Thoroughly Kissed (Five Star Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Feb 2001
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When her sexy boss, Michael Found, accuses her of being a fraud, Emma Lost, the real Sleeping Beauty, must prove to him that magic does exist even if it means breaking her vow of never kissing a strange man again, in a charming modern adaption of the classic fairy tale. Original. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Michael Found is the new Chair of the History department and he thinks that Emma isn't fit to be a teacher and has gotten by on her incredible good looks, not her ability (she was the basis for Sleeping Beauty afterall). When her magic goes awry at work, he gets caught up in some of the spells and is talked into driving with her to Oregon.
The book deals with Emma's journey to Athelstan's home in Oregon to learn about her magic and also her growing romance with Michael--even though she has sworn off kissing. This book was funny, smart, and one of those books that leaves you with a smile on your face and believing that true love really does exist!
Now get ready for Book #2 Thoroughly Kissed as I bring to you a fractured fairytale version of Sleeping Beauty. It seems that Sleeping Beauty is all the rage as Kill me Softly featured a version of the same tale. In Thoroughly Kissed we meet Emma Lost , she was awoken ten years ago from a curse that had her put to sleep over 1000 years ago when she was in her twenties. Now a Professor at the local Madison University, Emma specialises in the Dark Ages and early England. Her time of existence , before her magical induced coma. All has been plodding well for her until now. Emma has just come into her powers, but the thing is she hadn't expected it for another twenty years and now with her powers raging out of control , she must visit the "Fates" in order to control them before terrible things happen. The worst thing though is that its not just her powers she has to worry about as the last time she was kissed, it was by the wrong person and it landed her in a deep magical coma for 1000 years. Is Professor Michael Found , Emma's Prince Charming ? Can she prove to him that magic is real and that she isn't a fraud ?
Find out in Book #2 Fates Series - Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson and discover what happens when the Fates are on your side
Everyone sees Emma Lost's allure, not realizing that she is Sleeping Beauty who has awakened from after a 1000-year comma. How's a medieval beauty to make a living in the 21st century? She teaches history. Then Emma meets Michael Found, returning from a sabbatical where he literally walked around England to learn more about the history of magic. As he assumes the position of department head, he is appalled that academics and students praise Emma for her insight to medieval history. Just as both decide to avoid the other, Emma's magic comes to life. She must travel back to Oregon and learn how to control them from a seasoned wizard (aka Prince Charming whose kiss put her in the 1000 year coma). Emma asks Michael to accompany her - if her powers go awry, he can say the safe words to undo any spell. In exchange for his companionship, Emma will help Michael write a book on magic's history.
Their road trip gives them the opportunity to grow. Emma is understandably angry that she "lost" 1000 years of her life. She is attracted to Michael, but is afraid to kiss another man for fear of another falling into another comma. Michael is skeptical of her academic abilities. Their time together inspires each to overcome apprehensions of the other. THOROUGHLY KISS is a lighthearted "magical" story with no sex scenes - it's all about the emotional attraction that develops between two beautiful people.
THOROUGHLY KISSED is Kristine Grayson's second book in her Charming series - modern twists to fairy tales. Grayson gave the reader a few references to understand Emma's relationship with Prince Charming from Book One, UTTERLY CHARMING. Yet I often found myself stopping to reread the references in THOROUGHLY KISSED to connect the secondary characters. Therefore, I recommend reading UTTERLY CHARMING before THOROUGHLY KISSED for the story to flow steadily.
THOROUGHLY KISSED is a reissue - it was first published in 2001 as Kristine Grayson's second book. It had a "dated" feel to it, generating the three star rating. But it was still an enjoyable read with Sleeping Beauty finding her way in a contemporary world. THOROUGHLY KISSED intrigued me enough to look for other books in the series, including other reissues and even new books from Grayson.
I received an ARC from Sourcebooks for this review.