The Silent Prince
A Book Review
A voiceless prince. A desperate princess. A sham romance that turns heart-breakingly real.
When cocky Mer prince Kaerius impulsively saves the human princess from drowning, he doesn’t expect to fall in love with her. Yet her human fragility is so unexpectedly sweet that he is soon head over tails. So he bargains his voice to the Lord of the Deep for a chance to court her on land. He's confident that he can win her affection--he's irresistible, after all.
But he is a fish out of water in the human world. He didn’t expect it to be so difficult to make Marin appreciate his charms. Her father is ailing, her kingdom is threatened from multiple directions, and she must choose from among several foreign suitors to keep her people free. Thinking Kaerius no more than a mute stranger, she asks him to pose as her suitor to give her leverage with the foreign lords vying for her hand. But not all of them are so easily deterred, and they won't take no for an answer.
Kaerius will have to show the princess that his love is not just an act, but how can he win her, much less save her, without a word?
The Silent Prince, a gender-swapped retelling of The Little Mermaid, is book 9 of Once Upon A Prince, a multi-author series of clean fairy tale retellings. Each standalone story features a swoony prince fighting for his happily ever after.
This was a fun read that I had the honor of reading in advance, but I also bought it on release day. This proved a fun take on the Little Mermaid with the main character being the prince of the Mer. He has to learn new ways to impress the human princess that he fell in love with. He can’t use his voice because he gave that to the Lord of the Deep. He can’t use his prowess in fighting because he’s trying to figure out how his legs work and his transition to human form was not an easy one.
I enjoyed this tale as Prince Kaerius fumbles his way through learning how to be human and falling even more for Princess Marin as he interacts with her. His transition from cocky and selfish to what Marin and the Mer really need in a prince proved entertaining and satisfying.
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