Young Snowden "Snow" Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he's shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he's a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn't keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.
When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up - but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow's one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater - literally. In a car!
Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he's the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.
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My favorite in this series and wonderful narration
- Morgan A Skye
Top notch performance of a fun, imaginative story
The narrator - Kale Williams' - ability to capture ALL of the characters' vivid and unique personalities with their own distinct, recognizable voice. There are no caricatures to be heard here, what there is, is a wondrous display of talent by this amazing performer. He kept me listening when I should have been sleeping! :-D
Tara Lain took a recognizable, familiar story and gave it one heck of an intriguing twist. Snow as a quiet, socially awkward chess champ. Riley Prince as the jock enamored with Snow. The voluptuous and entrancing Anitra as the evil villain our to destroy Snow and usurp his championship position....a group of frat boys coming to the rescue. The fairy tale elements are all there - crafted into a fun, need to know what happens next, contemporary adventure. I appreciate that while Snow is known as intellectual, shy and inexperienced, he is also strong and determined. The author did not write him as a victim or someone in need of rescuing. Snow's relationship with Riley grew at a believable pace and level. They each needed to grow througout the story to be what they needed to be for themselves and for each other - and they did. Lots of great action mixed with solid dialogue, tender moments, and again - a wonderful variety of fully fleshed out characters.
I would say Snow. The story is told from his POV, and I was rooting for him all the way. Plus, as I've indicated, Snow was somewhat reserved, nerdy, socially awkward. Kale Williams voiced him with a soft-spoken, yet direct intonation that I found perfect for the character's inner strength and yes, gentle nature. Thank goodness he didn't try some whiney, breathy, stereotypical lispy voice. These would not have fit Snow at all. I also enjoyed the nasty Anitra very much. Mr. Williams gave her the perfect inflection of bravado and nastiness, topped off with a dose of snide. I loved the snippy affectations when things didn't go her way!
You've never experienced Snow this deep, or a Prince so riled.
- Dianne T. "I do love a good book. I also love a good audio performance of a good book :-)"