"Medieval Times meets Married With Children"
The author begins her introduction to this story ?Remember
the Fractured Fairy Tales from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle
cartoon shows? I liked them so much, in fact, that I
decided to apply that same little twist to my own Fractured
Fairy Tale, THE WILD SWANS."
Kate Holmes delivers a humorous satirical
presentation "Medieval Times meets Married With Children"
[For those who don't remember Rocky & Bullwinkle's
Fractured Fairy Tales!] If you liked the movie "10th
Kingdom", you will love this book.
The locker room humor and Point-Of-View switches in the
story can be a bit distracting at times, but this actually
will be remembered as a humorous romantic tale. First we meet
James Richard Henry Michael Bledgabred Taillefer, King of
Avalon, Darian, Longshore, and the Western Isles, Duke of
Lemaire-Over-the-Sea, Count of Borghame, Chosen of God and,
By His Gracious Might, Anointed Among Men?affectionately
known among his people as King Jim, though he was just
plain Richard to his friends [R&B Show humor] as he
discusses with fellow knight his frustrations with women.
He ends his tirade by swearing that if he "meets a woman
who can keep her mouth shut" he will make her his queen.
Next we meet Her Royal Highness, Princess Arianne of
Montavia. She?d been twelve when her mother died in
childbirth. Arianne has been taking care of not only her
12 brothers, but also her absentminded royal father. Men,
those thickheaded louts, have been the bane of her
existence, thank you very much! And now, to rescue her
brothers, she cannot talk until she is able to knit twelve
out of nettles.
When the prince is lost in the wood and stumbles upon her
doorstep, Princes Ari is well able to communicate her
displeasure without words. After raising 12 brothers, she
is surprised to find, though, that she is not immune to
Richard?s charm. Despite his vow; Richard's plans are not
for marriage and she draws the line at sharing a bed. When
the frustrated prince is rescued, he invites "Goldie" to go
with him to Avalon. Plots from the Archbishop and nettle
knitting are mixed with Richar's attempts at seduction.
Then the courtship begins, at least in HIS perspective.
The announcement of their wedding is a surprise to Ari, but
she loves Richard and accepts.
We all know there is a happily-ever-after to be found in
every fairy tale, and this is no exception. It is a light
read for entertainment. Don't expect historical insights
or even "men are Mars/ women Venus? insights although some
scenes reflect these differences. Read this book for fun!
Cy Korte © Copyright April 2000
for eBOOKISLE.com &
ParaNormal Romance Reviews
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted January 15, 2002