SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)
FROM THE DESK OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER
Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.
I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:
- The engagement shall last ninety days
- Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
- Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties
The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.
P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.
P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.
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Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.
She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com
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Kit and Emily met years ago at school when he was her TA.One thing led to another ... and let's just say that Peterson doesn't waste any time getting to the action.
Ten years later, she’s divorced, he’s in line to the throne and needs to spruce up his image and create a good distraction from his siblings’ shenanigans, so Kit convinces Emily to become his fake fiancée. Who doesn’t love a royal love story? Emily apparently because she wigs out on Kit every so often when things get too close for her liking.
Kit is immensely charming with his very English wit and humour. And he’s hot. Seriously, that cover did me in! I liked that Emily doesn’t romanticize royalty and that despite the tempting glitz and glamour she has her head on straight for the most part. As for Kit and Emily together – they’re hot. This is a funny second-chance love story that also covers some heavy emotional ground. That doesn’t weigh down the story but gives it and its characters depth and relatability.
I had a great time reading Royal Ruin and as soon as I was done I wanted more. Of course, Peterson threw in a cute little twist at the end that has me screaming for book 2 already. Read Royal Ruin and then wait impatiently with me for the next in the Flings With Kings series.
Interview With Jessica Peterson
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Hey everyone, I'm so excited Jessica spared some time during this bust release week to answer some questions for us about Royal Ruin. Enjoy! ~ Bel
Royal Ruins is your first novel in the Flings With Kings Series (love that title, by the way). You’ve loosely based it on the current British royal family. Did you uncover any fun bits of trivia about them during your research?
What a great question! I’m a huge Anglophile, so it’s no surprise that I am fascinated by the royal family. I did do a good bit of research for this book, particularly on the Queen and her role in modern British society. I was tickled to discover the royal family, while politically quite powerless, wield enormous “soft power” that can actually go a long ways in raising money for causes and charities. They also use that power to strengthen ties with other countries (like when Will and Kate went to visit mainland Europe during the Brexit controversy). Some of the stuff I uncovered is a bit more fun – like the fact that the Queen’s favorite nail polish is apparently Essie’s “Ballet Slipper”!
You’ve mentioned before that Kit is an amalgamation of Prince Harry and Charlie Hunnam. That’s not a bad combo at all. What quality of theirs appealed to you to create Kit?
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Prince Harry - DailyMail/Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock
Another great question! So I adore Prince Harry (I know, I know, get in line), and while he’s handsome and dashing and makes those prince uniforms look REALLY great, I think I love his sense of energy and purpose the most. He seems strong yet vulnerable, and you can tell he had a really close relationship with his mother. I definitely borrowed some of that for Prince Kit. As for Charlie Hunnam…well, besides the obvious (those blue eyes, that wicked smile!), I love the emotional awareness he brings to the characters he plays. There’s something so gentlemanly about that!
You introduced Kit’s siblings in this book, and we know by the end that your next book will be about his younger brother, Rob. Can you describe that book in three words?
Yes! Enemies to lovers. With a royal twist. Their story plays out over the course of Em and Kit’s wedding. It’s been SO fun to write!
Here’s a little game of ours - the next few questions tie into our motto “books, boys, pie”. Help us get to know Kit and Emily better by telling us what their responses would be to the following questions:
A book they always recommend
Kit—HAMLET or KING LEAR by Shakespeare.
Emily—she’d love Gillian Flynn, so let’s go with GONE GIRL.
First celebrity crush
Emily—Justin Timberlake circa 1999
Kit—he loves cake. Favorite has to be anything lemon.
Emily—she loves a good dessert martini!
Thanks for having me! This was so fun.