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Some Sort of Spell (Bellaire and Chalmers #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  44 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
She didn't ask to be rescued

Beatrice's half sister had done a lot of crazy things, but inviting Elliott Chalmers to temporarily share their home while his was being renovated--that was the limit!

Everyone knew that Beatrice and Elliott had never seen eye to eye over her dedication to her orphaned siblings. He'd even nicknamed her "Cinders."

Well, handsome prince or no, she h
Paperback, Harlequin Romance #2901, 189 pages
Published April 1988 by Harlequin Books (first published 1987)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I like this one a lot because Elliot has a thing for Bea and she never noticed. He can only get her attention off her demanding, dramatic younger siblings that she has dedicated her life to taking care of, by taunting her. Finally when he gets her attention, he goes into full on pursuit mode. Elliot's pretty funny because he wants Bea to focus on him and not her family, and is very unapologetic about it. He pretty much maneuvers the whole family so that they can become more self-sufficient so th ...more
This is a Cinderella story with the heroine being the down-trodden "ugly duckling" of a large family of drama llamas who are all beautiful and confident and . . . manipulative.

Enter Prince Charming - our hero - who is a match for the whole family. The delight in the story comes from the hero putting the family members in their place. The heroine is clueless about her own attractions, but eventually catches on for an HEA.
Nov 25, 2012 Leona rated it it was ok
Shelves: hqn-presents
Not one of my favorites....The storyline was cute and had great potential, but I got thrown into a tizzy with a heroine that seemed to walk around in a daze allowing people to manipulate her left and right and a family that made "Attila the Hun" look like a choir boy.

I liked that Elliott was smitten, but again not orchestrated very well.

I usually can get past a lot of things, if I can relate to the characters, but these folks left me cold.
I was surprised by how much I liked this one, considering it was an HP published in the early eighties. I was expecting a ragey alphole male all set to control every aspect of the FMC's life and instead got... well, maybe not a ragey alphole male, but still with control issues. Still, it was surprisingly mellow.

Beatrice is the daughter of a pair of mega-Hollywood actors with a tempestuous relationship. Her parents both deceased, her now mostly grown brothers and sisters are pretty much all a bun
Grace Harwood
Jul 30, 2015 Grace Harwood rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful romantic story with all of that fantastic Jordan magic that I just adore. Beatrice, the ugly duckling of a family of amazingly attractive siblings, is the only one of the family who is not involved in the acting profession. Instead, she's got stuck looking after the house and her spoilt siblings after her parents (also actors) die. Enter Elliott, a distant relative, who she feels slightly wary of. However, it's a Mills and Boon, so it's not long before they're up to no good i ...more
Apr 30, 2013 sbf20112011 rated it really liked it
Fun, lighthearted read. Totally smitten hero and an entertainingly clueless heroine. Enjoyed the story and resolution.
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Jun 12, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it
Shelves: will-reread
I know this was just a Harlequin romance but the story really spoke to me....the eldest sister with some serious Marilyn Monroe curves who thinks she is homely when living amongst her oh so thin brothers and sisters and comparing herself to them...they put her down every chance they get and treat her like their personal slave...she comes out on top when a family friend finally has the nerve to come forward and tell her how he feels about her....I love a happy ending...
Helen Manning
Oct 19, 2015 Helen Manning rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Great story of the "ugly duckling" sister who's prince has been sardonically, mockingly waiting for her all along.
Apr 22, 2016 Poonam rated it liked it
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3.5 stars
Wanted to read this one for a long time. Love stories having unrequited love from hero's side and the heroine is completely clueless.
Nov 15, 2012 Kay rated it liked it
I really like the hero, but think the Cinderella element is a bit overdone.
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