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In His Court

Rosavia Royals, Book 4
By: Max Rowan
Narrated by: Kieran Flitton
Series: Rosavia Royals, Book 4
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.4 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Summary

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!

©2020 Max Rowan (P)2020 Max Rowan

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So good

This is a sweet story. With bits of Cinders and Bond thrown in. Ben is a secret spy for his country. But to the world he is a playboy prince who acts the fool. Coming back from his latest assignment he meets his new boss. His former having retired. Felix is a shock to him. Not only is he young, about the same age as him. But he is gorgeous and from the start he can't help flirting with him. Felix is a shy man, not use to being the centre of attention. More use to being the bait of jealous and bullying men who aren't as clever as he is. Felix is a genius. He knows his stuff but has no idea how to act with a spy prince who he is starting to have feelings for. Together they have to find out who is trying to bring down the kingdom of Rosavia. They only have a few days to do it in before Rosavia starts to unravel bringing down the kindom from the top.

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Enjoyable!

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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Great

This was a very entertaining audiobook. I really enjoyed listening to this story. I am looking forward to listening to more of this series.

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It was alright

I didn’t love the book, but I did find a lot of things I enjoyed in it with the different characters. I’m not sure I felt the connection I normally live for in MM I definitely enjoyed the connection they had as friends. The narrator is a new one to me, and he was alright. I did understand him I just wasn’t 100% sure I got the same life and passion I enjoy.

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Such a fun royal espionage caper

This was so much fun!!! Animosity between these men turns into sizzling foreplay. The snarky wit and banter between them was absolutely hilarious. Spies, weapons and danger abound. The narrator did a great job bringing these characters to life and making them so realistic.

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Spy Prince

Listening to Prince Benedict find love while trying to keep up the façade of being a top spy was enjoyable. The Prince has been keeping a tight lid on his emotions for years, due to nature of his occupations. Seeing Felix break through those walls was great. It was also great to see commoner Felix fall for the "playboy" prince.

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Unexpected Adventure

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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A favorite in this series

This one is tied with Barely Regal as my favorite in this series. It has the hot romance, but mixes that with crime and spies so I was right there from the start. Our main characters are super smart, super sexy, and take on dangerous assignments with aplomb, even if reluctantly in Felix's case. Buckle up your seat belts, this is the roller coaster, action/adventure entry in this series. Kieran Flitton's performance is perfect here. He ramps up the tension and excitement without ever going over the top. I loved this story when I read it and said it was tied for first place as my favorite. This audio might just move it into sole first place. Can't wait for all the others to come out in audio to test that theory, lol.

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  • 17-08-20

WOW!!

This Is one of the most interesting books about royals I've ever read! The plot caught me since the beginning to the very end, with an action-packed, page turner love story involving spies, secrets, and a mystery. This story answered many of the questions you probably have about what's happening in the palace. of course, I had to re-read it, so hearing it was just the perfect way to do it, specially with the amazing performance made by Mr Flitton. WOW!

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Loved

This is the best one I really loved the verbal sparing between Benedict and Felix when they are forced into a mission together. Their chemistry soon get to them. This is action packed with intrigue. The narrator really brought the story to life

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  • The Book Wench
  • 25-08-20

The best of the bunch! The winner is...

...“In His Court”. This story is, for me, hands down the best one of the series. And that is despite my difficulty disengaging my logical brain which kept insisting that a twenty-two-year-old just HASN’T LIVED LONG ENOUGH to be as brilliant a spy as Prince Benedict van Rosavia is, no matter how early his training began. I loved him, though, as well as his love interest Felix Wright, the new head of the research and development division of Rosavia’s Military Intelligence, whose reins Prince Benedict will one day take over. This is a great enemies-to-lovers story with sharp dialogue and high octane action from the moment the first verbal sparks fly when Benedict and Felix meet the first time until the prince finds the perfect use for that diamond he stole to distract others from his real purpose. The prince and the pauper work together, overcoming prejudices on both sides, to solve the mystery of the purloined Rosavian Crown Jewels and bring the bad guys to justice. Who knew Felix had it in him to be an operative, or that there was more to Benedict than the feckless playboy he projected to the world? And let’s not forget the sweet-yet-hot and completely unconventional romance that blooms and grows between them. The actual (not the rounded up) star rating is because I just think Benedict is too young to be believable as that good of a spy, and because the switch from hate to love between them is too sudden. The narration was fine. I liked how he presented each of the MCs, though his voice seemed sometimes a little bit strained.

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  • Sharonica
  • 23-08-20

Great Spy Action Enemies to Lovers Romance 🌹

In His Court: Rosavia Royals Book Four ~by~ Max Rowan MMy Thoughts Confession and Review: Confession first: It took me getting past the prologue and first chapter before I found my groove with Rowan's writing style. Once that happened, however, it was a great Action RoMMance. While I’ve only listened to three of the five books in the series so far, "In His Court," was different from the others in that it dealt with spies, some intriguing suspense, and cloak and dagger themes. There were a couple of twists I didn't see coming and I was always high fiving the air (because I can't EVER seem to get my cat to humor me) over those. My favorite however was the low angst, high octane, "I wanna throat punch you, and kiss you madly... I may need therapy," themes. This was a fun enemies to lovers (my fave trope these days) romance. These guys didn't FALL in love, they grew in love, over time. Learning from each other, all the faults first, getting the worst out of the way, and being tested time and again helped lay a strong foundation for what was important to them as individuals and a couple... If they didn't kill each other first. 🤣 For a book that had me worried I may have found a prince of Rosavia who wasn't very Charming, Ben proved he wasn't such a DIC-tator after all. No, Felix had another, more appropriate, name for Specialist-Six that rhymed with "pass go." In the end, it's amazing the words we can say with love and affection, that we would never allow another to mutter to the one(s) we love. **giggle... � � All in the name of love. The Story: 4.00🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Narration: 4.50🌟🌟🌟🌟.✨ Overall: 4.25 🌟🌟🌟🌟.✨ Sharonica's Logic: 4.25 am-i-seeing-double-stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.✨ I received an audio copy of this book from Gay Romance Reviews (GRR) in exchange for giving my review. 👑

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 23-08-20

Excellent

Enjoyed the audio version of In His Court very much! I liked the ebook version but Kieran Flitton really made this book shine! I think Kieran has a bright future in audiobooks! I do think I would prefer him to speed up just a little but his accent is gorgeous and I can't wait to hear more from him!

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 22-08-20

I love eating blueberry and bacon pizza

A lazy, hedonistic prince who turned out to be a master spy falling in love with a bookish nerd, who wouldn’t love this kind of duo? It was funny, exciting, romantic and really sweet. Benedict turned out to be so much more than I expected, a fully-developed and complex character and very realistic. And Felix is really adorkable. Two of them working hard and finding the Crown Jewels back, the journey was really exciting and the narrator Kieran Flitton whom I have never listened before turned out to be a delight. Although I haven’t read previous books in the series, I had no problem keeping up with the pace of this story. I’m excited to go back and listen the previous books in the series. 4 I love eating blueberry and bacon pizza stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Audio rating Story - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Narration - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Performance - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Overall - 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Colleen Richardson
  • 22-08-20

Bond and Q

Prince Benedict has been trained since childhood to be a spy. Even most of his family don't realize what he is up to. He is introduced to the new Quarter Master, Felix, and it is like being struck by lightning. Having to go on mission together to recover the stolen crown jewels gives them the opportunity to get to know each other and learn each other's strengths and little bit about their own as well. I really enjoyed this story and am listening to the rest of the series now. Getting to know each of these princes and their matches will be quite an adventure.

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  • Dawn
  • 21-08-20

royal intrigue + love

I enjoyed Benedict and Felix’s story. It’s a romance come about through intrigue. They are able to see in the other what is hidden and they mesh well together. All of the previous books in this series are good, but this one may be my favorite. And Kieran Flitton’s narration made this book even more enjoyable.

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  • Esther A
  • 21-08-20

The Spy Prince

Another great addition to this wonderful series. Prince Benedict is a spy who hides behind the facade of the lazy, playboy prince. When the crown jewels are stolen, Benedict is on the case with Felix, a genius with trust issues. They are each weary of the other but each is exacyly what the other needs. Felix can see beyond Benedict's facade to the real him and Benedict really helped Felix build his confidence. Their banter is great! The narrator is absolutely incredible with all of the characters and the story. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of this series. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audio book.

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  • Sarah Jones
  • 18-08-20

Action packed royalty romance

4.25* In His Court is the 4th book (of 5) in the Rosavia Royals series. Each book is written by a different author and can be read in any order because they happen at the same time. Would recommend each of the stories. This one was one of my favorites of the whole series, and I'm so glad I read it first (though I wasn't super fond of how Benedict's brothers treated him in the other stories after reading this one - though granted they don't actually "know" him). Prince Benedict is 4th in line to the throne and a top-secret government agent, and Felix is a genius and valuable asset working with the same government agency. Felix and Benedict together were amazing! Their romance was a pretty slow burn, but in their defense, they had to solve a major crime very quickly. I liked that they worked well with each other and could brainstorm together and work from two sides of the same issue. Audio by Kieran Flitten: I really liked the narrator's voice for this story and especially Prince Benedict. His voice sounded regal for Benedict, and the emotions and sexy times were well done. Also, I will never not hear the narrator's version of Felix's use the word "as$hole" again ;) Would recommend the book and audio. Slow-burn, action-packed, royalty romance

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  • JulyP
  • 18-08-20

Enjoyed this

I enjoyed this being told through the narration and the flow which was used...it was quite the listen

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  • Larissa
  • 18-08-20

Benedict, Felix, love and lots of action

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. The narration here is solid, although nothing special. The diction was excellent and the pacing was good, but I felt it was a bit flat - like he was reading the lines but not really feeling the characters. The voices weren’t terribly distinct or consistent either. Overall, I think the audiobook is a net neutral for the read; it won’t damage the experience of the story but I don’t think it really elevates it either.