by Gena Showalter

September 2004
ISBN: 0-373-77007-3
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Katie James is sure she will never find the man of her dreams. She suffers from “First Date Syndrome”, something many women are familiar with. All the men she has dated have been weird, rude, or just plain not right. However, Katie is not sitting around pining. Instead, she has taken on a new project, house renovation. After purchasing an old house in Dallas, Texas, Katie discovers that the garden holds a statue of the “perfect” man. It captures her attention and, giving in to her fantasies, she kisses her statue and has the surprise of her life. The perfect statue comes to life, right before her eyes. Jorlan en Sarr has had a few hard years. He has been turned into a statue and on top of that he finds himself face to face with a woman who wants little to do with him. Unfortunately, he only has two weeks to make her fall in love with him or he turns back into stone. Not something Jorlan is looking forward too. He also faces some other “minor” problems. He is from another planet and another time, and the women in his time are not as open-minded as Katie. Together Katie and Jorlan must find a way to make things work between them before it is too late and Katie is left alone with a really nice statue.

The Stone Prince is an enchanting mix of a time-travel romance and a futuristic romance. The mix works well together and immediately captures the reader’s attention. Showalter has incorporated some very amusing characters into the story and successfully wrapped them in an exciting romance. Katie is spunky, vivacious, and occasionally tortured by her family. Something which many readers can relate. Jorlan has his own problems with his family one of which lead to his current life as a statue. These problems help make the characters real to the reader. The romance between Katie and Jorlan is funny, sweet, and times spicy. In other words, everything a woman is looking for in romance. Overall, this is a fun romance that will brighten up any dreary day!

Reviewed in November 2004 by Jen.

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