Review: The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid

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THE ROYAL CONQUEST is raw, gritty and powerful, and yet, quite unexpectedly, it is also charming and endearing.

After suffering a betrayal from a lord of the haute monde, Payton Peppiwell distrusts the lot of them. She longs for an ordinary life with an ordinary man, and she thought she’d found this in Mikhail Konstantinovich, who presented himself as a duke’s man of affairs and horse breeder. And even though she knew her family would not approve of him, she couldn’t help but be drawn to him. Unbeknownst to her, Mikhail is no ordinary man or lord, but a prince…

There’s nothing new about the storyline in THE ROYAL CONQUEST, but it delivers where it counted and even exceeds expectations. The main characters have depths to them that give them substance; it was fun exploring their motivations and the uncovering of their secrets. Mikhail is more than just a prince; he suffered horrors yet came out of it strong, and even stronger when he refused to let the demons rob him of a future with Payton. Their romance developed along at a steady, fast pace and it was believably done, though they’d met within a short time frame. Their chemistry sizzles and they’re hot together. But more than the sexy scenes, it’s when they bare their yearnings and their souls, their vulnerabilities (whether to each other or to the reader) that captivates and compels the reader to keep turning the pages.

All in all, this book is a keeper! Not to be missed!

Rating: 5 stars

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Summary:

His dark seduction will be her undoing…

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, in a highly improper and scandalous encounter. Never had Payton expected to be so attracted to the dark, intriguing man, who seduces her to recklessness with a mere stare.

Mikhail abhors 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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