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Peek Inside The Royal Conquest

After being cruelly jilted by a lord who claimed to adore her, Miss Payton Peppiwell swore her future husband would be as ordinary as she. Now if only her family would listen to her. Then she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, an untitled horse breeder. Mikhail abhors touch anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But Mikhail has a dark past—one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. But his biggest secret will be the hardest for Payton to overcome: Mikhail is not only titled, he’s a prince...

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His dark seduction will be her undoing…

Miss Payton Peppiwell has had enough of lords and the scrutiny of high society. 

After the ton's fickleness leads to her being jilted and the resulting disdain, Payton vows to marry someone as ordinary as she. Fate delivers in the form of a scandalous encounter with Mikhail Konstantinovich, an intriguing—and untitled—horse breeder.

Mikhail abhors anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But he has a dark past—one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. His biggest secret may be hardest for Payton to forgive: Mikhail is not only titled, he's a prince…



"THE ROYAL CONQUEST is raw, gritty and powerful, and yet, quite unexpectedly, it is also charming and endearing." --The Romance Reviews 

The 'Royal Conquest' was perfectly paced with the right blend of romance and intrigue. Definitely one of my favorites from Stacy Reid!--Goodreads Review 

Very enjoyable. I have always enjoyed books with hidden identity and tortured heroes so this was just perfect. --Goodreads Review 

The story completely grabbed this reader and the characters were pure magic to read. The best book in the series by far.--Talking Books Blog

An absolutely delightful read!! A masterfully written book with wonderful characters and story." --Marlene S., Netgalley review 

What a magical book! I love romantic historical fiction, but this book took it to a new level for me." --Amy H.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755185
Series: Scandalous House of Calydon, Book 4
Release Date: Nov 30, 2015
Page Count: 192
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical victorian
Tropes: across the tracks, royalty

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By Pearl December 02, 2015

Before anything else, allow me to fangirl first and ask Stacy Reid a question through this review. Were you Lisa Kleypas's apprentice? Because her writing and yours have the same impact to my heart. You are a historical romance genius!

Alright, on to my review. :)

The Royal Conquest seriously made me ...more

By Stacy November 02, 2015

I am very excited for this book to be in readers hands! After Sins of a Duke I received several messages from wonderful readers asking for Marcus and Charlotte's book. Excited I dived in, but Payton's story kept tugging at me. So I paused Char's book and churned out Mikhail and Payton's journey, and ...more

By Mahima July 19, 2020

**** 4.5 stars ****
I am completely, utterly, thoroughly and wholly a Stacy Reid's fan!
I don't think there's gonna be a book by her which I won't like.

This is the story of Payton who is outspoken and don't care about the ton or the society. She is the daughter of American businessman who is reluctan ...more

By Vasiliki December 01, 2015

4.5 stars

***ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley for the exchange of an honest review***

This was a really beautiful story!!!! I really loved it!!!!! The plot moves fast and there are no surprises on the way. The writing is really amazing!!!! Ms. Reid gave me so many feel ...more

By Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" April 23, 2017

I couldn't put down The Royal Conquest. This story is fast paced and interesting.

Miss Payton Peppiwell and American Heiress is at the house party of the Duke of Calydon. Payton is not a conventional female of the haute ton. She has been jilted by Lord Jensen St. John and of course the Ton blames her ...more

By Naima November 30, 2015

Another wonderful, emotional, sexy, romantic read by Stacy Reid. She never disappoints and has officially become one of those authors who I don't even need to read the blurb to see what the book is about. It's an auto-buy because her name is on the cover. And The Royal Conquest, book 4 in the Scanda ...more

By Angie November 07, 2015

I'm pretty sure my new favorite name for a heroine is Miss Payton Myrtle Peppiwell. Seriously, try to say that 5 times and not smile. I have not read the other books with intertwining characters, but had no problem following along. In fact, I'm looking forward to catching up with those. Stacy Reid c ...more

By Shantal January 16, 2016

I loooove this boook . It was so achingly beautiful with such emotion that it had me so far gone . The storytelling was fabulous with the author allowing me to understand the characters and why they are how they are . I honestly did not have any complaints with the main characters , they were just r ...more

By Char December 02, 2015

This novel grabbed my attention within the first few pages and didn't let go - good thing too, because "The Royal Conquest" is A Seriously Wild Ride! The Hero is extremely intense and secretive with a mysterious past that makes him quite a Dark character. The Heroine is an American making her way th ...more

By Talking November 10, 2015

A steamy, combustible read, but the mutual respect between the characters stood out for this reader. Even though Mikhail hid his titles, the feelings and respect of what each wanted/needed excelled. Payton and Mikhail were two enchanting, even mesmarising characters to read about from start to finis ...more

By Lesa June 09, 2020

Out of all 4 books in this series this was my favorite.
Payton just want to be normal live a life without a title marry a man that loves her for her.

She meets the horse breeder Mikhail. He isn't the man her family would pick but she likes him and he her.

But he has his secrets and demons of his past.
H ...more

By Penny June 12, 2016

I’ve started to wonder, when every historical heroine we read is not a proper lady… were there any left who were?

In The Royal Conquest we meet Ms. Payton an American girl in England, with a sister married into high society and that, after being jilted by a Lord, is totally set on not marrying a ti ...more

By Maria Rose June 17, 2016

In a twist to the normal way of things in a historical romance, this delightful yet emotional story features a heroine who wishes she could marry anyone OTHER than a titled man, after a disastrous broken engagement that ended with her being shunned by the peerage. Now at a house party where her fami ...more

By Debbie November 20, 2015

Just finished The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid and trust me you don't want to miss this historical romance! ...more

By Luz April 10, 2020

This book was amazing. It has a plot line I’ve never read before and I LOVED it. I couldn’t put it down. ...more

By Michelle March 09, 2020

Loved it

This one was exactly my brand of strawberry jam. Man who cannot be touched except by one special women check. Man is also a prince in disguise? Check! Woman is a vivacious and curvy cutie ? Check! Loved every minute of this one and it was far and away the best of the Calydon series if not my ...more

By Amy November 12, 2015

I received this book for free from the Publisher at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What a magical book! I love romantic historical fiction, but this book took it to a new level for me.

I loved watching Payton's journ ...more

By LOU71 June 24, 2017

This is the fourth book in the Scandalous House of Calydon series and it's an intense historical romance tackling all the big issues like a person wanting to be loved for who they are rather than what titles may adjoin their name. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Duke's Shotgun Wedding: 4 stars
The Irres ...more

By Nessa March 15, 2016

Stacy Reid is officially in my top favourite authors of historical romances.

This story is filled with passion, pain and letting bygones be bygones.

He is a Russian Prince who just inherited a dukedom, wanting to hideaway from the ton for awhile. Haunt ...more

By Amy November 29, 2015

This is book 4 in the Scandalous House of Calydon.

After being jilted by a lord, Miss Payton Peppiwell is determined to marry someone that is NOT of the peerage. Unfortunately her family has other plans. But during a house party, she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, a man that has no title and leads an ...more

By Sissy's Romance Book Review February 13, 2016

This is book four in the "Scandalous House of Calydon". I have read book one "The Duke's Shotgun Wedding" but I have not read the other books yet in the series (which I am trying to do so now). So for me this was a stand alone book. I didn't feel that I had missed anything by not reading the books i ...more

By Kadia November 04, 2015

Mikhail Konstantinovich, Russian prince and titled noble, has left Russian society along with rumors and gossip to keep a low profile in London society. His plan to keep a low profile served him well in terms of wooing Payton Peppiwell, but also had its consequences. Payton, once burned by a noble o ...more

By Amira November 15, 2015

Another great addition to the Scandalous House of Calydon series. Now I am dying for Marcus and Charlotte's book. Mikhail and Payton were really great together. The banter between them at their initial meeting was witty and provocative, and grabbed my interest and refused to let me go. I read The Ro ...more

By Donna January 27, 2016

Stacy Reid's Calydon series just gets better with each book. The hero is Calydon's cousin Mikhail, a Russian prince and British Duke who is hiding out at Sherring Cross before having to take up his English title. While there, he meets American Miss Payton Peppiwell who has no idea he is titled and p ...more

By Brittany November 16, 2015

I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is book 4 in the Calydon series. This was a great read. I really enjoyed it. This was about a man that lies about who he is and a woman that wants to get away from an oppressive family. Her family was truly h ...more

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Stacy Reid

About the author

Stacy Reid

Stacy is an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. She especially loves romance and adores writing about people falling in love. Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (out loud). She has a warrior way, never give up on her dreams. When Stacy is not writing, she spends a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with her love, Dusean Nelson.

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