Title: In Bed with the Beast
Author: Tara Sivec
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Page Count: 304
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
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 by Tara Sivec is the second book in the Naughty Princess Club romantic comedy series. While each book in this series features a separate couple and could be understood as a standalone I’d highly suggest picking them up from the beginning to get the full story and all of the laughs.
The first book of this series, At the Stroke of Midnight, introduced all three of the female leads in the series as they came together and became friends. The trio couldn’t be more opposite of one another with Cindy being an uptight recent divorcee, Belle the nerdy and shy librarian and Ariel the wild, crazy and outspoken one. The ladies had shown up at a function all wearing princess costumes and were offered a job working a party. Thinking children’s party they hastily agreed since all were in need of money but little did they know it was definitely adult and they were expected to strip. After running like crazy they rethought their retreat and came up with the idea to form their new business the Naughty Princess Club.
The fun part of this series is that these ladies are loosely based on the fairy tale princesses and now in this second installment it is Belle’s turn to find her happiness and learn to shake her booty. Belle is finding her voice and standing up for herself now after forming her friendship with the other ladies but that gets her tossed out of her father’s home when she stands up to him. With nowhere to go she sets up camp in the library until the brooding bouncer Vincent “Beast” Adams comes to her rescue and offers her a place to stay.
I honestly don’t know if I have the words to express how much I love this series. Tara Sivec has written the perfect combination of humor, sexiness and added a dash of creativity with the fairy tale twist. But not only do I laugh all throughout and my Kindle may get a little steamy but she’s given an underlying message of female empowerment showing her characters growing and maturing to be able to take care of themselves before beginning their relationships. And it didn’t hurt in the least little bit that this installment reminded me of Jay Ryan playing the beast on the television series based on Beauty and the Beast… yum.
When I found my early copy of In Bed with the Beast waiting for me in my mail I was beyond excited and hoped it would be as much fun as the first book. When finished now I can honestly say it certainly was if not even more so. I am definitely anxiously awaiting to read Ariel’s story in the next installment of this series now and recommend these to any romantic comedy fans out there.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
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 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. She writes in a wide range of genres including Romantic Comedy, Romantic Comedy/Mystery, Romantic Suspense, New Adult Drama, Contemporary Romance and Psychological Thriller. 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 Best Indie Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 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.