and the always present family drama! When you combine all that goodness with fantastic writing and memorable characters that you pray find their way out of the darkness that brought them pain in their past, you have a book that you won’t want to put down!
The prologue will grab your attention and leave you desperately wanting to know the rest of Xander and Imani’s story! Can they conquer all of the
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SO NOT FAIR!!! I was looking for more words and there it was.....CLIFFHANGER!!

Zander is troubled, damaged, oh so sexy, and more of a decent man than he believes. Imani is the piece of the puzzle that helps make him whole. For Imani, I think she is just starting to realize Xander is her safe haven. And to top it off, they are both terrified of putting their trust in another person.

There are a number of people that I can see wanting to do damage to Imani and Zander. That is part of the mystery,
Christina  Fender
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hi. My name is Christina and I have a slight problem. No matter how many times I read this author’s duets for some reason I still have that #@&$*)#@%#!!!!!!! moment when I get to the huge cliffy at the end of the first duet. To date she’s always made it up to me, and I expect this will not be the exception to that rule.

These duets have all the feels for me. I’m honestly impressed with this author for being able to keep my interest for so many stories that could begin to blend into one
Sassy Southern
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!!!!! Of course Nana Malone is going to leave off book 1 of such an amazing edge of my seat duet in a cliffhanger! However, I can not just sit by and leave a perfectly unread book by her on my Kindle without diving into it and not moving from one spot until it is finished. However, now I am left dying to get my hands on book 2 because of course I am left wondering what is going to happen next.

I was intrigued by Xander when I read the London Royal Duet. My heart broke
Tamarah Brown
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, after the major cliffhanger in London Soul, I was anxious to hear more of Xander & Imani’s story this time around. Let me say the wait was not in vain. Rewinding it back a little you have Xander and Imani two complex individuals who found each other. I won’t reveal too much but I found their pairing interesting because of what Xander & Imani brought out in each other. Both experienced past trauma and are learning to trust again especially when it comes to relationships. What is so ...more
Linda Ketter
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, talk about holding a grudge. But considering the circumstances, I can't hold it against Xander. But I love how Imani provides stability for him. Even though he hasn't told her everything, she's there for him and doesn't hold anything against him. So many secrets are being kept by both of them, will they ever reveal them to each other?

With an explosive beginning and a mysterious ending, book two can't come soon enough. What will happen? I'm looking forward to the reveals to come in book 2
Toccara Brown
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yeah I went there, because Xander Chase is everything to me…Sorry Lex! Xander is extremely sexy and he knows it, but some childhood trauma continues to haunt him. Imani is trying to take the world by storm, while still trying to take care of a home she left behind. I’m so glad these guys are apart the Royals squad! Xander and Imani together are fire and I guess I can share him with her….maybe…But that cliffhanger…Nana Malone why do you keep doing this to me???
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Book 1 of the Playboy Prince Duet.

This is the story of Xander & Imani. They meet when she pretends to be an escort with a man, Xander, who only hires an escort to talk. He has deep rooted problems from childhood. He went through a phase of being a playboy and it left him with more issues. The story starts out present day, and then goes back four years. He's trying to get revenge for the man who was almost his brother. He makes Imani a proposal and she accepts. She has issues with her
Deb Le
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hang on to your seatbelts, this is one heck of a read. In true Malone style, there is never a dull moment. Intrigue, suspense, family drama and amazing chemistry found in the most unlikely places. This is a real page turner with a huge cliffhanger…. I'm on tenterhooks waiting for the denouement already!
Gretchen Chasse
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I went into this story blind, not knowing the side characters or the premise of the Royal Playboy. I love the trope of fake relationships and instant attraction but this was so much more. Two broken souls to that stumble across each other and find an attraction that neither expected. I loved how broken Xander is and yet he seems to have found his way after meeting Imani. And Imani is such a strong female character that is struggling to make her own way, care for her family and overcome a hurtful ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0120, con-rom
4 to 4.5 Stars
Review to follow...
Sharon  in SF
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arrrggggh! I knew this was the first book in the Playboy Royal duet, and yet I'm always surprised by the edge of a cliff Nana Malone leaves us hanging for the next book! We were first introduced to our Hero, Xander, in the London Royal duet featuring his brother Lex and his lady love, Abbie. As a matter of fact, Xander is a world renown photographer and professor. He met Abbie and crushed on her when she was his student, but in the end she chose Lex. Royal Playboy is told in a dual perspective ...more
K.A. Lightle
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We first got to meet xander in lex's book and we all thought he was intriguing then just wait till you get into to this one and how he met the woman that ...........well your going to need to read the book to find out more. I really can't wait to get my hands on the next book because I couldn't put it down and well like a good book you want more

Nana you have me on the edge of my seat needing more
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Nana's love of all things romance and adventure 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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