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The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard

Paranormal Princes, Book 1
Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
Series: Paranormal Princes, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
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Prince Owin

Being a fierce predator - not at all adorable, despite my graceful stature - the last thing I needed was a bodyguard. Especially a wolf shifter, whose presence alone was an insult to my princely principles. 

As prince of the Ocelot Shifters, I prided myself on my infallible feline instincts, uncompromising dignity, and flawless fashion sense. If having a canine follow me around at all times wasn’t bad enough, I now faced the most important moment of my entire life. 

The time had come to prove I was worthy of my crown. If only I could find a way to get rid of the pesky bodyguard...

Grimmwolf

When the king of All Shifters asked me to guard Prince Owin, I admit I had no idea what to expect. Cat shifters tend to be a little intense, not to mention kinda cranky. Owin was no exception, though he seemed crankier than most. 

Being his bodyguard was proving to be one of the greatest challenges of my life, but not nearly as great as convincing him there was something special between us. 

When Owin was tasked with a perilous quest to prove his worth, I was determined to keep him safe, even if the same couldn’t be said of my heart.

©2019 Charlie Cochet (P)2019 Charlie Cochet

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Laughs all the way.

I love Charlie Cochet's work, this first book in a new series is no exception. It's short by audio standards but it's not rushed. It's full of adventure, snark, Laughs, a gentle self awakening and two shifters realising they are in love. I have to say the King is a dense man and I hope his story is a good one.
Add in Greg Boudreaux's masterful narrative and you have a marvelous afternoons listening.

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A quest

This is my first Charlie Cochet book. Shocking, right? I’ve heard about her for years, and have even purchased a few audios but have never taken the plunge. I’m glad I grabbed this one as I enjoyed it.

Owin is the prince of the Ocelot shifters. He has yet to earn his crown, so he spends his days filled with trivial pursuits. He knows all about the latest fashion and pop culture. Does he know much about being a responsible monarch? Yeah, not so much. On top of it, he has a canine shifter bodyguard he can’t manage to shake. A dog? Really? Owin’s cat shifter has no interest in interspecies interactions.

Grimmwolf is a patient man. Uh, wolf. He’s been summoned by the king of all kings to watch over Owin, and he takes this responsibility seriously. Does the pampered prince irritate him? Sure. But he’s sworn to his duty and has no plans to shirk it. When he and Owin are sent on a quest so Owin can get his crown, Wolf figures following along is just part of the job.

The quest plays a central role in this story. To obtain the ultimate prize, so to speak. But, as with most good quest stories, the journey is where the real action takes place. Owin and Wolf encounter all manner of creatures while searching. And when they reach the end? Well, the real test is just the beginning as the men have to face what they mean to each other and what they’re willing to sacrifice.

Greg Boudreaux narrated this story and he was a great choice. He nails the prissy Owin and the very grounded Wolf. He makes the story enjoyable and I’m glad I listened. This was a nice tale and I can recommend it.

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Such a fabulous start to the series!

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OMG, this book was so amazing and fun and hot and did I mention, fun? Charlie Cochet's writing and Greg Boudreaux's voice are a match made in heaven!

I wasn't too sure what to make of Prince Owin at first. Okay, no, that's a lie. I didn't like him or his spoiled attitude. However, I loved Grimm and he was so cute in his obvious crush with Owin that I couldn't help but be intrigued. Owin did get better... eventually, LOL. And frankly, there were times when he needed a good spanking, but it made for some fun situations and I loved seeing Owin finally open up to Grimm. They were awesome together and I hope we'll get to see them again throughout the series.

I'm really intrigued by King Alarick and Lord Jean Eldrich and I really, really hope they'll have their own book. King Alarick is just hilarious.

Greg has such a knack for narrating these kinds of funny stories, not only is his voice amazing to get lost in while listening to the audiobook, but he always does a great job giving each character their own distinct voice and bringing them to life.

If you're a fan of fun, low-angst, adventure-filled paranormal romances, this is a must-read, or rather, a must-listen audiobook, you won't regret it!

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So good! Wity and wonderful!!!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5  stars
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🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 5

So good! Witty and wonderful!!!

I love shifters and add in Charlie's wit, sass, and humor and you have a fantastic read. Greg's performance was flawless and elevated the book to new heights.

I loved both these characters and found their dynamics so funny. I loved spoilt Owin and his dislike of wolves. He grows so much over the adventure and of course, falls for the stoic and strong wolf Grimmwolf. I loved Grimmwolf! He was such a great character and a great contrast to Owin. A wonderful story with wit, humor, and adventure, a little danger and a lot of chemistry. A fantastic, hilarious and all-around great short read, sure to make you laugh along with all the shenanigans. I can't wait for more!!

Thanks for reading!

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  • Shy G.
  • 04-02-20

My Thoughts on this fun adventure romance...

This is an immensely enjoyable story. So many times I found myself laughing out loud.

Owin and Grimm where hilarious together. I enjoyed as they traveled together along their quest. And the ending was just perfect.

But what really helped elevate the story for me was the narration. Greg Boudreaux was a new narrator for me, but he was really good. I was so impressed with his performance, especially with several characters in the storyline.

After listening to this audiobook, not only would I love to listen to more of this narrator, but I'd love more from this new to me author. This series shows promise and l'd love to continue with it.

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  • Crazybookfanatic
  • 27-02-20

5 Stars!



So, funny story, my husband and I were driving my daughter to her grandmother's house and I decided it would be a perfect time to pop in my earbuds and listen to The Prince and his Bedeviled Bodyguard. I’d read the story when it was first released but I couldn’t quite remember it (the perils of reading so many books in a short amount of time). Well, needless to say, neither I nor my unsuspecting family were prepared for the crazy laughter I could barely contain throughout the two-hour car trip. I was in pain from smiling so much and trying to smother my guffaws as I listened to Greg Boudreaux bring these wonderful characters and their story to life. It was one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to in quite a while and not only because of the great story but also and largely due to Greg’s ability to become Owin and Grim.

Prince Owin, the adorable (but don’t let him hear you call him that) Prince of the Ocelot Shifters, is sent on a quest by King Alarick, the King of all the Shifters, to prove worthy of his title. If he fails his quest, he will be stripped of said title and powers deeming him a failure to his people. But of course, Prince Owin doesn't fear failing, he knows he's fabulous and he has absolutely no doubts about his abilities to prove he’s up to the task of ruling as Prince. Unfortunately, though, he has to put up with the exasperating bodyguard assigned to him.

Little does Owin know that Grimmwolf isn't just an annoying bodyguard hellbent on annoying him. Grimm is an Alpha wolf from a “long line of nobility”. Grimm’s mother is the Grimmwolf pack’s current Alpha and his father is actually the Prince of all wolf shifters. Grimm also seems to have a soft spot for the cute and grumpy Ocelot shifter he tiredly puts up with. Being at Owin's side throughout his quest, he’s watching and protecting him while his feelings just seem to grow stronger and deeper.

Owin and Grimm are so freaking cute together and even from the beginning when Owin spent every moment fighting against Grimm's very presence in his life, you could see and feel the chemistry between them. I could have listened to their story for hours more and laughed at how they just fit so well together.

Owin was bratty, arrogant, hilarious and frankly, a huge Pain In the A*# most of the time. Pretty much the stereotypical cat. I’ll admit this could potentially make him a tad unlikeable for some readers but as a whole, it fits this story perfectly. It made him funny and endearing and I don't think it was too hard to see he cared deeply for Grimm.

Grimm was much more balanced and immediately likable. He gave off the Alpha vibe but his attitude was quite laid back in comparison to what I generally think of when I think of Alpha wolves. He stayed true to who he was throughout the entire story and while his feelings were much more obvious than Owin's, it just added more to his charm.

In the end, The Prince and his Bedeviled Bodyguard is a super cute and irresistibly sweet take on the world of Shifters that will make you laugh out loud. Charlie has a way of creating stories impossible to put down. I love the unique world she’s created that combining paranormal and fantasy containing Shifters and Fae, magic and humans laying the groundwork for a new series. I definitely will be on the lookout for more books to follow and if Greg is narrating them I’m definitely scooping them up immediately. He was amazing!!

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  • Angela S. Goodrich
  • 07-02-20

Adorable!

I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.

Adorable. The word is bandied about quite a bit in the story in reference to Prince Owin, but I think it’s a rather apt descriptor for the entire story. Yes, there’s plenty of action and a good bit of suspense as Prince Owin undertakes his quest in order to prove he is fit to rule his people, the ocelot shifters. And I cannot discount the steam factor as Owin comes to realize that he feels far more than the dislike and feigned disdain he heaps upon his wolf shifter bodyguard, Grimm. But Cochet balances all that out with just the right amount of humor and several laugh-out-loud moments woven throughout the story in such a way that I couldn't help but find The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard to be an adorable and delightful listen.

I jumped at the chance to listen to and review The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard without actually reading the description simply because I love Cochet’s writing and Boudreaux’s narration. As such, I had no expectations of the story because I didn’t know much beyond the title and the audio sample, but my faith in the author and narrator was well placed. Not only did Cochet pen an absolutely adorable story of an ocelot shifter prince finding love, Boudreaux perfectly captured both the affection King Alarick and Grimm feel for Owin, as well as the snarky insecurity and huge heart that makes Owin deserving of said affection.

I’m keeping my review shorter than normal because I don’t wish to go into any of Owin and Grimm’s tasks, but I absolutely must say that I cannot wait for the next installment because not only am I looking forward to the next prince’s quest, but I really, really need to know if King Alarick is going to wake up to Jean’s devotion to him. I KNOW there’s something there and I’m looking forward to their story being slowly unveiled over the course of each prince’s story – at least I’m assuming the series will culminate with the king finding the love he’s so intent on his “children” finding.

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  • JennDonald
  • 06-02-20

So fun!

This was so much fun! I’m definitely a big fan of Charlie Cochet and her humor, and I think that Greg Boudreaux did an absolutely fantastic job narrating and bringing this story to life! Owin and Grimm are such fun characters with so much sass and personality. Even though this was a shorter story it was packed with action and feeling.

As Owin and Grimm take on this quest, they definitely encounter a lot more than either of them expected. And that includes with each other. I loved their quest, the crazy places it took them and most of all how it brought them together. Owin is so sassy and prickly when they set off, trying to convince himself he absolutely does not like his wolf shifter bodyguard. Grimm is so wonderful, so chill and yet still so very protective. It was really enjoyable to see these two together and eventually get to that point where they realize what they mean to each other and what that means for Owin’s quest.

Fantastic narration and such a cute and fun story, I absolutely loved every minute of it and I’m already looking forward to the next book! I highly recommend this one for a great, amusing read/listen.

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  • Christina Wade
  • 06-02-20

Super cute story, amazing performance!

I’ve only read 2 novellas by this author…I know, I know I’m missing out on the Thirds series. But I’m on a major audiobook kick right now and I love Greg Boudreaux, so I was all in on this book!

The audio performance is amazing as always. Mr. Boudreaux does sassy prince better than anyone, but he also perfectly showed his vulnerable, cuddly side too. Then he flips right around and is alpha wolf personified with his portrayal of Grimm.

This is a fluffy, cute, sweet and quick read (or listen as it were) with very little angst. Their banter is entertaining and Grimm’s affection for Owin is super adorable. Owin’s personality is the very embodiment of every cat I’ve ever owned or known. I absolutely loved the ‘opposites attract’ theme with him and his wolf protector.

I’m excited for the rest of the series and really hope they continue to be performed by Mr. Boudreaux!

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  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
  • 05-02-20

Funny and adorable, worth all the stars!

No matter how you slice it, and I’m sure much to Owin’s consternation, Owin really is adorable. Yes, he’s snooty and acts as though everyone should just give him whatever he asks for because he’s a prince. But the way he acts and talks and just everything about him screams adorable, even when he’s acting like an entitled brat.

Grim on the other hand is as normal as they come, laid-back, and understands the way the world works. He finds Owin’s antics just as amusing as I did and even calls him adorable right to his face—which of course Owin soundly disputes. Owin, after all, is a fierce feline and deserves respect, right? Bless his little kitty heart.

This novella not only had me smiling as I listened to it, but at times had me literally laughing out loud (I may have even giggle-snorted a time or two). For all of Owin’s arrogance, he’s still a great character—especially once Grim’s personality starts to really rub off on him. Grim plays a key role in the growth of Owin’s character, and the two of them do fit together like a lock and key.

The quest on which Owin is sent serves as the backdrop to his development into a more understanding, even-keeled, unselfish person, and while the setup and journey may seem a tad formulaic and symbolic, Owin’s realization at the end still was satisfying to me as a reader.

4.5 stars for The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard, and the nice bit of steam does make this a story for readers/listeners 18+. As for the narration, Greg Boudreaux nails it, and I think for me it was his presentation of Owin that made me like his character as much as I did. 5 stars for the narration!

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  • Annika
  • 03-02-20

Fun adventure

I didn’t know what to expect when picking up this audiobook. Well, I knew I was going to get a fabulous narration by Greg Boudreaux, that’s always a given. But for the rest I was kind of in dark. The title intrigued me, and Charlie Cochet has written some great stories in the past, so I figured I’d just dive in with an open mind.

Don’t go into it expecting anything serious or too deep, because you won’t get that here. What you do get is a fun and cutesy story about a spoiled ocelot shifter, diva extraordinaire and prince to boot. He’s sent on a quest to prove his worthiness of the crown. With him he has a wolf shifter; Grimm as his bodyguard.

Owin was the kind of character that I normally can’t stand. Convinced of his worth and entitlement and not much sense to him. But he was mostly written in a harmless and oblivious kind of way – and I have to agree with Grimm, he was kind of adorable. High maintenance but adorable.

The relationship between them kind of came out of nowhere, but I didn’t mind that all that much, this being a light-hearted shifter story and all. I loved their banter and interactions and in a strange way this cat and wolf really did fit together.

Greg Boudreaux was as predicted fabulous. He really, really, nailed Owin, the beyond spoiled prince. He was a diva personified and Boudreaux showed us that with every reaction Owin had to everything from hellhounds, mud and the lack of amenities in the forest. He also really got Grimm, and how he reluctantly started to care for Owin. How he tried to keep him from doing stupid things, trying to keep him alive. You could feel his protectiveness in every word Boudreaux spoke and it made you connect to him much more. There’s no doubt in my mind that Boudreaux’s narration enhanced my enjoyment of the story, I don’t think I’d had loved it as much if I’d read it.

The Prince and his Bedeviled Bodyguard was a fun little adventure and an interesting start to a new series. It's the perfect book if you only have a moment but feel the need to get away.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Cuba
  • 03-02-20

Wow

This story had me laughing so hard. It took me from having a bad day to putting a smile on my face... I am so grateful for wonderful authors with great imaginations.

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  • padme35
  • 03-02-20

Great meshing of paranormal, romance, & humor

Audiobook Review February 2020:
I really don't think I can say anymore than I did in my original ebook review to the story itself. Even only a few months since that original read and I still loved the book just as much. The adrenaline rush I get from reading a book the first time may not have been there having only been a few months but knowing what was coming didn't take away from the awesomeness either. I still want to whack Owin upside the head a few times and I still marvel at Grimmwolf's knack for positivity considering he's dealing with Owin. The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard is still simply put: old fashioned fun and that's not an easy thing to do in a shifter tale so I tip my hat to Charlie Cochet's ability for meshing paranormal, romance, and humor.

As for the narration, well Greg Boudreaux just makes the world of Paranormal Princes come alive. As I said above, I still wanted to whack Owin upside the head and Greg's narration made me feel if I had a frying pan handy I could just reach out and swing😉. His portrayals may not have exactly matched what was in my head when I originally read the story last fall but honestly I can't imagine anyone doing a better job.

Original ebook Review October 2019:
Charlie Cochet has done it again! Are there authors who might do the whole scary side of shifter stories better? Sure, but personally I have not a read an author who is better at blending paranormal, romance, AND humor than Cochet. The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard is an A-Freakin'-Mazing introduction to her new series, Paranormal Princes. The danger and angsty levels are pretty low but the meshing of paranormal and rom-com is . . . well . . . heavenly, I can't think of a better word other than perhaps old fashion fun!

Owin and Grimmwolf are about as mismatched as you can get: a spoiled prince cat shifter and a dedicated but carefree bodyguard wolf and yet you know where the pair will end up(and that's not a spoiler because this story is about the journey getting there not the destination😉). Knowing where they'll end up doesn't make you not want to whack Owin upside the head a time or two though or better yet throw a bucket of water on him(we all know how much cats hate getting wet despite how much time they spend cleaning themselves😉). How Grimmwolf can be so positive and smiley when he's around Owin all the time is beyond me, I guess he's better than I. Are they enemies? No but I certainly wouldn't call them friends in the beginning, at least from Owin's viewpoint. Watching them together is magical though and for a story that made me laugh so much I just couldn't put it down any more than I could a heart-pounding nailbiter, that's how addictive this pair is and I look forward to seeing more of the Paranormal Princes and what makes them all tick.

As I stated above The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard is a beautifully scripted paranormal rom-com, okay you might not find it on the Hallmark channel but if it was I can promise you I would be watching the channel a lot more. Humor isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind when talking paranormal shifter stories but it definitely fits here. Shifting, romance, fantasy, humor, fairytale, friendship - it's all here making this gem an all around heartwarming fun experience.

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 03-02-20

Great story and audio performance!

This was a really fun story to listen to – just perfect for finishing in one evening. I love Greg Boudreaux's audio performances and I've also enjoyed a few books from Charlie Cochet.

The snarky conversations between the two main characters, Prince Owin and Grimmwolf were delightful and entertaining. At first, Owin wasn't a very likeable character but he soon grew on me. Grimmwolf was very patient with Owin and there were some surprises in store for both of them.

This was a lighthearted story and one I could see myself listening to again if I didn't have so many other books on my TBR and TBL lists.

I'm looking forward to more books in this series.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.

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