Book Reviews

His Cursed Prince by Ryan Loveless at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Curses / Fairy Tales / Royalty/Nobility / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 08-April-2019

Book 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.

 

Book Review

The blurb made me grin and, as it turns out, it’s a great indication of the sense of humor present throughout this story. It’s a creative mix between a modern-day fairy tale set in some sort of alternate reality that resembles England and a touching love story between two entirely-unlikely-to-get-along men. Tuck is a somewhat clumsy guitar teacher, firmly in the closet, and saddled with an annoyingly meddling family who think they know what’s best for him. Prince Frederick is quite vain, cursed until – what else – he finds true love, and in hiding from the world due to how ugly the curse makes him look. Tuck and Frederick’s nature and background are as much in the way as the prince’s curse, and I found that watching them stumble over, go through, and sneak by all the various obstacles to be truly entertaining.

Tuck (much better than the official version – Tuckington, what a name!) is the older son of a dressmaker and supposed to take over the business from his mother. He has always been fascinated by the castle, its gardens, and the rumors about the prince who vanished from public life ten years earlier. But then he falls off the castle wall before he can steal flowers for his mother, is taken care of by the castle’s inhabitants, and invited back the next evening. Tuck is more curious than ever. Not that it is easy to escape his mother’s watchful eye or his younger brother’s irrepressible attempts at matchmaking, but Tuck is determined to find out more about the mysterious guy who demands Tuck remains blindfolded when they meet.

Frederick, who goes by his second name so Tuck won’t realize who he is dealing with, doesn’t want anyone to see his ugliness. Even his parents have left for a different part of the country, and he now inhabits the castle with only a few devoted servants and “Lord Protocol”. The boredom is excruciating so Frederick is excited when Tuck literally tumbles into his presence. All Frederick wants is to find out more about the outside world. So he asks Tuck to return – blindfolded, of course – so they can talk some more.

Tuck and Frederick become fast friends. Tuck feels sorry for the man he doesn’t realize is the prince, and Frederick loves the connection to the outside of the castle. Of course talking isn’t all they do, at least not for long. As one thing leads to another and Frederick’s true identity is revealed, the hunt for a way to break the curse is on – and was definitely a very exciting part of this hilarious tale.

If you like fairy tale romances sprinkled with copious amounts of quirky humor and hilarious situations, if you think a commoner and a prince can make a fine couple, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of misunderstandings, great supporting characters, and a perfect (if hard-earned) happy ending, then you will probably like this delightful novella.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 98 pages/31681 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-December-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/his-cursed-prince-by-ryan-loveless-10063-b