Series: His Royal Secret #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ
Publication date: July 19, 2016
Format: eARC, 185 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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James, the handsome, cosmopolitan Prince of Wales, is used to being in the public eye. But he's keeping a king-sized secret...James, next in line for the throne, is gay.
He’s been able to hide his sexual orientation with the help of his best friend and beard, Lady Cassandra. Sometimes he feels like a coward for not coming out, but he daren’t risk losing the crown. If he did, the succession would fall on his deeply troubled younger sister, Princess Amelia. To protect her, James is willing to live a lie.
While on holiday, he meets Benjamin Dahan—a rugged international reporter with a globe-trotting, unattached life—who catches far more than James's eye. And when Ben is transferred to London, it seems fate may finally be smiling on James.
But what began as a torrid fling grows into something far more intimate and powerful. Soon James will have decide who he is, what he wants from life and love, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for the truth...
Since finishing her Asking for It series, I’ve been interested to see what Lilah Pace would give us next. When I heard she was releasing a M/M about a prince, I knew I had to read it. I had high hopes for this book and I’m happy to say they were exceeded.
You know those books that, once you start reading you can’t even think about putting down? His Royal Secret was exactly that type of book for me. I was totally sucked into James’ life from the very beginning. I loved how he and Ben met. I was enthralled by their chemistry in their first meeting. The sex was hot, but that initial meeting was about so much more than that. I loved how they gave parts of themselves to each other after only knowing the other for a few hours. It was complicated and messy and I loved the forbidden aspect, while at the same time I desperately hoped their situation wasn’t as hopeless as it seemed. I shipped them hard from the very beginning and I enjoyed reading to see how everything unfolded – the good, the bad and (at times) the painful.
I really liked James. For a man as powerful as he was politically, he was vulnerable in so many ways. His internal struggle between the life he wanted to live as a man and the life he needed to live for his country (and family) was so very real. If you take away the fact that he’s prince and he could be any other man (or woman) struggling to come to terms with their sexuality and when/how to come out. The stakes were high for him all the way around and I wondered if there was any way possible he’d be able to have everything he wanted. I wanted him to have all the good things in life. I wanted him to overcome his struggles. I wanted to see him happy as a prince (or king) and man, even if it was tough at times to understand how that would even be possible. I did like Ben, just maybe not to the exact amount that I did James. I didn’t dislike him, I just didn’t connect to his character in the same way as I did James… at first anyhow. I did love them as a couple though. Theirs wasn’t an easy pairing, but it really worked for me.
His Royal Secret does end with a cliffhanger, but it’s not a truly brutal one. (And the wait for His Royal Favorite isn’t THAT long.) I’m glad that I had an eARC for the second book and was able to binge the duology in its entirety this weekend, though. I was so lost in this world – the secrets, the drama, the romance, the feels and everything else about it – that I would’ve had a tough time waiting for the second book, cliffhanger or not. If the idea of a gay crown prince in modern days is as appealing to you as it was to me, this book should absolutely be on your TBR. You won’t be disappointed.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
I’m taking this. One stolen hour in my entire bloody life—it’s mine, he’s mine, and no one else ever has to know.
“It’s been a long time since I had so much happiness in my life. I thought you should know what it means to me.”
“Ben, I’m never going to forget you. Not one moment I spent with you, not ever. Fifty years from now I’ll still remember what it was like to kiss you, the way your voice sounded, that afternoon in your flat when you held me close. I’ll be able to recite the words we spoke to each other. I’ll be able to sculpt your face in snow. Even though we’ll never see each other again, you will be a part of every day I live.”
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