I RECEIVED A FREE COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR A HONEST REVIEW.
Title: Swan Prince
Author: Erin Lark
Year of Publication: 2014
Length: 149 pages
First Line: “Red-hot knives bit under my skin and straight into the bone, threatening to toss me the three hundred or so feet to the ground.”
Summary: Trapped between his royal heritage and swan shifter status, Oliver doesn’t pay close attention during his flock’s winter migration, and gets caught in the crosshairs of a trigger-happy hunter.
Careening toward the ground with no place to go, Oliver submits to his human form. As his swan’s feathers recede, he seeks shelter in an old barn.
Bastion’s spent the better part of his adult life caring for a bunch of bullheaded stallions, but this is the first time he’s ever found a naked and gorgeous man in one of his stalls. When he asks the man his name, he doesn’t get a reply. Without a wallet or a voice to tell him who this stranger is, Bastion takes Oliver in, clothes him and tends to a mysterious wound.
Oliver has nowhere else to go. Bastian is in a bind after firing a farmhand who would much rather call in sick than do his job. When passion flares, can Bastion and Oliver overcome their differences, or will this swan prince fly south?
Review: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Swan Prince is a gay & modern fairytale retelling of the Swan Princess. Kind of. The Swan Princess is better than this.
If you are looking for an easy, fluffy read than Swan Prince is totally for you. There’s HEA, no conflict between the characters, no challenges to speak of. Just easy going all around. The only ‘problems’ to speak of were the ones of a wishy-washy prince, communication skills and ‘holy crap you’re really a swan?’ I thought the author lost a potential plot line early on. The story starts off with Oliver, the swan prince, being shot by a hunter. This hunter never makes a reappearance. Really? He didn’t chase after his kill or his hunting dogs didn’t? C’mon. And, psh, I dunno, maybe this novel could have used something like an obstacle or villain to help it out.
I guess I was expecting more out of a book. If you want something to read to pass the time that you don’t really have to think about, Swan Prince is perfect. If you want something challenging or thought-provoking… move along.
I have to say this though. The way Swan Prince ended left it open for a possible great sequel. The characters and story were interesting enough that if a sequel were written I think I would pick it up.
Worst part: Felt like it missed essential elements
Best part: Easy read
Recommend For: Those who like fairytale retellings.