Book Review – Pauper Prince Saves the Posh Pullet by Chris Cox

Royal Powers #5
Publisher: Cox Endeavors
Pages: 121
Characters: Pete/Mickey
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Shared World

Rescue a Chicken. Save a Vineyard. Claim One True Love.

Prince Petre of Ezer is certain that whatever choice he makes, he’ll screw it up.

When Honorable Mickey Zubiri calls on Prince Pete to help rescue shape-shifting Baron Zubiri from chickennappers hoping for golden eggs, Pete answers the call, endangering his vineyard. Using his superpower of turning back time, does Prince Pete make any of the risky situations better or worse?

If Pete and Mickey fail, what does the future hold for them?

(No chickens, geese or vineyards were harmed in the writing of this story. Contains sensuous, but not explicit love scenes. Bisexual/Gender fluid superhero romance of 38,000 very action-packed and adventurous words. A standalone fairytale with hidden Easter Eggs in the Royal Powers series. ) Also, a message for all of us raised with narcissistic parents. >>You Are Not Alone.

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I’m enjoying this shared world, and thought this story was a great addition. One of things I’m loving is how the royal superpowers are a little different. Pete’s power of being able to go back in time ten minutes, with a few provisos, was very cleverly used, and I liked that he didn’t remember when he’d gone back and had to leave notes for himself. I thought the way Mickey’s power tied into them being gender fluid was nicely done too.

And his/her father’s turning into a chicken is very amusing, except for that he has no control over it either.

Pete’s mother is a horrible self serving selfish woman who has basically ruined his life. I liked how it came out as the story progressed just how much worse it was than he’d first realised. I loved his and Mickey’s romance, and thought Mickey’s power was an awesome way to show that people don’t choose their sexuality. I liked how, in this world, the drama doesn’t come from sexual orientation, but is more about the individuals, their powers, personalities, and positions in life. I like that not all royals are rich, and that being royal and its responsibilities can be a burden that stops them leading the life they want.

I loved seeing Crave and Devin again. Characters dropping in from other books are one of my favourite things about shared worlds. I also loved Antton and hope we get the story of what happened when Pete and Mickey were off saving the Baron. The action scenes are well written, and page turning, and I loved the surprise at the end with the gift Mickey gives Pete.

The ending of the book is interesting, but for me, it was a little too timey wimey, although I was happy that Pete and Mickey got their HEA.

4 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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