Completely Smitten

Completely Smitten

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by Kristine Grayson
     
 

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THE SIDEKICK'S JOURNEY

Darius has been a sidekick forever. Always the best friend, never the hero. Known throughout the ages by a variety of names from Merlin to Sancho Panza, Puck to Andvari, Darius has kept his real identity secret.

Three thousand years ago, he disrespected true love. So, as punishment, the Fates took away his good looks and forced him to unite

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THE SIDEKICK'S JOURNEY

Darius has been a sidekick forever. Always the best friend, never the hero. Known throughout the ages by a variety of names from Merlin to Sancho Panza, Puck to Andvari, Darius has kept his real identity secret.

Three thousand years ago, he disrespected true love. So, as punishment, the Fates took away his good looks and forced him to unite 100 soul mates before he got his looks back. He just united his 98th and 99th couple. He has one left when he meets Ariel Summers.

Ariel Summers, a world-famous triathlete, hikes through the Idaho Wilderness to come to terms with a career-ending injury. She falls off a cliff, but somehow manages to stop on a ledge halfway down. But she needs help, and a handsome man provides it-using magic. She meets Darius in his true form, which he can revert to once a year-and falls in love with him.

Or does she? Because Darius's lifelong enemy, Cupid, lurks in the woods, and he's shot an arrow at Ariel. Did it hit? And does it matter? Because Darius knows Ariel is part of the final couple he must unite. He can't bear to unite her with anyone else. But Darius doesn't deserve true love. So he must break Cupid's spell, find Ariel's soulmate, and unite them. Even though he doesn't want to.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615679303
Publisher:
WMG Publishing
Publication date:
08/02/2012
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes romance under the names Kristine Grayson, Kristine Dexter, and Kris DeLake. Her Kristine Grayson paranormal romances have won the Romantic Times Reader's Choice Award. Best Reviews calls her "The Reigning Queen of Paranormal Romance."

Award-winning, bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has published books under many names and in many genres. Her fantasy novels about the Fey have been published all over the world, and were recently rereleased in the United States as audio books by Audible.com. She has won the World Fantasy Award and is the former editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

For more information on her work, go to kristinekathrynrusch.com.

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RyanMWilliams More than 1 year ago
My first Kristine Grayson, light, fun fantasy romance. I thought it was very clever and interesting. Will definitely check out more!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Almost three millenniums ago, the Fates punish skeptic Darius for interfering with Eros¿ task of firing arrows containing true love to the mortal plane. His sentencing is to match up one hundred soul mates in love, but he must do so in a shrimp short-tempered gnome body instead of his natural handsome hunk figure. After twenty-seven centuries of being the laughing stock of Mount Olympus, Darius has one couple to go.

Taking his annual one-week vacation in the Idaho Mountains in which he allowed to return to his normal body, Darius observes triathlete Ariel Summers calmly struggle to stay alive during a rock slide. He helps her and takes her to his cabin, a shocker because the last visitor was Hemingway over eight decades ago. As they fall in love, Darius worries that Cupid stealthily shot him. What will happen to true love when he returns to his gnome form?

Perhaps the reigning queen of romantic fantasy, Kristine Grayson provides her audience with her usual whimsical yet cute novel. Whether readers find the story line UTTERLY CHARMING depends on taste because for much of the book Darius is as anti a hero as a protagonist can be even if he saves Ariel¿s life. Instead he is a dumpy grumpy schlump. On the other hand, Ariel is a courageous soul who goes after what she wants without worrying about the outer wrappings. Thus the audience wonders just whom the human really is. Still the story line is amusing for those readers who enjoy a contemporary adult fairy tale.

Harriet Klausner