His Cursed Prince (Susan’s Review)

Title: His Cursed Prince
Author: Ryan Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 28, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Fantasy
Page Count: 98
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Three facts about Tuckington Belle:

1. Given the choice between illegally scaling the royal castle’s walls to steal flowers for a client at his family’s dress shop or going on a date with a girl his brother set him up with (“He’s fertile, and he can sew!”), Tuck will scale the wall like a spider after a fly.

2. If, upon knocking himself unconscious when he falls off the wall, Tuck wakes up bruised, blindfolded, and inside the castle, where—based on the unearthly wails heard nightly—the prince no one has seen in ten years is probably a ghost, Tuck would still choose this over a date with a girl.

3. Tuck thinks it’s time to admit he’s gay.

Three facts about Prince Frederick George Deor (Read and approved with great reluctance by Lord “Protocol is Protocol. Stop Being a Pain About It” Todd):

1. He brought a curse upon himself and now bears the skin of a snake.

2. He can’t take his eyes off the injured thief recovering in the castle.

3. Friendships born from lying and insisting the other person wears a blindfold can blossom into true love—which he needs to break the curse.

This was a bit of a strange book. I actually liked the story, but had a bit of trouble with the execution.

First of all, there is no world-building. We have a cursed prince, people ride carriages and horses, they deliver letters by horseback, but they also have phones and Twitter. Now I don’t need a lot of world building in my books, but I couldn’t wrap my head around this world. Especially because one minute they are calling each other on their cells and the next a letter needs to be delivered by horseback, several hours away.

I also thought the sex scenes could use some work.

Breathless, Tuck forced him to slow a few times.
“I’m sorry,” Frederick said. “Eagerness is difficult to dampen when I have such a goal ahead of me.”
“Understandable,” Tuck said from his position with his face against his arm, “but try not to be so rough.”
“Sorry.” Frederick finally was able to stretch Tuck enough that Tuck could accommodate him. The lovemaking itself was rushed, but the initial hurt soon eased into something almost pleasant.

Almost pleasant? Wow, ringing endorsement of the sex, dude. I get that sex is not all hearts and flowers, but I kind of want hearts and flowers in my books. This was too.. clinical? at times.

What I really did like was the fairy tale feel of it all. I was curious to see of Frederick could break his curse and what role Tuck would play in that.

But I can’t say the romance was all that wonderful either tbh. These guys saw each maybe 3 or 4 times before the I love yous were flowing. I was actually quite surprised when the first I love you is mentioned. I was sure they were just starting to get to know each other, but apparently they were waaaay beyond that.

I read only one other book by Ryan Loveless and the writing in this felt nothing like Ethan, Who Loved Carter. This felt disjointed at times and the characters felt very superficial.

But if you’re looking for a fairy tale kind of story, you might like this.

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Galley copy of His Cursed Prince provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.