“Beauregard and the Beast” by Evie Drae

about

A Once Upon a Vegas Night Tale His greatest prize can’t be won in the octagon. Champion MMA fighter Adam Littrell needs no distractions as he prepares for the fight that will determine whether he retires. But when he opens the door of his swanky Las Vegas home to his new personal assistant, Bo Wilkins, staying focused becomes a struggle. Aware of Adam’s surly reputation, Bo doesn’t expect to like his new employer, let alone fall for him. But Bo is pleasantly surprised when a shared love of books leads them to study for their GEDs together and plan for a life after their current careers. Adam won’t be able to fight forever, and Bo wants a relationship on equal footing. But just as their relationship is getting off the ground, the sister Bo raised needs his help, and he drops everything. With Adam’s final match looming and Bo in a different city, reuniting will be the real challenge.

review

It’s not often that I go out on a limb and try new authors these days. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s simply a time management deal. However, when this crossed my path something about it called to me. Could be my long love for my favorite Disney movie or maybe it was the MMA fighting that caught my attention? Whatever the reason, I’m glad. Drae’s voice was fresh and the characters clear and endearing. The burn was slow but steady. And despite one frustrating scene near the end, I was a happy reader.

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The play off Beauty and the Beast was obvious and enjoyable. Bookworms are sexy if you ask me! Adam is known to be a handful and when his new personal assistant handles him with ease and turns the table, he’s knocked off-kilter. The Beast has a reputation for his surly manner, but Bo quickly discovers the real Adam that is only revealed behind closed doors. He’s thoughtful and funny and…sweet. The Beast is not supposed to be sweet. Yet he is. And Bo slowly slips deeper and deeper into his feelings for him. Bo took this job with one thing on his mind. Supporting his younger sister. Be that as it may, it doesn’t take long for Adam to join the important list…but he can’t be number one. Or is it possible for Bo to share his love between the two?

 

loveAlthough the story was engaging, the strong heartbeat of this book was definitely the characters. I found Adam and Bo delightful. I was fascinated with Adam’s training. His dedication and focus on his career was praiseworthy. I would have loved to see a bit more of the highly anticipated fight but wasn’t surprised by the outcome. Actually, I was pleased. And Bo made me smile. Life hasn’t always been easy or kind and he deserved a fairytale ending. I loved how the guys drew off of each other’s strengths and became better together. Not that the other made them better but gave them the push to make themselves better. It was great hanging in Las Vegas. It was fun slipping into the gym. It was adorable watching them study. The epitome of opposites attract, they are a lovely pair. I just loved watching them slowly…fall. Round it off with a fabulous secondary cast and I’d declare this a winner. So pleased that I took this chance and I’ll certainly keep my eye out for more from Drae in the future.

 

beware

Off-limits becomes limitless. Slow burn simmers before it blazes. And fear grabs the steering wheel for a bit until the frightening fog clears and priorities sparkle clearly.

 

bookisforIf you like opposites attract and have a soft spot for book lovers, you’ll want to put this on your radar.

 

bookinfo

TITLE: Beauregard and the Beast
AUTHOR: Evie Drae
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 208 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 20, 2019
BUY LINKS: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon

 

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