His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace (His Royal Secret #1)

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Original Title: His Royal Secret

Year Published: 2016

Published by:  InterMix

Number of Pages: 185

First Sentence: Randy Sandy Trades the purple … for a Ginger?”

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:
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 decide who he is, what he wants from life and love, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for the truth…

My thoughts:

This was a total surprise of a book. I think I chose it because it was free on Amazon and therefore wanted to give it a go. Sometimes the free e-books on Amazon are just absolutely crap, but there are some gems hidden amongst all that crap. This was such a gem.

James was a lovely character. He was just a normal guy born into an abnormal lifestyle. The fact that he has managed to stay somewhat normal is an amazing feat, and it made him feel more human. Had he been a spoilt brat he wouldn’t have been as a good of a character.

Benjamin was absolutely adorable and I loved him from the moment he was introduced. Such a fantastic character. Ben was, of course, a little intimidated by his beau’s status of Crown Prince but chose to see the man, not the title. Good choice!

Sure, the plot might not be totally original. The crown prince being secretly gay is a type of plot I know have been done before (especially in fanfic y’all!). Mix that with the man he falls in love with being a journalist, and you have like a gazillion fanfics. But it was written in a really good way, and it felt like what I read was totally original. It was entertaining from start to finish, and I will definitely read the next book!

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

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