Series: Royally #2
Published by Self-Published on 02/21/2017
Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.
He’s not handling it well.
Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him "space"—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:
Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.
A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.
While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.
The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit... and her naughty sense of humor.
But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.
As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.
Well, that was refreshing! After my disappointment in Royally Screwed I had some reservations about Royally Matched, but I did remember being really interested in Henry and his story. Chase teased us about a quiet book nerd who might capture Henry’s heart, and I’m so happy to say it was such a great little story.
Based on the premise alone, I figured the plot would lead us to ridiculous shenanigans as Henry ventured out on dates with potential princesses-to-be on a reality dating show. I was there for it, ready for hilarity to ensue. Well, that not exactly what took place, however I am so glad Chase did not take that direction. Instead I got to witness a relationship formed out of quiet and tender moments secluded behind the scenes. I was charmed by every scene Prince Henry and Lady Sarah spent together in her quarters after filming where they navigated a friendship based on understanding and trust. It was in these moments that I fell in love with this couple and their journey to happily ever after.
Royally Matched was full with the levity I felt was missing in its predecessor. Leave it to Emma Chase to bring lightness to balance out those times where your heart begins to feel a bit heavy. It was never gratuitous, always timed perfectly as if she truly understood what a reader would need to carry them through those heartfelt moments.
The two protagonists are a couple that I quickly became attached to. Henry is your quintessential party boy, yet as his connection with Sarah matures this man changes into someone who is grounded and focused with purpose and dignity. His transformation was very well done, yet only perfected by his lovely Sarah and her quiet and thoughtful nature. I really enjoyed the consistency of Sarah’s character and loved seeing her flourish in her new found self-confidence.
Here I thought this would be a quick and dirty few line review, but it is clear that I really feel pretty strongly about this one. If you’re a romance fan, I’d definitely give it a go.