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The Frog Prince (A Romantic Comedy) by [Lothlorien, Elle]
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About the Author

A "military brat," Elle Lothlorien was born in Germany and spent her childhood in such far-flung places as Puerto Rico, Charleston, S.C., Italy, and Washington D.C. Sadly, the only language she ever became semi-fluent in is English. She writes romantic comedies that are loose riffs on the popular fairy tales she read as a child--stories she still loves as an adult. Elle's first self-published romantic comedy, The Frog Prince, became an Amazon bestseller in 2010-a distinction it kept through the summer of 2012 when it peaked at #1 on Amazon's Top 100 List for Humor. Her female characters are known for their snarky attitude, intelligence, quick wit, and a near-universal lack of interest in designer shoes and haute couture.

Before writing rom-com full-time, Elle worked as an administrator overseeing clinical research studies at the University of Colorado. Her scattershot work history also includes everything from running fire and rescue calls as an EMT to managing movie theaters to locating underground utilities to stay-at-home mom, although she readily admits that getting paid to sit around in her PJs all day dreaming up hot, amazing men who are good enough for her novel's heroines is, hands-down, the most rewarding job she's ever had. Elle lives in the Rocky Mountain Foothills, mostly because she's deathly afraid of man-eating sharks and understands that, while they've successfully infiltrated every ocean on the globe, they've never quite managed to adapt to mountain living. She keeps a teenage boy and a miniature dachshund named Bacon Bourgeois of Legend around the house to provide comic relief.

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  • File Size: 1135 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XRE6F2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don't mind admitting that I'm an unabashed fan of romantic comedies. Good ones are hard to find, but when you do it's a joy. Elle Lothlorien's debut novel, The Frog Prince, is a good one.

We all know there's a formula to these things, and this author is wisely not reinventing the wheel. The story opens with the required meet-cute. Her stiletto heel, his sandaled foot--in the unlikely comic setting of a funeral parlor. That is how protagonists Leigh Fromm and Roman Lorraine first encounter each other. There's an instant attraction, a slight antagonism, and only later does Leigh find out that the annoying hot guy is actually Roman Karl Franz Joseph Max Heinrich Ignatius Habsburg von Lorraine, Crown Prince of Austria. Well, not quite a "real" prince; she soon learns, "Austria's a parliamentary representative democracy. The monarchy was abolished in 1918." But close enough for the paparazzi.

There's nothing wildly original about the set-up above. It's essentially a fairy tale. What sets it apart is the voice of the protagonist. Leigh describes herself as, "a social misfit in a model's body." That's a hard character to bring to life. Well, at least I find myself skeptical about any girl that beautiful being THAT awkward, but Lothlorien pulls it off. And Leigh's running internal dialogue had me laughing out loud throughout the novel. She's like a character out of one of those classic screwball comedies from the 40's, and you just fall in love with her. It's easy to see why Roman does as well, warts and all.

There's really no need to summarize the twists and turns of the plot further. I will add that Lothlorien brings in a strong cast of supporting characters that add much to the goings on. The panoply of "almost royals" is a hoot.
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This book was absolutely wonderful! It starts off rather funny (in a funeral home of all places) and evolves into a must read romantic comedy that was extremely hard to put down. I especially loved having it on my kindle (easy, portable, and convenient!) The book kept me thinking and missing the characters...so much so that as soon as I finished it I went to the beginning and started it over! Leigh the main character is quirky, lovable, a self described 'social misfit' who happens to be hilarious and you cheer her on throughout. Roman is an 'almost royal' prince of Austria who is sexy and chivalrous; (attention real life boyfriends...take lessons from Roman!) he made me want to fly to Austria and find one for myself! Leigh's best friend Kat is funny and the type of friend every girl needs by her side. Elle Lothlorien has a phenomenal book that will make you feel good and beg her for a sequel...just like I did. Unfortunately no sequel is in the works but I am anxiously awaiting her next book...and The Frog Prince has turned into my feel good, go to book that is definitely a must read!
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I love to read, but it's been a long time since I found a book that I couldn't wait to get the kids to bed to get to again. I couldn't put this down. This author cracked me up with her witty sarcasm and I found myself apologizing to my husband waking him up with my cackle more than once. I usually don't give up the afternoon nap I share with my kids for ANYTHING, but I gave it up for this book. I smiled throughout the whole thing- it's a true feel good story without being cheesy or unrealistic and you love to love these characters. This is the first story I have read by her, but I am a huge fan now and will be following her closely! LOVE.
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**Warning: The following review may contain plot spoilers...proceed with caution if that bothers you.**

Review: The story of an ordinary girl falling for a real prince is one that a lot of modern romantics at heart can easily fall in love with--the idea of being swept out of a plain, boring life into one of exotic adventure and luxury alongside a handsome, well-known, but totally normal guy sends little thrills down many spines. So when pretty but socially awkward Leigh is so swept by an almost prince to the throne of Austria (if only Austria were still a monarchy), it's not hard to be swept along.

Their initial meeting was a bit hard to swallow (she pierces through the top of his foot with her shoe and, at most, his reaction is a goofy flirtation while she seems irritated that he had the nerve to get his foot in her way), and her awkwardness really is bad, even to the reader, which caused some delay in warming up to our heroine. Once she's had an opportunity to "talk" to the audience more, to explain her thought processes and how she really feels internally when she's spazing out so dramatically on the outside, Leigh inspires much more empathy.

There are some delightfully enchanting moments in the story of Leigh and Roman: an early weekend in Aspen with Leigh's first look at a whole different lifestyle, a romantic interlude in a magical treehouse...these moments truly fuel a modern fairy tale fantasy and they are fun moments to spy on during the building romance. As a story, it has some flaws...some gaps and implausible moments...but it's enjoyable in a "pass the time with something light" fashion.
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