Estimated Publication Date: June 25, 2019 by Amberjack Publishing
Rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Beau LeFrancois’ mother never saw the accident coming, and she certainly never imagined the problems that come with wrecking Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV. Fortunately, no one was hurt but the car needs extensive repairs, and she also must pay for the damage to the other car. The problem is, the LeFrancois family is going bare–unable to even afford car insurance.
Beau volunteers to work off the debt at the Diaz Ranch. What he isn’t prepared for is Bett Diaz. Bett is known as ‘The Beast’ at their school because of her bad temper, Beau approaches the job with caution and vows to stay away from the boss’s daughter. However, Bett has other plans–bored and friendless, she finds excuses to shadow Beau whenever he’s at the ranch. After hours spent in her company, Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior and finds himself falling for her. That is, until he catches Bett in a lie.
Kathryn Berla’s modern Beauty and the Beast retelling is capable of standing on its own. The story is a sweet rendition of Beauty and the Beast and does not have the slightly scary vibe that the original tale has. This one is all based on relationships, misunderstandings and assumptions of ones character through rumor. At times I didn’t see the Beauty and the Beast theme while in others it was quite evident. So while it is a retelling, don’t think you’ll get anything close to the original with this high school angst novel. I thought the characterization of Bettina and Beau was done well, although lacked real true depth. Their actions were a product of others and not necessarily based in who they individually were. Even with this, I found their relationship intriguing and interesting, especially because there’s some background in the #Metoo movement that I thought was artfully done. I got some Twilight vibes from their relationship a few times but all in all, really enjoyed their witty banter. I’d recommend this novel for YA readers that like a good, clean read.
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*Special thanks to Amberjack Publishing and JKS Communication for the advanced softcopy for review.