February 22, 2017

BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Royally Matched (Royally #2)

This book is EVERYTHING. Check out my review. Go buy it. You need it.

Royally Matched (Royally #2), by Emma Chase
Publish Date:
February 21, 2017
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Format: e-ARC, provided by the publisher and InkslingerPR
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 5 STARS

(Synopsis) 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.

Royally Screwed was one of the best books I read in 2016. So, of course Royally Matched was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. A book coming with that much excitement - you get nervous before reading it, you know? What if it doesn't live up to my expectations? What if it's not as good as the first one? 

I should've known better. This is Emma Chase. Royally Matched was absolutely amazing and so heartbreakingly romantic, I swooned on a regular basis. When I wasn't swooning, I was laughing my head off. As I said - this IS Emma Chase. 

This should not be a big surprise to you. If you've read Royally Screwed, you already are familiar with the sort of man Henry is. He's the fun brother - the wild child, the party animal, the manwhore. And he is now the Crown Prince thanks to his older brother Nicholas. Where he used to live a life free from responsibility and care, now he is forced to buckle down and start preparing to be king some day. And he bloody hates it.

Now I have to be the Henry no one wants to hang around with. Serious. Scholarly. Upstanding, even if it kills me - and it definitely might... They're all counting on me. Depending on me. To lead them into the future. To be good. To be... King.

Sarah is probably the most opposite from Henry as anyone can get. She's shy, reserved, socially awkward and a virgin. She's very smart but suffers horribly from several PTSD-like symptoms, so those keep her out of crowds and large social situations. So, when her sister decides to become a contestant on the reality TV dating show being filmed with Henry at the center - Matched: Royal Edition - Sarah decides to accompany her as her assistant in order to get out of a speech at work. 

My absolute favorite part about this book was the transformation of Henry. In the beginning, he is all about himself. Henry is the person Henry thinks about the most. He enjoys being fawned over by beautiful women and having his pick of the lot. But, Sarah is different. She doesn't swoon. She doesn't want to be in the spotlight or to put a princely feather in her cap. Henry can be himself around her. He can be comfortable and relaxed. And her influence in his life starts to change him. His focus turns from himself to the others around him. And when he does that, he realizes that he cares more about Sarah and her feelings than about where the next party is. He starts to become a king.

This beautiful, broken, pitiful prince. Was Henry ever told how brilliant he is? Kind and strong, generous, and good? I don't think he was an they should've told him. Every single day.

Sarah went through her own reawakening thanks to Henry. He brought her out of her shell and encouraged her to break the mold - to do different things and really live outside of her books. The way they complimented each other was awesome and so romantic. And the way Henry took care of Sarah - absolutely breathtaking. 

So, both princes are now permanently attached - I sincerely hope that this is not the end of this series, because I am so in love with it and these characters.

Once a shell is broken it can't be put back together again - not really, not in the same way it was. The cracks will always be there. That's the Henry Effect.And it's miraculous. 

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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