Fairy tales end with the line “they lived happily ever after”. But as anyone who has ever been married can tell you, the wedding is only the beginning.
The Heir Affair (the sequel to The Royal We), by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, was published last year. It takes place right after the first book ended. Nick and Bex are newlyweds, but life is not all sunshine and roses. The scandal that nearly ended their engagement has forced them to go into hiding. When they are forced to return to London, Bex knows that she and Nick must face the music. Adding to their troubles is the revelation of a family secret and a question of succession.
I loved this book. I didn’t think it would have possible to top The Royal We, but somehow the authors were able to. As a reader, I was able to relate to the characters because it is the story of an imperfect family, who, at the end of the day, are no different than any other family. I wont spoil the ending, but I will say that it humanized these people, instead of elevating to images of royal perfection.
From an early age, of the most common fairy tales are told is the story of the marriage between a prince and a commoner. But as perfect and straight forward as these narratives are, they are a just a tad boring.
The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan was published in 2016. Rebecca “Bex” Porter has always had an adventurous streak. Transferring to Oxford University to finish her degree, she is met at the door by Nick, one of her new housemates. What starts off as a friendship turns into love. But Nick is not just any guy. He is Prince Nicholas, heir to the British throne.
It is not easy dating a future King of England, given the fame and the responsibilities Nick has on his shoulders. It quickly becomes apparent that Bex will have to make a choice about her life and her future. To say that the decision is not easy is an understatement.
Loosely based on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s early years as a couple, I found this book to be charming, romantic, and delicious. Both Bex and Nick are drawn in a way that they are fully fleshed out characters, instead of the 2D Hallmark movie leads they could have been.