(Royally Series, Bk #2)
by Emma Chase
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Shane East
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 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, all 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 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, words take on new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like duty, honor, and, most of all, love.
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When I first learned of the premise of the second book was I was concerned that it was going to be like the BACHELOR TV show, which I don't like. NOW... I know that Henry has a reputation already from book 1, Royally Screwed and its mentioned again here. HOWEVER, being told of this behavior vs. "seeing" it as we read this book, especially since he is the hero would not have sat well with me. The good news? We get to see a different side of Henry AND the situation with the "Matched: Royal Edition" TV show was handled brilliantly.
I really enjoyed getting to know Sarah and Henry as they get to know each other! Emma, the author, does a beautiful job with showing you, the reader, the development of their friendship that blossoms into a romantic relationship.
I really loved Sarah as a character. She was smart, strong, independent and had a wicked sense of humor. While many dismissed her as "meek" because she was quiet, she proves that she is anything but meek.
I had a soft spot for Henry from the beginning of the series. He's the younger brother that is loved but isn't held at a high standard of leadership until the moment he will take the throne. The truth is though that he is a natural born leader but people don't give him credit or believe he is able to lead. He must overcome his own demons in order to rule and win the heart of the woman he loves.
Andi Arndt and Shane East are a fabulous team! Each provide the characters with their own tones, accents and personalities. They each narrator the chapters of the character (Andi for Sarah's chapters and Shane for Henry's) and how I WISH they did performed in Tandem Narration. This would have made an already awesome story and performance even better!
Overall, a great story that readers will enjoy and want more of! Looking forward to see what comes next for this series!
Rating: 4.5 Stars - I REALLY LOVED IT!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.