ARC Review: His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace


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…

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Release date: July 19th

My review:

*I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I’ve been a fanfiction reader for years. One of my favourite pairings are Arthur and Merlin from the BBC’s series Merlin. And my favourites of those fanfictions are modern alternative universes where Arthur is still royalty. So when I read the blurb of His Royal Secret I knew I had to read the book.

And what a good choice it was! I love how the author managed to give us and emotionally charged relationship from the beginning, but without falling into the instalove trap. And it didn’t really feel like instalust either, since by the time James and Ben fell into bed for the first time they’d already exchanged some of their deepest secrets. Oh, and let me tell you: once you’ve read that first scene, you’ll see how the cover is *absolutely perfect* for this book.

I loved both James (the Prince) and Ben. They come from really different backgrounds, but there’re some similarities between them that make them *click*. My heart hurt for James every time I could see how lonely he was and how great the responsibility he carries in his shoulders is. And his innocent admiration for “normal life”, like spending a weekend in Ben’s place, is a beautiful thing to witness. Ben, for his part, had been deeply hurt before, and he’s promised himself to set up boundaries and limits, and not to fall in love. We all know how well that works, right? I really loved how he comforted James and let him lean on him when he needed it most. Both characters did a lot of growing in this story.

While the sex scenes were good and there was a lot of sexual chemistry between the characters, what really won me over was the emotional connection that I could feel growing between them. It was also what helped them evolve as characters and made me fall in love with both of them.

Now, this one is the fist book in a duology, and I want the next book sooner rather than later. But thankfully we reached some kind of resolution here, and the cliffhanger wasn’t mean. In fact, the ending left me with a smile on my face.

This is a good romance with a lot of chemistry between the characters. I would definitely recommend it.


Genre: Contemporary Publisher: InterMix Review

3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I think this is published fan-fiction? I read it as “Anarchy in the U. K.” from Yahtzee as X-Men fanfic. This is one of my favourite ff.


  2. I think I will read it again, as this is the “polished” version. I’m curious what the editor changed. But in my mind the MC’s will stay Charles and Erik 😉


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