Wednesday, February 22, 2017

REVIEW: "Royally Matched" by Emma Chase (Contemporary Romance)

by Emma Chase

Publisher: Emma Chase
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: February 21st 2017

Series: Royally, #2
Standalone: Yes

Royalty, Introverted heroine, Virgin heroine
Other Books in the Series

Royally #1 Goodreads

Royally #3 Goodreads

Description from Publisher:
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.
My Rating:
Heat Rating:

My Musings:
I really loved this! It had a few surprises, a lot of laughs, smiles, chuckles, and even a few tears. The whole thing was fantastic!

Henry's older brother, Nicholas, abdicated the throne, leaving him unexpectedly in line to be King. He is a playboy who has always lived in his brother's shadow and very few, including himself, believe he is capable. He finds himself temporarily exiled to a castle away from everything and needing a distraction. So he agrees to a Bachelor-esque show, Royal edition. Unable to sleep with cameras in his room, he finds his way to Sarah's room (who isn't a contender, so has no cameras). They butt heads, but then start bonding during their nightly platonic sleepovers.

Henry was seriously the shining star here for me. He was charming and funny and vulnerable... and mischievously rogue-like (my favorite!). Sarah, bibliophile librarian that se is, was a nice match for him, and I think all of us saucy introverts can relate well to her. Both Henry and Sarah have some excellent character growth from start to finish, finally being confident and brave enough to be show everyone the real version of themselves, which was fun to watch.

This story includes a reality show but that isn't really heavily featured, nor are most of the other girls. which was definitely for the best (Not much petty reality TV drama, especially since Sarah isn't technically part of the show!). I did enjoy some of the girls, especially Laura Benningson, and the little outings definitely kept the pace steady, but I appreciated how they didn't distract from the romance.

Overall, I found this to be a sexy, sweet romance with characters who had fantastic chemistry!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Emma Chase
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.
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