Series: Royally #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 21, 2017
Format: eBook, 264 pages
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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.
Can I be perfectly honest for a minute? I didn’t expect to like Henry as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong, he was mostly ok as a side character in Royally Screwed, but the idea of him as a hero/love interest kinda just made me shrug. His immature, party-boy ways didn’t do much for me. I should’ve known Emma wouldn’t let me down and, when it was all said and done, he’d be my favorite of the bunch. You know, if I was the kind of reader who plays favorites. 😉 Royally Matched was a fantastic follow up to Royally Screwed. I am so happy I made time to go on an epic Royally binge last week. These books were exactly what I needed in my life.
So yeah, Henry. I kinda felt for him at the end of Royally Screwed, when Nicholas’ decision upended his entire life. But, let’s face it, he needed to get his priorities straight so it probably wasn’t the worst thing in the world. There was a good man underneath his playboy exterior and this seemed to be just the kick in the pants he needed. I really enjoyed his journey in this book.
I also loved Sarah. When we met her briefly in Royally Screwed, my romance-reader senses perked up and I wondered if she might be the perfect match for Henry. She totally was. He helped bring her out of her shell and she helped balance him. And while there were several other woman vying for Henry’s affections on the awesomely hilarious reality show, he really only had eyes for one woman. (Though there was still a fair bit of drama with the other ladies.) Side note: I don’t watch reality TV anymore, but I have my history with it and to this day I still love books set in a reality show world.
I loved Royally Matched so much. This book was the perfect combination of sweet, sexy and funny. It also made me swoon and gave me (tons of) feels. I just didn’t want to put Henry and Sarah down once I picked them up. And, of course, the minute I finished this book I jumped right into Royally Endowed. Because Ellie and Logan. All the heart eyes.
If Harry Potter was the Boy Under the Stairs, I could be the Prince Under the Stage. Why the fuck not?
He could crush me; the foreshadowing is clearly written. It’s a tale as old as time: the inexperienced bluestocking and the bed-hopping rogue. Bloody hell, I’m a trope.
Emotions are mysterious things. Sometimes they build slowly, surging like a wave before cresting to a peak and crashing all over you. But that’s not what I’m experiencing now.
“Everyone knows the best way to get a turtle out of its shell is to stick a finger up its arse. Have you tried that?”
“My story hasn’t been written yet, but I know it begins with you.”
Have you read Royally Matched?
Did you love it — and Henry, specifically — as much as I did?