A Right Royal Affair

Narrated by: Kieran Flitton
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Romance, LGBT
4.5 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Theo Glass used to believe that love was just a fairy tale. Orphaned and disowned by his homophobic stepfamily, he and his grandma make ends meet as best they can. But when his grandma’s tireless charity work is honored, Theo makes sure he spends his last pennies to get her to the palace, hosted by none other than the gorgeous Prince James himself. 

James is sixth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom and a disappointment to just about everyone. He never felt at home at school, on the rugby pitch, or even in the army. Being royalty means he’s been forced to keep a lid on his bisexuality. But when he meets Theo at the honors ceremony, he knows he’s in serious trouble. 

Needing to find purpose, James convinces Theo to use his charity event savvy to throw a fundraiser ball in a secluded castle. All James has to do is behave himself around the sassy twink. But soon, the chemistry between them is too strong to resist.

Their lives are too different, and there’s no chance James can come out as the first prince of the United Kingdom with a boyfriend. But James knows if he doesn’t show Theo how much he means to him, he’ll lose him forever. 

Can love conquer all? Or is that something just for fairy tales? 

A Right Royal Affair is a steamy, stand-alone MM romance novel featuring a pack of unruly royal terriers, a romantic ball, feisty swans, a wicked stepfather, and a guaranteed HEA with absolutely no cliff-hanger.

©2018 Helen Juliet (P)2020 Helen Juliet

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Cute Cinderella retelling

I'm a sucker for a good fairytale retelling, this one did not disappoint. The story hit all the highpoints of the original in cute ways that served the story well. I enjoyed the characters and the way the relationship developed. Great story.

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A modern day, m/m Cinderella.

This book is just about the Sweetest thing you could imagine. Helen Juliet is an amazing author with a taste for sweet, low-angst love stories, and this modern day retelling of Cinderella, with plebian poor Theo from Essex falling in love with closed bisexual Prince James of England is absolutely amazing.
This was my first audiobook narrated by Kieran Flitton, and I really think he did both the characters and the story justice.

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I love, love, love Theo and James!!

This book is wonderful! I really like Theo and James. The characters are beautifully written, lovable, and sweet. The book is humorous at times and tear inducing at other times so all in all- a perfect story! Plus there's a small herd of dogs!!!

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Happily ever after

Super sweet modern day fairy tale, pretty low angst with a slower burn. Narration is done really well and just added to the story. Overall very enjoyable listen.

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Narration was amazing

There was a lot of Disney cuteness in this book with a dash of smexy times mixed in.

Overall, I liked the characters. I found both MC's to be honest and real, their romance was genuine, and the conflict was plausible and quickly addressed.

As I mentioned, there were a lot of 'awwww' Disney moments that were a bit cheesy, but nothing too over the top. The book spanned the entirety of the relationship, which was fun to hear, not just a short epilogue.

I must admit, Kieran Flitton was an amazing narrator. I was never confused about who was talking. Everyone's voice was unique and he performed the story well.

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Great Listen

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. It’s nice to listen to a story that a common person can find their Prince Charming. I love that Theo is unashamedly himself throughout the book. He doesn’t apologize for who he is and does everything he can to be true to himself. James tries to be who he thinks everyone wants him to be, but when he finds his center he realizes that he can’t be that person any longer. Great story.

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Perfect Prince

The fact that this Prince wanted to do more than what was expected of him was great. I loved how he went against the families adviser and followed his heart.

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lovely listen

Theo is so unashamedly himself throughout this book and he doesn’t apologize for who he is.
James tries to be who he thinks they want him to be.
I loved listening to there journey and how they learned to overcome so many obstacles.
Kieran did a good job with the narration of the book.

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Totally Worth Listening Too

An engrossing book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters great. The characters were developed and thought out. Theo and James are the MC’s of this book. This is my first time listening to this narrator and he was fantastic. He wasn’t monotone, each character had their own voice and he spoke clearly. I can recommend this book as a good read/listen. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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The UnLucky Duckling ✨🌈✨



Theo lives with his Nan and has since he was very young. Theo's Nan is a pillar in their community always lending a helping hand. The pair haven't much money of their own, but what they do have they share with those who lack, even more than they do. Because of her bright light, Nan is being recognized for her efforts by the Queen of England. Theo, of course, escorts his favorite girl to the ceremony and it is there his life will change forever.

Prince James is sixth in line to the throne of England, and believe it or not, he actually loves the gatherings where he gets to meet one on one with those who are making a difference in their country. He is excellent at remembering names and faces, and that has always been a benefit to him at functions like the one he is attending. He has no idea he is about to stare future in the eyes as he finds a gorgeous stranger holding one of his family's corgies in one hand and a priceless vase in the other.


This was sweet and had a lovely Cinderfella vibe without it being too in your Fairytale face about it. It's a story where the number six is very unlucky for a man who wants to be a regular Joe...er James. Where a castle is a place a young man from Essex never thought Kylie Monogue worshippers would stay, and a pair of male swans are the best-dressed couple for any occasion. It's a story of compassion, kindness, and love but also about bigotry, small-mindedness, and fear of change and repercussion.

It's a gentle back and forth, some miscommunication, and angst, with a very well done HEA.

A New to me Narrator, I quite enjoyed.
Now I just need a pair of those converse and all will be well. 👬🌈👬


The Story: 4.00 ⭐
The Narration 4.00 ⭐
Sharonica Stars: 4.00✨

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.💗

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  • Cassi
  • 02-26-20

modern day fairytale

This modern day fairy tale was my first by both the author and the narrator and I really enjoyed them both. Kieran has a fantastic accent that was perfect for this story and a joy to listen to. There was almost a bit of a Prince and the Pauper feel to this story and it as a lot of fun to see the sassy twink and his Prince fall for each other. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of swoony moments. I really enjoyed it

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 02-24-20

Such a sweet fairytale for the new age ❤

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Such a sweet fairy-tale for the new age ❤

A beautifully weaved story with ALL the perfect elements that make up a Cinderella story. All so cleverly done! I loved Theo & James!

Helen worked her magic with this story. It’s a modern fairy-tale that addresses REAL world issues while carrying you away to the pure love and innocence of a "rags to riches" fairy-tale. I loved all the unique details Helen included; from Theo’s love of converse to his last name Glass, the evil stepfather (& step brothers), to the unexpected (and totally hated) Royal secretary.

This story was surprisingly real, wonderfully witty and delightfully magical with great characters and cheeky pets. This story is a must-read for the fairy-tale dreamer and romantic at heart! Just lovely!

Kieran Flitton was a new narrator to me but I loved him! Exceptional performance!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 02-24-20

A royal fairy tale

I’m always willing to try a new author, and I’m extra-glad I picked up this book by Helen Juliet. The book is set in an alternate timeline when the Queen still reigns in England, but her son, the Prince of Wales, is happily married with three grown children. The firstborn son and heir has dutifully married, and has welcomed two sons. He and his wife are happy, comfortable in their royal roles. There is a daughter, Livy, who likes to buck traditions. She wears what she wants, and is marrying a black man whom she loves deeply. Shades of anything from today, perchance? Except this man is from the upper echelons of British society instead of a divorced American actress. Again, another world.

Finally there is James. He’s a dutiful son and sixth in line to the throne. Barring any major disasters, he’s not destined to rule Great Britain and that’s just fine with him. He’s struggled with his sexuality for years, knowing that coming out of the closet isn’t even within the realm of possibilities. Then he catches an attractive man skulking around a private area of Buckingham Palace and all bets are off.

Theo is, frankly, living close to the poverty line. He lives with his grandmother who gives all her time and money to LGBT youth charities. Her generosity knows no bounds – except that of their income. More money would mean helping more kids, but they are just scraping by. An invitation for a ceremony where his grandmother will be honored comes at a time when Theo wants to treat his grandmother but it’ll stretch his budget to do it. But he owes this woman everything and will find a way to make the day special. The bond between grandmother and grandson is strong and powerful. I was a bit in love with Theo’s grandmother, glad she was there to support and love her gay grandson.

So when Theo is caught red-handed with one of the royal Yorkie dogs, he’s defensive and certainly not deferential to the arrogant prince. Theo wasn’t trying to steal, just trying to keep the dog from causing problems and getting hurt. James, who is attracted to Theo, jumps to the worst conclusion and things go off the rails from there.

Later that day, James shows up at Theo’s house and proposes they work together. A charity ball to raise money for various charities including the one Theo’s grandmother supports. Knowing this could elevate the profile of the charity, and bring in much needed funds, Theo agrees. He’s still leery of the rich and handsome and straight prince. Why would he pick Theo? There are many people way more qualified. But Theo puts on his big boy pants and heads to the castle, willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.

The attraction between Theo and James is palpable, but a relationship is impossible, right? If anything is going to happen, it will be up to the prince to make the first move. With the support of those around him, but not necessarily his mother, James puts himself out there, hoping Theo will meet him halfway. And when he confesses something no one else knows, man I was pulled in and so was Theo. For a powerful man to make himself vulnerable…what’s not to love?

But the path to true love isn’t easy, as you can imagine. There are obstacles including a Swedish princess (whom I adored), a meddling mother, and societal expectations. For instance, being sixth in the line of succession means the Queen has to approve of the marriage partner. James loves his grandmother and she him, but to approve of a gay relationship? A gay marriage? Too much to contemplate, right?

I loved that this book didn’t offer up easy answers. The men had to work to their happy ending, even losing a diamond-covered Converse in the process (shades of Cinderella, anyone?). I also loved that the men had to fight for their relationship. The struggle made things more realistic and drew me in even further into the story. Have I said I loved the book?

Kieran Flitton is a new narrator to me, and I have to say I enjoyed his performance. He hit just the right tone for the book, giving perfect voices for each of the men. I also liked his portrayal of the women. Top notch performance. I can highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something akin to a modern fairy tale with castles and moats, five exuberant Yorkshire terriers, a cheerleader sister, a loving grandmother, and two great men.

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  • alias11
  • 02-22-20

Did I listen to the same audiobook?

Reading the other reviews on this audiobook I have to ask if we were listening to the same book. Some indicate this to be a *fast-paced* book. I found it to be a very slow slow-burn romance. In the first three hours of this nine-hour audiobook, the MCs don't even so much as kiss. They mostly spend their time internally lamenting to themselves that they couldn't pursue any attraction that *might* exist. I mean no offense to the author, but it just didn't grab my attention. Sweet story and characters, but I felt the dogs and the secondary characters had more character than the MCs.

Narration was good and I had no trouble telling who was speaking at any given time.

I received a free review copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • choccygrl
  • 02-22-20

Fairy tale romance

Be prepared to suspend all disbelief in this fairy tale romance and you'll enjoy it far more. Set in the UK but with a completely made up royal family and Yorkies instead of Corgis (which really threw me for a loop) this the story of the 6th in line to the throne falling for a commoner, acknowledging his bisexuality, and stepping down. It felt like Prince Harry fanfic with rainbows and converse. It was sweet enough but didn't grab me enough I'd be compelled to listen again.
The narrator did an okay job but sometimes the accents slipped especially for the MCs.

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  • Celpompom
  • 02-21-20

Sweet story

This was a great, cinderfella kind of story. It was sweet and fast paced. It had its ups and downs, hot moments and fun times. I really loved both Theo and James, they are quite different but in a way, quite similar. I loved how their relationship developed and how they overcame differences and difficulties. This was my first audiobook by Kieran Flitton and he was absolutely amazing. His narration really brought all the characters to life and root for them even more. Really enjoyable story

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  • Dee Slate
  • 02-21-20

Royal good fun!

What a delightful story! I loved this nod to the Cinderella fairytale. There's humour, heat, memorable characters and adorable MCs - ean man the other's anchor.
Really sweet, low-angst, fun story, Definitely one to reread/listen.
Kieran Flitton (new to me) did a wonderful job with the narration 🙂 There was never any question of who was talking and he got the emotions (affection, humourous banter, etc,) down pat, Would love to listen to more by him.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 02-20-20

Great

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was a very entertaining story.
I am looking forward to listening to more audiobooks from both Helen and Kieran.

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  • Meph666
  • 02-19-20

Wonderful royal romance

I really enjoyed the the trope of this story. The idea of the British royalty having a gay romance is absolutely perfect, especially James who is sixth in line to the throne, after his father, brother and nephews. Theo comes into his life when Theo's Nan is awarded an MBE for he charity work and James is the one bestowing the honour. A spark occurs when the two meet and it sticks in James mind. When he gets an idea host a fundraiser for select charities, Theo comes straight to mind to help plan the event, regardless of his social or economic background. What follows is fun, sweet and every bit as romantic as you can imagine a proper English gentleman being when wooing a man he is interested in.
I loved the relationship between James and Theo. Though they are so different and from such different worlds, they work so well together in work and as a couple. There is heat, friendship and understanding that they are able to offer each other and makes them so much more endearing to the other. There's a fantastic group of people that they have around them who know of James' preferences and are all for the couple being together. Theo's Nan especially brings out the heart of the story. But to balance it out is one member of staff who is clearly against them along with an interfering mother which always brings a little bit of atmosphere to a story.
Definitely a recommended romance, flows really well and kept me engaged with plot and developing relationship throughout.
This is the first time I've heard Kieron narrate and I enjoyed his voice throughout the whole story. He does a fantastic job of giving voices/accents to so many characters and perfectly conveys the emotions felt in all of the scenes. I thing I noticed every once in a while was the accent sounding slightly different for one or two characters but it was not enough to detract from the great work he has done for this story.

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  • Gwen
  • 02-18-20

So very Cinderella...

A modern gay tale of love between a Royal and a commoner. Theo gets the chance of a lifetime when he has to organize a royal party with no other than Prince James. Lots of chemistry, honesty and sexy times but is it only for a short while? I loved the party gift from James “sparkly”. But most of all, I liked how they worked together. Great narration.