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REVIEW: Prince Charming Wears Garters by Clancy Nacht

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Sara feels like her life is on track. She has the career of her dreams as a senior art director at one of the hot ad agencies in town. Her only real annoyance is the womanizing account executive in the office next door, Chuck.

When Chuck lands a new account, he sets his sights on Sara to work with him, but she gets the feeling he’s looking for more. Working late one night she discovers Chuck’s secret: he loves wearing ladies lingerie. Surprising to her, she can’t resist his long legs in silky stockings and her lust drives her to begin an ill-advised affair.

As a career-oriented woman, she’s not sure if she’s ready to balance her steamy encounters with work life, and she’s positive that trying to date Chuck would be a disaster. Yet, each time they get together she can’t help but speculate on what Prince Charming’s wearing under his well-tailored trousers.

Dear Clancy Nacht,

While looking over the latest offerings from Loose Id, it struck me that I can only recall ever reviewing one book with a transvestite character. That was enough to make me request your book. But while I thought I was going to get Lite and Funny, things took a turn for darker while also veering away from the lingerie.

“Prince Charming” has a fast, funny start with the image of prairie dog junior workers popping up over the cube farm that is their workplace to check out the latest office scandal – Chuck’s newest ex yelling at him- or later on – his riveting interactions with Sara. Sound, and gossip, certainly does carry there.

Sara and Chuck are quickly thrown together on a new ad campaign but I liked that Sara is already established and successful at her job. She can yank Chuck’s chain a little and not worry about losing her job as well as putting him in his place a few times to remind him she’s not to be messed with.

The plot then moved zippity quick to sex. The main pull of story could have been utilized more and I wish it had. By the end, even I was starting to think I might share Sara’s men-in-garters fetish. You did make that sexy and hot. Still Sara never asks Chuck what got him started wearing women’s undergarments nor does she ask him where he buys his lacy, frilly, silky smooth, fishnet wonders. But then see above about hot smexy smex in the office – though watch that carpet please.

Dane and Trey are Sara’s two GBFFs but at least Trey is an architect and Dane makes a living at his art production. Yeah it’s a little much with the trip to day spa but they’re happily married so that evens it out a bit. Chuck is already pre-programmed to fall for Sara due to her ex’s rants which told him that this unknown woman was his perfect match. That helps my belief in his belief in their relationship jump starting so quickly.

Chuck’s angsty back story life also gets ladled on which moves their feelings way deeper than would be expected but with a shorter page count, every shortcut to emotional intimacy counts.

Sara really has the sh*t luck in her jobs and this is where the book took a sharp right turn into the dark side that I wasn’t expecting. All of a sudden, my fun flirty little read is all Really Deep Shi*t and where did that come from? Should I have been expecting this in a book set in the advertising world? Is it still Mad Men and sexual harrassment for all women in that industry regardless of their position? Wow.

Which leads me to warn about triggers. The scene is written so well that I was with Sara in feeling helpless as it progressed. I just wish she had been the one to administer a sharp kick where it counts but I guess in the end, she and the others hit the whole agency where it hurts.

Sara’s initial shame and feelings of responsibility for what almost occured make me sad for her and mad at the world that this still happens. I mean really? Even her female mentor was going to let this go on? Wow. Just makes me so glad my profession is not this way.

I like the funny, I like the sexy and I’m still turning over my thoughts about liking the lace (though I wish there’d been more of it) , plus I always like cats but I think readers need to be ready for some office harrassment and the “quick on the draw” relationship. B-

~Jayne

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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

10 Comments

  1. John
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 09:53:00

    Jayne, while this is a great review, I do find myself concerned with the use of the word “transvestite” within it.

    If the hero specifically uses that word & discusses the terminology, then the hero’s self-identification does matter about the word usage and it’s understood. However, the review doesn’t seem to indicate that it’s a very conscious label on the hero’s part if it’s used at all.

    If not, I think it would be worth going back and describing the hero as cross-dressing, or as a transmale if he is transgender and specifically uses male pronouns throughout the story.

    “Transvestite” is a word that is more often a slur or insult than it is an accurate descriptor of someone’s identity, and at the very least I think the review could benefit from a trigger warning (and for a resource on that, here is a glossary from GLAAD with trans-specific terminology – http://www.glaad.org/reference/transgender).

    I know it may have more context or be an honest mistake, but I thought it was one worth bringing up and made the review ready uncomfortably to me.

  2. Jayne
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 17:52:35

    @John: I apologize for using the incorrect terminology. IIRC, the hero never self-identified using the word – it was my mistake to use it. He’s definitely not transgender as I understand the term. He identifies as a heterosexual male so cross-dressing is probably more appropriate. I’ll make the corrections.

  3. LauraB
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 18:30:00

    What I really enjoyed about this book is that no reason is given about Chuck’s cross-dressing. It’s just how he feels sexiest. His dark, traumatic past has no bearing on the fact that he likes to wear lingerie. I also like how gender politics are dealt with in this book. That the general definition of masculinity is far more damaging to Chuck’s self-worth than his desire to wear garter belts and thigh highs.

    Also, what a beautiful cover. Well-done.

  4. Kaetrin
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 02:17:47

    That cover is delicious – It really does make the guy look sexy and that’s not something I thought I would, er, think.

    I might just have to check this one out. I do love the idea of a cross-dressing hero – but it sounds like I’m not going to get quite as much of it as I’d like. Does anyone else have any cross-dressing/ladies’ lingerie-wearing hero recs?

  5. Kaetrin
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 02:35:58

    Just bought it – PERKOPOLIS still works at Kobo for 40% off (yay!).

    Added it to Goodreads where it has a 1.5 rating. (from only 4 reviews though). Just goes to show – horses for courses. :)

  6. Jayne
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 06:37:17

    @Kaetrin: Without knowing why those reviewers graded it as they did, there are some things in it that might be triggers or make readers uncomfortable – and I’m not talking just about the lingerie. But as you say, what works for me …

  7. Jayne
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 06:39:26

    @Kaetrin: Frankly I was surprised about my viewpoints on his garters and satiny knickers but maybe it’s as Laura pointed out that it just is what it is.

  8. Ros
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 08:23:49

    @Kaetrin: I haven’t read it but there was the cross-dressing historical last year by Anna Cowan. Can’t remember the title. Untamed, maybe?

  9. LauraB
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 11:08:07

    @Kaetrin: There’s LH Cosway’s “Painted Faces,” of course. :) The Anna Cowan book is pretty good too.

  10. Kaetrin
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 21:36:39

    @Ros: I read it and liked it for the most part but I didn’t get the impression that the duke was a cross-dresser because he liked it or got a sexual charge out of it – he was in disguise.

    @LauraB: oh, I have that on my TBR – thx! :)

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