Sunday 11 June 2017

Release Day Blitz, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Royal Treatment (Royal Scandal #3) by Parker Swift

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Book Description:

All this duke needs is his duchess…

For five blissful months I've been engaged to Dylan Hale, the most handsome, commanding, and wickedly sexy duke in England. For five months I've woken up next to the man I love, indulged in secret trysts, and submitted to every delicious desire. Even better? We've managed to keep it hidden from everyone. That means no paparazzi scandals, no snide comments from Dylan's mother, and no harsh public scrutiny. It's been heaven, but with Dylan's royal responsibilities looming, our time alone is running out. And while I can't wait to be Dylan's wife, I'm terrified that becoming Dylan's duchess might mean losing myself.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Time to face the music. You’re stronger than they are.”

What a journey we have been on with Lydia and Dylan over the past three books, a relationship born from one seriously hot encounter, to friendship to more and now a melding of the fashion industry and English aristocracy. After the first two books, we always knew that Lydia and Dylan still had mountains to climb with what was surrounding them in their professional lives, however, one thing never wavered…and that was their love for one and other. Parker Swift delivers the perfect ending to this fairy tale, where love is all that matters and social standings and bank accounts certainly don’t.

While the beginning was a little slow for me I did soon fall back into the lives of Lydia and Dylan. Where meddling mothers are a nightmare as well as inherited dodgy business dealings. Scandal is one thing that needs to be contained and Dylan does everything he can to ensure that his Duchess is nowhere near the fallout. Dylan’s protective qualities come out full force in this book and this man has some of the most swoon worthy and heart melting romantic bones in his body. If you were on the fence before this book, you certainly won’t be afterwards.

This was definitely a book about give and take, compromises, sacrifices and a meeting of minds. The perpetual struggle between professional careers, royal duties and what both Lydia and Dylan truly wanted to do. It is this battle that makes them stronger as a couple and one formidable team that even meddling mothers had no chance to jeopardise.

“And as someone who loves you, loves you with everything, you can’t imagine how painful it is to look at you, all of you, and see you holding up an epic stop sign that says ‘no trespassing’”

Both Lydia and Dylan come full circle. Dylan from his non-commitment days to being the most committed of them all and then Lydia’s morph from a nobody to a somebody while not losing sight of who she is. Both Lydia and Dylan take their new life in their stride and only get stronger as they learn to meld together their own individual responsibilities and those that are thrust upon them.

The romance and the emotion was perfect in this book while still totally encapsulating Dylan’s dominant side. The sex scenes were seriously off the charts as in the past book but as this book progresses there is a lot more emotion and tenderness apparent. This was the perfect blend for them and only hammered home just how true their love was, something that this hopeless romantic craves in her reads.

I have absolutely adored this series and cannot wait for more from this author.


For the past five months, I’d taken my mission to heart: Put yourself first. Enjoy the freedom of life out of the spotlight. Get your career off the ground before it competes with running an ancient estate and being on your husband’s arm.
For five months, I’d said yes to all things. Late nights dancing with Fiona and Josh. Girlie nights with Emily. Paris for Fashion Week. Long runs in the park by myself without paparazzi trailing me. Late nights working on the launch of Fiona’s online store. Dylan and I had kept our relationship low profile so that I could do all those things, so I wouldn’t get sucked into the aristocratic machine, so I could move freely and make choices without fear of how it would look or who would be watching. And it had been great. It did feel freeing, like I’d been slipping into a version of adulthood I’d always been waiting for, figuring out who I wanted to be in the world, taking a deep breath while I thought about the reality of being a duchess. But no matter what I did, I was always happy to go home to Dylan, to find him there, to let him find me there. Nothing had changed in that regard—I wanted to be with him.
I had figured I’d wake up one day and just know, now’s the time. And on that day I’d replace soon with yes. We’d make a big announcement, open the door, I’d officially be Dylan’s fiancĂ©e and soon after his wife, with everything that came with it. But that aha moment hadn’t happened yet, and now there was this. This decision, going to New York for six months, would change everything. If I said no to Hannah’s offer and stayed in London, I knew that, in some plates-shifting kind of way, it meant that I was ready to say yes to Dylan, to all of this, to everything he was asking for. But if I said yes to Hannah, to effectively leaving behind everything I’d built in London for a half a year in New York, my long engagement would be longer than I’d ever really wanted it to be.
With each block I passed through, my mind changed, I swayed back and forth. Yes, I’d go to New York for six months. No, I’d stay in London with Dylan. Yes. No. Yes. No. It felt like everything was pitted against one another. London versus New York. My career versus my relationship. My present versus my future.
I was swimming so feverishly in my own mind, my heels clacking on the pavement, my bag swinging against my hip, that didn’t realize I was standing in front of our house.
Our house.
I hadn’t walked to the store. I’d walked home.
As I looked in the window, I could see Dylan in the library on the ground floor. It looked like he was searching for a book, his arm stretched up to one of the higher shelves. He’d been working on a restoration recently and had been researching like a madman. He was wearing jeans and a T-shirt that fitted his muscular frame perfectly. His hair was tousled, uneven from running his fingers through it. He looked at the book in his hands and then stared into the room, thinking. I knew that in a moment he would begin absent-mindedly spinning the pencil in his hand, tapping it against his shoulder, deep in thought. I knew, without looking, that his feet would be bare. I knew there was probably a half-consumed cup of tea on a stool by his drafting table. I knew him.
The beauty I saw when I looked through that window made my chest tighten. I was looking into a home that had become mine, ours. I was looking at my future.

About the Author:

Parker Swift grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and then grew up again in New York, London, and Minneapolis and currently lives in Connecticut. She has spent most of her adult life examining romantic relationships in an academic lab as a professor of social psychology. Now, she's exploring the romantic lives of her fictional characters in the pages of her books. When she's not writing, she spends her time with her bearded nautical husband and being told not to sing along to pop music in the car by her two sons.

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