Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gerard's Beauty (Kingdom Series #2)

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?

 This Beauty and the Beast is a brilliant spin off worthy of endless praise. The ability to write so many different personalities and let them each stay true to form takes true talent. Marie Hall is a master story teller.

Gerard's Beauty is my absolute favorite.  My intrigue was held from the first sentence to the last. After I finished the book I immediately had to read it all over again. The intensity and longing are intoxicating,  yet her characters are so enjoyable to read. I am always thrilled that these characters are forced in one way or another to take the time to fall in love instead of the clichĂ© stories of lust. It doesn't get more entertaining.  The Kingdom Series is golden. Easily a top 5 pick, coming from an extremely picky reader. 5 stars!

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