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Men Are Frogs (Fairy Godmothers, Inc., 2) Audio CD – Unabridged, April 6, 2021
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Ella Turenne is an artist, entrepreneur, and audiobook narrator who has been acting since the age of five. Her credits include her own one-woman show Love, Locs & Liberation which received a Producers Encore Award at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival, as well as numerous podcasts, documentary films, and textbook projects. A native New Yorker, she currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
- Publisher : Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (April 6, 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 166208871X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1662088711
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.04 x 1.13 x 5.04 inches
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Sure, people swear sometimes but in the context of this story, most of the swearing seemed to be out of context.
Philip Charming, prince-turned-Bed and Breakfast owner, has a bit of a problem. By day, he's a frog. A fly-chomping, wart-having literal frog. Only the kiss from his one True Love (note the capitalization there) will lift the curse. A curse he well and truly earned some three hundred years ago. But he's changed. Made amends. But he's still never managed to find his one true person. At least, not until Zuri.
Philip is convinced Zuri is the one for him. Zuri is convinced that all men are frogs. Which one is right?
This is an adorable magical modern-day fairy tale retelling of the Princess and the Frog between a woman with a broken heart and a man under a curse. It's a story about healing and discovery. And it's a lot of fun.
A good portion of the fun is due to the town and the side characters. The town of Ever After is like someone shook up a volume of Grimm's fairy tales and shook it out into the mountains of Missouri. The Seven Dwarfs run a bar, there's a bridal boutique called Cinderella and Fella that makes real glass slippers, and of course there are three Fairy Godmothers. I personally loved the Evil Queen, Ravenna, and the Beast, Hunter, the most. They were so fun and such great characters.
Zuri was an interesting heroine. Kind, smart, funny. She's coded as Black (references to Hot combs, hair curling/frizzing when wet, other little things) but it isn't explicitly stated. which I wish it was, but at the same time I did like the little touches. She's a professional who knows her business and is good at organizing. I also liked how she stood up for herself and for her own happiness. She was a good egg.
Philip... oh Philip... He's the Prince Charming that every woman deserves. At least now that he's gotten over himself -- look the curse helped, okay? -- and is trying to be a better man. He's still got failings and foibles but that doesn't make him any less charming (see what I did there?). This guy constantly kept subverting my expectations but in the best possible ways. He's like the Anti-toxic masculinity. I loved him lotsly. And I loved his character arc.
I even found Alec, who is arguably the main human antagonist, to be a good character. In so many other romance novels, he'd be the hero. Here, he wasn't. And it was super refreshing and eye opening as well. I want to delve super deeply into all of the tropes that he hit, but they would be super spoilery. But let's just say I loved where his story arc went too.
This book was fun and funny... a true romantic comedy. I found myself laughing in several places. There were so many good lines. My Ebook was highlighted all over the place. The book is definitely steamy and sexy and is unafraid of using adult language. For me, I loved that. Some readers, may not. The consent was absolutely stellar. Loved it. It was sexy but explicit and it shows that writing consent in romance isn't impossible.
Frankly I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read Ravenna's story and Hunter & Zeva's as well.
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley
This is the second in a series and if you haven’t read the first (as I haven’t) you’re going to spend the first couple of chapters at least wondering who all these people are that are constantly being talked about but never actually appear in the book. Honestly, this put me off right from the start. You don’t need to rehash the previous book unless the events and characters from it are going to play a major part in this one, and they clearly don’t. Then the fairy godmothers spend a whole bunch of time working on another romantic couple… who are also not the focus of this book. This is all filler and it just needed cutting completely. We could have started with Zuri leaving Chicago and then arriving in town, and had all the magical stuff going on behind her back; it would have been a much more interesting start and got me invested in Zuri from the beginning.
Because of this false start, it took me ages to get into the story - I was past the 50% mark before I finally thought, yes, I’m enjoying this. There really is a good story in here, Philip is an adorable hero - the player who’s grown up - and I was delighted by Zuri and her twin Zeva. I liked that the fairy godmothers tried to be facilitators rather than managers, insisting that those they helped had to have agency, and that was the way True Love worked as well. Philip and Zuri had to have faith and choose to put each other first.
There are some great characters who are obviously going to get their own happily ever afters later in the series - Ravenna the Evil Queen, Hunter, Zeva and more, but honestly my favourite side character was Esmeralda the flying fox. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a snarky familiar.
There are some really odd intimate scenes in here too. Some things are really explicit but then when it gets down to the ‘action’ suddenly everything descends into euphemisms and it’s all over in a paragraph. I can’t even figure out whether I would describe it as open door or closed door. If you don’t like open door, you’ll probably think it’s too explicit, but if you DO like open door, I think it’ll be a bit too bland for your taste. It’s in a weird halfway slot which I suspect won’t please many.
I like a lot of things about this - the hero and the heroine, the romance, and many of the side characters - but it started in the wrong place, there’s way too much filler, I really can’t get what’s going on with the intimate scenes and I think it’s just trying a bit too hard to be cutesy. I’ll give it three stars.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.