The Heir Affair (Royal We, #2)
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.

The Heir Affair (Royal We, #2) Details

TitleThe Heir Affair (Royal We, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

The Heir Affair (Royal We, #2) Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it took more time for me to finish it because I had to turn back and read the first book to capture the main idea and soul of the book, meeting with characters, their struggles, dilemma ext. But as far as I see, the authors are real clairvoyants because they can truly see the future. They already guessed an American girl’s introducing to the royal family before Meghan and Harry hit the road and move to Canada ( now we welcomed them to California!) We were introduced to Bex and Nick’s story Well, it took more time for me to finish it because I had to turn back and read the first book to capture the main idea and soul of the book, meeting with characters, their struggles, dilemma ext. But as far as I see, the authors are real clairvoyants because they can truly see the future. They already guessed an American girl’s introducing to the royal family before Meghan and Harry hit the road and move to Canada ( now we welcomed them to California!) We were introduced to Bex and Nick’s story at the first book: “Royal We”: Price Nicholas is Great Britain’s future king falls in love with American girl: Rebecca Porter (we call her “Bex’, we’re in more friendly terms.) comes to Oxford, seeking adventure and she finds herself in tempting relationship with her prince charming. (Don’t worry, we don’t have seven dwarfs in this story!) But as soon as she finds herself into this mess: scandalous life, chasing by paparazzis, ugly alligator cries of ex-girlfriends ( they look like better future queen candidates. No offence Bex!) and problematic, sexy bad boy brother Freddie, she realizes she already ate more than she chew. But at the first book, she finds her HEA and marries with hot prince.Now we’re reading the sequel: Heir Affair; and we think: Bex and Nick already won the war against the challenging struggles and earned their happy family life. Nope, you couldn’t be wrong. This book reminded me of binge watching Crown series with less politics and schemes but more romance, angst, and extreme drama!! There is so much drama in this story make you want to scream and cry out loud resembles telenovelas that the main characters always deal with heavy problems. There is too much heartbreaking, misunderstanding, resentment, crying, cursing (cursing part comes from me)! This time: lovers deal with the scandalous story about Bex and Nick’s problem child brother Freddie (I think I’m so happy to get a closer look about his life and past story) erupts at the news during live broadcast of ceremony.This book consists of so many heavy tragedies, traumatic scandals. It is more depressing, dark and heart wrenching. If you adore angst, heartbreaking, heavy drama, this is great fit for you. But I think it was a little heavy for my taste because I’d like to read something more promising and feel-good romance kind of softer novel during this pandemic break. I still enjoyed the story and after reading the first book I already connected with the characters and rooted for them so it was impossible for me to give less than 4 stars to this story. I loved the first installment more and too much drama, long chapters are the weakest parts of the book but the writing, characterization and intriguing progression, the unconditional love between Bex and Nick were the greatest part to give me hope and keep reading.Special thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for sharing this lovely sequel for me in exchange my honest review.
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  • Jamie ✨
    January 1, 1970
    LISTEN HERE. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved the first book, much less how many times I've reread it. I don't have free time not because I'm a busy person, but because I spend most of it rereading the The Royal We anyways. Freddie? Bex? Nick? I'm invested in their lives, thankyouverymuch, and now I get to be even more invested in them? Seriously though, this book sounds (and fingers crossed it is-) like it's going to be more focused on Freddie who's one of my favourite characters LISTEN HERE. I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved the first book, much less how many times I've reread it. I don't have free time not because I'm a busy person, but because I spend most of it rereading the The Royal We anyways. Freddie? Bex? Nick? I'm invested in their lives, thankyouverymuch, and now I get to be even more invested in them? Seriously though, this book sounds (and fingers crossed it is-) like it's going to be more focused on Freddie who's one of my favourite characters. In summary, I just KNOW it's going to be 5 stars, and will be placing myself in an artificial coma until 2020. Thank you.
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  • Lily Herman
    January 1, 1970
    It's wild to think how much things have changed since Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan published the first book in this series. Back in 2015, the idea of an American marrying into the royal family was the stuff of wishful fan fiction; it's now 2020, and not only did a very cool American become part of The Firm, she and her royal husband also left The Firm with more flair than even the most imaginative among us could've dreamt up. What. A. World.The Heir Affair is just as dishy as its predecessor It's wild to think how much things have changed since Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan published the first book in this series. Back in 2015, the idea of an American marrying into the royal family was the stuff of wishful fan fiction; it's now 2020, and not only did a very cool American become part of The Firm, she and her royal husband also left The Firm with more flair than even the most imaginative among us could've dreamt up. What. A. World.The Heir Affair is just as dishy as its predecessor, and personally, I liked the storylines in this one even better. The drama level was at an 11 (I kept internally—and sometimes externally—screaming at some of the storylines), and in these dark times, I was 100% here for it. Where I had my misgivings about Bex and Nick as a couple in The Royal We, I came to really love them both in this sequel, and we also got to see more three-dimensional sides of more peoplle in their orbit.My only real issue with this book is the same problem I had with The Royal We: It could stand to be 100 pages shorter. But honestly, we're in the middle of a global pandemic as I write this, and I think we could all use an extra 100 pages of high-key drama and escapism. Not to mention, if the past six months of watching the royal family shit itself have shown us anything, it's that often the truth is even stranger than fiction.
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  • The Story Girl
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sequel to The Royal We, but I was honestly hoping their next book would be about "Freddie" meeting his wife instead!Blog: The Bookish Expedition and Instagram: @moonspree This is a sequel to The Royal We, but I was honestly hoping their next book would be about "Freddie" meeting his wife instead!Blog: The Bookish Expedition and Instagram: @moonspree
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  • Erin A. Craig
    January 1, 1970
    This was the best sequel I’ve ever read. The characters were beautifully consistent even as they grew and took on new adventures and I savored every moment of being back with Bex, Nick, Freddie and the whole gang. Also, side note— a certain baseball chapter absolutely brought me to the happiest of tears! 😍😍😍
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  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Well, Bex and Nick barely managed to get married in the first book, The Royal We, but the scandal that came before their wedding caused the couple to flee. The couple are commoner Rebecca Porter and Prince Nicholas, now Duke and Duchess. They manage to spend a couple of months in exile, a decision of their own choosing. Everyone else in the royal family, however, must deal with the ugly aftermath of the events that occurred before the wedding.After a call that rather terrifies Nick, they fle Well, Bex and Nick barely managed to get married in the first book, The Royal We, but the scandal that came before their wedding caused the couple to flee. The couple are commoner Rebecca Porter and Prince Nicholas, now Duke and Duchess. They manage to spend a couple of months in exile, a decision of their own choosing. Everyone else in the royal family, however, must deal with the ugly aftermath of the events that occurred before the wedding.After a call that rather terrifies Nick, they flee back to the castle and literally everything begins to crumble around them. Secrets of old might just be enough to completely unravel the family's future. Meanwhile, Bex and Nick must deal with his brother Freddie, their father and their grandmother, the Queen.I loved the first book in this series, but this one hit me in a different level. There were a lot of powerful family dynamics in this book. The various relationships and emotions were a prominent part of The Heir Affair. Their issues were so powerful and really gave me pause. Forgiveness was key in this book, as well as what true love is and the exploration of soul mates.I absolutely adored all the various characters in this book - not only Bex and Nick, and of course, Freddie, but also Bex's twin sister, Lacey, Prince Dick, who really had to step up in this book, the grandmother, Queen Eleanor, who I absolutely adored, and even the Queen mother and her love of the internet. The evolution of situations and emotions in this book was handled remarkably well. Lastly, I loved a character we only met via recounting the past, Georgina. What a well-rounded book bringing all of these characters together.I am a die-hard fan of continuity, and so I read the first book last month. I really don't think readers would get the full impact of this book without reading The Royal We. The two go hand in hand. So, if you like reading about royal families, albeit fictionalized, then this book - and series - are for you.Many thanks to Forever and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Lorna
    January 1, 1970
    RTC close or on release date
  • mindful.librarian ☀️
    January 1, 1970
    (free review copy) Fellow royal romance fans, I didn’t think it was possible to top THE ROYAL WE but I loved this one maybe ten times more. LOVE LOVE LOVE 💕 I inhaled and adored this story but am now heartbroken it’s over 😢 It’s the first book I’ve been actually able to lose myself in since February 2020 and an absolutely heavenly comfort in the hellfire that is America right now in May 2020.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I remember being very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved The Royal We and I was so excited to see it was finally getting a sequel. Much like the first book, it wasn’t really what I was expecting it to be, but it was everything. This is easily my favorite book of the year so far.I decided to re-read the first book before jumping into The Heir Affair and I’m glad I did. I loved it just as much the second time around, I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I remember being very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved The Royal We and I was so excited to see it was finally getting a sequel. Much like the first book, it wasn’t really what I was expecting it to be, but it was everything. This is easily my favorite book of the year so far.I decided to re-read the first book before jumping into The Heir Affair and I’m glad I did. I loved it just as much the second time around, maybe even more. I found myself still getting very anxious or sad at parts, even though I knew how everything turned out, which I think is a real testament to the writing. I am so invested in these characters and I already miss them.The Heir Affair picks up soon after The Royal We ended. The first book was written to be a standalone and it ended on a very positive note of implied Happily Ever After. However, that’s not quite how things turned out. And really, can we expect anything to be that easy for Bex and Nick? Right as the royal wedding was ending, Clive published his story about Bex and Freddie and the public immediately turned on them. Bex and Nick end up running away from their problems for awhile and get to start married life in their own private bubble, which they’ve always thrived in. Once they have to return to reality, though, they have to face everything they’ve ignored – especially the Freddie of it all.I would love to tell you that things were easily worked out and it was all cute and funny and happily ever after. And while there was definitely a lot of cute and funny, there is so much more substance to it than that. That means that along with the fun banter and the highs, there were also some real lows. It gave my cold, black heart some FEELINGS and I loved every minute of it, even when I kind of hated what was happening sometimes. There are a lot of layers to this story, but at the forefront are the big three relationships: Bex and Nick, Nick and Freddie, and Bex and Freddie. There is just so much emotion there to unpack and I felt all of it. They each had to work at mending their relationships and coming to terms with their feelings and I think it wrapped up in realistic and satisfying ways, if not quite the neat little bow I like things tied up in.As I mentioned previously, I absolutely love the characters in this series. I loved seeing Bex’s friends, Cilla, Gaz, and Bea again. We didn’t see quite as much as Cilla as we did in the first book, but both Gaz and Bea had some good subplots. I had absolutely hated Bex’s twin sister, Lacey, in the first book and was kind of hoping she’d be killed off or something here, but she was actually quite palatable in this one. She was the character I wished she was in the first book. I loved watching Bex begin an actual relationship with members of Nick’s family, especially the queen. And of course, my dear Freddie. He grew up so much in this book and while my heart broke for him time and time again, I like to think that he’s found his own happily ever after. I still wouldn’t mind a Freddie spin-off, though. And can I just say that one of my favorite things about this series is that Freddie’s nickname for Nick is Knickers. I love the relationship between these brothers and they really put me through the wringer in this one.Overall, I absolutely loved The Heir Affair. This review does not even come close to expressing how much. The cute cover and overall storyline may fool you into thinking this is just a light and easy Romance, but it is emotional and intense – in the very best of ways. It’s very character driven and has many threads to connect, but I think the authors did a great job of tying everything together. There were a couple things left a little more open than I like, though, which I have my fingers crossed means that another book will be coming in the future. This is a must read for anyone who’s read The Royal We and if you haven’t started this series yet, you really should.Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for this eARC.What a balm. I have been madly refreshing NetGalley to see if and when this sequel to the beloved The Royal We would show up and I am glad I did. This book picks up right where the first left off and in this volume we get to dig even deeper into the inner workings of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's alternate dimension royal family, and into what happens behind the scenes of a royal happily ever after.The gang's all here in this bo Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for this eARC.What a balm. I have been madly refreshing NetGalley to see if and when this sequel to the beloved The Royal We would show up and I am glad I did. This book picks up right where the first left off and in this volume we get to dig even deeper into the inner workings of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's alternate dimension royal family, and into what happens behind the scenes of a royal happily ever after.The gang's all here in this book Bex and Nick, Freddie (of course), Gaz, Cilla, Bea, etc. (much less Lacey this time, but what we do see of her is lovely), but the real standouts are Queen Eleanor and the Queen mum, Marta. We get to see much more about their family and who they are both as women and as figureheads. Plus, we meet Georgina, this universe's Princess Margaret, who is no longer living, but still makes her presence felt for these characters. What shines through in this book is Heather and Jessica's knowledge of all things royal and their commitment to creating deeply human characters who are or feel like they are in weird boxes. There's a reason many people watch the royal family - they are humans inhabiting singular positions, and these authors do an admirable job exploring this tension. This is a kinder Succession, a funnier The Crown, and everything I needed during a global pandemic. Note and minor spoiler: There is a miscarriage and infertility plot line.
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  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    So wonderful being back with these royals! Full review to come!
  • Jordana Horn Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes you love a book so much that you think that you want a sequel, but then you think, nah, bc it could never be as good as the original. Wrong! This book!!!! By the end, I nearly wept with a combo of joy and sadness that it was so good and that it was over. Brb, gonna go read it again.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Well that’s not where I expected this to go AT ALL! But bravo for for surprising me. This world is just so real and well-developed that you fall right into it. It takes quite good writing and character development to make you completely forget the real royal family exists, but damn do they do it. Can I start the campaign for a third one now???
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for this eARC.This book was a lot. Like what on earth did I actually just read? The Heir Affair picks up where we left off in The Royal We. Nick and Bex are hiding out after the disastrous wedding in a teeny town in Scotland, aptly named Wigtown as both of them are sporting particularly heinous wigs in an effort to remain undetected. Fun fact, Wigtown is in fact a real place and it looks delightful! Anyways, back to the story. The rest of the book Thanks to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for this eARC.This book was a lot. Like what on earth did I actually just read? The Heir Affair picks up where we left off in The Royal We. Nick and Bex are hiding out after the disastrous wedding in a teeny town in Scotland, aptly named Wigtown as both of them are sporting particularly heinous wigs in an effort to remain undetected. Fun fact, Wigtown is in fact a real place and it looks delightful! Anyways, back to the story. The rest of the book revolves around Bex and Nick adjusting to married life and dealing with whatever happened with Freddie in the last book. Freddie and Nick spend much of the book at odds, over again the nonsense that happened with Freddie and Bex in the previous book. That whole thing never made any sense to me, on top of being insanely cringey (if I have to read ‘killer’ one more time I’ll scream), their relationship/feelings never felt like it was actually there, which made the fact that Bex acted like a jealous twit for a good portion of this book really strange.There was an insane amount of crazy unrealistic batshit crazy dialogue, but that dear reader, is for you to discover on your own. There were certainly parts of the book that I enjoyed, and I can see how others might enjoy it, but I really don’t think it’s for me. Which is a shame as British rom-com chick-lit is like my number 1 guilty pleasure, but oh well. I think the books main problem is that none of the characters make sense, like what is Bex’s deal and how is she constantly making pretty much the same mistakes over and over with only slight variations on the theme. Also the plot was completely bonkers, like the Queen and baseball?? I’m not going to even get into the meat of the bonkers plot as I don’t want to spoil anything, but rest assured it is insane. The dialogue is ridiculous, which is at times definitely the point, but others I’m not quite sure.
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  • Cocktails and Books
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first book so I was really excited to see what was going on with Bex, Nick and Freddie. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed (Eleanor becoming a Cubs fan...priceless), but the majority of this dragged on.
  • Brei
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the follow up to The Royal We. This one took some twist and turns that I never expected. Solid follow up to a cult classic.
  • Lyndsey Huckaby
    January 1, 1970
    I received this eARC free in exchange for a review from Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley. I have anticipated this novel for so long; let me tell you: it delivered. Wow... it has taken me a while to come to terms with the rollercoaster I just stepped off of when I closed the book. I thought its predecessor, The Royal We, was a ride.. this one was a ride that I didn't want to end. Here are some things I absolutely loved: I loved Eleanor and her character development throughout this book. Wow I received this eARC free in exchange for a review from Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley. I have anticipated this novel for so long; let me tell you: it delivered. Wow... it has taken me a while to come to terms with the rollercoaster I just stepped off of when I closed the book. I thought its predecessor, The Royal We, was a ride.. this one was a ride that I didn't want to end. Here are some things I absolutely loved: I loved Eleanor and her character development throughout this book. Wow, what a sassy queen she was. I appreciated the development of the other character/story arcs that are introduced in this book as well; this one felt like it stepped more away from a fictionalization of Will and Kate into a realm of new characters and new personalities. It felt tied to our perspective of a semblance of british royalty, but also its own unique story.I loved the difficult storylines that entered; whereas I felt like The Royal We was a perfect light and fun read, this one had more depth and definitely more emotional turmoil.. but there is also redemption and joy. I appreciated the range of life experiences that are represented in these nearly 500 pages (which flew by). There are some parts that I wish had turned out differently, which I don't want to spoil for readers of this review. Basically, I wanted to see more of an independent leading lady; however, her role in the book was more of a mediator due to the circumstances of the novel.This book was definitely a treat and a wonderful sequel to The Royal We. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey... Thank you so much to Grand Central and Netgalley for the advanced copy; it was an honor to read and review this title!
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  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for a chance to read this free ARC. All opinions are my own. THE HEIR AFFAIR is the long awaited sequel to THE ROYAL WE and it is so.much.fun. While it's been 5 years between books, the latest book begins right where the first one left off. Before you ask- Yes. In my opinion you'll get more out of the sequel if you read The Royal We first.This sequel is still full of regal drama, expectations, and tension, but it takes a different angle. We get to Thanks to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for a chance to read this free ARC. All opinions are my own. THE HEIR AFFAIR is the long awaited sequel to THE ROYAL WE and it is so.much.fun. While it's been 5 years between books, the latest book begins right where the first one left off. Before you ask- Yes. In my opinion you'll get more out of the sequel if you read The Royal We first.This sequel is still full of regal drama, expectations, and tension, but it takes a different angle. We get to see the fallout from past decisions while navigating the path ahead. It was pure entertainment and just as royally dishy as the first. I absolutely loved getting to learn more about snarky, spitfire Queen Eleanor. She is a treat! If I had one criticism it would be the length. At nearly 500 pages, some of the passages with detailed information about the ins-and-outs of royal life began to feel like filler. I was ready to get back to the nitty-gritty, but all you Royal superfans will love it!
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  • Sarah at Sarah's Bookshelves
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 31%I had high expectations for the sequel to The Royal We. I’m so sad this was a DNF. It just dragged…I don’t think the story had anywhere else to go and a sequel might’ve been a mistake. It’s also entirely too long. I felt like I was reading the first 30% for ages.
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  • ellie
    January 1, 1970
    me: oh god they've written a sequel to the 600 page bane of my existence uk royal family fan fiction literally whyalso me: adds to to-read
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    The Heir Affair is the long-awaited sequel to The Royal We, which was the must-read summer book of 2015. I'm not sure that the authors (the notorious Fug Girls) intended to write a sequel to their super fun, thinly-veiled romance between Kate and Prince William, but I think their readers demanded it. And thank goodness, they delivered!I did not re-read The Royal We before diving into this book, but the authors do a great job of reminding us of the previous events in the Bex, Nick, and Freddie lo The Heir Affair is the long-awaited sequel to The Royal We, which was the must-read summer book of 2015. I'm not sure that the authors (the notorious Fug Girls) intended to write a sequel to their super fun, thinly-veiled romance between Kate and Prince William, but I think their readers demanded it. And thank goodness, they delivered!I did not re-read The Royal We before diving into this book, but the authors do a great job of reminding us of the previous events in the Bex, Nick, and Freddie love triangle. If you have the time, I think you would benefit from re-reading the first book (and I might do that now that I think about it). The book opens with Bex and Nick on their honeymoon after their disastrous wedding, and they are hiding from their past mistakes. The book progresses through ups and downs of their relationships, their dealings with the royal family, the press, and everything that goes into starting a life with a partner. The emotions of the characters were very real, and I found myself clapping my hands during the exciting bits and tearing up during the more painful parts. Initially, I was worried that this book would be about BABIES BABIES BABIES, which would make sense given the title and the fact that our two main characters would have a ton of pressure to deliver an heir to the throne asap after marriage. But the authors do a great job of taking us through the decision making (or lack thereof) behind Nick and Bex's need to procreate. The Heir Affair will be the must-read summer sequel that everyone will be talking about, and I can't wait for it to be released in July so I can talk to more people about it! Do yourself a favor and read or re-read The Royal We right now so you can be prepared to hop the sequel asap.Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for allowing me to read this eARC early in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Christine C
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for so long for a sequel to one of my favorite books, The Royal We. I've read that book at least four times since the first time I picked it up. I fell in love with Bex ,Nick, and Freddie. This story is loosely based on the story of Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry. This book was all about friendship and family relationship, not forgetting romance. The story ended up with an open storyline, but did gives us a final that we could have been happy with....Then the I have been waiting for so long for a sequel to one of my favorite books, The Royal We. I've read that book at least four times since the first time I picked it up. I fell in love with Bex ,Nick, and Freddie. This story is loosely based on the story of Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry. This book was all about friendship and family relationship, not forgetting romance. The story ended up with an open storyline, but did gives us a final that we could have been happy with....Then they announced The Heir Affair and I lost it. I was so excited. Were these women clairvoyants? Subjects that they touch on are so similar to what is happening to the royal family today. We thought Bex and Nick had there happy ending, but did they really? I also really wanted this book to be more focused on Freddie and it was, sort of. I do want to say that this book does touch on Infertility, so be mindful of that. This story was full of drama and Clive is back at it again. I laughed, I teared up and I loved the writing. While I loved the first book so much more, I still loved this book. I hope they continue the story with another book. I feel like they really can!
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  • Malia
    January 1, 1970
    So this book is a little like Act II of Into the Woods. We got the happy ending in The Royal We, so now we see how life plays out. And it's a lot tougher. If we're calling this a romance, the closest trope this one cleaves to is marriage in trouble.There were so many things about this book to love-- the voice in the writing is just so loveable, as are the characters, and I appreciated when we got real DRAMA, and I appreciated the entire plotline about the queen's semi-forgotten sister.I did find So this book is a little like Act II of Into the Woods. We got the happy ending in The Royal We, so now we see how life plays out. And it's a lot tougher. If we're calling this a romance, the closest trope this one cleaves to is marriage in trouble.There were so many things about this book to love-- the voice in the writing is just so loveable, as are the characters, and I appreciated when we got real DRAMA, and I appreciated the entire plotline about the queen's semi-forgotten sister.I did find, however, that this wasn't as propulsive a read as the first book. I think it's because I just loved reading about Nick and Bex in their good times, and those were in fairly short supply here. Also, the book kind of meanders and spins its wheels, which I usually think of as a feature for a long, dishy book, but I was a little bit like, what's the thrust of this thing? It really picks up steam toward the end though, which is why it was ultimately quite satisfying. ***Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.***
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  • Krysti
    January 1, 1970
    The highly anticipated sequel to THE ROYAL WE that will have readers wanting to curl up inside this glittering, high-stakes world and never leave.THE HEIR AFFAIR picks up right where THE ROYAL WE left off, in the wake of Bex and Nick’s royal wedding, which didn’t go exactly to plan when a scandalous story involving Bex and Nick’s brother Freddie hit the press during the live broadcast of the ceremony. I was immediately swept up in the story and in the lives of these beloved characters as they de The highly anticipated sequel to THE ROYAL WE that will have readers wanting to curl up inside this glittering, high-stakes world and never leave.THE HEIR AFFAIR picks up right where THE ROYAL WE left off, in the wake of Bex and Nick’s royal wedding, which didn’t go exactly to plan when a scandalous story involving Bex and Nick’s brother Freddie hit the press during the live broadcast of the ceremony. I was immediately swept up in the story and in the lives of these beloved characters as they dealt with the fallout of the scandal, family tragedies, and life in the brightest of spotlights. This story was captivating and immensely satisfying. I would very happily read a hundred more books in this incredible series.
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  • Hitha
    January 1, 1970
    REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD.I had read The Royal We several times a year since its release, and have been waiting to find out what happens to Bex, Nick, and the entire crew.The Heir Affair was worth that long wait.Reading this book felt like an overdue reunion with dear friends, and joining them on a roller coaster of a phase. I'm most amazed at how solid Bex and Nick and Freddie evolved into their own characters, versus their real-life royal models. And just as I thought I had the book figure REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD.I had read The Royal We several times a year since its release, and have been waiting to find out what happens to Bex, Nick, and the entire crew.The Heir Affair was worth that long wait.Reading this book felt like an overdue reunion with dear friends, and joining them on a roller coaster of a phase. I'm most amazed at how solid Bex and Nick and Freddie evolved into their own characters, versus their real-life royal models. And just as I thought I had the book figured out, Cocks and Morgan threw another curveball (and then a knuckleball, and then a fastball) at me and knocked me off my feet.This book was such a joy to read. I loved every word, every sentence, every chapter...and I am incredibly satisfied and thrilled for the Lyons/Porters/everyone.
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  • Phoebe (readandwright) Wright
    January 1, 1970
    I have waited for this book for FIVE YEARS people. I went in with little expectations but a few ideas of where I thought this story could go. I have to say...the authors took me totally by surprise, once again. I enjoyed revisiting these characters but felt a little frustrated by the repetitive themes from some characters. But I did really enjoy this book! I think writing a sequel is so hard, especially when you didn't intend to write one but did so for your fans. This is a look into the lives o I have waited for this book for FIVE YEARS people. I went in with little expectations but a few ideas of where I thought this story could go. I have to say...the authors took me totally by surprise, once again. I enjoyed revisiting these characters but felt a little frustrated by the repetitive themes from some characters. But I did really enjoy this book! I think writing a sequel is so hard, especially when you didn't intend to write one but did so for your fans. This is a look into the lives of Nick and Bex after their happily ever after. It's real, it's drama filled, and it has some heart warming moments. I didn't love it as much as the first, but that's a tall order! I hope we get a book three because I just love them so much. I'll take any piece I can get!
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  • Kelsey (Kelseylovesbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    A great sequel to The Royal We. The story picks up right where we left off, at the disaster scene of Bex and Nick's wedding. However, The Heir Affair covers several year and life events, without feeling rushed (maybe because it is over 400 pages). I felt more connected to Nick and Bex's relationship in this book - we spend more time with just two two of them and see them weather ups and downs together. While The Royal We is centered on their courtship, The Heir Affair dives much deeper into the A great sequel to The Royal We. The story picks up right where we left off, at the disaster scene of Bex and Nick's wedding. However, The Heir Affair covers several year and life events, without feeling rushed (maybe because it is over 400 pages). I felt more connected to Nick and Bex's relationship in this book - we spend more time with just two two of them and see them weather ups and downs together. While The Royal We is centered on their courtship, The Heir Affair dives much deeper into the obligations of royal life and the relationships with other royal family members. Of course, there are still plenty of dramatic reveals and plot twists, as you'd expect from this series. I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Anusha Mappanasingam
    January 1, 1970
    I found this follow up way better than the first book. It was really well written and had a lot of unexpected twists. I thought it wrapped the entire story up really well! I think this could have easily been a 4 star read for people. I personally gave it 3 starts just because I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters/romances because I don’t think it was well-built in the first place. I was also not a fan of the royal setting...but again, that’s just my personal opinion! I can’t wait for everyone I found this follow up way better than the first book. It was really well written and had a lot of unexpected twists. I thought it wrapped the entire story up really well! I think this could have easily been a 4 star read for people. I personally gave it 3 starts just because I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters/romances because I don’t think it was well-built in the first place. I was also not a fan of the royal setting...but again, that’s just my personal opinion! I can’t wait for everyone to read this! Well-written and hilarious, I can say for sure, fan of royalty or not, you won’t be able to put this down.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Well this was the book I desperately needed during Covid quarantine. This was just as delightful as the first! The characters that were prominent in this sequel made me so happy. What a great follow up to the Royal We!I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • BJ
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Goodreads for the advanced readers copy!First of all, this is closer to 3.5/3.75 stars.I liked it, but wasn't as in love with it as I had hoped. Part of it is due to the nature of the ending and part of it was that I wasn't as fresh on the characters and events of the Royal We as I probably should had been.
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