Every prince has his secrets. And she’s determined to unravel his…
Every dashing young man in London’s ton is vying for Lady Caroline Hawke’s hand—except one. Handsome, delectable roué Prince Leopold of Alucia can’t quite remember who Caroline is, and the insult is not to be tolerated. So, Caroline does what any clever, resourceful lady of means would do to make sure a prince remembers her: sees that amusingly risqué morsels about Leo’s reputation are printed in a ladies’ gossip gazette…all the while secretly setting her cap for the rakish royal.
Someone has been painting Leo as a blackguard, but who? Socially, it could ruin him. More important, it jeopardizes his investigation into a contemptible scheme that reaches the highest levels of government in London. Now, Leo needs Lady Caroline’s help to regain access to society. But this charming prince is about to discover that enlisting the deceptively sweet and sexy Lady Caroline might just cost him his heart, his soul and both their reputations…
A Royal Kiss & Tell (A Royal Wedding, #2) by Julia London
Series: A Royal Wedding #2
Published by HQN Books on 05/19/2020
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I received a complimentary ARC from Author's Review Crew in exchange for an honest review.
A ROYAL KISS and TELL by Julia London
Caroline and Leopold’s love/hate story is a tale that follows the trope of enemies/friends to lovers in A Royal Kiss and Tell by Julia London, book two in A Royal Wedding series. It is a tale that also reminds us of that fine line between love and hate.
I will be honest; I struggled with liking this heroine. Caroline was annoying, a nuisance, egotistical, self-centered, very tenacious, and clueless of how her actions affected other people. Yet, I learned much about why she is the way she is as we continue reading the story; orphan, raised by older brother along with Eliza and Hollis, her best friends.
Leopold has always known he’s the spare and had no idea of what he wanted to do with life; so he drank his way through the parties and introductions. He is surprised when his father, the king, informs him that a marriage has been arranged for him and which will benefit their country.
Leo was quite good at ignoring women who thought they could demand an introduction to him and have him offer for her as well as men who wanted to know him with a hope to gain; especially politicians who wanted his ear. When an exiled, wanted protester informs Leo of human trafficking occurring between their country and England, Leo is quick to find a solution to uncover the men behind it, find the girls and return them to Alucia, and figure out how to do all this and stop it without being discovered.
In the meantime, Caroline has set her heart on Leo, at the same time her brother is trying to marry her off. Thanks to the gossip rag, Leo’s reputation is in shreds and he has socially been black-listed. Needing Caroline’s help to regain access into society, he begins to see her differently than before.
Spending all this time together has them feeling the sparks and off the charts chemistry between them. They both just might lose their hearts when Leo is required to return home, if not their reputations.
Ms. London wrote an emotional story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sizzling chemistry, unusual banter, and characters who love to hate, giving Caroline and Leopold a chance at love, happiness, and a future together. I highly recommend A Royal Kiss and Tell to other readers and look forward to reading the next book in this series.