Series: Royally #2
Also in this series: Royally Screwed, Royally Yours
Publication Date: February 21st, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: the publisher
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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.
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“It’s a tale as old as time: the inexperienced bluestocking and the bed-hopping rogue.”
This quote sums up Henry and Sarah’s story perfectly. He’s the devilishly handsome, not-to-be-tied-down prince and she’s the shy, quiet bookworm. Their match is a perfect combination of opposites attract meets a mashup of book boyfriends from the classics. From their very first scene together, I was drawn into the witty banter and undeniable attraction. Their story unfolded in true classic novel fashion and I enjoyed every single word of literary perfection.
Henry has been thrust into a role he never wanted and is now in line to be King of Wessco. He’s not ready to settle down and definitely not ready for the responsibility. When the offer of a reality show is presented to him, he can’t resist the idea of having twenty beautiful ladies at his beck-and-call. That is until he meets Sarah.
Sarah is the shy and quiet sister of Penelope, a contestant on the dating show. She is given the task of accompanying her sister to the castle, but finds that there are more important things to do than babysit her sister. Namely, a handsome prince who seems smitten with the girl whose only ‘experience’ comes from her romance novels.
I absolutely loved Sarah and Henry, both as individuals and as lovers. Sarah has a hidden sassiness that comes out around Henry and she’s quite clever. Henry is a playboy who thinks he can never be tamed, but Sarah is the perfect heroine to give him the calm and sweetness he deserves. They couldn’t have been more perfect together, and I still have a smile on my face just thinking about them now.
If you’ve never read a novel by Emma Chase, please let this be your first. Trust me, you won’t regret it. In fact, you will probably want to binge her entire backlist. If you’re already a fan, you’re in for a real treat with Royally Matched. In fact, you might have to make room on your book boyfriend list for Henry—he’s at the top of mine for sure.