Secret Child, Royal Scandal by Cat Schield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Secret Child Royal Scandal was a good read that I received from NetGalley in exchange for review. It is the story of Noelle and Prince Christian whom Noelle has loved for many years, despite them being apart for 5 years. Noelle has spent the previous 5 years in Paris, France training under a top clothing designer. While she is gone she has had Christian's son who is now 4 years old. Noelle has moved back to Sherdana to help her mom who also helps with her son Mark's care while Noelle works in her own dress shop. Christian was not ready to be with Noelle when they were together before but, he misses her and hopes to rekindle their friendship without knowing about Mark. Interestingly enough Christian is under pressure from his family to marry and produce an heir because his brother, the next in line for the throne, will not be able to produce an heir with his wife and his other brother married an American making his children ineligible for the throne. When Christian learns about Mark he sees a clear way to meeting his family obligations but, after the pain he has caused Noelle she is not willing to marry him which is what is required for Mark to be eligible to inherit the throne.
I have to admit that I had to put this book down for several days because I found Christian to be annoying and appeared to have a ridiculous notion that he could just step back in Noelle's life after how things were left between them. After a break, I was willing to give Christian another chance and it turns out he was a better person than I originally thought and managed to redeem himself in my eyes. Noelle and Christian's story turned out to be a pretty good one and I liked Noelle very much for continuing to be a strong person and a wonderful mother who deserved to get the guy and luckily for him he deserved to get the girl.