Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Royally Matched by Emma Chase Blog Tour

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 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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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Despite loving Royally Screwed and giving it five stars, I did register a complaint about it – that I wanted to experience at least some of the events that took place between the final chapter and the Epilogue. In the second book in the Royally series, Chase again employs a significant passage in time between the final chapter and the Epilogue – three years this time around. Unlike Royally Screwed, I’m glad that the author didn’t share scenes of Henry and Sarah’s time apart or the letters they wrote each other because I don’t think I could have handled any more tears. As it is, this modern day fairytale in which “a pitiful lad met a shy, lovely lass and together they became something more… something strong and beautiful and forever” made me shed enough tears that I’m glad I opted to spend my Saturday morning curled up with this heartwarming book instead of what I was supposed to do.

With his brother’s abdication of the throne in book one, Henry finds himself in a position he never expected – the Crown Prince of Wessco and heir to the throne. That he seems to be constantly disappointing his grandmother, the Queen of Wessco, makes his new role in life that much worse. After all, going from the life of an aristocratic playboy to that of a king-in-training is a huge shift, which he makes worse by agreeing to appear on a reality TV show designed to help him find his queen, literally. While the premise of the book is amusing and certainly delivers on the laughs, Chase is one of those authors who has mastered my emotional rollercoaster, thus guaranteeing me not only a bellyache from laughing, but also a book hangover from crying, a sore face from smiling like a loon, and a happy heart full of love. She certainly pulled out some big guns when it comes to Henry and Sarah’s pasts and their fears. Henry’s fears about becoming the king and the big secret from Sarah’s past both surprised the heck out of me; I wasn’t expecting either of them. I think what I loved most about Sarah’s secret was Henry’s reaction. Yes, his trip to the war room was a beautiful mix of swoonworthy and comical, but it was how it ramped up his need to protect her and see her protected – even to the detriment of their relationship – that really got to me. That Chase was able to take the “She makes me want to be a better man” theme and write Henry in such a way that it was believable… KUDOS!!!

I’ve made no secret that I am a huge fan of Chase’s writing in my reviews and Royally Matched is a perfect example of why. Henry is a prince, but as the youngest son he was never expected to ascend to his country’s throne. He wasn’t groomed to be king as his brother, Nicholas, was. So despite being raised in the same environment, by the same people, Henry is not his brother and isn’t written as a carbon copy of Nicholas. Henry is his own person and is trying hard to balance who he is with who he needs to become, yet when he comes to understand exactly why Nicholas abdicated the throne for Olivia it is an extremely poignant moment. This is what I appreciate about the author’s characters, they’re individuals in their own right, even when they could be written as caricatures, stereotypes, or carbon copies of previous characters. Chase makes her characters “real” and does this effectively through their inner musings and their actions, especially when the two must conflict because of their careers or their positions in life. I found Royally Matched to be an extremely enjoyable read, perhaps even more so than Royally Screwed, and another excellent addition to my must-read-again list. I cannot wait for Royally Endowed.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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This is Henry's book and I absolutely loved it. I think that we got to see a different side of Henry than the previous book. He was still immature at times, but you got to see him develop, grow, and mature throughout. I loved his character and how he was able to be himself – no facade in this one.

Then you have the shy girl. I loved her as well. Trying to do the right thing by going with her sister, but all the while really trying to get out of doing a presentation for work. Sarah is kind, gentle, but not a pushover, which I liked. You learn about her sad past, how she is able to take care of work, but how her family's unconditional love and acceptance of her condition is just the tipping point for why I loved her sister and mom. Her sister was a hilarious character and I do hope she gets a story for herself.

I did wish some bodily harm on the producer – she should have had a miserable end... I hated her from the beginning and even more so towards the end.

This book was more about overcoming obstacles, fighting the odds and winning. This was sweet, cute, heroic and I just fell in love with these two characters.

Also Available in the Royally Series

Book 1
Buy Links

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B&N  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo 

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Royally Screwed Blog Tour.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase to read and review for this tour.

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