#2 of The Royals Trilogy
By Emma Chase
Read by: Shane East and Andi Arndt
Simon & Schuster Audio February 2017
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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.
I am not at all fond of reality television programs, and certainly not of arrogant, tantrum-spouting, wealthy men with a lot of power, but I enjoy this series. It could be because Emma points out the total lack of reality in the genre.
The love interests are both young, but Sara is old beyond her years although emotionally stunted, suffering from PTSD and anxiety. Prince Henry is young, immature, suffering from PTSD, and angry.
This conflux of emotional states creates a catalyst for both characters to move ahead with their lives. The story line is a little naive, and a little Rapunzelian with nothing too unexpected to it except for one or two points. The Prince and Sarah’s first real encounter happens late at night — A Prince in the Dark. The naming of the one noble family as “Titebottom” is goofy (You said “Titebottom!”) and tells me the author is having fun with her work. It is written in the first-person, alternating between Shane East as Henry and Arni Arndt as Sarah.
Arni does a great job, but Shane East has the kind of velvety voice with the power to make one need to fan oneself if he were reading the phone book. It’s like the most delicious and decadent dessert for the ears. Both narrators interpret the characters very well as each faces their own fears and demons.
The book also has that ripped from the headlines feeling that definitely makes me think of another Prince with a delightful accent and handsome mien. It also makes me think of how PTSD causes self-destruction and a downward spiral for even the most privileged .
If you like to hear books with sexy characters read with a sexy voice then I think this will work for you!
EMMA CHASE: http://authoremmachase.com/