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His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace…ARC Review

His Royal Secret is out TODAY! 

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Synopsis:

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…

 

My Review:

His Royal Secret is the first in a new series form author Liliah Pace and from the description alone, I knew this was going to be an amazing story.  After reading it, I have to say that Ms. Pace is one helluvah writer and I will certainly be looking into her previous works because this book knocked my socks off!

I am a sucker from good royal scandals and am fascinated with how they have to live their lives.  I could never imagine having every move I made be scrutinized and ridiculed.  I certainly couldn’t imagine living a lie under that kind of social microscope but alas, James is doing just that.  He has never been able to live his life as a gay man seeing as though he was s royal and while the world is certainly much more tolerant of a lot of things, it’s still not ready for a gay prince or king.  My heart breaks for James and the life he leads.  He has a great friend who has helped keep his charade of a straight man intact but he longs for more and when he met Benjamin I just knew it was something special for both of them.  I loved them together so damn much but in the same breath I was worried for James that he would be found out and his life would be ruined because of the close-minded and ignorant.  I love how these two secret lovers made their relationship work and that James has people close to him who know who he really is and accept him for that.  It was so amazing to read the dichotomy of James’ royal persona and the man he is behind closed doors.  The quiet and stolen moments he and Ben share are so special and so real.  I won’t ruin anything for you but I will say that this book ends leaving me both excited and terrified for their future!

I’m also dying to see what happens with James’ younger sister.  She is a bit of a mess and I’m sure her story is going to be an emotional one!

Thank you, Ms. Pace, for an amazing and touching read!

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Book Links:

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About the author:

Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author, so she can’t give away too much about herself here, but she has lived everywhere from Italy to the United Kingdom before putting down roots in the American South.

She’s addicted to Diet Coke, loves her dog, and daydreams about several British movie stars (though usually no more than two at a time).

And while it took her a long while to get up the courage to write books, now she hopes she’ll never stop.

Lilah’s Website

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