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No Prince Charming

(Secrets of Stone #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,185 ratings  ·  359 reviews
Once upon a time, there was a girl who dressed up and went to a big party at the palace. When she was there, she met a prince. They danced and fell in love...

Damn good line. Too bad I don’t believe a word of it anymore.

My name is Claire Montgomery, and I’m not a princess. I’m a fighter. I worked hard to earn my place on the emergency image repair team for one of the bi
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Waterhouse Press (first published May 8th 2014)
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I enjoyed this retelling of Cinderella! No Prince Charming was full of sarcasm, humor, and romance. I enjoyed the characterisation in this book and thought it was well written. I was sick at the time and have been dealing with some hard trials so this book was a breath of fresh air!😄💖💙💚💛💜
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
No Prince Charming is loosely based off a modern day Cinderella story. Killian, our not so prince charming, hires a reputation management firm to clean up the scandal left by his older brother, Trey. This is where he meets his Cinderella in Claire. She works for her soon to be step-mom and step-sister who owns the reputation company.

Claire's soon to be step-sister has called dibs on Killian and has threatened Claire with exposing her secrets if she she tries to go after him. Unfortunately for C
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I don't think you really know how much I love the work of Angel Payne. She gave me a hero I really want to sink my teeth, my tongue, my whole being into. His name is Reece and he owns the Bolt Saga. So when I came across this book, I was ready to love it. And I couldn't be more disappointed that I didn't. I liked it well enough, but I found it hard to become invested. Claired annoyed me right til the end and the only thing that saved this story was everything to do with Killian. I can confidentl ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hall-of-hell
Thanks God it's over... Can I now forget that I read it?
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book! Loved how it compared a bunch of the little stuff to things from Cinderella. I loved the sarcastic banter between Claire and Killian.

The Author did an excellent job with her descriptions of the characters and the plots.

"At twenty-six, I was due for at least one heart-stopping kiss from a man who looked like dark sin, was built like a Navy SEAL and kissed like a fantasy. Sweet God, what a fantasy."

I absolutely hated Margaux the evil future stepsister in this book. She was always try
3.25 stars !! A modern take on Cinderella complete with a step mom , a step sis , a ball event where Cinderella truly finds her prince charming but only the prince charming is a dirty talking alpha male !!!

Oh boy the steamy sex scenes in this book were too hot to handle and damn if they didn't get me all hot and bothered !!
Melinda ~ Twinsie Talk
I received this book by the Author for an honest review.

This is the first book that I have read by both of the authors Angel Payne and Victoria Blue. It was a good read.

Claire Montgomery is a part of the PR team with Asher and Associates who is hired by Killian Stone, of Stone Global, to clean up his older brother’s reputation. Claire and the entire team were told Killian was off limits because her coworker, Margaux Asher, staked her claim to him. However, Claire could not help the instant att
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

4.5 stars

I laughed, I sighed, I had a good time reading No Prince Charming. Angel Payne and Victoria Blue kept me totally amused from beginning to end with this charming but angsty story. Of course, it helped that Killian Stone was uber alpha, romantic and on a mission.

Clair … insecure, smart, socially awkward. With nothing but betrayal in her past, she has no idea what gives Killian Stone the idea that she would be open to anything with him. Besides, Margaux made it clear, right from the beginn
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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Secrets..this book should have been called Secrets!! This book is FULLLLL of them. However, I did love the title and the sublte references to Cinderella throughout the entire novel.

Killian Stone (AKA Our prince) is the CEO of his familys empire. I say empire because that is exaclty what it is. His brother is a mess up and he has to hire the comp
Tiffany {Beyond the Stars: Book Blog}
I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Talk about a novel that took me for a ride. I read No Prince Charming in less than 24 hours. It was just so hard to put down! It’s 3:30 AM right now as I’m writing this review and I just finished reading!

The suspense, heartbreak, misery, lust, gah we got it all. My chest physically hurt at times because my heart was breaking for Claire and Killian. Payne and Blue depict the characters emotions so well and make us feel
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finally got into this series and I am so glad I did. I simply love Claire and Killian! Theirs is the sweetest sexy romance imaginable. I am not crazy about the wicked step-sister and the jury is still out on the stepmother. I like the take charge attitude of the team in trying to quell the rumors and rein in Killian's wayward brother Trey. While doing this, Killian is on the prowl and his prey is the crazy smart and very skittish, and rightfully so, Claire. She has a secret that can seriously ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fairy Queen Slays the Crown Prince

Claire Montgomery works for Asher & Associates as a "fixer" of the rich and famous. Killian Stone has an older brother who needs "fixing." Claire is all business and wasn't expecting the force of nature known as Killian Stone to shake up her world. Killian was used to keeping his title as the "Enigma of Magnificent Mile." Laying his cards on the table and showing his hand was not part of his plan. However, the planets aligned and put these two sexy people in
Ashlea Dubner
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For starters I'm going to say Margaux is a boob. I wanted to slap her while reading this book. But besides that I loved this book and the relationship that Claire and Killian had. They were a matched made in heaven. Killian is a straight gentleman and says all the things us women want to her. I absolutely loved him. I will see after finishing this book I wanted to throw it because of the way it ended lol. Now I must go onto the next book and see what happens. Angel and Victoria you guys rock and ...more
Dec 03, 2014 marked it as no-dnf-zzz-avoid  ·  review of another edition
Linda Dunn
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Prince of her Heart..

I was late to the party in reading this book, but now that I have, I am totally addicted. Killian Stone has a reputation for being a Casanova, Don Juan and lady's man all wrapped up in a gorgeous bow. He has many secrets he keeps in the cellar of his heart and does not have any time for a long lasting relationship. He runs an Empire and devotes himself to that and trying to keep his brother Trey out of trouble. It is a full time job. Killian hires a top PR firm to tamp the c
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Loosely based off the Cinderella story, where the princess gets her happily ever after, No Prince Charming promises an alluring love spectacle between Killian Stone, who could be as stoic and hard as his name implies, and Claire Montgomery, lonely and afraid that her secret might destroy the life she'd been building with her dad.

Secrets of Stone is a beautiful series that I have had the opportunity to begin with No Prince Charming. Although I have to admit that I didn't feel the Cinderella vibes
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed and I loved the Cinderella feel throughout the story. It was nice getting the point of view of both Killian and Claire.

Killian is no regular Prince Charming. He has many hidden secrets and suppressed feelings. Despite his confidence and cool exterior he harbors many secrets of his own. His Brother Trey seems to find plenty of negative activities that land them on the wrong side of the spot light. Killian hires a PR firm to help turn
Kika Medina
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG I absolutely loved this book, I can’t believe I waited so long to start this series. Killian and Claire are amazing, they made me love, hate, scream, I wanted to get into the book and knock some sense into them and also rip Margaux’s head off.
Seriously if you haven’t read this book, what are you waiting for?
White Hot Reads
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angel Payne and Victoria Blue are both amazing writers. They're what many writers strive for. Their prose is poetic and beautiful. I was truly captivated with the relationship and how it grew in the best, and yet flawed way. I love strong, dynamic, flawed characters and the authors created a world that is exciting, challenging and full of power. There is no distinction between who wrote what and that takes talent in itself.

Congrats! I'm ready for more!
Carinae L'etoile
Apr 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't know where to start with this book.

I was already inclined to dislike it the moment I read the first paragraph because it was written in the first person. I am not a fan of first person writing.

Because of the first person writing, I was having this odd thought running through my mind of Twilight and how this was somehow Twilight-inspired literature, but infinitely worse than Fifty Shades. I enjoyed Fifty Shades on the first read, don't get me wrong, but when I read it a second ti
Erin Lewis
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Star Review of No Prince Charming (Secrets Of Stone #1) by Angel Payne & Victoria Blue
The first book in the Secrets of Stone series and it is off to a good start. If this series is not on your TBR list then I suggest that you add it. This was a fast paced book, full of secrets; a fun and quirky take on Cinderella.
From the start I was entranced by Killian Stone and I was excited to see who the woman who would capture and hold his attention would be; Claire Montgomery did not disappoint.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Secrets kept

Wow, I've read several things by Angel Payne, but this is a first for Victoria Blue. I'm this book, Claire Montgomery and Killian Stone meet when her reputation firm is hired by SGC, (Killians company) to clean up his big brothers dirty laundry. There were sparks instantly, but because of a secret that Claire has she is afraid to act upon, even when Killian continues his relentless pursuit. But, Killian has a secret of his own. This is a story of a modern day Cinderella of sorts, but
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, kindle
Wow, I really loved this book. The changing POVs worked very well and the characters (especially Killian) were amazing. Not to mention some of those scenes were HOT! I'm so going to one-click the sequel right away.
Zoey Derrick
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An ABSOLUTE must read!!! Couldn't put it down and I'm bummed I finished it so fast, but damn it was GREAT!!
I need my own Killian Stone!!!
Kayla Ritenour (In Between The pages)
So I have to admit... this book took me forever to finish. Not because it wasnt amazing. But just because I've had a lot on my plate. And hit the mother of all reading slumps a little over halfway through it.

But the holidays gave me the break I needed, and with a well purchased audio. I was able to pull out of it and get back to this wonderful book.

And dear lord. This one is so hot. Like H.O.T.T hot!!
Just everything about this one drew me in. It had the romance. It had the drama... boy did it ha
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Prince Charming, by Angel Payne, is a modern-day Cinderella story complete with of course the evil stepmother and the devious, conniving and hateful stepsister, who I absolutely loved. This book has lots of heartbreak, deception, and of course lusty, steamy scenes.

The best part of the book was Killian Stone, Mr. Prince Charming himself. I totally enjoyed these authors giving this version of prince charming a total makeover into, in my opinion, the perfect alpha male. He is tall, dark and hand
Becky Baldridge
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
This modern day Cinderella story drove me a bit crazy and not in a good way. The story starts slow and for much of the first half, a bit boring. In all honesty, the only character I actually liked in this one was Killian. He's all alpha male and when he sees something he wants, he goes after it, which is exactly what he did here with Claire. Yes, he wanted her, but that only implies lust, not love. He's rich enough to dazzle her with various ways of getting her attention, and they do generate pl ...more
Kim Bishop
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book provided by author for an honest review.
This story is about Claire Montgomery, a 26-year-old career gal, working for Asher and Associates, a PR Firm in San Diego, CA. Claire works the statistics side of PR, graphs and boring blah blah shit, breaking her ass towards her way up the ladder. Her boss, Andrea Asher, will soon be married to Clarie's father, Jamison, and is a class A Ice Bitch Queen! Said Queen, has an evil minion of a daughter by the name of Margaux, aka Princesszilla, aka Margau
Amanda McCalip
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Claire and Killian were an absolute pleasure to read about and I literally cannot wait to start book number 2.

Claire knows she is in for it when she learns she is going to be helping get the Stone family out of a PR nightmare. Killian’s brother Trey is a trouble maker and likes to have a good time. Unfortunately for the Stone family that means bad news. The company Claire works for needs to come in and get this story flipped around. Little does Claire know, Killian is going to give her a fun fo
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Killian and Claire are Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boorific! Killian needs a PR firm to help him remake his brother Trey’s image. The scandal from his older brother has left him scrambling and he needs to find somebody to spin it. When he meets with Asher and Associates and gets an eyes on the delectable Claire he knows she’s just the girl to help him with oh so many things. Working for her Stepmother and Stepsister at the PR firm has never been easy and when Killian Stone comes looking for some reputation ...more
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USA Today bestselling romance author Angel Payne has been reading and writing her entire life. She has written for four publishing houses, and is also independently published. She most enjoys focusing on high heat and adventurous plots starring memorable alpha men and their headstrong heroines.

Angel's bestselling book series include the Bolt Saga, the Honor Bound series, the Suited for Sin series

Other books in the series

Secrets of Stone (9 books)
  • No More Masquerade (Secrets of Stone #2)
  • No Perfect Princess (Secrets of Stone, #3)
  • No Magic Moment (Secrets of Stone, #4)
  • No Lucky Number (Secrets of Stone #5)
  • No Simple Sacrifice (Secrets of Stone, #6)
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