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His Royal Secret

(His Royal Secret #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,487 ratings  ·  329 reviews
The Prince of Wales meets his match in the first novel in an enchanting male/male romantic duology from the 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
Kindle Edition, 185 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by InterMix
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Imagine an alternate contemporary world where the Prince of Wales is gay, closeted, and in a decade-long bearded relationship with his best friend Sandra (dubbed Randy Sandy by the media), who is caught red-handed carrying on with another man (you can hardly blame her; the woman's in love).

Meanwhile, the prince's younger sister has severe anxiety disorder; his grandfather (that would be the king) just had a stroke; and his uncle is out to get the throne.

The only true thing in James's life
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
2.5 Stars
Take your clothes off."
"Yes, your Royal Highness."

I was an instant fan of Lilah Pace the second I read Asking for It. Her writing phenomenal, the story provocative, and the characters multi layered. When I saw that she has a bran new MM romance in the works with a dash of the forbidden (a secretly gay Prince of Wales? *gasp*)
My ovaries were all, sign us up for that right meow!

Then I started reading it and they were all

"when does this pick up?"
"That was pretty hot, but I bare
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars!

His Royal Secret is about the Prince of England, James. James has a secret, he's gay. In a world that is fairly gay friendly you would think this wouldn't be an issue, but when it comes to the monarchy the rules change. On a trip to Africa, James meets political reporter Ben during a rainstorm, and the attraction is instant. Neither one have had sex for a while, but find an instant sexual chemistry.

Living in different countries, the two part thinking they will never see each other aga
The ending saved the book for me.

Strange thing to say, because it ends in a cliffhanger. But a merciful one, if that sort ever exists.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is the length. The book information says it’s less than 200 pages but it feels like more than 400. And I noticed because the style didn’t exactly drag me in. It was pleasant enough, but it’s a long way from saying it was captivating or that I couldn’t put it down. Because I was distracted too easily.

The strong asset
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

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3.5 "Chess Mate" Stars

Can you imagine a monarchy with a gay crown prince or king? All the repercussions and consequences this would have? This story barely scratches the surface but even with what we learn here it would already be an unmanageable pile of things you would never have considered in your wildest dreams. Political consequences, social consequences, and the unpredictable effects a gay monarch would have, including not having a direct successor.

Shile (Hazard's Version) semi-hiatus

Wow! I actually enjoyed this. Maybe it is because of my fascination with the royals, too bad:


The MC’s James the Prince and Ben the Journalist were very likable, and they had chemistry that was believable from the first time they met.

I loved that James got excited with small things like catalogues and slanket

“I’ve never gotten to look at these,” James said. Apparently not much junk mail went to the palaces. “They’re sort of amazing.”
“Amazing? Catalogues?”
“There’s this one thing—I don’t suppose yo
A tag team review with Sheziss

3.5 Hearts--An alternate universe where the Prince of Wales to the British Throne is secretly gay...

No, we're not talking about Wills, baby.

"Your Royal Highness. Or is it Your Majesty now that you've become Prince Regent?"
"I don't think you've came all this way to discuss royal protocol."

His Royal Secret is the first half of two part series from author Lilah Pace. His Royal Secret is Pace's first foray into MM. This alternate universe
Review written August 28, 2016

4 1/2 Stars - A lovely gem with all pieces I love in a good romance

Book #1 (of 2)

His Royal Secret is the first in a two parts series. Lilah Pace's "Royal" new contemporary romances in the M/M genre.

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A closeted Prince (to be the future king) of Great Britain and a (not tabloid) journalist. — Tempting right? It sounded like a very intriguing (and highly romantic "classic") topic in my ears. — And it was and I'm in such a good mood it can't but be five shining red
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Absolutely delicious. James is heir to the British throne, perhaps about to be king when his grandfather falls suddenly ill. He’s also secretly gay. When he meets Ben, a reporter, on a trip to Kenya and they hit it off, the two of them have a secret torrid afternoon together than neither expects to turn into anything. But later when Ben comes to England, they wind up seeing each other again. This was really nicely done, with the pressures of living under a microscope as a royal, family secrets a ...more
*** 4.25 Stars ***

Since it's unlikely that Keira Andrews will ever write another President's-son-falls-for-his-Secret-Service-Agent novel (of which I'd happily read a dozen if they existed), I've resigned myself to searching for something to fill the void. Though His Royal Secret isn't quite as good Valor on the Move, Pace made a valiant effort with this tale of alternative British royalty. I liked the set up, the characters, the emotional depth, and there was one particularly steamy sex scene t
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 5 I Still Love it stars
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 4

Round Two. Yap. I’m still loving it. I really just adore these guys, but in a different kind of way?

Ben is not a fluffy character. He doesn’t make you trip over you feet with hearts and flowers from the get go but he’s strong and he has courage and he stands up for what he believes in when it comes down to it.

James. Well I just really love him. He’s this great mix of things that makes him interesting and you want to punch
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

** 3,75-4 STARS **

“You belong to me. Maybe the public and the press own the part of you that’s THE PRINCE, but not THE MAN. You’re mine, and I won’t let anything take you away.”


VERY unique plot. EXCELLENT characters. EXQUISITE sex.

...and a very disappointingly anticlimactic ending (with no cliffy, which was surprisingly not good news at that point).

OVERALL: MM Romance is like my happy la la land. I choose one whenever I feel like escaping the real world. The problem is...thi
Moony Eliver
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2019, lgbtqia
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this one. It took me a bit of time to connect with the characters, but I was sucked in by the end and had already purchased the second book by the time I came here to review. ;)

The story doesn't attempt to recreate the wheel but it's a fun take. Bring it, book 2...
Re-read again-again, and just as much fun as the first time around. This has become a comfort-read for weeks when DNFs and ragey books have been predominant:-)

Holy moly this was a good book, and I am wondering whether Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a best selling author AND a Royal in real life.
Of course we have no way of knowing how accurate her descriptions of the day-to-day life of the Royal family are, but it felt SO REAL. I could not put this book down!

So James is next in line to inherit the
Take one very closeted royal, one darkly attractive investigative reporter, add in a rainy night at a secluded resort in Kenya and you have the intriguing beginning of "His Royal Secret," the first book in a two-part series by Lilah Pace.
James became Prince of Wales in his late teens, after the sudden death of his parents, Prince Edmund and Princess Rose (think Charles and Diana in the early happy years). Head of "a church that's leaning more strongly away from supporting gay clergy and gay marr
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m

This wasn't bad but it wasn't that good either. Started off well, but after a while I started to get pretty bored. Normally, 186 pages take me no time to read- in this instance this book took me days. I had to force myself to go back to it. I don't know...

What I liked:

*James and Ben. Both men were pleasant.
*Indigo (princess, James's sister).
*I did like the whole monarchy storyline. I grew up watching Disney Princess movies (still watch them actually) so I was extra excited for a story about a
Anyta Sunday
This was so insanely well crafted. I immediately looked to see if I could get a paperback of the book. Alas, there is none.

I really, really, really hope Lilah Pace writes more MM romance.

Straight to all-time favorites.
Ellen Gail
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nobody else ever got to me like this. Nobody ever. And nobody’s going to get to me like this again.

An adorable British royalty secret romance? With corgis?

Yes please!

This was the perfect mix of sweet and serious, passionately sexy and remarkably human. I expected greatness from the author of Asking for It, which might be my favorite erotic romance ever. And while His Royal Secret didn't quite make my favorites shelf, it's still darn good.

James has everything (on the outside) - looks, charm,
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not ashamed to admit I like our monarchy. Well some of them. So it's not that surprising that my interest was piqued at the premise that the fictional heir to the British throne is gay.


His Royal Secret wasn't a difficult read, I did like both James and Ben, and there were parts I enjoyed, but what could have been a great story was lacking in any real development until about 70% and as I've said before when I've read M/M, we have a story written by a woman, for women with the aim of the men b
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
**3.75 stars!**
Ariana  (mostly offline)
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-cry, lgbtq
4,5 stars

Royals have always been a popular theme in films, literature and fanfiction alike, so I was curious how His Royal Secret would pan out. I guess one of the main problems being how believable the characters and the plot are.
Lilah Pace did a fabulous job convincing me that James and Ben's story could actually be happening. She must have done quite a bit of research on security measures, protocol and background knowledge on rules and regulations within the royal circle. To me, the amateur,
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
“You belong to me. Maybe the public and the press own the part of you that’s the prince, but not the man. You’re mine, and I won’t let anything take you away.”

I get goosebumps whenever an author takes on a fairly risqué storyline that might make you raise an eyebrow at first, but then before you know it, you find yourself consumed by a story that is as touching as it is thought-provoking, and Lilah Pace is truly a master at this. This story immediately piqued my interest with its int
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting story with lot of - necessary - secrecy.

James belongs to the royal family of the UK and is next in succession. He is also gay, something that must never get out, and very protective of his family and friends.

Ben is a reporter focusing mainly on economics. He moves around a lot and doesn't like to commit himself to anything and anyone.

Ben and James meet in a charming scene and form a connection. During that first meeting Ben was unsure about what he wanted from the prince and if
4.5 stars

I was a little nervous about this because I've been having bad luck with new to me authors lately. I'm also not a big fan of the Royals and pay as little attention as possible to them when they're on TV. BUT....I found the idea of this....gay prince/regular guy....too interesting to pass up. I am SO glad I gave it a try. I loved this book. It was really good.

James and Ben meet and have a one off and neither expect to ever see the other again. Fast forward a few months later when they'
Geri Reads
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
It pains to give this book a low rating because I loved this author's other books.

It has a great premise. The crown prince of the British monarchy is gay but stays in the closet for a very good reason. He meets his match in Benjamin, an international reporter who has no interest in settling down. They had a fling which turned into something more, which posed a problem for James because...yanno, he's going to be king, and he needs an heir and if he abdicates, his crown is passed on to his sister
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
First part of the story of James, new regent of England and maybe soon crowned King of England and Ben, an economic journalist.
Unlikely situation ?? ...Maybe not that much...after all, there are nowadays a few examples of political offices held by homosexual persons such as the Prime Minister in Iceland (the first openly gay person in the world to be elected head of government) or the former Mayor of Paris (he came out a few years before his election, and was reelected to this quite high positio
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: male-action
4.5 Stars!

Loooooved this one. Kind of had some mixed reviews, but I'm really glad I gave it a go.

I really liked both Ben and James. Though I was really really worried about Ben. Neither James or Ben were supposed to let it get past sex. And Ben really seemed to be the most adamant about it. So I was really afraid of what would happen once feelings inevitably became involved.

But I loved how it ended. Yes, it was cliffhanger-ish/HFN, but Ben really made me proud!

Looking forward to seeing where
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I’m wavering a bit on this one. One part of me liked it quite a bit but the other part of me felt like there was just something missing.

I am going to go with the first part of myself and just say I enjoyed it. With it being a two part series I am thinking I shouldn’t judge too harshly until I read the next installment.

Which of course, I am doing right now.

More to come!
This book, and its upcoming sequel, His Royal Favorite, are set in an alternate Great Britain in which – if I read it right - Queen Victoria and the House of Windsor didn’t exist. It's 2012, the reigning monarch is eighty-three year old King George IX of the House of Hanover, and the next in line to the throne is his grandson, James, who became Prince of Wales following the tragic deaths of his parents in a plane crash a decade earlier when he was nineteen.

James is handsome, charming and popular
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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

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