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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Like a Prince Anthology

Like a Prince – An Anthology of Gay Fairy Tales edited by Cecilia Tan and Rachel Kincaid
Publisher: Circlet Press, Inc.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Five gay fairy tales that feature classic stories like "The Beauty and the Beast" and "Cinderella" with a queer twist. What are the erotic possibilities of the dashing princes and dark forbidden forests that we learned about as children? Stories range from the charming tale of a mischievous Cinderella to the deliciously dark story of a modern-day Little Red Riding Hood complete with a real-life wolf. A mysterious young prince needs help from a beautiful young king in "The Goose Boy," and Beauty and the Beast gets a sexy retelling in "Captivated." Includes stories by Elizabeth Schechter, Julie Cox, Kiernan Kelly, Alexandra Erin, and Monique Poirier.

Some stories are meant for children. Others are meant for adults to enjoy with pleasure. This is a collection of those stories. Like a Prince is one collection you won’t want to miss.

This is indeed one of those collections that isn’t for the faint of heart. The passion sizzles and the sex, well, it’s hot.

In Captivated, we meet Tyr and Bruin. Now this story is the tale of a man who needs acceptance, not only from his mate, but from himself. Some scars are easily healed and others, the ones you can’t see, are harder to deal with. I liked how Tyr and Bruin worked together to mend more than just their hearts.

In Two Balls, we find that Cinderella had two balls. Now that may sound strange, but this is the story of a man abused by some not so nice women. Although I wished that the Cinderella character had a bit more chutzpah, I liked the premise and how the story followed the well-known version of the tale. My favorite part is the acceptance on the part of the prince. I wish more people had such open minds.

Le Petit String Rogue (The Little Red G-string) was my least favorite. The idea of a wolf-shifter preying on exotic male dancers was interesting, but if you want a HEA, then this one isn’t the story for you. This version came across as more sex with a bit of plot rather than a story. If you want hot sex, then this story is for you.

The Goose Boy captivated me. How one man can deal with so many kicks in the butt is beyond me, but I loved how Giles took each problem with grace and dignity. The ending made me smile and warmed my heart. If you want a love story that bursts with love, passion, hot sex and a meanie that totally gets what is deserved, then this story is for you.

The final contribution, To Market, is a perplexing story of a man dealing with his emotions and his needs while trying to find his place in society. I liked that the goblins in this story were sexy, not gross looking. It made the pairing more realistic and understandable. I liked Conn’s noble idea of sacrificing himself to save his friend. Again, this story blisters with red-hot sex.

If you want a collection of stories guaranteed to make you hot under the collar, squirm in your seat, and most of all think, then you need to read Like a Prince. I give this collection 3 cherries.

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