on February 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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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.
On the surface, Royally Matched, is a witty, sexy, romp amongst royally infused pages of deliciousness. I don’t even know if that makes any sense. It’s just how I feel when I think about Emma Chase’s words and what they do for me. But when I really contemplate it, this story is so much more. My words don’t do it service. Is it witty and sexy? Absolutely. Is it delicious? Mmmm mmmm mmmm sooo good. I can’t do it justice though by talking about the surface. Take away the titles, the silly antics, and you’re left with a flawed man and a flawed woman. A Prince who lost his way many years ago when his parents passed. A Lady who is happy to hide amongst her classical romances. Both hiding behind layers of self protection.
As I get older, I’m often reflective of the choices I’ve made, the reasons behind them, and the lessons I’ve learned. When we’re young we don’t always take the time to contemplate the future, or our place in said future, or how our actions in that moment will change our future selves. We fall. We get up. We keep on moving forward. Sometimes though, we don’t move forward without baggage, without a limp, a crack, whatever. Sometimes it takes years for us to forgive, to shed the cocoon, and find our place in the world.
…once a shell is broken, it can’t be put back together again–not really, not in the same way it was. The crack will always be there. That’s the Henry Effect.
We never know how another person will affect our lives. That holds very true for Henry and Sarah. In many ways Henry’s still a little boy whose parents died. He hides behind his flirty, carefree, devilious attitude. He’s brash and proud. While Sarah is timid, shy, quiet, almost completely opposite of Henry. Together though they act as a balm, allowing each other the room to be themselves, to open up, to grow. It’s a beautiful things to witness on the pages.
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.
Emma Chase’s writing is liquid gold. It’s sinfully sexy. It’s hilariously imaginative. It’s reflectively serious. She has this amazing way of telling a story which brings light into darkness and back into light again. She does it with laugh out loud moments and hilarious dialogue. She does it with empathy, sadness, and eloquence. Her characters are real, even when they’re royal.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *
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