Tuesday, June 4, 2024

First Chapter Review & Giveaway: Royally Arranged by Amber Malloy


I received a digital copy of this first chapter from Goddess Fish Promotions. Read all the way through to enter this book tour's giveaway.

BLURB: Thanks to social media, beauty mogul Astoria Richards fell into a multimillion-dollar business at the age of sixteen. Unfortunately, burnout threatens to snatch the rug straight from under her. With no personal life to speak of, and competitors nipping at her heels, she jumps at a unique proposition from a king. As long as Astoria keeps her heart out this arrangement, her bottom line would benefit from this weirdness … right?

Raphael Castille needs a wife. Tasked with taking over the throne until his twin brother gets stamped with a clean bill of health, he will be required to play his royal part. A simple one-year contractual obligation to make the people of Calor Dunas believe he was capable of leading their country turned into much, much more. The second he sets eyes on Astoria Richards, all the rules went straight out of the window. No one said love was a part of the deal, but if he stayed around the gorgeous, brown-skinned beauty for much longer, he’d have to find a way to add it to the contract.

COVER: I'm not usually a fan of dark covers, but I like this one. The gold font, the sparkles, and the serious, sultry gaze from the characters makes for an eye-catching cover. 

FIRST CHAPTER: Raphael "Rafe" Castille begrudgingly meets with social media and beauty mogul Astoria Richards. The meeting isn't what either of them expects. 

KEEP READING: After a must read prologue, the reader is introduced to both characters. While this material isn't my typical read, I loved the way Malloy brought these characters to life, how she modernized the arranged marriage storyline, and the strength of this first chapter. Rafe definitely has a lot of pressure on him, which the reader can feel coming through. Astoria sounds like she will be a handful. I'll keep going, if for no other reason than to witness Malloy's unique setting and happenings for these characters. 


She lowered her voice to a whisper. “May I ask a question?” 

“Of course,” he answered, bending his head toward her in the cutest conspiratorial manner. 

“What’s with the hair?” Astoria reached for the ends of his shorter jet-black strands. Still longer than the basic business style, he’d cut off his bad boy shoulder-length locks. 

“Do you like?” He beamed, forcing those high cheekbones to the ceiling, igniting a spark of mischief in his eyes. 

“It’s very, very royal, sir.” 

“Good enough for a king?” His lowkey flirting produced a throb of wanton need to work its way into her womb. 

F**k, this man is sexy…  

“Ahem,” bossy clipboard chickee interrupted, knocking her out of the Rafael Castille bubble. 

While internally rounding up the rest of her horny senses, Astoria dropped her hand back to her side. 

Elana speared her with a glare. “We have over sixty different news outlets waiting in the courtyard for the Q and A session.” 

“Ready.” He gently nudged her toward the double doors Elana pulled open to enter the square. “Ladies first.” 

“No, your majesty.” Astoria held out her hand. After a beat, his large palm dwarfed hers. If he was shocked by the physical display of intimacy, he certainly didn’t show it. 
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CW1DQW51
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Evernight Publishing (April 11, 2024)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 11, 2024
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1978 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 174 pages

I received a digital copy from the publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn't pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn't legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she's not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he's faking his French accent. 



Amber Malloy will award a $10 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner.


  1. Thank you so much for hosting and reviewing the first chapter of ROYALLY ARRANGED.

  2. Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

  3. Thanks for inviting me to join. Appreciate the comments, everyone!


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