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Publisher's Summary

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' security, 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?
©2015 Nicole Burnham (P)2016 Nicole Burnham
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4 out of 5 stars
By hkmd7 on 02-01-17

Suspense and Secrets! Winning Combination!

The Royal Bastard: Royal Scandals Book 4 by Nicole Burnham. Although this book is part of a series it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. However, you will get a better understanding of the action of the characters if you have read/listened to prior books in the series. Rocco Cornaro is a wealthy man – he is on the cutting edge of inventing and implementing life-saving medical technology and devices. BUT, Rocco Cornaro has a secret. In keeping this secret, he has alienated his wife, Justine. Although they live separately, Rocco still feels deeply for Justine. When Justine is kidnapped by the Russian enforcers and held for ransom will Rocco reveal his secret and risk everything to save her? This has been my favorite book of this series. The plot is fast paced. The characters are interesting and their interactions are believable and sometimes intense.

Hollis McCarthy did an excellent job narrating this book. She kept a good pace and the chapters seemed to flow together well. There were no noticeable miscues, pauses or issues with the narrating of this story. Ms. McCarthy, as usual, did a great job with the accents and characters – she seemed to be able to flow from one to the other without issue. At times you felt that you were feeling what the characters were.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 02-12-17

My favorite of the series...so far.

This series has been a favorite of mine. I've completely enjoyed it. I don't have a lot of time to listen to audio books, so it's a treat. At first I wasn't as into this story. I'm not sure why. I think I wanted for Nicole Burnham to move forward with the "known" Barrali children's stories. I had no attachment Rocco. But after the first quarter, I was frustrated to not be able to get back to listening. I intend to listen to this again knowing I'll feel differently about the beginning since Rocco has become a favorite. With the twists revealed in this book, it turned into my favorite book so far.

I just love Hollis McCarthy's voice. She performs these books perfectly.

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