Title: Utterly Charming
Author: Kristine Grayson
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Release Date: October 2011
How I Read It: Mass Market Arc
Rating: 4 Crowns
He could be her own personal Prince Charming if only dreams did come true…
Mysterious, handsome wizard Aethelstan Blackstone hires beautiful, hardworking attorney Nora Barr to get a restraining order to protect Sleeping Beauty from her evil stepmother. But if Sleeping Beauty is supposed to be his soul mate, then how come he’s becoming bewitched by Nora?
And when Nora finds herself baby-sitting a clueless maiden from the middle ages, avoiding a very wicked witch, and falling hard for a man whose magic she doesn’t believe in, she begins to think that love itself is only a fairy tale…
Welcome to the fractious fairy tale world of Kristine Grayson, where the bumpy road to happily every after is paved with surprised…
(from the back of the ARC)
First Thought When I Read The Blurb:
Who knew Prince Charming’s name was Aethelstan?
Nora Barr is a lawyer whose career is going nowhere. Aethelstan Blackstone is a man with a problem. Ok, that’s a lie. He’s a man with a few problems and is in need of some legal advice yet it takes his sidekick, who claims to be Sancho Panza, to actually get the legal help he needs.
When Nora finds the two arguing in the parking garage, her first thought is to flee. But what’s a struggling attorney to do when they make her an offer she cannot refuse?
Hours after agreeing to take him on as a client, Aethelstan has been arrested for destroying a block of houses and murdering a mysterious woman. According to the radio, the two were spotted throwing balls of fire at each other. Things then from crazy to certifiable, when the dead woman wakes, the houses return to normal, Nora is left with a van housing a mysterious case that they claim is housing Sleeping Beauty, and no one but a handful of people remember what happened.
Ten years pass by and it’s time to wake Sleeping Beauty who apparently is name Emma. Nora awakes Emma, and then the madness ensues as once again her wicked stepmother and Aethelstan fight over who is going to claim her.
However…what if Emma doesn’t want to be claimed? It’s a new era and she has figured out that a woman can be in control. When she rejects her Prince he should be heartbroken, yet it seems that Nora is the woman on his mind.
Will Prince Charming go with heart and choose Nora…or will he choose Emma, believing her to be his soul mate?
This is the first Kristine Grayson novel that I have read, so I was sure what to expect. Plus, I have never read a fairytale-based book since I was a child, so I wasn’t sure this would be my cuppa tea. I have to say that I was intrigued once I started reading I became hooked and was unable to put the book down.
This novel had humor and spunk, which added to the delight of reading it. I loved how the characters surprised me, especially Emma, who added delight bits of comedy along the way due to her being unaccustomed to the time in-which had awoke. Prince Charming had a few surprises up his sleeve too, and no I am not talking about his pet snake.
I am definitely going to give Kristine Grayson’s other books a go as I thoroughly enjoyed reading UTTERLY CHARMING!
Overall, this book was a fun read and I believe that it will make the perfect fall read. A light romance that will leave you happy as a lark.
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