"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 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 shouldn't stepmothers do the same? Then she runs into the handsomest, most charming man she's ever met and discovers she's going about her mission all wrong...
It's only natural that sparks fly and magic ensues when these two fairy tale refugees put their heads—and vulnerable hearts—together...
Praise for Simply Irresistible
"A sweet romance...Grayson's clever, humor-tinged writing is absolutely delightful." —Booklist
"Danger, humor, and passion are all here and in full force." —RT Bookclub Top Pick
Reality and fairy tales collide in this altogether delightful story. Prince Charming, now divorced from Cinderella, has happily shed his storybook image for a life of running a bookstore and raising his two daughters. Mellie, on the other hand, can't get over being forever labeled as Evil. When she meets Charming at a book fair while protesting with People for the Ethical Treatment of Archetypes, the attraction is immediate and mutual, but first they must overcome Mellie's hatred of books and Charming's daughters' wariness ("Dad, she's the evil stepmother"). While a bit confusing at first, the story eventually flows and becomes a quick read, with engaging side characters and a sweet romance. Book lovers will be thrilled by the inside look at the publishing world, while fairy tale fans will love the in-jokes.
Clever use of characters
This book uses familiar subjects (fairy tales, princes and evil stepmothers) to tell a very unique and engaging story. As a cynical reader, I could relate to the aging Prince Charming who has lost his youthful gloss and to the maligned Evil Stepmother with a chip on her shoulder. But this book doesn't turn into a rant or a pathetic re-telling of a timeless classic. Instead it tells an entertaining story about two very believable characters whose endearing tale keeps you from putting down the book. It was a easy read, one which I did in one sitting since I couldn't put the book down. It's a bit slow in the beginning, but hang in there because it's worth it.
Not worth the $2
I couldn't even make it past the first chapter. Way too many parentheses. There would be a five word sentence and then this, (.........................................................[............................................]............................................). Wth? And that goes on and on.