LAST YEAR I WAS READING…(February 10, 2021)
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REVIEW: The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard by Charlie Cochet
Paranormal Princes: The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard – Charlie Cochet
Being a fierce predator—not at all adorable, despite my graceful stature—the last thing I needed was a bodyguard. Especially a wolf shifter, whose presence alone was an insult to my princely principles. As Prince of the Ocelot Shifters, I prided myself on my infallible feline instincts, uncompromisable dignity, and flawless fashion sense. If having a canine follow me around at all times wasn’t bad enough, I now faced the most important moment of my entire life. The time had come to prove I was worthy of my crown. If only I could find a way to get rid of the pesky bodyguard.
When the King of All Shifters asked me to guard Prince Owin, I admit I had no idea what to expect. Cat shifters tend to be a little intense, not to mention kinda cranky. Owin was no exception, though he seemed crankier than most. Being his bodyguard was proving to be one of the greatest challenges of my life—but not nearly as great as convincing him there was something special between us. When Owin is faced with a perilous quest to prove his worth, I was determined to keep him safe, even if the same couldn’t be said of my heart.
Charlie Cochet is a hit or miss author for me. While her charming historical series, The Auspicious Troubles of Love, hit all the right spots, her shifter books, Soldati Hearts, missed by a mile.
I’m happy to say that the first book of Paranomal Princes, The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard is adorbs! And soooo much FUN!
Prince Owin of the Ocelots is not adorable. No, no, not adorable at all (he will scratch me if I say adorable one more time). He is a spoiled brat and a hot mess but you’ll love him anyway.
Grimm is the bodyguard. He’s an alpha wolf and successor to the Grimmwolf clan. He’s loyal, brave and strong, everything you’ll ever want from a bodyguard and more. You’ll love him immediately.
Together they embarked on a quest that took them to many far flung corners of the kingdom. They meet other magical creatures who all tried to kill Owin (because he’s a prince who’s being very princely with them). It was all Grimm could do to keep him alive.
As to the travel part, don’t worry, no long drawn-out journeys here (gad I hate those). They have handy dandy portals.
This is a fairy tale about the things one hold dear and what one willing to sacrifice for power. This is also a delicious, low-angst, opposites-attract, (kinda) enemies-to-lovers romance with the kind of seme you wish you could take home.
I love the dynamics between Grimm’s dog-like seme and Owin’s bratty uke. Their interactions made the simple story come alive.
Cochet also teased us with King Alarick and his friend/confidant Jean, who has an unrequited love for the clueless monarch. Their story better come soon!
I highly recommend The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard. The plot followed the tried and tested route of the quest trope. Still, the author was able to pull off a highly entertaining story with endearing characters, hilarious antics, fantastic chemistry and engaging writing.
Do read if you like light-hearted stories with sneaky cave snuggles, outdoor displays of princely privates, and a whole lot of hissy fits and dogged determination.
Charlie Cochet books here.
4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away
Soundtrack: I Choose You
Artist: Tears for Fears
Album: Raoul and the Kings of Spain
SOUNDTRACK: I Choose You by Tears for Fears
Soundtrack to Paranormal Princes: The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard by Charlie Cochet