Royal Matchmaker (2018)

Hallmark Summary: “A struggling NYC matchmaker is hired by a king to find his son a suitable wife in time for a national celebration. As the clock ticks towards her deadline, the matchmaker finds him the perfect wife – only to realize that she’s fallen in love with him! Stars Joy Lenz, Will Kemp and Brittany Bristow.”

My Reaction? One of Bethany Joy Lenz’s best. Always the wedding planner, never the bride, the character of Kate is married to her work. This is a common trope in romances, including Hallmark movies, but Lenz makes it feel fresh. Although Kate gets a little panicky and manicky at times, Lenz’s ability to play tough as nails and vulnerable serves her well in this role. She’s an utter delight to watch.

Will Kemp in his first Hallmark role does an excellent job of playing prickly without being a prick. Instead of coming off as another indulged prince, Kemp brings a twinkle of wit and genteel appeal to what could have been an unbearably two-dimensional character. Giving Prince Sebastian chops as a Mr. Fix-It is a nice touch by the writer (Mark Amato). So is the secondary love plot with Sebastian’s valet.

Added Bonus: Brittany Bristow who plays the best wingwoman ever. She rocks it in “Love on Safari,” “Love, Romance & Chocolate” AND “Christmas as the Palace” before FINALLY landing her own starring role in “Holiday Date.” Good call, Hallmark!

Festival, Wedding, or Ball? Ball

Teachable Moment: How to run your own matchmaking business. FYI, you’ll need a really big whiteboard.

My Verdict? LOVED IT! I watch this one whenever I need a royal romance fix. Pairs well with red wine and dark chocolate.