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Stars: Three-and-a-half of five.Review format: Note plus links. Wickedly Charming – Kristine Grayson. Summary: He’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.
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Oh, my this is pure fluff… but it’s so confidently spun out that you grin and settle back in your armchair.
There are two point-of-view characters, who are also the romantic leads. Travers the CPA and reluctant mage; and Zoe, the 150-year-old mage turned hard-boiled-Vegas-magic-PI. Both are well described, though I do regret that I did not track down Simply Irresistable yet, because that immediately preceded this book.
In poking around fantasy-writing blogs, the name Lazette Gifford comes up. She has a reputation for being a great teacher/explainer of the writing process… I followed along a couple links and the next thing I knew, I was reading the first several chapters of this novel. I had to know how it ended, so I bought it from smashwords.com. Very unlike my usual M.O. of library-requesting.
So, Kat among the Pigeons. What I absolutely enjoyed the most was the very strong sense of place in this book – the feel of hiking through those mountains, the peace in the forest. Exactly the kinds of places I would like to be, and this story took me there. The town itself is also well realized. Kat herself was a good companion through the story – likable and believably explaining her magic without heavy exposition.
It reminds me a little of Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff, if you’re looking for parallels. I would happily read more about Kat!
What was wrong with it? Nothing much wrong… I would have liked more of … I am not sure what was missing. More characters, perhaps?
The Pretender’s Crown by C.E. Murphy is the sequel to The Queen’s Bastard: book 2 of The Inheritors’ Cycle. All the important characters (of those left alive at the end of the first book) are here to carry on with the excitement. Belinda Primrose, Javier de Castille as king of ‘France’, Lorraine Walter as queen of ‘England’, and Drake as the queen’s lover and father to Belinda.
The magic-from-aliens angle is key to the story – succinctly described as an OMGWTFBBQ moment by another reader. Setting aside the clunkiness of aliens and genetic engineering in this alternate-history that’s healthily powered by ample political intrigue; the spectre of alien domination becomes Belinda’s secret nemesis.
This book is better than the first, IMO: the plot cranks things along at high speed the entire time. Read the rest of this entry »