prince's frog coverRating: 3.5 stars
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Length: Novella

 

Bob is a royal prince whose parents are set to marry him off to an awful princess so they can join their two kingdoms. Bob wants nothing to do with the whole thing, but he has no choice in the matter. One day, Bob wanders into the nearby bog and is confronted with a talking frog who calls himself Sir Ribbit. Once Bob gets over his shock that the frog can talk, he is intrigued when Sir Ribbit offers his help.

Dave was once a prince himself, but he unwittingly got involved with a man a local fairy had set her sights on and she cursed Dave by turning him into frog. The only way out of this mess is for Dave to find a prince to kiss him while he is in frog form. Unfortunately, with frog lifespans being what they are, Dave doesn’t have endless time to get this sorted, not to mention that he finds himself remembering his human side less each day.

Now, both princes may be able to help one another get out of their sticky situations — and find happiness together. But that isn’t the only hurdle, as there is still an evil princess intent on getting her way…

The Prince’s Frog is Eden Winters’ retelling of the tale of the Frog Prince fairytale. This one is light and a bit silly, with some clever references back to the larger fairy tale world. Winters’ books always tend to have some humor, but this one is definitely more on the light and playful end than most of her books. This is a specific kind of humor and the story isn’t one to take itself too seriously. Just as an example of the style, here is Dave with his slightly disgraced fairy friend as she prepares to help him get ready to meet Bob for the night:

“Okay, let me find my wand.” Prunella’s tongue tip protruded from her mouth. She patted her mound of disheveled hair, the pockets of her dingy frock, shoved a hand between her ample breasts, and pulled out a book with two hot men on the cover. “Hey! How’d that get in there?” She fished around in her bosom for a few moments. Crumpled parchment, quill pen, metal gauntlet, slightly molting rabbit…

Her intense concentration turned into a moment of triumph. “Ah-ha!” When she pulled a bottle of whiskey out and popped the top, her grin had Dave backing up a few hops.

Oh, wait. Not whisky. That was part of what got them into this unfortunate predicament to begin with. Time to be the voice of reason. “Uh, uh, uh. No drinking until the spell is broken, then I’ll booze you up to your heart’s content.” With the finest booze known to man.

Or frog.

Or fairy.

So this is a style that is going to be a lot of fun for some folks, but maybe not everyone. As I mentioned, there is also some cleverness here as some of the other common fairytales are dropped in here and there in amusing ways. For example:

Having a frog for a friend couldn’t be that bad, could it? After a cousin ran off with seven short miners—or were they short mariners?—she’d set the bar pretty high for hanging around those unaccepted by polite society. Also gained one hell of a reputation, too.

This one is mostly light and easy. Both Dave and Bob have pasts where their behavior was less than stellar — Bob more so than Dave, as he starts the book pretty arrogant and self absorbed — so we get some light redemption arcs here as they start to focus more on helping others. But don’t expect much in the way of character or relationship development here. The men pretty much just seem to end up together because they are both princes, and there is no real sense of them having feelings for each other. Again, this all fits within the style and tone of the book, but just know what you are getting here.

Overall, this is a quick read, a bit silly at times, but also fun and easy. I read it in one sitting and it could be a good choice if you are looking for a light, humorous read.

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