Beloved storyteller to hundreds of children, Lulu Ross champions non-violence. Just her luck, she's tiara over glass slippers for a man who carries a gun. Professional bodyguard Colin Murphy is sexy. Too bad he's delusional. Who would want to hurt Princess Charming---a low-profile, goody-two-shoes who performs as a storybook character at children's birthday parties? Surely the sexy gifts from a secret admirer are meant for her sister, a bombshell wannabe action-star. Or are they? Murphy is determined to protect Lulu whether she likes it or not. Perpetually cheerful and absurdly trusting, the locally famous kiddy-heroine refuses to believe she's in danger. Tipped off by the FBI, Murphy knows otherwise, but convincing Lulu that she's the fantasy target of a mobster's fixation is like trying to hang shades on the sun. Contending with a woman who favors bubblegum lip gloss and a pink poodle purse becomes an exercise in fascination and frustration for the world-weary protection specialist; almost as frustrating as resisting her whimsical charm.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 4.5" Height: 6.75" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2004
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 193281504X ISBN13 9781932815047
Availability 0 units.
More About Beth Ciotta
Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk and paranormal romantic fiction. "I can't think of anything more fulfilling than writing stories where everyone (except the villain, of course) gets a happy ending!" A retired professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing.
I thought Charmed was just absolutely adorable, and because of this one book alone, I intend to pick up all of Beth Ciotta's books. I highly recommend this light-hearted romp. :)
Light weight and entertaining... Mar 17, 2007
Charmed is the second book in the triology by Beth Ciotta. Although this second entry can stand alone, you won't get as much enjoyment out of it if you haven't read the first book, Jinxed, which introduces you to the very interesting secondary characters of the book. Both books are well worth the read if you are looking for something light - in tone, in humor, and in suspense. The book has been synopsized very well in other reviews so I'll cut to the chase - it's like a warm fuzzy pair of bunny slippers. Cute, comfortable and just makes you feel good. The characters are lovable, there is a little sexual sizzle, which keeps it from being a kiddie book, with a dash of mystery and sip of pathos (in the main character's sister, who is featured in the 3rd book in the series.) I'll definitely keep this book for those times when I need something light and easy and quick to read.
Charming... Feb 23, 2006
I picked up this book because I'd been reading the author's blog and found her "voice" in her entries to be one I enjoyed. I was not disappointed by the decision. "Charmed" is a delightful story, not quite romantic comedy, but definitely not your average romantic suspense. Bodyguard Colin Murphy is called in by a friend to watch out for a "princess" who's in danger. He's not expecting a children's storyteller with a princess persona. Ciotta gets things moving from page one and doesn't let up until the end.
There's a tremendous amount of humor mixed in with the action that follows, all of which arises naturally from the movement of the plot rather than having the feeling of "insert joke here" that one sometimes encounters when reading romantic comedy. Since Lulu not only works children parties, but is a roving entertainer in an Atlantic City Casino, there's a great deal of material to mine and Ciotta doesn't hesitate to do so. The hero being forced to don the troll suit is great. Trust me.
I will confess that there were a few moments near the beginning where I felt Lulu threatened to veer into "too stupid to live" territority, but since her escapes from the situations caused by those moments actually a) moved the plot forward and b) caused Lulu to take another look at the situation around her and realize it really *was* as serious as Colin was trying to tell her, they bothered me far less once I was pass them. Part of Lulu's character is that she does try to look at the world with a sunny disposition and treats people as if they are well-intentioned until they prove otherwise. Since there's a lowlife after her, this causes more than one problem, and in dealing with those problems, we see her grow and change, revealing a strength of character at the end of the story that wasn't obvious at the beginning.
It was an easy and entertaining read, and this is one author whose other works I'll definitely be taking a look at.
Fun Romantic Supsense Jan 14, 2006
Beth Ciotta's second romance is a fun, humorous, and exciting romantic suspense novel! The characters are intriguing; the suspense keeps you turning pages; and the setting is so real that you feel you are in Atlantic City. Don't miss this exciting book!
Movies are made of this stuff Aug 8, 2005
This book took off from the beginning with a hook that landed me immediately, characters that sang with believability, and venues that I found shiek and fascinating. I admit that when I started reading the book, I was scared because I don't read romance generally. But while the romance was plentiful and sensual, the drama and intrigue interspersed throughout kept me turning the pages.
Beth writes with a style that puts the reader into the heads of the characters. Not forced, not flowery. Real, gut-level prose that you can picture real people saying.
Just about anybody will be able to see a bits of himself or herself in this novel. It's a sweet read for an afternoon at the beach or for savoring over a few days during breaks from reality.