Review: No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone #1) by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue

June 25, 2014 Review 0

Review: No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone #1) by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue

“Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love…”


Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.


My name is Claire Montgomery...and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the biggest public relations companies in the country. We’ve been called to the renowned Chicago headquarters of Stone Global Corporation, where it’s our job to clean up a heap of the Stone family’s filthiest laundry. Our success will be the biggest victory of my career. I’m on my game. I’m ready.


Why doesn’t “ready” include a contingency plan for Killian Stone?


My name is Killian Stone...and they call me the “Enigma of Magnificent Mile." That’s just the way I like it. Elite tycoons want into my bank account. Their wives and daughters want into my pants. They’ll all do anything for a piece of the enigma—until a crack in the castle is too huge for anyone to ignore. What they all don’t know is that I’m thrilled about the fissure. Their fascination with the scandal means nobody will look at the bigger secret of the Stone family. I’m safe.


Until Claire Montgomery walks through my doors.


Her honesty, her bravery, her humor…they pull me in, a prism against the gray walls of my tower. I’m captivated. For the very first time, I long to shed the enigma. To share my secret. But what the hell will that get me? Even if she fits the slipper I offer…I’m no Prince Charming.

Title: No Prince Charming
Author: Angel Payne, Victoria Blue
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Saved by His Submissive, Handcuffed by Her Hero, Surrendering to Her Sergeant , Wet For Her Warriors, No Simple Sacrifice
Series: Secrets of Stone
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: No Simple Sacrifice
Source: Author
Published: May 11th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed reading No Prince Charming by authors Angel Payne & Victoria Blue. I sort of walked in with preconceived notions of what to expect, which, thankfully were absent. First off, the whole story is told in alternating first person POVs which, the authors have very successfully pulled off. I hate it when I feel like the story ping-pongs back and forth between characters and I get lost. Not a problem here. The transitions back and forth was smoothly done and gave wonderful insights to Killian’s and Claire’s thought and feelings. The other reason I was surprised I enjoyed No Prince Charming was because of Killian.


So many authors seems to think the leading male needs to be rich, domineering and has to sweep the leading lady off her feet straight into a BDSM relationship That cookie cutter premise has gotten so old. Thankfully, that is not the case here. I found him to be a combination of smexy and sweet. Claire also lacks that cookie cutter character as well although she does seem to fall into that Cinderella realm with a (so-to-be) evil step-sister, Margaux. Now that is one chick I wouldn’t mind seeing her stiletto get stuck in a stairwell on the way down. Back to Claire and Killian. Their dialog was snarky and funny, their sexual interludes sometimes had me in stitches. They certainly were creative on getting private moments together. And secrets…boy do these two have juicy secrets! Of course while we the reader finds out both their secrets before everyone else does, I was surprised to find out only one gets revealed. Truly I knew this was a series but as the story progressed along I was surprised to find the ending to have cliffhangers. They were those OMG I need the next book NOW type for me. The cliffhangers were more of Oh Boy! type to let me simmer along.


This is my first book by both authors and it certainly won’t be the last. They have a style that is like smooth whiskey…goes down hot and lingers for a while. I know I’m looking forward to the next book in the Secrets of Stone series. Yes, No Prince Charming is a book I will be recommending.

No Prince Charming

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