Author: Lilah Pace
Series: His Royal Secret #1
Publisher by: InterMix, Penguin
Published on: July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ Romance
Page Count: 185
Related Books: Asking For it
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...
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