Review: The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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.”

REVIEW:

Ok so I loved The Royal We, I read it a couple years ago but it was one of those books that just sticks with you. Every once in awhile it would just cross my mind, so I was genuinely very excited when this sequel came out. The Royal We, at the heart of it is Nick and Bex’s love story, and obviously the sequel would have to deal with the ups and downs of marriages. Especially dealing with the fallout of what had happened in the first novel. You definitely still get the sense of how much Nick and Bex love each other, but romance is not the heart of this novel.

Most of the novel is the characters working through the events that have happened, while also re-establishing relationships with various family members. More personal history is revealed about the royal family that makes the Queen out to be a real monster, and I don’t think anyone really gets the closure they need. I feel like the characters at the end of the novel really brush aside the Queen’s actions which was incredibly frustrating. This novel does also discuss miscarriage and the struggle to conceive so if that is a sensitive subject, just be aware that it is a major plot point of this novel. I feel like as the book progressed the time jumps got bigger and bigger and struggled to figure out how long it had been since the last major thing had happened. Even though I did struggle to enjoy this book as much as I loved The Royal We, I do hope there is a sequel because I really want to spend more time with Nick and Bex and their twins.

I think that’s what hurt The Heir Affair the most for me, the fact that I didn’t get nearly as much of Nick and Bex. Their relationship and their love was what made The Royal We so special. Obviously they were going to have issues to deal with and marriage is work, but I would have loved more time with just them.

RATING: 6/10

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