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  • Posted October 4, 2013

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    Sexy French man- Oui Si Vu Plait. Book Two in The Kingdom Series

    Sexy French man- Oui Si Vu Plait. Book Two in The Kingdom Series allows us to once again venture into the land of Kingdom (also known as grown up fairy tales). This story is the one of the Beast and Belle. Pretty, nerdy librarian versus sex god man-slut. A unique collage of past meets get the point.

    The story really emphasizes the sexy Frenchman but who can blame the author? He really does seem like a dream! I absolutely adore the character of Betty and feel that I can relate to her on so many levels-except for the fact that she has a hunk of gorgeous Frenchman in her apartment of course. But I'm getting ahead of myself so let me start at the beginning.

    You are first introduced to #2 of the Bad Five when Danika (our resident fairy godmother) is frantically searching for Gerard. Among the comments she makes and the ah, "reputation" that Gerard has, it's safe to say that he doesn't waste his good looks.

    When the time runs out for Gerard, Danika chooses to save him at the last moment with a quick trip to earth to find his other half. Poor Betty, she has no idea what's coming her way. Betty is a librarian of a small Midwest town, so that theme of the beautiful bookworm stands true. However, she's not the singing, pious, innocent belle of Disney fame. She is a jaded, intelligent, opinionated and yet shy modern makeup of a woman. I think this is part of the reason why I enjoy her character so much. She is treated to the vision of the walking sex that is Gerard, as she finds him stuck in Earth alone, cold, angry, confused and well...literally stuck outside the library. Of course, she can't resist being kind to a stranger-even one she knows is bound to make the hairs on her neck stand up for reasons other than fear.

    As you can imagine, the story kicks off in an interesting way. Betty is a good girl without being horribly boring. She gives shy and nerdy girls like me a sliver of hope that we too, may find our beast to take home. I also enjoyed her best friend Trish. Trish is the best friend everyone always wanted: direct, naughty and painfully loyal.

    The detailing about Betty's car was appreciated as it made the novel seem more modern and realistic. I really enjoyed that the references to Danika and the other characters were seamlessly woven into this novel. They were subtle and somewhat explanatory for those who didn't read the first story.You felt rewarded for being a loyal reader but it didn't isolate those new to the series. This can be a standalone novel- a theme that appears to be consistent in all of Hall's novels.

    I was shocked by what the blue fairy did-it was so wrong and scandalous, I had to clutch my pearls! There were certainly some tears that were brought to my eye in the case of Betty's nephew. Just a touch of sentimentality, helps to make you really want to root for these characters. The women of this series are at heart good people and it shows in the lifestyles and personal struggles they have endured.

    Although Betty is attractive, this generally could be viewed more as an opposites attract type of story. Their common ground isn't realized or recognized at first but the desire to connect with each other is realistic enough that you can clearly see the steps they're taking to try to get there. I appreciate it being mapped out like that as it's a good way to make the love more than physical. I felt that with Alice and Hatter their love was a mental one-both were able to connect with their thoughts and really understand their own crazy worlds and wishes. With Betty and Gerard, I feel like their love is an emotional one. He's a Casanova used to getting by on just his devastating looks, while she's used to crummy guys not being able to see past the glasses.

    I do think the romance scenes are better than in Mad Hatter and certainly much better than I thought they would be. They may be polar opposites on the surface but in between the sheets, they move to the same beat. Hidden spitfire meets mega hunk? Ummm can this be my life, please?!

    Towards the end you get a hint at who will be coming to the series at a later time and I was super excited. The only thing is ummmm...French tenor speaking voice? Really Gerard? Really?

    For all the geeky girls out there, Betty is representing us ladies and she does it well! For all the other readers- this is a book that has a great amount of humor and sexual tension along with a healthy dose of cliche crushing. A required read for anyone that's a fan of the series and and a must read for those that love a case of opposites attract.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014


    Love that this series is about all the fairy tales, this story is great, worth the read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Finished this book in a few short hours, could not put it down.

    Finished this book in a few short hours, could not put it down. Was a fun read.

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