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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Review: Gerard's Beauty (Kingdom series #2) by Marie Hall

Format: .mobi (purchased)
Release Date: July 28, 2012

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?

Wow, now this was a really interesting and entertaining spin on Beauty and the Beast. Usually a romance based on the popular fairytale takes on the title's main characters, but Marie Hall took the opposite approach. What if the "villain" of the story was really the one wronged? What if the true story was covered up in an act of vengeance and Belle wasn't the nice girl she appeared to be?

Gerard Garcon was in love once but she turned out to be a cold, calculating gold digger and that experience has left Gerard with an aversion to love. He doesn't avoid women, in fact, he's one of the biggest players in Kingdom, a fact that has gotten him in trouble one too many times. The last straw comes when he is accused of seducing a princess (with well known parents). Desperate to save him, his fairy godmother Danika sends him to Earth, where he meets a woman that reminds him of the one who broke his heart. That doesn't stop him from trying to seduce her though.

Betty Hart has had one too many bad encounters with men but this one really takes the cake. He's gorgeous (which he knows), French and a little strange. Then again, so is Betty. When the truth of Gerard's origins are revealed, she has to make a difficult choice: Get to know this bad boy and risk heartbreak, or stay away from him and make him face a grim fate.

Gerard's Beauty isn't just a romance, there's humor in it as well. Gerard is so serious, so into conquering females that when he suddenly can't do that anymore, he really doesn't know what to do with himself! As he spends more time with Betty, she makes him experience life as it should be. There's a really funny scene when Gerard accompanies Betty to a "gathering" of sorts, I can't say more because I will spoil it, but let me just say that it had me giggling like mad just picturing the suave, sexy and serious Gerard in that particular setting. I love a steamy romance that doesn't take itself too seriously!

My only complaint is that Gerard's Beauty is too short. Or perhaps I just read good romances too quick. Either way, it was over much too soon. Pick up this book and the rest in the series if you'd like a new romantic twist on classic fairytales.

As of 5/7/13 a bundle featuring books 1-3 of the Kingdom series is only .99 on Amazon.


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  1. Awesome review! I like the unique take on this fairy tale. I think its mandatory to bump this to the top of my wishlist!!!

  2. The first three books are part of a bundle and I think it's still .99.

  3. Oh yes. I'm so reading it Adriana! June is going to be more fun reading than review reading and this series is on the list. Darn though me coming in late and missing the sale. Still a really great deal though.

    Can't wait to see what this gathering is. I love the romances that don't take themselves too seriously now and again too :)

  4. I still have book 1 to read from your last review...I'm off the BN! Great review Adria :)

  5. I really need to read the first book in this series! I read a book from the author's Cougar Falls series a couple weeks back and liked it now I'm in the mood to try her other stuff. Great review :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  6. Thanks! I hope you get to read this series soon and stop by to let me know how you like it! I haven't read anything else by this author yet but I'm pretty sure that when I'm done with this series I'll be checking out the rest of her books.

  7. Thanks! I hope you'll let me know how you like the books when you do read them!

  8. Lol, yeah it's still a great price for all three books. I feel your pain, I have 15 books that I want to read for fun but I'm going through them pretty slow due to all the requests & blog tours I've signed up for.


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