Monday, August 10, 2015

Handsome and the Beast by A.J. Tipton

Title:  Handsome and the Beast
Series:  Genderswapped Fairy Tales #4
Author:  A.J. Tipton
Published:  July 31/15
Length:  70pgs
Genre:  fantasy romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Love is the most powerful magic.

In a magical kingdom far away, there lived cursed princes, warrior women, and mighty magic. Handsome and the Beast is a sexy genderswapped retelling of Beauty and the Beast where the heroes have become heroines, the heroines have become heroes, and nothing is as it seems.

The beautiful Lady Sophie was cursed by an evil wizard to transform into a hairy, fanged beast. Heartbroken by past failures to break the curse, she despairs of finding a man who can look beyond her beastly appearance and grant her true love's kiss. When the town drunk, Beatrice, stumbles into Sophie's life and offers her son as payment for her trespasses, Sophie can’t help but try one last time.

Handsome Quinn has his own problems. After years of abuse, his mother sells him to a strange woman living in a castle in the woods. His new home is as opulent as it is mysterious, and he soon finds himself in a world scarred by magic. Will Quinn pull off a daring escape from his imprisonment? Or will his feelings for Sophie become the key to his true freedom?

This genderswapped fairy tale for adults features sexy FFM threesomes, beastly makeovers, and a tale that’s older than time.

These STANDALONE novellas can be read in any order. There are no cliffhangers, and each short ends as it should: happily ever after.

My Review:

Talk about a quirky take on an age old fairy tale! This was a well written and put together tale. Tipton takes readers on a fast paced and comical journey through her inversion of Beauty and the Beast. I enjoyed the larger than life descriptions and how they brought the characters to life. Quinn was simply too good to be true. His interactions with the other characters really let us know who’s who. The individuals that Tipton fills the story with were also a lot of fun. I will admit, there were a couple of scenes that I couldn’t understand the purpose of, other than to increase the heat of the novel, but those scenes definitely were hot.

My final thoughts? As an erotic retelling of a well-known fairy tale, with a twist, it was a good story. I will warn you, however, that Tipton stays very close to the original fable, adding in sex to fix all problems. It was a quick, hot read that I quite enjoyed.

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