Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Review: His Royal Favorite (His Royal Secret #2) by Lilah Pace

*****5 Stars*****

After reading His Royal Secret I could not wait to read the sequel and find out what was to become of James and Ben and of their once secret, but now public forbidden relationship. I had high hopes and Pace did not disappoint, ramping up the angst and really focusing on the pitfalls both characters faced now that they were no longer hiding from the world. I'll note here that this needs to be read after His Royal Secret and is not a stand alone.
When we met James in book one he was the closeted Prince of Whales who had an explosive encounter with Ben, a reporter. When they are reunited later, they resume their sizzling hot affair. It is risky, but neither can stay away. At the end we are left with a HFN (happy for now ending). James is ready to gamble everything on love, come out of the closet and make his relationship with Ben known. Ben cares so much for him he's willing to go along with James.
As His Royal Favorite begins, James can finally have a sense of freedom, no longer living a lie. He warned Ben that things would be difficult, but I'm not sure Ben really took him at his word. In fact, Ben seemed to have the hardest road in this book as he became gossip magazine fodder and was no longer had a 'private' life. As James and Ben dealt with blood thirsty paparazzo, the court of public opinion and political intrigue and family in-fighting, I couldn't help but root for these two unlikely lover. I wanted them to overcome all the awfulness they had to deal with in the worst way.
Lilah Pace definitely has a talent for capturing a reader's interest. She had me invested in James and Ben's story right away and kept me captivated until the very last page of book two. This was a interesting and different forbidden love story filled with well fleshed out characters and a compelling storyline. I ate the words up like catnip and look forward to future works from this very talented author.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

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?

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