cover image A Tale of Two Princes

A Tale of Two Princes

Eric Geron. Inkyard, $18.99 (448p) ISBN 978-1-335-42592-8

A closeted prince and an out-and-proud cowboy, both 17 and white-cued, discover that they are twins in this raucous tale by Geron (Bye Bye, Binary). Weeks before his 18th birthday and investiture, a ceremony during which he will be named heir to the Canadian royal throne, Prince Edward Dinnissen serendipitously bumps into his doppelgänger, Billy Boone, a gay rancher from Montana. Billy is attending a Juilliard audition and Edward is appearing at a charity ball in N.Y.C. when they learn that a hospital error separated them at birth, and Billy—born minutes earlier—is the true heir to the throne. Billy soon moves to New York to prepare for his own investiture under the demanding tutelage of a royal adviser. Resentful of Billy’s sudden rise to fame and his ease with being out, Edward recruits his pretend girlfriend and best friend to turn public opinion against Billy and reclaim his title by purposefully misleading him in royal propriety. When Edward and Billy finally begin warming up to each other, however, a long-buried family secret jeopardizes their fledgling siblinghood. The twins’ dynamic relationship unfurls swiftly, and their unique alternating perspectives, paired with the narrative’s solidly crafted emotional landscape, offer monarchical fanatics a hijinks-filled royal escape. Ages 13–up. Agent: Brent Taylor, Triada US. (Jan.)