Book Reviews

Crowns and Criminals by Kayla Bain-Vrba at Torquere Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Fairy Tales / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 20-April-2013

Book Blurb

When Noble, a common thief, rescues a cursed prince to clear his own name, the last thing on his mind is falling in love. True love, however, is at the top of Prince Danson's to-do list; hence why he had himself cursed and locked away in a tower in the first place. The trying journey home brings them closer together, but are the secrets from their past powerful enough to rip them apart forever?


Book Review

This is a hilariously twisted version of Rapunzel that had me laughing from the start. With a fascinating mix of fairy-tale-speak and a very up-to-date way of looking at relationships, this tongue-in-cheek story must be one of my favorite versions of the tale.

Noble is a thief, a criminal even, and his straightforward, no-nonsense way of looking at things has Price Dawson completely baffled. Noble has no time for all the curses, the "this is how it has to be" and other requirements the prince lists. Noble is there to get the job done, marry the prince, since he rescued him, and save his butt. Except, when he gets to know the prince better, his heart starts interfering and he changes his mind…

Prince Dawson is a spoilt little brat of epic proportions. Well, I thought so for most of the story, until the truth began to emerge why he's in the situation he finds himself in. I actually started the feel sorry for him. And luckily, Noble is just the man to avoid all the "hype", and cut to the chase. Prince Dawson turns out to be a pretty decent man – if he could only get rid of this self-requested curse!

If you like fairy tales with a modern twist while still set in "historical" times, if you enjoy stories where both main characters learn from each others and change to be better men, and if you're looking for a read that will make you smile, then you will probably like this book.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 29 pages/8000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-April-2013
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