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The only thing harder than being a royal? Falling in love with one.  

Belinda

As a political blogger living in Manhattan, I have no time to date. My few free hours are spent with best friend Soraya and her husband, Graham. Love has no place in this equation.  

Then Prince Zan walks into the coffee shop. He’s confident and different from other men, making it clear from our first conversation royal lineage won’t stand in his way. I know better than to be carried away by green eyes and soft lips. But if that’s the case, how did I end up in his bed?  

Zan

My dark past is a nightmare I can’t escape from. It was anything but easy to become a royal.  

Then I met Belinda. She might be a commoner, but there’s nothing at all common about this woman. One look is all it takes. Maybe if I bring her to my homeland she’ll be under its spell, too. But the differences between our two worlds seem impossible to overcome. I refuse to ignore my duty and passion for my people, and Belinda won’t abandon her career.  

The right woman or destiny? Whatever it takes, I'm determined to have both.

Royal Pain is another steamy edition to the Cocky Hero Club series by author Leslie Pike. Opposites attract in this royal romance of choosing between love and duty. Follow your heart by devouring this passionate love story today!

©2020 Leslie Pike and Cocky Hero Club, Inc. (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Overall good book however...

The listener will note that in Chapter 2 the Prince is described as having a: Half American Italian Mother, Zulu Father with " Black Hair...Jewel Green Eyes...Mustache"

The photo on the cover of this book is of a man with blonde hair and a 5'Oclock shadow. It does not match his description. Thumbs down to whoever made that choice. Re-do?

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Whitewashed

Hero was Zulu and Italian American raised in Africa mo accent. Native Mosians had no accent! Hero had black hair and green eyes. Cover model is blond and blue eyes!

Alyssa Cole three part series with African and black characters managed to find voice actors who didnt sound white.

Story line was good.

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Oddly whitewashed

This was a rare DNF for me. I couldn’t get past the disconnect between the hero and the cover & narration. The hero is supposed to be a biracial African man, yet doesn’t even have an accent and the cover shows a white man. A different male narrator and an accurate cover would have been more appropriate.

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Heartwarming

I Loved Everything about this story. From Zan's heartbreaking beginnings to Belinda's Loving family.. Definitely worth the read.

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Audio and story disagree...

I can't fault the narrators performance I suppose, but the decision on the male narrator and cover model ruins the story and I actually could not get over it.

He should be a mixed race man, Italian and African. yet we have a pretty white man on the cover.
He spent 9 years in South Africa before moving to the neighbouring AFRICAN country, any yet he pronounced Xhosa as Khosa? Oh, and Boko Haram was in South Africa? really??? I get its fiction, but fix it.
AS a South African, this lack of consistency in what I heard and was presented, versus what was being said kept pulling me out the story so often, it was distruptive.

Set him as a prince from Monaco, and the story's fine.

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Royal Pain

For a book on the shorter side, (just over 6 hrs)) this one packed a lot into it. Even though Prince Zan is trying to disguise himself, Belinda recognizes him when they meet of a coffee shop in NY. Their chemistry is there for the beginning and only grows as the story progresses. There is an instant connection but it’s not instalove. The amount of emotion I felt surprised be a bit, reading about his childhood in Africa before being adopted by the royal family and then so other family issues made me misty. But there were happy time too and I enjoyed how everything played out. I enjoyed this book and will be looking at reading more form this author.

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Okay

The first book that started the “Hero Club Series” Soraya and Graham’s story Is “Stuck-Up Suit” by ViKeeland and Penelope Ward it took me forever to figure it out.
You don’t need to read the first book but if you want to....

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loved it

this book was really good. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

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One of the Best

I've listened to a lot of the Hero Club books and this one touched my heart like none of the others. I definitely recommend giving this one a listen.

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Sweet story

4 stars!

Belinda and Prince Zan absolutely captured my heart. From their first encounter I was hooked on their story and romance. Belinda is a journalist and writer. She is also Soraya’s best friend (from Stuck-Up Suit) she is smart and sweet and knows her own mind. Zan is the Prince. He lives in Africa with his royal family and they live 7,000 miles apart. During Zan’s visit to New York the romance between he and Belinda was a whirlwind. Insta-love and non stop sweet gestures and moments. The two have their obstacles ahead with the distance between them but the I loved it and devoured their story in one sitting. Leslie Pike wrote a beautiful story about falling in love in the least likely of places. The characters couldn’t be more opposite but they worked and complimented each other well. I enjoyed this addition to the Cocky Hero World and I look forward to the next story.

Teddy Hamilton and Savannah Peachwood are fantastic narrators. The emotion and passion in their voices shine through in their performance.