Title: His Royal Favorite (His Royal Secret #2)
Author: Lilah Pace
Publisher: InterMix – Penquin Books USA
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Royals
Page Count: N/A
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
James, Prince of Wales, is making history. He’s decided to come out to his subjects—and the world. However, telling the truth means exposing his relationship with lone-wolf reporter Benjamin Dahan. Although Ben never wanted commitment, the unexpected depth of his feelings leads him to join James in the media’s harsh spotlight.
When the news story explodes across the globe, Ben can endure the mockery and dirty jokes. But after his tragic past is cruelly revealed, his life begins to implode. Can even his love for James be worth this?
James has it no easier. His revelation divides the country and sparks turmoil within the royal family. He must struggle to defend not only himself and Ben, but also his younger sister, who hovers on the brink of a breakdown that could endanger her life.
Is Ben strong enough to survive the onslaught and stand by James’ side? And will James have to make a choice between Ben and the crown?
“His Royal Favorite” (HRF) is the intriguing sequel to “His Royal Secret” (HRS) which ended in a cliffhanger as Prince James decides to come out. In this book James and Ben question if their relationship is strong enough to withstand the 24/7/365 media scrutiny as well as royal in-family fighting and plotting.
HRS was a fast-paced sexy read as James and Ben meet and begin a very intense, very steamy relationship. In comparison, HRF deals with what happens after the whirlwind romance, when the Prince of Wales comes out to his family, to his country, to the world. What becomes a very freeing experience for James becomes an unbearable one for Ben, with the press mocking and belittling his every word.
“Do you really not see it?” His [Ben’s] voice was hoarse, every muscle in his body tense. “Do you not see what they’ve done to me?”
The chemistry between James and Ben is as smexy as ever, but tempered with the realization, as Ben says, “I love you – so much, you don’t even know. […]. I love you, but I hate this.” The true strength of HRF is how James and Ben’s relationship becomes one of absolute honesty and trust as they have to decide if they love one another enough to let go of their relationship, should James abdicates his throne, or should they stay and fight for each other and their love. The book keeps you guessing almost until the final page what that decision will be.
I had only a few minor quibbles about some plot points that I felt bogged down the flow of the book.
- … It is hinted throughout the two books that Warner Clifton, Ben’s first Svengali-like lover, may attempt to blackmail Ben or reveal their relationship in some way, but this fizzes out rather abruptly. The same thing occurs with Richard’s attempts to derail James, which end up being much ado about nothing.
Together, “His Royal Secret” and “His Royal Favorite” present a nuanced well-written story about a fairytale romance and what happens after the Happily Ever After. I highly recommend this series!