Royally Matched

Royally Matched

by Emma Chase


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Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him "space"—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit... and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682307762
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Series: Royally Series , #2
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 444,910
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Royally Matched 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
froggy29532DC More than 1 year ago
Looking for a perfect, sexy, romantic fairytale? One where you fall in love with the characters, quirks and all, then this is definitely the book for you. Royally Matched is the story of Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco and Lady Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, simply known as Henry and Sarah. She is a quiet, shy librarian and he is next in line to be King, although he is far from ready to take on the responsibilities of that title. To have a little fun while his grandmother Queen Lenora is away he agrees to appear on a reality show Matched: Royal Edition, with twenty women vying to win the hand of the young Prince. Sarah doesn't appear on the show but has to go as an assistant to her sister Penelope. One by one the girls are voted off, leaving only a chosen few. But Henry being Henry is not interested in any of them, the quiet, shy girl holds all of his attention, and for the first time Henry realizes why his brother Nicholas gave up the throne for Olivia. This is a great book, loaded with fun, love, and heartache. Henry is wild and I love the way he drove his security team crazy and ditched them whenever possibly. Several times I thought his grandmother would lose her royal cool with him. If you love romance with humor then give this book a try, you will not be disappointed!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“And sometimes, there were pieces, just one or two, that were odd, that didn’t seem to fit in anywhere. He would put them off to the side and I would think, maybe there’s something wrong with them, maybe they’re broken. But then . . . he would find the piece they fit with, their match—and when the two pieces were joined, you could see what they were supposed to be. Where they fit and how important they were to the whole picture.” If I were to summarize "Royally Matched" that quote by the Hero in this novel, Prince Henry Pembroke" would hit the bullseye every time. Although it didn't Wow me as much as "Royally Screwed" it was still a great read with hard emotional punches and a lovely, sexy romance. Henry and Sarah are two people so unlike each other who found each other in the most unlikeliest of circumstances and through all their flaws were able to bring out the best in each other. I enjoyed the second half of this book more than the first. It was a little slow to begin but really picked up it's royal game in the later chapters. Sexy times are smoking and Emma Chase doesn't disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — Oh yes, this was exactly what I was looking for and needing. I actually think I liked it even better than Nicholas and Olivia’s story, and I LOVED that one!! Who knew it could just get better and better? GAH!!! I love it when I love stuff. I especially love it when a series just gets better and better! This one was all about the characters for me. OMG, I can’t even. I mean, I knew I was going to love Henry, but it’s always nice when you love them even more. And I was so intrigued by Sarah, and she was just everything and a bag of chips. Henry was adorable, hilarious, vulnerable, sensitive, sassy, more than I expected, and he made me cry. That’s seriously all it boils down to. He made me laugh so much with his antics and the way he would tease Sarah and his abundance of sexual innuendos. But at the same time he broke my heart…seeing how much these new responsibilities weighed on him, reading about his crippling fear of failure (and OMG can I vibe with that)…I don’t know, that was the Henry that got me. Deep down he wanted to do and be great, but he wasn’t used to the expectations suddenly thrust upon him and actually felt like everyone had the opposite expectations of him. And OMG, such a sensitive soul…I am a sucker for that kind of man. Sarah was just, like, his perfect counterpart. She was strong, sassy, opinionated, didn’t take crap, but at the same time shy, quiet, and a bit of innocence mixed in. Honest to goodness, I loved her, she was my kind of heroine. She had such a harsh past, one that I honestly wasn’t expecting, and I felt for her so much. The fugue state affliction was interesting, but I liked that it didn’t make up all that she was, and was just something that she dealt with. I also loved that while she was a virgin, she wasn’t naive. She wasn’t that stereotypical virgin, you know? It was more lack of opportunity combined with her shyness/anxiety than anything else. And the two of the together were just relationship gold. I LOVED seeing them form their bond…it made it so much more believable, b/c we got to see them start at flirting and then develop that base of friendship. I could FEEL the chemistry between them, it was palpable. I loved how much faith Sarah had in Henry, how she saw all that he could be, and all the facets that many people overlooked in him. I loved that Henry saw everything that made Sarah stand apart from other women. I loved that it wasn’t perfect, and they had their struggles and misunderstandings, but they eventually made it work together. I was surprised at how little there was of the reality show…it really didn’t play that big of a part. And it wasn’t what I was expecting either, especially given the blurb…it wasn’t quite as catty, and I never really hated any of the women…I actually liked quite a few of them. There were antics, but it was really a very background subplot. I didn’t mind though, b/c that just gave us more Henry and Sarah time, though I suppose occasionally I did wonder about the believability of some of the stunts Henry pulled. The ending veered off in a different direction than I was expecting, and at first I was unsure how I felt. But in the end I liked it. It was kind of like an extended epilogue in some ways. It showed them both growing even more on their own before they came together completely. I liked that…it lended more believability to their romance too. So yeah, total hit for me. I both can’t wait to read more, and want
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
(4.5 stars) I am an Emma Chase newbie and I am hooked. I've been thoroughly enjoying the Royals and can't wait to read Raised and Endowed. To say Henry is overwhelmed after Nicholas abdicates the throne would be an understatement. That would be why he believes it a good idea if he stars in a reality dating show. Honestly, I was skeptical about this story line but was pleasantly surprised that the show took a back seat to exploring his budding relationship with Sarah. Yes, we do get to see him “dating” his contestants it wasn't too much that it turned me off (because I despise reality dating shows). Just like his brother, Henry has quite the sense of humor and I often found myself laughing out loud. Smart, funny, sexy---this series has it all.
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
Royally Matched by Emma Chase 5 Stars Characters: Henry- How could you not like Henry?? He's such a great soul and seems like a blast to be around. Sarah- I liked Sarah's character. I related to her in the aspect of hiding behind books and not wanting to branch out to write our own stories. Quotes: "My father used to put together jigsaw puzzles in his spare time. Sometimes, there were pieces, just one or two, that were odd, that didn't seem to fit in anywhere. He would put them off to the side and I would think, maybe there's something wrong with them, maybe they're broken. But then...he would find the piece they fit with, their match---and when the two pieces were joined, you could see what they were supposed to be. Where they fit and how important they were to the whole picture." “I sink into the chaise lounge in my bedroom, throw a soft, velour blanket over my legs, open my book—and block out the world. ” “If nightmares can come true, and sometimes they do... then so can our happiest dreams.” “My story hasn’t been written yet … but I know it begins with you.” Overall: I'm writing this review as I listen to Hallelujah by Pentatonix. This song will never be the same after reading this book. I enjoyed this book immensely more than the first book. I fell for Henry HARD. I like Nicholas don't get me wrong, but he doesn't compare to his brother. I love how passionate Henry is. He sets his mind to something and does it right. Sure it takes awhile for him to get there, but the journey is part of the process. Disclaimer: This book is HOT HOT HOT. Off the charts HOT! So if you aren't into those types of scenes then honey, this isn't for you! This book had some really steamy scenes but it also had a ton of sincere, swoon worthy moments as well. Don't let that cover fool you! Henry has a heart of gold and loves with all his heart. I don't remember reading a book where the MC works in a library. I loved how much of a reader Sarah was and her immense love for books. Seeing Sarah have book related moments was the best. Her curling up with a book, obsessing over a worn, first edition copy, getting excited over a book nook etc. It was so awesome to see the book lovers represented here. I also enjoyed one of the characters having a deeper backstory. Not everything in real life is puppy dogs and rainbows so it's nice to see how others cope with a horrific upbringing or something traumatic that has happened to them. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I'm glad I went ahead and picked it up instead of stopping after feeling just okay about book 1. I loved the relationship between Henry and Sarah. I even cried at some parts. If a book makes me cry, then it's a keeper! I look forward to book 3 with Logan and Ellie. Who doesn't love a sexy bodyguard?!?!? **For those who've read this book/series: Is it just me or did you compare Nicholas to Prince William and Henry to Prince Harry?!?! I felt I was constantly comparing them lol. P.S. Did we ever learn Sarah's mother's name????? I kept looking for it as I read but never saw it? Strange right?
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Royally Matched is book 2 in the Royally series. I enjoyed the first book and was interested in seeing how the brother would handle the curve ball thrown at him in the previous book. We switch POV's in this installment to Prince Henry who is learning how to shoulder the responsibility of being next in line to the throne. Henry Pembrook the Prince of Wessco is struggling living in the limelight of being the Prince. After the events in book one, Henry is slated next in line to the throne after living his entire life not expecting it. It comes with a steep learning curve and trying to fulfill the expectations of his Grandmother, the Queen. After he messes up royally he's set off to an estate and that's where he's approached by a TV producer with the idea Matched: Royal Edition. It's pretty much what you expect, lots of upper crust young ladies vying for the Prince's affections and the one that wins has a chance of marrying Prince Henry. Sarah Von Titebottum, a librarian, and her sister are two of the ladies in the show. Though Sarah quickly dismisses herself from the show only to be there to support her sister. Henry seems drawn to our shy librarian though and each passing day we see their relationship grow. I wasn't sure how I'd feel with having Henry be interested in her yet still playing the part of trying to find his possible bride while filming the show. It grew to annoy me a tad but overall I loved Sarah and Henry relationship and how they treated one another. This novel was a light and fast read for me that I really enjoyed. Royally Matched had crushing after a prince yet again. I don't really read all that many books with royalty in them but I seem to like it when Emma Chase works her magic on it. I enjoyed this installment a bit more than book one, I think mainly because of the leading lady. She was so shy and timid initially yet as we learned more about Sarah I grew to want her POV more and more. If you're a fan of Contemporary Romance with librarians or royalty you'll adore this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Henry and Sarah
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
As with the first book in the series, Royally Screwed, one thing I really loved was the witty banter. The characters were so much fun, totally the type of people I'd love to hang out with. While I probably liked the first book a tiny, super-tiny bit better, I probably empathized more with Sarah. Such a fun read, loved the whole idea of the reality tv show for getting to marry the prince. And Prince Henry was a cutie. Also I enjoyed going back to the characters from the first book and getting to see how things were with them. Lots of smiles and feelings - both sweet and sad - in this story. Looking forward to the third book in the series, Royally Endowed, as well as getting to meet the author at Apollycon in March next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Henry's quips and how when he fell in love, he fell spectacularly!!! Sarah is a an inspiration to all us overtly shy bibliophiles ... that perhaps we do deserve to dream and hope for our very own Colonel Brandon. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in one sitting.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
Prince Henry, the future king and wild member of the family, agrees to do a royal version of The Bachelor. Lady Sarah prefers not to cash in on her bloodline. She's the quiet librarian. Her sister loves the spotlight so she can't wait to sign up. Sarah tags along as an escort to keep her sister in line. Despite being surrounded by outgoing beautiful women on par with his partying ways, Henry finds sanctuary in Sarah's company. Royally Matched is about two people growing into their true selves. Henry learns to focus on what is important to him. Sarah finds she has a brave side. The storyline is full of sweet and funny, and plenty of sexy finds it way into the mix. Lovers of reality tv and RomComs should check this out.
BooksCoffeePassion More than 1 year ago
Henry is a playboy. As the younger royal son, his life has been an endless party, wild and carefree until Nicholas, his older brother, gives up the throne for love. And now, Henry is the future King. He’s drowning in responsibilities and he can’t figure out how to come up for air. Everything in Henry’s life has changed, everything will only get harder as his responsibilities get bigger and he can’t seem to do anything right, especially in his grandmother’s eyes, so he thinks about taking one step back and doing something fun, just to relax and to be himself. And Matched: Royal Edition, a new reality show, is perfect and exactly what he need, or what he thinks he needs. Sarah is a shy bookworm, a sweet librarian that has a work project coming up and she’s desperate to avoid it because she can’t deal with public speaking. She has the perfect opportunity to skip it by accompanying her sister, Penelope, as Penelope’s assistant in Matched. Sarah is absolutely adorable. I loved her. EVERYTHING about her. Seriously, I have a girl crush! Even her virginity made sense (and I never thought I would write this sentence because I’m definitely not a fan of the virgin trope), every little detail about her fits so perfectly. I have to admit at first I was actually thinking: “Nooooo! She can’t fall for this shallow boy.” But then I really fell for Henry. HARD. I didn’t even see it coming. Seriously. "That’s the Henry Effect." Emma Chase totally wowed me. I haven’t read Royally Screwed yet, the first book in this series, but I definitely will go back to read it. I don’t want to give away much of Henry and Sarah’s story because I think it’s better to read it without knowing how their story is going to unfold. I can say that I couldn’t put it down. Henry and Sarah’s relationship is so sweet and honest (and so steamy too – lots and lots of heat), the writing is fantastic, the secondary characters are memorable (I loved Penelope), the humor is off the charts and there’s a few surprises too. Royally Matched is a must read and a top favorite of 2017! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a fairy tale and/or a romantic light read. "Reading is power."
ValleyBookDoll More than 1 year ago
Royally Matched was everything I wanted and more. A love story with humor, drama, and sex! This book will satisfy your royal appetite. Royally Matched is a standalone novel within the Royally series. So for those who have read the first book in the series, you got to see Henry’s older brother’s story which eventually led to Henry acquiring the throne. After his brother abdicated his role as future King of Wessco, Henry was forced to part with his wild, partying ways. Fun is off the table now, and in its place sits a stack of legal reforms and proposals that he needs to inform himself with, and prepare to become king. You can take the prince out of the wild, but you can’t take the wild out of the prince. Unbeknownst to the Queen, Henry signs on to a reality show that is set to find his future queen. Yet the woman of his dreams stands behind the scenes. The biggest reason (yes, even more so than Henry himself) that I loved and thoroughly enjoyed this novel was because of Sarah. She’s a character that we will all surely adore and relate too. A bookworm and librarian with a deep appreciation for literature. (Won’t be too hard to picture yourself as the heroine, right ladies?) She’s a well-rounded gal with intelligence and a sweet disposition. She has the power to “tame” the wild prince, but never changes him into someone unrecognizable. Together they stay true to themselves and honestly become better versions. Henry had already charmed me in Royally Screwed, but wow did he steal my heart entirely. He shows a whole other side to him; a vulnerable man who can make smart decisions and potentially be a great king. His treatment of Sarah was swoon worthy beyond belief. He treated her like a queen! The two had tremendous chemistry! Like Nicholas and Olivia’s story (Royally Screwed), Henry and Sarah’s story was the right amount of spicy and sweet. Their relationship seemed very organic and their feelings always felt genuine. I loved reading their moments together; whether they were being cute, sensual, or simply chatting about mundane things. A few laugh-out-loud moments, several chuckles, and endless swoony sighs. There are very few times that I feel like re-reading a book immediately after finishing it, but it happened in this case. I just couldn’t get enough of these two! I HIGHLY recommend this book and series! Emma Chase really outdid herself.
JaymeBooks More than 1 year ago
Royal romances quickly became one of my favorite storylines. It's a little something for the romantic souls, who longs for fairytales. And simply, Emma Chase books are worth recommending because they have it all. It will give you an amazing ride through all the emotions. It's opposites attract kind of story about easygoing prince Henry to be king and shy, librarian girl, Sarah who met during the filming of a reality TV show. How amazing is that? No, Sarah doesn't take part in it, she is the sister of one of the candidates. They began as a friends who get carried away with the feelings. I loved their banter and off-scale chemistry. It just draws you in for long hours. Their relationship is well developed and although they have to go through difficulties because of their responsibilities and challenges, at the end it's all worth it. Royally Matched is a insanly good royal love story with steam and entertainment fast paced action. It's also a sweet and funny rom com with great heroine and swoon worthy hero, who certainly after this book will appear in not one of your fantasies. If you are looking for funny and a good romance, Emma Chase is your must-read author. And the series is proof of this.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Royally Matched by Emma Chase (Audio Edition) Narrated by Shane East and Andi Arndt Series: Royally #2 5 Stars - What a great read! I loved Sarah, she was quiet, strong, and shy (until she’s comfortable with you.) The complete opposite of Henry. He is the ultimate irresponsible playboy and I loved watching him realize his love for Sarah. The premise of the book being a reality TV show was perfect for Henry character. All the attention and drama that goes with it, really allowed us to watch him mature. There were some perfect sweet moments, and laugh out loud dialogue, which of course I LOVE. Both narrators did a fantastic job on this book! I am looking forward to the third in the series. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is a fun read. Loved the story and characters.
Naughty_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
It's The Bachelor, Royal edition! Emma Chase proves that opposites attract in this royally entertaining and heartwarming story with some unexpected twists. If you read Royally Screwed, you'll remember Henry as a little bit troubled and wildly unpredictable. So naturally Henry accepts an offer to film a reality TV show at the castle. Behind the Queen's back. Naturally things don't quite go as planned, partly because Henry has never been one to follow the rules. Especially when he finds himself falling for a woman who isn't a contestant on the show. Sarah Von Titebottum (and yes, it's pronounced "tight bottom", so commence your snickers now) is your not-so-naughty librarian. The virgin bookworm with a love for the classics. While Henry and Sarah were opposites in almost every way, I loved how they complemented each other and grew as individuals before they finally came together. This book was playfully entertaining with just the right amount of sentimentality and sweet emotion, and an even more unexpected dark twist. Emma Chase really surprised me with an unexpected twist at the end. It was something I never saw coming, but exactly what the story needed.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
First time reading something by Emma Chase and I have to say it was a great experience, the characters were well developed, they were easy to connect to and the story she writes for them was sweet and sexy. I seem to always gravitate to these type of book, the ones that tell the story of a King or future King and how they deal with the responsibility and also the kind of woman they choose to spend their lives with but don’t get me wrong, I also enjoy a good Princess story because of the same reasons. In this book we add the extra element of a reality show, he has to choose out of all the women the one he feels will fit better with his future, he is also doing it to make a point to the Queen but as the story progresses it is obvious that he starts to develop feelings for one girl in particular, one that takes his breath away and that is nothing to what he expected he would like in a woman. I liked all the sneaking around, how he started to develop feeling he wasn’t afraid to admit it and put his feelings out in the open, it was certainly a good character trait in him, I also liked that they both had lived and ambitions and that didn’t change by falling in love, it just made them more determined to fight for what they wanted and they kind of life they wanted to lead.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars!! “There are meetings in books that stand out, that alter the course of the story. Profound encounters between the characters when one soul seems to say to the other, “There you are–I’ve been looking for you.”” “He’s bold and confident; I think that’s my favorite part. The way he moves, how he touches me and himself–how he’s sure of just what to do. And he knows it. It’s beautiful and thrilling at the same time.” “I’ve never had someone who was just mine, body and soul–mine to protect and hold and love. And that’s what Sarah is…she belongs to me now. We belong to each other.” Sweet. Swoon-Worthy. Utterly Romantic. That is how I would describe Royally Matched. Royally Matched is a fun and entertaining read that will consume your heart and leave you with a smile on your face. Royally Matched is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Henry and Sarah. Henry has no clue or desire to be king. No matter how hard he tries, he always screws up. Needless to say, he’s not handling himself well. Since he knows his wild and crazy times are numbered, he decides to go all out with a bang…A royal reality dating show to be exact. Think the bachelor, but with a soon to be king twist. It’s all supposed to be fun and games…That is until Henry meets Sarah. Sarah is unlike any woman that he’s ever met. She’s real and shy to a fault, but don’t let that shyness fool you. She isn’t afraid of anything and doesn’t want anything from the prince. She is totally refreshing. The more time that Henry spends with Sarah, the more he is drawn to her. Before either of them knows it, they develop a connection meant for the books….. What can I say about Royally Matched, other than I just loved this book. It was fun. It was flirty. It was sexy as hell and filled with swoon worthy moments. I fell for Henry straight away and loved every second of his story. One of the things that I loved about Henry was how real he was. He wasn’t the perfect prince. He knew he was flawed and despite himself wanted to be better. And when he loved, he loved with everything that he was. And I loved his devotion to Sarah, the way he cared for her and her needs. He never pressured her or tried to change her. And when Henry messes up, he really steps up to the plate and fights for what he wants. Royally Matched is a fantastic addition to Royally Series. I loved getting swept up in Henry and Sarah’s story. Their story was everything that I wanted and then some. I just adored it.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
*4.5 Stars Rounded Up I really loved this! It had a few surprises, a lot of laughs, smiles, chuckles, and even a few tears. The whole thing was fantastic! Henry's older brother, Nicholas, abdicated the throne, leaving him unexpectedly in line to be King. He is a playboy who has always lived in his brother's shadow and very few, including himself, believe he is capable. He finds himself temporarily exiled to a castle away from everything and needing a distraction. So he agrees to a Bachelor-esque show, Royal edition. Unable to sleep with cameras in his room, he finds his way to Sarah's room (who isn't a contender, so has no cameras). They butt heads, but then start bonding during their nightly platonic sleepovers. Henry was seriously the shining star here for me. He was charming and funny and vulnerable... and mischievously rogue-like (my favorite!). Sarah, bibliophile librarian that se is, was a nice match for him, and I think all of us saucy introverts can relate well to her. Both Henry and Sarah have some excellent character growth from start to finish, finally being confident and brave enough to be show everyone the real version of themselves, which was fun to watch. This story includes a reality show but that isn't really heavily featured, nor are most of the other girls. which was definitely for the best (Not much petty reality TV drama, especially since Sarah isn't technically part of the show!). I did enjoy some of the girls, especially Laura Benningson, and the little outings definitely kept the pace steady, but I appreciated how they didn't distract from the romance. Overall, I found this to be a sexy, sweet romance with characters who had fantastic chemistry!
amatate More than 1 year ago
Giggles, emotion, and depth- this had it all This was my first sampling of Emma Chase books, and wow did it ever hook me as a fan. Royally Matched is the second book in the Royally series, but can be read as a standalone without issue. The story picks up with Henry, the brother of the hero featured in the first book. His brother’s abdication of the throne for a love interest left Henry as the heir. The plot revolves around Henry trying to have one last hurrah in the form of filming a reality TV show- a la Bachelor- as he tries to prepare himself to assume the responsibility of his station in life. The book is told in alternating first person point of view. It has a casual but descriptive tone, and flows effortlessly. The quick pacing provides concise details but never hovered over a scene. This tempo works perfectly with the quick-witted hero and heroine, highlighting their banter and humor and making the book ridiculously addictive. The characters are both incredibly personable. They each have that immediate likability factor. Henry is brazen and fun, but it’s obvious he cares deeply for his family. Sarah is a librarian who loves the romance classics. She’s shy, but intelligent and determined. Like Henry, she’s committed to her family and friends. As the book progresses, the characters reveal more of themselves and their histories, adding more layers to their personalities and making them even better. I am honestly surprised at how much depth there is to each character in such a light-hearted, fun read. One of the reasons I tend to gravitate to the emotion churning, heartstring tugging books is because I want that depth. Here, I got the best of both worlds: a fun, airy quality, but a lot of emotion and character development as well. The romance between Henry and Sarah is a slow burner. Their friendship turns to more, almost like a courtship. It is sweet and swoon worthy, and such a deviation to the many contemporary romances initially fueled by lust. I love that the time gives the reader a chance to see the bond and chemistry grow between the two. The slower build also made Sarah’s inexperience feel honest. Though Sarah is eager and wants to be with Henry, the author always conveys that she’s inexperienced. This is probably one of the best virgin romances I’ve ever read. The virgin aspect never weighs down the storyline, but it isn’t swept under the rug to reveal a hidden sex fiend either. As with most of the aspects of the book, the conflicts in Royally Matched are fairly straight forward and faced head on by one or both characters. It’s not riddled with misunderstandings or deception, and when there is a lapse in communication, it isn’t needlessly drug out. All these factors combine to make this such a wonderfully balanced read. I’m not left wanting for anything. There is chemistry, heat, humor, and depth to the plot and characters. Followed up with an epilogue that is the perfect cherry on top, especially Henry's point of view, I couldn’t ask for a better introduction to an author. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*