Review: Utterly Charming – Kristine Grayson

Genre: Contemporary romance meets fairy tale
Pages: 320
To Be Published: October 1, 2011 (2000)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source. For review

Bestselling author Kristine Grayson’s fairy tale romances bring the classic stories into the present day, where fairy tale characters must grapple with the complexities of modern life as well as their own destinies.
This time when Sleeping Beauty wakes up, she wants nothing to do with the man who kissed her. Consoling Alex Blackstone, the rejected suitor who is a brilliant magician but inept when it comes to women, falls to modern career woman and lawyer, Nora Barr. Nora now has to deal with Beauty’s evil stepmother, and the discovery that Alex just might be her own personal Prince Charming…
My thoughts:
What can I say, the title does say it all. This was such a charming book. Nora, our heroine meets Alex Blackstone who is so hot, and she can’t stop thinking of him. Too bad he is in love with a woman who he claims to be in a magical coma, but she soon realizes magic is real and fairy tales too.
I liked Nora, even if she was a bit to of a lawyer sometimes. She did not let down her guard, but then who would when meeting a 1000 year old mage, a wicked witch, and a woman in a glass coffin. And I had to like that she did not let Alex or our wicked stepmother get the upper hand of her. Instead she wanted to protect Emma.
Before you all go all oh no! What about poor Emma? Well that is a long story, and just because two kids believed they were in love a 1000 years ago does not mean that is true now. And Alex is always the gentleman, I truly liked that about him. 
It is a romance that in a way is not a romance. It is always there on the fringes because he wants to protect his sleeping beauty, she thinks those two are meant to be, they are both so utterly blind to what is in front of them. The romance therefore is slow to build, but that is good since they get it when they see it.
But what I liked most is how she brought these two worlds together, Magic is real and out there. And fairy tales, well there is always a hint of truth in them, but mostly they are just sweetened beyond words and the true story is lost in time.
If you want cute and sweet then look here. And if you want that romance with fairy tale vibe over it then you have found the right book. I liked it and would want more.

26 thoughts on “Review: Utterly Charming – Kristine Grayson

  1. Aurian says:

    Carol is right, is this a mix of snow white and sleeping beauty? Sleeping beauty doesn't have an evil stepmother either, just a witch who cursed her because she was uninvited.

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    ANNAfun and cute is always goodCarolI was thinking that too, but the thing is that perhaps it was meant to be that this story was the beginning of two fairytales since it got them both in the mix.MRS QI know, this one is cute, but still, eh, dunno reallyNiceIt was fun πŸ˜€ I want moreLindaI think soAurianI would say mix. Cos in the end it does not have anything from either of them really. From snow white the coffin, from sleeping beauty the long sleepCarrieI liked it cos it was different and so not true contemporaryVivienneIt was certainly sweet

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    MissieLol, it is a romance and at the same time not. So you just have to see what I mean ;)MelissaHihi, poor book, do you think it would go and hide? But you do seem to have read lots of dark ones, while I have been on the train to SweetvillePattiCute is the wordI hope you enjoy it Yvonne!MelissaYou sure do, cute can get you through a rough week. Not that I had a rough week, but at least you read the cute ones fast ;)StaciI hope you will enjoy it :DStephShe was a bit pissed since her mentor and her man had been fighting over her for a 1000 years and not letting her out

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