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Peek Inside Royal Bastard

She has to teach this uncouth and lazy half American how to be a proper earl. But these two are as different as a cocktail fork and a bread knife. Pride meets propriety. God help them all.

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Brooke Chapman-Powell takes her position as the Earl of Englefield’s personal secretary very seriously. This job is what keeps her sister in her university for the deaf and the town from completely shutting down. But the earl’s dying, and they have only one hope. An American. From some place called Salvation, Virginia.

Now she’ll have to teach the in-all-likelihood-uncouth-and-lazy half American how to be a proper earl if they hope to save the village. God help them all.

Nick Vane has about two gazillion things that land higher on his to-do list than becoming an English earl. Things like naps. Hosting poker nights. Oh, and raking in the profits from his latest invention. Accepting the title his grandfather has denied him since birth? Doesn’t. Even. Register. But Miss Prim and Proper won’t give up, and before he knows what’s what, he’s on a plane to London.

He’s got too much pride to go down easily, and she’s got too much propriety to ever break the rules. They are as different as a cocktail fork and a bread knife...and the clash between them lands these two in the most unexpected positions.

Praise

"Royal Bastard is a lovely read. Avery Flynn manages to pump the fun, emotion and heartbreak right through the book.." --Cathleen Ross, Goodreads

"This is packed with laugh out loud moments, though Nick's childhood is certainly not a laughing matter...It is an easy read to escape into and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who is looking for a steamy contemporary romance to escape into." --Elaine, Goodreads

"Avery Flynn has proven, once again, why she is one of my favorite authors...There's humor and light moments, but also a lot of emotional ones as they both deal with the hurts of their pasts. I thoroughly loved every moment of reading this book and cannot recommend it enough." --Melena Toretta, Goodreads

"Flynn delivers her classic version of sass and humor with a side of sexual tension." --Anima, Goodreads

"Royal Bastard was such a fun, sexy, and sweet modern-day royalty story. It had all of Avery Flynn's humor entwined with a heart that drags you into these characters' lives." --Steph's Romance Book Talk, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781682815601
Series: Instantly Royal, Book 1
Release Date: Jun 8, 2020
Page Count: 350
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary, romantic comedy
Tropes: across the tracks, bet/dare/wager, boss and employee, fish out of water, forbidden love/off limits, royalty

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By OLT July 13, 2020

I don't remember how I happened upon this book, nor do I understand why I read beyond its title to get to the book description. ROYAL BASTARD. 'Nuff said there to turn me off. I'm a romance reader who doesn't mind a royal or two in historical romances, but these modern-day princes and princesses fro ...more

By Steph's Romance Book Talk June 08, 2020

4.25 Stars / 3 Steam Fans

Royal Bastard was such a fun, sexy, and sweet modern-day royalty story. It had all of Avery Flynn's humor entwined with a heart that drags you into these characters' lives. Brooke is trying to save her town, and Nick is jaded to the point he doesn't see what is right in fro ...more

By Vanessa June 11, 2020

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This book was such a great escape. I was pulled into this story effortlessly. Avery Flynn always knows how to hook me on a story so that I never want to let go.

I really liked ho ...more

Well, what a change for Ms. Flynn. Nope, still a Rom-com but a totally different direction. And, I LOVED IT! Brooke was a hoot. Lady Lemon was prim and proper. But, when Brooke came out to play, she was anything but. Trying to put her past behind her, she will do just about anything for the people o ...more

By Cathleen May 29, 2020

Royal Bastard is a lovely read. Avery Flynn manages to pump the fun, emotion and heartbreak right through the book.
Nick Vane, thinks his father is not much more than a DNA donor given someone sends cheques from England on a regular basis. He adored his late mother, but her death effectively ends the ...more

By Elaine June 07, 2020

This is a steamy, fun, contemporary romance mainly set in Yorkshire, England, though the male lead initially lives in America. He's Nick Vane, a successful inventor, who has never known his father as anything but his DNA donor. He's not amused when his grandfather's personal secretary, Brooke Chapma ...more

By Amy [Book Addict Reviews] June 07, 2020

Royal Bastard is such a fun read. Brooke is the PA to the earl. Nick is the earl’s only surviving heir. Nick’s grandfather and current earl paid off his mother when he was just a baby, so Nick wants nothing to do with that side of his family, however, Nick still goes to England.

Brooke’s love for he ...more

By Siobhan June 08, 2020

I’m always eager to dive into the next Avery Flynn release, and I’ve been desperate to dive into Royal Bastard since I heard the first thing about it. It comes as no surprise to know I devoured this one in a single sitting.

As always with Avery Flynn, I was pulled into the story from the first page a ...more

By Timitra June 20, 2020

Rated 3.5 Stars

Royal Bastard is a cute and sweet story. It's also sexy with a bit of angst. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in the series. ...more

By Eileen June 11, 2020

Avery Flynn has done it again with her wonderful, snarky, and funny book, Royal Bastard, book one in her Instantly Royal series. When the Earl of Englefield is dying he needs his personal secretary to convince his grandson, an American, to travel to England, be responsible, and to become the next ea ...more

By Kari June 07, 2020

Nick has always believed that his father wanted to become an Earl more than he wanted to be with him and his mother so when he is contacted by Brooke, a representative of his Grandfather’s asking him to come to England and assume the position of Earl, his first impulse is a strong no. but there is s ...more

By Nicole June 08, 2020

Royal Bastard is a fun, opposites attract romance! Author Avery Flynn has written another LOL romance…this one heading over waters with the characters! Nick and Brooke are an enjoyable slower-burn romance story. Super fun read that is a bit different than the regular romance. 4 stars! ...more

By Kate Grand June 10, 2020

Royally Charming

Avery Flynn does it again with this hot and steamy yet charming fish out of water tale. Nick is a great book boyfriend and I recommend this book to everyone who wants a fun fairy tale of a story set in a little village in England. Couldn't put it down! ...more

By Dawn June 11, 2020

This was a quick read, it was funny and hot. I really felt like I knew the characters, this story is so well written. ...more

By Holly May 28, 2020

**I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review.**

When Avery Flynn announced that this was going to be released this year, I immediately added it to my TBR - even though there was no real release date as of then. Then COVID-19 hit and all release dates ended up going wonky - I go ...more

By Laurie June 08, 2020

Avery Flynn has done it again! I adored "Royal Bastard," the funny, sweet, heartwarming story of an American man suddenly and unexpectedly forced to learn how to act as a proper English earl. His tutor in this endeavor was not always quite as prim and proper as she tried to make herself out to be, a ...more

By B-Books Review June 08, 2020

This is my first book from this author and did not disappoint! Even though the writing style (3rd person) is not my favorite, I was quick to catch up with the story. The book had a lot of things I loved, such as royal trope, some wit and good banter content, families interactions and good friendship ...more

By Linda June 30, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. I have not read many books from the author, but so far, of those few, this one is my favorite. I liked Nick. Although a commitment-phobe, given everyone he has cared about has left him, either intentionally or not, he is a good person. Understandable why he is angry with ...more

By Mags June 01, 2020

4.25⭐

Royal Bastard was a wonderful read that drew me in from the start. As American inventor Nick travels to England and the home of his grandfather the Earl of Englefield for one reason, and one reason only, and that is to tell the Earl where he can stick his title. And I was really excited to see ...more

By Emma June 13, 2020

While Royal [email protected]@rd is a cute romance with wonderful characters who appear opposite but have far more in common than anticipated.

For me, Royal [email protected]@rd was a succinct narrative of the classist system still alive and well in the UK with the gap continuing to widen between the working class and the upp ...more

By Amanda June 22, 2020

I was gifted an eARC of Royal Bastard by the author in exchange for an honest review. The following opinions are entirely my own, unfiltered as usual.

Royal Bastard is the first in a series of stories by Avery Flynn. The release date has been pushed back several times but did finally and officially r ...more

By Elizabeth June 07, 2020

In Royal Bastard, Avery Flynn introduces us to a new group of characters. We meet Nick, the American grandson on an English earl, Brooke, the earl’s secretary, and the town of Bowhaven.

This was a fun read that also showed us that not everything is as it seems. Nick really is a good guy, he has plen ...more

Well Royal Bastard was a fun read that I just devoured. It's a bit different than the previous sport romances that I've read by Avery, so I loved the little switcheroo.

The synopsis sold me completely and I just couldn't wait to start reading. I enjoyed the heck out of Brooke and Nick, these two were ...more

By Melena June 06, 2020

Avery Flynn has proven, once again, why she is one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed reading about Nick and Brooke so much that I read the book in less than 24 hours.

Nick is charming, handsome, smart, and sure he does not want to become the Earl of Englefield. He never knew his father or his grandfa ...more

By Brook Obsessed June 10, 2020

A feisty and charming forced proximity romance where Brooke is obligated to train the one remaining heir of Bowhaven, Nick Vane, into becoming a perfectly capable Earl. A steamy and quaint opposites attract fairytale with some sizzling moments.

Blurb: Brooke, the secretary for the Earl of Engefield, ...more

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3.94 avg Goodreads.com rating
Avery Flynn

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Avery Flynn

When Avery Flynn isn't writing about alpha heroes and the women who tame them, she is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She has three slightly wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband, and has a slight shoe addiction. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on her Facebook page, or friend her on her Facebook profile. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the internet, she’ll be your best friend for life. Contact her at [email protected] She’d love to hear from you.

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