I loved The Royal We, so I was very excited to find out there was going to be a sequel and even more excited to receive an ARC of The Heir Affair.

NB: If Royal Family alt-history interests you, but you have not read The Royal We, I suggest you proceed with caution because it’s almost impossible to properly discuss The Heir Affair without mentioning key details from The Royal We.

The plot picks up a couple of weeks after the big royal wedding. Bex and Nick are on their honeymoon: incognito in Scotland; they’re hiding out after their ex-friend Clive’s scandalous revelations on their wedding day.

But all good things must come to an end, and so Nick and Bex return to London to face their scandal head-on and move forward from it.

The book covers multiple years, and there are many ups and downs. I won’t go into the minutiae of what happens, but needless to say, there are plenty of juicy gossipy bits. Some of what happens stretches the limits of credulity, but that’s sort of the point, isn’t it? The book is supposed to be an exaggerated portrayal of an alt-history version of the Royal Family, and it wouldn’t be a very fun read if nothing wild happened.   

I will say that one central plot point involves Bex and Nick moving into the spacious set of rooms in Kensington Palace, the suite Queen Eleanor’s sister lived in for much of her life. The rooms are still filled with Georgina’s personal effects, including her journals, which Bex reads in the hopes of gaining insight into Queen Eleanor.

Almost all of the secondary characters—Freddie, Lacey, Gaz, Cilla, Bea, etc.—return for the sequel, so it was lovely to catch up with them and see them interact with Bex and Nick.

When the authors published The Royal We in 2015, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were already married, with one child and another on the way—but Prince Harry’s relationship with Meghan Markle would not be made public for another year and a half. Who would have guessed that a royal prince would marry an American? Truth is, as they say, stranger than fiction. I was looking forward to see what the authors would do with the new material, so to speak.

I would absolutely recommend The Heir Affair. If you read this review despite my warning, I’ll reiterate my suggestion to read The Royal We first. The book won’t make as much sense without starting at the beginning. It took me a bit to get into the book, but once I did, I couldn’t stop reading because I needed to know what was going to happen next. The book ends on a positive note—maybe it’s just me, but I see potential for a third book, and if that’s the case, I’m sure I’ll tear into that one as well.

 I received a copy of this book from Grand Central Publishing/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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