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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 scandalo 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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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 scandalo 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.

30 review for The Heir Affair

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Reid

    A sequel to The Royal We! C’mon. It doesn’t get any better. Nick and Bex’s relationship with the monarchy is somehow even messier than before but just as delightful. Perfect escapism, so much fun. If you liked The Royal We, this is a no-brainer.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    I like to think of myself as a modern woman, with modern, high-minded notions of femininity, sex, and relationships. Someone who's long since disabused herself of idealistic, archaic ideas like having a "soulmate," living happily ever after, and needing a man to be happy. In layman's terms, I'm a strong, independent woman who don't need no man (but wouldn't terribly mind having one so long as he doesn't affect my work). But make no mistake, if Oscar Isaac suddenly woke up one morning, no longer I like to think of myself as a modern woman, with modern, high-minded notions of femininity, sex, and relationships. Someone who's long since disabused herself of idealistic, archaic ideas like having a "soulmate," living happily ever after, and needing a man to be happy. In layman's terms, I'm a strong, independent woman who don't need no man (but wouldn't terribly mind having one so long as he doesn't affect my work). But make no mistake, if Oscar Isaac suddenly woke up one morning, no longer wanting to be with his beautiful wife, and asked me to run away with him, you can bet your ass that I wouldn't hesitate before fucking off into the sunset with him, career be damned. Hey. A modern woman I may be, but I still have needs. ""Nobody's perfect." -Hannah Montana" -Me All that is my way of saying that I'm a sucker for a good Cinderella story, whether Prince Charming is an actual prince, just a duke or other lowly royal, a heartthrob rock star, or a famous actor. And so it's not hard to believe that I was head-over-heels for the first book in the series, The Royal We. Even though I only just discovered it this year, I couldn't wait to get my paws on the sequel. It did not disappoint. The Heir Affair picks up right where The Royal We left off, with Bex and Nick as newlyweds on their honeymoon, hiding out from the world and the fallout from former-friend Clive's exposé about Freddie (aka Nick's lil' bro and The Spare™) and Bex copulating behind Nick's back (which, in case you don't remember, is only kinda true, but not really at all). But before you can say "royal cuckhold," Nick and Bex are tricked into coming out of hiding by the Queen and, back to reality, are forced to confront everything they've been dodging since the wedding. Like the first book in the series, the sequel also spans a period of many years in Nick and Bex's relationship and is chock full of drama, just of a different breed. This is very much a story about what happens after the happily ever after, especially when that happily ever after hasn't started off on the happily-est of notes. If you're like me and weren't a huge fan of the whole Freddie-Bex-Nick love triangle subplot (love triangles are sooo 2008), you'll probably be disappointed to know that that subplot has not worked itself out but has instead been promoted to major plot status in the sequel. Bygones are not let be bygones, the hatchet has not been buried, the water is not under the bridge, etc. The whole sequel seems to revolve around the aftermath of that one moment of weakness in some way or another, in both big and small ways. There were a lot of uncomfortable moments, and it definitely got repetitive and a bit nauseating, especially since I didn't like the storyline to begin with. We also see a lot less of Bex and Nick's Oxford friends, as well as Bex's twin sister, Lacey (what a fantastic name, if I do say so myself), in the sequel than we did in The Royal We, which is a damn shame considering Lady Bollocks is like Sarah Silverman, only British and actually funny. But, on the bright side, less time with friends leaves us with more time for the Queen and the Queen Mother, who both turned out to be the hidden gems of the sequel, in my humble opinion. All in all, The Heir Affair doesn't disappoint, though it does have its disappointing moments, not unlike The Royal We. I liked the first book better, but I didn't expect not to; rarely are sequels ever as good as their predecessors—not to mention the fact that it's much easier to fall in love with a book about falling in love than it is to love a book about the everyday humdrum of being and staying in love. Nevertheless, I finished the book happy with it for what it was, and I think other fans of the first book will come to love its sequel, too. Brief aside: The scene where the Queen, Queen Mother, Bex, and Lacey watch the Cubs win the World Series—and, by extension, all the Bex-Queen-Queen Mother baseball moments—was a major highlight for me and was such a joy to read. It really brought me right back to being in Wrigleyville on that historic night, capturing all the highs and lows of that final game with all the excitement and anxieties that came along with it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (the_reading_pup)

    Thank you Grand Central Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review Trigger Warning: on page miscarriage, talk of marital infidelity, talk of death and injury from war Let me start this off by saying I really wanted to like this book. Like, REALLY wanted to love it. I just read The Royal We last week and adored it. I rated it 5 stars! But this one... The Royal We had insane drama, but I ended that book feeling happy and hopeful. And while that was what the authors wanted you to feel Thank you Grand Central Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review Trigger Warning: on page miscarriage, talk of marital infidelity, talk of death and injury from war Let me start this off by saying I really wanted to like this book. Like, REALLY wanted to love it. I just read The Royal We last week and adored it. I rated it 5 stars! But this one... The Royal We had insane drama, but I ended that book feeling happy and hopeful. And while that was what the authors wanted you to feel here, instead I left this book feeling anger and annoyance. Honestly, I'm just so angry. What I liked 1. There is no denying that the writing is fabulous. It keeps me engaged, it's easy to read, but never does it feel juvenile. Even when I was furious, I was speeding through it. 2. There were some really cute moments! All of the Cubs game moments were just incredible (and I say that as a Mets fan)! 3. There were some really cute Bex and Nick moments (Cubs game obvs) and I really do think we got to see them grow together and work through some stuff. 4. I grew to really love Queen Eleanor (for the most part). 5. As always, Gaz was amazing. That's honestly it. Five minor things. And five things that weren't that prevalent to be honest. What I didn't like Potential SPOILERS ahead. I block the real spoilery things that give away plot, but it's possible you might find something I didn't block to be spoilery. You've been warned. 1. I hate how Freddie was so angry at Nick and blaming him for leaving. And Freddie was my favorite character in The Royal We, even though I hated what he did at the end, but wow! He was just infuriating in this book. You screwed up Freddie. Big time. If I was Nick, you'd be dead to me. Yet you have the AUDACITY to act as if you are the harmed party here because you had to deal with the fallout of your actions alone? Take responsibility and stop blaming others. Then I also felt like he was willing to welcome Bex back, but unwilling to forgive Nick, which was ABSURD. Their childish competitions were just ridiculous and made me hate both of them a little. I got where Nick was coming from more, but it pissed me off with him too. 2. I honestly did not feel like Bex had feelings for Freddie in The Royal We. Yes, she felt he was a good kisser, but I never felt like it went deeper than that. But suddenly in this book she is a jealous woman and I was just so confused? And annoyed. You are married to his brother, what is wrong with you? 3. The love triangle. That's it, that's the whole book. The love triangle. I hate love triangles, I really do. But I especially hate them when one couple is already established because it just makes me doubt their love and devotion, and makes me dislike the potential cheater. This was even worse because the pre-existing couple is already married. AND THE OTHER POTENTIAL GUY IS HIS BROTHER. GAG. Honestly, just makes my skin crawl that this plot somehow managed to carry over and take over the ENTIRE book. I get addressing it, obviously it had to happen. But to be so prevalent? No thank you. 4. Freddie's ending relationship. (view spoiler)[I get that not all relationships are the same and there are different kinds of love. I really do. But this is not it. If they were just friends and using this to be together and eventually fall in love, cool. BUT SHE LOVES HIM! She loves him and is just hoping through marriage she can get him to love her back?!?!? That is DEVASTATING. And worse, because he knows it! He knows and is still doing it! I loved Daphne and she deserved so much better than that! ALSO HE STILL LOVES BEX! So he's kind of just settling for her and it's tragic. Also I'm pretty sure he's doing it so he came move away and be further from Bex, Nick, and you know who. Which is just a terrible reason to get married, and again, not at all fair to Daphne. (hide spoiler)] 5. There is not a SINGLE thing I liked about the last 100 or 150 pages. NOT. A. SINGLE. THING. In fact, I was infuriated and uncomfortable the whole time. 6. The whole drama of being expected to start a family. How this plot ended.... I'm so heated even just thinking about it. I despised everything about it. (view spoiler)[Maybe some people might find it normal to ask their sibling to donate their sperm/egg? Maybe? I genuinely don't know anyone who would? I for sure would not ask my sister for her egg, but maybe someone out there? I mean, I would be so uncomfortable knowing it's actually my sister's child and I'm actually the aunt, but also the mom? I would personally rather adopt. But I get that's not an option for them. I guess. But I would still NEVER ask Freddie. ESPECIALLY considering he is in love with Bex! I don't get this plot. Was this supposed to be a way that they could each have Bex? Nick gets to marry her and Freddie gets a child with her? Yet it's not really his? But it is? I just... don't understand. And I hate it. And this whole plot made my skin crawl and SO UNCOMFORTABLE. I would've rather they just didn't have children. Like do you tell your kids that Uncle Freddie is actually their biological dad? If not you're all hypocrites, but I'll get into that on my next point. But I feel like the ending was supposed to be happy and hopeful because they had kids, but really I just hated that they did and found it disturbing and uncomfortable and just all around a horrible plot that made me 100% furious and 0% happy. (hide spoiler)] 7. The whole Georgina plot of unearthing her secrets. This just felt SO unnecessary to me. There is so much drama already, why do you need to add this? I get the original part of it, but the information we find out at the end? WHYYYY?!?!?!? (view spoiler)[I feel like I was supposed to feel sympathy towards Georgina, and I did that she lost her baby. But otherwise I felt nothing for her but disgust. I don't know why people seem to think it's cool to sleep with their sibling's spouses (or try to) in this book world... but it's not. It's grimy and awful. But the fact that Nick and Freddie had the AUDACITY to get mad at Eleanor for hiding the truth of who their ancestor was was LAUGHABLE. They're all such fucking hypocrites! YOU ARE DOING THE EXACT SAME THING! It just infuriates me how hypocritical they're being. Should she have done it and lied to the whole world? No. Is it different than you lying to the whole world about who the real father of your child is? NO. You're all garbage. I AM HEATED. (hide spoiler)] Overall I really wish that The Royal We was a standalone and I could have just imagined what happened after the dramatic ending and how everything eventually worked out. Or I wish that this was just about Freddie finding love and we see Nick and Bex as background characters, but not as a huge Nick/Bex/Freddie triange.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie ✨

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lily Herman

    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. While 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 people 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    The Heir Affair picks up with The Royal We left off, so if you haven't read The Royal We yet, you'll want to read that before reading this one or you'll be totally lost, and will be missing a lot of context.  I was excited to jump back into the world Bex, Nick, Freddie, and their friends. The first book ended on a note that left the ending open for readers to use their imagination, but also left it closed enough to where a sequel wasn't necessary, so I was very excited to learn there was a sequel The Heir Affair picks up with The Royal We left off, so if you haven't read The Royal We yet, you'll want to read that before reading this one or you'll be totally lost, and will be missing a lot of context.  I was excited to jump back into the world Bex, Nick, Freddie, and their friends. The first book ended on a note that left the ending open for readers to use their imagination, but also left it closed enough to where a sequel wasn't necessary, so I was very excited to learn there was a sequel coming out.  While The Royal We was filled with lighthearted romance and friendship with a little drama thrown in, The Heir Affair felt the opposite. Overall, the sequel took a darker turn, and focused more on family drama, strained relationships, and marital hurdles. I really felt for Bex, as it seemed like she couldn't catch a break. While that was not what I expected going into the book, it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Based on the way things ended in book one, it was to be expected that things wouldn't be totally peachy-keen in book two. That said, it felt like the book could have been a little bit shorter. Some of the main plot points seemed to stretch on a little too long, and could have been resolved in a quicker, more concise manner, while still getting the same emotions across to the reader.  That said, I still enjoyed The Heir Affair as a nice summer read, and would recommend this to anyone who read and enjoyed the first book. If you haven't read the first book, but are interested in the Royal Family and their relationships, definitely pick this series up! I ended up rating this one 4 stars. I'd like to thank Grand Central Publishing for my copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest, unbiased review. 

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Kafka | JustReadingJess

    The Heir Affair is a great continuation of The Royal We. All the characters you love and hate return. There is more scheming and secrets. Read it to find out what is next for Bex and Nick. I highly recommend The Heir Affair to anyone that enjoyed The Royal We. If you haven’t and want a scheming American commoner falls in love with a prince story I recommend starting with The Royal We. Christine Lakin did a great job narrating. Her voice is perfect for the story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Story Girl

    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

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie

    Freddie got shafted. Nick and Bex got shafted. I feel like I got shafted. I’m going to sit on this one a while before rating and reviewing. ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ Four days later: Okay. I've finally decided to rate and review this book, since even days after the fact, thinking about this book and how things end up for our characters makes me sad. Every single thing that happens to Freddie in this book broke my heart. (view spoiler)[First, he attempts to date "serious" women, women who are intelligent and have ca Freddie got shafted. Nick and Bex got shafted. I feel like I got shafted. I’m going to sit on this one a while before rating and reviewing. ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ Four days later: Okay. I've finally decided to rate and review this book, since even days after the fact, thinking about this book and how things end up for our characters makes me sad. Every single thing that happens to Freddie in this book broke my heart. (view spoiler)[First, he attempts to date "serious" women, women who are intelligent and have careers and aren't just after him for his money/ fame/ title. Every single one of these women dumps him because they are too serious for him. Next, we INSIST on perpetuating this Nick-Bex-Freddie love triangle to the bitter end instead of letting Freddie move on. AND THEN, when Bex and Nick have trouble conceiving on their own it's suggested that Freddie provide the "material" to get Bex pregnant. When this is first suggested, it made me nauseous. Not because I had any problem with Freddie helping his brother have kids when he's unable to do so himself. (If my sister couldn't have babies of her own and needed my eggs to do it, cut me open, doc. they're hers!) But why in the world did this have to happen after hundreds and hundreds of pages of Freddie is still hopelessly in love with Bex!? I thought, surely, that this was just a wild suggestion and wouldn't come to fruition. Especially after poor, poor Freddie reacts so badly and says that he feels like not just the "spare" but like "spare parts"! Do we have a heart-to-heart where Freddie's feelings are discussed and validated and I, as a reader, could come to terms with Bex having Freddie's biological baby? NO! Freddy says he feels like spare parts, and the next we see, it's a done deal! Does Freddie at least get his own happy ending? That's a no. He marries a woman he has said over and over again he DOES NOT LOVE so he can flee this screwed up situation and not have a front row seat to watch the woman he does love raising his biological children (twins!) with his brother. I kept thinking that no way was this actually going to happen. But it did! The scene between Freddie and Bex, right before his wedding, where he puts his hands on HER PREGNANT BELLY. Gahhh. I actually cried. It was just devastating. I think my problem with all this is that it could have been different. The authors still could have used the we-need-freddie's-sperm plot line but let Freddie move on with a woman he loved and come to peace with Bex and Nick. And they just didn't. Anything for Bex and Nick, who cares if it's all at Freddie's expense. I also had issues with the "surprise" reveal of Nick and Freddie not actually being heirs (AFTER ALL THIS) and issues with Nick and Bex being on the outs for what felt like the majority of the book. (hide spoiler)] But! I could have put up with almost anything because I grew to care for these characters and their disastrous lives and relationships so much. But it seems I could not put up with Freddie being used and abused and thrown away. 2 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    After the tumultuous Royal Wedding That Was, Bex and Nick are in hiding. Hiding from the angry public, who feel betrayed by Bex the Scoundrel, and hiding from the wrath of the Queen. But you can't run from your family, and you can't run forever, and so Bex and Nick slap a band-aid on their fragile romance and start their return to public life. Can they make it? Do they even want to? While I adored The Royal We, I liked this one even better!! Bex is forced to adapt to her out and open relationship After the tumultuous Royal Wedding That Was, Bex and Nick are in hiding. Hiding from the angry public, who feel betrayed by Bex the Scoundrel, and hiding from the wrath of the Queen. But you can't run from your family, and you can't run forever, and so Bex and Nick slap a band-aid on their fragile romance and start their return to public life. Can they make it? Do they even want to? While I adored The Royal We, I liked this one even better!! Bex is forced to adapt to her out and open relationship with Nick and handling the aftermath of the previous book's revelations, and she discovers what it means to be a royal Duchess who has royally pissed off the queen. Speaking of Eleanor, she really took the lead in this book. Once again, Bex's relationship with Nick falls to the backside (while paradoxically being at the forefront?) as she and the Queen begin what has got to be the weirdest relationship in the entire world. I loved it, and I loved Eleanor, despite her being...well, the Queen of England and absolutely one of the Worst People in the Word. And I loved how Bex handled her relationship with Eleanor—that silent stand-off was fucking hilarious. The brass balls of reading a Playboy magazine and clicking a pen for fifteen minutes straight in the presence of the Queen of England is just...wow. Anywho, in this one Bex navigates life as a Duchess, with the help of her friends—her friends whose trust she needs to win back after the secrets of the first book. I still love Gaz (who is just precious), but Lady Bollocks takes the win in this book. She's just utterly fantastic, and I love how ruthless and competent she is in keeping everything together. Binders upon binders upon binders. Upon returning from self-imposed exile, Bex and Nick are given Eleanor's late sister's suites to live in. Georgina's life is an allegory for Princess Margaret, and she's depicted as a hoarder, partier and heavy smoker...who also has an illicit Sex Den basement hidden in her closet. But there is more to Georgina than Bex ever imagined, and as she and Nick go through the late princess's many possessions, they begin to realize that the Royal Family's royal secrets are darker than they ever could have imagined. So that's a super cryptic way of putting it, but I really don't want to give any more spoilers away. Shit goes dooooooooown. Let's just say that this one tugged my heartstrings in multiple directions, that I still want to kill Clive, that Freddie is always and forever #1, and that I am ride or die for @KingIdrisEbla. Oh, and go Cubs! I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandrine

    I wish I loved this book as much as some other people did, but I just didn't. After waiting years for this sequel and rereading the first one many, many times, this book not only fell flat, but it somehow has ruined the first book for me, knowing that this is what becomes of those characters I fell in love with. I think my problems are mostly based around the feeling that this book lacked the heart and escapist nature that the first book had in spades. This book was weighted down with too many s I wish I loved this book as much as some other people did, but I just didn't. After waiting years for this sequel and rereading the first one many, many times, this book not only fell flat, but it somehow has ruined the first book for me, knowing that this is what becomes of those characters I fell in love with. I think my problems are mostly based around the feeling that this book lacked the heart and escapist nature that the first book had in spades. This book was weighted down with too many shallow plots that dragged on, while the more important plots lacked imagination and sufficient detail to really grip me. I felt that Nick was fleshed out much better in this book, but I spent most of it feeling bad for him. Bex seemed to lack the robust character and personality from the first book. But the biggest victim of this story was poor Freddie, whose storyline was unfair and deeply chaotic and poorly thought-out. He deserved better than he got, and his fun personality from the first book barely made an appearance behind his new, more sullen one. But my biggest criticism is far and away the story arc that occurs between Bex, Nick, and Freddie towards the end of the book, and without spoiling a major plot point, they come to an odd arrangement that I really hated. It left me feeling deeply uncomfortable in the encounters between the main characters and hurt me to watch all of the characters have to suffer through something so unfair and awkward. It made a book that should be a guilty pleasure into a dark and disturbing family situation, and then had the nerve to brush over how the characters felt about the situation, instead passing it off as a solution that everyone could be comfortable with. I unfortunately was not as comfortable with the situation as they pretended to be since the authors never took the time to make the readers really understand. Overall, it really disappointed me and ruined some of these beloved characters for me. There were some good moments, but those were far outweighed by the uncomfortable and dark moments that clogged up the plot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)

    Bex and Nick are newly wed and the wedding was about as dramatic as we expected. Clive, holding true to his word, completely sold out on his long friendship with the royal family. Feeling utterly overwhelmed and in a state that could be called anything but wedded bliss, Bex and Nick decide to flee. Meet Steve and Margot. No cares in the world. No commitments. Certainly not followed by the paparazzi. Nick and Bex embrace their alter egos full swing and for a full several months. That is until the Bex and Nick are newly wed and the wedding was about as dramatic as we expected. Clive, holding true to his word, completely sold out on his long friendship with the royal family. Feeling utterly overwhelmed and in a state that could be called anything but wedded bliss, Bex and Nick decide to flee. Meet Steve and Margot. No cares in the world. No commitments. Certainly not followed by the paparazzi. Nick and Bex embrace their alter egos full swing and for a full several months. That is until the Queen has a health scare and they race back to be by her side. With Queen Eleanor’s health in jeopardy, the eyes are on the throne more than ever. Compromising their relationship with the country and with their family by running from their problems, Bex and Nick must make amends. But the country isn’t ready to forgive or to forget, especially with Clive spearheading a campaign against not only the royal couple, but specifically against Bex’s womb. After a miscarriage, the royal couple struggles to conceive and though they may be in line to inherit the throne, they aren’t immune to the struggles that come to many families. Full of drama, love affairs, and family secrets, this was a sequel that hit every box. Though it was overly long like the first, ultimately I laughed, I cried, and I felt fulfilled at the end. Thank you to NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin A. Craig

    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! 😍😍😍

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This book was... a lot. An oftentimes very enjoyable lot, but boy howdy, there is a lot in there including (view spoiler)[a fake stroke, a real stroke, infertility, a dynastic marriage, a surprise parentage reveal, getting pregnant by the wrong brother on purpose, and redecorating. (hide spoiler)] I just wanted the book to look in the mirror and maybe take one thing off? This book was... a lot. An oftentimes very enjoyable lot, but boy howdy, there is a lot in there including (view spoiler)[a fake stroke, a real stroke, infertility, a dynastic marriage, a surprise parentage reveal, getting pregnant by the wrong brother on purpose, and redecorating. (hide spoiler)] I just wanted the book to look in the mirror and maybe take one thing off?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen Calonita

    Loved, loved, loved this return trip to England where we get to see what happens next after Prince Nicholas and Bex's royal wedding. The sequel doesn't disappoint! There are royal rumors, deaths, affairs and so much dishy goodness I couldn't put it down. Such a fun summer read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah at Sarah's Bookshelves

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kimmy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars I liked this book, although not as much as I liked its predecessor. I was really rooting for Bex and Nick throughout, but I was also annoyed throughout much of the book. Bex kept trying to reestablish her friendship with Freddie, but he needed some time and distance (understandably). There were moments where it seemed like Bex felt slighted that Freddie wouldn’t open up to her about his love life, for example, that irked me because it struck me as being selfish of her, and insensitive t 3.5 stars I liked this book, although not as much as I liked its predecessor. I was really rooting for Bex and Nick throughout, but I was also annoyed throughout much of the book. Bex kept trying to reestablish her friendship with Freddie, but he needed some time and distance (understandably). There were moments where it seemed like Bex felt slighted that Freddie wouldn’t open up to her about his love life, for example, that irked me because it struck me as being selfish of her, and insensitive to both Freddie and Nick. She knew how Freddie felt about her and kept trying to act as though things were the way they were before, but both Freddie and Nick were uncomfortable with that. I also think there is some dynamic at play where one person has feelings for anther person who, perhaps unintentionally, takes advantage of those feelings. I don’t know how to really put it into words but I kept thinking that when it came to Freddie, Bex had some upper hand in their relationship because of everything that had happened between them. And yet when Freddie made it clear that he needed time and space, Bex was hurt. It didn’t really seem to me that she was able to take his or Nick’s feelings into consideration. And when it seemed like Freddie was getting involved with someone and it was turning into a relationship, Bex got very judgmental about it, in a way that made me wonder if she was jealous – even though she was married to Nick and kept insisting that she didn’t feel that way about Freddie. Towards the end of the book, her mom tells her that she basically has to let Freddie go, and I had wanted someone to yell that at Bex throughout the entire book! She came off as annoying and jealous every time Freddie was around and I did not like it or enjoy it. My heart went out to Nick, who clearly loved Bex but had felt betrayed by both her and Freddie. I was most interested in seeing how the brothers would heal their relationship (or not) as the story went on. Not that Nick didn’t make some infuriating decisions either – there were moments where I wanted to yell at him, to get him and Bex to just talk to each other. The Queen was a fascinatingly aggravating yet sympathetic character, and she ended up being my favourite person in the book. The thing that really got to me about this book, though, was the use of Freddie as a donor for Bex and Nick’s baby. I was baffled. BAFFLED. When the idea was first raised, I thought that it was absurd and that there was no way it would actually happen. And at first everyone was equally aghast (well, except the Queen). And then when they all started to get on board with the idea, I just – I couldn’t – I think I still can’t quite wrap my mind around it. I was really struggling with that part of the story. I just didn’t understand how they would think it’s a good idea for Freddie to basically father a child with his sister-in-law, who he had been in love with, and whose actions (along with hers) jeopardized his relationship with Nick, Bex’s marriage, and the monarchy’s public image. It was too weird for me and made me way too uncomfortable, but maybe that’s just me…And this is minor compared to the rest, but I was also hoping that we would see Clive get some sort of comeuppance for his betrayal, but no such luck. All in all, this was a good, entertaining follow up to The Royal We, although I think it was overlong and dragged at times (and despite the THING that boggled my mind).

  20. 5 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    I did not like this book as much as the first one. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan lost some of the magic that was in book one. Maybe it is because of the fact that the real royal family has been saturating the headlines lately. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, there was just nothing earth shattering about it. The writing was okay, but not spectacular. It was a fun read, but not one I would reread many times as I am prone to doing with an amazing book. My biggest problem with this b I did not like this book as much as the first one. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan lost some of the magic that was in book one. Maybe it is because of the fact that the real royal family has been saturating the headlines lately. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book, there was just nothing earth shattering about it. The writing was okay, but not spectacular. It was a fun read, but not one I would reread many times as I am prone to doing with an amazing book. My biggest problem with this book was the length, almost five hundred pages! If you are looking for a quick and easy read...this is not the book to choose. It was cute and sweet but nothing really swoon worthy or earth shattering. If there is a third book featuring Freddie, as the main character, I will be all in! Thank you NetGalley, Grand Central Publishing, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #TheHeirAffair #NetGalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    mindful.librarian ☀️

    (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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)

    Things pick up where The Royal We left off. Nick and Bex had a beautiful wedding, well, except for the rumor that put a dark cloud over their ceremony. The rumor was about an alleged affair between Bex and Prince Freddie, Nick's brother. Cue all the drama as the tabloids pick the story up, which was tipped off from one of Nick's former friends. Obviously, this takes away from what should be a fairy tale wedding, so Nick and Bex escape to Scotland to avoid the public, tabloids, and all rumors. Ho Things pick up where The Royal We left off. Nick and Bex had a beautiful wedding, well, except for the rumor that put a dark cloud over their ceremony. The rumor was about an alleged affair between Bex and Prince Freddie, Nick's brother. Cue all the drama as the tabloids pick the story up, which was tipped off from one of Nick's former friends. Obviously, this takes away from what should be a fairy tale wedding, so Nick and Bex escape to Scotland to avoid the public, tabloids, and all rumors. However, after going into hiding for awhile, the public starts to get annoyed with them, not to mention the Queen. Who do they think they are escaping all Royal duties and trying to blend in with the public in Scotland? Leave it to the Queen to get them home under false pretenses and then the story continues from there. Bex and Nick must face the music and dance while trying to repair their relationships with just about everyone including the issues within their own marriage. Royal lovers rejoice, because you will take pleasure in revisiting these characters and all their drama in The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

    RTC close or on release date

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    2020 Ripped Bodice Bingo: Cover has a large piece of jewelry on it Oh my, yes, WAY too much going on. I mostly enjoyed myself, but THIS WAS A LOT.

  26. 4 out of 5

    pia (pixiepia)

    I'm really sad to say that I really did not enjoy this book. I liked the previous book and that's why I picked it up but this one was really disappointing. There are certain choices and circumstances that come about in this book that were so tired and unnecessary. This also has a lot of tropes like miscommunication and cheating. I personally HATE cheating in books and when it happened in the previous book I couldn't love that book as much as I could if there hadn't been cheating. The problem to I'm really sad to say that I really did not enjoy this book. I liked the previous book and that's why I picked it up but this one was really disappointing. There are certain choices and circumstances that come about in this book that were so tired and unnecessary. This also has a lot of tropes like miscommunication and cheating. I personally HATE cheating in books and when it happened in the previous book I couldn't love that book as much as I could if there hadn't been cheating. The problem to me with this sequel was that the entire plot was focused on that incident, which drove me mad.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joee (booksandacupofjoee)

    *4.5 stars* I read The Royal We last year and it was one of the most addictive books I've ever read. I legit couldn't focus on anything but finding out what happened next. It took my heart on a WILD ride! So when I found out we were getting a sequel I was THRILLED! I love all things Royal especially the royal family which is what these books feel like you're reading about. Jumping back into this royal world was like welcoming back an old friend. I was instantly reminded how much I LOVE this char *4.5 stars* I read The Royal We last year and it was one of the most addictive books I've ever read. I legit couldn't focus on anything but finding out what happened next. It took my heart on a WILD ride! So when I found out we were getting a sequel I was THRILLED! I love all things Royal especially the royal family which is what these books feel like you're reading about. Jumping back into this royal world was like welcoming back an old friend. I was instantly reminded how much I LOVE this characters. Especially Bex, Nick and Freddie. Bex is my FAV because once again she proves to be one tough, fierce, sassy gal that I adore so much. I was blown away at how much I enjoyed her and Eleanor's relationship. It was my second favorite thing about this. Number one being all the cute Nick and Bex moments! 🔥 This one was still packed with drama and kept me on my toes but I liked that it didn't quite put me through the emotional ringer as much. These books make me feel like I'm getting an inside scoop on what it's really like to be royal. It's definitely not as glamorous as it looks. I will I was super bummed about where one of the characters story went. I really wanted to see them get a happier story or feel more closure for them. But yet it did feel more realistic and bittersweet and by no means was it a bad ending for them. I just want more for them after all the sacrifices they made which is why I'd love a third book! Once again, I was impressed at how these authors were able to suck me and get me so invested in these characters lives. It has such a realistic feel. It's definitely packed with so many twists and one big reveal I did NOT see coming. The first is still fav but I loved being back. I cherish these characters so much and wish I was part of their crew! The ending was super sweet too and had me tearing up! If you love Royal stuff, I can't recommend this series enough! *Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for my gifted copy *

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cat Duffy

    3.5 stars rounded up. * I think this book suffered from the absolutely skyhigh expectations I had for it, as I had desperately waited for it for years and years. And let me be clear -- it's a dishy read that reconnects you with the characters we grew to know and love in The Royal We. If you want a witty novel that's full of drama and plot twists all with a Royal backdrop then you'll love this book. * Here are the things I loved: 1. Reuniting with these characters. Bex and Freddie and Nick are trul 3.5 stars rounded up. * I think this book suffered from the absolutely skyhigh expectations I had for it, as I had desperately waited for it for years and years. And let me be clear -- it's a dishy read that reconnects you with the characters we grew to know and love in The Royal We. If you want a witty novel that's full of drama and plot twists all with a Royal backdrop then you'll love this book. * Here are the things I loved: 1. Reuniting with these characters. Bex and Freddie and Nick are truly delightful and getting to reenter their lives (despite all the drama) was like catching up with old friends. 2. The Queen. Her evolution and arc in this book is excellent. Particularly the evolution of her relationship with Bex. 3. The incisive interrogation of how the media treats women -- particularly royal ladies -- which felt particularly prescient given the developments with Meghan Markle (like honestly are the fug girls fortune tellers? oracles?) * Here's what I didn't love: 1. I felt it was about 100 pages too long, with sideplots that I could have done without (but I simultaneously really missed characters like Cilla and Gaz who were reduced to the sideplots that probably should have been cut from the book entirely). 2. Without spoiling anything, the main twist felt too neat. It was too convenient for similar dynamics and dramas to repeat in successive generations. I just didn't find it particularly believable 3. The book felt... so depressing at times, like Bex simply couldn't catch a break for the majority of the book. While there are fun parts of the book, a lot of it is centered on scandal and drama and people being upset (for a variety of reasons, justified and unjustified). I wanted the lighthearted fun and romance of The Royal We and that... is not this book. And that's ok!! I wanted this book to be something it's not, and that's on me. But I felt it important to mention in my review so people would know what they're getting when they pick this (gigantic) book up, because I feel like if I had had a better understanding of the tenor of the book going in, I might have enjoyed it more!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shreya Karnati

    I was really excited to see where this book was going because of all of the drama and twists in the first book. The book started off pretty slow and took a while to get into. This book has much heavier stakes then the first book but the first one was more entertaining. It was interesting to see the secrets the royal family was hiding and how the characters had to deal with the consequences of the past actions of their ancestors. (view spoiler)[I really though the queen was having a change of hea I was really excited to see where this book was going because of all of the drama and twists in the first book. The book started off pretty slow and took a while to get into. This book has much heavier stakes then the first book but the first one was more entertaining. It was interesting to see the secrets the royal family was hiding and how the characters had to deal with the consequences of the past actions of their ancestors. (view spoiler)[I really though the queen was having a change of heart when she started befriending Bex and was really sad to see that she was mainly doing it for her own purposes. It was nice to see that Freddie and Lacey both get their own happily ever after. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 4 out of 5

    Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)

    I really loved this; there was just one plot point I couldn't get behind, and I do feel both books in this series are longer than they need to be. I read The Royal We when it first came out when I was a freshman in high school, and I absolutely adored it; it was a 5 star read. However, I re-read it in preparation for this book, and lowered my rating to 4 stars (though I did go the audiobook route so that may have influenced my enjoyment). I did still really love it, but I think I loved this one I really loved this; there was just one plot point I couldn't get behind, and I do feel both books in this series are longer than they need to be. I read The Royal We when it first came out when I was a freshman in high school, and I absolutely adored it; it was a 5 star read. However, I re-read it in preparation for this book, and lowered my rating to 4 stars (though I did go the audiobook route so that may have influenced my enjoyment). I did still really love it, but I think I loved this one more!

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