Beauty and the Beast with a Hollywood twist, this light and quick read will have you seeing the classic fairytale in a whole new way. While there’s nothing groundbreaking about the storyline – those familiar with the story will understand how closely many of the scenes follow the original – it’s an interesting and engaging read.
The story follows Isabelle, a young woman who assists her father on movie sets. It’s during a chance encounter on one of these sets that she meets Connor, an intimidating beast of a man with overgrown hair and a reserved personality. Isabelle makes quite an impression on Connor, because it isn’t long before he is making her an offer that’s impossible to refuse – be the surrogate of his baby in exchange for a pile of cash. Though Isabelle isn’t sure that she trusts Connor, she somehow finds herself carrying his child and things get more complicated once feelings are involved.
This book sits solidly between 3 and 4 stars for me – I enjoyed the spin that Holloway put on the classic tale, and the concept of a reclusive actor is an interesting one. Connor’s desire to have a baby in this way makes a whole lot of sense, and I liked the references to the story we all know and love. However, the heavy reliance on the original also meant that I could anticipate how things would play out a lot of the time, which took some of the fun out of it. All in all, it’s a solid start to Holloway’s newest series, which does tie in to the Lone Star Lovers series but easily stands on its own. New readers won’t have any trouble following along, but there are references to some of the beloved characters from Holloway’s previous books. I received an ARC via Candi Kane PR and am voluntarily leaving a review of this modern fairytale.
BABY AND THE BEAST by Taylor Holloway
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Connor Prince is a beast.
He’s a rich, controlling, handsome ex-movie star with one dream left in his cold, godforsaken heart.
He wants a baby, and he wants me to be his surrogate.
I thought he was just a weirdly good-looking, grumpy hobo until he took me to his freakin’ castle and made me an indecent proposal.
The contract doesn’t actually look too bad.
All I have to do is hang out for nine months getting pedicures and massages while gestating his child.
I’ll even have a chef.
And I need the money.
My profession, making gory practical effects for horror and sci-fi movies, isn’t exactly a growth industry.
Since my family is on the verge of bankruptcy and I just got fired and blacklisted for kicking a spectacularly creepy B-list actor in the nuts for groping me, this could solve all my problems.
But the castle ends up being a gilded cage, with Connor controlling what I can eat, where I can go, and what I can do.
He’s driving me up the wall with his growling, snarly crap.
Between pregnancy hormones, Connor pushing me to the limits of my patience, and the fact that he’s absurdly hot under the mountain man beard, frustrations are rising quickly.
The angry kind. And the sexy kind.
I’m beginning to suspect that a good man might be lurking under Connor’s permanent scowl, but I know getting entangled with him is a terrible idea.
He’s got demons and secrets, and I’m… what exactly?
I’m the girl with crooked pigtails and paint splattered overalls who makes badass blood geysers and werewolf puppets.
I deal in fake monsters. Not real ones.
I’m not the right girl for Connor Prince.
Which is really unfortunate because I might be falling in love with him…
About the Author:
Taylor Holloway is a Contemporary Romance author living in Austin, Texas with her husband and spoiled Maine Coon cat. She works in a cubicle when she isn’t crafting amazing, romantic escapes for herself and her readers, and she dreams about having the freedom to travel the world.
She loves everything about her hometown except the scorching summer heat, and enjoys running, biking, cooking, shopping, and going to music festivals. Right now, Taylor’s either on a patio somewhere gossiping with friends and drinking margaritas, or in a bathtub with a good book and a nice glass of wine.
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