We all know the fairy tale. The handsome prince comes riding up on his white stallion and rescues the beautiful princess from her enchantment with a single kiss. Then they ride off together to live happily ever after. But what if the person longing for that handsome prince is a man himself? And why not?
Neil Plakcy's The Handsome Prince is a mix of traditional and contemporary stories, each with its own unique fairy-tale atmosphere. Sometimes the prince is the one who needs rescuing, as in "Chauffeur Prince" and "Creosote Flats and the Big Spread". Sometimes the true prince is the other guy - like the tales told in "The Virgin Prince and the Rebel Chief" and "Reckless". There is humor and charm in these stories, with an underlay of passion and desire. The one thing these stories have in common, along with the original fairy tales, is a happy ending. These stories drip, quite literally, with romance. Whether it's a HEA (happily ever after) or a HFN (happy for now), when these guys find their princes, hot steamy sex ensues. Here's to stories (and heroes) that make us swoon!
©2011 Cleis Press (P)2011 Cleis Press
The name is Katie. Account says Kevin, but I'm the one actually listening and writing reviews.
I think I would have enjoyed this more as a novel. The reader killed a lot of the stories for me.
The stories weren't bad. For short stories, they were sweet and entertaining. If you are a reader who dislikes lack of depth or development (as I am), you should probably look for a full novel and avoid these short stories.
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