ROYALLY BAD  by Nora Flite

ROYALLY BAD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When designer Sammy Sage sells a wedding dress to Francesca Badd, she becomes embroiled with a family that has royal blood and Mafia ties and falls in love with sexy Kain Badd, which leads to a wealth of uncovered secrets in both families.

Francesca gets whatever she wants, so when she wants the wedding dress she sees in Sammy’s shop, she must have it, even if it means forcing Sammy to pull an all-nighter to finish it in time for the wedding. Since money isn’t an issue, Francesca and her brother, Kain, are willing to pay an exorbitant fee for the service, and Sammy agrees, since her finances have been troublesome after the recent death of her father and her mother’s sudden health issues. When she delivers the dress, she is somehow finagled into acting as maid of honor for Francesca and helping her wrap up the wedding plans, which gives her time to fall into Kain’s very sexy arms. She doesn’t want to like the arrogant man, but somehow she can’t help it, which puts her in an odd position when the police raid the wedding and she discovers the Badds are notorious crime lords. She comes under suspicion for the hefty checks the family has paid her, and things get even stranger when she is suddenly placed under house arrest on the Badd estate—for her own protection, since someone is clearly targeting her. As Kain tries to figure out what’s going on, danger closes in on all of them, and Sammy discovers her father’s death might not have been the accident she believed. Flite’s series debut has a vaguely interesting storyline but ends with more questions than answers. The idea of a Mafia family with royal blood just seems odd and isn’t validated in any substantive way. Most of the characters are immature or barely likable, though the central romance has some compelling love scenes and becomes more believable by the end.

Meh.

Pub Date: April 1st, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5039-4279-0
Page count: 266pp
Publisher: Montlake Romance
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2017




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