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Utterly Charming (Fates #1)

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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 incredi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 319 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Zebra
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Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed this book probably more than it really deserved. It's an urban fantasy version of sleeping beauty, though with liberal twists on the plot (like that the kiss is what got her into the situation, rather than what gets her out). Oh, and Emma, the sleeping beauty, has been out for 1,000 years.

The fun parts of this were that the actual central character was Nora Barr, a Portland attorney hired to watch after Emma and help her once she wakes. Nora was a fantastic heroine. She stands up again
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Dawn
Apr 25, 2013 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, 2013-books
Utterly Charming is the story of Sleeping Beauty. One thousand years ago Ealhswith. the evil stepmother (err mentor) has placed a curse on Emma Blackstone tries to rescue Emma and kisses her to prevent her from dying but the kiss has an unexpected consequence and places her in a coma for one thousand years. Nine hundred and ninety years later Blackstone is in Portland OR and he is fighting with Ealhswith over who will have possession of Emma. Blackstone formulates a plan where neither one will h ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
What can I say, the title does say it all. This was such a charming book. Nora, our heroine meets Alex Blackstone who is so hot, and she can't stop thinking of him. Too bad he is in love with a woman who he claims to be in a magical coma, but she soon realizes magic is real and fairy tales too.

I liked Nora, even if she was a bit to of a lawyer sometimes. She did not let down her guard, but then who would when meeting a 1000 year old mage, a wicked witch, and a woman in a glass coffin. And I had
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Lyuba
Nov 09, 2011 Lyuba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on Feminist Romantic Book Reviews: http://feministromantic.blogspot.com/...

4.5 out of 5

Wait, is this supposed to be book 1 in the Fates series? Then I must be missing something, because I read Wickedly Charming first and was waiting for this book to come out. Well, I do not claim to know how the book world works, and for all I know, this could be a re-release.

I actually did not pick this book right away, even if I absolutely loved Wickedly Charming. The reason? The blurb didn'
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Amanda
Sep 16, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, set-series
I'm still not sure how I feel about this book even though I finished it a day ago. I was really excited about it at first, the concept of the book was so cute to me and I love Fairy Tales. But then as I started reading I wasn't able to really submerge myself into the story like I usually am. I found myself thinking that Nora and Max talked to much and had to force myself not to skip stuff because it could have been important. I also felt that Max even though he was mentioned before he came into ...more
Kimberly
After reading Wickedly Charming & loving it, I couldn't wait to read Utterly Charming. This book was a re-release & so it was written before Wickedly Charming. That fact makes me feel better about not liking this book as much as the other. The first three chapters were hard to get through. After that things picked up enough to keep me interested, but the characters were not as likeable. I felt like I never really got to know Blackstone outside of his need to protect Emma. One warning, th ...more
Amy Keeley
This isn't really a romance novel. Well, it is, but it isn't.

First of all, the description is a bit off. Nora Barr is hired by Sancho Panza to guard a woman Alex Blackstone, a wizard, is trying to keep from her evil step-mother/mentor. It's pretty clear from the start that something should happen between Alex and Nora. The problem is, I'm not sure why they should.

Before I go on, I do want to make it clear that I liked this book.

Nora is the best thing about this story. She believes just enough
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Barbara ★
I love fairy tales and the new idea of spinning them on their sides and making them a thrilling modern adventure just adds to the fun. Unfortunately, when I picked up this book I was expecting more than I got. Don't get me wrong it starts out great. Initially I really liked Blackstone and Sancho and even Nora but by the "Now" section, I was disappointed with Nora, Blackstone and Sancho.

Nora Barr is a young promising lawyer who takes possession of a VW bus and told to hang onto it until her new
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Bookaholics
Oct 11, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly Charming by Kristine Grayson
Contemporary Romance -Oct. 1st, 2011
4 stars

Nora Barr was determined to save her law practice from bankruptcy, but that doesn’t mean she’ll take the case of Aethelstan Blackstone! Let alone help him hide a suspicious VW van. Even when Aethelstan claims that he’s really a mage who needs to hide his true love, Emma the Sleeping Beauty from the evil witch, can Nora really trusts him?

Ten years later, when Emma finally awakens from her long sleep and is furious at A
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Jules
Oct 15, 2011 Jules rated it liked it
Original 3.5 JEWEL review can be read at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Kristine Grayson has obviously been having fun taking beloved fairytales and legends and giving them settings in the present. She has done it again by providing the age-old tale of Sleeping Beauty and her Prince Charming several fun twists and new possibilities.

Earlier this year I read Wickedly Charming and fell in love with Ms. Grayson's storytelling. I liked her explanation that there are several Prince Charmings! They are a
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Cheryl
Sep 28, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it
Nora Barr manages her own law firm. Only business is really slow. So slow in fact that if Nora does not get some clients soon than she will be forced to go out of business and work for another law firm. This is Nora’s lucky or maybe unlucky day.

Aethelstan Blackstone is a mage or a wizard. He and his associate Sancho Panza ( I know but this is really his name) are in need of an attorney. Blackstone and Sleeping Beatuy aka Emma (hey, this is not your classic fairy tale) are suppose to be together
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JoAnn Ross
Oct 13, 2013 JoAnn Ross rated it it was amazing
I was going through a stressful time when I picked up this book and was utterly charmed. It's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, which is a hard story to work with because the "heroine" is sleeping throughout the story. In this case poor Emma (yes, that was Beauty's real name, who knew?) has been sleeping for a thousand years in a glass casket, ultimately becoming little more than a prop in a war of good vs evil.

I don't think I'm giving away any spoilers by saying that Emma isn't the ultimate hero
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

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 prince
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Laura
Nov 04, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly Charming is similar to the Fractured Fairy Tales (of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) by taking a classic story that you thought you knew, and turning it upside down into a fun, thrilling, modern adventure. Nora is just out of law school and is trying to get her struggling practice off the ground. One day she is visited by a very handsome man named Aethelstan Blackstone and his sidekick, Sancho Panza. Nora has always believed a bit in magic, but even she is overwhelmed by the events that take ...more
Patti TheLoveJunkee
Nora Barr is a young attorney who decided to open her own practice instead of joining a big law firm out of law school. Money's running short because she doesn't have a lot of clients, so when Aethelstan (Alex) Blackstone shows up in her building looking for an attorney, she agrees to talk to him. It turns out he's trying to contact a dear friend in a coma, but the friend's guardian won't let him near her. He is not related to this friend, nor does he have any sort of custody, so Nora tells him ...more
Staci
Oct 20, 2011 Staci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2011-reads
First thoughts when I finished: "Not what I was hoping for."

I read Wickedly Charming earlier this year and loved it, so when Sourcebooks was offering another Grayson book I just had to read it. What I've gathered since finishing the book is that she wrote Utterly Charming way back in 2000. Why is this relevant? Because she wrote Wickedly Charming eleven years later and boy has her writing skills improved. I'm very glad that I read her later work first because if I had started with Utterly Charmi
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Virginia
Jul 28, 2012 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, re-read
Synopsis - At the beginning of the book, Nora Barr is 25, fresh out of law school, and dangerously close to shutting down her private practice. She meets two men who claim to be mages and ask her to store a VW microbus for 10 years. Magic was a point of contention between her practical mother and magician (not mage) father, but the events of that day were enough to suspend her disbelief.

After the allotted 10 years, nightmares about waking up in a glass coffin compel Nora to open up the microbus,
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Stephanie
Feb 04, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
When I was 18 I read the first 5 in this Fates series (the only ones published at that point). I thought it was tons of fun. I loved it. It's not amazing by any means, but to my 18 year old self it was thoroughly entertaining. It took me 10 stinking years to find the books! Holy heavens! I am excited to read them again and see how my feelings on the books compare. Haha.
Drucilla
Apr 10, 2012 Drucilla rated it liked it
Shelves: g
I did have a few problems with the book, but overall it was a decent read (maybe actually 2.7 stars). I thought the characters were interesting even though the main ones were relegated to the background often. Emma surprised me by how strong she was. The love story between Blackstone and Nora was overpowered both by other characters and, actually, by a lack of one. (view spoiler) The structure of the book was different than I e ...more
Janet Robel
Judging by the cover blurb, I thought this book was going to be fun and flirty. It turns out, there really isn't any romance through the book. Nora is a likable protagonist and the story line was ok but that is the only thing I could say about it.
Elizabeth
This book really does read like a fairy tale, in every sense of the word. It's whimsical, at times charming, and often unbelievable. But it also drags, focuses too much on the battle between "good vs. evil" and doesn't offer any surprises. I'll have to hand it to the author though, she does spin some fairy tale cliches on their head. I liked that Nora was the ultimate heroine, and not the perfect Sleeping Beauty like I'd expected. And the introduction of a modern woman's wants, needs and viewpoi ...more
Karen
Jul 21, 2014 Karen rated it did not like it
Shelves: authors-to-avoid, dnf
Did. Not. Like. This. There was very little romance. The beginning dragged. I skimmed most of it and didn't enjoy what I read.
Kade
Jul 25, 2016 Kade rated it really liked it
Quick read that was a fun romp in fairy tales invading modern life.
Cherry
Sep 07, 2014 Cherry rated it really liked it
The perfect title for an utterly charming read #fantasy #chicklit
Jenny
Jul 14, 2009 Jenny rated it it was ok
Nora is a struggling lawyer, trying to keep her firm afloat. Problem is, she looks like a teenage cheerleader and is just out of law school, so no one wants to trust her.

Enter Prince Charming. He needs her to store a Volkswagon microbus that may or may not contain a glass coffin holding Snow White for ten years. He also may or may not have just had a fireball-throwing contest with the evil step-mother in the middle of the Portland suburbs. What's a girl to do?

A mildly entertaining read that wa
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Caryl Moulder
Oct 18, 2015 Caryl Moulder rated it liked it
Nice few of the evil stepmother
SlimmGoodie
Oct 07, 2012 SlimmGoodie rated it it was ok
I was excited to get into this new genre of books, from the synopsis it sounded very interesting. I was excited when I finally got my hands on it, but I have to say I was disappointed. Nora was very annoying to me her attitude sucked and I really don't see where Blackstone got the romantic feelings for her they just popped out of nowhere. I did enjoy the characters Panzo and Ealhswith though. Blackstone also made me laugh a few times, but I don't know how I feel about trying any of her other nov ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
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
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Meh. This was just okay for me. I've read a few others in this series (Completely Smitten and Simply Irresistible) and I liked them. If I had read this one first (and this is book 1), I'm not sure I would have bothered with this series.

The issue: This is supposed to be a romance. Not much romance in this one. Seriously. A kiss. At the end. There wasn't much build-up.

I don't think I will read Thoroughly Kissed which is Emma's story. Emma in this one came across to me as spoiled. Meh.
Sophie
Mar 15, 2015 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, alt-reality
Ok read. Different take on snow White.
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