One Night Of Misbehavior by Shelley Munro

One Night of Misbehavior
Grade-B
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-Mild Kink
Genre-Contemporary
Reviewed by Kay

Two people meet at a masquerade ball and engage in a night of unforgettable sex. Ash, the hero, is a business mogul and keeps his heart to himself. Charlotte, is an orphaned girl raised by her hateful stepmother. This should’ve been a terrible mismatch but instead it was a fantastic love story with a fairytale twist.

After their night of sex neither of the two main characters can forget the other. Too bad they don’t know who the other is. Charlotte goes to an interview for a job at Ash’s company and they recognize each other because of the rose she left at the scene. Charlotte gets the job and she pays for it when she gets home. Her stepmother and stepsisters make her life a living hell. She has no place to go and is basically their slave. Her only bright spot is her step grandmother, who she adores and the feeling is mutual. Charlotte has to decline the job because of her grandma’s Lupus but Ash won’t let her go.  Ash knows she’s the real deal and lets his heart open up. Ash has been burned before both literally and figuratively. He even has the scars to prove it.

This was a great read and spin on a mix of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. I loved every second of it. My one and only complaint was, in the middle, it drug for about 10%. It picked up from there and it was back to being wonderful. It is going on my best of 2013 list.

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Loving an Ugly Beast by Danielle Monsch

Loving an Ugly Beast (Fairy Tales & Ever Afters)
Grade: C+
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Fairytale/Historical

Reviewed by Anne

Benton is big and strong, but he’s covered with scars, so he’s known as the beast of his village.  Nissa is his best friend.  They secretly each like the other, but lack the confidence to make a move.  When a fairy godmother shows up and grants Benton’s wish to be more beautiful, how will things work out?
 
First off, what a great premise!  It’s pretty rare to read about a man who thinks he’s unworthy of a woman because of his looks!  I enjoyed seeing this cliche turned on its ear.  Second, this is a mid-evil set fairytale village.  I enjoy this kind of setting, and I really wanted to enjoy the book.
 
My biggest complaint is the modernisms that kept pulling me out of the story.  At one point they talk about having enough money to “keep your son in diapers.”  That didn’t make sense to me. They would have been using cloth diapers.  Expense wasn’t as much an issue as the time it took to wash them, I’d think.  Another time we see this line “Why is it always good for the man but a crapshoot for the woman?”  Crapshoot?  That seems like a more modern casino term to me.  I don’t know.  I’m not an expert.  Maybe I was being too picky, but little stuff like this kept pulling me out of the story.  That was disappointing!  It had a lot of promise.
 
Because of that promise, and because it was funny, and because I like fairytale romance, I’ll probably try another one by this author, but it’s borderline for me.

An Offer From A Gentleman by Julia Quinn

An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons, #3)
Grade: B
Hotness Level: Blaze
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Historical

Series: Bridgertons #3
Reviewed by Kate


When the Earl of Penwood’s illegitimate daughter, Sophie, is dropped off at his doorstep he chooses to raise her as his ward.  Sophie enjoys a quiet existence in the country until the earl’s new wife Araminta and her two daughters arrive.  When the earl dies, Sophie is forced to become Araminta’s unpaid servant.  Sneaking into Lady Bridgerton’s masquerade ball, Sophie meets Benedict.  And, 300 pages later, they live happily ever after.  An obvious retelling of Cinderella that you can’t help but love, this book left me with a happy sigh at the end.