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.
One of the best books I’ve read. Ever.
First and foremost, I’d like to tell you that you don’t have to read reviews of this book. Nope, you don’t need it. Not when it won’t give the book justice. You have to experience yourself it in all its glory. Even for me as a blogger, this is one of the hardest things to do–to review something that words won’t be nearly enough to describe the absolute perfection of the book. What you should do is to buy yourself a copy, join a giveaway if you don’t have enough funds to do so, borrow it, but don’t pirate FFS and be at peace with the fact that this book won’t disappoint you. I can guarantee you that.
Okay now for those of you who’ve read Royally Screwed, and think it was good and loved Prince Nicholas, I swear Prince Henry will totally knock him out of place, will steal your hearts–your bookish hearts–and will never give it back. At least, that’s what it did to me and I was more than okay to give him a piece of mine because he’s so worth it.
I’ve seen him on the first book and he seemed to be the kind of guy who does nothing but to party hard and fuck even harder. He had this larger than life attitude that took him places, always exploring, not to be tied down. Not to even rule a country. Which is why when he knew he was really fated to do so and an opportunity arose, he gathered every eligible women in the country to join a reality TV, Matched, for the quest of his queen while still being Henry–likes women in multiple number, booze here and there, party all night long. But he’s in for a treat because a certain bookish woman who’s not even a participant of the show caught his attention.
I first met Lady Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum in Royally Screwed when she had an encounter with Olivia. I got a glimpse of how she was but in this book, I was totally in awe of this girl.
She’s the silent type, knows her literature (yes a heroine who REALLY reads yay), spaces out when she hears a sudden loud crash, simple and funny. On the outside, you won’t really see how she’s going to match Henry. They don’t fit. At all. But as the taping of the show goes on, she stays on the sidelines because it’s her sister who joined the contest, I got to see a woman who’s destined to be a queen in the future. And Henry with all the happy-go-lucky vibes going for him, who knew, had this fierce and loyal side I never knew existed. He had proven to everyone especially to himself that he could be more than his older brother, whom everyone thought would be the King. And I was overjoyed by the fact that he’s a people person. I mean, yes he had a hard time doing politics, but he knew the pain his people were feeling. He knew when to be sensitive about their feelings and respected them. And I think that’s a very remarkable character for a leader.
Henry and Sarah’s chemistry was already there from the beginning but it’s not something very consuming. Not yet, at least. But it’s the chemistry that seem to sizzle in every page causing a huge fire that you can’t keep out by the time you’re done. The moments that they were together were absolutely heartwarming (Henry knows how to sing and play the guitar) with that exquisite filth and hotness (Best. Blowjob. Scene. I’ve ever read.) that had my toes curling.
Other than that, I was astounded by the development of each character (yes, including secondary ones like Queen Lenora). It wasn’t rushed, it took time for each one of them to grow making it beautiful and believable in every way. The Queen finally seeing how important it was for Henry to pace himself as he prepares for a royal duty, Sarah standing up for what she knows she had to do, and Henry finally coming to terms that he’s about to rule a kingdom of his own. They had a long way to go and earned every right of happiness and royalty that they truly deserved.
I did not let this book go until I was done with it. It captivated my full attention like any other Emma Chase’s books that paced so perfectly but this one packed a different punch. Somehow it became the most fun, the craziest male POV ever, the sexiest and the most romantic book (most emotional, even) she has ever written. Take it from me who has read her every book.
Royally Matched is a delicious slow burn, royal romance that will charm your hearts like no other, that deserves all the crowns. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Emma Chase at her finest and she has raised the bar so high once again.