Reviewed by Sharonica
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Some days I curse that Blarney stone and my friend for telling me I just HAD to kiss it! I know sometimes before I begin writing that a review is going to be a long one. Unlike authors, we reviewers run the risk of losing our audience if the review holds too many words. Even now, I am already hacking away at them as I write this.
The Guppy Prince was sweet and a very charming fairytale-esque story. There is a dissatisfied Mer prince, Dover, who hears the mating call, and a human, Ben, who has returned to the Carolina -Georgia coast after his time in the Marine Corps. Ben now spends his time as an artist and living the slow-paced life. With a few close friends to keep him company, Ben still finds himself longing for a special someone…HIS special someone.
While the story is the fated mates, omega-verse trope, Ben and Dover click because of friendship, and kindness towards each other. Both things they haven’t been shown a lot of in their lives. The more time Dover spends away from Court, the more he comes to realize how things could and should be back home in the Silver Isles. It isn’t too long before “Home” comes calling, demanding the Prince’s return.
The Court of the Mer King, where Dover grew up, is morally bankrupt. Filled to the brim with greedy bigots, racists, liars, and thieves who are doing all they can to keep Ben and Dover apart, including threats of banishment, imprisonment, and death. Ben just wants to create his art and love his sweet Prince in their little cottage by the river. Dover wants his family to love him as well as accept his mate but knows that will never happen. The two have to be careful and watch their backs because there are quite a few secrets at court no one knows about…or do they? Dover has a secret of his own that could also get him killed, and he suspects his father is going insane because of a generational witch’s curse.
One has to but briefly look beneath the layer of fantasy in, “The Guppy Prince,” to see the truths relevant in the world today. People in political power shaming those who are different based on gender/ class identity (Alpha/Omega), sexual identity (gay, bi, polyamorous), religious identity (sea witches), race identity (humans), perceived impediment (those born with guppy tails, or other fins, tails, tentacles different than full-blooded Merfolk), etc. to the point of imprisonment, banishment (excluding – sent to live in the seas deepest depths), and even death.
The man (king) sitting in the highest chair in the land has all these people advising him on what to do, and how to act, but the king just sits like the ones before him, acting as if he were going insane. The book feels just a smidge satirical if you ask me. By accident or design, who knows, I just found it honest and intriguing.
Though this is an Alpha/ omega-verse with Mpreg, the Mpreg takes a back seat. It is important in understanding the overall situation within the kingdom, but it is NOT about the two MCs making three, like most Mpregs, though it is mentioned. So, if you hang back from Mpreg because it weirds you out, or just isn’t for you, this one isn’t about the pregnancy as much as it is about raising (and even saving one) the children. So, no birth scenes.