Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013
Publisher: Kensington Books
A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format(s): Paperback (288 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
Jean-Michel La Grenouille has a lot going for him. He’s a prince. Handsome. Filthy rich. And definitely charming. But he also spent his first few years as a fly-catching, pond-dwelling frog. All that saved him was the kiss of The One, the girl who saw nobility through his slimy form and fell into True Love. Okay, fine. Technically she was a toddler who tried to eat him, but whatever. The curse broke, and as long as he finds and marries her by his 30th birthday, he’s a free man.
Trouble is, he’s going to be 30 in ten days, and he’s getting some seriously cold-blooded feet. He’s pretty sure Princess Sleeping Beauty is The One. But his best man has some villain issues, his in-laws-to-be belong in a really special castle, and a smoking-hot lady biker named Lollie Bliss has him rethinking all this happily-ever-after stuff. Oh, and he may have accidentally put out a hit on his blushing bride. Oopsie.
As far as heroes go, Jean-Michel La Grenouille falls a little short. He’s rude, spoiled, and unrepentantly conceited, unless you ask him, of course. Sure, he’s more handsome than just about any other prince ever born, and has enough shoes to fill a mansion, but he’s a giver, darn it! With a curse threatening to rebound on him imminently, and a potentially murderous bride-to-be, he’s got his hands full. But not as full, at least when it comes to a certain beguiling, lying tattoo artist, as he’d like.
When I first started reading Froggy Style, I’d forgotten how much good, demented fun this series is. Far from the cleaned up versions that defined so many childhoods, these fairy tale denizens have series issues, and not just a few disturbingly bad habits. Deserving of every slap, insult, and attempt on his life, Jean-Michel, aka “The Frog Prince,” is no exception.
There are so many fun characters in Froggy Style, and Ms. Kazimer doesn’t skimp on a single one. From the gin-soaked fairy godmother to the manservant in jester tights (who’s recently found happiness in the company of a stripper named Candi), this story has plenty of colorful personalities to go around. Jean-Michele starts off as a decidedly two-dimensional jerk, but warms considerably the more dire his own situation becomes, and by the middle of the story, I admit I liked him quite a lot.
Froggy Style is one of those rare books that asks nothing more of the reader than to sit back and have a good laugh. It’s ridiculous and occasionally barbaric, but never pretends to be anything other than a fun time for anyone with a like-minded sense of humor. Like its predecessor, Curses!, this story took a little while to really take off, but the more well-rounded Jean-Michele became, the more wonderful the entire story was as a result. Like all good fairy tales, Froggy Style comes down to the quest for “happily ever after,” even if the path our hero takes makes him a little more despicable with every step. In the end, even Jean-Michele learns a thing or two about sacrifice and what true love is really about, making the ending far more rewarding than I anticipated.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
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