Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Emma Chase, LLC
Published: February 21, 2017
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Adult, Contemporary
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.
“Once upon a time, a pitiful lad met a shy, lovely lass and together they became something more… something strong and beautiful and forever.”
I just found a new favorite book and I’m in love and I’m swooning like no one’s business!
Oh God, Prince Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook and Lady Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum might as very well overdose me from their cuteness. Their story was a complete surprise.
If you’re familiar with the reality TV dating show The Bachelor, then that’s what this book is like. The difference is that this book is a lot more interesting and the highlight focuses only on the male lead and his romantic interest and not with the other girls who are involved. When Prince Henry Pembrook, heir to the throne of Wessco, was proposed by a television producer to put him in the spotlight as the star of the reality dating show Matched: The Royal Edition which will be held in his castle, he considered it. After all, he’s about to become a king and delving into this reality show will give him as much fun as he could have before he dedicates himself to the kingdom. The idea excites him since he’s about to meet women from different royal families who will be vying for his heart. That being said, you might think he fell in love with one of the girls… Nope, he was rather smitten with the shy, beautiful librarian named Sarah who happens to be there at the castle, not as a participant, but as a companion to her sister who joins the show.
“You are every dream I never let myself believe could come true.”
I loved how Emma Chase made me think the book is about one thing but it turns out to be about something quite different. Diving into this book, I expected the story to have some estrogen drama like The Bachelor (or like The Selection) but I was happy to find out that the women didn’t make the competition much of a big deal… like they were just pretty chill about it. They weren’t even desperate to steal Henry’s attention (which would absolutely lead to drama) so imagine how I became so happy about this. On top of that, I didn’t expect some of the girls to be downright hilarious and unbelievable!
Reading this book made me feel as though I’m reading a historical regency romance and it has something to do with the vibrant setting, the well-described royal characters, and the rich storyline. I couldn’t stop swooning over this book especially when we talk about the romantic build-up between Henry and Sarah. These two… *takes a deep breath* have the best chemistry than any other characters ever. I loved the absence of insta-love and how they started off as friends, getting to know each other without feeling an ounce of awkwardness, and enjoying each others company while they’re together. Plus, Sarah didn’t freak out while Henry is all over her. Their relationship was something that I don’t often encounter in a book. It developed gradually which allowed their feelings to deepen in a way that really makes me smile.
“I think this is how it is when you’re in love. And nothing seems too big or too scary, because you know whatever happens, you won’t be facing it alone.”
What also made me feel remarkably drawn to was the way Henry gently treated Sarah at all times. He took care of her like she’s a fragile porcelain and ugh… my feels were in overdrive!
Sarah is one of the most likable heroines I’ve read about. I liked her character so much and it’s not just because she’s a bookworm and I can totally relate with her nerdiness but because she’s such an adorable lady. She’s kind and she’s not pretentious. She’s also not whiny and you can’t expect her to be too dramatic even if she has a somewhat dark past which is the reason why she experiences a particular neurological disorder. She’s simply the kind of character that is worth caring about.
“Because sometimes, life is very much like a book– we don’t get to write our own ending; we have to accept the one that’s already on the page.”
Henry and Sarah’s character development here was also amazing. I loved how both of them grew to be the kind of person that is worthy to be called a King and a Queen. Their characters have a lot of depth and I felt really proud of them– especially at that epilogue.
“I want to be a better man for you and because I love you so much, I actually believe I can be.”
In true Emma Chase fashion, there were lots of funny scenes that cracked me up. I also enjoyed the sexy times because why not? Prince Henry absolutely knows how to get his way. Ha!
“My story hasn’t been written yeat, but I know it begins with you.”
I am so happy to have read this book. I actually felt kind of regretful that I didn’t read it as soon as it came out. But I’m still glad I did because until this very moment, the story still lingers in my mind. Royally Matched, as a whole, was yet another example of PERFECTION in a romance book. There should be more books like this, please!
“Now you can dream a new dream.”
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