The Royal Treatment
Author: Melanie Summers
Publisher: Indigo Group
Release Date: August 2017 (book); April 2020 (boxed set)
Series: Crown Jewels Romantic Comedy #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
When we reach the vault room, there are two guards standing at the door. Normally there is just one, sitting on the inside; but for nights like tonight, there are a total of six. I nod, and one of them opens the door.
“Good evening, fellows,” I say.
“Good evening, Your Highness.”
Once inside the room, we go through the same routine with the other four men. I go to the keypad and press the code, then hold my face in front of the camera for a retina scan. When I look down at Tessa, she actually looks impressed.
“A little Bond-esque, no?” I ask.
“Come on, Moneypenny, let’s get you something for that beautiful neck of yours.” I tug her hand and pull her in with me before she can say no.
She’s already shaking her head, but I hold up one finger. “I can see those Sharpe family brains of yours going to work on ten different reasons why you won’t borrow a necklace, but I have already prepared counterarguments, and since we are now twelve minutes behind schedule, please allow me. One, they’re already paid for, some of them hundreds of years ago, so it’s not coming out of anyone’s taxes. Two, like the books in the library, they’re going to waste in here. Three, for the first time in my life, I want to share something with someone else—someone who deserves to feel like a queen, even if she’ll only allow herself that for one measly little evening. Four, I have this fantasy of seeing you in only the jewels. Maybe the heels could stay.”
Tessa laughs and her cheeks go pink. “All right. One necklace, but make it a cheap one.”
I raise one eyebrow. “Define cheap.”
“Less than a kitchen stool.”
“How about less than a car?”
“I said ‘queen.’ Would a queen really wear a sofa around her neck?” I reach up and run my fingertips along the base of her neck.
“Would she wear a car?”
“Good point.” I lean down and kiss the crook of her neck. “How about this? You choose whichever one you like the best, and I won’t tell you how much it’s worth.”
I continue to brush my lips along her skin, then move up to her earlobe. The other night, I discovered a little spot at the base of her ear that turns her to putty. After a moment of some careful work, I get what I want. A breathy, little ‘okay’ escapes her lips.
About the Book:
THE ROYAL TREATMENT
2018 READER’S FAVORITE AWARD BRONZE MEDAL WINNER
For fans of Bridget Jones and The Princess Diaries comes a laugh-out-loud, feel-good comedy with a sizzling side of romance…
Ultra-private, ridiculously handsome Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart.
Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends…
Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?
THE ROYAL ENGAGEMENT BONUS SHORT
When Prince Arthur’s plans for an unforgettable proposal go awry, he and Tessa find themselves causing an international incident. Don’t miss this never-before-published, laugh-out-loud story!
THE ROYAL WEDDING
One overbearing mother-of-the-bride. One king who will stop at nothing to see that the wedding never happens. One very accomplished lady-in-waiting who’s desperate to get her hands on the prince’s crown jewels. And one feisty bride who’s determined not to let anyone stand in her way of making it down the aisle to find her Prince Charming waiting…
THE ROYAL DELIVERY
One very pregnant princess determined to finally win over the people (while at the same time becoming the perfect mom). One prince who wants nothing more than to protect his wife from her nasty critics (not to mention her horrible family). Two irritating in-laws who move into the palace due to a house fire. Enough tension to make the Dalia Lama snap. Don’t miss the hilarious conclusion of the Crown Jewels Series!