A Pennymaker Tale
Is beauty only skin deep?
Chemist Dr. Robert “Belle” Belleterre loves flowers, green trees, his best friend Judy, and “his baby:” the new face cream he developed to help put his father’s small cosmetics company on the map. Sadly he gets no help from his alcoholic, gambling-addicted father, who loses Belle in a poker game to Magnus Strong, the CEO of Beauty, Inc., the largest American cosmetics company—a man infamous for his scarred ugliness.
Belle finds himself uprooted from his home, living in a wildly crazy apartment in New York owned by Mr. Pennymaker, and completely unprepared for his mad attraction to the charismatic Strong. Feeling like a traitor, Belle fights his passion, only to see more and more of the goodness and humility hidden by Strong’s ugly face. But when Belle’s family starts manipulating his life again, the odds turn against happiness for beautiful Belle and his beloved beast.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I cannot say enough how much I loved reading this book! The heir of a small beauty company who is the brains behind the operation and the beauty tycoon who is their biggest competitor - makes for an amazing plot line. This book was one that I read through in one-go - it was so well written and a great addition to the Pennymaker series. The characters are lovable, even with their flaws - and the drama didn't feel sensationalized. I highly recommend this book, and the others in the series - this one is a great read, lovable characters and well-written... it made me want more! The only negative is that I wish it were a longer read (or that there will be a follow-up!).
I have liked this series to this point. However, this just knocked it out of the park for me. I loved all the characters, even Belle’s crappy family. Belle and Judy are the best friends anyone could ever ask for. Magnus and Belle are just so adorable together. They bring this fairy tale to life for me like never before. I liked the premise of how they came together and how the conflict, which could have been so much worse, worked out. Perhaps the best part of this MM romance isn’t the romance at all, but the cancer focus. I think cancer has touched everyone in some way, and so I think it hits home for just about anyone. Seeing such a focus on not just research, but ways of getting that information into the hands of those who need it was truly great. In fact, everything Beauty, Inc. did as a company was pretty great and I loved it all. Beauty, Inc. became my favorite story in this series. It wasn’t always a favorite fairy tale, but it was so beautifully written by Tara Lain that it’s way up there now. I couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait to see what others the future holds!