ARC Review | The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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44132049._SY475_You are part of something much bigger now… You married a man and you married a country. 

Published: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Pages: 463 (Hardcover)

Series: Royal We #2

 

 

5 Stars

 

“… I suppose history comes for us all, eventually.”

 

Making it up the aisle was the easy part: After marrying the heir to the throne, Rebecca “Bex” Porter must survive her own scandals as she adjusts to life in the glamorous British royal family, in this “highly anticipated” follow-up to The Royal We, the “fun and dishy” bestseller and NYT Summer Reading List pick inspired by Will and Kate’s romance (People).

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.

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.

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Trigger Warning: miscarriage

Please excuse me while I go cry in a corner because this book is over.

Let me share some history with you all. In 2015, little Cheyenne was browsing her library’s eBranch for the first time, looking for an escape from the stresses that was high school. What I came upon was The Royal We. I downloaded it and devoured it. I had no idea royal romance was a sub-genre, let along royal romance that felt as in depth and realistic as TRW. After reading this I spent the next four years hunting for information about the sequel, if there was even going to be a sequel, until I saw it on Goodreads in December of 2019. The Heir Affair. I saw that it was from Grand Central Publishing and immediately went on NetGalley to request an ARC and I got approved! Then, in a stroke of luck, I got a review copy from Grand Central Publishing, who I worked with before! I felt so so so lucky to be able to get a copy of this, let alone read it early AND host a giveaway for two additional copies!

Okay okay. I’ll get to the review now.

Processed with MOLDIVOn the surface this looks like just a general royal romance and you’d think it wouldn’t be as fun because the magic of falling in love (highlighted in the first) is over. Well, you’d be dead wrong. This isn’t just a romance but also a contemporary fiction piece with a little mystery, a little political intrigue, and a lot of laughs! I was giggling the whole way through the book, well, expect for those heart wrenching moments where I was crying.

One of the things I love the most about this and it’s predecessor is that it’s so in depth in terms of lineage, family history, settings and current events and just everything. It seems so realistic it’s almost like you’re reading a diary entry from Kate Middleton. It’s just so damn good and realistic. All the characters take on a life of their own; no character is like the other and each feels really fleshed out. When you meet them in the first book they’re in college and having fun and getting to see their arcs continue throughout THA is so great and only helps play into this idea that all these events are real.

It starts out shortly after Bex and Nick’s wedding and we get to see them have their rocky start after the disaster that was the end of TRW. What follows is their struggle to maintain their relationship and their responsibilities within the monarchy, keep their friends close, maintain their own personal values, start a family, and solve a decades old royal mystery. After moving into the Queen’s sister’s old apartment, Bex starts to slowly unravel the life of the party princess that was so like Freddie. After learning more and more dark secrets she starts to worry that history really does repeat itself.

This is on the longer side for a contemporary romance, weighing in at well over 400 pages, but this baby moves quick. It’s so engrossing that it’s impossible to put down and you really just fly through it. It’s simultaneously down-to-earth and layered with riches and privilege, with a narrator that you can’t help but connect with. It’s addictive.

Bex is such a great main character for a few reasons. She has some serious flaws; flaws that aren’t just solved by a handsome man and a tiara upon her head. She has those American values/thoughts that we can relate to and she keeps those all through the book, even after being a newly minted Duchess. Nick isn’t the typical hero I read about in romances; he’s not an alpha male despite having some pretty big power, he’s sweet and doting, he makes corny jokes and wants to learn to knit, he’s a bit of a goofball but damn, I loved it. Freddie for sure has his charms, and getting to see him grow up a bit from the smirking playboy of the first book is probably one of my favorite parts of this sequel.

Overall this was just so so so good. It lived up to everything I hoped it would be and more. It was so deliciously fun and over the top and everything TRW was and then some.

I honestly can’t recommend this one enough and it’ll for sure be a top read of 2020. I hope there are a thousand more books in this series (which I DM’d the authors on Instagram lol) and thanks again to my friends at Grand Central Publishing for both the eARC and the finished copy!

 

Happy reading

 

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The Royal We Series

 

P.S. can we talk about how beautiful the mass market cover is for TRW?! Featuring the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara!! I die. 

 

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