Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Medium Jacob Wytch lives in the forest with his fluffy dog Gruff and his ghostly fairy godmother Amelie. When he gets a call from his friend Renwick Prinze, he panics. Jacob has been pining for Renwick longer than he cares to admit. Instead of admitting, however, he listens to Amelie and begins to sabotage Renwick’s beds in hopes of inviting his dashing friend to sleep with him.
Wytch & Prinze by Kassandra Lea is a retelling of the Princess and the Pea fairytale turned M/M romance and it’s a fun one. Successful medium Jacob Wytch and his dog Gruff live alone in the forest, an outcast in town due to the nature of his gifts and his name which is of no comfort at all to his superstitious townspeople. His best friend, living that is? Renwick, a chef gaining favor and success, due in part to Jacob’s help. But there’s more to it, Jacob’s fallen in love with Renwick but is too scared to change the status quo of their current friends relationship.
In a cute turn, Lea has his fairy godmother be a ghost, Amelie, a young girl killed during a fire at a Rave. I really loved the character of Amelie. She’s quirky, determined and I honestly wanted to know so much more about her. I could actually see an entire series built around Amelie and the people she decided to help.
Which brings me the reason why a story I found so charming wasn’t rated higher. I loved the premise, the setting, the dog, and absolutely adored Amelie. Jacob Wytch, who was a wreck when we meet him, I liked him too. Not adored, liked. Ditto Renwick. I wish I had more of a feeling of them together, their friendship prior and who they really were as people. As characters, the author didn’t give me enough of a connection to them as I would have liked to have had.
There are some missed opportunities to do just that here. The author brings the characters together, but the readers only get a few scenes (not talking of sex but connectivity) to see any chemistry. Instead it’s more conversations with Amelie or internal arguments with themselves, which would work if the story itself had been much longer. Which it isn’t.
Those are the places where I feel the author missed the mark. Overall, the story is a sweet, cute, romantic fairy tale. I enjoyed it and wish the author would revisit the characters and universe again to give us an update on them and of course, Amelie!
Cover artist Natasha Snow: Cover art tells us immediately we’re in fairy-tale land. I liked it.
ebook, 10,000 words, 20 pages plus
Published April 19th 2017 by Less Than Three Press