KISSING FROGS is probably the worst romance I've ever read. The plotline sounded interesting - a biologist finds a new species of frog, only to discover he's really a 1,000-year old cursed Welsh prince - but the story is so horribly written, I could barely stomach it. Characters from the medieval times use modern jargon like "Okay." Phrases like "his booming laugh splashed water onto the hard white floor" made no sense. Other phrases like "swollen peaks of desire" were just dumb. The author also constantly misused the word "insure," on top of other terrible grammatical mistakes. Where was the editor? What was Love Spell thinking, publishing this mess?
The heroine is not endearing. She is supposed to be a scientist (meaning, we're supposed to believe her intelligent), yet she acts like a complete moron. For instance, she freaks about about the fact that the hero spends the first third of the book naked (especially since she has a fiance hanging around), yet she doesn't immediately try to clothe him. She doesn't even offer a blanket. It takes her several days before she finally buys him some clothes at the store. Then, instead of being discreet and purchasing clothes in another city, she purchases clothes in the local men's garment shop, which of course gives the town snoop something to gossip about. Come on!
That's just one example. I don't even want to go near the "moral" struggle the heroine supposedly has. In fact, there's just too much to complain about regarding this book. I don't have to time or desire to go into it. I'd rather forget this book existed.
Listen, I too purchased this book from amazon thinking that the negative critics were probably being too harsh. I thought it would be worth my time reading it, just because the premise sounded cute. The book sucked. Really. This publisher usually puts out good books, so I'm shocked. And disappointed. I would give KISSING FROGS zero stars if possible, and I never have felt that nasty toward a book before (not even after reading Christine Feehan's awful DARK PRINCE).
If you want a good story, read something else, anything else. My idea of a witty, fantastic, well-written paranormal romance would be BREATH OF MAGIC by Teresa Medeiros, IMAGINE by Jill Barnett, or KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR by Jude Deveraux.