The Royal Brotherhood series is the very first series that I read by Sabrina Jeffries. I remember picking up I the Prince’s Bed in my local bookstore, read the blurb, and bought all 3 books. And what do you know, I absolutely LOVE this series!
Although I LOVE The Hellions of Halstead Hall series the best, this is a VERY CLOSE second! It has been a while since I read these books and I loved delving in and revisiting these characters! On my recent trip home in the Philippines, I brought these books back with me.
This series is about three half-brothers – Prinny’s bastards – and all of them mired in scandal. They decide to work together at the request of the Earl of Iversley and they form a bond.
In the Prince's Bed written by Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher Pocket Star
Publication Date: August 1st 2004
Genres: Historical Romance
Series: Royal Brotherhood #1
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From bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries comes the first dazzling novel in a sexy new series featuring three half brothers. Bound together by the royal father who denied them, they've formed a pact to help each other achieve their every desire... including the women of their dreams.
Miss Katherine Merivale is desperate to make a respectable match - if only her childhood sweetheart would propose! Until he does, she can't touch the fortune she's inherited. So the last thing she needs is notorious rogue Alec Black putting her proposed marriage at risk with his distracting, smoldering gaze and moonlit kisses.
Alec, the Earl of Iversley - and one of three bastard sons of the Prince of Wales - is secretly searching for an heiress bride to pay his debts. Fiery Katherine seems the answer to his prayers, and her passionate response to his practiced seduction soon assures him that she is his. But Alec knows Katherine is looking for a love-match, and he wonders... what will happen when she discovers his deception?
This is not one of my favorite books in this trilogy. As much as I love the trope, the last quarter felt too rushed for me. I liked Alec and his roguish seductive ways but Katharine was a little frustrating. Which I totally get.
This was also the first book that I read where an M/M relationship is hinted! View Spoiler »Yes, Katharine’s best friend and almost fiance, had the beginnings of an M/M relationship with one of his friends! « Hide Spoiler I thought it was very forward. When I read this in 2006, LGBTQ+ stories were not mainstream yet.
But I digress. I enjoyed the banter between Alec and Kit. In fact, this is the ONLY saving grace because that last quarter though was just too quick! Gaaaahhh! I felt that there should have been more groveling done!
Bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries pens the sizzling story of one of three half-noble half brothers, who makes a most unwelcome entrance into society...and a most unexpected match.
Beautiful Lady Regina Tremaine has turned down so many suitors that she's called La Belle Dame Sans Merci. The truth: she won't marry because she carries a dark secret. She sees no good reason, however, why her brother shouldn't court the lovely Louisa North -- even if the girl's brother, the notorious "Dragon Viscount," objects.
Marcus North, Viscount Draker -- bastard son of the Prince of Wales -- is rumored to be a monster who holds women captive in his dark castle to have his way with them. He has been exiled from polite society for years. But when Lady Regina makes a plea on her brother's behalf, Marcus proposes an outrageous deal: her brother can court Louisa so long as Marcus can court Regina. Can the beauty and the beast survive a proper courtship when the devastatingly improper passion between them threatens to cause the scandal of the century?
The second book, To Pleasure the Prince is the BEST one of the bunch! Why? Because it is is a Beauty and the Beast story! Also MARCUS NORTH! He is another broody, swoony hero paired with someone who is totally unlike Disney’s Belle! This book was possibly the first historical romance I read that had a flawed heroine!
See, Lady Regina Tremaine (ha! I see what you did here, Sabrina – Tremaine is Disney’s Cinderella’s stepmother’s last name) has View Spoiler »dyslexia! She is also unable to read and has been hiding her flaws forever! « Hide Spoiler This is also the reason why she will not marry to the point where she has a reputation.
What I love about To Pleasure the Prince is that Marcus is such an awesome brother and an awesome hero! Not only that, the way he treats Regina and how he made her fall for him. Definitely swoony!
Lovely Christabel, the Marchioness of Haversham, is desperate to regain some personal correspondence—so desperate that she pretends to be the mistress of notorious gaming club owner Gavin Byrne, in order to attend a scandalous house party hosted by the man holding her letters. But when she agreed to let Byrne coach her on how a true mistress behaves, she never suspected how very… appealing his wicked lessons would be.
Secretly determined to find the letters before Christabel, so he can use them to avenge a childhood tragedy, Gavin can’t help but be delighted at his pupil’s performance with regard to his “mistress lessons.” It won’t be long before the luscious widow is in his bed. Ultimately, though, will love or revenge triumph?
The last book in the series is also good. This is my second favorite in the series! Also, it is a little bit more risque than the other two.
Cristabel, the Marchioness of Haversham, a widow who propositions Gavin Byrne to help her steal very incriminating letters. Gavin is the scandalous non-aristocrat bastard brother who owns a gambling establishment. But the plot thickens! Gavin wants to help Cristabel because 1) he wants her in his bed for real, and 2) he wants to use the letters to get back at the Prince Regent! But things don’t go according to plan because he falls for Cristabel.
The one thing I liked about this book is that the end was very satisfying.
Have you read this series before? Which one is your favorite of the three?