Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Pub. Date: February 21, 2017
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.
I didn’t think that I would love this book more than the first one.
I did! I so, so, so did!
I actually loved Royally Matched so much more than Royally Screwed. Don’t get me wrong. They are both swoon worthy and ohmygod hot, and royal brothers Nicholas and Henry are perfectly imperfect hotties, but the story for Royally Matched was just way cuter.
I don’t watch the Bachelor – which is pretty funny, since I love books with that kind of premise, and this book has that! If I had to choose which female MC I relate more too, it would be Sarah, over Olivia.
I have this huge cheeky grin on my face as I write this, because I loved this book…though the rum might be playing a tiny part.
I loved Henry. At the end of the first book his life is utterly turned upside down, and he’s left struggling to come to terms with becoming the Heir Apparent to Wessco, next in line to rule. In an attempt to take charge and prove that he’s capable, he decides to take part in a reality tv show. Though, twist, the girl he falls for isn’t part of the show.
Sarah has a dark past, and is content with just living her life in a routine that she never breaks, until she is asked to participate in Matched: Royal Edition. Sarah is the complete opposite of Henry, and the attraction is undeniable.
I definitely recommend checking this series out! If you like hot princes, fun fantasy romances, and smart ass inner dialogue, then you’ll like these books.
More in-depth with potential spoilers time!
If I had to choose, I would choose Henry over Nicholas.
When I first started reading Royally Matched I couldn’t get into it because I loved Nicholas and Olivia so much from Royally Screwed. But I actually prefer this book over the first one. While both plots in both books are so far fetched, and literal fantasies, Royally Matched just felt more realistic. I know. I know. How realistic can it be with fictional princes, in a fictional kingdom, with a lot of rules, decorum, and duties – but with that being said I’m a sucker for “Bachelor-esque” plot lines.
Also I’m a sucker for down-on-his-luck hot princes.
I was actually happy that Nicholas and Olivia weren’t really in this book, that it focused solely on Henry and Sarah.
I loved their romance. It was a little insta-lovey with them falling in love in about five and half weeks, but I couldn’t be mad. While it was quick, they did get to know each other before really doing anything. There was a lot of teasing, and flirting before anything bed bound happened. Even then, they were together for over three years before they even got engaged, but the “I love you” came about five weeks after meeting.
Even with the accelerated timeline, their relationship progressed pretty naturally. Henry had some moments of “cave man” where he went all super protective, but I think that he was SO within his rights.
Neither Henry or Sarah are perfect, and they make mistakes with each other, but I think that’s realistic for any people. No one is perfect, and people will make mistakes, it’s inevitable.
I thought Sarah stood so well on her own before Henry. She had a successful job, an apartment, moved past her dark past, but I loved how Henry opened her up, gave her the strength to actually live life, instead of shying away. Even once they were together, it never felt like she revolved around him, and she never backed down from teasing back – especially once she really started opening up.
The ending of the book surprised me a little bit. I didn’t expect them not to get married right away, and oh my god their letter writing made my heart so happy.
This whole book just made me so happy.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Royally Endowed! I’m going to put it in my Amazon cart right now!