In Bed with the Beast by Tara Sivec
Series: Naughty Princess Club #2
Also in this series: At the Stroke of Midnight
Published by Swerve
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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A tale as old as time: she needs a place to stay, he's a grump with a secret and an extra room...can love find a way?
Meet the Naughty Princess Club, a series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that brings readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that three women fall into once they decide to strut their stuff and bring on their own happily ever after.
Living in her overprotective dad’s basement, shy Belle lives her life through books. Being a part of the Naughty Princess Club is the first adventure she’s ever had, plus she desperately needs the money to save one of her favorite places - the local library.
But when her new friends and new business gets her kicked out of her dad’s house, Belle is rescued by the surly Vincent “Beast” Adams who invites her to be his house guest until she gets back on her feet. Despite his attitude problem and long list of rules, Belle finds herself warming to the muscled man with a penchant for growling and starts seeing a gentle side to him that wasn’t there before.
Yet there’s a room that Beast keeps locked and Belle keeps getting hints that Beast is hiding something…can a nerdy librarian tame the beast or will their romance be over before it has a chance to blossom?
Belle is a book nerd. She works in a library and that’s her dream job. She lives in her dad’s basement and though she’s an adult, he is extremely overprotective of her. When she met her two best friends, Cindy and Ariel, she never imagined she’d be starting a stripping business with them, but it happened. She’s a bit anxious to actually do that stripping but she’s working on her confidence. When she gets kicked out of her house by her dad she doesn’t want to bother her friends and ends up sleeping in the library. She’s saved from that by an unlikely source – a man named Beast who works at the local strip club as a bouncer.
Beast, whose real name is Vincent, is completely besotted with Belle. He takes her home and sets her up in his spare bedroom. Despite his form of communication aka grunting, Belle finds him charming. He shows her with deeds what a good guy he is. They manage to have some hot interactions but Belle’s not sure if he’s just trying to help her with her confidence or not. Belle is soon falling in love but when a secret that Beast is hiding comes out her belief in happily ever after is put to the test.
This was another great story in the Naughty Princess Club series. I really loved Belle and her awkwardness. She spouts statistics and little tidbits of knowledge when she gets nervous and I found it charming.
This book was in first person POV so of course we didn’t get any info from Beast, which was disappointing. Beast had a hidden past that comes out (a good one!) and I would have loved to have known his thoughts on a lot of things that happened in the book. Alas, it was not to be. Despite that I thought he was a great guy who had serious communication issues. He came through in the end, however so that was a plus.
This is definitely a romance between Beast and Belle, but it’s also sort of a coming-of-age story involving a 24-year-old. That seems a bit odd, I know, but Belle had never really come out of her shell. She’d been protected by her dad all her life and her friends were the ones she read about in books. She did go to college and get her master’s degree, but I got the impression that she lived at home that whole time. Meeting and befriending Cindy and Ariel were the first steps in getting her to be her own person. I loved reading about how she was taking things step by step to change her life and lead it the way she wanted to lead it and doing it in her own way.
Overall I really liked this story – just as much as I liked the first book in this series, At the Stroke of Midnight. If you’d like to read a couple of fun, contemporary romances then these are two I recommend picking up.
Rating: 4 out of 5