Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica MorganSummary: 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.
Series: Royal We #2
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Obtained: Bought and Paid For
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Bottom Line: It's not so easy being royal and being married to one
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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. ~amazon.com
Review: I don't think there's enough money to make me want to marry into the royal family. That being said those that do it should go in with their eyes wide open to ensure they understand all of what is going to be asked of them now and in the future. I feel like Bex did go in with her eyes wide open, it's why she struggled to make sure her feelings for Nick were real. They were and they are. Nick and Bex clearly adore and love each other but running away from their problems to start of a marriage could be a sign of a rocky beginning. At least that's what the British Media want you to think. The truth is they enjoyed their time together as Steve and Margot; it cemented them to each other; it gave them a firm foundation. Which is a good thing because their lives are going to be a whirlwind when they get called back to London on a family emergency.
From there they are forced to face what they ran away from and the domino effect it had on familia obligations. In Nick's absence, Freddie stepped up but can they repair their relationship. It won't ever be the same but it can be something different and maybe something better. Bex also has to change her relationship with Freddie because maybe they were too close before. They never crossed the line physically but sometimes emotional support can be more than physical.
I think my favorite part of the book was the developing relationship between Queen Eleanor and Bex. At first it was a stand off of wits and stubborness but it grew into something more. I also love the backstory and mystery of Georgina, Eleanor's sister. It all dovetails nicely into the current plot line.
I wasn't sure what the timeline span of The Heir Affair would be but I'm glad they chose to set it over a few year period and didn't advance the storyline with trival plot points. When there was nothing left to be said, they moved on to the next important piece of the story.
I enjoyed the ending of the book and I wouldn't be terribly upset if they didn't write another one in the series but I would also read the next one if they decided to go that route as well.
The Heir Affair is a fun book with some serious angles to it that will let you escape 2020 for just a little bit.