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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson

Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (366 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Sleeping Beauty has sworn off kissing...

Emma awakens to an entirely different world than the one she lived in a thousand years ago, and although she's the real Sleeping Beauty, her life is no fairy tale. After parting ways with her supposed Prince Charming, she's determined to be a normal girl—she hides her magic and swears off kissing strange men.

But her gorgeous boss Michael knows there 's something unusual about Emma, and he thinks she's as infuriating as she is beautiful. Now Emma needs to teach Michael a lesson, which means mastering her magic. She knows she's flirting with danger, but after one look at Michael's perfect lips, all she can think is, "What's another thousand years ... ?"

Welcome to the fractious fairy tale world of Kristine Grayson, where the bumpy road to happily ever after is paved with surprises ...

Imagine waking up after a thousand years have passed and finding out you’re in a whole new world full of things you never even thought of. That would be the worst thing, right? No, finding out you have uncontrollable magic is the worst thing…

Ms. Grayson based this story of the premise of what happens after Sleeping Beauty awakens. She makes her main character a very attractive but cautious female (look what the first kiss did!) and turns her into a college professor who teaches history about England during the middle ages. After all, she’s an expert at it since that was right before she went to sleep for a long time. Her problem arises from a new department head who believes she has the history all wrong and that her book is “bunk”. When she gets upset with him, all his furniture in his office disappears. That’s just the beginning of magic going wrong.

Her new department head, Michael, gets concerned about her and her wayward magic, so he agrees to go on a road trip with her to her mentor, where she can be trained in magic. The author adds all kinds of spicy encounters while on the road where Emma quickly tries to reverse any magical spells she’s done in error. Along with the magical side of the story, which I really enjoyed, the author adds a budding romance between the two professors. Emma has this irrational fear of being kissed, so there’s a bit of a conflict there. However, based on her past experience, who can blame her?

Emma’s challenges keep the story interesting and author’s writing flows well. The ending is unusual and very appropriate for this couple. The final pun in the story is a real groaner, but it made me smile. This author won’t bore you; you even get to meet the Fates.

Why not step alongside Emma and walk down the rough path she has to take to true happiness? You’ll be glad you did.