Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the otherlode 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.
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“Are you a virgin?” I ask.
“Well . . . yes.”
“Then why are you complaining? You qualify.”
Sarah’s eyes flash with annoyance. “Because I’m more than my hymen, Henry! To base the value of an accomplished, intelligent woman on a flimsy piece of skin is degrading. How would you feel if your worth rested on your foreskin?”
I think it over. And then I grin. “I’d be all right with that, actually. I’ve heard it was an impressive foreskin—all the nurses were fawning over it. It’s probably being showcased in a museum right now.”
She stares at me for a beat, then she laughs out loud—a rich, throaty, sensual sound.
“You’re a terrible human being.”
“I know.” I shake my head at the calamity of it all.
“And you’re an even worse feminist.”
“Agreed. That’s something I need to work on. You’ll help me, won’t you? We should spend as much time together as possible—every minute of the day and night. I’m hoping you’ll rub off on me.”
Sarah pushes my shoulder. “You’re just hoping I’ll rub you off.”
Now it’s my turn to laugh. Because she’s not even a little bit wrong.
“But there’s never been anyone? Really?”
Sarah shrugs. “Penny and I were tutored at home when we were young . . . but in year ten, there was this one boy.”
I rub my hands together. “Here we go—tell me everything. I want all the sick, lurid details. Was he a footballer? Captain of the team, the most popular boy in school?”
“He was captain of the chess team.”
I cover my eyes with my hand.
“His name was Davey. He wore these adorable tweed jackets and bow ties, he had blond hair and was a bit pale because of the asthma. He had the same glasses as me and he had a different pair of argyle socks for every day of the year.”
“I am so disappointed in you right now.”
“He was nice,” she chides. “You leave my Davey alone.”
I shake my head. “So what happened to old Davey boy?”
“I was alone in the library one day and he came up and started to ask me to the spring social. And I was so excited and nervous I could barely breathe. And then before he could finish the question, I . . .”
I don’t realize I’m leaning toward her until she stops talking and I almost fall over.
“You . . . what?”
Sarah hides behind her hands.
“I threw up on him.”
And I try not to laugh. I swear I try . . . but I’m only human. So I end up laughing so hard the car shakes and I can’t speak for several minutes.
“And I’d had fish and chips for lunch.” Sarah’s laughing too. “It was awful.”
“Oh you poor thing.” I shake my head, still chuckling. “And poor Davey.”
“Yes.” She wipes under her eyes with her finger. “Poor Davey. He never came near me again after that.”
“Coward—he didn’t deserve you. I would’ve swam through a whole lake of puke to take a girl like you to the social.”
She smiles so brightly at me, her cheeks maroon and round like two shiny apples.
“I think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.”
I wiggle my eyebrows. “I’m all about the compliments.”
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.
Royally Matched by Emma Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
➳For the one brother who was forced to take the throne, and the Queen being constantly on his tail, Henry sure indeed finds the best ways to thoroughly love Sarah for her true colors, even through the harsh times that separate their true love and chemistry…
➳The story in this series continues off from the little snippets that Emma gave us in the first book, Royally Screwed. Henry takes the role that Nicholas would not take because of the love of his life taking a part of HIS life, Olivia. As the next betrothed to take the crown after their grandmother, the Queen, Henry has the responsibility to rule over a country and take further steps to take care of it. He must move on from the bachelor life of having booze, everything handed to him with no respect, and women crawling at his feet for his attention and of course take part of his bedroom life, to having a responsible life style with respect and dignity but having a further knowledge of his country and what the people in his country need, to also having a woman by his side that can help him through the hard ways of ruling. His problem is that everyone looks at him as the next one, the second brother, the one who will most likely screw up and take no notice to fix problems. When in reality, he never asked to take a part of this facade. Sarah on the other hand is the total opposite to Henry’s persona. From being funny and a total flirt, Sarah is the quiet one who enjoys a good book in the corner of any room and just notices things from afar. In this case, the latter of noticing things from afar is something that Sarah has to take a part of since her sister has been called to be in a Royal reality TV show, in which Prince Henry will also take a hold of. The reality show consists of 20+ women, all from royal families, looking to win the heart and mind of Prince Henry and become the next Queen and take a hold of his arm throughout the journey. He believes this is a great idea to take a part of before he has to take the throne and be stuck in the castle with royal highness responsibilities.
➳What most people do not know is that, Henry hides this really sweet and charming side that not a lot of people are able to witness. Sarah as well, has a secret that only her mom and sister know about. A secret that changed her life completely and Henry takes quiet a while to find out, and when he does unfortunately it has t be through the hard way- a way that hurts her emotionally. However, knowing Henry he does everything he can to fix his problem and gain the love and care from Sarah again. They both begin to enhance their relationship as friends, but soon realize that they cannot stand the chance to be away from each other. As Sarah takes a part of this reality show next to her sister as HER assistant, it becomes harder and harder every day to see Henry holding hands or flirting with other contestants. Though when they are both together, wrapped up in their world, tucked in Sarah’s room, they are both to themselves. They talk about anything and nothing, listening to each other breathe, him playing his guitar and her humming while she reads, interacting intimately but also personally. With him, she is a totally different person- more confident of herself, more out going, not shy, and totally naughty. Henry brings out a side to her that she has not taken a part of before;
“Henry makes me want to take a chance. On new experiences. And on him…”
➳His days are stuck doing things that a “lucky” guy in a bachelor show would do; bungee jumping, going out on dates, doing thrilling extra curricular activities, and sharing moments with other contestants. However, to Henry it slowly becomes something that he finds regretting taking a part of. Instead he wants to spend his time with Sarah, not regretting meeting her though. Spending time together has brought something out of both of them that is not seen in many, but most specially on Henry. Sarah has rubbed that positive outlook onto Henry, and he learns on how to spread it with other- especially knowing that he needs to do so with the people he will soon govern. They both make each other something that is out of the blue, and connects the idea of how opposites due indeed attract;
“What a strange pair we are. The sad boy and the frightened girl…”
➳Emma Chase has brought a new level of romance that combines the categories of fantasy, a royal love story, and erotica. Her way of writing a world that combines these categories together was an absolute thrill to read. I honestly cannot wait to read the third installment in the series, Royally Endowed. I can infer, form the snippet Emma has given us that this next installment may be about Logan and Ellie, Olivia’s younger sister, bringing a new mix to this series in a unique way, in which also my hands cannot wait to get a grip on, coming June 15th!
➳Hero rating: 5.0
➳Heroine rating: 4.5
➳Sexual tension rating: 4.5
➳Sex scenes rating: 5.0
➳Sex scenes frequency: 5.0
➳Plot rating: 5.0
➳Dialogue rating: 5.0
➳Storytelling rating: 5.0
➳Story ending rating: 5.0
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