A Royal Baby Surprise
Harlequin Desire, Aug 1 2015, $5.25
Though part of the Sherdana Royals, Nic Alessandro has lived in America for the past decade; as he pursues his dream of the private sector exploring space. His excitement turns to horror when the rocket exploded leaving a Griffin Project teammate dead. Blaming himself, Nic leaves the States, and his best friend and girlfriend Professor Brooke Davis behind.
Carrying their child, Brooke follows her beloved to a Greek isle where he stews in guilt before returning home and wearing the mantle of Prince Nic. Although he wants her, he also warns her they can never be permanent as she is unacceptable to be a royal wife. Taking a pregnant pause, Brooke wonders whether to conceal their unborn from Prince Nic even as he brings her to the Sherdana palace for a royal welcoming.
The second Sherdana Royals is a delightful contemporary as love and a baby on the way may not be enough to overcome tradition, especially when Nic’s mom the queen rejects the American (his sister and sister-in-law warmly welcome Brooke). Though Brooke’s dilemma whether to tell or not to tell does not reach the angst level faced by Lady Olivia Darcy in the opening act (see Royal Heirs Required), A Royal Baby Surprise is a pleasant romance.