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Penelope & Prince Charming (Leisure Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2006

3.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Nvengaria Series

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Unremarkable Penelope Trask has always loved fairy tales, but never expected to live one; unfortunately, Ashley's one-dimensional characters wouldn't do a nursery rhyme justice, much less this foray into fantasy romance. Everything changes for this ordinary young woman living in an ordinary 19th-century English village when Prince Damien Augustus Frederic Michel of the far-off kingdom Nvengaria rides into her life and claims an ancient prophecy naming her his princess. Naturally, there's a drawback: in order to fulfill the prophecy and regain control of his kingdom from a usurper, the prince must marry her immediately. Even more troubling, Penelope must travel alone with the brash Damien, whom she does not trust. The plot becomes increasingly fanciful en route to Nvengaria, as they encounter assassins, magic spells and an attack by a logosh—a shape-shifting half-human, half-beast. In the meantime, fueled by the prophecy's magic, passion between Penelope and Damien escalates—and escalates giving the story a pedestrian pace that suggests Ashley, known for her acclaimed Pirate series (The Care and Feeding of Pirates, etc.), has not yet shaken off her sea legs. (Apr.)
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After two disastrous betrothals, which earned her the nickname "Twice-a-Jilt," Penelope Trask concluded that the only "Prince Charming" she would ever encounter would be in the pages of the fairy tales she collects. Then Prince Damien Augustus Frederic Michel of Nvengaria arrives in Little Marching looking for Penelope, the woman whom fate had decreed would be the key to helping him reunite his kingdom. As one of Europe's most eligible bachelors, Damien has become accustomed to having any woman he wants, but sensible, sharp-tongued Penelope seems immune to the idea of wedding a sexy, foreign prince. Now Damien must find some way to convince Penelope that marrying him could be the key to her own happily-ever-after. Ashley's latest sinfully sexy historical Regency will delight and charm readers with its enchanting mix of fantasy and fairy-tale romance. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Series: Leisure Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843956062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843956061
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up with a little segment on Rocky and Bullwinkle called "Fractured Fairy Tales". "Penelope and Price Charming" is very much like one of those fun tales, but with a very sexy, adult theme. At one point in this book, the Prince actually tells a wonderfully skewed tale of Rapunzel that simply made my day.

Make no mistake, this is a pure romance novel, with just enough magic to keep it humming and give it added oomph. Ironically, the magic portion gives a good excuse for the main couple to have the mindless lust and love that usually seems so out of touch with reality in other romance novels. You know the parts I mean, where the heroine has an overwhelming and bizarre urge to lick the hero's chest, even though they've just met? I've always excused the man for losing his mind (testosterone poisoning is always a nifty excuse, poor dears), but I've yet to meet a woman who actually wanted to do that, and I'm always just a little stunned and embarrassed when she does. This one gives us a magical reason for that kind of behavior, and I was more comfortable with the story because of it.

There are a few sluggish spots, but never slow enough to make me want to put the book down or jump ahead. Because both Penelope and the Prince had such lustful (and very explicit) thoughts, there was a sensual buildup leading to the steamy love scenes and I wasn't screaming at the book, "get on with it!" Okay, maybe I was, but only because the buildup was really, really good.

Every character in the novel had a specific personality, and never did the author take an unnecessary shortcut or let them act contrary to their own beliefs. You understood why everyone did what they did, even the villain.
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Every author has a trump card, a golden gift that is uniquely theirs. For Karen Ranney - sentence structure. For Mary Balogh - poignancy. For Catherine Anderson - first-class heros. And for Jennifer Ashley? SENSUAL scenes! This author can write awesome, magnetic, sensual scenes. Whew! Her carnal action literally sizzles!

Damien, the Imperial Prince of Nvengaria, finally found her! His bride. Penelope Trask. A modest spinster who lived in a small English village and filled her days by writing fairytales. Remarkably, the prudent, sweet Penelope Trask would soon become the Imperial Highness Princess of Nvengaria, his wife. The sinful Prince of Nvengaria knew his people would adore her. She was beautiful and very spirited. Miss Penelope Trask would complete the prophecy; she would carry out the magic! This delightful sorceress would soon reunite his beloved Nvengaria.

Whether he was a prince or a trickster, he was the most baffling man Penelope had ever met. Prince Damien of Nvengaria talked of fairy tales, eight-hundred-year-old rings, and Midsummer festivals! Imagine a plain, English girl marrying royalty! Prophecy? Prosperous!

Penelope's peaceful existence soon grew into a tumultuous love affair. Sweet simplicity gave way to profuse love. Penelope wanted Damien to be free - free from fear and tension; she wanted him to live, to love, to reign. She would become his princess; she would become the people's princess; she would become the elegant Imperial Highness Princess Penelope of Nvengaria.

I am giving PENELOPE & PRINCE CHARMING page-turner status, because I liked Jennifer Ashley's story. I will admit, I am normally not a big fan of the fantasy/paranormal genre and here, at times, I did struggle with the fantasy/fairy tale concept. However, I did like Ms. Ashley's style. PENELOPE & PRINCE CHARMING was a light, clever, and very, very sexy read.
Grade: B

MaryGrace Meloche.
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Plot:
Penelope knew after two failed proposals she was well and truly on the shelf. That is, until her very own Prince Charming rides in to sweep her off to a far-away land.

Comments:
- Historical (1818) fantasy (mild shape shifting and magic) with some heated bedroom scenes.
- 5805 kindle locations, 369 pages
- m/f - Not frequent, caring, mild kink including anal.
- Book one of a trilogy, characters from future books are introduced and play integral roles. However, it would standalone.
- Includes a reference to the Pirate Grayson - who plays the Hero role in Ashley's "Pirate Next Door".
- Note: my e-version was published in April 2006. Now out of print. "Penelope & Prince Charming" is to be re-released as as ebooks sometime in 2012-2013 (according to the author's web page).

Opinion:
A nice easy fairytale romance, "Penelope & Prince Charming" has a strong story with characters you learn to care about and an HEA you want to last.

Penelope is a Plain Miss with enough of a backbone to not be TSTL, but still willing to go with the flow. Damien is a flawed Alpha Male who likes to get his way. Together they give us a typical romantic couple in a straightforward Regency romance. But when Ashley adds the fantasy flavour of logosh (shape shifter/demon types) and wizardly magic, we take the stories to another plane.

Thoroughly enjoyable and definitely worth reading for nice, easy, but different, Regency romance.

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