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Rosavia Royals #4

In His Court

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A spy prince needs: a man who sees through his disguise.

Prince Benedict is not what he seems. His image as a lazy playboy is carefully constructed to hide the truth. Trained since childhood to become Rosavia's top spy, he spends his life in disguise—and danger—to protect his country. Nobody sees the loneliness in his heart.

Felix Wright is a genius with four degrees, no real-world experience, and a top-secret job... and he's never even been kissed. A lifetime of being alienated for his most valuable assets has left him reluctant to trust the charming prince who thrusts him into fieldwork for the very first time.

When the Crown Jewels are stolen two weeks before the royal ball, it's their job to save the country's reputation. Benedict helps Felix believe in himself, while Felix slowly coaxes the real prince out of hiding. But can they find the jewels and rescue the most priceless treasures of all: each other?

Welcome to the tiny European country of Rosavia, where roses ramble over alpine slopes and princes fall for the men of their dreams. Every Rosavia Royals book happens simultaneously, so books can be read on their own, or in any order... but keep an eye out for familiar faces around the palace!

287 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 16, 2020

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1,427 reviews133 followers
September 8, 2020
2,5 stars rounded up because I actually started to feel something for the characters 80% in.

The first 80% of this book was boring. I can't think of a better way to say it. Just boring. There was so much talk about technology. Technology, technology, technology and I was absolutely bored by it. Things didn't get better by Prince Benedict being a prick. He was constantly pushing Felix's buttons. He knew he shouldn't do it, he constantly told us that after he did it. Yet, there he was. I wanted to strangle him myself at times. Felix was ok from the start but nothing more. I felt bad for him though.

Well at least I pushed through. And around the 80% mark things actually got better. Both characters were more likable and you could feel that they were close to their HEA. God knows I needed it.

I've read that other thought this was fast and filled with action, well I didn't feel it. But it might be just me. Probably won't try another book from this author.
Profile Image for Cindi.
1,576 reviews83 followers
August 13, 2020
4.5 stars.

This is a really nice story. I loved Benedict right off. He came across as a lazy playboy when he was anything but. Felix was a classic nerd (I say that in a nice way) who couldn't understand why somebody like Benedict - a prince, no less - would be interested in him. They were so sweet together.

There's a bit of drama and suspense in this one as Benedict and Felix work together to find the Crown Jewels and who stole them. This has to be done before anyone is even aware that they've been stolen. If word gets out, it could destroy the king, Benedict's father.

I had one problem with this book and it was something left unanswered. That's in my spoiler below.

Overall, a really nice addition to the series. I adored Benedict.

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483 reviews10 followers
August 2, 2023
Allora. La revisione di questo testo mi ha fatto tribolare parecchio perché è molto tecnico. Proprio per questo, però, non posso non apprezzare il lavoro dell’autrice nel mettere in piedi questa sorta di spy story. Senza tralasciare introspezione e sentimenti.
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1,694 reviews26 followers
July 12, 2020
I loved, loved, loved this nerdy brainiac meets hot-and-sexy supposed playboy story! It gives you that nerd/jock vibe with the added bonus of the excitement of international espionage, all with the building attraction between the main characters peppered in along the way.

Felix is incredibly intelligent, but unfortunately growing up as a genius prodigy isn’t conducive to much of a social life. As for Benedict, I really liked how his character is a huge departure from the rest of the Rosavian princes, largely due to his job. That he is struggling with who he really is and what there is to his life beyond that job adds just the right amount of internal conflict for him but it doesn’t cross into super-angsty (thankfully!).

With the tension between Felix and Benedict running so high right from the moment they meet, the story quickly sucks you in. The backdrop of the stolen crown jewels, the mission to recover them, and the hunt for those responsible means there is also a lot of excitement and stress with which they have to deal. This all came together to make this book unputdownable for me.

I thought Felix and Benedict made a great match; they complemented each other and each was able to learn from the other both personally and professionally. The physical chemistry? Lordy. A huge check in the yes column there!

In His Court was a 4.5-star read for me, and is definitely going to be one I re-read in the future. And now that I’m on the fourth book of this five book series (which I’m reading in order), I enjoyed seeing where all the other brothers’ stories are falling into place with each other now that I have almost all the pieces. Like the other books in the series, this one is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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1,437 reviews1 follower
September 27, 2020
A royal spy romance

A prince, a nerdy genius and some international espionage make this book a really fun read. I loved the banter between Prince Benedict and Felix. Benedict kept sticking his foot in his mouth around Felix. Thankfully Felix liked him enough to forgive him. I liked that they had to work together to recover the Crown Jewels. They made a great team. I'm excited to read the other books in the series.
Profile Image for Jamie Lee Zonneveld.
1,360 reviews34 followers
June 26, 2020
In His Court by Stella Max Rowan is the fourth book in the Rosavia Royals Series. Each book is written by a different author.

This book is about the 4th prince in line, royal spy prince Benedict and genious Felix. Prince Benedict is known as a lazy prince but in fact is a spy. In this book you're thrown in an adventure. I really liked the story.
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513 reviews13 followers
June 16, 2020
5 stars

The royal spy book I didn’t know I have always needed! Gosh, this kept me on my toes the whole time. I never knew if Benedict or Felix were going to get caught when they were on their mission. Felix’s banter with Benedict was just sooooo good. I loved how he could dish it back out and how much his confidence grew! And the TECHNOLOGY?! Shit, I wish we had it all now but also the government can’t be trusted. Also I totally wouldn’t mind if they got a follow up book involving another mission 🤷🏻‍♀️

I’ll never look at blueberries the same again.

** ARC provided in exchange for honest review **
5,698 reviews36 followers
June 20, 2020
omg this was so much fun.. it had suspense and curiousity.. it made me laugh several times.. i really enjoyed this one.. it was fun to see what would happen and if it would work out. this series is just amazing and these authors are fun
Profile Image for Kathryn Manzella.
3,408 reviews27 followers
July 8, 2020
In His Court by Max Rowan is the fourth book in the Rosavia Royals series. This is an exciting adventure of a read - suspense, action, espionage, heat, and even humor. Felix and Benedict ste so exciting and fun and the story had me glued to the pages. Amazing story and characters - loved it!
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1,305 reviews35 followers
June 18, 2020
♡🌟(¸.•♥´🌟The Prince and the nerd.

...it was just a kiss, but it felt like eternity, like a bandage over the hole in his soul that nothing else could fix...

Straight out of MI:5 and James Bond. I love a good spy romantic novel. I was so caught up in all the action and technology, that the romance at first took back seat.

He was Prince Benedict, fourth in line to the throne of Rosavia, the "lazy" one according to his four brothers. Yet, he was also a vital member of the nation's security team. He was linked with the sharpest tool in the toolbox, Felix, to trace and find the stolen crown jewels. Putting the men in such close proximity, that their "I want to hate you, but, I'm so attracted to you" act exploded like fireworks. I simply LOVED this book and did not want to put it down so I read it right through the night and watched the sun rise as I got to the end.

If you have invested so far in the royal country of Rosavia, you are pleasantly surprised at the interwoven details all the authors have placed in their books to tell their stories. "Welcome to the tiny European country of Rosavia, where roses ramble over alpine slopes and princes fall for the men of their dreams."

I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this book without bias or persuasion.
Profile Image for Jennie.
720 reviews23 followers
June 26, 2020
This one was my favorite in the series!!
I was drawn into the story of Prince Benedict and Felix right away. Unique characters with depth that had me believing in them both and their mission.
I really enjoyed the writing.
Action packed and full of emotion.
Happily recommend!!
63 reviews1 follower
July 12, 2020
Omg!!! This was such a fun book to read. It was heart melting and beautiful. It is packed with romance, action, thrill, humour and it was absolutely brilliant. Prince Ben who has a reputation of being lazy and uncaring is actually a Spy for the Military Intelligence. He is the opposite of lazy or uncaring and he’s been trained from the age of 5 to be a skilled spy under the tutelage of his valet Paul. Even his brothers don’t know what he does, they all think he works in the Army. Only Cas has a clue of his actual work. Ben has experienced loneliness his whole life. That loneliness only became worse after his near death experience with an avalanche. He feels like he’s expendable and even if his family might miss him if something happened to him no one else would care.
Felix is the new Quater Master in the Agency. He’s got the sharpest mind in the country. With an exceptionally high IQ and four degrees to his name at the young age of 22. When Benedict meets Felix at an MI meeting, sparks immediately fly. Ben is unexplainably attracted to him. Their interactions in the beginning is very amusing. Felix already has Ben pegged to be an arrogant and spoilt prince who only got to be a specialist through nepotism. Ben is someone who likes to play a part. Being a spy he’s a master at deception and generally trying to play the part of a brat. But Felix calls out his bad behaviour every time. And Ben is completely drawn to him. The Crown Jewels have been stolen and Felix and Ben are paired together to investigate the case. Felix’ brain and knowledge turns out to really help in solving the case and Felix wins Ben’s respect. The same way Ben proves to Felix what a brilliant specialist he is. On their way to Grechzen the UST was at its peak. But what I love was how Ben gave Felix the courage to do his job. Ben gave him confidence. Suddenly the relationship changed to one of mutual trust and respect. I love the pace at which their relationship grew. How they trusted in each other but also depended on each other in that they knew they couldn’t do this without the other. They were the perfect team one with the brain and the other the ultimate spy. I loved how they managed to get into the bank using various methods and was able to find out what they needed to know. I love the technology with face swapping, it’s quite genius. And even when they were found out I love that Ben thought of Felix’ safety first and didn’t mind getting caught protecting Felix. I’m glad Felix was smart enough to escape. His escape plan was awesome how he kept changing his identity and vehicle so that he didn’t have anyone on his trail. And the relief and joy when he finally got out of Grechzen land was palpable. Meanwhile Ben’s cunning and shrewd ability to work with peoples’ emotions helped him escape the police holdings. It was heart wrenchingly beautiful that what got both of them out of Grechzen and into safety was their thoughts about each other and the promise of “after”. That’s the point in the book that the readers realise how strong their feelings are for each other. I was completely amazed at how quickly felix was able to pinpoint the fake prince Benedict as an imposter. I also love the courage Felix showed while keeping his identity hidden and doing his job perfectly. I was so happy when Benedict finally reached Rosavia and got in touch with Felix. Felix who had worried and fretted about Ben not reaching home safely. Finally when they run into each other after so long, I love that Ben takes Felix into his arms n kisses him and it’s super awkward because they both have Paul the valets face. It was heart breaking when Ben suggested he would take Felix’ place at the apartment with the fake Ben and Felix assumed that it was because Ben didn’t trust him to do his job efficiently while also protecting himself. I’m so glad that Felix realized he had over reacted and apologised. Felix’ plan for Ben to apprehend the imposter and take his place was genius. What I thoroughly enjoyed was Ida Von Tarr paying for every cruel thing she ever did.
I love how Ben asked Felix to the ball. It was so sweet and my heart soared. When Ben tells Felix about how empty and alone he felt after the avalanche and told him that he didn’t feel that way anymore after Felix came into his life and when he told Felix that he completes Ben i turned into a puddle of goo. Ughh it was so sweet when they say I love you to each other. I love how Felix simply doesn’t treat Ben like a prince and I love how Ben treats Felix like he hung the moon. I love how Felix uses A$$hole as a term of endearment. The proposal was so precious. I love this book so much . It was sweet and heart warming and completely delicious. I also love how blueberry lube seems to be a theme of sorts in this series. This entire series has been so fantastic and I’m enjoying it thoroughly.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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2,628 reviews25 followers
July 8, 2020
I KNEW I was going to love this book. There was just something about Ben that had everyone believing one thing, but I knew he was up to something. It started showing up at little things, like his meeting with Jules, his obvious disguise to try to appear the laziest of all. It was just too easy and I knew something was up. And I love this book.
Everyone thought Ben was the quintessential lazy Prince that basically didn’t do anything but lounge around and drink or whatever floated his boat. They all thought him to be in the Army, again just doing the least amount possible to get by. But what NONE of them knew, is Ben is actually the equivalent of the CIA and such. He’s a special ops man and does many assignments that can get him in a lot of trouble. But this next assignment hits close to home and he’s not looking forward to having to work with someone that looks barely out of diapers and never done any fieldwork. And immediately sets Felix off with his haughty attitude. Felix is so tired of being bullied and overlooked. He’s smart, a genius, and he knows what he’s doing. But what Felix doesn’t realize is that Ben does his haughty attitude as a defense mechanism when someone throws him off his game. And Felix has done just that. He’s impressed by Felix’s mind and how he works. He’s only scared for him because fieldwork is not his dept and he doesn’t want Felix hurt in any way. But they have to save what was stolen and he knows he needs Felix on this mission. What they dig and find, is shocking although not surprising and now they need to get home alive in order to arrest those involved. But plans have a way of going awry and it’s going to be hard to do. And for Felix, not only is he terrified of not getting home, but of losing the one man he’s finally fallen in love with.
I love these two so much. Ben turns out to be so much more than everyone thinks, which cracks me up in a lot of ways. But it’s important to be secretive in his line of work. What really gets me is the way he and Felix are with each other. Felix comes off so quiet and almost meek, but he has no problem whatsoever getting in Ben’s face and setting him straight. And I love it. They throw each other off balance so much it’s hilarious. But what’s even better, is that they balance each other in a good way as well. They work well together, and are learning each other quickly. Which is rare, because it usually takes years to fit so seamlessly together when working that way. And I love how Ben sees Felix. He sees Felix for who he really is and what’s underneath it all. He sees the frightened boy and all the pain that’s come with it. But he also sees the side of Felix ready to be free. The fierce and brave fighter that can do so much more than people think he can. And for Ben, he’s finally found someone who makes him feel like he’s home.
I love this story and how it turned out. I couldn’t put it down. It’s got such good action and intrigue. It’s a romance and a thriller all in one. It’s a great story and another perfect addition to this series.

466 reviews7 followers
June 20, 2020
This is the fourth of five concurrent stories, each story focusing on one of five brothers (the Princes of Rosavia). The books are numbered in order from eldest to youngest Prince, but the stories all take place at the same time and can be read in any order. This story focuses on the 4th in line, Prince Benedict, and his enemies to lovers (albeit the enemies part doesn’t last long) relationship with super-genius Felix. It’s James Bond wrapped up in a royal romance, and it is very different than the other 4 books. The plot is interesting, the characters likeable, there's lots of action and most of it takes place outside of and away from the palace, which is a refreshing change. The story ties up a number of loose ends that were left dangling from prior books, so there’s a satisfying sense of closure as well.

We know very little about Benedict from the prior books, other than a perceived public persona as a lazy, screw-up rivaling or exceeding that of rebellious youngest Prince Wren. In fact, Prince Benedict is most notable for his conspicuous absence, so it’s a bit disorienting when we are thrown in two feet with him in the midst of some spy-action at the start of the book. The premise of a Prince being a highly trained operative constantly in harm’s way seemed false, but the reader is likely not here for realism (the whole suspension of disbelief thing exists for a reason). There’s a little less dimension to Benedict and Felix than some of the MCs in the companion books, but the enjoyment from this book is driven by the action not the introspection, and the action is great, the characters are sweet and funny and you root for them all throughout the book. Overall, this book is one of the stronger of the quintet and a very enjoyable read.

* I received an advanced reader copy of this book and voluntarily agreed to provide my review, which reflects my independent opinion.
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1,576 reviews1 follower
August 12, 2020
In His Court is the fourth book in the Rosavia Royals series. Each book in this series is written by a different author and focuses on a different prince within the Rosavia royal family. The books can easily be read as standalones as well, but the characters from the other books do make a quick appearance.

In His Court is what happens when a James Bond thriller is mixed with a fairytale romance. Prince Benedict is not only a royal, but the top spy of his country. Danger and covert missions is his life, but as exciting as that is, there’s something he’s missing: love. Felix has always been the outcast. A child genius who’s never fit, Felix is finally living his dream by working for Rosavia’s intelligence agency. When Benedict and Felix meet, there’s immediate sparks—there’s no denying the attraction that simmers between the two men. When the Crown Jewels are stolen, Benedict and Felix must learn to work together and retrieve the priceless items no matter what the obstacles.

This is a sweet, cute romance with a lot of thrills and shenanigans. The spy plot and action scenes were exciting and fun, and reminded me of a James Bond movie. Don’t overthink the way the covert operations are run (it isn’t realistic but it is entertaining) and just enjoy the action and banter between Benedict and Felix. The romance between the two men is really lovely, and I enjoyed watching it grow and develop into a beautiful love story.

Kieran Flitton narrated the audiobook and he did a fantastic job. I love how smooth his voice is and the different tones and accents he can do. The characters were all distinct and it made it really easy to follow along in the audiobook. He narrated the action scenes with energy and excitement, which really added to the overall performance. The audiobook production was well done with no errors.
Profile Image for Gabbi Grey.
Author 28 books207 followers
August 18, 2020
Unexpected Adventure (an audio review)

I always enjoy a royal book and this one is no exception. I had heard of the Rosavia series and wound up popping into this book first – the fourth in the series. No worries at all, they do not need to be read in order as they all take place simultaneously.

So, with that out of the way, let me talk about the book. Prince Benedict is not the lazy prince everyone believes him to be. Early on he was chosen to be part of the elite spy unit for the little kingdom, reporting to his aunt, no less. Only one of his four brothers actually knows his whole truth (and we can talk about there being five gay princes at another time).

When Benedict becomes aware that the crown jewels are missing, he also meets his new team member. Felix is young and has spent his life being different. He’s got four degrees but has never been in the field. Heck, he’s never held a job. Benedict is leery of taking on someone so new and Felix is wary of the playboy prince who does nothing but lounge about. They are both in for a rude awakening. Or a pleasant one, depending on your opinion.

I have to say that despite the opening scene, I hadn’t predicted there would be so much tension and action in this book – it kept me on my toes and enthralled the entire book. And, of course, hoping the naïve virgin Felix nabs his more experienced prince. I enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read the others in the series.

As for the narrator, Kieran Flitton is perfect for this series. The royals have vaguely British accents and Flitton has the range to handle all the gay princes, all their lovers, all the courtiers, and the King and Queen as well. I was impressed by his narration and am glad several of the other books are out on audio. Am heading that way now. Oh, and I might want to try blueberry and bacon pizza. I mean, something new, right?
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12 reviews
June 18, 2020
This one hit different. Good different.

Where romance novels would normally capture your heart and squeeze a little, In His Court engages your mind with intrigue and genuine plot. Surprising but very VERY welcome.

The sex was toned down (though still hot in the 2-3 scenes of naked fun) which left ample room to enjoy the boys and development. It helps that the author has a background in government security as that brought the world to life.

As for the lumps and bumps - they were few and forgivable. The biggest gripes I had were that there wasn’t really any reason for Felix to immediately hate Ben at their first encounter. And sometimes the story created drama from something that already felt resolved. But despite the fish-out-of-water flip-flops of emotional insecurity that seemed a little contrived, you’ll still derive immense pleasure and satisfaction from the story itself.

And we’d be remiss not to consider that countering the minor faults was a MAJOR positive:

The dialogue. It was REAL. Honest. You’ll find yourself devouring giant swathes of wordplay that you would say too, were you in the same position as the boys. Particularly Benedict’s analytical thoughts juxtaposed against moments of naked honesty. So refreshing and simple. Though if you ever find a pair of 22 year olds as mature and ready to talk about their feelings as Ben and Felix, you give them my number stat!

And that Ida von Tarr woman is so righteously satisfying to read getting her comeuppance. You just know she’s going to hell.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll squeal every time you go to pick this book up and you’ll feel completely justified doing so. Dive in without a backward glance.

I was gifted an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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773 reviews20 followers
July 14, 2020
What’s better than being a prince or a super-secret spy? A prince who IS a super-secret spy. Benedict was born into royalty, but trained to become Specialist Six. Yet, his family didn’t know...except for Cas and Benedict’s valet, Paul. After a near-miss with death, he realized just how little he’d be missed if he had died. He’s literally a ghost.

In walks the new Quartermaster. One brilliant and delightfully awkward man named Felix. Benedict is intrigued from the get-go. He knows better, so he hides behind his trained persona to allow for distance. Felix, who’s rightfully offended by the barbs Benedict is slinging, is not a fan. That lasts for 24 hours, and then they can’t fight the chemistry anymore.

Despite Benedict's reservations, Felix joins him in his next mission. Someone has stolen the crown jewels, and Felix found a lead. A crazy road trip ensues. The action is fun to read. I enjoyed their banter. Besides being a secret spy, Benedict was also a secret sweetheart. He was constantly encouraging and supporting Felix. He wanted to help Felix learn to trust, not just him (Benedict), but also himself. Felix was capable of more than he thought.

This is the fourth book in the series. As with the previous books, it covers the two weeks before the ball, from Benedict’s perspective. It meets up with the brothers at the ball. We see some familiar scenes play out, but from a different point of view. I like how it gives it more depth and meaning. While it can be read as a stand-alone, I would encourage you to read the entire series. It’s such a delight!

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***
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230 reviews9 followers
June 27, 2020
Move over James Bond, meet Benedict, Prince Benedict.

Best Rosavia Royals yet!

The crown jewels have been stolen mere weeks before the historic anniversary ball celebrating the 500th year of Rosavia's nationhood and specialist six of the Rosavia secret service has a vested interest in retreiving the missing national treasures - one of the missing coronets is _his_, after all.

4th son of the ruling monarchs, Prince Benedict van Rosavia has spent a lifetime creating an image of a lazy playboy in order to hide the fact that he has been groomed since childhood to one day take over Rosavia's Intelligence Agency from his aunt Geraldine, the king's sister. Currently he's the country's answer to a certain British super spy.

Enter Felix Wright, a child prodigy- 4 university degrees before the age of 20, a genius whose intellect left him isolated and bullied as a child but also had him head hunted to take over the Quartermaster position as head of R&D for the agency. He's also got a pretty low opinion of the monarchy in general and wastrel princes in particular.

But opposites attract and while working together to retrieve the crown jewels and save the royal family from humiliation as well as possible destabilization of their country, Benedict and Felix realize that each could be what the other has been looking for.

This was definitely my favourite of the series, but I do have a soft spot for handsome spies and nerdy-chic r&d specialists.
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189 reviews3 followers
June 16, 2020
This is the fourth novel is the Rosavia Royals series. It may be read as a standalone (but I highly recommend reading all of them!). This novel features somewhat enemies to lovers and the spy/espionage trope along with some royal hi-jinks between 5 princes searching for their forever.

The Crown Jewels are stolen weeks before the Royal Ball, and Prince Benedict (who unbeknownst to his brothers is a part of Rosavia's secret service) is on the case. In order to retrieve these precious jewels Benedict must work intimately with Felix, the Quarter Master. Felix is responsible for the intelligence gathering and caring out of the top secret mission. Due to his commitment to work Felix has never really found time for a relationship, that is until he meets Benedict. At first they both are very weary of the other, but given time they might be able to solve the greatest mission of all; each other.

Given this novel dives into the spy and espionage world it is very fast paced and adventurous. You are holding onto your sit with all the twists and turns awaiting the outcome of both the mission and the romance. Benedict is so aloof in the previous novels, that it interesting to finally see the man behind the mask. This book really is a Bond meets Cinderella type and I was all here for it!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily gave my honest review.
1,755 reviews3 followers
June 26, 2020
Spies, lies, secrets, and love...

Prince Benedict - hiding a big secret about what he really does for the family. Who knew one of the princes would be a spy? Skiing down mountains, climbing trees, retrieving jewels. What is not to love about his life? Truth is, Benedict is lonelier than he cares to admit. No love to call, no love to travel with, no love to go home to.

Felix Wright is a superior genius with four degrees and a head for intelligence. You'll never know he's never actually been in the real world.

The crowned jewels were stolen and Benedict's vacation is cut short. He arrives at the complex with his valet only to discover there are a few changes. There is a new guy named Felix.
Naturally, he does a quick sweep of Felix's appearance. Becoming attracted, Benedict quickly turned to the business at hand.

What better way to not admit to any attraction? A little banter among colleagues to keep things exciting.

The race is on to find the Crown Jewels two short weeks before the ball is to begin. Nothing more embarrassing for the family than not having the ability to protect what's precious and priceless.

One action packed page after another. Lots of sexual energy, intrigue, thrills, the usual sweetness and a HEA for the nerd and the spy.

**I received the ARC via Gay Romance Reviews for my honest feedback.**
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325 reviews7 followers
June 27, 2020
This particular book has action and mystery in it. Although with five princeses, you would think there’ll be enough action as it is, but we have more in this one.

Prince Benedict is fourth in line to the throne. His older brother, Leo, is next in line, and then there’s Cas and then Jules. They have one younger brother, Wren. Prince Benedict works for their country’s military intelligence, as a Specialist/Agent. His family thinks he is with the army. His boss is his father’s sister, Aunt Geraldine.

Felix is the new Quarter Master of the organization. He takes charge of R&D. He instantly resents the Prince upon meeting him. He thinks the Prince is not so smart and privileged, which I think is biased, right? But we have to understand where Felix is coming from in order to see why he thinks of the Prince that way.

A story of two people who are “lonely,” not only in the sense of physical loneliness but visceral loneliness. Even when they are surrounded by other people, the deep loneliness is there. I guess a deep connection is needed in order not to feel this lonely.

A different storyline from the other four books of the other four brothers, more action and a mystery. I love these books and the brothers with their respective significant others. Each of the book has its own pull and beauty. They are all amazing!
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502 reviews6 followers
August 29, 2023
Recensione a cura del blog Romantic Fairies

Voto 4 stelle e mezzo

Con il quarto volume di questa bellissima serie conosciamo in modo più approfondito il principe Benedict.
Per chi avesse già letto i primi tre volumi, sicuramente sa chi è Ben, come si approccia al resto della famiglia e come è al di sopra di tutto quello che manifesta agli altri.
Poi c’è Felix, un nerd ad alto quoziente intellettivo, giovane con ben 4 lauree e una memoria fotografica ad altissimo potenziale.
Una coppia che dietro la facciata nasconde tante cose che il lettore dovrà scoprire e che amerà seguire, passo passo, l’evoluzione tra questi due cuori.
Una storia che mi ha affascinato e credo mi abbia lasciato dentro quel quid in più che finora mi era mancato durante la lettura dei primi tre.
Certamente ogni principe ha avuto il giusto impatto nel mio animo al punto da farmeli amare incondizionatamente, ma Ben ha un pensiero in un dato momento della narrazione che mi ha colpito profondamente e che per adesso lo mette al primo posto con Felix e Edvin, l’amore di Leopold.
Direi una serie da leggere come giusta compagnia sotto l’ombrellone, tra un tuffo e un altro, tra mare caldo, cristallino e spiaggia assolata.
A presto buona lettura
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783 reviews8 followers
August 29, 2023
Voto 4 stelle e mezzo

Con il quarto volume di questa bellissima serie conosciamo in modo più approfondito il principe Benedict.

Per chi avesse già letto i primi tre volumi, sicuramente sa chi è Ben, come si approccia al resto della famiglia e come è al di sopra di tutto quello che manifesta agli altri.

Poi c’è Felix, un nerd ad alto quoziente intellettivo, giovane con ben 4 lauree e una memoria fotografica ad altissimo potenziale.

Una coppia che dietro la facciata nasconde tante cose che il lettore dovrà scoprire e che amerà seguire, passo passo, l’evoluzione tra questi due cuori.

Una storia che mi ha affascinato e credo mi abbia lasciato dentro quel quid in più che finora mi era mancato durante la lettura dei primi tre.

Certamente ogni principe ha avuto il giusto impatto nel mio animo al punto da farmeli amare incondizionatamente, ma Ben ha un pensiero in un dato momento della narrazione che mi ha colpito profondamente e che per adesso lo mette al primo posto con Felix e Edvin, l’amore di Leopold.

Direi una serie da leggere come giusta compagnia sotto l’ombrellone, tra un tuffo e un altro, tra mare caldo, cristallino e spiaggia assolata.

A presto buona lettura
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1,119 reviews17 followers
June 20, 2020
This is a fantastic shared world series about 5 brothers who so happen to be princes of the small but beautiful country of Rosavia. Although they can be all read as standalones (as the stories happen concurrently in the month before the Royal Ball), it's most definitely worth reading all of them. The authors manage to seamlessly add tidbits from the other stories in each book, but not so much as to give their plots away.

I'll admit I didn't quite feel the connection between Benedict and Felix as I did with the other princes and their love interests. It felt like they actually didn't talk very much, not in a way where they got to know each other. There was definite instant attraction and it did evolve into an emotional connection where they very clearly understood each other, but I struggled to see how they got to that point. Despite this, I still loved their story and I was rooting for another sweet HEA. And this one had spies, espionage, and a secret mission to recover Rosavia's Crown jewels. The action was well-paced and although it overpowered the romance at times, it has enough of both to be very entertaining.
Profile Image for Lisa Klein.
744 reviews6 followers
June 14, 2020
This book was nonstop action. Max Rowan did not let us down with her amazing writing style and talent for keeping us on the edge of our seats. I saw someone on Facebook describe this book as Bond meets Cinderella, and I fully agree. You will definitely fall in love with Felix & Benedict.

This was the second book I read in the new Rosavia Royal series, since they can be read in any order, and I'm excited to read the others. Most of the authors of this series have written the Men of Hidden Creek series together, and they did a phenomenal job with that, so I know this will be fantastic as well. I love the idea that all 5 books take place at the sane time, and I'm looking forward to seeing familiar characters and events throughout each book in the series.

ETA after reading all 5 books: I really loved how all 5 authors had bits & pieces from each other's books without giving anything away. I also love how they each kept the other brother's personality & quirks when they wrote them into their books. If you didn't know each book was written by a different author you wouldn't be able to tell, they all flowed that well together.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily gave my honest review.
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309 reviews5 followers
June 16, 2020
I am not sure if there is such a thing as "sweet" suspense. But if there is, this is it. I make that point because I generally do not read much in the suspense category, because I don't like reading the violence on the page. There is action in this story, but not graphic enough that it bothered me. In fact, I really liked the spy aspect of In His Court and that is why I picked it to read. I have not read the other books in the series, so I agree that this works as a stand alone. But it does peak the reader's interest in the other books in the series. The romance between Benedict and Felix is a little bit of a side story. There is a lot of internal dialogue for each of them about the forming of their romance. I really enjoyed the banter between them and would have liked to see more of it. I would recommend In His Court if you are looking for a good spy story with well written details regarding the job, as well as some humorous banter between likable characters and a lovely epilogue. I received a copy to read from Gay Romance Reviews and all opinions are mine alone.
30 reviews1 follower
June 28, 2020
I liked that this was so different from the other four books in the series, in that Benedict's status as a prince wasn't the overall focus of the story. I also like that this book branches out from Rosavia as a setting and gives more insight into the political climate. Plus, there's action and intrigue, which is fleshed out well.

The relationship between Benedict and Felix was slow to catch on for me. I didn't really have any interest in them as a couple until about halfway through the book. I also have to say that Felix is a needlessly difficult character to like, which was really sad because I really wanted to like him. However, I did find myself enjoying these two more as the book progressed, and really rooting for them.

Just a note: This is one of a five-book series following the five princes of Rosavia, but none of them require you to read the others to be understood. Just a heads-up for those who might be more interested in some titles than others. Although I will say they're all good.
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2,085 reviews23 followers
August 22, 2020
4.5 Stars! 

In His Court is Prince Benedict's book, the fourth in line to the throne and a veritable spy for his country! Again, you can totally read these books in any order you prefer and I'm sure you'll find something to love in each of them. 

This one, because of Benedict's profession and the fact that the Rosavia jewels had been stolen, was more action-packed and dare I say, a little Bond-like, and very enjoyable. I absolutely adored Benedict, he was definitely not what I expected or who Felix thought he was. It took me longer to warm up to Felix, who was a nerdy genius working with Benedict and had a huge chip on his shoulder. I totally got why, but I wasn't too happy by how Felix totally judged Benedict by his reputation and jumped to conclusions over Benedict's reasons for not wanting him on the field risking his life. Still, they had great chemistry and I enjoyed watching them work together later in the story. 

Kieran Flitton did such a fantastic job with this story. I love how perfectly he's captured all the princes and their significant others. Very recommendable! 
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959 reviews15 followers
June 16, 2020
Ben has been trained to be a spy from the age of five, and I still can't wrap my mind around that. And what saddened me even more whas that he considered himself disposable and emotionally stunted. Those feelings, along with an unhealthy dose of loneliness formed Ben's mind set when he met Felix for the first time.

Ben and Felix together offered me the most delightful treat. They rubbed each other the wrong way and I loved seeing how they went from jumping at each other's throats to tearing their clothes off one another in a passionate frenzy. It was an incredibly intense and fun pull and push to witness, while they had to work together searching for the crown jewels of Rosavia.

Their hate/love relationship was brilliantly integrated with the spy action plot. It was an exciting combination of fun, hotness, camouflages, systems hacking, dearing escapes that lead to the final reveal of the thieves...and happily ever after for Ben and Felix.

Loved it!
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