Charming Blue by Kristine Grayson is a contemporary romance with mystery and urban fantasy elements scheduled for release on September 1 2012. Jodi Walters is a fixer. She left behind a life in the world of fairy tale and magic to live here. She now handles the problems of other individuals from her home, finds them work, and helps them survive in our world. Bluebeard was once a Prince Charming, until young women started dying around him. He fled his home to drown himself in alcohol in our world, so that he would not hurt anyone else. However, someone is appearing to women and following the pattern that the deaths originally attributed to Bluebeard followed and the mystery of old deaths and the new stalker must be solved. If Jodi and Blue do not solve the mystery in time Jodi just might be the next to die.
Charming Blue was a fun and delightful read. I am a fan of fairytale and legends, and love to see new twists on classic tales. This book did a great job of taking familiar characters and stories and making them new. The characters had very distinctive personalities, and even the secondary characters were well fleshed out. I also enjoyed that while there might have been instant attraction between Jodi and Blue, the romance moved forward at a slow pace and left plenty of room for character development and the underlying mystery to play their part. Apparently, this is the eight book in a series (Fates) but at no point did I feel lost or like I was missing something. My only complaint is that I would have liked more detail about the bad guy, I felt like that was the only character that I do not understand. I wanted to know more about him and how he came to be a bad guy.
Charming Blue was a very entertaining read. If you like Kristine Grayson you will like this new release. If you like a romance with a strong woman and a genuinely nice guy, and a touch of magic, you will love this book. If you are looking for hot and steamy, then you will want to pass, this is definitely rated PG.