Review & GIVEAWAY: Bette & the Beast by Liza Penn

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bette & the Beast

Liza Penn
(Hotel Ever After, #1)
Publication date: September 13th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis: Bette owns Fairhaven’s only bookstore…but only barely. She’s struggling with bills, but she refuses to sell to the hotel mogul Richard Dickson because he only wants to tear down the beloved store and replace it with a hotel. Can these two find a compromise and save the bookstore?

My Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:
This was my first time ever reading anything by Liza Penn.  I am a big fan of fairytale retellings, so when I saw this one I knew I had to request it.  If you couldn't tell from the title, this one is loosely based off of Beauty and the Beast.  This was a really quick read at only about 75 pages.

Liza Penn definitely has a knack for writing some steamy scenes!  There were only a couple of them but they were sizzling.  I would consider this an insta-love/lust romance.  I have to say that I didn't think that Richard was much of a Beast at all tho.  We were also introduced to some great secondary characters, who will have their own love stories in this series.

This book has no cheating, a HEA, and no cliffhanger (just a little bit of a lead in to Zelda's love story).  Each story is a new take on a classic fairytale.

**  I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. **

Author Bio:
Liza Penn is the pseudonym of an author living with her family in the piedmont of the Carolinas. She writes the Hotel Ever After books for fun and values her privacy.


  1. This sounds like a fun read and hot romance, too! Great review, Julie! :)

    1. Thanks so much! <3 It was great for a nice quick fix of romance. lol

  2. I love the cover and enjoyed reading your review. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Thank you for your open and honest review! Beauty & The Beast is my favorite fairy tale so I like to read any and all modern retellings of the classic story. :)

    1. Thanks so much! I'm a big fairytale and Disney fan too. My husband always jokes that if I was a Disney princess I would be a mix of Belle and Merida because I love reading but I have a fiery temper. hahaha! I love fairtale retellings.


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