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.
I recieved an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first Emma Chase book and I enjoyed it a lot. Royally Matched was a quick, easy read with a satisfying HEA ending, believable characters, and a wildly entertaining story line.
I loved getting to read the story from both Henry and Sarah’s POV’s. It gave insight into both of their lives separately before bringing them together.
Henry’s life right then was all about learning how to be King. He is the heir to the throne and must learn how to act accordingly. It’s all new to him and he’s not sure it’s what he wants. He figures one last wild, month-long party is just what he needs as a send off into the royal life, so he agrees to be a part of Matched, a television show much like The Bachelor where he must choose his future wife after a month of dates and such.
Sarah is an incredibly shy librarian who is essentially forced onto the show so her sister Penny can participate. Hmm, I wonder how that’s going to work into the story. Of course she fell for the Crown Prince. That must was obvious from the synopsis. I didn’t find the romance aspect of the story very original, but I enjoyed the story all the same.
The side characters were pretty interesting, but we didn’t get to know much about them, so they might as well have been left out of the story completely, in my opinion.
The story’s focus was on the two main characters which was fine. I found myself smiling and laughing a lot as the two of them grew closer. Their love story was sweet, light, and most definitely steamy.
When it came close to the end and Henry decided he needed to do something before he became King (no spoilers), I truly thought the story was going to end differently, in more of a tragic way than a HEA. A part of me was a little dissapointed, but I was probably more relieved that everything ended okay. Maybe it was a missed opportunity, or maybe I’m just morbid. Who knows. If you’ve read the book you might know what I’m talking about. I don’t think I was the only one who thought it could have ended differently, but for non-spoiler reasons, I won’t share what I thought was going to happen in this review.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. It’s on my TBR for sure!
I gave Royally Matched 4/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.