Bette & the Beast
(Hotel Ever After, #1)
Publication date: September 13th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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?
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.
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 Stars
“Bette and The Beast” was a lovely story. Partly fairy tale set in a modern world, partly contemporary romance, it had a good storyline with engaging and relatable characters. Due to the novella format, the evolution of Bette and Richard’s relationship was rather instant and I would have enjoyed more story and character development. But the sweet romance definitely won me over.
Bette Franklin is passionate about her little bookshop, a place where she can share her love for books. It’s situated in a charming old building with distinctive art-deco character. She struggles to pay the bills, though, but she refuses to stop fighting to save her business. She has received offers to purchase her bookshop from a big hotel corporation. But she refuses to sell to a company that intends to tear down the building and replace it with a modern hotel without character or charm.
When her father sets her up with one of his client, Richard Dickson, she accepts a date, hoping it will distract her from her worries. Richard is a hotel tycoon and intends to invest in Bette’s small town. He is rational and practical, but he is charmed by Bette’s bookstore. Well, not only by the building, by the owner too! Richard and Bette have great chemistry. But Bette doesn’t know a lot about Richard and when she discovers his identity, she has doubts about his motives and his sincerity.
This was my first book by Liza Penn and I really enjoyed this short story that would be a perfect holiday read. I’m a sucker for modern retellings of classic tales with a few new twists and turns, so I’ll definitely follow this author in the future.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Xpresso Book Tours.