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A Royal Chef: A Santa Rosa Royal Romance, #1

A Royal Chef: A Santa Rosa Royal Romance, #1

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A Royal Chef: A Santa Rosa Royal Romance, #1

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Oct 21, 2018


When Tex-Mex chef Madison Bishop receives an invitation from her old college friend Princess Helena to collaborate on a fundraising project, she's delighted to accept the offer. Once she arrives in Aidinovia, Madison is enchanted with the entire Tollvi Royal Family, the picturesque European principality, and she's especially intrigued by a palace driver named Luis.

However, Madison soon learns that Luis is not at all what he seems to be. He's handsome and charming, but unfortunately, he's also a prince. Which means that his life as a royal, and hers as a restaurant owner from North Texas, are completely incompatible. But although Madison's mind accepts this, her traitorous heart longs for a happily ever after.

Oct 21, 2018

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Chapter 1

I present to you, Your Royal Highnesses, a taste of the Lone Star state. Madison Bishop placed a sizzling plate of steak fajitas, chiles rellenos, and blue corn tortillas with a side of freshly prepared pico de gallo and guacamole in front of the royal couple. I'm not sure what you say in Aidinovia, but in Texas we say 'Y'all enjoy'.

She tucked a wisp of hair that escaped her braid behind her ear and took a step back to survey the presentation of her signature Tex-Mex meal. If the smiles on the faces of her old college friend Helena, and Helena's new husband, Prince Simon, were anything to judge by, she hadn't done half bad.

This smells heavenly. Helena gestured to the marble island where she and Simon sat. Join us, Madison. Sit and talk to us while we enjoy your cooking.

Madison held up a finger. Let me grab one more thing first. She crossed the spacious kitchen that was nearly the size of a full commercial one. She opened the stainless-steel refrigerator doors and took out the iced tea she'd prepared that morning. A wry smile crossed her lips as she returned to where the royal couple sat.

To think that thirty-six hours ago she'd been on her way to the airport, all the while worrying about the age and condition of the kitchen she'd be spending the next month working in. Visions of antiquated appliances had danced in her head during the long flight from Dallas to Aidinovia. In hindsight, the luxurious private jet Simon had sent for her should have immediately allayed her concerns. Once she'd arrived, and Helena had shown her where she would be staying, one glance had assured Madison that all of her worry was for naught. Aidinovia might well be a quaint, centuries-old kingdom steeped in tradition, but the kitchen in the Royal Lodge was state of the art.

She placed the pitcher in the center of the island. Caffeine-free citrus iced tea, it's a new recipe using Valencia oranges and Aidinovia lemons. Unless you'd rather something else?

Prince Simon dabbed his lips with his napkin. I vote for iced tea. He turned to his wife. What about you, my love?

Helena smiled. Count me in.

Tea it is. Madison poured the drinks into three blue rimmed Mexican hand-blown glasses that she'd brought with her from Texas. She'd been unsure of just what she'd need while in Aidinovia, but since Simon had sent the family's private jet for her, she'd not had to worry about the hassle of checking excess baggage. Royal life certainly appeared to have its perks. She raised her glass. What shall we drink to?

To friendship, Simon said.

Helena smiled at them both. To the success of our new venture.

Perfect. To old friends, to new friends, and to a massively successful fundraising campaign for the Tollvi Foundation. Madison clinked her glass against theirs and sipped her tea. The sweetness of the oranges was a perfect complement for the lemon flavor. I think this recipe should definitely be included in the cookbook.

Absolutely, Helena agreed. She dipped a chip into the guacamole and took a bite. She closed her eyes and sighed. Heavenly. She turned to her husband. What are the chances that we can convince Madison to move to Aidinovia and become our personal chef?

Simon laughed. Any friend of yours is welcome in Aidinovia. Especially one who can cook so beautifully.

Thank you, Your Highness. Madison beamed. She knew a sincere compliment when she heard one. Hearing her culinary skills praised wasn't new to her. She and her twin sister Mackenzie had never been one to play with dolls as children. Instead, they'd played with plastic food in their play kitchen, they’d then graduated to an Easy Bake oven, and there'd been no looking back after that.

Call me Simon, please, he protested.

Madison furrowed her brow. Did I get that wrong?

No, Helena assured her. Using a title is just too formal when it's only the three of us. We're friends. Well, friends and partners now, so we're plain old Simon, Helena, and Madison.

Got it. This is all just going to take some getting used to. Madison glanced around the kitchen. It was a set-up that was as close to culinary heaven as she'd ever been. It's a whole new world.

One you're very welcome in, Simon said. He finished the last bite of his meal and pushed the plate away. I highly second my wife's suggestion you move to Aidinovia. Who knows, you might even meet the man of your dreams and find your happily-ever-after here.

Madison's only answer was a smile. As happy as she was for her old friend, and as happy as the newlyweds were with each other, theirs wasn't a path she was going down. She was married to her career. Not only that, she and her sister had vowed to never put a man in the center of their world. Their mother had, with a succession of different boyfriends, and it had been nothing but chaos the whole time they were growing up. She shook off the memories, she wasn't going to look back. Not if she could help it. When shall we have our first official meeting?

Simon and I have a full day of official engagements scheduled tomorrow, so we're unavailable. These were set up months ago, long before we knew you were coming. Helena explained. The upside is that it gives you a chance to settle in, explore the palace grounds, head into town, or do some shopping. Whatever you'd like. Then we can meet the morning after if that works for you.

Perfect, Madison agreed. Why don't you come here and I'll prepare breakfast? If you don't mind working in the kitchen, that is.

If you keep cooking meals like this, I'll refuse to meet anywhere but here. Simon stood and slipped his arm around his wife's shoulders. I'll send a driver for you at ten tomorrow morning in case you'd like to be driven into town. He will be able to answer all of your questions about Aidinovia and palace life. Anything you need, ask him.

As Madison saw her friends out, she could hardly resist the urge to pinch herself to see if this was all real. It wasn't that she didn't miss Texas. She did. She was an Amarillo girl through and through. The Sunrise Cafe and Catering Co. that she and Mackenzie owned was the biggest part of her life, and she missed it. But the opportunity to raise funds for Simon's family's literacy foundation was too good to pass up. The fact she was going to be able to enjoy a taste of royal life for a couple of weeks while in Aidinovia was icing on the cake.

The morning sun still hadn't reached its full strength as HRH Prince Jose Luis of Santa Rosa neared the hill that led up to the palace. He slowed from a steady jog to a walk as he approached the incline. It wasn't exhaustion that caused him to reduce his pace. In fact, he felt more energized than usual as his breathing returned to its natural rhythm. He knew without a doubt that this was due to the novelty of running outside amidst such beautiful scenery. It certainly was a thousand-fold improvement over his routine four a.m. appointment with his treadmill back home. He experienced a sudden rush of gratitude that Eduardo and Emilio had twisted his arm and insisted he take a break from work to visit them.

Mid-way up the hill, he stopped. Hands on hips, he closed his eyes, turned his face up to the sun, and inhaled deeply. A contented sigh escaped his lips. Even though it was early yet, Luis knew that it was unlikely that his day was going to get any better than this.

Oh, hello, there.

Startled, Luis's eyes opened and settled on the figure of a woman with eyes as blue as the sky on a perfect spring day. She wore a sundress and held a pair of sunglasses in one hand, a leather purse in the other. Had he ever seen anyone with a more flawless complexion? If he had, the memory instantly faded in the presence of this fair beauty.

Oh, my word, is it ten o'clock already? the vision asked.

Pardon? Her accent gave her away. She was an American, like Aidinovia's newest princess. Clearly, she had him mixed up with someone else. I apologize for- but she cut his words off with a dismissive wave of her hand.

Please don't apologize, I just realized that I'm an hour off. She glanced at the delicate gold watch that encircled her wrist. How silly of me. You're not early, I am. Prince Simon told me that a driver would be here for me at ten but it's only nine. My mistake.

Reluctantly Luis tore his eyes from hers

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  • (5/5)
    Several years ago I found out that love at first sight actually happens in real life and this a an excellent story about that happening between a price and a Chef. The chef was asked to write a cookbook for a literacy charity accidentally mistakes a prince for a chauffeur. He is immediately attracted to her and doesn't correct her., because he wants her to get to know the real him and not the Prince that he was born to be. They have some trials an tribulation that they experience before they can finally have their HEA ending.