Erryn reviews ‘Reign of Shine (Rosavia Royals Book 2)’ by H,J. Welch. The ebook was published June 16, 2020 and was 328 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Kieran Flitton, released August 7, 2020, and is 9 hrs and 34 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I am loving this royal series.
A secret prince needs: A lost tourist to save.
Prince Cassander is on vacation from his overdeveloped sense of duty. While hiding out as simply “Cas” in the Rosavian capital, he rescues a gorgeous, distressed American tourist. Matty has no idea that Cas is second in line to the throne. And with only two weeks together to explore the sparks between them, he doesn’t need to ever find out.
New Yorker Matty Doyle is a fish out of water, taking care of his niece and mending his broken heart. When Cas rescues him, the handsome stranger coaxes Matty out of his shell and he throws caution to the wind. Nobody knows him here. Would it hurt to live a little for once?
But a prince can’t stay secret in his own country for long. Cas would give anything to protect Matty from reality, but how can this fantasy together continue when they belong in different worlds?
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 listened to on their own, or in any order…but keep an eye out for familiar faces around the palace!
I am enjoying my time in Rosavia. These royal brothers are quite unique. Take Cas, for instance. He’s the spare and by far the most responsible one. He’s always going around cleaning up after everyone else. He’s also often the confidante – he knows many of his brothers’ secrets. And when he longs to get away from the pressure of being a royal? He has an apartment in the town where he escapes and tries to just be himself. Whoever that is. One day he happens upon a desperate American tourist and his instinct to help kicks into high gear.
Matty is doing the best he can. His sister is undergoing cancer treatment for a recurrence of her breast cancer. She and her partner are stuck stateside while Matty escorts his adorable niece to Rosaiva for an archery tournament. A little Katniss in the making. Their bad luck turns around when a handsome stranger offers to help. Matty is an independent person, but he’ll take the help because it’s really for his niece.
Once his niece is safely ensconced in the boarding school, Matty has time on his hands. And a handsome Rosavian offering to give him a tour. Thus begins a beautiful courtship that culminates in some special time together. Until it all comes crashing down. Matty discovers the truth about Cas, and all his previous hurts and betrayals come rushing back. And now his niece is being dragged into all this as well.
Cas, desperate to rescue the situation, struggles between his duty to his royal family and his growing love for an American tourist. Shades of England, anyone? Except they’re both men. Will Cas stand up for his relationship with Matty? Will Matty find the courage to accept Cas’ love? Well, I got my happy ending so that should be your first clue.
I enjoyed the royal story, as I have the others in this series. HJ Welch is one of my favorite authors because she tells simple stories with lovely men. Men that I’m sure I would be friends with. There’s the appropriate amount of palace intrigue to keep things moving along. The five books take place simultaneously so no worries about reading them in order. I’m going through them in a different order and I’m not lost at all.
Have to give a shout out to Kieran Flitton. He’s got these books nailed and even does a decent American accent and that’s not easy. I recommend the book and am glad I listened to it.
9/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
HJ Welch is a contemporary MM romance author living in London with her husband and two balls of fluff that occasionally pretend to be cats. She began writing at an early age, later honing her craft online in the world of fanfiction on sites like Wattpad. Fifteen years and over a million words later, she sought out original MM novels to read. She never thought she would be any good at romance, but once she turned her hand to it she discovered she in fact adored it. By the end of 2016 she had written her first book of her own, and in 2017 she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a fulltime author.
She also writes contemporary British MM romance as Helen Juliet.