Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 21st 2017 by Emma Chase, LLC
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“I want to change the world with you at my side, holding your hand. I love you and whatever happens, I promise there won’t be a day that I don’t love you with all that I am.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to Royally Matched by Emma Chase
I don’t really have high expectations for this book prior to reading it so I found myself blown away when I finished it. I was so sure this will be just another cute contemporary but while it is all sorts of adorable, it is also quite tear-jerking and emotional.
I love Prince Henry so much! He’s an unrepentant playboy floundering his way around the palace to become King, a title unexpectedly bestowed upon him and one he never wanted. While he works his playboy charms around shy, bookworm Sarah, he unexpectedly finds himself falling for her more and more. I love that he acts like an adorable schoolboy teasing Sarah, planning to just have a good time but helplessly falls for her anyway. And I love Sarah even more for her unassuming personality and for being a true friend to Henry because that’s what he needed the most.
I enjoyed Sarah and Henry’s developing relationship mainly because they started as actual friends who innocently share their troubles to each other never expecting to find comfort in it but getting it anyway. For such a fun and lighthearted premise, this book holds dark and traumatic childhood stories for both Sarah and Henry that brought me to tears. There is nothing more heartbreaking than a child facing unimaginable loss and pain. I feel for the both of them.
Another factor that made me love this book so much is how the two couple learned from each other. Henry has duties as King that he’s been avoiding and after meeting Sarah, he finally realized that he had to step up and do it. Sarah made him believe in himself. In turn, Henry inspired Sarah to break out of her shell. She used to be afraid of being around so many people but Henry gave her courage and made her believe in herself. Together but apart, they pursued their dreams and their duties. The realistic ending made the story much more worthwhile. It’s not always about the couple ending up together but also about following their heart’s desire. They may not have been together in the physical sense for two years but their hearts are always as one.
Over-all a sweet, surprising and unforgettable read.
***cover art: 3 stars. The model is handsome, I’ll give you that but still a half-naked guy. (Yawns)***