Review by KJ Van Houten
About Rescuing Prince Charming
She’s no heroine. He’s no Prince Charming.
Dusty Johnson, a self-styled ordinary, everyday woman, responds with extraordinary heroism to saboteurs trying to bomb Earth’s first starship. She wants only to return to anonymity, but her moment of courage propels her ever deeper into danger that tears the scabs off her dark past—and thrusts her into the arms of the unattainable man of her dreams.
Reese Eaglesbrood, an alien prince, yearns to restore his tattered reputation by guiding the starship project to completion, but his fascination with the shy heroine threatens to undermine his fragile authority. Shunning Dusty is necessary, yet unthinkable—and when the saboteurs strike again, she may be his only ally against Earth’s greatest enemies.
Review of Rescuing Prince Charming
Dusty Johnson is a technical writer, not a heroine. She doesn’t have adventures and she isn’t brave. So why does she find herself searching for a bomb on board the prototype spaceship being built. Reese Eaglesbrood is a Kwadran prince aka playboy and all-round good-for-nothing. Not exactly hero material himself, which he proves when his first words to Dusty ever are “Take my pants off.”
OK, it’s not THAT. Reese is also searching for that bomb and finds himself stuck in an interior tunnel when his pants got caught on something just as he sees the bomb. Removing his pants is the only way to get unstuck. He is overcome with relief with Dusty arrives to help, but also anxious because he can see the time ticking down quickly. So our not-hero and not-heroine manage to save the day and get caught up in a passionate moment of celebration (well, the pants ARE off by this point, after all).
It isn’t until the next day that Dusty discovers Reese is her new boss! He’s been tasked with taking over the management of the prototype project – a last-chance to prove he isn’t a complete wastrel – and he’s determined to do right, which means finding who is attempting to sabotage the project. Of course, this creates anger, suspicion, guilt, and an intense attraction. No spoilers here, but the story takes some fun turns as Dusty and Reese find themselves not only getting rid of the bomb, but falling into an unexpected mystery, which includes a death, betrayal, mysterious beings, stolen identities, and jealousy.
It doesn’t help matters when Reese’s former fiancée arrives, along with her new partner, assigned to be his personal security guards. But none of these emotions come close to the passion that Reese and Dusty find growing quickly between them. Somewhere along the way, Dusty realizes that Reese has taught her to be relax her inhibitions and be brave. Reese realizes that Dusty has saved him from himself, giving him something and someone worth being good for. They discover that even an ordinary, everyday human and a Kwadran good-for-nothing prince really CAN turn out to be heroes after all.
Rescuing Prince Charming is book 4 in the Alien Contact for Idiots series. This universe is proving to be quite a lot of fun to read! Hoornaert has a very quirky sense of humour that adds an extra dimension to this series. I find myself looking for the next book already. While some readers do say each book is a standalone, I really stress reading the series from the beginning and in order. Some things – like what is a Kwadran prince – makes more sense that way. Also, characters crop up from previous books that are best understood if you’ve read their stories previously. This is particularly true for two characters that pop up here in Book 4 that we previously know about from Book 2.
Disclaimer: An ebook of Rescuing Prince Charming was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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