Reluctantly Royal(92)

By: Nichole Chase



“Marty asked me if we were going to have babies.” I raised an eyebrow.

“Oh.” Her eyes widened.

“Actually he said lots of babies.”

“Lots?” She shook her head and looked over at her son.

“Yes, he gave his blessing. Apparently Zach has a new sibling on the way.” I ran my hands over her back.

“Ah.” She laughed. “I don’t know about lots of babies.”

“One might be nice,” I said. “One day.”

“I thought you didn’t want kids.” She cocked her head to the side, but her smile grew.

“Maybe I’m changing my mind.” I shrugged.

“You’ve been doing that a lot lately.” She reached down and pinched my butt.

“Hey.” I mock-glared at her. “Stop that. I said someday. Not today. You’ll get me all excited.”

“So you’d really consider having a baby?” The tenderness in her expression almost killed me.

“If you want to be technical about it, you’d be the one having the baby. I’d just be the punching bag in the delivery room.” Why did I blurt out idiotic things when I was nervous?

“I think that, one day, it would be nice to have another baby.” She smiled shyly.

Leaning down, I kissed her softly. “Me too.”

Life had changed. My plans for the future had shifted.

I was marrying a woman who had been contacted by several theater companies to perform for them. I was going to be the father to a six-year-old boy I loved more than drawing, painting, or breathing. I was helping run a duchy. Me, the royal who hated everything about being a royal. I still had my art. That would always be with me. And I’d keep making and creating things because I couldn’t stop. It was part of who I am. But so were Meredith and Marty.

I wasn’t where I thought I would be and I was incredibly grateful for that. I wouldn’t trade my life for anything.





ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

SOMETIMES IT'S HARD to say good-bye. For me, the Royal series has been one of the most enjoyable, difficult, but rewarding series I’ve ever written. I’m going to miss these characters like crazy. They took on a life of their own and I loved watching their stories unfold.

This series wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of help from my family and friends. It goes without saying that my daughter and husband have borne the brunt of the craziness that comes with writing a book. Without their patience and love, I wouldn’t be able to write.

Thank you to my sister, who always talks me down when I panic about a book. Not only does she provide me with great scientific facts for books, but she’s probably going to start charging me a fee for our therapy sessions.

Thank you to Nicole Mincey and Kate Savage for their medical knowledge. You guys really helped me out during a pinch! Thank you to Courtney Schriner for listening to me ramble about my books and for always being willing to read what I write. Thank you to Heather, my bestie, for not giving up on me when I disappear for months in a book.

For my friends in the FP, you know that you guys are my rock. A group of women that are always there for each other in some way; I’m incredibly lucky to be a part of it.

A huge thank-you to my agent, Rebecca Friedman, who has held my hand for almost a year now. She gets me, people. She really gets me.

KP Simmon, thank you for all of your hard work. I’m pretty sure that you’re part robot or Super Woman. I have no idea how you do all that you do!

To the team at Avon, I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. Tessa Woodward is a saint. A very patient saint. Jessie Edwards has been a fantastic publicist. And she loves Doctor Who. It doesn’t get much better than that, people.

Thank you to the readers who picked up Suddenly Royal and made my dreams come true. Without you, I wouldn’t be here.

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