I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace
Published by Penguin on July 19th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, LGBT, Gay, Contemporary
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 to decide who he is, what he wants from life and love, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for the truth...
I’m going to start this with the note… Lilah Pace can send me anything and everything…. please… cause .. LOVE.
Now on to this particular title that had me begging for the next one ASAP.
Imagine if the Prince of Wales was… shhhh…. GAY?!?!?!?!? I mean what would the impact be on the order of succession? Who would inherit the throne? Would they allow him to reign as King and head of the Church of England? Scandal…. Scandal… Scandal… How could he manage to have a love life or find love if he’s forced to remain in the closet? Would he have a “beard”? This is the story that His Royal Secret starts where James is living a lie. I mean it is a lie he has gotten used to but it is a lie. He’s got his best friend, Cass, acting as his scandalous lady love but this is getting harder and harder to maintain. He’s on a trip to Kenya when he meets a man who he’s intensely attracted to and they have a moment that ends up having a major impact on both of their lives from that moment on. I loved how loyal James is to those who matter to him. There is such a huge sense of honor to him that results in him being willing to sacrifice himself for the sake of The Firm aka the Royal Family. His love for his younger sister was something to behold as she struggles with her own inner demons. I appreciated that he was willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe and to let Cass have a life of her own.
Ben was something else. I had moments where I loved him and moments where I wanted to hurt him as he failed to look at things from James’s point of view. He has such a prejudice against what he perceives to be the life of the Prince that he overlooks the man behind the title. I think he knows who James is but it isn’t easy for him to let go of those notions. I loved how he gives James a chance to experience things that a closeted gay man in his position could never have and that he keeps his word. He truly does honor his word even though he is sitting on the story of the century. His struggle with his feelings and what James means to him was realistic.
The end of the book will make you whimper as you want to know the rest of the story ASAP but it was such a good read that I’d hate for you to wait until closer to the second title to come out before you read it. Go ahead and read it now then re-read it before you read part two… *hint – LOVED LOVED LOVED*. This isn’t everything is pretty sunshine and roses but the men are definitely made for one another with a story that you could see playing out today.