Review: Legally Charming by Lauren Smith

Posted May 25, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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Review: Legally Charming by Lauren Smith
Legally Charming

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Series: Ever After #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on March 13, 2017
Pages: 372
Format: eBook
Source: Giveaway
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The Delight

I have been a fan of the author’s historical romances for a few years now and always meant to try her contemporaries.  Finally, I’m getting the chance after winning a copy of Legally Charming in a giveaway.  A spicy modern fairytale retelling seemed just the thing.


Legally Charming opens with the Cinderella ball aka a best friend’s Halloween party where serious minded, but also seriously tired dedicated art student, Felicity Hart, slips into an empty bedroom to catch a few winks and wakes up to discover she crawled into Prince Charming’s bed.
Jared isn’t that guy any more who fools around, but he gives into temptation when delectable Felicity is right there all innocent and virginal and just as attracted to him.

The story had some fun winks to the series’ fairytale theme and I enjoyed how the author brought into a modern story.  There’s a cuteness quality to it and it leans heavy on the prince falling for his Cinderella on first sight.  Much of this story is an easy read as far as light and easy.  It read quickly though I confessed to skimming a few times when it came to a part of the conflict that annoyed me, but not enough to destroy my overall enjoyment of the story.

Jared was a handsome princely guy who’s a workaholic lawyer with ambitions to make partner.  These ambitions are complicated by the boss dangling a contract of sorts that has nothing to do with real estate involving the boss’ daughter.  Jared’s cleaned up his act with women and is ripe for someone innocent and sweet like Felicity.  He gets to teach her a thing or two about how sexy and beautiful she is and they both learn that there may be more to life than work or school.
Felicity was an art student with strong ambitions and plans that involve a dream job across the country just when things are getting serious with Jared.  She’s a strong person about her independence.

For most of the book, I was cruising along enjoying what I was getting particularly some swoony Jared moments and I was curious how they would work out who had to give in on a dream to be together.  But, there were a few smaller things that did get to me.  They’re going to sound like a big deal, but I was only moderately bothered by them.  I had a tough time buying in to the boss trying to leverage a guy into being with his daughter particularly in a law firm.  Maybe if Jared really had been a royal prince charming…
Then there was Felicity’s character and some of her actions.  I’m told she is a strong, independent woman, but I certainly wasn’t seeing evidence of it down to the fact that she seemed helpless.  And, she was totally hung up about her body no matter how many affirmation statements she got from others. She’s gorgeous, came from a good family, has good friends and she’s driven, but she has serious self-esteem issues and this sense of being low class riding her and I couldn’t understand why.  Jared comes from money, but he’s not holding that against her.

All in all, it was a decent start to a fun and charming series with some easy-going, spicy hot modern fairytale themed stories.  I enjoyed this first-time contemporary with the author and wouldn’t mind reading more.  Those who enjoy low-angst, sweet and spicy contemporary romance should give this one a go.


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About Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Cindy S
4 years ago

This does sound so charming and what a great review Sophia Rose.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Cindy S

It had a cuteness quality to it that totally worked since it was a fairytale retelling. Thanks, Cindy!

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 years ago

Very cool review Sophia Rose. I love it when a fave author woos me into another of her genres too!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, I was very curious to see how she did with it. She has written an earlier contemporary series, but I didn’t read it. This was a new one and the fairytale tie-in grabbed me.

4 years ago

I didn’t know about this one but why not?

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

LOL! Yes, why not?

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

That sounds like a book that I might like. Thanks for the great review.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Sure thing! Thanks for visiting, Mary!

4 years ago

Sounds like a good, light read. I don’t think I would like the main character though by the way you describe her. I like strong, not helpless. Thanks!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Yeah, you get told she’s independent and there is some of that, but most of the time she comes across as someone needing rescue. Definitely a cute story, though. 🙂

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB
4 years ago

This sounds like such a cute read, Sophia! I will admit to being frustrated with the ‘smart’ heroine who shows no evidence of this. Everyone stumbles sometimes, but let her weight her options and make some smart choices once a while, too. Gah. LOL

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I wouldn’t mind so much if it didn’t keep telling me she was this mature, put together person and then she acted the opposite. I agree. Show me some flaws and then show me that she learns and makes good decisions. It wasn’t a huge issue in the overall story, but it distracted me. 😉

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

I think I have one of hers sitting around somewhere. It does sound good overall but I can see how some of those things would bug you. I’d want a very good reason for the heroine to be acting/thinking that way or it starts to ride my nerves a bit.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

Yes, it was good, but had some moments that made me impatient- thus, I skimmed. LOL I like what she’s doing here with the modern fairytale touch.

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

I also won a copy of this one. I do like a good Cinderella story. This sounds like a decent read even thought it isn’t perfect. Great review!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It really was a fun one. I wasn’t majorly disturbed by my nitpicks compared to the overall experience. Hope you like it when you get the chance to read your copy.