Title: His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret, #1)
Author: Lilah Pace
Expected Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Page Count: 224
Rating: 3.5 Stars
The first in an enchanting new male/male romantic duology from Lilah Pace, author of Asking for More and Begging for It ….
James, the handsome, cosmopolitan Prince of Wales, is used to being in the public eye. But he’s keeping a king-sized secret…James, next in line for the throne, is gay.
He’s been able to hide his sexual orientation with the help of his best friend and beard, Lady Cassandra. Sometimes he feels like a coward for not coming out, but he daren’t risk losing the crown. If he did, the succession would fall on his deeply troubled younger sister, Princess Amelia. To protect her, James is willing to live a lie.
While on holiday, he meets Benjamin Dahan—a rugged international reporter with a globe-trotting, unattached life—who catches far more than James’s eye. And when Ben is transferred to London, it seems fate may finally be smiling on James.
But what began as a torrid fling grows into something far more intimate and powerful. Soon James will have to decide who he is, what he wants from life and love, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for the truth…
♦ Personal Thought ♦
First off: that cover? Loved it! Turns out chess was a game that started it all for James and Ben. Between chess, Hemingway, Scottish music, a pair of Corgis, and Slanket this book got me loving the cynical journalist and heir to the fictional UK’s throne (of the House of Hanover, mind you – not House of Windsor). Not to mention the Prince of Wales best friend and beard, Lady Cassandra.
The blurb said it all. There’s no surprises hiding between pages ready to jump at unsuspecting readers. I expect those were left for the second book though, when hell breaks loose as after effect of the Prince’s coming out. You could almost expect what this couple would face in the second half of the story in the next book (Ben’s ex and past, the Royal family antagonism, the media circus). But that was for later.
If I liked the story so much, why would I just put average rating? It’s the sex scenes. I might not mind steamy scenes in a book, here it’s too many. While I understand the need to go behind closed doors, the rare chance of fornicating so when the inclinations and prospects arose, James just …indulged. And – fine! – some of those were pretty hot scenes. But. Too. Much.
So yeah I am looking forward to the second installment of this story. Ben and James were on the verge of the hardest and most public turmoil of their life. Indigo too (James’ younger sister, the princess), would face the strenuous challenge. I expect the next book would be more interesting than this one. But as a first half, this is quite good a story for me. If only (the author) reduced the steamy part a bit. 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.