Secret is the new novel by Kindle Alexander and as with all their novels, it…
Imagine a world where the crown prince of England is gay and desperately seeking for someone to fill the gap in his life. Always in the publics eye he is used to keeping up appearances. But being gay is the biggest secret of them all, and apart from a few people nobody knows about it. As far as the people go, James is straight and next in line for the throne of England.
Lady Cassandra is his best friend and has always acted as his beard, pretending to be his girlfriend when needed and causing distraction when wanted. So far the deception has worked. James really wants to come out, but he knows he can’t. Because when he does, he will be removed from the line and the throne will fall to his sister Amelia. But Amelia has problems of her own and is in no way fit for the position. For her, James will keep the secret forever if he has to.
While on a holiday in Kenya, James meets Benjamin Dahan, a reporter for a big newspaper. Fate forces them together for a while and soon James finds himself intrigued by Benjamin and wanting to know more about the man. In return Benjamin can see how wonderful James is. But because James is what he is, Benjamin is very careful about the next move. And James has to be sure it won’t be just a one time thing, to be published in the tabloids the next day. Will they be able to make it work or not?
Starting out as a one time fling, pretty soon it is so much more. James and Benjamin can never be seen together in public and together they create a whole new set of ways to be together without the press knowing about it. But it can’t go on forever and soon James will have to decide what he wants and where he wants to go with Benjamin. Will he be able to make the greatest sacrifice of them all?
Now I don’t know about you guys, but I know I have had many discussion about “what would happen if one of the royals was gay?” and this story finally addressed that theme. However, there are no connections between the real English royalty and the one in this story. The royal house in the story is loosely based on real historical events, but it is one that never happened for real. So don’t worry, as far as I know nobody in English royalty is gay.
That being said, I really liked this story. Events are very well written and it does feel like something that would happen in real life. The constant following by the press, having next to no personal life or personal time, always minding what you say or do. I can only imagine what it would feel like, and I don’t think I would be able to live with it. James and Benjamin are lovable and very well written. I love the fact that James is sometimes totally naive about the world around him, simply because he has always been shielded and protected since birth. Benjamin really has to learn him several things about real life.
And once Benjamin is introduced to the royal family they turn out to be quite a set of characters also. Very well written and a real pageturner for sure. There is also a second part in the series called “His Royal Favourite” which I will talk about sometime soon.