Review: Royal Match (Royal Scandal #3.5) by Parker Smith

Title: Royal Match
Author: Parker Smith
Publisher/Year:  Grand Central Publishing 5/8/18
Length:   104 Pages
Series:  Royal Scandal #3.5

Overview

What to expect when you’re royally expecting
In five years of marriage to Dylan Hale – the hottest (not to mention most deliciously insatiable) duke in England – I’ve learned one cardinal rule: Never say “no” to the Queen. Her orders? I’m to be the matron of honor at the royal wedding of the century… which is, coincidentally, my due date. Dylan’s plan is to seduce me into an early labor to avoid this royal ruckus. So now I’m caught between the Queen’s command… and my sexy duke’s desire.

My Thoughts

when i thought that we had resolution at the end of book 3, seeing that everyone was living happily ever after (even if we never learned who Lydia’s mother was), we didn’t know that there was a novella on the horizon.  a chance to see what life would become years down the line.  that’s what we get in this sweet continuation of sorts.

2 children and 5 years shows us that the love that Dylan and Lydia have for one another hasn’t dwindled at all.  Friendships blossomed even more, family grew closer (i mean, Dylan’s mother truly turned a corner when Lydia stood up for her in the last book and we see that they have a camaraderie of sorts now).  Emily and Will are enjoying their lives together, Fiona, Daph and Josh are doing the same.  So that means that in order to get an additional story, we have to bring an old favorite back.  Princess Caroline.  Dylan’s ex.

It’s weeks before her wedding to an American (i mean, hello Harry and Megan) and Lyda’s 9 months pregnant with baby #3, and she finds herself being asked to step in as matron of honor.  (hello Kate).  Our author seems to have taken cues from real life for this one, but i won’t judge.  Anyway, poor lydia has to suffer through all the royal wedding fanfare even knowing that she can go into labor at any moment.

and that’s a challenge that Dylan’s willing to try his hand at making happen.  Ultimately, the dr said that he can’t really ‘touch’ lyd at all, and he’s not a man to be swayed.  We spend every chapter, every page wondering if this is the moment that Lydia will go into labor and what that will mean for the royal wedding.  Timing is everything right?

And to add to that, we get a sweet nod to Daphne in this story.  She’s been the friend beside Lydia for the entire series so far, and it’s about time that we get to see her come into her own.  what was potentially a one night stand back in NY turns into something unexpected with a great twist and i think that it makes the story that much more entertaining.

Now, i think that we’re finally at the end of the journey with these guys, and i’m happy with all the ends that have been tied.  ASIDE from not knowing who Lydia’s mother is.  i honestly think that she could have been / should have been a royal and that would have made for a really interesting story.  Anyhow – i hope you guys read this one too once you’re done with the main series.  Enjoy!

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