Royally Matched by Emma Chase
Series: Royally #2
Published by Everafter Romance on February 21, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Rom-Com
Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar 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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I just knew from the moment I met Prince Henry in Royally Screwed that I’d fall for him. Hook, line, and sinker. God save the King!
When Prince Nicholas abdicated the throne for his love of American Olivia (Royally Screwed), the crown and everything attached to it is passed on to his younger brother, Henry. Prince Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook has no choice but to clean up and learn what it takes to be the future King of Wessco. He’s not one to follow rules, and it’s hard to change when he’s been like that his whole life.
“But I’ve never been very good at doing what I’m told. It’s a problem. Or a reflex. If they say left, I go right. If they say sit, I jump. If they say behave, I get drunk and spend the weekend screwing all three of the Archbishop’s triplet nieces.”
He is shipped off to a remote castle so he can focus on learning the roles of a future king. But before he truly lets go of his old life, he wants one last hurrah. So when a director approaches him to star in a The Bachelor-type show called Matched: The Royal Edition, he decides to do it. He just doesn’t tell his beloved grandmother, Queen Lenora, about it.
Twenty eligible ladies (a.k.a. virgin women from powerful and influential families) compete to win Henry’s heart and possibly the role as the future queen of Wessco. Not that all of the contestants are virgins, of course. They’re included to add drama, spice and comedic relief in the TV show.
Lady Sarah and Penelope Titebottum are both eligible bachelorettes, but only Penelope, who has Hollywood dreams, wants to join. Sarah has no interest in getting involved with such a high-profile man and would rather spend her time in peace with her books. However, their mother will only allow Penelope to join the show if Sarah goes with her. She’ll go, but only because she wants to escape a public-speaking task at the library.
This is officially my favorite Emma Chase book. I loved everything about it. Seriously. It was sweet, hilarious, hot, and swoon-worthy. My heart was ready to burst by the end of the book because I had so much love for Henry and Sarah!
THINGS I LOVED:
♔Prince Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook.
I love this man so much. Prince Nicholas said something about Henry that would sum up Henry and his charm.
“…they will follow Henry because they love him.They’ll see in him their son, brother, best friend, and even if he mucks it up now, they will stick with him because they will want him to succeed.”
That’s exactly how I feel about him. Obviously, Henry needs a lot of training before he could be considered ready for his future role as king of Wessco. Spares aren’t usually groomed into future kings. But Henry has the heart and sincerity of a true leader.
Other than that, not only does he look like a model and talks dirty, he plays the guitar. A musician prince. A girl’s wet dream. The guy is also thoughtful, playful, and romantic! I’m swooning right now!!!
♔Lady Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum
I still laugh every time I read her name because apparently I’m an adult with a mind of a ten-year old, but I digress. Lady Sarah is one of us—a bibliophile! Before meeting Henry and accompanying her sister in the castle for Matched: Royal Edition, she worked in a library. She wears glasses, hates public speaking but is quite outspoken when surrounded by friends, bibliophiles, and Austenites. You read that right. Sarah is an Austenite.
She’s a little awkward, but once you get to know her, you’ll see she’s a sweet and funny person who can be quite outspoken when it’s about something she’s passionate. #Feminist
♔Jane Austen references.
Y’all know how much I love Jane Austen. I was grinning the every time Sarah talked about Austen novels, especially Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I want Sarah’s collection!!!
Emma Chase writes hilarious dialogue, and it’s easy to see the chemistry between her characters. Royally Matched is not an exception. I was laughing and gushing because of these two. Ah-mazing.
♔FRIENDS TO LOVERS + SLOW BURN.
The attraction and intrigue are there from the start. When Henry met Sarah, he’s curious about her and wants to know about her. I love love stories that start off with friendship. It was also easier to get to know both characters. It was sweet to see Henry and Sarah opening up to each other, and even sweeter to see them falling in love! By then, it’s basically a long and hot foreplay. Delayed gratification. And you all know what goes after that.
I love grand gestures as much as the next romance reader does, what I love more is what happens after the grand gesture. Emma Chase gave these two the ending they deserved. It wasn’t just about their love; it was also about their growths as characters, and I am all for that.
And I have to say this, I LOVE PRINCE NICHOLAS AND HIS LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR HENRY.
Royally Matched is standalone romance novel told in alternating POVs. It made me laugh, cry, swoon, and blush. If you’re looking for a fun read with witty banter, amazing chemistry, great sex, and a wonderful HEA, you will love Royally Matched!
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