The Demon You Know

Wolf at the Door

 
Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here
by Christine Warren
(St. Martin's, $7.99, PG-13) ISBN 978-0-312-94794-1
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Danice Carter is familiar with the idea of the Others, but when a case brings her nose-to-nose with half-fae McIntyre Callahan, she learns that "familiar" is a long, long way from really knowing anything. Christine Warren's 2010 addition to her Others series does show improvement in the writing style (use of cliches aside); unfortunately, despite it's fast-paced kickoff, Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here isn't not only isn't charming, it's slow.

Danice is a rising star in the most prestigious law firm in Manhattan -- or she was, anyway, until one of the partners assigns her to the case being brought against the father of said partner's unborn great-grandson. Danice immediately realizes the implications: perhaps Rosemary, the adult granddaughter, just doesn't want to be found. What if Rosemary doesn't want the identity of her lover revealed? What if Rosemary doesn't know his identity?

One way or another, when Danice fails to find Rosemary at her last known location (at her parents' beach house, poor baby), she knows she's in trouble, especially when she stumbles across P.I. McIntyre Callahan scoping out the house.

Mac didn't ask too many questions when his employer didn't give a name; these things happen in the investigating world. Mac quickly regrets the omission, however, when he realizes that Rosemary has been taken through a portal into the world of the Fae. Being half-Fae, Mac is technically allowed entrance, but no matter what he says to Danice, he cannot convince her that humans are certainly not welcome.

However, the lack of welcome (a trip to the dungeons, in fact) upon their arrival shows Danice that Mac wasn't kidding but she still digs in her heels. Escape is possible, but to where? The entire world is dangerous to Danice and to Mac; but even more so to Rosemary, who is out there alone, with the king of the Fae's hunt on her heels.

Though the writing style has improved drastically, this book was b-o-r-i-n-g. Literally, all that happened was that Danice got this assignment, stumbled into Callahan, had sex with him, spent a huge amount of time haggling with a troll or something about their trip into Faerie, then got imprisoned and escaped. Danice and Mac, however, are further evidence of the author's growth; they show much more depth than previous main characters.

The book is labeled as a romance, but it starts off more like a romantic suspense, so when Danice's and Mac's thoughts constantly run to sex regardless of the situation they're in, it throws the reader a bit. I am admittedly (and obviously) not a fan of this series, but the third heart is definitely for the improvement shown in the author's style as opposed to the content of Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here.

Thankfully, the book stands well on its own, and Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here may be a better place to begin with Christine Warren than one of the previous novels in the series.

--Sarrah Knight


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