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Damsel Under Stress

(Enchanted, Inc. #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  5,791 ratings  ·  379 reviews
To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year’s Eve.

At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to
Paperback, 306 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Ballantine Books
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Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! One of the comments about the book is that it is like Harry Potter grown up and I can't agree more. The magical feeling along with an almost innocence even when involved in dangerous circumstances. There were so many parts that I loved, but I think the dragons were really great. There were only two sad things about the books - that it ended and then the way that it ended. I trust that Katie is just taking a break for a little while and she and Owen will be back together soon. I hope so ...more
Jul 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Literally read this book in one day. I am very tired because I couldn't put it down but...I hate how it ends but there is hope because there is another book in the series. I really liked this one. Especially because of what happens at the end of the last book. It does have quite a few twists but also has an annoying "Fairy Godmother" who I wanted to deck. She kept messing up EVERYTHING!!!
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Katie and Owen decided to pick up right where the last book ended. they barely have enough time to date things, because its back to business almost immediately, which could a damper on the romance before it evens gets started.

This series is one my all time favs. I read it about every year or so for fun.
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes magic
Shelves: adult-fiction
I am so pissed that this series will end after the next book. I have fallen in love with Katie and Owen. I love the fairy god mother in this book. I love how she always messes up everything. I love that Owen is always the night in shining armour.....dragons in New York City????
Saleema Parker
Mar 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens
this is a very good book you see its another shanna swendson book I like them alot. this is about katie chandler who works for enchanted inc a magic company who are trying to put the evil doers idris and ari before its to late. I was so into this book i basically read this in like a day.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Can't wait for the next one!
Denise Wagner
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The third of the 4 book series and very well done.
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Well worth the wait!! Excellent!!
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Fun and bitter sweet. I am on to the next one.
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very cute series, magical but not over the top.
I liked the 2nd book even better than the 1st.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Susan by: Megan
3rd in the series it's a fun quick read.
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Leaves you hang pretty good at the end. I can't wait for the fourth book. Still fun, still romantic, still magical!
Sorry book #3 really lost me. It was all over the place. And once again we have Katie keeping something from Owen that she should have told him. And we have the dumbest reason ever that ends up sending Katie off to a different place. I started to be able to call out the plot in this book and that's never a good thing.

Katie and Owen are finally together. They have the lamest dates ever (I said it) with making out here and there. Katie gets a fairy godmother in this one. And apparently it's the sa
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I love this entire series! Katie, our heroine, is very likable and Owen is incredibly adorable. I guarantee you'll fall in love with him. This book in particular had a lot going on because of the developing romance, the problems brought on by the bad guys and the annoyances of a certain new character. We get to see more of why we like Katie so much, she's not your typical damsel in distress and can handle things herself. Again, I love these books and would definitely recommend to others!!
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, urban-fantasy, 2010
I'm really enjoying this series. Not since Jennifer Estep's Bigtime superhero romance books have I torn through a set of books so quickly, and with so much enjoyment. I think this book was a huge turning point for Katie, who actually showed she had grown up some and could make the tough choices by the end of the book. Reading the next one already...
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I was actually tempted to take this one down a star for the use of the oldest, tiredest, most predictable plot line known to romantic storytelling:

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Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Really starting to lose my patience with Katie. Once again, we seem to have a series heroine who learned nothing from her previous mis-adventures.
Throw in a slightly confusing but predictably batty fairy godmother, recurring appearances by the bad guy, and pretty much a rehash of the end of the last book, and you have this one. But without the plot device of enchanted shoes, so not even a shopping scene in this one. This books's one saving grace was a Christmas visit to Owen's foster parents, bu
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, chick-lit
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Once again Shanna Swendson has quenched my thirst for a fun flirty read! Damsel Under Stress is just as good as its predecessors. In the third installment of the series, there is more romantic drama/turmoil in Katie and Owen's newly burgeoning relationship. This gives the novel a more serious and substantial plot than the previous two and lends a certain atmospheric quality to the story, turning an otherwise light and fluffy read into a meaningful book. Katie and Owen have always faced adversity ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
The third installment in a very fun, entertaining, clean series. The story gets a little crazier in this book as Katie gets deeper into the magical world and her relationship with Owen becomes more serious. Of course, the ending left me hanging and now I've got to get my hands on the next book...
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another great read, although I admit I don't like the ending. Also, Katie inability to trust anyone is frustrating... however I did love every second of the novel and can't wait to read the fourth...
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this one. I’m still enjoying the series and the book totally ended where I want to run out and grab the next installment. This story had the same feel as the first two books and kept me turning the pages. It had a few twists along the way and even introduced a few new characters that I really liked. There are a few inconsistencies with magic that don’t make sense, and I kind of have to turn off my analytical brain and just enjoy the story (can’t really give a ...more
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Can't get enough of this series! Cute, fun read with really lovable characters. The ending will make some not so happy but that's why there's a fourth book! Recommend this book and series to anyone interested in a good, cute read that will make smile throughout. :)
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-2017, paranormal, elib
I skipped a lot and I don't feel like I missed anything. It was slow paced and everyone was acting dumb. It's not exciting enough!
I don't know if I'd continue with the series or not!
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not as good as the first two in the series. This one was a bit too over-the-top silly.
Hemavathy DM Suppiah
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fabulous, romantic, funny, and the world's worst fairy godmother.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.25/3.5 sparkling and lighthearted stars

This was a very quick and fun read. Katie is immune to magic and therefore very useful in discovering magical lies, deceptions and danger. She is also in love with a powerful wizard. Together they have to find and catch the 'bad guys'.

The problem with these books is (why I can't give them more than 3 stars) that although the stakes are very high, this NEVER feels like actually true. The 'battles', the problems and even the love struggles all feel very
Jim Neville
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Meeting Owen's parents, Gloria & James, was a treat. I really liked Gloria, but I hoped for a better bond between her and Katie - something subtle, but meaningful. A heart-felt "thank you" note from Katie would've been a good idea when she got home. Rocky & Rollo were a fun addition and the dragons were inspired.

Once again, Katie Chandler displays her total lack of common sense. We watch our insightful, yet stupendously half-witted heroine doing her best to help the good-guys and the opposition
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars
These titles really make my life tbh. Damsels are way more often under stress than in distress; this speaks to my workaday soul. Damsel Under Stress is an especially good installment because there’s a lot of Owen. #priorities

Owen and Katie are officially dating. HUZZAH! Only took two whole books. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they’re still very much Owen and Katie, which means that these adorable little dorks are moving their relationship along at the speed of sloth molasse
Jillian Black
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Series!!

I read the first four books several years ago and was one of the VERY sad fans who was left waiting after Don't Hex With Texas (at a major peak in the series) for the next book(s) when Shanna was unable to publish more. I kept my eye on these for awhile but there were no more books and I was left incredibly disappointed. In my sadness I must have hidden under a rock, because after looking today I see there are THREE-- THREE-- more books in the series! My heart is literally beatin
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