A hardened woman, softening her heart.
A dangerous conspiracy, putting them both in the line of fire.
Charlotte Wyler, one of the head bakers at the Vallerian Royal Palace, has worked long and hard to achieve her success. After a tough upbringing in America, she came to Valleria for a fresh start and she'll do what it takes to prove herself, including thwarting the advances of the sexy playboy prince she works for, Prince Nate. Charlie's used to the heat of the kitchen, but not of Nate's lips against hers. Even though his easygoing attitude and irresistible smile both unnerve and arouse her, she wants to build a life and a family, not be another notch in his – or anyone's – bedpost.
Prince Nathaniel, Valleria's newest Minister of Finance and Treasury, likes it when numbers add up. What doesn't add up is his attraction to Charlotte, a woman whose kisses are as sweet and addictive as her desserts and whose tough exterior hides a painful past. It's true he's been dubbed the 'Playboy Prince', but Nate may be ready to settle down – if only he can convince Charlie to take a chance on him.
Just when Nate and Charlie begin connecting on a deeper level, scandal ensues. Discrepancies in the royal coffers means Valleria is deeply in debt, placing both Charlie's and Nate’s jobs in jeopardy. As Nate prepares to deliver a controversial austerity budget to the Royal Council, both he and Charlie also begin to unravel deception near the highest levels of government.
When Charlie becomes a pawn in a dangerous game, will Nate be able to save both her and Valleria from destruction?
*Please note: this novel contains content suitable for mature audiences only.
*This is a standalone book in the series, with no cliffhanger. However, you may prefer to read the other books in the series first.
Meet the Royals of Valleria, a country as old as the fall of the Roman Empire. The reigning king and patriarch rules with his beloved queen. Nine children, now grown, ranging from the eldest twins to the youngest son, watch over the country they love and care for. Bound by honor, duty, and each other, follow their lives as they fall in love, face tragedies, and triumph against the evils facing them.
Want more Royals?
Book 1: Alexander & Rebecca
Book 2: Marcello & Grace
Book 3: Arianna & Finn
Book 4: Charlotte & Nate
Book 5: A Royal Holiday (Novella)
Book 6: Catharine & Edward
Book 7: Royally Ever After
Book 8: Lorenzo & Lily
Book 9: (coming late 2017)
Box Set: Books 1-3
Box Set: Books 4-6
Box Set: Books 7-9 (coming late 2017)
Coming in 2017! The first three books in the Seaside Valleria series, a spin-off series set on Valleria’s shores, centering around the folks at the local pub, the Seashell, where royals have been known to pop in from time-to-time!
About the author
MARIANNE KNIGHTLY is the pen name for the author of over ten novels and novellas of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is most well known for her Royals of Valleria series, a contemporary royal romance series with a hint of suspense set in her fictional country of Valleria.
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