Mar 6, 2013

Review--Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here by Christine Warren

With New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren's latest novel, "happily ever after" is about to get a whole lot stranger...and hotter.

Danice Carter is not one for glass slippers. A stilettos-wearing lawyer at one of Manhattan's most elite establishments, Danice has a very strong grip on reality. So when she's asked by one of the firm's founding partners to take on a personal case, Danice knows she's in for the opportunity of a lifetime. All she has to do is convince her top boss's granddaughter, Rosemary, to file a paternity suit. Sounds simple enough...until Danice arrives at Rosemary's home and is pounced on by a handsome stranger.

Private investigator McIntyre Callahan was only following his powerful cilent's orders: Find Rosemary--at all costs. Instead, he's found a super-hot lawyer prowling around looking for answers he can't give. The half-human, half-Fae Mac tries to warn Danice that she's in way over her heard--that Rosemary may roam among The Others, and may have dangerous ties to the Unseelie Court--but she won't be deterred. Even if that means following Mac to the ends of the earth to find Rosemary...or surrendering to his supernatural powers of temptation...until death do they part.

Christine Warren's Other series is definitely an interesting one. Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here, now follows Danice, yet another member of the group of ladies we first saw in One Bite with a Stranger. It seems that each of them will be hooking up with an Other. Kind of odd, but hey, that's what happens in fiction, so it doesn't really matter to me!

Danice is a little more levelheaded than her other friends. She's a lawyer and is always super busy. So when this particular case comes her way, she can't really say no. Like, seriously, she can't or else she's out of the job. When she goes to Rosemary's house, she isn't immediately pounced on like I had thought she'd be. No, Mac actually watches her for a bit before he does the pouncing and it didn't take much effort since he was already attracted to her. More of the lust at first sight. But yet, in this one--and in the other two books as well--the lust may come first, yet the love follows shortly after. Not enough of a buildup for my romantic side, but still a nice touch.

In this one things don't get romantic right away either. It's not til we're past the halfway point that Mac and Danice get to that point. And that was kind of shocking based on the last two. But again, I liked that!

Mac tries his damnest to get Danice to stay off the Rosemary case, but he doesn't know her all too well, because once Danice sets her mind on something, there's no turning back. And she will see this case through. It just so happens that Mac is looking for Rosemary as well. She's pregnant as we know and it's highly possible that her pregnacy has ties to Faerie.

Danice has to get a crash course in all things Faerie, which wasn't too hard for her to accept since she knows of the Others. Which I loved that moment when she told Mac that she knew of "other" things among us. He went slackjawed! But the Fae are a whole knew breed and are very tricky as we know.

The two journey into Faerie and are immediately put into danger once arriving in the Unseelie Court. From that point on, things get crazy dangerous! And we learn a thing or two about Mac and his background.

The pacing to this one was pretty good. Although it took a little while for the action--mostly being the journey to Faerie--to happen. But there was some nice mystery buildup surrounding the whole Rosemary deal. And there were quite a few surprises at the end.

Naturally, this one has its own happy ending as PNR novels tend to have. It was quite nice too. I have to admit to being a sucker for HEA endings. Although with my Urban Fantasy reads, I do not mind one bit that it takes awhile for the characters to reach their HEA ending in the final book. There are usually some scattered HEA-for nows thrown in the books too. Just the calm before the storm as it can also be known as.

Since this one wasn't too bad, I think I might keep going further into this series. I have I think another 3 or 4 books from this series in my TBR pile. So I'll just keep tackling it one book at a time and decide if I want to keep going all the way. It's not too bad for my UF tastes in reading, although the romance can be a little too heavy, I knew that going in! Another irrelevant point, I cannot figure out why there is a wolf on this cover when it didn't deal with werewolves, odd and the dude on the cover doesn't even come close to looking like Mac since his hair isn't long. But yeah, cover analysis tends to happen with me while reading the book.

And another odd point, there were times I had to force myself to remember that Mac is McIntyre, not the beloved Mac from the Fever series. It was a struggle just because this book was dealing with the Fae as well, albeit a different kind of Fae, but again that's just me being weird! :)

Overall rating 3.5/5 stars--not quite a 4 star, but close. There were times that I felt the action dragged a bit before it picked back up, but still an overall enjoyable read!


  1. Great review! Sounds like a fun read!

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  3. Hmm, interesting. And very well done review. Thank you.

  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was doing that while reading the review! LOL Thinking of Mac from Fever series instead of a male Mac for this one. Fae are usually pretty interesting and I'm a sucker for HEAs myself. Excellent review :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven


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