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 Favorite by Lilah Pace
Published by Penguin on August 16th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, LGBT, Gay, Contemporary
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The 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?
I was so happy to get my hands on this one as I quite thoroughly enjoyed part one of this story.
At the end of part one we were left with the idea that our boys might’ve hit the limit of their relationship but we all knew that these two could not be kept apart. Ben is willing to step up to the plate and be there for James even as it threatens to tear him apart. He’s got his own reasons for not wanting to be in the limelight and his need to be seen as his own person causes him to make mistakes which threaten his happiness with James. I loved how he was with the family and especially adored the way he figured out how to work with the Queen. He sees the real truths that are hidden behind the polite masks and stands up for what is right even as it may hurt those he loves.
James was such a sweetheart in this as he tries to do the right thing for everyone even if it means giving up something that is the only real thing he has ever had for himself. His battles with his uncle to do the right thing, his battles with the Queen… his battles with everything around him in order to get his sister what she really needs… and the biggest battles… the ones with himself as he struggles to finally be happy. I loved seeing him try his damndest to get Ben to feel at home in this new life but I also enjoyed seeing him realize that it wasn’t something he could fix. He didn’t try to force something that wasn’t there which made him very approachable. He was scared of what would happen to his sister and what would happen to Ben but he still didn’t try to make it be completely about his wants or needs.
The treatment that his sister’s storyline gets is important on many levels but the main thing I took from it is… Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness nor should it be avoided.. Mental illness is something that is not shameful.. it isn’t something that can be healed overnight and just by acknowledging that there is an issue that needs help is an immense source of strength. One should seek assistance even if you are afraid. Light is available at the end of the tunnel and often the illness LIES to keep you in the dark.
You will enjoy seeing what happens to everyone at the conclusion of this story and I came away from it quite happy.