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Release Day Review! ROYAL MATCH by Parker Swift (A Royal Scandal novella)

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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.

The Royal Scandal series:
Royal Affair
Royal Disaster
Royal Treatment


Royal Match is a sweet novella in the Royal Scandal series. It gives yet another glimpse into the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Abingdon, aka Dylan Hale and his American wife Lydia. Married for five years now, they have two absolutely adorable children (of course!) and are expecting their third–on the same day that Dylan’s ex-girlfriend and Lydia’s current good friend, the princess of England, is getting married. Naturally, events conspire so that Lydia is roped into standing up in the wedding, because of course one simply doesn’t say no to royalty…

What follows is Lydia (mostly) trying to keep incubating baby number three until after the wedding while Dylan gets creative about trying to do the opposite (she can’t put on her own shoes at this point; can Lydia really bend herself over a desk…?) and in between there’s all kinds of cuteness with their kids, fun with friends and coworkers, and wedding-of-the-century craziness. If you’ve read the other books in the series already, I’m guessing this book will be one long love-fest for you; if you haven’t yet, you shouldn’t be too lost–and seeing their marital cuteness here just might inspire you to check out the Dylan and Lydia origin story.

There’s not a ton of plot or character growth here–really, it’s mostly a slice of life story with the added fun of wondering just when the newest baby Hale will make an appearance. There was a memory sequence at one point (Lydia recalling her wedding day) that seemed on the long side for such a short book, but again, series fans will probably enjoy it quite a bit.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun read to put you in the mood for the upcoming real royal nuptials and/or you need something quick to read in the brief moments you’re able to tear yourself away from looking at pictures of the newest prince, give Royal Match a try!

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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