Wickedly Charming – Kristine Grayson

A treat for your sweet-tooth.

Stars: Three-and-a-half of five.

Review format: Note plus links.
Wickedly Charming – Kristine Grayson. SummaryHe’s given up on happily-ever-after…Cinderella’s Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead end. The new owner of a bookstore, Charming has given up on women, royalty, and anything that smacks of a future.
That is, until he meets up with Mellie…
But she may be the key to happily-right-now…
Mellie is sick and tired of stepmothers being misunderstood. Vampires have redeemed their reputation, why shouldn’t stepmothers do the same? Then she runs into the handsomest, most charming man she’s ever met and discovers she’s going about her mission all wrong…
It’s only natural that sparks fly and magic ensues when these two fairy tale refugees put their heads—and vulnerable hearts—together… (Author’s site)
Provenance: Purchased online in Kindle format.  Felt like reading some junk food….

Wickedly Charming was published in 2011 – Kris Rusch’s most recent fantasy romance. It combines a wicked stepmother with a prince charming – get the name?

This is a twinkie – light romance with a fluffy fantasy filling.   Both protagonists are thoroughly likeable, and it’s fun to cheer for both of them as they find their way together.

This is a vacation book to read in electronic form, so no one can see the title or stereotype cover.

Ware Spoilers below

Things I liked

  • Spoiler: they live happily ever after! Hahaha
  • Confidently-written.  Once you get past the slight klunkiness of the book fair intro, this is a perfect twinkie of a book.
  • The shouting match in the coffee shop – as Dave vs Dave brandish testosterone at each other.
  • The light, sweet humor. Definitely made me laugh. Sunscreen ‘smelling like some weird chemical coconut.’


  • Aaaaaahhhhggghh. The cover! I’ll never be able to read this in public – I’d rather be seen reading Monster Hunter International.  This probably tells you more about me than it tells you about the cover. 😉
  • This is a perfect twinkie of a book.  I scarfed it down, and then felt… like I’d eaten too much sugar.
  • The opening sequence at the book fair stretched a little too long – specifically the parts following Mellie. Her internal monologue about where to protest, who to organize… it lagged a little.
  • Ella’s appearance as a black-hat, wanting to erase her daughters’ existence.  Yes, it was an important story device adding urgency, but it came out of nowhere.

Links and other reviews   (added by me, not generated)

  • Grayson’s website – Grayson is the romantic genre persona used by Kris Rusch.
  •  AlphaHeroes gives it a qualified approving review, with spoilers – ‘Overall I enjoyed this character-driven story, mostly because it takes me back to my childhood enjoyment of fairy tales.  It’s a story about second chances, and the message is a real one: you have to work for your happily-ever-after.  I thought it was uneven in places and sometimes felt like it was trying too hard; but it soon hit its stride and pulled together a readable reminisce with characters you’ll root for.’
  • Drey’s Library votes – pick it up and points out most importantly: “One thing about the cover. The dude on it is delicious–the parts we can see, anyway! *grin* But the book describes him as slightly paunchy, and “paunchy” doesn’t equal yummy abs to me. ”  Way to go Drew, that’s an even better reason for me to gripe about the cover!
  • And… really not many critical reviews.  I suppose the cover is safe advertising, so nobody goes in expecting something that this isn’t.


Shall I link your review? Let me know in a comment, and I will add it here.

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  1. #1 by Carol on September 23, 2011 - 11:45 am

    Sounds like a fun, light read, not to be taken too seriously. And really – Prince Charming owns a bookstore!

    • #2 by Sandy M. on September 23, 2011 - 5:59 pm

      Yes, a bookstore owner would be hard to resist. 😉 It was exactly what I was in the mood for.

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