“I’m just surrendering to the ridiculous.” This line from Prince Daniel is my advice to readers of The Rules of Ever After. If you do you’ll have fun. Take a Simon Pulse romantic comedy, throw in some twists on fairy tale magic, and season heavily with pride and rainbow sprinkles.
Brewer mixes and matches the tropes of well-known fairy tales to create a whimsical and funny story of two princes looking for adventure. Phillip might be a little sneaky, but he wants the best for his kingdom. Daniel is a bored second royal son, but he’s loyal and brave. Neither, and I’m looking at you SLJ reviewer, is confused about the fact that they really don’t want to get stuck marrying princesses.
Daniel and Phillip, along with their entourage that includes a scribe, a knight, and some princesses who wouldn’t mind shaking things up themselves, set out to save their kingdoms from evil and maybe find true love along the way making their own version of “happily ever after”.
This is the first book from the Duet division of Interlude Press, and while it’s not as strong in a literary sense as some of IP’s other titles it is a fun read. Even if you’re well stocked on other books with LGBT characters it will add some diversity to your library’s collection with its lighthearted tone.
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Full disclosure: I received a sampler of this title from the publisher and purchased the full book on my own.