Author: Lilah Pace
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/16/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
he 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?
Although I haven’t read the first part of this duology, I didn’t feel that it impacted significantly on my pleasure, and there were enough references to what had happened to fill in the basics.
The first thing I would say is that accuracy of location aside I read this as an alternative UK setting, present day certainly, but definitely not realistic. If I had to categorise it I would say Royal Soap Opera would fit the bill. Basically James (the Royal one) is the eldest grandson of the incumbent King, James parents are dead – making James the heir to the throne. James grandad is poorly, and so while he recovers James becomes Prince Regent. While in Kenya James met Ben, they fell in love and decided to : a) stay together and b) for James to come out. And this is where book 2 starts.
HRF is by turns angsty, romantic, ridiculous, emotional and generally very entertaining. If something dramatic can happen it most certainly will, Ben is betrayed, ridiculed, his family tragedy all pulled apart by the tabloid press (this was incredibly realistic) . There is blackmail, death, self harm (not by one of the MC’s) . the relationship between James and Ben is however largely believable, how it must feel to be placed in the eye of the public, dammed if you so and dammed if you don’t was illustrated very well.
James and Ben were initially quite closed about their feelings, but once they got through this they were a strong team, and the feeling of love was very apparent. However there was a lot of telling, ‘this is where it all started to feel wrong’ etc, and it’s quite long and rambles a bit in the middle.
All that being said, it was entertaining, and it would also be really cool if this were actually to happen !
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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