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Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel | [Shanna Swendson]

Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.
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Publisher's Summary

Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!"

Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job. CEO Merlin (yes, the Merlin) and taps Katie and her special ability to uncover the magical mole.

Keeping her feelings in check while sleuthing alongside Owen, Katie is shocked to discover that her immunity to magic is waning, putting her in grave danger. Soon she's surrendering to the charms and enchantments of everyone and everything around her, including a killer pair of red stilettos. Katie must now conjure up her natural instincts to get to the bottom of the break-in, regain her power, and win the wizard of her dreams.

©2006 Shanna Swendson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Jennifer B. Creamer Tuxedo Park, NY 03-26-14
    Jennifer B. Creamer Tuxedo Park, NY 03-26-14 Member Since 2011

    Mom of 3 saved by her audiobook addiction!

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    "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    What other book might you compare Once Upon Stilettos to and why?

    Any Molly Harper adult paranormal book. This book is a fun, fantasy filled book with lots of humor, and twists and turns. I have read book 1 and 2 now and I am really looking forward to going through the rest of the series. I'm glad I found this.


    Which character – as performed by Eva Wilhelm – was your favorite?

    Katy by far is my favorite. I love her sassiness!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh for sure


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a book that you want to start at the beginning of the series. I have only gotten to book 2 and have been left hanging on the romance plot I hope that it will truly come to fruition in book 3. But as for the book and plot itself very good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 04-17-14
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2005

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "Not all job romances are bad"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Once Upon Stilettos to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoy listening to this audio edition of Once Upon Stilettos, because each character is brought to life by the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Thinking about how the roommates have boyfriends who were once frogs or thought they were a frog. It just cracks me up.


    What about Eva Wilhelm’s performance did you like?

    Each character was done well, but I love her gargoyle the best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt bad for a character who has to use a illusion spell all the time, because he doesn't feel good about himself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 04-12-14
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 04-12-14 Member Since 2010

    author of Lowcountry Legend's series

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    "It's all about the Shoes..."

    Cinderella knows that shoes can change your life and so does Katie Chandler. This second in the series is good and the author does a better than average job of catching up a reader without telling the whole story of the first book. The plot won't wow you, but the pleasure in these books are the atmosphere and world of magic that the author makes believable. These books are upbeat and realistic, believe it or not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Denver, CO, United States 04-07-14
    Bonnie Denver, CO, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Alice in Wonderland meets Harry Potter"

    Enchanted Inc. is the first in the series from author Shanna Swendson. This is a fun chick series that is a mystery, an adventure, and a romantic comedy which is lighthearted, magical, and fun.

    There are characters you'll love and remember. The heroin, Katie, is “completely ordinary” in a universe of magic. This is a good thing.

    For adults the series is “Alice in Wonderland” and “Harry Potter” all rolled into one. It is a mystical romp and a fun escape. Read and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Felicity Kaohsiung, Taiwan 04-03-14
    Felicity Kaohsiung, Taiwan 04-03-14 Member Since 2009

    “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway

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    "Fun and Witty!"

    This series is lighthearted but absolutely enchanting! The characters pretty much had me from the start and I enjoyed this installment as much as the first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    marinda.vdh 06-16-14
    marinda.vdh 06-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun"
    Would you try another book from Shanna Swendson and/or Eva Wilhelm?

    Yes


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This is a fun story, a bit slow in places but still light entertainment.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eva Wilhelm?

    Yes


    Did Once Upon Stilettos inspire you to do anything?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vxdvxn 06-11-14
    vxdvxn 06-11-14 Member Since 2009

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "The Red Shoes - Katey Style"
    Would you listen to Once Upon Stilettos again? Why?

    Yes. This story is cute and I will listen to the other Enchanted books again in the future.

    Take the typical "Red Shoes" story, add the usual cast of characters and you get a typical day at MSI, Inc


    What other book might you compare Once Upon Stilettos to and why?

    The first Enchanted book.


    Did Eva Wilhelm do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Some of her male characters are hard to differentiate


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always get some good laughs from these books.


    Any additional comments?

    Another good book in the series

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    A. Cupples MD 06-10-14
    A. Cupples MD 06-10-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Fun series"
    Would you listen to Once Upon Stilettos again? Why?

    I will probably never listen to this story again.... nothing that interesting that I need to hear again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was fun to listen to-- nothing too serious or complex. Great to listen to while doing something else. Listening to fun stories while doing chores makes the chores go by faster.


    What about Eva Wilhelm’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed this book, but would like Eva Wilhelm to be less stilted in her dialog. I think she'd be better off reading with a more natural feel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Huntsville, TX, United States 04-08-14
    Jerry Huntsville, TX, United States 04-08-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great little series"

    Perfect series when you need a little pick me up. Light hearted and surprisingly unpredictable.

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    Dara Miami Shores, FL, United States 04-01-14
    Dara Miami Shores, FL, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Engaging but a bit slow"

    I enjoy the narrator, and the characters are charming, But, the story line bogs down and I find myself wishing for things to move along a bit faster. The relationship between Katie and Owen is polite almost to the point of boredom.

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    "Red dorothy shoes to twist your ankle on ."
    Where does Once Upon Stilettos rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the second in the series of MSI Inc and again much like the first. Light hearted shenanigans but a little seriousness on the side to. I enjoyed it and I rated it accordingly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy going listen with just enough intrigue to keep you listening.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Katies parents come to visit.. Eye opening for both Katie and MSI .


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh .


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