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.
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Guys, I’m not going to lie, I really loved Royally Matched. I thought it was so clever and witty, filled with memorable characters, a beautiful romance, a unique plot, and royalty. Need I say any more? Though I was intrigued by the royal part of the plot, I didn’t completely love the first book in the story because of all the drama. I picked up this one because I still believe that Emma Chase is a fantastic writer and I loved Henry in the first story. This was a wonderful and enchanting book. This is definitely one that’s going to stay with me for awhile. I recommend this if you’re looking for a romantic comedy that will literally make you laugh out loud. You will also cheer extremely hard for the romance from the start. I can’t recommend it enough!
The story is told through dual POV’s, but since the story mostly revolves around him, I’ll talk about Henry first. There’s honestly so many great things that I could say about this guy. When we saw him in Royally Screwed, he was a hot mess. He was struggling with what he saw while he was fighting for his country. He drinks his pain away and has random one night stands. He’s such a swoony and lovely guy all around, even if he used to be a rather serious manwhore in the past. I didn’t need to worry about Henry, he’s still just as amazing as I was hoping that he’d be. He’s hilarious, smart, and unique. I laughed out loud at so many of the random things that he said. He was such a sweetheart when it came to Sarah. He was patient, understanding, and just an all around decent guy through the way that he treated her with such respect from the beginning. Initially, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole dating show thing, I was afraid that he’d end up sleeping with all the girls or something like that. Fortunately, it didn’t turn out like that at all, he barely even kissed or talked to a lot of the other girls. He was a refreshingly beautiful and honest guy and I loved him from that.
Sarah was a character that I instantly understood. She’s a librarian who prefers books over people. She’s very quiet, and not super social. I immediately connected with her voice as a whole, and I was a huge fan of her spirit. To be honest with you guys, there was literally nothing about her that I didn’t like. She was a well developed, realistic, and relatable character all around. I know that readers are going to love and connect with her just like I did from the very first page. Like good old Henry, Sarah is a character that’s definitely going to stick with me long after reading.
I thought the romance was so lovely and unique. As stated, Henry is the star of this The Bachelor like show where he’s going to pick the next “Queen.” In reality, he’s really just looking to have some fun and have a big distraction from the reality that he’ll one day become King now. Sarah actually isn’t a contestant, it’s her sister who is. She’s just there to keep an eye on her. Plans change for Henry once he meets Sarah, and he honestly becomes a totally different person. It isn’t exactly insta-love or anything, but I loved that instant attraction between them and how hard Henry works to win her over. It takes a little bit to get started, but once it does, it’s incredibly steamy and awesome. I absolutely adored them as a couple.
I thought that Royally Matched was such a well written and magical story. Everything about this one clicked with me in a way that the previous book didn’t. Chase is such a brilliant author and I can’t wait to see what’s up her sleeve regarding the next book in the series. You should obviously read this if you’ve read any of her previous novels, but I still recommend it even if you haven’t. It’s a book you should read if you want to laugh out loud and swoon hardcore.
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.