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Charming Blue

(Fates #8)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Once upon a time...he was the most handsome of princes. But now he's a lonely legend, hobbled by dark history. With too many dead in his wake, Bluebeard escapes through the evil spell of alcohol. But it's a far different kind of spell that's been ruining his life for centuries. Jodi Walters is a fixer, someone who can put magic back in order. But Blue has a problem she's n ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
The plot summary is easy: In modern-day Hollywood, Bluebeard is in rehab when someone using his likeness starts appearing in women's bedrooms. A fairy tale agent is asked to solve the problems.

The problem is that I think this story was supposed to be a romance...

Jodi is a daughter of chatelaines from the Fairytale Kingdoms who discovered when she came to the Greater World that her domestic goddess powers worked very well in Hollywood. So she set herself up as an agent and problem solver. When t
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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If there’s one word that sums up this book, it’s originality. All too often paranormal stories start sounding the same, but this one took a different approach to a make believe world.

I enjoyed getting to know Jodi and Blue. The secondary characters were fun too, especially Tank who I hope gets her own story one of these days.

Charming Blue is part legend, part fairy tale which made me reminisce about my childhood and the fairy tales I
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, romantic, ebook
2.5 stars.

I think it got off to a pretty good start, but the romance was almost nonexistent. Aside from the main characters making googly eyes and thinking how attractive each other is, basically nothing happens. They don't even kiss until the final couple chapters.

Instead, you get more of a magical mystery thriller and the reveal of the villain was anticlimactic because there's no way the reader would ever have figured it out. Plus, a majority of the book is dialogue. The chapters are short and
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Boring story for me and where is the romance?

Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A delightful fractured fairy tale by talented author Kristine Grayson. Taken from my review at

Jodi, a Hollywood agent, is originally from the Kingdoms, a fairy tale world, and a long line of chatelaines, the people who kept the castles and greater manor houses of the Kingdoms going. But being a modern woman, she did not want to manage someone else’s household. So she had fled to the Greater World, believing that modern ways would cause contention in the Kingdoms. However, muc
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, arc
4.5 Stars

I literally did a happy dance when I saw that Kristine Grayson's new book in the Fates series was available on NetGalley and I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed. That said, if you're looking for alpha males, this book will not be for you. If you're looking for steamy romance, this book is not for you either. Since I'm kind of tired of those two things at the moment, Charming Blue hit all the right spots for me.

It's a light clean romance with a tortured hero who is a genuinely n
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Grayson had taken this and the previous novel in the Fate series and created them as an original series then this book would have been seriously impressive however where as in the last novel she had nothing to connect it to the Fates series in this one she tried to force connections to the original Fates novels by contradicting truths she created in them which for me as a reader is an extreme turn off and seriously detracts from the novel in a major way. Alex Blackstone, mentioned as one of t ...more
Sharon Tyler
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
wanted to read Charming Blue because I discovered she's one of my dads favorite science fiction writers under a different name, and I thought how cool would it be for us to read the same author?? What I didn't realize though, was that this was book 8 in a series. I normally hate reading the last book in a series first, but you know what? This worked great as a stand alone. I'm sure it would've helped knowing a bit more about the other characters who were obviously from other books, but I felt l ...more
Stephanie Collins
Sep 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an interesting take on Bluebeard.

Jodi has been in our world for a very long time doing what her magic does best... fixing things. She works in Hollywood as a talent agent but in reality does so much more for the magical community. She is asked by Tank (I loved Tank) a fairy to help her friend Blue out of a bad situation. You see there is a stalker that is claiming to be Bluebeard while frightening women in the middle of the night by appearing in their rooms. Jodi is understandably skept
Book Chatter-Cath
Although this is book #8 in a series, it is the first book I have read by this author.

Its a modern day world in which this story is set, with 'fairytale' characters happily living amongst us trying to fit in. But not everything is all rosy because they have 'fixers' like Jodi to run to for help.

I'm sorry but I found the characters weak and unlikeable.
Jodi is a boring, ageless, up-her-self châtelaine who I didn't connect with, I just did not like her - at all. She moaned and groaned her way throu
Paula  Phillips
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever heard the tale of BlueBeard the pirate ? The one where he cut off the heads of everyone he loved and put them on display for the next loved one to see before her very death which would follow shortly after ?
Are you a fan of fairytale renditions and fractured tales at that ? As those who read my blog The Phantom Paragrapher would know that I am a rendition lover, I don't mind the originals but for me the renditions are way better - well most of the time they are anyway.
Just recentl
Amy Jacobs
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
New stories based on childhood fairy tales can be a huge thing to take on for an author. Sometimes they work and other times they fall. They can be as wonderful and mesmerizing as Cinderella and Snow White. Other times they can be like Humpty Dumpty on that wall on the edge of great that unfortunately loses it's balance and becomes a mess for the reader. Authors have to know how to balance perfectly between long time readers and new readers. We all have our favorite fairy tale and trying to chan ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Once upon a time......., this is one fairytale that is okay but a bit stuffy fluff. Our hero is a bit too scared witless and our heroine is okay but try as she might she can't carry the story on her own. If you really like fluffy that this is got much more than you can hope for. Me, I like to have a bit of macho in my men even the timid ones.

The story is of Bluebeard and his legendary evil in the murdering of wives and mistresses and keeping their heads. Well that was in the past at least but no
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I was so excited when I received Charming Blue. I had already read Thoroughly Kissed in the Fates series and I just loved it. So without reading the synopsis I knew I would enjoy this one.

I wish I could say that was true. The plot is a good one and I like the fairy tale twist but it was so slow. It was hard for me to pick it up whenever I put it down. The characters didn’t have any depth. For me Blue is just not hero material. Yes he is a nice guy that has been through a lot. Unfortunately he be
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just love the twists this author puts on fairy tales we all loved as kids. Now we have the same ones(kind of), now tailored for our grown up selfs. Who would have thought blue beard to be so charming, I could wait to read his story, you get to see him in other books, and hes just a dirty drunk. Though I totally loved this book, I didn't find it to be overly romantic. But the story was awesome, its very interesting and fun to read, to hear about fairy tale creatures and their not so happily ev ...more
Celia Lewis
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful modern twist on an old Grimms' fairytale! I loved every minute and kept hooked, wondering how it would end. Usually I read the end fairly quickly then turn back and read from the beginning. But this time, I kept turning the pages until I was finished and experienced the surprising ending. Oh, my, so satisfying. I of course, wanted another story right away! I had recently read Wickedly Charming and smiled through it, feeling so much sympathy for the main character. In this Charmi ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
A cute story but very PG, so if you’re looking for a full on romance novel this isn’t it. There was barely any kissing and no sex. Although the character’s are grown up, it really feels more YA. I love the twist on Blue Beard and that our heroine is a light skinned black woman. I wish the author just out right said that instead of dancing around the subject, by describing her as cafe au lait and having struggled “because of the color of her skin” in the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s. The character’s are ...more
i have 369 pages of actual story, with the first chapter of Wickedly Charming its 377.

gave up. the characters were not that interesting to me. i did read the end and have no desire to find out how they got there. not sure if series has jumped the shark or if i need the ones between this one and the others i've read for continuity and/or world enhancement. think bluebeard and jodi just weren't doing it for me.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Only because the romance was a little flat and the culprit in the end just didn't seem to match up with the magnitude of the crime. Incredibly creative author. I love the way she mixed magic with popular culture and the plot itself was quite a ride. Thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to her work.
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
3.5* (rounded up to 4)
This series has been hit and miss for me. I liked this fairy tale retelling. I liked the secondary characters Tank (and her purple fairy farts) and Ramon. The mystery of what is going one gets solved satisfactorily. The romance is very light; nothing happens on that front until the end of the book. (Which has been typical of this series).
Amber Myers
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one! I have read another in this series and I wasn't too impressed, but this story really caught me and held on all the way to the end. It was a great read.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Who would have thought a modern day spin on a fairy tale would be enjoyable? I liked it. Read the book in one it was a funny and easy read.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love all of the fairy tale line but this one seemed even better than the others! The twist of the plot was very unexpected and very original !
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when the world of fairy tales comes to the modern world you find out in this series of books...delightful twist on the world we grew up hearing stories of
Jul 21, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: romance, arc, series, netgalley
Fun mystery, believable characters, great climax--a Good Book!
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very sweet story with a Beta hero.
Aisha Oaktree
review pending (yeah I know I have a few to post)
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