By Emma Chase
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.
Wow! I can’t remember the last time I thoroughly enjoyed watching two people get to know each other. It was honestly a delight watching Henry and Sarah fall in love.
“When I put Mum’s ring on her finger, I want the world to know it’s because I’ve chosen her. Not because she fits the bill or checks the boxes, but because she’s magnificent. And I’m lucky enough that she’s willing to put up with me.”
I really liked Sarah. She might be a little shy, but I loved that she had no problem standing up to Henry when it was called for. Her shy and serious personality was a perfect match for Henry’s outgoing and playful personality. I also loved her best friends, Willard and Annie, who added to the humor every time they appeared and who truly loved Sarah for who she was.
“You’ve become . . . important to me, Sarah. I mess up a lot; I always have. I don’t want to mess this up.”
I loved, loved, loved Henry. He certainly grew up in this story, and I enjoyed watching him struggle with his new role while trying to keep his easy-going nature intact. I loved the scenes where he was trying to get back in Sarah’s good graces after upsetting her. Both scenes really highlighted his thoughtful and sweet sides, making it so very easy to love him.
“Didn’t you know that? Can’t you see it, Sarah? I’m absolutely gone for you.”
ROYALLY MATCHED is told in dual POVs and comes with a lovely ending for Henry and Sarah. While it is part of the Royally series, and does take place where ROYALLY SCREWED finished, it can be read as a stand-alone. Though I think you would understand Henry better if you read the previous book first. I loved ROYALLY MATCHED and I will definitely be reading the next book in this series.
Royally Matched (Royally # 2)
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