Every little girl dreams that someday her prince will come, or at least that’s how the song goes. The heroine of Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here is not looking for a prince, Danice Carter, is a modern woman who has gotten where she is, working for one of New York’s most prestigious law firms, on her own. Danice is a great heroine for this story, she’s exotically beautiful, she’s smart and she’s got sprit. She’s also ambitious and wants to make partner at Parish, Hampton, Uxbridge, and Yorke, a goal that she’s been working towards since she graduated from Columbia Law School. When she’s given the assignment of convincing one of the senior partner’s granddaughters, Rosemary, into filing a paternity suit, she’s dismayed but determined to succeed. She wasn’t planning on interference from a member of “The Others” society.
McIntyre Callahan is a great hero for this book; he’s a private investigator with a little something extra. When he’s given the job of finding Rosemary for a powerful client, he heads to her family’s country home and finds an exotic beauty, Danice, nosing around the house and looking for answers to questions he can’t give her. Danice and Callahan agree to tentatively work together and contact each other if they get a lead to where Rosemary is- something that Callahan begins to regret when he realizes that Rosemary may be roaming among “The Others” and may even have ties to the Unseelie Court. When Callahan tries to convince Danice to let him do the investigating, he decides to tell her about the existence of “The Others” and about his own ties to them, he’s half-fae, half-human, only to discover that Danice is already aware of their existence and is in fact friends with several high ranking members.
The scenes between Danice and Callahan are very well done, the dialogue is sharp and witty and you can tell that the characters like each other and are physically attracted to each other. Eventually Danice and Callahan end up in Faerie and that is where the real action in the book begins to take place, from being captured by the Unseelie King’s guards to running into Callahan’s mother, Tyra, who is a real piece of work. The secondary characters are also well done, from Quigley, an imp who helps them get into Faerie in exchange for a couple of 2 liter bottles of Root Beer, to Tyra, Callahan’s mother, who takes being self centered to new heights, and Dionnu, the Unseelie King whose one night stand with Rosemary is at the crux of the mystery that both Danice and Callahan are trying to resolve. We also finally get to meet Rosemary, a young and terribly spoiled young woman who only thinks of what she wants and doesn’t care about the danger that she could be causing others.
Overall this is an enjoyable book in The Others series and is actually a re-working of a much shorter story that Christine Warren had originally published with a different publisher. The previous work was titled Faer Fetched and this story is much more fleshed out and better developed. I look forward to the next book in this series Black Magic Woman, which is due out in April of 2011.
Danice Carter is not one for glass slippers. A stilettos-wearing lawyer at one of Manhattan’s most elite establishments, Danice has a very strong grip on reality. So when she’s asked by one the firm’s founding partners to take on a personal case, Danice knows she’s in for the opportunity of a lifetime. All she has to do is convince her top boss’s granddaughter, Rosemary, to file a paternity suit. Sounds simple enough…until Danice arrives at Rosemary’s home and is pounced on by a handsome stranger.
Private investigator McIntyre Callahan’s was only following his powerful client’s orders: Find Rosemary—at all costs. Instead, he’s found a super-hot lawyer prowling around looking for answers he can’t give. The half-human, half-Fae Mac tries to warn Danice that she’s way in over her head—that Rosemary may roam among The Others, and may have dangerous ties to the Unseelie Court—but she won’t be deterred. Even if that means following Mac to the ends of the earth to find Rosemary…or surrendering to his supernatural powers of temptation…until death do they part.