Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally #2
Publisher: Emma Chase LLC
Release Date: 02-21-2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Page Count: 275
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Giggles, emotion, and depth- this had it all
This was my first sampling of Emma Chase books, and wow did it ever hook me as a fan. Royally Matched is the second book in the Royally series, but can be read as a standalone without issue. The story picks up with Henry, the brother of the hero featured in the first book. His brother’s abdication of the throne for a love interest left Henry as the heir. The plot revolves around Henry trying to have one last hurrah in the form of filming a reality TV show- a la Bachelor- as he tries to prepare himself to assume the responsibility of his station in life.
The book is told in alternating first person point of view. It has a casual but descriptive tone, and flows effortlessly. The quick pacing provides concise details but never hovered over a scene. This tempo works perfectly with the quick-witted hero and heroine, highlighting their banter and humor and making the book ridiculously addictive. The characters are both incredibly personable. They each have that immediate likability factor. Henry is brazen and fun, but it’s obvious he cares deeply for his family. Sarah is a librarian who loves the romance classics. She’s shy, but intelligent and determined. Like Henry, she’s committed to her family and friends. As the book progresses, the characters reveal more of themselves and their histories, adding more layers to their personalities and making them even better. I am honestly surprised at how much depth there is to each character in such a light-hearted, fun read. One of the reasons I tend to gravitate to the emotion churning, heartstring tugging books is because I want that depth. Here, I got the best of both worlds: a fun, airy quality, but a lot of emotion and character development as well.
The romance between Henry and Sarah is a slow burner. Their friendship turns to more, almost like a courtship. It is sweet and swoon worthy, and such a deviation to the many contemporary romances initially fueled by lust. I love that the time gives the reader a chance to see the bond and chemistry grow between the two. The slower build also made Sarah’s inexperience feel honest. Though Sarah is eager and wants to be with Henry, the author always conveys that she’s inexperienced. This is probably one of the best virgin romances I’ve ever read. The virgin aspect never weighs down the storyline, but it isn’t swept under the rug to reveal a hidden sex fiend either.
As with most of the aspects of the book, the conflicts in Royally Matched are fairly straight forward and faced head on by one or both characters. It’s not riddled with misunderstandings or deception, and when there is a lapse in communication, it isn’t needlessly drug out. All these factors combine to make this such a wonderfully balanced read. I’m not left wanting for anything. There is chemistry, heat, humor, and depth to the plot and characters. Followed up with an epilogue that is the perfect cherry on top, especially Henry’s point of view, I couldn’t ask for a better introduction to an author.