Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Magic happens when love is true
Lena thought she'd found a prince when Charles rescued her four-year-old half-brother from the waters of the Serpentine. A simple boating accident sparks romance, but the man of her dreams seems to be hiding something. They're both unemployed — times are hard — but there's something else he's not telling her.
One night, Lena sneaks back into Hyde Park to find out if Charles is secretly camping in the park and gets the surprise of her life!
How far is Lena willing to go to rescue the man she's fallen for?
I was pleasantly surprised to see that The Swan Prince was a lot better than I originally thought it would be. I originally decided to read this story because I was obsessed with the movie The Swan Princess when I was a little girl and spent a ridiculously long time attempting to get myself to turn into a bird by leaping in random ponds and lakes…Don’t ask.
It was a phase my parents did not appreciate, just like my mermaid phase and the salt in the bath water, anyway, enough about my weird childhood behavior. In The Swan Prince Lena takes her 4-year-old half brother for a boat ride on the Serpentine Lake and mystery man Charles saves him when he falls off the boat and into the water.
Charles and Lena hit it off immediately and she offers to buy him some hot tea for his trouble. They spend the afternoon getting to know each other while entertaining her little brother. They find out that they’re both sort of in the same boat with work and life, though Charles’s reason is a lot more unique than one would think.
When it’s finally time for them to part ways they agree to meet up the next day for lunch. I thought it was sweet how there was like this instant connection between them and how she told her step mom and Father about him when she got home. Throughout the story Lena seemed sort of young and naïve, but I like how there’s sort of a rebellious streak to her.
When she meets up with Charles the next day and they eat by the Pan statue it was cute, but the best part was when she follows him deeper into the park and spies on him as he strips down and then turns into the swan. There are some naughty bits between him stripping down and then turning into a swan and I’m pretty sure I snickered at how hot and bother Lena got, but I liked this scene because she knew she shouldn’t be there, but she was so curious she had to know what was going on.
I like that in a character. So of course Lena runs home and can’t sleep that night because she’s like holy crap that man I’m falling for is part swan. If I was Lena I would have freaked out, but apparently being half swan isn’t that big of a deal. She confronts him the next morning and I was slightly surprised that they wind up going at it right there on the dirt after they talk.
Don’t get me wrong I think C. Margery Kempe, author of The Swan Prince, is an incredibly talented writer and there was so much hotness in that one scene that this was me:
I have this pet peeve about outdoor sex though; I’m totally for it, but not on the beach and not in dirt. The thought of getting sand or dirt or anything else gross like that in places that will not be mentioned in this review is kind of a turn off and for some reason as I was reading this scene all I could think was, dude you’re pounding her into the dirt.
All in all though, I really enjoyed how Kempe adapted this fairy tale and turned it into this contemporary adult romance. I never in a million years would have thought to make this into something sexy and seductive and I’ve got to give Kempe props where they are do.
C. Margery Kempe was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, but traveled extensively throughout the early years of her life, including trips to Jerusalem and the Holy Lands. She graduated with a degree in religious studies from a small Catholic college, and now lives a quiet life in the countryside, where she runs a small bakery and writes her stories longhand in her fifteenth-century farmhouse (although it's possible that details from the medieval mystic may have been included here and she's really just an English professor with an overactive imagination, better known as K.A. Laity).