His Royal Favorite, by Lilah Pace
Series: His Royal Secret, Book 2
Publisher: Berkley/NAL (Intermix)
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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?
hospitalization for mental health (not against their will)
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If you were waiting for this book before reading His Royal Secret then go ahead and read it. This book made up for the weirdness and cliffhanger at the end of the last book. Also do yourself a favor and plan on just reading the two books back to back. Skip the whole cliffhanger ending and immediately find out what happens.
This book was angstier than the first book, but it fit because they were going through a very public thing. This angst did a great job of showing us that their feelings for each other really grew during the first book.
I ended up feeling bad for both Ben and James. James didn’t ask to be a royal– with all the scrutiny that comes with it– but he does have to deal with it and so Ben has to as well if he wants to be with James. It was really well-done angst that didn’t get overly dramatic, so I ended up liking both characters at the end of it.
Pace did a really good job writing about James’ sister Indigo and her ongoing mental health issues. Indigo got worse in this book but she finally agreed to check in to a hospital after a bad cutting incident (highlight to read the warning/spoiler).
I can’t really go over much else in the book without spoiling things too much, since most of the happenings in the book have to do with certain events you’ll want to be surprised about. However, I can tell you that I enjoyed this book a lot and it definitely made up for the awkward cliffhanger in the first one.
Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author, so she can’t give away too much about herself here, but she has lived everywhere from Italy to the United Kingdom before putting down roots in the American South.
And while it took her a long while to get up the courage to write books, now she hopes she’ll never stop.
Find out more about Pace and her books over at her website (click here!).
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.