His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret Series #1)

His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret Series #1)

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

The Prince of Wales meets his match in the first novel in an enchanting male/male romantic duology from the 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101989128
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/19/2016
Series: His Royal Secret Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 70,124
File size: 462 KB

About the Author

Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author. She is the author of His Royal FavoriteHis Royal Secret, Begging for It and Asking for It.

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His Royal Secret 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
After reading the first few pages, chapter. What sprung to mind was, Oh no you didn’t. Someone actually wrote a book based on Modern day Royal Family? I guess when I read the blurb all those months ago, I thought it was going to be a alternate universe type. Not so loosely based, on the actual family. And if you’re someone that grew up in England during the time of Charles, Di, and the Brothers, etc. You will get the parody, or maybe I was seeing too much into it? With all that being said, I did very much enjoy the story (after I got over the shock) The Ben and James story, how they meet, the way open up, knowing it’s wrong but it feels right. The time lapses, so we know that no way these sort of thing could be rushed. The insecurity Ben feels. The anything James will do, for him. The one thing I never quite latched onto, was Warner. Maybe that dynamic and pull this man clearly has over Ben will be explained more in the next book.
BiblioJunkies More than 1 year ago
**** 1/2 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 decide who he is, what he wants from life and love, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for the truth... Review: Sometimes I pick up a book thinking it will bring back the nostalgia of the romances I read in my late teens. A book that may not propel me over the moon but still fills my need to for love, romance and a happy ever after. Then I start reading and realize that am I not only getting to indulge like I hoped and planned but I get to experience some of the best story writing I’ve read in a quite a while. His Royal Secret is one of those books. This book includes more than a beautifully written love story. James becomes Prince Regent in the beginning of the book and is essentially King until his grandfather recovers from a stroke. The heightened responsibility highlights the intricacies of his life – family relationships, family politics, the monarchy’s relationship with the Church of England, etc. Add to that a secret relationship with someone whose faith, nationality and career would be all be questioned if he were a woman let alone a man. Ben’s life is complicated in different ways. His growing attachment to James threatens a lifestyle and career path he has carefully constructed in order to avoid the trap that is commitment. I loved both of these men from the very start. James’ private/human wants and needs contrast beautifully against the charming princely persona he wears for the public. Meeting him as the man first and the prince second allows the reader to not only feel attached to him but also appreciate the complications of a life that, to an outsider, seems to be full of privilege and little else. Ben’s dedication to honesty and doing what he believes in makes him a highly attractive character. Add in the layers of vulnerability he periodically shows to James and the reader and he is downright swoon-worthy. Together, James and Ben make a power couple that is impossible to ignore. It’s obvious that I loved this one. But it wasn’t just me. This was the first book in a very long time that all three of us read. And we ALL loved it. We all had the same minor complaint. It ends in a Happy For Now cliffhanger! But…..the next one, His Royal Favorite, comes out August 16, 2016 (less than three weeks away!) so we don’t have to wait long for the conclusion of their story. I’ll tell you a secret…..I read it already and it will wow you just as much His Royal Secret! So don’t wait. Read this one immediately
beau2fullybrkn1 More than 1 year ago
After reading Asking For It, I had high expectations for His Royal Secret. There’s no doubt that Lilah Pace can weave together a sensual story. She is a strong writer and her stories are bold, engaging, and evocative. I love that she continually pushes the boundaries and for the most part His Royal Secret did not disappointment. There were some things I loved, some things I wanted more of, but overall I enjoyed this story. James and Ben’s story was a slow burn. The story didn’t completely grip me right away but I easily became intrigued. Prince James, is the next in line for the British throne. With his grandfather in ailing health, James becomes the Prince Regent. Duty and family politics say that James is supposed carry on the family line but James is gay. He’s spent most of his life in the closet and other than his best friend Cassandra and his sister Indigo, no one knows his secret. While he is in Kenya for business, a series of circumstances bring James and Benjamin Dahan together. Their initial meeting was a fluke but it allowed them to get to know one another. Their attraction for each other was apparent. James wasn’t a person that usually took risks, but there was something about Ben that drew him in. They end up sharing one night together. When James finds out that Ben is a journalist, he is fearful of his secret getting out. I felt for James. He was so endearing. He was lonely and he only wanted to be happy. He spent so much time hiding who he truly was. Despite his initial concerns the two come to a mutual understanding. Having Ben in his life allowed James a rare opportunity to have the intimacy and companionship that he craved. The physical chemistry they had together was pure fire. Both James and Ben had been hurt by previous partners and neither wanted much more than a casual relationship. Yet, as the story went on you could see that Ben and James were beginning to develop deeper feelings for one another. There was depth to each character. There thoughts and feelings came across clearly. They were both sweet and likeable. I was excited when the two of them were together. There were so many times that I wanted to tell James, to damn it all, and just go be happy. There were so many obstacles that James would have to face if he came out and the outcomes wouldn’t just affect him. I became so wrapped up in this story that I honestly didn’t remember that this wasn’t the true British monarchy. I could tell Ms. Pace really did her research when it came to the historical and political aspects of the novel. As much as I enjoyed this story, I did have some issues with some things. There were a few different storylines that were featured throughout this book. I know these plot points could be/are very important to the overall story but I was left wondering what will this all lead? I did find the ending to be a bit anti-climatic. I mean, I absolutely want and need to know what is going to happen next with James and Ben. I think I was just anticipating a more dramatic end. A little more oomph. Regardless, I am anxious to see how the next story will concluded. #TeamBames
cordee More than 1 year ago
3.5 Chess Mate Stars Can you imagine a monarchy with a gay crown prince or king? All the repercussions and consequences this would have? This story barely scratches the surface but even with what we learn here it would already be an unmanageable pile of things you would never have considered in our life. Political consequences, social consequences, and the unpredictable effects a gay monarch would have, including not having a direct successor. James is the fictional crown prince of Great Britain. His secret is only known to a handful of people, not even his family knows that he is gay. His best friend is his beard and she has played along for 10 years. During a visit in Kenya his security deems it safe for him to roam the resort on his own so that's what he does. He runs into a mysterious stranger and James is intrigued. To say that Ben is surprised when the crown prince seeks shelter from the pouring rain, in the house he has rented for his vacation, would be an understatement. He invites the prince to a game of chess and, to spice things up, their stakes are secrets. Personal, private secrets. The air is electric between them and Ben quickly realizes that His Royal Highness is gay. At chess mate they give in to their electric chemistry and James allows himself the adventure of having Ben as a lover for a couple of hours, knowing it will be a one-timer. When it's time to leave, James finds out that Ben is a journalist of all people. Will this man keep the crown prince's secret? Or will he make it known to the world and push the monarchy in an unknown crisis? Let's talk characters. I loved James. Period. He is this gentle yet fierce and strong-willed good man who you want as a ruler. He is loyal, understanding and tries to do right by everyone. He has a sweet sense of humor and is loyal to a fault. The way he treats his fellow man is plain amazing. To counter the sweet there is Ben. I struggled with him halfway through the story. He is constantly irritated with James and his feelings for the crown prince. He also isn't very understanding that James wouldn't be able to come out until he is confronted with a reality check. I ended up adoring them together though, so Ben did pull his head out of his butt. The relationship develops at a realistic pace. They start out as sex partners and grow into friends before feelings are even considered. All this considered, why not 4 stars? The story itself was rather slow in the beginning. I kept spacing out and had to re-read paragraphs, and it was not because I had so much on my mind. I just wasn't in it. Once things started happening I really loved the story. Lilah Pace is a new-to-me author. Her writing style is flawless and fluid and I do think that there rests one hell of a talent in her. This story ends is kind of tied up but still has a small-ish cliffy which compells me to read the next book. So that's what I'll do.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
I have to say that from the very first pages of this story, I was totally invested in this romance. I really felt for James and his difficult position of being gay and on the fast track to Kingship. His duty to his people, his family, his country, his church weigh so heavily upon him that he’s always known that being openly gay would be almost an impossibility. Even though his country has recently adopted marriage equity laws that would open the way for gay marriage and less discrimination, his position as head of the church, especially for countries that still consider homosexuality a crime, forces him to hide his sexual orientation. And his last relationship, 3 years earlier with a man he thought he could trust was a disaster. He was blackmailed and it could have gone on for years if the man in question hadn’t been killed in an accident (ironically, with the motorbike he’d purchased from the blackmail money). As a result, James is very very wary of trusting anyone, and his one evening with Ben back in Kenya could have been his ruin if anyone had found out. James definitely comes across as one of the good guys, worthy to be a king. He is genuinely concerned about his role as Prince of Wales, and the people around him. Plus, he’s a handsome, generous man. Ben was a really likable character as well. Though he is out of the closet, he’s had his share of difficulties in his upbringing and in a past relationship where he was taken advantage of. He’s learned not to settle down in one place, and enjoys the journalistic assignments that send him all over the world. He doesn’t trust easily either, but on meeting James and discovering how compatible they are in the bedroom, he is willing to let down his guard, at least a little. The situation with James is perfect for him. It doesn’t require commitment since James must keep things secret, and as such he is able to let himself enjoy their times together. The sex scenes are super hot, but emotional as well as James and Ben start to fall for each other. Both men are equal partners in their sexual relationship and explore their boundaries with each other in some fun and exciting ways. In this regard, for a first time m/m romance from this author, I thought she acquitted herself very well. I totally believed in the possibility of this relationship. The plot and the set up of this story were really interesting and the author does a good job of taking us ‘behind the scenes’ to several royal properties and the difficulties inherent in conducting a secret affair in such public places with so many people constantly about. James has his own living quarters that are private, and a trusted right hand man who has been with him since childhood and will do James bidding no questions asked. I found the story to be pretty intense, waiting to see if they would slip up in some fashion and be found out. There are some heartbreaking moments as James deals with the realities of a mentally ill sister, and with the choices he must make. As promised, there is a happy for now ending (no cliffhanger!) but the story is definitely not finished – His Royal Favorite will be released in August 2016 and will conclude the duology of James and Ben’s romance. I look forward to continuing their story!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars-- HIS ROYAL SECRET is the first installment in Lilah Pace’s contemporary, adult HIS ROYAL SECRET M/M romance series focusing on the fictional Prince of Wales and the British Royal family. This is heir to the British crown Prince James, and journalist/reporter Benjamin Dahan. NOTE: HIS ROYAL SECRET is a M/M story line with M/M sexual situations. Told from dual third person perspectives (James and Ben) HIS ROYAL SECRET follows the building but forbidden relationship between the British Prince of Wales and heir to the throne James of the House of Hanover, and reporter Benjamin Dahan. While on assignment in Kenya, Benjamin comes face to face with the Prince of Wales, and within minutes is acutely aware that the young prince is hiding a secret, that if revealed could destroy any chance of ascending to the throne. James is a closeted gay using his best friend Lady Cassandra as his beard, and a man desperately lonely and looking for love. What ensues is a friends with benefits relationship that must remain hidden lest the British people, and the world, discover that the heir to the British throne is gay. The relationship between Ben and James is fraught with issues of secrecy and trust. James and Lady Cassandra ‘pretend’ to be in a relationship but Cassandra’s numerous sightings with another man begin to destroy the façade that James had been building for years. Along with the need to keep their affair a secret, James must also contend with his younger sister whose emotional health is slowly beginning to unravel. The $ex scenes between James and Ben are intimate and hot; our couple switch between dominate and submissive at different points throughout the story. We are introduced to several secondary and supporting characters including Lady Cassandra, and James’s long suffering younger sister Princess Amelia (aka Indigo), and several other members of the Royal Family including James’s uncle Richard whose line to throne is pushed further away. James’s personal assistant Kimberly, and his butler Hartley who keep James’s personal life a secret; Benjamin’s boss Fiona and co-worker Roberto , as well as some personal and private emails from Ben’s ex Warner Clifton who may be a future source of trouble. The world building focused on the relationship between Ben and James-their growing love, and their need to keep secret the affair behind closed doors. Most of the conflict comes in the final pages of the book, wherein James has come to a decision about his relationship with Ben, and the secret he is going to reveal. I did have one issue, as it pertained to James’s coming out to the Royal family-the reader is not privy to the reveal; we are told and not shown, which is a bit of a let-down considering several members of the Royal family are stuck in the past. HIS ROYAL SECRET is a slow building story line with a little bit of heartbreak, romance, lots of $ex, and two young men caught between falling in love or letting go. The premise is easy going and entertaining without too much angst or over the top conflict although I suspect book two HIS ROYAL FAVORITE will up the conflict and anxiety factor. The characters are colorful and interesting; the romance is a struggle towards a happily ever after-for now.