Royal Catch: The Rourkes Series, Book 1

The Rourkes

Book 1
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A gruff prince in need of a wife

A commoner impersonating a princess

And a bridal competition gone terribly awry…


Gabriel

I am the crown prince of Villroy, heir to a kingdom, bound by duty to marry and produce an heir.

I expected a quiet arrangement through royal channels, instead I got a palace full of women vying for my hand. And how do they “win” this barbaric game set up by my crafty mother? By figuring out how to save the kingdom’s faltering economy through a series of challenges. This undignified circus is beneath a man of my stature! Proof being that a saucy, ill-mannered woman wearing body-hugging clothes is in the lead. I could never love someone like that, let alone marry her.

Anna

The plan sounded simple.

I pose as my friend, pick up her inheritance, and return with the cash to keep her out of jail. (Apparently, being a princess in hiding is no excuse for identity theft.) So, yeah, I’m not exactly royal. I’m an orphan, a self-made woman, and proud of it. Suddenly I’m in a battle royale with a bunch of crazy competitive women for “riches beyond our dreams.” I’m in a time crunch, which means I need to win this competition fast. Only, that means winning over the judge; the smoldering hot grim-faced Gabriel. And now I find myself wanting to compete for more than just the money. But could a royal prince ever fall for a commoner like me?

The Rourkes Series

Royal Catch (Book 1)

Royal Hottie (Book 2)

Royal Darling (Book 3)

Royal Charmer (Book 4)

Royal Player (Book 5)

Royal Shark (Book 6)










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About the author

Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water. 


Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash. 


Find out more about Kylie and upcoming books at www.kyliegilmore.com. Sign up for Kylie’s newsletter at kyliegilmore.com/newsletter


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Extra Fancy Books
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Published on
May 14, 2019
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Pages
300
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9781942238836
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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A British bad boy and a runaway princess bride collide for a tempting time…

Jackson

Being a rock god isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s become a soulless grind. Which is why I’m now on my mate’s houseboat, far away from the spotlight, hoping to find my way back to the music.

Yeah. Not gonna happen.

I’ve just discovered a stowaway on board, and I can’t believe who she is. A bloody princess? And the prim little woman won’t leave the boat, so I make an offer to scare her off—a no-strings fling.

Only she says yes.

I say no, and she promptly locks herself in my bedroom.

I swear I’m dropping her off at the next port.

She’s trouble wrapped in a pretty virginal package, and I know I shouldn’t touch.

Emma

I’m a runaway bride trying to make a clean escape. But when Jackson Walker discovers me hiding on his boat—after I get over the shock of stumbling upon a rock star’s hideaway—I immediately know he’s exactly what I need. He’s wild, rough around the edges, perfect.

My family would never approve. The press would skewer us. I still want him.

He’s the antidote to my tightly prescribed life.

But can he ever see past my title to the woman I long to be?

The Rourkes Series

Royal Catch (Book 1)

Royal Hottie (Book 2)

Royal Darling (Book 3)

Royal Charmer (Book 4)

Royal Player (Book 5)

Royal Shark (Book 6)












Keywords: contemporary romance, romantic comedy, chick lit, funny romance, humorous romance, humorous fiction, women's fiction, royal romance, series romance, series, family sagas, romance series, romance, romantic, family life, dating, the rourkes, the rourkes series, humor, marriage, love, family life, friendship, Kylie Gilmore, USA Today bestselling author, royalty, love, sagas

Alice

First thing you should know about me—I’m on my honeymoon on Villroy Island without my groom, which was a no-brainer given how my ex-fiancé decided to “accidentally” fall in love with my best friend. I don’t want to talk about it.

Second thing: I’m a romance author on a generously extended deadline, and I’ve sworn to use this time away productively. So far my editor has hated all of my ideas featuring the crushing of men. Romance is dead within my blackened heart.

I’m about to admit defeat when a prince with an image problem falls into my lap. And for some crazy reason, it’s decided that me posing as his fiancée would be a good idea. The last thing I want is to actually be committed to someone, but a fake engagement may make this next book write itself.

Lucas

I enjoy being the world’s most eligible royal bachelor (the internet voted and I won), but that’s not all I am. I want to contribute to the kingdom, be part of the legacy. I should be the CEO of our new business venture, but my oldest brother, Gabriel, the king, blocks me at every turn, convinced I’m too flighty.

So when Gabriel’s wife, Anna, the unconventional queen, offers me a chance to prove myself with the bankers, and the only catch is bringing along a fake fiancée, I reluctantly agree. The ends justify the means, and Alice needs the fake engagement to inspire her story.

I never expected to fall. Yet here I am, hell-bent on convincing a woman afraid to get involved that she belongs with me.

The Rourkes Series

Royal Catch (Book 1)

Royal Hottie (Book 2)

Royal Darling (Book 3)

Royal Charmer (Book 4)

Royal Player (Book 5)

Royal Shark (Book 6)





Keywords: contemporary romance, romantic comedy, chick lit, funny romance, humorous romance, humorous fiction, women's fiction, royal romance, series romance, series, family sagas, romance series, romance, romantic, family life, dating, the rourkes, the rourkes series, humor, marriage, love, family life, friendship, Kylie Gilmore, USA Today bestselling author, royalty, love, sagas


Polly

I’m a modern twenty-three-year-old princess bound by rules more suited to medieval times. My father’s declining health means I will soon be queen, but, as a woman, I will not be allowed to rule alone. I can only claim my birthright by marrying the man chosen for me—a business tycoon useful to our kingdom.


My parents are unbending. If I do not comply, my younger cousin will take my place simply because he’s a man.


I’m the one who must bend, or walk away and lose everything—my family, my birthright, my island home.


I never met a man tempting enough to risk a kingdom…and then I meet him.


Oscar

I’m the good-looking one. If you need to pick me out of the middle of the Rourke clan, that’s how you do it. Does it bother me that nothing is expected of the fourth-born son other than to flash my devastatingly handsome smile for the press? Maybe.


Would I like to be needed even just by one person who sees me as the key to something important? Yes.


And then I meet her.


Only lightning struck for the wrong woman. She’s on Villroy for a short time before she must return home and marry the man her parents have chosen. If she doesn’t, she loses her birthright.


If I truly care for Polly, I’ll walk away. But do I have the strength to resist the most perfect woman I’ve ever met?


The Rourkes Series

Royal Catch (Book 1)

Royal Hottie (Book 2)

Royal Darling (Book 3)

Royal Charmer (Book 4)

Royal Player (Book 5)

Royal Shark (Book 6)


Keywords: contemporary romance, romantic comedy, chick lit, funny romance, humorous romance, humorous fiction, women's fiction, royal romance, series romance, series, family sagas, romance series, romance, romantic, family life, dating, the rourkes, the rourkes series, humor, marriage, love, family life, friendship, Kylie Gilmore, USA Today bestselling author, royalty, love, sagas

Adrian

I’m a gentleman and a card shark, so taking the lead on the new upscale casino on Villroy is a natural fit. I’m proud to run the place, especially given our flagging economy. Except, after a month in operation, it’s been proving to be more than one prince can handle. I need a right-hand man (or woman) to make this operation a success, and hundreds of jobs are counting on me.

And then my twin, Silvia, gets in touch about Sara, a girl we were close to as children when her family summered in Villroy. Ironically, at twelve, we swore a solemn vow to marry when we were twenty-five. We’re now twenty-five.

But that’s not why Silvia contacted me. Turns out that Sara, like me, loves poker, but now she’s in trouble, running a poker game in New York and upping the pot high enough to attract the wealthy underbelly of the city. Of course, I ride to the rescue with the perfect solution—a job, working for me.

Except the stubborn woman won’t stop her game, won’t leave New York, and won’t leave her sister, who’s all grown up. Now I find myself wanting her for more than just business, unable to leave her in such a dangerous situation. But my kingdom is counting on me to make the casino a success.

Something’s got to give.


The Rourkes Series

Royal Catch (Book 1)

Royal Hottie (Book 2)

Royal Darling (Book 3)

Royal Charmer (Book 4)

Royal Player (Book 5)

Royal Shark (Book 6)







Keywords: contemporary romance, romantic comedy, chick lit, funny romance, humorous romance, humorous fiction, women's fiction, royal romance, series romance, series, family sagas, romance series, romance, romantic, family life, dating, the rourkes, the rourkes series, humor, marriage, love, family life, friendship, Kylie Gilmore, USA Today bestselling author, royalty, love, sagas


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FOREVER AND A DAY is book #5 in the bestselling romance series The Inn at Sunset Harbor, which begins with book #1, For Now and Forever—a free download!

35 year old Emily Mitchell has fled her job, apartment and ex-boyfriend in New York City for her father's historic, abandoned home on the coast of Maine, needing a change in her life and determined to make it work as a B&B. She had never expected, though, that her relationship with its caretaker, Daniel, would turn her life on its head.

In FOREVER AND A DAY, Emily is stunned to finally, after 20 years, meet her missing father—just a week before her wedding. Their reunion changes both of their lives, and unlocks the key to the house’s many secrets, and to Emily’s missing memories.

Spring has finally arrived at Sunset Harbor, and with just a week to go until the big wedding date, the wedding preparations are busier than ever, including Daniel’s surprise talk of a honeymoon. Will Emily and Daniel have their dream wedding? Or will someone appear to tear it apart?

Meanwhile, Chantelle’s custody battle comes to a pitch, and as Memorial Day looms, they must figure out what to do with Trevor’s house. Yet amidst all of this, another issue weighs most heavily on Emily’s mind: will she herself ever be pregnant?

FOREVER AND A DAY is book #5 in a dazzling new romance series that will make you laugh, cry, keep you turning pages late into the night—and make you fall in love with romance all over again.

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When a wealthy business mogul visits a small Maine town, local matchmakers decide he's the perfect man for a widowed single mom who has long ago given up on love. 


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The last thing Clare Gray has time for is a man. She has a teenage daughter, a business, and friends who have her back. Who needs to complicate that with a man? She learned her lesson with her first marriage, and she has no intention of giving up her freedom for a knight in shining armor…even if he is a drool-worthy, out-of-town billionaire who swoops in to save her in a raging storm, with his luxury SUV and high-class life.


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When the town's residents decide he and Clare are meant for each other, Griffin discovers he must dig deep to become the man he was meant to be…or lose it all forever.


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 Books in the Birch Crossing series:

Unexpectedly Mine

Accidentally Mine

Unintentionally Mine

Irresistibly Mine

Mistakenly Mine (Coming Soon!)


 NOTE: Unexpectedly Mine was originally published under the title No Knight Needed as part of the Ever After series.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe is "contemporary romance at its best" (Bex 'N' Books). She's author of more than forty-five novels, and she's a five-time nominee and 2018 winner of the RITA® award, the highest award in romance fiction. As an award-winning author, Stephanie has been touching readers' hearts and keeping them spellbound for more than a decade.

A frenemies to lovers romance!

When Jasmine Davis opens her new dance studio, she’s shocked to find she shares the building with Will Levi, aka the man she fought with all summer at the community theater. Will is rigid, uptight, and irritating, so why is she so turned on?

Ex-bad boy Will has been living a life of penance ever since he crashed his car, nearly killing his brother. Jasmine is just one more reminder of the life he doesn’t deserve, but when one perfect kiss sets them on the slippery slope toward love, they both fear it will end with a crash. What do you do when the one person you can’t live with is the one person you can’t live without?


The Clover Park STUDS Series

Book 1: Almost Over It

Book 2: Almost Married

Book 3: Almost Fate

Book 4: Almost in Love

Book 5: Almost Romance

Book 6: Almost Hitched

And don't miss the connected Clover Park series:

Clover Park Series

Book 1: The Opposite of Wild

Book 2: Daisy Does It All

Book 3: Bad Taste in Men

Book 4: Kissing Santa

Book 5: Restless Harmony

Book 6: Not My Romeo

Book 7: Rev Me Up

Book 8: An Ambitious Engagement

Book 9: Clutch Player

Book 10: A Tempting Friendship

Clover Park Bride: A Clover Park Short

And the brand new standalone Happy Endings Book Club series, also set in Clover Park, with some cameo appearances from Clover Park favorites!

Happy Endings Book Club Series

Book 1: Hidden Hollywood

Book 2: Inviting Trouble

Book 3: So Revealing

Book 4: Formal Arrangement


Originally published under the title Stud Unleashed: Will.

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Hidden Hollywood

She’s on top…

When superstar actress Claire Jordan researched her role for the Fierce Trilogy movies, she never expected the bond she feels with the author and her romance book club aka The Happy Endings Book Club. Soon Claire finds herself confessing her secret longing for a regular guy—no more egocentric wealthy players—and the book club is all too ready to help. In disguise as a regular girl, she’s all set for a date with book-club-approved Josh Campbell.

He’s on top…

Billionaire tech CEO Jake Campbell is weary of gold-digging women, especially the glamorous superficial types. So when his identical twin, Josh, calls in a favor, asking Jake to step in as him on a date, Jake figures one of Josh’s cute girl-next-door types might be just what he needs. One night of passion with the sweet girl next door leaves Jake wanting more, except she seems to have vanished.

Sometimes a Happy Ending is just the beginning.


Happy Endings Book Club

Book 1: Hidden Hollywood

Book 2: Inviting Trouble

Book 3: So Revealing

Book 4: Formal Arrangement

Book 5: Bad Boy Done Wrong

Book 6: Mess With Me

Book 7: Resisting Fate

Book 8: Chance of Romance

Book 9: Wicked Flirt

Book 10: An Inconvenient Plan

Book 11: A Happy Endings Wedding

And don't miss my other two series set in Clover Park. Favorite characters pop up in each other's series!


Clover Park Series

Book 1: The Opposite of Wild

Book 2: Daisy Does It All

Book 3: Bad Taste in Men

Book 4: Kissing Santa

Book 5: Restless Harmony

Book 6: Not My Romeo

Book 7: Rev Me Up

Book 8: An Ambitious Engagement

Book 9: Clutch Player

Book 10: A Tempting Friendship

Clover Park Bride: A Clover Park Short


Clover Park STUDS Series

Book 1: Almost Over It

Book 2: Almost Married

Book 3: Almost Fate

Book 4: Almost in Love

Book 5: Almost Romance

Book 6: Almost Hitched







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