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Wickedly Charming (Fates #7)

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"Wickedly entertaining! Light, witty, and original, Wickedly Charming is also a wry insider's view of publishing and the heady delights of being a booklover." -Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of Never Less Than A Lady

He's given up on happily-ever-after...

Cinderella's Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead end. The new owner of a bookstore, Charming has
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published March 26th 2011)
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Rani I personally didn't know it was part of a series until I marked it as 'read' on this site. While reading it, I didn't feel as if there was something I…moreI personally didn't know it was part of a series until I marked it as 'read' on this site. While reading it, I didn't feel as if there was something I had missed and I was perfectly able to follow the story on it's own. So I would say that it can be read as a stand-alone :)(less)
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May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many years after the happily ever afters in their stories, Snow White's 'wicked' step-mother, Mellie, is trying to change things for others who have received the same bad rep she's been saddled with and Prince Charming, now known as Dave Encanto, is struggling on after his divorced from Ella.

I really enjoyed this offbeat tale of two middlish aged faery tale characters who are living in our world. There are parts early in the story that are a bit bogged down by Mellie's angst and her anger, but b
Blodeuedd Finland
My thoughts:
I found this book charming and sweet. It was fun to read, and I liked her takes on fairytales and what isn't always told in them.

It takes place in our world, but what we do not know is that there are more magical kingdoms in another dimension of some sort. Prince Charming left his kingdom, because what else was there to do than to wait for his dad to die. These "fairy-tale" characters also live for a long time. He went through a painful divorce with his Ella, it was not a match made
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is a fairytale retake on the traditional HEA. First off the wicked step-mother is ticked off that we here on Earth think that she is wicked. I mean after all we never got to hear her own story did we? And what about those Prince Charmings we heard all about growing up as a little girl haven’t you ever wondered about their marriages? Did they really get a HEA? I know I was always curious as a child and would ask my mother the HEA questions with a follow up yes I understand t
Amy Jacobs
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I am a huge fan of fairy tale remakes and was excited to jump into the story of Prince Charming and The Evil Stepmother. Who would think that Cinderella would get rid of that handsome Prince and that The Evil Stepmother actually had a decent bone in her old body?

If you are looking for some sexy and steamy scenes, then look elsewhere. There isn't much in the steamy department. While I enjoyed the attempt of creating a new fairy tale long after the original ended, I wasn't a huge fan of the book.
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I really liked the premise behind this book, with all the fairy tale characters having different relationships than we know after all this time. And the idea that shy, bookloving Prince Charming, aka Dave Encanto and formerly married to (Cinder)Ella, and Snow White's (not-evil) stepmother Mellie would work together to write a book to change people's perceptions about stepmothers (like Wicked did for the Wicked Witch of the West)--and fall in love--was a neat one. But this book got bogged down in ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
I love the idea of this series, but the books never seem to quite live up to what I'm expecting.

This one has Mellie protesting fairy tale books as they are unfair to step-mothers and others. She runs into Price Charming (who is an avid reader) and they are attracted to each other but both unwilling to put themselves out. Charming feeling not charming and reeling from his divorce and trying to take care of his kids. Mellie too caught up in being a victim and not believing he could like her. This
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g
I've said it before and I'll say it again: The world the author has created in this series is really neat. I love when fairytale conventions are turned on their ear, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The romance between Charming and Mellie is hardly there. In fact, Charming seems to hardly spend anytime with Mellie as the novel progresses. The set up with Ella at the end of the novel is great but just peters out and doesn't payoff. Also, while I like the idea of Mellie's book and it ...more
DeAnna Knippling
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is NOT a book for people who want the fantasy rather than the reality. It just isn't. It's more of a stepfamily/survivor kind of book featuring people who are middle-aged and not necessarily perfect, physically, emotionally, etc. Also, I wouldn't read the book if you're not interested in the publishing world; there's a lot of detail on publishing in here, which I found enjoyable, but I like that kind of thing.

My only criticism is that after all the roundabout misunderstandings throughout th
Jill Kemerer
I really enjoyed this book! It's a sweet romance (no steamy scenes here!), but the attraction sizzles between these two! I loved the unique plot and the twists. The romance really sold it for me. I didn't want to put it down!

My only gripe (and I got over it quickly) was that in the opening chapters, the heroine (Mellie) and the hero (Charming) sounded the same even in their thoughts, but it improved as I kept reading. It's just the writer's style. Excellent book!
Oh boy... The book is basically about two charming, smart, fun characters who just run around in their own mind circles figuring out if the other one is into them. It's disappointing because they've both lived for a couple of years, are mature and grown adults, why are you acting like teenagers? I want to see a story blossom, not let it be blocked by personal insecurities. Very unsatisfying.
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting after story of a classic fairy tale, undecided if I truly like this version of events. The HEA of the classic tale is bursted, Cinderella divorcing Charming and he ending up with the wicked stepmom in current times?
Derivative, but delightful. The book starts slow and I almost DNF’d it several times but plowed through this. I’d call this second generation fan fiction, in that it felt like fan fiction of fan fiction. The tail draws inspiration from Wicked, and some of the more modern fairy-tales retold as well as from reality television and a few real life events.

The tale travels back and forth between the 21st century and whatever century it may be in the Kingdoms. Our heroine, Mellie, happens to be Snow W
The story is about Prince Charming (His actual name) though in the real world he goes by Dave. Dave thinks himself a middle-aged overweight balding single dad that no one could possibly call charming. He has given up on love. The sweet Cinderella is depicted as an self-absorbed woman who never mentally left her teens. When he meets Mellie (Snow White's step mother).

Mellie has an image problem that she just can't get past. She loves children and was meant to be a mother. Her own children (before
Amy Keeley
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Once Upon a Time
(Please note: I've added a few thoughts to the end of this review.)

I really wanted to like this book. I've read this author's short stories (under the name Kristine Kathryn Rusch) and loved them. But the ending to this made me wonder if it was a longer story that had been trimmed. Overall, an okay read, but I've read much better from her.

Maybe it'll work for you better than it worked for me. Here are my more detailed thoughts.

The Good:

* In spite of the half-dressed guy on the cover, this is a sw
Laura Summers
Reviewed for (6 out of 10 on the blog)

This is an imaginative and fun take on a fairytale. Our two main characters are Charming, the Prince Charming of Cinderella fame. Who is now a beleaguered father of two, middle aged and bespectacled. Who has reinvented himself in the Greater World as a bookseller and renamed himself Dave. He is also the father of two girls who have been abandoned by their selfish mother and Charming's ex Ella. Our heroine is Mellie, Snow White's evil st
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
What I Loved
Retold Fairy Tales
The fairy tale doesn't stop with 'happily ever after' in fact it is just the beginning of the story or in the case of our prince an the end of a hasty marriages and unhappily ever after. I love any version of retold stories be it fairy tales, Greek mythologies, or just revamped tales using characters from other classics like Shakespeare, Jane Austen etc... When I won an ARC of this book from Casablanca Authors I was so excited. Happy endings didn't really happen fo
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is less a review and more of a question. I'll say first that I definitely enjoyed the book, it's a romance, but not your typical romance in that it takes place over a logical amount of time rather than expecting readers to believe they found their true loves and fell head over heels for them in a matter of days. The story actually takes place over the course of more than a year and deals with realistic insecurities and misinterpretations that occur in most relationships that don't have over ...more
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wickedly Charming is a Romance Novel by Kristine Grayson from Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Book Blurb:

He’s gives up on happily-ever-after...

Cinderella’s Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead end. The new owner of a bookstore, Charming has given up on women, royalty, and anything that smacks of a future. That is, until he meets up with Mellie...

But she may be the key to happily-right-now...

Mellie is sick and tired of stepmothers being misunderstood. Vampires have redeemed their reputation, why shou
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
So I was really not expecting to like this book for many reasons. I'm a hard sell on romance, I accidentally bought the 7th book in the series (good job, self!), and I was really more in the mood for nonfiction than fiction when starting it. Honestly, the only reason I started it was because if I don't start romance when I still have it on my mind, it will languish on my to-read list for decades, and I hate to be out the cost of a book without ever having read it.

But this book was, well, charmin
LP King
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
This is one of Kristine Katherine Rusch's (writing as Grayson, her romance pen name) adult takes on fairy tales and mythology. She uses characters from those story lines and brings them into today's world, in sweet romances aimed at lovers of an off-beat mix of fantasy and romance. There's lots of magic, a comforting Star Trek ethos of not disturbing the mere mortals in the "real" world, and always a feisty heroine and a to-die-for hero.

This particular novel introduces us to Snow White's wicked
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wickedly Charming by Kristine Grayson
Contemporary Fantasy Romance - May 1st, 2011
3 Stars

Wickedly Charming is a new take on the traditional fairy tale stories. The hero and heroine of this story are classical well-known fairy tale characters with a twist. What happens to them after the fairy tale has ended?

The story's hero is Cinderella's Prince Charming who is now divorced and living in the real world as a bookstore owner. After his disastrous marriage the last thing he is looking for is a new
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Oh my. I seriously didn't expect to enjoy this story but lately, I've been interested in fairy tale retellings. This one was hard to put down (even while using Kindle for PC) and made me laugh quite a bit. I really enjoyed Ms Grayson's style, even with the multiple "brackets-within-parentheses" in the story. I loved the characters even when I wanted to slap them all, just to wake them up a little. I loved the feel-good quality of the story. It left me with a happy sigh. There were typos, of cour ...more
★¸. • * ° *  Kathy,Ahmazing Book Faerie*°°*•.¸. ♥★

Prince Charming (Dave Encanto)
Wicked Step Mother (Mellie
3 1/2 stars.
This was a strange fairy tale/real world combination, about middle aged fairy tale characters.
Mainly, Prince Charming and Snow white's wicked stepmother.
The couple meet at a book fair, and after talking, Charming suggests Mellie writes a book.
Although she tries, she finds herself completely talentless in the author department,so Charming
volunteers to Ghost write her book.
The couple have a thing going on, but both have bee
This is the second novel in the sort of series by Kristine Grayson. Both books incorporate the world of magic/fairy tales into a contemporary setting. The first story dealt with Snow White.

This novel has as the hero, Prince Charming. He's Cinderella's Prince Charming, not to be confused with several other Charmings. The problem is, he's divorced. Not such a happily ever after. And, he's kinda nerdy. The heroine is none other than Snow White's evil stepmother. But she doesn't seem so evil and she
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was among a bunch of free Kindle books that I downloaded awhile back. I was a bit surprised when I noticed it in my Kindle library (the cover is . . . well, not the kind of book I would typically read). I hesitated deleting it right off because I was pretty sure the site that recommended it was a site of a lady with high morals. So, I looked up what it was about.

A modern day story that tells about the people who our Fairy Tales are based upon. They lived in another kingdom(/world), but came
Ah, fairy tales. Ever read them and wondered what happened after the Prince marries the girl? Did they really live happily ever after? Well, here's one version where it didn't. Divorced with two children, Prince Charming now runs a bookstore. A man after my own heart--he reads! *wink*

One thing about the cover. The dude on it is delicious--the parts we can see, anyway! *grin* But the book describes him as slightly paunchy, and "paunchy" doesn't equal yummy abs to me.

Ok, back to the book! Prince--
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mellie is Snow White's evil stepmother--except she's not so evil. Sick of the label, she is crusading to redefine the role of stepmother. Cinderella's Prince Charming (Dave Encanto) is now divorced and a bookseller as he raises his two daughters. When their paths cross, Dave suggests that Mellie write a book that would shed new light on stepmothers and erase the "evil" label.

I have to admit, this was a highly creative take on several of the classic fairy tale stories! Many characters show up in
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In this version of the fairy tale, Prince Charming is a divorced single father with two young girls and the evil stepmother was never evil, just maligned and misunderstood. Mellie is Snow White’s step-mother, who gave up her magic to save her ungrateful step-daughter. Prince Charming meets her at a book fair where she’s trying to protest the misinformation in the traditional fairy tales. He convinces her that the way to change the perception of step-mothers is to write a book, like the vampires ...more
Mellie is the Evil Stepmother from Snow White, but she hates the Grimm brothers for writing their fairy tales and making her wicked. They clearly don't know everything that happened between her and Snow, and she's tired of the sterotypes these fairy tales perpetuate.

Charming's life with (Cinder)Ella didn't turn out to be happily ever after, after all. She's not interested in their two daughters and is selfish and spoiled. Charming would much rather spend time with his girls, or at his bookshop,
Generally speaking, I don't read romances (they're just not my thing). I am, however, generally unable to resist re-told fairy tales. So, a plot that promised to bring together Cinderella's Prince Charming (now a divorced bookstore owner going by "Dave") and Snow White's "Wicked" Stepmother, Mellie (founder of PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Archetypes) was more than I could resist. (Especially after the Google Preview feature in the Frisco Public Library catalog let me read the first ...more
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