Book Reviews

Waking the Prince by Shawn Lane at JMS Books

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Fairy Tales / Royalty/Nobility / Warriors/Soldiers / Wizards & Witches / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 06-January-2018

Book Blurb

Living a quiet life in a remote village, Roland does not expect the arrival of the powerful warrior, Magnus, who speaks of fates and prophecies. Surely Roland can’t be the lost royal prince who is destined to slay the evil sorcerer, Veronious, with a legendary sword. Roland doesn’t even know how to wield a sword.

When Roland’s identity is confirmed and danger nears, he flees with Magnus, who trains him for battle by day and teaches him passion by night.

Just as Roland finds the legendary sword, Veronious learns Roland is the lost prince and casts a curse on him. The beautiful prince falls into a deep sleep, not to stir for a hundred years ... unless he is awakened by true love’s kiss.

First Edition published by Amber Allure, 2012.

Book Review

A very cute reinterpretation of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, this version of the fairy tale involves two hot men, an evil sorcerer, a tough quest with several pesky obstacles, and some tender loving. All the elements of the original story are there, but the author subtly reshaped them into a slightly different tale. The biggest difference was the crucial role Roland, the prince, himself plays in achieving victory, with Magnus, the warrior who is supposed to protect him, becoming an equal partner. And the sense of humor adds a nice touch to make it an even more fun read.

Roland may be a prince by birth, but he was sent away to a remote village when he was a boy and grows up not knowing who he is. When his destiny is revealed by Magnus, Roland doesn’t like it, and struggles with the fact he suddenly has to be the one to defeat the evil sorcerer. On the whole, he takes it rather well, and I suspect his growing feelings for Magnus have something to do with the fact that he adapts to his new life rather well.

Magnus is a tough warrior, yet he remembers Roland as a baby, when Magnus's father carried the prince to safety. Magnus was only ten at the time, but it gives him a connection to Roland when they meet again. As a warrior, he believes it is his duty to protect Roland, and he, too, battles with his sense of "what should be" as he gets to know Roland. The longer their quest takes the more obvious it becomes their roles may be very nontraditional. Interestingly, in the face of "true love" all of those considerations are suddenly far less important. A very nice message indeed!

If you like fairy tales that have all their original charm, yet contain a refreshing note of fun and humor in the new version, if you enjoy reading about two men trying to figure out how to relate to each other while on an epic quest, and if you're looking for an entertaining read that will make you laugh, you should give this one a try.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 72 pages/20926 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-December-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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