Temp worker David Evans has been dreaming of Dr. Alun Kendrick ever since that one transcription job for him, because holy cats, that voice. Swoon. So when his agency offers him a position as Dr. Kendrick’s temporary office manager, David neglects to mention that he’s been permanently banished from offices. Because, forgiveness? Way easier than permission.
Alun Kendrick, former Queen’s Champion of Faerie’s Seelie Court, takes his job as a psychologist for Portland’s supernatural population extremely seriously. Secrecy is paramount: no non-supe can know of their existence. So when a gods-bedamned human shows up to replace his office manager, he intends to send the man packing. It shouldn’t be difficult—in the two hundred years since he was cursed, no human has ever failed to run screaming from his hideous face.
But cheeky David isn’t intimidated, and despite himself, Alun is drawn to David in a way that can only spell disaster: when fae consort with humans, it never ends well. And if the human has secrets of his own? The disaster might be greater than either of them could ever imagine.
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Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Tropes: Fairy Tales Revisited, Office / Workplace Romance, Smartass Twinks
Word Count: 75000
Setting: Portland, OR
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Kim on All Things Urban Fantasy wrote:
"...my favorite part of this book was the world itself. The rules and setup of the supernatural communities and the various beings were fantastic and utterly spellbinding. I was enthralled from the get go and my interest never wavered. This story so much fun yet had so much more underneath its surface. The fantasy, the depth, the romance, it was all so well done and so cohesive and comprehensive that I give this one 5 very enthusiastic stars and recommend this to all fantasy genre fans. This was my kind of story and I hope you will feel the same."
Caryn on Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words wrote:
"Sometimes it's fun to escape. Sometimes you want to read something that will make you smile, laugh, and feel warm and fuzzy inside. CUTIE AND THE BEAST is one of the super fuzzy books! If you love it when our world clashes with the world of fairies, dragons and magic, this book is for you. ... I haven't had this much fun with a PNR in a while."
Elaine White on Divine Magazine wrote:
"I loved the entire wild ride, from the dull, lifeless office to the magical, glittering world of Faerie. I loved the secondary characters, the clients, the...aunties, and especially Alun's brothers Mal and Gareth (who will be getting their own books in the future, yay!). We have an exciting plot, character growth, great dialogue, beautifully described settings, and it was also freakin' hilarious. What more can you ask from a book?"
"Overall, I could probably gush all day. From the world building, attention to detail, characterisation, chemistry, variety to allowing us to see equal parts of the Faerie world and the Outer World, it couldn't have been better. Most of all, I love how the whole "beast" aspect was handled. I hoped, because I had learned to appreciate who David was, by the end of the story, but I was still scared about the ending until it happened and I loved that it happened the way it did. I loved every minute and I've already added books 2 and 3 to my To Buy list, for when they release."