Gerard’s Beauty (Kingdom #2) by Marie Hall

GerardsBeautyA 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?

It’s official. I can’t get enough of these Kingdom bad boys. I’ve kind of skipped around a little, but I’m back on track. At least I started with Her Mad Hatter… then I skipped ahead to Rumpel’s Prize, which is actually the 3rd book in the Dark Princess Kingdom series, but the 8th book in the Kingdom series and it involves the daughter of…. never mind. This is another ‘do as I say, not as I do’ moment. *sigh*

Gerard was a definite bad boy and his Fairy God Mother Danika had her hands full. As frustrating and exasperating as he was, he actually had a good heart. As everyone should know there are two sides to every story and Gerard’s Beauty proves it. Seems that Disney may have had it all wrong. Well, mostly wrong. He wasn’t totally innocent, but he wasn’t totally bad either. Turns out all he needed was the right woman to turn him around.

That’s basically the gist of all these Kingdom stories. Even the baddest of the bad can be tamed… well mostly tamed. No one wants them totally tamed, right? Gerard’s Beauty was funny, sweet and introduced readers to characters who had more to offer than they first appeared. I love it when that happens.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00003]Red and Her Wolf are up next and I can’t wait to see how this twist on the familiar story turns out. I picked up the first three books in a set, so as soon as I finish the 3rd book, I’ll have to pick up the rest. 😉


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