Audiobook Review Tour ~ The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard (Paranormal Princes #1) by Charlie Cochet (Reviews + Excerpt)

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Title: The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard

Series Title: Paranormal Princes

Book #: 1

Author: Charlie Cochet

Audio Release Date: 12.26.19

Narrator: Greg Boudreaux

Length: 3 hours and 18 minutes

Publisher: Audible/Coffee and Chaos Productions LLC

Genre: Paranormal Shifters

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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, uncompromisable 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.


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 is faced 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.

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“What the—” Grimm dropped the orb, and we both jumped back. To my utter disbelief, it spread upward and sideways until it was roughly the size of a large doorway, a forest appearing inside. “Hmm. What do you know? A portal that will take us where we want to go.”

How cross would the king be with me if I accidentally pushed Grimm off a cliff? Or left him with the Cù Sìth? Not like he didn’t have plenty of wolf shifters. What was one less in the grand scheme of things?

Grimm narrowed his eyes at me. “You’re not leaving me behind.”

How did he do that? “Are you sure you’re not a seer wolf?”

Grimm didn’t look impressed. “You’re right. I’m a seer. My curse is that I’m limited to visions of you being a jerk.”

I opened my mouth to respond, then thought better of it. “Can we just go?”

“As you wish, Your Highness.” He bowed and motioned for me to go ahead. Clearly, he thought I was an idiot.

“What if it’s a trap and I step through and burst into flames? You go first.”

“Your generosity knows no bounds, my liege. Fine. I’ll go first, but if I meet my demise, my blood is on your hands.”

I shrugged. “I’ll get over it.”

“So mean.” He shook his head at me and stepped through. On the other side, he turned and held his arms out. “See? All good. Wait….” He gasped and clutched at his chest. “What’s happening to me? It burns!”

“Grimm?” My heart lurched in my chest, and I stepped up to the portal.

“I can’t,” he gasped, falling to his knees. “I can’t….”

“Can’t what!” Oh my Goddess, oh my Goddess. I never expected him to actually burst into flames! I flailed around feeling utterly helpless. “What do I do? Is it flames? Are you bursting into flames?” I frantically looked around. “I don’t see a fire extinguisher!” Not that I knew how to use one. I’d just have to toss it at him and hope he could do it himself.

“I can’t….” He gasped for breath. “I can’t… believe you fell for that,” he said with a laugh.

“I’m going to kill you!” I darted into the portal, ignoring his laughter as he took off, his long legs putting him out of my reach in a heartbeat. “I hate you!”

“Admit it! You were worried about me,” he called out from across the field.

“Worried you’d die and I wouldn’t be able to pry the magic purse off your cold, dead, dog-smelling corpse!”

“It’s a satchel!”

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!!

5 Stars

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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Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found devouring a book, releasing her creativity through art, or binge watching a new TV series. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.





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