His Cursed Prince (Belen’s Review)


Title: His Cursed Prince
Author: Ryan Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 28th 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy
Page Count: 98 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Blurb:

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.


His Cursed Prince is a dual POV fantasy fairy-tale featuring a prince who was cursed to have the skin of a snake and the commoner who falls in love with him and their happily-ever-after.

When Crown Prince Frederick was a teenager he was far too concerned about his appearance, so a witch cursed him to wear the skin of a snake until he learns his lesson, but didn’t tell him what the lesson is or how to break the curse. Frederick assumes it will break with true love’s kiss.

I’m going to be honest with you – this didn’t ring my bell. I didn’t connect to the story, or the writing, or the characters.

So, my first issue is Frederick doesn’t look like a snake – he just has green scaled skin. I mean he has all the regular human features, and limbs, so I seriously didn’t understand the problem here?

Others have said how funny this is, but I did not find the humor in this. I didn’t like the insta-love between Frederick and Tuck, which didn’t really feel romantic, but rather a means to an end as they all of a sudden declare their feelings for one another, which felt off to me.

I also did not get the world setting. The kingdom has witches, magic, and curses, transportation appears to be horses, carriages, and walking, but there are modern conveniences like cell phones and Twitter? It was like it was trying to be both medieval and modern at the same time and it made so little sense to me it ended up really impacting any enjoyment I got from the story.

I found myself putting this down multiple times and having to force myself to continue to read. I seem to be in the minority with my opinion, so while it didn’t work for me, hopefully you have better luck.

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

Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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