Unveiling His Princess by L. K. Below
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Length: Short (46 pgs)
Book/Cherry Rating: 4.5 cherries
Review by: Xeranthemum
When Natalia’s dreadful stepsister locks her in a closet, steals her identity, and sets out to marry Prince Bennett in her place, Natalia nearly gives up hope. Luckily, she has a fairy godmother willing to guide her. Dressed in nothing but a fur, and assured that Bennett will recognize her even though they’ve never met, she sets out for his palace.
Prince Bennett knows that he must marry his princess, but when he meets her something seems amiss. He cannot reconcile the lively, veiled beauty he consorts with at night with the waspish princess he meets during the day. And to make matters worse, he can barely fight off his attraction to a fur-clad scullery maid. Whatever will he do?
It took two step-sisters to mess with Cinderella but one was enough for poor Natalia because her step-sister is like Cinderella’s two wrapped into one, combined with Hedy Carlson from Single White Female. It gives a reader an idea of just what Natalia is up against – seriously nasty stuff.
If a reader enjoys stories that parallel their favorite fairy tales then this story is going to please and impress.
Natalia is a woman of character, innocence and pride. She is also gullible. Why do I say that? Well, there is that closet scene for one then her initial faux pas on the way to the castle. Thing is, she learns. And despite everything done to her Natalia never becomes embittered, disillusioned or spiteful. I think she certainly has a right to be but she strides through the mire of hate with grace and hope. She has that stiff upper lip that I’d expect from royalty but the author lets a reader into Natalia’s head so I’d know that her feelings run deep – that she’s plagued with the same doubts all of us have at one time or another.
The book is written from three points of view-- Natalia’s, of course; Bennett, our prince and, interestingly enough, the villainess’. I believe it provided valuable insight into just how determined the step-sister was and what Natalia was actually up against.
Bennett is the future king and the man pitted between two women. His task and the plot conflict is to figure out which woman is the real princess because if he picks the wrong one, he’s going to be married to a viper. But how does he tell the difference? The answer is a tease and quite spicy.
I liked the fact that Ms. Below does not have the fairy godmother acting like a flash-bang major magical influence. She’s much more practical and down to earth. No wonder Natalia is so well adjusted. I thought it was intriguing that fairy godmothers and their roles might be a family tradition. I won’t say why I think that. Another thing that caused me to chuckle was a terrific line that was used as recently as Shrek. I wonder if other readers are going to catch it and how the author twisted it just a tad to fit this story. I thought it a touch of genius.
I liked Natalia, and although I wish Bennett’s character could have been explored a bit deeper, he does act princely with a devilish sense of lust to make him a great match for Natalia. That was fun.
Unveiling His Princess is a wonderful short story sure to entertain readers with a spicy and romantic fantasy.