Cheeky Royal by Nana Malone | Review

Publisher: self-pubbed
Release Date: April 2, 2018 (TODAY!)
Source of my copy: author/L. Woods PR
Series: Royals Undercover
My Rating:

All they want is everything they can’t have.


Yes, yes, I've heard the rumors.
The prince is royal, and cocky and has a—well never mind about all that.
The problem is, he's also my job.

When the King called on me to retrieve the wayward prince, I was ready to walk away.

Then I caught my boyfriend cheating—and suddenly leaving never felt like a better idea.


I never wanted the throne.

When I left behind my gilded cage of a palace, it all sounded so simple: find my long-lost brother & make him the prince so I don't have to rule the kingdom like my father expects.

Then I meet my new neighbor, and quickly realize I’ve found the queen of my heart—and bed.

Just one problem, I can’t let her find out who I really am.

Cheeky Royal is part one in the two-part duet about a sexy royal, Sebastian, and his royal guard, Penny. Book two, called Cheeky King, will conclude Sebastian and Penny's story, so yes, Cheeky Royal does end in a cliffhanger. If that's not your thing, you might want to wait until the end of this month (April 30th) for Cheeky King to come out before picking up this duet. However, you can download the prequel novella, Cheeky Prince, right now for free (scroll down for the links).

I've been wanting to read a book by Nana Malone, a new-to-me author whose books I see whenever I'm browsing on Goodreads or Amazon, and I've been in a royal romance mood lately so when Cheeky Royal popped up, I had to pick it up. And I'm glad I did because it was such a fun, entertaining, and kind of a mindless, cheesy read you can just relaxing with--something you just need sometimes and Cheeky Royal dropped on my Kindle just at the right time.

Penny and Sebastian both grew up on Winston Isles--he, the Crown Prince, and she, the daughter of the head of the Royal Guards. For a little while they were playmates until Sebastian was shipped to boarding school and they haven't seen each other since. Well, at least in person, because Sebastian fostered quite a reputation for being a playboy and for his prowess in the bedroom and he was always in the tabloids. What they don't know about each other was that they both feel stuck with their family's expectations. Penny's family had always served the royal family since the birth of the Winston Isles monarchy and it was expected that she also become a Royal Guard. But, since joining the Royal Guards after graduating from art school, Penny knows she's not cut out for the job. Things always seem to go wrong even though she had the best intentions, and she's worried that her dad may have to fire her and what an embarrassment that would be to her family.

Sebastian had left the Winston Isles after finding out that he had a long lost brother that may be eligible to inherit the crown. While Sebastian loves his home and his people, he doesn't want to be King. He wants to pursue his passion for photography, and live life without the heavy mantle of ruling a kingdom. But, Sebastian stayed away too long and the king wants his son to come home. The king knew that the only way this could happen was to send someone Sebastian wasn't expecting to retrieve him: Penny.

Posing as his neighbor, Penny knew she had to get much closer to Sebastian without letting him know that she's a Royal Guard sent by his father, there to protect him, as well as persuade him to go home. Sebastian doesn't want his sexy new neighbor to know that he's the crown prince of the Winston Isles. A real friendship develop between them while they both fight their mutual attraction to each other, but they're both withholding truths from each other and when their secrets are revealed, they may very well tear them apart.

It did take me about 30% to really get into Cheeky Royal because it took that long for Penny and Sebastian to meet and start having scenes together. Once they're established in their roles, though, things got more fun. The plot was predictable and the dialogue and exchanges between the characters were conventional, but surprisingly I still had a good time reading Cheeky Royal. Like I said, sometimes you need an easy, fun, mindless read you can relax with for a few hours and still have that steamy factor I love in my romances, which Cheeky Royal had, plus a royalty factor to boot so it was a good time.

I am looking forward to the conclusion to Penny and Sebastian's story. If you haven't read Cheeky Royal, don't read the synopsis for book 2 because it will spoil you for this book.

Read the FREE prequel novella, Cheeky Prince!
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Finished reading Cheeky Royal? Pre-order the second part of Penny and Sebastian's story, Cheeky King!

About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author, Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

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