on February 21, 2017
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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 force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when 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.
“And that, that’s the story you won’t see on television or read in the history books. The tale of an unruly prince who found the queen of his heart, and learned how to be a King.”
I love Emma Chase, she’s the Queen of the funny yet hot male POV and this book was no exception. As you know, I absolutely adored Royally Screwed, it was in my Top Books of 2016 as my top Romantic Comedy. So, after reading Royally Screwed I was desperately looking forward to Henry’s book, and it totally did not disappoint. This is a super funny, light-hearted and sexy book and I loved it.
If you’ve read Royally Screwed, this book continues the story but now with Henry (Nicholas’ brother) as the main character. Henry is not in a great place at the start of the book, his brother has found true love and abdicated the throne of Wesco. Now Henry is the new Crown Prince and future King, a title he definitely never thought he would have nor does he thinks he deserves. On top of that, Henry needs to find a future Queen.
Gosh, I love Henry, even weepy, depressed Henry is hilarious!
“The eighties are a sorely underrated decade in terms of musical composition. They don’t get nearly the respect they deserve. I try to use my platform in the world to bring attention to this travesty by singing eighties ballads whenever I get the chance. Like right now, as I sing “What About Me” by Moving Pictures on the karaoke stage. It was their one-hit wonder and a soul-stirring exercise in self-pity. My eyes are closed as I belt out the lyrics and sway behind the microphone.”
“If Harry Potter was the Boy Under the Stairs, I could be the Prince Under the Stage. Why the f**k not?”
Henry has always being portrayed by the media as a playboy Prince, which is sorta true, but underneath he’s more of a sensitive bohemian. He is approached by a producer to be the star of a dating reality show. After much thought, Henry decides that it would be a great idea because he could potentially sleep with a few women and have fun. Well, he’s in for a big surprise.
Now, I know many people would be turned off by the idea of book about a reality show. This is far from it, I would say that the reality show aspect is more of a backdrop. Plus, since they need to find women suitable to be Queen, virginity is an issue so sex is actually off the table in the show. So, rest assure Henry is not sleeping with these other women. The real relationship is happening behind the scenes! Enter Lady Sarah Titebottum.
Sara was shy, reserved and a lover of literature. She’s not a contestant on the show but is there to accompany her sister who is a contestant. Sara is such a sweet character. I totally loved her references to literature and her overall outlook in life.
“There are meetings in books that stand out, that alter the course of the story. Profound encounters between characters when one soul seems to say to the other, “There you are—I’ve been looking for you.””
“Henry Pembrook isn’t a Fiyero—he’s a Willoughby. A John Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility—thrilling, charming, unpredictable, and seductive. Marianne Dashwood learned the hard way that if you play with a heartbreaker, you can’t be surprised when your heart gets shattered into a thousand pieces.”
Henry is immediately drawn to Sara, to her vulnerability and sensitive soul, and they form a strong friendship that eventually develops into something else. This story is super sweet, and the romance is slow burning.
“What a strange pair we are. The sad boy and the frightened girl.”
It’s also super funny. Their banter at times is hilarious!
““Let me make sure I have this right: you can’t kiss me because some wanker from a book named Willoughby f**ked over some other girl from a book named Marianne?”
The book is also super romantic and hot at times.
““I’m sick of being afraid, Henry. And I’m so tired of being alive . . . but not really living. I want this; I’ve wanted it for a long time. I want . . . you.””
“Anything that came before is nothing. This is all that matters. This brave, stunning girl in my arms is all I will ever need.”
“Then what if he just stood in front of her and said, ‘I’m sorry. And I miss you. I want to be a better man for you and because I love you so much, I actually believe I can be.’ Do you think she’d give him a chance then?”
“I want to change the world with you at my side, holding your hand. I love you, Sarah, and whatever happens, I promise there won’t be a day that I don’t love you with all that I am.”
Overall, I loved this book a lot. It was a great sequel to another great book. Like all other Emma Chase books I’ve read this was sweet, fun and hot. She’s definitely one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait for whatever she comes up with next. I absolutely recommend Royally Matched. And if you haven’t read Royally Screwed you need to pick it up too!
“Nicholas. I didn’t understand before, not really. How he stood up there that day and upended both our lives. How he changed everything . . . gave in . . . gave it all up. But now . . . now it makes sense. Because I would give up a crown for her. I would give up my name, my title—I would trade my country, forfeit my birthright, lie, kill, cheat, and steal, for this. For her.”
**An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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