Men Are Frogs

Zebra: Kensington. (Fairy Godmothers, Inc., Bk. 2). Aug. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781420153156. pap. $15.95. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Zuri is a wedding planner whose career in Chicago was destroyed when she unintentionally started a relationship with a groom-to-be. For a fresh start, she moves to Ever After, MO, and takes a job with Petunia, Jonquil, and Bluebonnet at Fairy Godmothers, Inc. There she meets B&B owner Phillip Charming, a prince who annoyed the wrong fairy godmother 300 years ago and was cursed to live as a frog during the daytime. He’s smitten with Zuri, but how can he ask her to consider someone who spends half his time as an amphibian? DeWylde’s (“The Woolven Secret” series) premise is ripe for comedy, but there often isn’t enough of a foil (whether from a character or situation) to let the humor shine through. There’s no hand-holding for readers new to the “Fairy Godmothers, Inc.” series; this installment gives little explanation of the characters or their relationships to each other. The ratio of dialogue to action skews heavily in favor of dialogue, and readers will have to use their imaginations to visualize the characters, as the author gives little description. The atmosphere evokes a Hallmark Christmas movie: sweet and cutesy, with a number of declarations about the wonders of love, magic, and hope. There are also some swear words and mildly descriptive love scenes.
VERDICT Suggest this Fairy Godmothers, Inc. sequel to fans of Hallmark movies who want something a little risqué.
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