The Heir Affair

Grand Central. (Royal We, Bk. 2). Jul. 2020. 464p. ISBN 9781538715918. $28. F
In their sequel to The Royal We, Cocks and Morgan pick up where they left off, or almost. Prince Nicholas and his American bride, Rebecca “Bex” Porter, have gone incognito in Scotland for their honeymoon after a scandal upended their wedding plans. A new crisis forces the new duke and duchess to return to London and deal with the fallout of the scandal and mend fences with their family, friends, and a very angry public. Once back, Nick and Bex must not only navigate being a married couple, but do so under a microscope while dealing with everyone’s expectation about when they’ll be expecting. Bex retreats from the scrutiny, diving into a royal mystery from the past and relying too much on Freddie for companionship; Nick escapes into work and avoids the issues. Even when the plot veers in the latter half, there’s no doubt that Team Nick and Bex will persevere.
VERDICT Angst-filled and bittersweet (sometimes verging a bit more toward the bitter), this engrossing, emotional read sometimes suffers under the weight of Nick and Bex’s (and Freddie’s) unhappiness, yet also expertly immerses readers in the reality of what it means to be married to the heir to the throne. [See Prepub Alert, 12/9/19.]

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