Title: The Frog Prince (A Romantic Comedy)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Elle Lothlorien
Publisher: CreateSpace (self-published)
Source: Kindle Free, now $4.99
Sexy Rating: 5 (behind closed doors)
Description from amazon.com:
It was his pheromones that did it. With one sniff, sex researcher Leigh Fromm recognizes that any offspring she might have with the mysterious stranger would have a better-than-average chance of surviving any number of impending pandemics.
But when Leigh finds out that the handsome “someone” at her great aunt’s wake is Prince Roman Habsburg von Lorraine of Austria, she suddenly doubts her instincts—not that she was intending to sleep with the guy. The royal house of Habsburg was once completely inbred, insanity and impotency among the highlights of their genetic pedigree. (The extreme “bulldog underbite” that plagued them wasn’t called the Habsburg Jaw for nothing.)
It doesn’t matter that his family hasn’t sat on a throne (other than the ones in their Toilette) since 1918, or that Austria is now a parliamentary democracy. Their lives couldn’t be more different: Roman is routinely mobbed by paparazzi in Europe. Leigh is regularly mocked for having the social skills of a potted plant. Even if she suddenly developed grace, charm and a pedigree that would withstand the scrutiny of the press and his family, what exactly is she supposed to do with this would-have-been king of Austria who is in self-imposed exile in Denver, Colorado?
Through the first half of this book I laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes. Yup, it was that good! Since I’m all over the mashed up fairytale thing this book was right up my alley. It also fit in with my desire to read witty, intelligent humor. I just hate it when authors try hard to be funny, not in this book, the funny just came automatically in the brilliant dialog.
Ms Lothlorien can write characters that we can sympathize with, that we admire, that just make us smile. Our hero, Roman, is an absolute delight, kind, handsome, strong, fun, intelligent, and he is in line for a throne. What more could I want? Leigh, our heroine, is quite socially challenged and in need of some redemption….or maybe not…I find I like her flawed and funny.
The second half of the book got less funny and more dramatic and possibly a bit too involved in explanations of events (trying hard here not to add spoilers). It was still page turning interesting and we were still treated to the humor once in awhile.
BTW, the sex is all behind closed doors.
I highly recommend this book to those who like to laugh out loud.