Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Matters of Courtship
Author: C.M. Jackson
Heroes: William Samuel Davis/Lucas O’Malley-Hamilton
Genre: M/M Alternate Reality/Contemporary
Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Crown Prince of the United Kingdom of America, William Samuel Davis, has recently been outted by the press. Worse yet, he’s been thrown into an arranged marriage with one of the stuffiest people he knows—one Lucas O’Malley-Hamilton. It’s a match made in hell, and William fully intends to make everyone see the error of their ways and send Lucas back home on the first available flight.
But things quickly get more complicated than William had thought possible as the Anti-Monarchy crowd uses his outting against him. As he is forced to face the realities of his position, he finds himself drawn to sides of Lucas he hadn’t known existed. Tensions rise throughout the country and in William’s world. While the situation absolutely refuses to improve, it can and will get worse.
When Crown Prince William comes out to the world in an interview (without telling his parents first), he doesn’t expect his life to change that much. Unfortunately, with William’s confession comes a boat load of scandal and being thrown into an arranged marriage he’s completely against. However, no matter how much he tries, he can’t drive Lucas away or cancel the wedding. But as the wedding date gets closer, so do Lucas and William and before William knows it, he’s not sure if he’s against the wedding because he doesn’t want to get married or because it’s something he must do. He’s got more important things to worry about, though, like dealing with the problems the Anti-Monarch are causing.
Oh man! I really, really loved this book! It was probably the most fun I’ve had while reading a book in a while. First, there’s the arranged marriage. I’m a HUGE fan of those because I love the animosity between the couple at first and then the slow love that develops. Then there’s the whole royalty thing – another thing I love in my books. Lastly, I just adored these characters and was able to connect with them so easily that when they felt hurt, I felt hurt or angry or sad.
Lucas was definitely my favorite and if I had any wish, it would have been to get his POV. At first he’s stuffy and all about ‘duty’ but as the story progresses, he starts to relax and mellow out. I loved learning all the little bits about him, his past and his likes and dislikes. Then there’s William. I had a harder time liking William but that’s mostly because he was so stubborn he didn’t want ANYTHING to do with Lucas or the wedding. As William started to soften to Lucas, though, I really liked him as a character (even if he did have one quality I hated). As a couple, Lucas and William are sweet and adorable and I loved that William could be mean to Lucas and Lucas wouldn’t put up with it but then they were also so comfortable around each other.
I really loved this book but I won’t deny that William’s stubbornness when it came to the wedding was a bit dragged out. I also didn’t really like how he would attack Lucas when it came to the wedding or when it came to accepting his feelings for Lucas when Lucas didn’t deserve any of that.
In the end, I still adored this novel. It was so much fun and I adored the characters and their quirkiness. Plus, I LOVE arranged marriages and really liked how this one dealt with a contemporary setting and still managed to incorporate the love/hate between the characters. If you’re looking for something fun with the telltale arranged marriage struggles, definitely give this one a go.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*