by Kristine Grayson
Published March 1st 2001 by Zebra Contemporary Romance (first published February 1st 2001)
In Utterly Charming, Kristine Grayson took readers on a delightful romp through a modern fairy tale. Now, she picks up where she left off when a thoroughly modern Sleeping Beauty finds the kiss she’s been waiting for all these years.
Emma Lost can still remember the day she woke up in the back of a VW van after her famous thousand years’ snooze — the one that inspired the Sleeping Beauty myth. Emma knows it’s no fairy tale — she’s the real Sleeping Beauty, trying to hide her magical powers and swearing off kissing strange men for the rest of her life. Of course, most men follow her around like lovesick puppies…except for Michael Found, her gorgeous boss. The rational, logical Mr. Found doesn’t believe her theories about such things as Fates and fairies and magic, and he’s determined to expose her as a fraud. But Emma knows for sure the magic truly does exist, and she’s going to give Michael a lesson he’ll never forget — even if it means breaking her vow of not kissing men.
When I requested this book to read as an ARC, I did not realize that it was a continuation of a previous book. That being said, I was able to read this one pretty easily without having read the first book. Anytime there was something from the previous book alluded to, the author briefly explained what was going on and what happened in the previous book so that you got the gist of what was going on. I was not confused at all, which is a good thing. Reading this book made me want to read the first one, but I am not sure there is a point since it seems like all the high points were covered in this one.
I enjoyed the way Ms. Grayson wrote and I would most definitely read another book by her. She writes in a very fluid manner and draws the reader into her work. I was sucked in and wanted to know everything that was happening to the characters. There was not a ton of character development and I still really would have liked to get to know some of the characters better, but not every book is written that way, and that is not a bad thing. Thoroughly Kissed is just a nice book that allows the reader to get away from the world and enjoy a little romance without any of the heavy plot that can be in some other books.
Since I am moving out west in less than a month, I loved reading about the places that we will probably drive through. I have one complaint though; Ms. Grayson was quite rude when she mentioned Sheridan, Wyoming.
“The only place I’d feel comfortable stopping in the middle of the night between here and Billings is Sheridan, and it’s not the friendliest city I’ve ever been to.” Pg. 239 of the ebook.
Now most readers probably just skimmed over it and didn’t think much of the sentence, but I take offence to it. Sheridan, Wyoming is my new home and we chose to move there specifically because of the hospitality that it offers. It is a beautiful, friendly city centered in the Big Horn Mountains. Before Ms. Grayson, or any other author, decides to say hurtful things about a city, maybe actually going there and meeting the people would be a good thing, and if Ms. Grayson did go there and had a bad experience, I don’t think knocking a small town that really is friendly and has many neat experiences (Huge rodeo in July) and a strong history (Buffalo Bill and the Wild West show) to offer visitors, is a good thing to do. There were other ways she could have gotten the point that it was too long a drive across to readers without mentioning Sheridan, Wyoming in a negative way.
Overall, this is a great romance novel that really didn’t have any bodice ripping. Now it does have a lot of sexual tension and kissing and sex are a big overlapping theme, but it doesn’t happen in the book, you just know it happens after the book ends. I would recommend this book to adults only because of the sexual tension and overall theme.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.