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The Handsome Prince
Gay Erotic Romance
Edited by Neil Plakcy
ISBN: 9781573446594
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
$14.95
5 1/2 x 8
244 pages
June 1, 2011


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"The Handsome Prince is a perfect book if you are looking for an erotically romantic, quick read. Every story has at least a Happy for Now ending, and all of them end on a positive note. Since I am a hopeless romantic myself, I admit that I loved that. I also adored the theme of the book itself. Just as every little girl wishes for their prince, there are little boys that wish for their own prince too." —Night Owl Reviews

We all know the fairy tale. The handsome prince comes riding up on his white stallion and rescues the beautiful princess from her enchantment with a single kiss. Then they ride off together to live happily ever after. But what if the person longing for that handsome prince is a man himself? And, why not?

Neil Plakcy's The Handsome Prince is a mix of traditional and contemporary stories, each with its own unique fairy-tale atmosphere. Sometimes the prince is the one who needs rescuing, as in “Chauffeur Prince” and “Creosote Flats and the Big Spread.” Sometimes the true prince is the other guy—like the tales told in “The Virgin Prince and the Rebel Chief” and “Reckless.” There is humor and charm in these stories, with an underlay of passion and desire. The one thing these stories have in common, along with the original fairy tales, is a happy ending. These stories drip, quite literally, with romance. Whether it’s a HEA—happily ever after—or a HFN—happy for now—when these guys find their princes, hot steamy sex ensues. Here’s to stories (and heroes) that make us swoon!

Neil Plakcy’s fiction has appeared in the collections Cowboys, Hot Cops, and Best Gay Romance. The editor of Skater Boys, Surfer Boys, and Hard Hats, as well as the author of Paws and Reflect, he also writes the book column for GayWired.com. He lives in south Florida.
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