Erryn reviews The Prince and his Bedeviled Bodyguard (Paranormal Princes Book 2) by Charlie Cochet. The book was published February 18, 2020 and is 152 pages. The audio was narrated by Greg Boudreaux. It was released December 8, 2020 and is 4hrs long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
As Prince of the Bear Shifters, I knew the time would come for me to prove myself worthy of my crown. I expected my quest to be perilous. What I didn’t expect was for it to take me up into Espen Mountain, a place that’s brought me nothing but grief and terrible nightmares. Not only must I find the five magical ingredients, but I have to do so alongside Saer, a mysterious and charming shifter coyote summoned by the king to be my guide. But who is Saer, and why do I feel as if we’ve met before?
Crushing on Prince Bernd from afar was one thing. Being given the responsibility of saving the prince and his kingdom was a whole other story. Banished from my kingdom by my own prince years ago, I never imagined I would be summoned to help Bernd. What could I possibly offer a prince? How was I supposed to save him? I was no one. A shifter with no place to call home. What I did know was that I would do everything in my power to help Bernd succeed on his quest. All I had to do was stop crushing on the guy, find the magical ingredients hidden up a dangerous mountain, and save his heart. What could go wrong?
Prince Bernd, a bear shifter, lost his beloved father years ago and has never really recovered. He does his best for his mother and younger siblings, but his heart isn’t in it. Then one day King Alarick pays him a visit. The King of all Shifters has a quest for Bernd to partake in. One doesn’t refuse the king and so Bernd agrees to the trip. He is assigned Saer to accompany him. Okay, so it’s one thing to be forced to journey beyond the walls of his home, it’s quite another to have a coyote shifter foisted upon him.
Saer comes from his own story of sorrow. He loved the wrong man and was banished from his own kingdom. His attraction to Bernd has kept him around as he’s crushed on the man. And tried to alleviate the suffering, although Bernd knows nothing about it. Bernd, for his part, embarks upon the journey thinking he has to track down a bunch of magical ingredients but having no idea the purpose of the trip. It soon becomes apparent he has been neglectful of those within his realm and he realizes he can no longer continue mired in grief, but needs to find a way to live with loss.
When the men are threatened on Espen Mountain, Bernd comes face-to-face with his fears – including the fear of losing someone he cares about.
This was an interesting story and I liked the psychological underpinnings of loss. How does one move forward? After having read the first story, I knew there had to be a good reason Alarick was demanding Bernd attend this quest – and I was right. It just wasn’t something I might have predicted.
And when Saer has the opportunity to return home, he also has to decide what is most important in his life. And for the life of me, I didn’t get the Carpenter thing but it was eventually explained.
This series is narrated by Greg Boudreaux and I think he does a good job. I enjoyed this book even more than the first and I can’t wait for the last one.
8.5/10 Pots of Gold (85% Recommended) – Compares to 4.25/5 Stars
Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.
Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found devouring a book, releasing her creativity through art, or binge watching a new TV series. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.