In Bed with the Beast by Tara Sivec is available NOW!!
Read my thoughts on this book inspired by Beauty and The Beast!
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?
IN BED WITH THE BEAST is book two in the Naughty Princess Club series by Tara Sivec. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the previous book because it is based on Cinderella and it is lovely. Read my review of book one HERE.
I am a big fan of Tara Sivec, I’m also a big fan of Beauty and The Beast—it’s actually my favorite fairytale—so you can probably imagine how excited I was when I found out Tara was coming out with a book inspired by Beauty and The Beast. I was beyond thrilled. And it unfortunately did not live up to my expectations.
When I think of Beauty and The Beast I imagine a cute and very swoon worthy story. That’s how I imagined IN BED WITH THE BEAST but with the classic Tara Sivec touch, with a lot jokes and funny moments. Only… the jokes and funny moments didn’t do it for me this time. It was a little too immature and silly for me but I think my mood played a huge part on my overall experience reading this book so please take this with a grain of salt.
I also wasn’t a fan of Belle’s character. I always see Belle (from Beauty and The Beast) as this brilliant, mature, a bit shy, fierce and introverted woman but this Belle (from In Bed With the Beast) wasn’t like that at all or at least she wasn’t like that in my eyes. She was way too immature and if I’m being honest, a pain in my butt.
Here’s something I loved that I wouldn’t have changed for the world. I loved the second half of the book. It was all romance and a bit of fun. Vincent (the “Beast” in this book) made me swoon extra hard towards the end and he honestly couldn’t have been more perfect. I’m sure a lot (if not all of you) are going to love him too.
Even though this book let me down a bit, I still think y’all should give it a chance. Like I said, when I started reading this book I really wasn’t in the mood for a light read and I think that’s the reason I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to but Tara Sivec is a fantastic author and I cannot recommend her books enough, they always put me in a better mood (except this time apparently).
Massive thanks to St. Martin’s Press for sending me an advance copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
3.5 / 5 flowers
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.