Author: Joe Cosentino
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/27/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Fantasy, M/M Romance
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.
The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland is a collection of 4 short stories. Each of which is a reimagining of well a well-known fairy tale (or two or three) with gay protagonists. All of them also have a carnal twist.
Cinder is probably my favorite of the four stories in the set. As the name implies, it is a retelling of Cinderella’s story – only Cinderella is replaced with Cinder and has two gay fathers. I fell into the world and wanted so much more.
The Golden Rule is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears – with a few other fairytale cameos thrown in for good measure. Complete with a slutty Jack from Jack and the Candlestick, a heartbroken The Woodsman from Little Red Ridding Hood, and more. In this case, the Bears are brothers and Golden is a young man just trying to find a home.
What Ever Happened to was probably the most intriguing reimagining. It pairs Pinocchio and his growing member with Jack of beanstalk fame. This one is more telling than showing, but I liked Jack and Pinocchio together never the less.
Ice Cold is probably my second favorite of the stories in the collection. It is a reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. As with Cinder, Cosentino manages to fit in all the major elements of this beloved story while giving it his own twist. Your heart breaks with Gaelen as he searches for Kiernan.
None of these stories are overly deep, but the are certainly worth the read. In each story, we end with our protagonists living happily ever after, just as a good fairy tale should end. They are each beautiful reimaginings with an LGBTQ twist.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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