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.
Review by Lisa Kane
Henry is the Crown Prince, heir to the throne of Wessco. For most of his life he was the spare to the heir. But thanks to his brother, Nicholas giving up his right to the throne in order to marry his love Olivia (their story was Royally Screwed) Henry now finds himself in a unique position.
How did Nicholas put up with this for all those years? I used to think he was a drama king. A downer and a whiner.
Now I understand. I've walked a mile in his shoes-and they're filled with shit.
Henry seems to have a problem living up to his grandmother, the Queen's expectations. His life is so different now then it was before and it's more than he wants or can handle.
"I didn't ask for any of this!"
To be put in this position. To be weighed down with this crushing responsibility. I never wanted the keys to the kingdom-I was happy with just coming and going through the damn door.
My grandmother straightens and lifts her chin. Unmoving and unwavering.
"No, you weren't my first choice either."
When Henry is offered a reality show-a bachelor type of drama-this is just the thing he needs to escape from the shackles that are slowing choking him.
Sarah Von Titebottum (don't you love that name!) is shy and reserved. She suffers from anxiety and loud noises can shut her down. Her sister Penelope is much more outgoing and a would be actress. When they are approached for the reality show Matched which will feature Prince Henry Sarah immediately turns it down. Penelope is intrigued. Although Henry's reputation is no secret.
Penny rolls her eyes. "Henry's a lot of fun and he's fantastic to look at, but he's a playboy-everyone knows that. When he marries he won't have just a mistress; he'll have a whole harem. We would never work."
But of course Penny is persuaded to do the show-along with a slew of other beauties. But shy Sarah will accompany her sister to make sure she stays out of trouble. Guess which sister catches the prince's eye?
How can a reserved beauty ever be part of the over the top life of the prince who will be king?
And the man who will be my king sinks to his knees before me.
Royally Matched combines great humor and wit with some very poignant moments. A man who never quite believed who could be good enough with a woman that has lived in her sister's shadow for too long meet and love and must pay the toll for a life together. I am loving this series!
And that, that's the story you won't see on television or read in the history books. The tale of an unruly prince who found the queen of his heart, and learned how to be a King.
Kindle | Amazon Paperback | iBooks | Nook | B&N Paperback | Kobo | BAM | IndieBound
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.
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | NEWSLETTER | TWITTER | GOODREADS