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In the tradition of New York Times bestselling author Susan Anderson, comes a fresh and funny story of eternal love that already has the romance world buzzing.

In this thoroughly unique and irresistible romantic romp from a talented new author, a struggling Seattle lawyer, desperate to keep her fledging law firm from going under, takes a case involving a strange but incredibly attractive man. Before she knows it, all of Nora's wishes come ...
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Overview

In the tradition of New York Times bestselling author Susan Anderson, comes a fresh and funny story of eternal love that already has the romance world buzzing.

In this thoroughly unique and irresistible romantic romp from a talented new author, a struggling Seattle lawyer, desperate to keep her fledging law firm from going under, takes a case involving a strange but incredibly attractive man. Before she knows it, all of Nora's wishes come true, along with the realization that her client is Prince Charming...the real Prince Charming. There's just one problem: despite being a gorgeous hunk, he's a 1,000 year old magician who still has to deal with a Sleeping Beauty and one wicked stepmother before he and Nora can have a future together.
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Jill M. Smith
Always a gifted storyteller, Kristin Hannah outdoes herself with this hauntingly beautiful and richly emotional novel. A shining triumph and not to be missed!
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Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 2000, the second visit to Grayson’s fractured fairy tale world (after Wickedly Charming) is just as endearing as the first. Emma, the legendary Sleeping Beauty, is caught in the middle of a vicious custody battle between her evil witch mentor, Ealhswith, and her “Prince,” wizard Aethelstan Blackstone. Aethelstan enlists the help of down-on-her-luck lawyer Nora Barr, who is hesitant to get involved in the world of magic. When Emma finally wakes, the reunion doesn’t go as planned. Angry at losing the last 1,000 years of her life, Emma wants nothing to do with Blackstone or Ealhswith and asks for Nora’s protection and help navigating the modern world—but all Nora can think about is her attraction to handsome Aethelstan. Grayson (science fiction author Kristine Kathryn Rusch) uses smooth prose and humorous, human characters to create a delightful, breezy tale perfect for anyone who truly enjoys happy endings. (Oct.)
Caught in a Fab Romance
Utterly Charming was a fun, modern twist to a traditional fairy tale, full of magical characters learning to navigate life the 20th century. A cute, light read
Laura's Reviews
Overall, Utterly Charming was a very charming novel that was the best romance novel I've read in quite a while. I will definitely be reading more Kristine Grayson novels, and particularly want to read more of her fractured fairy tales.
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Dynamic characters and an atypical story will have you flipping through pages. 4 Stars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821764725
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Before turning to romance writing, award-winning author Kristine Grayson edited the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and ran Pulphouse Publishing (which won her a World Fantasy Award). She has won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and, under her real name, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, the prestigious Hugo award. She lives with her own Prince Charming, writer Dean Wesley Smith, in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    It had It's Moments...

    If Mr. Disney and director Ron Howard could team up to update and tweak a live action story of Sleeping Beauty with more twists than a Twizzler, they'd probably choose to base it on Utterly Charming.

    Nora is the skeptic who has a dash of the magical believer in her courtesy of her father. It's that balance of independent woman with a white knight tendency and a strong moral and ethical back bone, and the little girl dreaming of princesses, magic and the power of love hidden inside that made her a delightful heroine. She confounds the hero but delights his sidekick. She annoys the villainess yet challenges her too. Nora also has to deal with her mother and an ex-husband. Add to that the responsibility she takes on when she not only wakes up the sleeping beauty but decides that the men in the story are so daft, only another woman could successfully help the poor girl. Nora had no idea what she was getting herself into.

    Blackstone is the hero. He's not a very hands-on type in this story nor is he a major player. He's supposed to be but his role for the most part is pretty passive. He is on stage to create some flash and fire and to bewilder and confuse Nora with thoughts of interest and attraction but he is not a mover and shaker of the plot. He sets the story in motion initially but then steps back to let Nora have the spotlight. When he does show a reaction to the heroine, it's not very dramatic or pointed. It's more a mystery to me and to the heroine. Blackstone is confused a lot during the story because the man has to face a huge reality - he's a man of the 21st Century with magic steeped in the past and who has a frozen ideal about Emma, his sleeping beauty, and her place in his life. How he faces his actual wants and needs and what he does to change things was interesting. The hero can be romantic and he enjoys the grand gestures of romance but he has a lot of growing to do when it comes to courting the woman destined to be his.

    I actually liked Sancho, Blackstone's buddy and partner in crime. Being mysterious worked well for his character and I liked his twisted sense of humor. In fact, most of the giggles and chuckles I got were from whenever he was in a scene. I also enjoyed his knowing things that Nora and Blackstone were too clueless to notice or realize. I got a greater sense of internal emotional pain from Sancho than I did for any other character. I actually would like to know more about him.

    Ealhswith is the villainess. I can't even begin to figure out how to say that name. It drove me a bit batty. Then again, she drove everyone nuts with her evil plots and tendency to use magic to create chaos at her whim. I never got the impression that people were truly fearful of her -- just annoyed, bothered and accustomed to her petulant ways. Sure, she is a force to be reckoned with but for all her machinations and dastardly actions, her character seemed traditional and anti-climactic.

    There were other secondary characters, that being Nora's mom, and the surprise helper for Emma, the catalyst for this tale. The other character I won't disclose is a cute touch and made Nora's mother more interesting. I certainly liked the affect it had on the heroine. The Fates put on a brief appearance and once they got to the business at hand, they were alright. The initial scene where everyone first came upon them was unnecessary to the story and it could have been omitted.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

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    I chose to read UTTERLY CHARMING because I needed an escape. I n

    I chose to read UTTERLY CHARMING because I needed an escape. I needed a break from reality and I wasn't disappointed. From start to finish the story intrigued me and I kept turning the pages. It was a great spin off from some old fairy tales with great characters and some well liked secondaries. It was one of those books that made me smile and forget about the real world. I am looking forward to reading more from the CHARMING series.

    Rating: 4.5

    Reviewed by: KellyR,My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Parts of it were good, but overall seemed ho-hum

    I really tried to enjoy this book, but after the first few chapters I was fed up with all the characters. Because the characters were indecisive or irrational throughout the story it caused things to drag. I also lost most of my respect for the lead character, Nora when she decides to blindly follow the request of the male lead to hide "sleeping beauty." No one in their right mind would do that. The author tries to rationalize that away with magic, but it makes the story feel forced rather than flowing on its own.

    Aside from the negatives I had, if you are in the mood for a "fractured" fairytale, then this might be the book for you. The romance is very subtle throughout the story, almost like it is subtext. So if you want something that isn't "hot and heavy," this may be the book for you as well. Writing wise the story was fine, I just got fed up with the characters and struggled to finish it.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Fun and Fast Read

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    need it for the nook :)

    Please...:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2000

    Wonderful! Actually Utterly Charming

    I've read a lot of romances over the years and this one left me completely satisfied and smiling. A wonderful, easy read, I sped through it in one evening. I loved how someone out of our world ends up with the real Prince Charming. I can't wait for the next book with these characters. I want to know who Sleeping Beauty falls in love with. I'm giving copies of this book to all my friends and family. Buy this book! You won't be sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    Other worldly man needs female attorney's help.

    Portland attorney Nora Barr is on the verge of losing everything she owns when Blackstone walks on the scene. Charged with a wide range of crimes such as arson and murder, he needs Nora¿s services bad. Blackstone is not what he appears to be on the surface. He¿s stolen a glass coffin with Emma, a woman in a deep coma. This near corpse has been suspended in time for a thousand years. Emma is the one to whom he¿s pledged, yet Nora captures his attention and ignites his desire like no one has throughout the centuries. Heavy on witchcraft, light on common sense and romance, this unusual tale will spark interest, but may leave readers puzzled in places. Grayson¿s first paranormal contemporary will be followed by a sequel, Emma¿s story.

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