Wickedly charming / Kristine Grayson.

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      Summary: "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... 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..."--P. [4] of cover.
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Booklist Reviews 2011 March #2

*Starred Review* Mellie is tired of evil stepmothers getting a bad name. A stepmother to Snow White, she certainly isn't evil, but no one sees her as she really is. For that there's only one thing to blame, books. Fairy tales have done nothing but lie, and it's time they were banned. Bookstore owner Prince Charming, divorced and skeptical of love, understands all too well the pain caused by misperception, but how can anyone not love books? He needs to convince Mellie that her strategy is all wrong. Mellie tentatively agrees to team up with Charming to take on stereotypes, but neither imagines that in the gritty Greater World, dreams really can come true. Wickedly Charming may be the most aptly named romance of the year. In this smart, witty tale of second chances at love, award-winning fantasy and romance writer Grayson deftly nods to pop culture and offers clever spins on classic legends and lore while adding unique twists all her own. Perfect for those who like just a hint of fantasy in a sweet romance. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2011 April #2

Divorced and disillusioned by love, Prince Charming (Cinderella's, in this case) pursues his passion for books and opens a bookstore in the Greater World. However, when he meets Snow White's gorgeous stepmother, Melvina, at a book fair where she is protesting the way stepmothers and others are portrayed in fairy tales, both their lives take a surprising turn. He sets out to show Mellie the "Charming way" to get her point across in this fanciful tale with a serious core. VERDICT Unusual, whimsical, and wickedly clever, this funny romp takes a decidedly offbeat look at fairy tales from the characters' points of view, with delightful, magical results. Grayson (Totally Spellbound) lives in Oregon.

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PW Reviews 2011 March #4

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. (May)

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