Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: SMP Swerve
Format: eARC, 304 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Living in her overprotective dad’s basement, shy Belle lives her life through books. Being a part of the Naughty Princess Club is the first adventure she’s ever had, plus she desperately needs the money to save one of her favorite places - the local library.
But when her new friends and new business gets her kicked out of her dad’s house, Belle is rescued by the surly Vincent “Beast” Adams who invites her to be his house guest until she gets back on her feet. Despite his attitude problem and long list of rules, Belle finds herself warming to the muscled man with a penchant for growling and starts seeing a gentle side to him that wasn’t there before.
Yet there’s a room that Beast keeps locked and Belle keeps getting hints that Beast is hiding something…can a nerdy librarian tame the beast or will their romance be over before it has a chance to blossom?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
You might remember when I discovered the magical awesomeness that is Tara Sivec’s Naughty Princess Club back in April. At the Stroke of Midnight was a fantastic introduction into this hilarious and sexy retelling. As soon as I finished it, I couldn’t wait for the follow up, In Bed with the Beast, in which my favorite librarian and the grumpy security guard mix things up in a Beauty & the Beast retelling. I totally loved it.
Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales. I’ve always loved it. The grumpy hero, the awkward heroine, the freaking amazing library — I love it all. In fact, I think I’ve read more B&tB retellings than any other. None of them were quite like Tara’s take, however. (Man, I love this series.) I’d basically fallen in love with Isabelle (and the other “naughty princesses”) in the first book. I couldn’t wait to see what happened when Isabelle broke from her shy, smart, awkward, sheltered Isabelle broke free and came into her own. It was everything I wanted and more.
Belle and Beast were the absolute best. I just adored their story. They had so much chemistry and complemented each other perfectly. I loved how protective he was of her. He might’ve been a giant beast of a man, but he was really sweet and swoony under all that exterior grump. The banter was amazing, the slow burn gave me life and the romance, overall, was just flat out wonderful. It’s always a treat to watch a character I love figure out who they really are. That, when mixed with a smexy romance and literally laugh out loud moments, made In Bed with the Beast total perfection for me.
Now, I can chomp at the bit while I wait for Ariel to get her story. I REALLY need to know what’s going on with all the animosity between her and Eric. Plus, Ariel delivers one-liners that have me basically busting a gut laughing so I’m positive her book will be amazing. I can’t get my hands on it soon enough! If you’re not reading this series, you’re totally missing out.
I’ve lived my life in black and white, content with being the shy, quiet wallflower who does nothing but read, just waiting for something exciting to happen to me like it does for the heroines in my books.
“Boys in books do it better,” Vincent reads aloud. “True story.”
He takes a step towards me and leans forward, placing his hands on either side of the counter, caging me in.
“That’s because they’re boys. Maybe you should try a man.”
“Dude, have you seen the size of him? Your first time can’t be with a guy like that. He’d snap you in two, and you’d never want to have sex again. He wouldn’t just pop your cherry, he’d make a cherry slush.”
I guess fairy tales really do come true for a nerdy bookworm-turned-stripper.
Have you read any of Tara’s books?
Which should I add to my TBR?