Title: His Royal Favorite (His Royal Secret, #2)
Author: Lilah Pace
Publisher: Berkley Publishing – Intermix
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Page Count: 4,077 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The conclusion of Lilah Pace’s racy, romantic male/male duology following His Royal Secret…
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?
The follow-up to His Royal Secret was even better than the first! Beware of spoilers from Book 1.
James and Ben pick up where they left off in Book 1, with James about to come out to the entire nation about his sexual orientation. And Ben has agreed to come out as his partner right along with him.
Ben has been out for so long that he doesn’t expect what happens next. He expects the invasiveness of the paparazzi. He expects the public scrutiny. He expects the crowds camping outside his flat and his workplace. But, the media keeps a certain level of decorum when reporting about the Prince of Wales. There are certain lines they won’t cross about the beloved Prince. There are no such lines with regard to the Prince’s “boy toy.” His every past and current move is on display while vitriol is hurled his way. Lies are told. Old tragedies are waved in front of his face to see his reaction. And all the while he must accept the pomp and pageantry. The butlers and footmen.
James has the weight of the world on his shoulders, too, though different weight than Ben. If he doesn’t get the support from the Church, he won’t remain in the succession line to be King, the title he was born into and hasn’t been outside his birthline for as long back as he can remember. He is worried daily for the mental health of his sister, and he can’t bear it if Ben decides that the Royal life is not bearable on a long-term basis.
Angstier than the first book, in the best way possible, His Royal Favorite really brought the feelz. It packs a punch with its edge. The author managed to keep me on the edge of my seat, in the second half of the book in particular. I was in a constant state of how will this turn out?
Will James remain in line for the Crown?
Will Amelia mentally buckle under the weight of the pressure of the Crown if he doesn’t?
Will Ben leave James if he takes the throne?
Will Ben be the same man if he stays?
The author wrote the suspense of these questions effortlessly. And the epilogue was the icing on the cake. I loved the model she used. Very well done and highly recommend!