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Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Handsomest Prince by Cindi Myers

The Handsomest Prince by Cindi Myers
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (129 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Iris

Her mother always told her she'd have to kiss a lot of frogs to find her handsome prince – until her sexy new neighbor turns out to be real royalty.

Susan Murphree always heard you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your handsome prince, but she'd settle for one honest man who didn't act like a toad. Her hot new neighbor, research fellow Robert Taj, certainly doesn't look like a toad, but Susan has learned looks can be deceiving. Sure, he has a sexy foreign accent and a drool-worthy body, but anyone that mysterious must have secrets.

Robert's secret is that he's a real prince, heir to the throne in the tiny European country of Cartasia. Now that he's in America all he wants is to focus on his research and be accepted for the man he is, not the title he bears. Once he's fallen for Susan he worries revealing the truth will mean losing the only woman he's ever loved. Can this real life fairy tale have a happy ending?

A frog, a prince and a “damsel in distress” . . . what could go wrong with this story? Everything, apparently! Poor Susan was taken in by a man once and now is distrustful of any relationship, especially when she finds out Robert’s been keeping secrets...and boy, are they doozies!

The story had a cute concept, and I really liked the inclusion of random frog appearances. It gave what could have ended up as a trite romance a little bit of whimsy. Frogs aside, there were absolutely no surprises in this book. Within the first two or three pages, one knows the outcome, and has a fairly good idea of how the author is going to get there.

Don’t mistake me, that does not mean it’s a bad book or that it is not worth reading. Quite the contrary! The author is talented and the story is a solid romance – and gives the romance reader exactly what they want: a “happily ever after” with some conflict thrown in to make the final scene sighworthy and satisfying. Believe me, that is exactly what this book delivers.

Having the best friend and the bodyguard “hooking up” was convenient, but a nice addition to the plot. By the finish, Robert’s bodyguard is very much a part of the story.

When you are in the mood for a romance, but don’t have the desire to focus on a complicated plot, this is the book for you! Put it on you list today!