His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace
“I was born heir to the throne. I was also born gay. These are both inseparable parts of my humanity. I can no more continue to hide one than I would hide the other, or feel shame regarding one while taking pride in the other. I was born to be, no more and no less, as are we all.”
His Royal Favorite is the continuation of His Royal Secret, which must be read before reading this book. At the end of the first book, James has decided to come out to the people as a gay man, and his boyfriend Ben has decided to stand by him. Being the Prince, James faces many challenges and he’s used to it, but Ben has not faced these same issues yet. With the overwhelming attention of the press and James’ whole future threatened, both don’t know whether their relationship will stand or break under the pressure.
I liked this book a lot more than the first one, I felt it was very compelling and interesting to read. I love the attention to detail the author put into this book, by that I mean her research on royal customs and procedures. She seems to have a very good grasp on what this kind of situation would entail should a real life prince of England were to come out.
This book seemed to have more focus than the first, maybe due to the characters being more committed to each other as a couple than in the first where it was more a secret lovers kind of situation. There was a lot of closure for many questions readers may have been left with from the first book.
I’ve enjoyed reading James and Ben’s story and while I didn’t love this duet, I did indeed enjoy it. I think many fans of MM genre will love these books and even readers who don’t normally read MM/ Maybe royal romance lovers will give this duet a shot.
“I don’t believe in the idea of a king, no. But I’ve come to believe in the king you could be.”
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review