Review: Royal Affair (Royal Scandal #1) by Parker Swift

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Title: Royal Affair
Author: Parker Swift
Publisher/Year: Forever Yours 2/14/17
Length:   262 Pages
Series:  Royal Scandal #1

Overview

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.

My Thoughts

First off, thank you NetGalley for getting me a copy of this first installment of the series – i think that we have something really exciting to look forward to as the next 2 installments come out.  I hope i can get my hands on them STAT since i can’t wait that patiently.

In this intro to the series, we have Lydia, a British born American who’s finding her own footing now after life took priority.  Her father passed away from cancer and now she’s trying to make her way in life.  She spent the summer being a nanny for a well off family and that allowed her to save some money and travel before starting her new life in London, working for a fashion designer.  It’s a chance encounter on her last days as a nanny though that really make things change for her.

She meets Dylan – a Brit who’s traveling with his family up in Canada and there are sparks from the first moment they see each other.  The issue of course from there is that she’s not in London and he will be going back, and given circumstances of the circle that he appears to live in, they aren’t likely to cross paths too soon.  At least that’s what she thinks.  The night after she gets a sensual kiss from him in Canada, he sends his number via a butler and tells her to look him up when she arrives.  She doesn’t even have the chance to do that persay given that a car arrives to pick her up from the airport and while she doesn’t connect the dots, the reader surely should.

That’s where the whirlwind begins.  Lydia is quick to immerse herself in her new life, loving her job and the people she works with, finding success there and then connecting with Dylan, whom she quickly learns is a Duke and someone that’s so far beyond her reach.  While he doesn’t see that exactly, he has these clear cut rules that makes their relationship strictly secret and private for a number of reasons.  He doesn’t do relationships he says and he wants to protect her from the press.  She’s ok with it at first but as all girls are, this becomes something that doesn’t sit well with her.

Their connection is so strong though that every time she tries to walk away, she can’t.  every time she feels like she’s been lied to, he has a great excuse, and this is the journey that we go on with them.

I have to say that i was pleasantly surprised by this author.  i’ve never read anything by Parker Swift before i don’t think and i really enjoyed the pace and nature of the story.  There’s such a great mix of character relationship and story telling.  The chemistry between these two is intense and you can see that there’s so much between them that it becomes not just romantic but incredibly hot and steamy.  Swift gives us a good balance of naughty sex with quite a bit of kink, while also making sure that we have the sweet romance bits as well.

So where we are left off is insane, and i think that secrets will be revealed.  There’s been the ongoing question as to who Lydia’s mom is since her father never revealed much to her, although we know that she was British, so in my gut, i think that we’re going to learn something quite surprising there, that maybe her mom is a royal or something equally as exciting.

On that note, bummed that i have to wait so long for the next installments but super excited to have found this one.  Have a great day all!

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