Published by Macmillan on 2015-11-16
Beauty is about to tame her beast...
Researcher Maggie Donovan has no luck with men, and it doesn't help that she can't keep her eyes off of her sexy boss – the one everyone else in the office calls The Beast. Relationships in the office are forbidden. So no one is more surprised than Maggie when she pretends to be his fiancée to save him during a difficult situation. Not only has she put her job on the line, but the future of the company.
Billionaire Benjamin Gale III doesn’t believe in love or romance, but the look on his mother’s face when Maggie tells her that she’s his fiancée is worth millions. Instead of firing her for her insubordination, he goes along with the ruse. In his arms–and in his bed–she’d be everything he could ever want...which is why he can’t have her.
But if he doesn’t let her go, they’ll lose everything...
FTC : I bought this book
Why I bought this book
Because I love Beauty and the Beast!! I have read Diane Albert before and enjoyed her stuff so this seemed like a good plan 🙂
Fairytale twist, boss romance, easy-read, novella, cute, evil-mother, over-the-top themes, odd-heroine
- Romance – 4/5
- Heat level – 3/5
- Plot – 3/5
What I liked about this book
This book was a fun easy read. Both Benjamin and Maggie were nice, easy characters to read about and Diane Albert writes a great chemistry between them. I particularly enjoyed the reverse “marrying-up” plot with Benjamin being pressured to marry who his Mother thinks is acceptable rather than who he wants … I’m so used to this being a regency plot centered around the heroine I enjoyed seeing it from a Male perspective.
You are all going to think I’m crazy but the character I loved the most was the evil mother. I love over-the-top bad-guys and she is actually bordering on ridiculous she is so hell-bent on making her son into what she wants him to be. I loved her!
What didn’t work for me
Honestly, this isn’t Beauty and the Beast. It’s nothing like Beauty and the Beast. There isn’t any reformation or self-discovery; it’s a hot, grumpy workaholic boss who decides that he wants to romance his hot employee. There is no Beast!! It wasn’t what I was expecting.
I do have one minor bugbear with Maggie and I can’t help it; sometimes, she was so twee she made me roll me eyes. From the narrating conversations, weird off the cuff comments and dreamy observations, she sometimes just got on my nerves. It wasn’t all the time, and it certainly wasn’t enough to make me shut the book, but it was something to mention.
The only other thing that didn’t particularly work for me was the pacing of the book; sometimes, it just seemed to slow right down, with a lot of dialogue and not much action.
Would I read it again?
Probably not. I liked it but not enough for it to become a re-read
“You make me…happy. I didn’t event think I knew what that was, or if it was a real thing, until you. But now I do, and I don’t want to let go of it.”