I am a huge fan of fairy tales with new twists and Shiloh Walker has a new fascinating series called the Grimm Circle and the novel, No Prince Charming was a great addition.
Her Happy-Ever-After has been a long time coming…
Elle spent years trying to get over her so-called Prince Charming, and she’s finally getting the hang of it. A Grimm—a guardian angel with unique gifts—she spends her nights trolling for demons and kicking ass, and lately, her days have been spent with her on-and-off-again lover, Ren, a fellow Grimm. But fate has other plans in store for Elle, plans that include Michael, the prince from her youth who broke her heart.
“What do you choose…live for her? Or would you rather die?” That was the choice Michael was given all those years ago. Although he knew she’d never forgive him, when Michael was given the chance to become a Grimm, he took it. Still, he isn’t so sure Elle needs him in her life. With a lover at her side and a mission before her, Elle looks like she’s doing just fine without him.
But the not-so-charming prince isn’t going to back off that easily…not if there’s a chance she might need him again. He’d do anything to save her. Kill for her, live for her, die for her…
No Prince Charming was a fabulous twist on this classic fairy tale. In a world where demons and magic do exist, none of that was a part of the tragedy that was Ella’s romance with her Prince Charming. I love the more realistic disaster the two had and the fact that Ella wasn’t this simpering “oh he lied to me” girl made it even better. Yes, Ella was the sweet naive girl we’re familiar with from the classic, but she quickly sheds this attitude when life doesn’t deal her that great of a future. She took what she went through and used it to make herself stronger. As such, when Michael does re-enter her life, he finds that he’s going to have to really fight to have a second chance with her.
Of all the characters in No Prince Charming, I do have to say that Ren so made an impression on me. He’s not a part of the story for long, but I really wanted to learn more about him – especially who he was. Shiloh wasn’t talking (because I did ask), but thankfully, since I’ve read No Prince Charming, Crazed Hearts has come out and that’s Ren’s story. However while you’re reading, it becomes obvious that Ren and Ella have a history and we actually get to see that history in I Thought It Was You (which you can read for free), so that’s a novella I would definitely recommend getting.
As for the plot, I have to say that it made the sexual tension between Ella and Michael even better. These two are being sent out after lust demons, and considering the two are fighting their own lust for each other, everything has this hypersensitive feel to it. Yes, No Prince Charming is very much a paranormal romance, with borderline erotica elements, but the plot definitely adds to both of these characters and even emphasizes what these two are capable of. That is the one aspect that I am loving about the Grimm Circle series – even with a steamy romance, there’s this equally captivating storyline that simply grabbed me.
Overall, Shiloh Walker contributes another fabulous story to the ever growing paranormal romance genre. No Prince Charming not only has great characters that are more realistic than fantasy, but the plot doesn’t hold anything back either. From the very first moment that I started it up, I was never let down and I had a hard time putting it down. Whether you like twists on classic fairy tales or you’re just looking for a great romance, I would so recommend picking up a copy of No Prince Charming today.
No Prince Charming
I Thought It Was You (novella)