His Majesty’s Child by Sharon Kendrick

His Majesty’s Child by Sharon Kendrick
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (135 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

King Casimiro harbors a secret–no one in the kingdom of Zaffirinthos knows that a devastating accident has left his memory clouded in darkness. And Casimiro himself cannot answer why Melissa Maguire, an enigmatic English rose, stirs such feelings in him…. Questioning his ability to rule, Casimiro decides he will renounce the throne. But Melissa has news she knows will rock the palace to its core: “Casimiro has an heir.” Law dictates Casimiro cannot abdicate, so he must find a way to reacquaint himself with Melissa–his new queen

This clever story takes the plot of a brief throw-away affair that results in a baby to a novel level. The hero, who comes across as cold and unfeeling, is actually covering for a secret and it was easy for him to refuse to believe the heroine because knowledge of her is part of that secret he’s hiding. He’s lost a huge chunk of time and his relationship with Melissa is in that period of lost time. What’s a heroine to do?

Be stubborn, that’s what. Melissa wants what is best for her child and she thinks that having him know that he even has a dad is all that matters. And, letting the father know he IS a father, that’s a responsibility she doesn’t want to shirk either. All noble intents but the heroine had absolutely no clue the ramifications of what she was trying to do. For a regular guy I guess it would be fine but Casimiro isn’t a normal guy, he’s a king and that’s a whole other kettle of fish. It made for a fascinating and unique dilemma for a romance and I quite liked it.

Casimiro might be a king and used to being in charge and in control but honestly, I found him mean, manipulative and hard to like. Granted he was acting that way on purpose. If he kept everyone at arm’s length, no one could guess his problem. The hero has ginormous trust issues and suspects everyone’s motives. It’s not a wonder he wants to quit being king. But the thing of it is, eventually, the author redeems her hero because I came to understand just how emotionally damaged he was. From the time his mother died his life was harsh and he was unloved. He did not receive any gentleness or understanding from his father and in turn, Casimiro became a block of ice to shut out all the pain. That makes what Melissa accomplishes in the story truly remarkable. And why her having his child is a blessing and his saving grace.

Even though there is a lot to enjoy in this story, I didn’t like the hero for most of it. I didn’t like his arrogance or his cruelty towards Melissa. Nor did I like how she came across as a victim in some scenes. Yes, I did come to like the hero but that was towards the end, when he finally understood how important it was to face feelings and not shut them off or run away from them. Melissa stood up for herself and being intuitive was able to navigate the pitfalls of the hero’s damaged ego. In that, the heroine showed her strength. As far as I’m concerned, the balance of the romance was lopsided and it wasn’t as good as it could have been.

On the upside, their physical relationship was healthy and the writing was spicy. I liked the scenes with Ben because they were so cute. And, the wrap up happy ever after was satisfying and complete.

On the whole, His Majesty’s Child was a good read. A reader will find a solid romance within its pages and there are many scenes that make this story pleasant and entertaining. It’s a quick read and it flowed well so I’d recommend it for fans of Harlequin romances because Casimiro is their typical alpha hero that needs saving. It’s worth a look.

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