Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson

KGrayson-Thoroughly KissedThere is nothing more annoying that being indifferent to a book. Loving it is great because they you can run around fangirl screaming about it; hating it gives you something to complain about; but with indifference, there’s nothing to say. I really, truly absolutely wanted to love Thoroughly Kissed by Kristine Grayson because it has everything I love: a unique twist on a fairy tale, lots of humor and flirting, and a guaranteed happily ever after. But instead of loving it, I was completely indifferent.

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 …

Thoroughly Kissed was the typical cutesy, fluff romance novel. While that’s not a bad thing, (I have read and enjoyed my fair share of fluff books) this time something was missing; I wasn’t sucked into the cutesiness nor was I repulsed by it. I wasn’t annoyed or enthralled by any of the characters. The humor didn’t make me laugh but would tease a smile or two out of me. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t like Thoroughly Kissed. But I didn’t.

Emma wasn’t a weak, spineless heroine. She managed to make a strong life for herself in only ten years after waking up from her 1,000 year sleep. But it would take her a while to get her butt in gear; as she liked to demand that other people fix her problems. For example, she went to the Fates and demanded that they take back her magic for another 20 years because she wasn’t ready for it yet. They refused, so she went and complained to her friend Aethelstan. He agreed with the Fates and she finally relented.

Michael was a nerd, and I absolutely love nerds, but he acted like he had a stick up his butt. He was studying the history of magic but at the first hint of magic from Emma, he was strenuously opposed to the idea that magic actually existed. He got a litttle better throughout Thoroughly Kissed, but I never fell in love with him.

I don’t know if it was because I was so indifferent but it felt like the plot dragged on and on. It could have simply been because I didn’t care what happened to the characters; or it could have been because the plot was so predicable.

Thoroughly Kissed is the sequel to Utterly Charming, which I didn’t realize until after I’d started reading it. That didn’t really make any difference because any time there was something that happened in Utterly Charming, it was quickly explained. The only downside to that was, I felt like all the major parts of Utterly Charming were explained, leaving no reason for a reader to go back and read it if they missed it.

Overall, I have nothing else to say about Thoroughly Kissed. Nothing about it jumped out to me as amazing, but nothing about it made me hate it. I don’t want to tell anyone not to read it, but there are many other books I would recommend from this genre that you read first.

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Casey is the founder of Heart Full of Ink, Director at Reading Until Dawn Con, and a full time cheese addict. She's been ranting and reviewing for Literary Escapism since 2010, and is part of the trio #3Bloggers1Series podcast. When she's not reading, looking for new books, or stalking authors online (waiting for more books), she can be found binge watching Netflix. But really, her life is all about DEM BOOKS!

1 Comment

  1. I have only read Wickedly Charming, I’m not sure if that is part of the series or a stand alone, but I completely loved that one. I have been wanting to read the rest of the books though, I will still read this one and make a decision for myself.
    I hate it when that happens in a book though, you want to love it, but you just don’t. I was that way with Sweet Evil and Unravel Me. Still trying to sort out my feelings for Unravel Me so I can write my review for it.

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