Book Reviews

The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland by Joe Cosentino at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Magic / Fairy Tales / Royalty/Nobility / Erotic Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-January-2016

Book Blurb

Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.

Enjoy The Naked Prince and three other reimagined tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including The Golden Rule, where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain. 

In Whatever Happened To…?, friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and a reporter who has a thing for giants. 

And in Ice Cold, young Gaelen must save his love, Kieran, after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.

Book Review

Fairy tales are the first type of story I remember being read to me when I was a child, and I have always liked (most) of them. Reading different versions now - with all types of added naughtiness as in the case of this collection of four old and new tales – is at least as much fun, if not more. And with Joe Cosentino’s brand of humor added to the proceedings, I was ready for a very entertaining read. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed, and some of the situations in these stories made me laugh out loud. The tone and language (very flowery in places) added to the ambiance, and transported me into a slightly different world – the one of Fairyland.

‘The Naked Prince’ is a retelling of ‘Cinderella’, but with a definite GLBT twist added to it. “Cinder” is a very talented young fashion designer, the prince has been named Charming because that is what his parents thought of him, and the stepmother and her two awful daughters are not the only horrible baddies in this version of the tale. While most of the story develops as I expected, there were some wonderful changes and delightful little twists not contained in the original. And the ending? Priceless!

‘The Golden Rule’ is a version of ‘Goldilocks and the three Bears’ that made me laugh out loud several times. Well, not the bit where poor Gideon falls for Jack, the candlemaker’s son’s charms, only to be kicked out of his home by his homophobic parents. Then Jack rejects him (being too busy with the Woodsman, Aladdin, and the Wizard of Oz), and Gideon ends up in an abandoned cabin in the woods. See where this is going? The three Bear brothers aren’t easily convinced to let Gideon into their lives, but things sort of develop their own dynamic.

‘Whatever Happened To…?’ is a hilarious story about a reporter interviewing “a celebrity with a growing appendage” about his life in and out of the limelight. And no, the appendage in question is not the one from the original… that wouldn’t fit very well with the naughtiness level of these retellings. But some of the lies the interviewee comes up with are very funny. It took me a while to figure out who he was, and I did, but identifying the reporter was a little more difficult. When the two characters veer off the interview questions, then go on a date, I loved the fact that they were given a happy ending of their own.

‘Ice Cold’ is a variation on ‘Snow Queen’ with Gaelen and Kieran, who have grown up together in Frost Village after their parents died in a blizzard. They grow up and become lovers, but they are in deep trouble when a heartless prince abducts, bewitches, and abuses Kieran. Gaelen’s adventures as he searches for Kieran are full of temptation, but in typical fairy tale fashion he resists and collects information and support along the way. An intriguing action/adventure-like tale follows, and the ultimate confrontation as well as the ending were nicely done.

If you like fairy tales retold in a slightly different way, if you have always wondered who else might be pairing up behind the scenes other than princes and princesses, and if you’re looking for a fun, entertaining read that will make you laugh, then you will probably like this collection of imaginatively retold and sometimes naughty fairy tales.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Collection/ 4 short stories, 98 pages/30287 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-January-2016
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.95 audiobook
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