The Royal Bastard
Book 4 in the Royal Scandals Series
A brilliant man with a profound secret…
Rocco Cornaro dedicates his life to creating innovative, life-saving medical devices…and in the process has become a wealthy man. However, he harbors a deep secret: his mother was once the lover of Sarcaccia’s King Carlo Barrali, and Rocco is the product of their illicit affair.
Leaves a marriage on the edge and a royal family in jeopardy.
Trained from birth to keep his royal parentage quiet, Rocco cannot even trust his beloved wife with his secret, and his silence drives her away. When Russian thugs kidnap Justine and hold her for ransom, he must risk everything—his siblings, his life’s work, and the reputation of a royal family—to save the woman he loves. But when he reveals his secret—and confronts a new, horrible truth—will Rocco break Justine’s trust forever?
Behind the Scenes
Nicole kept a Pinterest board as she worked on The Royal Bastard. It shows many of the locations from the book, including the real-life inspiration for the Irish pub Rocco and Justine visit while in Rome.
Read an Excerpt
Five hours after Rocco Cornaro buried his mother, having tossed the last shovelful of dirt over her grave while wishing her a swift ascent to heaven, Satan knocked at his front door.
More accurately: Satan’s driver rang the bell at Rocco’s wrought iron security gate.
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