Gerard's Beauty [NOOK Book]

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A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero ...
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Gerard's Beauty

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Overview

DIFFERENT COVER, SAME GREAT BOOK!

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...

Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015887303
  • Publisher: Marie Hall
  • Publication date: 10/26/2012
  • Series: Kingdom Series, Book , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 29,045
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Marie Hall has always had a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.

On top of that she's a confirmed foodie, she nearly went to culinary school and then figured out she could save a ton of money if she just watched food shows religiously! She's a self-proclaimed master chef, certified deep sea dolphin trainer, finder of leprechaun's gold at the end of the rainbow, and rumor has it she keeps the Troll King locked away in her basement. All of which is untrue (except for the first one!), however, she does have an incredibly active imagination and loves to share her crazy thoughts with the world!
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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    A delicious, fun read!

    As with the other Marie Hall books I’ve read in the ‘Kingdom’ series, (Her Mad Hatter, Red and Her Wolf) I devoured ‘Gerard’s Beauty’ in no time flat. Her characters are gritty, grimy and REAL; they aren’t all full of sunshine, they have flaws just like anyone else. Gerard is a perfect example of this, because this fella has some serious personality flaws!
    Due to a disagreement with Galeta the Blue Fairy eons ago, Gerard is officially on the ‘bad’ list, and Galeta has made sure that Gerard’s legacy in Kingdom (and beyond) is that of a buffoon. In the tale ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Belle is all heart and kindness, right? The Beast is growly but kind underneath it all, and Gaston – well he’s just a womanizing idiot. Well what if that is NOT how it happened? What if Belle was a shrew who was only after the Beast’s money, and what if Gaston was actually a pretty OK guy who genuinely loved Belle? In ‘Gaston’s Beauty’, Gaston = Gerard, and we hear the story the way it really went down.
    Gerard likes the ladies. No, Gerard LOVES the ladies. But since Belle broke his heart, he only sees them as good for one thing…he won’t allow himself to fall for a woman again, because he sees it as a sign of weakness. But Kingdom is falling apart, and the only cure is to have all members of the Bad Boy Club mated up. Gerard thinks it is a bad idea, but his fairy godmother whisks him to Earth in order to woo his fated mate, Betty Hart. He has one month to woo her, make her fall in love with him and fall in love with her, in turn…or he will be put to death, due to an indiscretion with Cinderella’s daughter.
    Can Gerard overcome his raunchy nature? Will Betty open her heart to someone who could potentially leave her in a month? How many hot steamy love scenes will Marie Hall gift us with in this installment? (sorry, that just popped in my head *wink*)
    Loved this story – it was delicious! This is a fun read that will leave you completely engrossed until the very end….and leave you searching for the other books in the series to find out what happens to all of the Bad Boys!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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 present...you 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

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    I have an unhealthy obsession with Disney anything, when I heard

    I have an unhealthy obsession with Disney anything, when I heard about Marie Hall's Kingdom series I was so excited and instantly got book one because it is a freebie, long story short I loved it and needed to read more of the series. I didn't think it was possible, but Gerard's Beauty made me fall in love with the series even more.

    Gerard Caron is a womanizer, and doesn't want to find love. He is forced out of Kingdom (picture angry villagers with pitchforks and torches) and told he has to find true love. His fairy godmother extraordinaire, Danika, helps him out by dropping him outside a library and tells him to find Betty Hart.

    Recently recovering from a bad break up, Betty isn't looking for another relationship with a Casanova, so when she spots Gerard she wants nothing to do with him. They start off rocky, but quickly grow accustomed to each other and their relationship blossoms. I loved the twists that really makes this book (and series) unique. It's nothing like the Disney fairy tales we all know, but at the same time it includes the villains we all want to know more about. Gerard's Beauty is a novella, but one I think any lover of fairy tales will enjoy. If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 25, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Another Hit in the Series

    Love this series Marie you are amazing keep them coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Loved

    This book was a lot differnt the the first. But really good I liked how he went to her this time. There were some really funny parts and some not so funny but a real page turner. Read this book in less then 24 hours but 300 plus page book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    Gerard's Beauty is the second story in Marie Hall's Kingdom seri

    Gerard's Beauty is the second story in Marie Hall's Kingdom series. This story begins with Gerard. He  is a sexy, cocky, overbearing Frenchmen who for the life of him, cant stay out of trouble.  When he finds himself facing the wrath of Prince Charming,for messing with his daughter, he is sent to Earth to not only wait for what punishment for the crime he has been accused of, but to seek out his true love Betty. 




    Betty is an ordinary girl, that works in a Library and is so sick of men. Every guy she seems to fall for ends up being arrogant, self centered full of themselves jerk. The last thing she wants in her life is another guy like that, but Danika, Fairy Godmother has other plans for her.




    This book for me was a mixture of laughs and tender moments.  I fell in love with Marie Hall the moment I started reading her books.   I love how she has taken our favorite classic fairytales and turned them into a new adventure for the adults. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun romance.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    I wasn't a big fan of Gerard's Beauty. It was kind of a slow sto

    I wasn't a big fan of Gerard's Beauty. It was kind of a slow story for me and I had a hard time staying involved in the story. I wanted a more in-depth look at how Gerard felt and his inner struggle.




    I did enjoy Betty's spunk and wittiness. Her feelings toward Gerard seemed believable but the chemistry between the two was almost forced. I didn't feel like they were really drawn to each other.




    I found myself fading in and out of the story struggling to keep myself involved. Although I enjoyed the first novel, Her Mad Hatter but the second one didn't catch me as much.




    I look forward to continuing to read more from The Kingdom Series by Marie Hall.








     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Loved it

    Beauty and the beast will never be the same always one my favorites now all I can think of is belle as a gold digger and Cinderella's daughter as a skank a little lighter than the first one had a few lol moments buy the bundle because u will want to read all 5 books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    I honestly didn't think a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast cou

    I honestly didn't think a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast could be this awesome! I have read quite a few and one was alright, and most fall below the mark. You are walking on a slippery slop where the original tale, as well as the Disney version, are so embedded in our brains we have a hard time accepting any re-tellings.

    That was until Marie Hall decided to take on the proverbial baddies of the fairy tale verse.

    Gerard, from what I gather, is the living embodiment of Gaston from the animated version. He got a bad rap in the stories because he was a bit of a man-whore. A vengeful head Fairy decides to punish him for looking the other way, or rather not looking at her, and punishes him by claiming he was was the bad guy in the Beauty and the Beast story.

    This story is brilliant. I ADORE Gerard! I want one of my own! He was the perfect living embodiment of what the beast should have been. The handsome man that is really needing to find the way to love deep inside. Betty was the PERFECT BELLE! She was a legit nerd to the core and she was hot and strong willed. She didn't whine and feel sorry for herself and she took the time to really love Gerard. It grew and bloomed and I couldn't but this installment down!

    If you love Once Upon a Time, if you love fairy tales THIS is the series for YOU! Though, I come with a disclaimer--you may like this series WAY better than Once Upon a Time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2014

    sweet

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Fantastic

    Fantastic series. I'm hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    oh myyyyy love this book *0*  it was just awesome  I can`t wait

    oh myyyyy love this book *0*
     it was just awesome
     I can`t wait for the others in this series 

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    LOVE IT

    I love all of the kingdom series, great books, great author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Anonymous

    I really enjoyed this second book in the series. The development of the characters were great. Loved the story!

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

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    This was the 3rd in the Kingdom Series novellas that I have read

    This was the 3rd in the Kingdom Series novellas that I have read by this author (although the second in the series) and it did not disappoint.  With her clever twisting of the traditional faerie tale, incorporating pop culture references, humor and a last chance effort for the faerie godmother to the “bad boys of the tales” to match her boys with their soulmates, the chase is now on for Gerard.  




    In a twisting of the Beauty and the Beast, Gerard is the ultimate bad boy beast, with enough cracks in his armor to make him huggable, even at his worst.  Betty has a great heart, but was very reluctant to trust in another man: let alone one with Gerard’s track record.   Danika believes that these two are just perfect for one another and tricks, cajoles, browbeats and gloats as the story proceeds. 




    Marie Hall’s stories will grab your interest quickly, with characters that you will recognize as believable even with the magical elements.  Conversations sparkle and attitudes are clearly defined, humor is liberally sprinkled throughout: usually in the heroine’s voice and observations.  I had, back in 2012 called her one of my favorite authors to read – and nothing has changed.  While this book will stand alone without the reader losing plot points or being confused , you will want to (and I suggest that you do) pick up the other installments in the series.  




    I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Wonderful

    Ive read the books in this serious and they are amazing. The leading ladys are not perfect and thats why we fall into the story like alice down a rabbit hole. I could not put down this book and am eagerly awaiting the next book. Thank you for an amazing read and hopefully future books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Perfect

    Hope theres another in the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    I'm really digging this fairytale land! Love Danika, she's my fa

    I'm really digging this fairytale land! Love Danika, she's my favorite. :D

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