Series: Royally #2
Published on February 21st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Humorous
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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.
*This story can be read as a standalone, though I highly recommend book one, Royally Screwed.
“My story hasn’t been written yet…but I know it begins with you.”
Oh Henry, Henry – how I love thee, Henry.
Add another Emma Chase hero to my bevy of book boyfriends, cause I think I’m head over heels in lust. (Shocker.)
Royally Matched was a funny, light, and swoon-y romance that had me wanting to read ’til the last page in one sitting. (Considering how crazy busy my life is right now, that’s saying something.)
I’m not going to lie, when I read the synopsis, I was a bit skeptical about the whole reality TV element to the story. But as always, I learned that doubting Emma Chase is just something I can never do. What could’ve been trope-y and cheesy actually was fun, fresh, and overall amusing.
Henry and Sarah’s story in Royally Matched kept me on my toes from start to finish. I loved that on the surface, this was a reluctant romance, but it could still appeal to those readers who enjoy a good hate-to-love, and friends(ish)-to-lovers story. I loved watching the platonic and romantic progression throughout this book; even when there was a sense of predictability in some moments, it was entertaining nonetheless.
My only real issue that I had with this book was that I felt that the pacing felt oddly rushed towards the end, but overall, it didn’t detract from the integral plot.
There are two things I can always count on with Emma Chase’s books…
The first thing is that her characters will draw you in, and the second is that her writing style is always consistently good.
I love the way she writes her heroes/male POV; I haven’t met a male character of hers I didn’t like. I love that Emma’s “men” are unapologetic, crass, and often times broody AF. But the one thing that holds true with each of her books – it’s that the her heroes are satisfyingly well-balanced. There are other authors out there who attempt to write their books from a male POV, but oftentimes it comes off contrived, and uninteresting. But whenever I dive into Emma’s books, I find that I’m able to fully immerse myself into the story, and be highly entertained in the process.
Royally Matched was a wonderful escape from my everyday crazy, and very much worth 4 bright and shining stars!