Monday, 4 June 2012

ARC Review: Thoroughly Kissed (Fates #2)

Original Title: Thoroughly Kissed
Series: Fates #2
Author: Kristine Grayson
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release Date: March 1st 2001 (Republished today: June 5th 2012)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

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 ...


*** Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for providing the review copy. ***

If you are picking up this up before reading the first in the series, then you may have some minor problems like not understanding the way this book starts. So, those of you, who are new to this series, this is a story of modern day "Sleeping Beauty"'s life, after waking up from the sleep after 1000 years and seeing that her "Prince Charming" is in love with another girl. So, she leaves him, and tries to cope up with the world that she has no idea of.

This book made me think a lot, about how much the world has changed. It made me sad that we have taken so much for granted. From Emma's perspective, I realized we had not seen the achievement that the human population has made in all these years. Such comfort and knowledge are gained very hard by us. I can feel the amazement in Emma's eyes, when she sees the television and wonders how it works. I never even gave the guy, who invented them, any credit, except maybe reading and writing about him in exams can count. The world of Emma is simple and amazing. She sees things in a different way, or she doesn't see what we are taught to see. That's what makes her adorable. She goes to the only job, she can do - history professor.

Michael, the head of the History department and boss of Emma, thinks that Emma's version of history is all based on fiction. He even intends to dismiss her from college. But, things soon move from ordinary to extra-ordinary. Does no-one knows that Michael is her true love? How can Michael hate her, if Emma is destined for her HEA with Michael? Cute, isn't it? No??? Well, it's cute for me.

I loved this plot, being the fairy tale lover. The characters were great, especially Emma's cat. The author has good imagination. But, this story is not for all of you readers. Its definitely not for you, if you don't like fairy tale retellings. Its not for you, if can't stand knowing the end, only when you are half-way through the book. But, its FOR you, if you are into fairy tales and love 'Happily Ever After' endings.

Worth your time!


1.  Utterly Charming
2.  Thoroughly Kissed
3.  Completely Smitten
4.  Simply Irresistible
5.  Absolutely Captivated
6.  Totally Spellbound
7.  Wickedly Charming

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