The Perks of Being a Beauty

The Perks of Being a Beauty

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by Manda Collins
     
 

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The beautiful Miss Amelia Snow is not accustomed to being snubbed by the gentlemen of the ton. But when her mother dies unexpectedly, forcing Amelia to take employment as companion to a wealthy cit's daughter, she quickly learns to play down her looks or risk losing her position. When her employers, the Smithsons, decide to throw a country house party, she

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The beautiful Miss Amelia Snow is not accustomed to being snubbed by the gentlemen of the ton. But when her mother dies unexpectedly, forcing Amelia to take employment as companion to a wealthy cit's daughter, she quickly learns to play down her looks or risk losing her position. When her employers, the Smithsons, decide to throw a country house party, she is determined to fade into the background. But how can she when the Smithson's guest of honor is Lord Quentin Fortescue, the childhood friend who stole her heart?

Younger son, Lord Quentin Fortescue, is far more interested in his host's cotton mills in the north than he is in courting the man's dim-witted daughter. But it's the girl's companion who makes him look twice. Years ago, Miss Amelia Snowe rejected his proposal without a backward glance. Quentin has molded himself into just the sort of man she'd have wanted back then, but is Amelia still the smug beauty who broke his heart? And can either of them risk their newfound positions to indulge the fiery attraction that burns between them?

The Perks of Being a Beauty is an Ugly Ducklings book from Manda Collins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466834903
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Series:
Ugly Ducklings Trilogy
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
125
Sales rank:
130,287
File size:
529 KB

Meet the Author

Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she'd been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with three cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary.


Manda Collins grew up on a combination of Nancy Drew books and Jane Austen novels, and her own brand of Regency romantic suspense is the result. An academic librarian by day, she investigates the mysteries of undergraduate research at her alma mater, and holds advanced degrees in English Lit and Librarianship. Her debut novel, How to Dance with a Duke spent five weeks on the Nielsen Bookscan Romance Top 100 list, was nominated for an RT Reviewer's Choice Award for best debut historical romance, and finaled in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contest. Both How to Entice an Earl and Why Dukes Say I Do were selected for inclusion in Eloisa James's Reading Romance column. Her latest book, Why Earls Fall in Love, a February 2014 release, was called "sparkling romance" by Publishers Weekly and is set in Bath, England, one of her favorite cities in the world.

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The Perks of Being a Beauty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
78 pages long! I wish it cost less...but for what it's worth-it was a good read. It could have easily been made into a regular length novel.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE PERKS OF BEING A BEAUTY by Mandi Collins is a lovely Regency Historical Romance. A novella. #3.5 in "The Ugly Ducklings" series, but can be read as a stand alone. A quick,fast paced story of love disguarded and found again. Well written with engaging and charismatic characters. Filled with passion, past mistakes,past hurts and fears. Join Miss Amelia Snow and Lord Quentin Fortescue on a journey of finding one's self and a story that is filled with regret,forgiveness,healing and love. A lot of story packed into a little book. I enjoyed it immensely! Another hit for this author,who is a wonderful storyteller,and whose storylines are engaging and intriguing. A must read, for the "Ugly Ducklings" are not so ugly after all and beauty is not just about beauty. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3.5 in the Ugly Ducklings series. Miss Amelia Snow's place in society has taken a turn for the worse. She was once adored by the gentlemen of the ton and welcomed into the ton's ballrooms. That all changed when her mother passed away and she had to become the companion to a wealthy cit's daughter. Now she down plays her looks and her outspokenness so that she doesn't lose her job. Lord Quentin Fortescue is surprised to see his childhood friend acting as companion to his host's daughter. Amelia broke his heart years ago when she turned down his proposal of marriage. Unfortunately, Quentin still holds a torch for her. Will he get burnt again? Since Quentin's arrival changes the number of people in the party, Amelia is forced to participate in the house party activities to even things out. During the course of the party she is thrown together with Quentin, much to the chagrin of Harriet's mother who seems to delight in putting Amelia down every chance she gets. Will the time spent together rekindle the love that they once shared? When I saw that this was part of a series, I had to read the other books before reading this one.  I fell in love with the "Ugly Ducklings" and couldn't imagine that I would like reading about their arch nemesis. At the end of How to Entice an Earl (book 3), we see the cousins have forgiven Amelia as she truly seems to have remorse about what she has done to them.  During the course of this book we get some background information about Amelia and can see why she might have acted the way she did. You can definitely see the change in her personality when she with Harriet. There are some snarky women at the party and Amelia knows just what to say to them since they are acting just the way she use to .   I was pleasantly surprised that Collins was able to get me to actually like Amelia by the end of the story. By telling us Amelia's backstory, we are able to empathize with her and understand why she acted the way she did. This was a wonderful story of redemption and second chances!
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novella. It had a different edge to it. Most people who have been wronged want to carry it to the end of their days. It takes two special people to realize they were wrong and then change their lives for the better. Amelia"s life changed when her mother died. Now she is the companion for a rich tradesman' s daughter trying to find a husband. Quentin' s life changed when his wife died. As a Marquess he should be looking for a wife. They were childhood friends. It was fun to see him tease Amelia. Then she would ignore him to try and keep him above her. This was a refreshing read. Everyone ended up happy. Please read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kipha More than 1 year ago
This is the novella starring the beautiful Miss Amelia Snowe, the mean child in The Ugly Duckling series. Although she was mean and hateful (we really did dislike her) in the previous three books in the series, she finally gets to have her own HEA and hero. And we get to see how she came to be the way she is and can begin to reform our thoughts about her in this little novella. Okay so her Miss Amelia Snowe’s mother has passed and she is now destitute and penniless, but with the help of her newly found friends the former Ugly Duckling cousins, she has found a job as a companion to a girl from a middle class family. The parents then planned a house party to find their daughter a suitable husband and during this time Amelia is reacquainted with her childhood sweet heart, Lord Quentin Fortescue.But she can’t risk her position as a companion to the girl whom she’s watching because where else could she go. She’ll just have to stay away from the tempting man and let him go on his way. Quentin was surprise to see his former love working as a companion to a family lower than her social upbringing let alone in more controlled of herself and duller than he remember. The last he had seen of her was when she rejected his suit of becoming his wife years ago and leaving him heart broken to pursuit titled gentlemen in London. Now a widow, he thought he has gotten over his feelings towards the high headiness of a girl he fell for but can’t help but fall back into her gaze and wonder what had happen to the girl he once new and loved. This was an amazing read as I sit here at six in the morning typing this review. I love the series and am super delight and happy that Ms. Collins had written this story for Amelia and had given her her own HEA. We got to see her in the last book of the series in How to Entice an Earl quite a bit and got to see her break down due to the fact that none of the wealthy titled gentlemen wanted her but fell for the cousin whom she loved the bully. I just love that this novella helped reformed her in our, the readers’ eyes and can come to love her as much as we once hated her. In this story Amelia was portrayed as the toned down girl whom she used to be and had fallen in hard times with her mother’s death. We also find out that the reason why she was so persistent in finding a suitable and wealthy gentlemen was due to the fact that she wand her mother was living on loans and basically nothing but pride. I love how realistic Amelia’s feelings were towards those she had wronged and how she felt that everything that was happening to her because of her actions in the past. I really admire her strength and courage on holding her head high and learning her position as a fallen beauty and on doing the right thing for a good cause, and for not look down on people because of their status anymore. It was an eye opener for her which was great. Quentin I adore! He keep to himself and stayed true to himself. He was witty and open with Amelia and their past history and was willing to work it out and put it past him just to get closer and have that bond they used to have years ago. I like how he wasn’t pushy to get Amelia to open up about her thoughts but listened and waited for her responses, along with poking her with small questions at first then letting her open up to more info when she wanted to. This was a very sweet, fast, touching story of forgiveness, reformation, second chances, and learning to trust and love one another. I really enjoyed this read and can’t believe this series it truly over~ But I cannot wait for the next trilogy series which stars a certain characters we just met in this story :D So look out for Why Dukes Say I Do book one in the Wicked Widows trilogies coming the end of July 2013!!! Hope you readers enjoy this delightful little read :) This ARebook was provided by netgallery and St. Martin’s Paperbacks.
ThrillsGirl More than 1 year ago
This novella was a great little pick me up. I loved the other books in the Ugly Duckling series, and I wasn't too sure how I felt about reading a story that featured the insufferable Amelia Snow. But props to Manda Collins for making me love her. Not much feels better than the transformation of an enemy into a friend. I sure wish that happened more in real life! This novella is a perfect read for a day at the pool. And oh, super sexy hero!
ornerylibrarian More than 1 year ago
Miss Amelia Snowe was once society's reigning beauty but when the death of her mother placed her in financial straits, she was forced to become a lady's companion to another debutant. Lord Quentin Fortescue is the man who loved her and whose proposal she rejected several years ago because her mother thought she could reach higher. They meet again at a house party and discover that their love survived. A sweet little novella.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
This book follows up the three excellent books in her Ugly Ducklings Trilogy. Miss Amelia Snowe was definitely the villainess of those three books, making life miserable for the heroines by her cruel behavior. In this book she has fallen upon hard times and finds herself reduced to being a companion to the young daughter of a middle class couple. Into her life comes an old friend and onetime beau, Lord Quentin Fortesque. Years before, Amelia had turned down his proposal with an eye to a better catch and he later married someone else. He is now widowed and Amelia knows she is no longer eligible to marry him. What I liked about this book was the theme of second chances and being able to redeem oneself for past behavior. Usually when a bad character gets their come-uppance in a book, we never see what happens after or find out why they behaved as they did. In this book, Amelia gets a chance to make amends for her nastiness by helping her charge and others in the household and also to explain to Quentin why she really turned him down. The romance between them is hot even as they both try to protect their hearts. If you read the previous three, you have to read this one. You will also enjoy it even if you didn’t read the others. There is a brief glimpse of the heroine of Ms. Collin’s new series in this book. That book, “Why Dukes Say I Do” is due to be published on July 30. I can’t wait for this series to start!
LenaDiaz More than 1 year ago
This novella is sexy and sweet at the same time. If you're looking for a wonderful historical voice with lots of humor and fun characters, give this a try. Don't expect a lot of conflict, but DO expect to be highly entertained and to go 'ahhhh' at the end. This is a 'feel good' story that puts a smile on your face the entire time you are reading it. (Disclosure: I was given an ARC-Advance Reader Copy- in return for an honest review.)