Cutie and the Beast

Cutie and the Beast

by E.J. Russell

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Temp worker David Evans has been dreaming of Dr. Alun Kendrick ever since that one transcription job for him, because holy cats, that voice. Swoon. So when his agency offers him a position as Dr. Kendrick's temporary office manager, David neglects to mention that he's been permanently banished from offices. Because, forgiveness? Way easier than permission.

Alun Kendrick, former Queen's Champion of Faerie's Seelie Court, takes his job as a psychologist for Portland's supernatural population extremely seriously. Secrecy is paramount: no non-supe can know of their existence. So when a gods-bedamned human shows up to replace his office manager, he intends to send the man packing. It shouldn't be difficult--in the two hundred years since he was cursed, no human has ever failed to run screaming from his hideous face.

But cheeky David isn't intimidated, and despite himself, Alun is drawn to David in a way that can only spell disaster: when fae consort with humans, it never ends well. And if the human has secrets of his own? The disaster might be greater than either of them could ever imagine.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157258481
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication date: 07/24/2017
Series: Fae Out of Water , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 283
Sales rank: 236,482
File size: 1 MB

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Cutie and the Beast 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the magical world built in this story is superb. The love story is beautiful. A must read!!
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
David Evans is a nothing-special kind of guy who loves his dear aunt–the woman who raised him–and works as hard as he can to support her, especially as she is ill. Trouble is, though he’s a fantastic assistant and office keeper, he can’t seem to keep a position. He’s been doing off-site transcription, but it doesn’t pay all the bills, so he takes advantage of the one opportunity he’s given: temp work for Dr. Alun Kendrick. David heard Dr. Kendrick’s voice once, for a transcription, but it did seriously naughty things for David. He can’t wait to meet the man in person! Alun Kendrick is a cursed Fae. Years ago his lover, a type of rare healing Fae, was murdered and he’s never forgiven himself. His punishment for not being there to save his beloved is a horrifying facial disfigurement that startles nearly everyone. Still, he works a a counselor to supernatural beings who find his grotesque appearance to be disarming enough to allow themselves to be vulnerable and accepting of treatment. Alun isn’t prepared for his temp assistant to be human, and he’s outraged that the placement agency sent David, despite him being a sunny, beautiful, thoughtful young man and conscientious employee. Alun tries to find fault in David’s colorful adjustments to his office and solicitous treatment of his clients, but David’s seeming missteps actually result in inadvertent breakthroughs for several of the supers that come in for counseling. And, Alun’s not been tempted to find sexual pleasure since his last lover was killed, nearly two hundred years before. That David turns his crank to eleven? It cripples Alun. Unfortunately, there’s unrest in the Fae realm and David’s help is needed to assist Alun to return and set things to rights–and that brings on a whole new series of problems. David, unknown even to himself, is harboring a secret of his true self and this results in worsening of the conflict. Not to mention David becoming a target for the worst elements of the Fae. There’s really a lot going on here, and I’m only scratching the surface plot lines. It’s a sweet and engaging story with a tender romance that is born from David’s ability to see Alun’s true heart beneath the layers of emotional armor and his gruff and misshapen exterior. There’s the tiniest bit of heat, and a slow burn to reach it, but that was fine. I really enjoyed the mismatch of characters, and how David makes himself indispensable to Alun, and his clients. David’s got such a lovely and cheerful way about him, and yet he’s not a pushover. He stands up for so many people, and rolls with the waves of supernatural lore that he finds himself swimming within. There’s lots of comedic elements, and the pace was fantastic. I never felt like I was getting bored, because I constantly wondered: what’s coming next? From helping vampires survive their blood aversion, to teaching young dragons to hoard, David’s patient and caring attitude wins over everyone, including Alun, in time. Fun fact: Alun’s one of three brothers, and it looks like the other two will have their own love-story books in this new series. I’m looking forward to reading on! I received a review copy via NetGalley.
BiblioJunkies More than 1 year ago
This book is hella cute. It's sweet and lovely. Perfect for your end of summer enjoyment. Incidents, riots, and other mysterious happenings follow David, so he's been banned from working in offices and does medical transcription from home to support himself and the Aunt who took him in after his parents died. When he gets the call to work with Alun, he's thrilled. Alun is not so thrilled to have David working for him, but David is stubborn to the core. Which is exactly what makes this story so fun - Alun doesn't really stand a chance. Cutie is a fun take the paranormal, with fairies, druids, shifters, and dragons, living unknown to the humans. It's a fascinating world that I can't wait to explore further! Book 2, The Druid Next Door releases August 21, 2017.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, fast paced, likeable characters. The only thing I would add, and I can't believe I'm saying this is, more sex scenes. There are only two. I think more would help show the main characters bonding and slow the action down a notch, at least for the duration of that specific scene . Overall a fun read. I definitely recommend and can't wait for Mal and Gareth's stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a change of pace and took a chance and picked a story outside my genre in m/m and f/m romance fiction. I loved the story, left me feeling happy.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Cutie and the Beast, Fae Out of Water 1, E.J. Russell Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance I've enjoyed some of EJ's stories before and love tales around Fae so was eager to read this. Just didn't work for me though, felt a little too "fluffy" and the characters too stereotyped. I couldn't really get into it, didn't care much about what happened to the people and it all just fell a bit flat for me. A series that's clearly not for me. won't put me off reading different books by this author though. not all books suit all readers, even if we usually enjoy someone's wring style.   Stars: Two, I'll pass on the rest of this series but still look out for E.J Russell's other stories.   ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
Mari-BayouBookJunkie More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars!!! David is a temp worker that lands his dream job when the agency he works at offers him the position of office manager at Dr. Alun Kendrick's office. Only Dr. Kendrick doesn't seem too keen on having David working for him. Alun was cursed 200 years ago and banished from the Seelie Court of Faerie and now he works as a psychologist to the supernaturals in Portland. The last thing he wants or needs is a human in his practice, no matter how enticing said human is. David is not intimidated by Alun's looks or his grumpy, mercurial moods, and soon Alun finds he no longer wants to push David away, which can be a recipe for disaster since humans and supes don't really mesh well. Never mind the fact that David has secrets that could potentially put his life in danger. I absolutely loved David! He was fabulously funny and I just couldn't get enough of him. There were a couple of instances on the last portion of the book in which he frustrated me a bit, but not enough to diminish his charm. I liked Alun a lot, but his forage into martyrdom was a bit tiresome after a bit. I wanted to slap some sense into him when he suggested hiding their whatever-they-were-doing from others, even if David agreed to it. Despite that, I thought David and Alun had great chemistry and were awesome together. I found the storyline regarding David's secret very well-done and thought out. While I suspected something, I didn't expect it to be what it really was. I loved David's interactions with the Dragon shifter queen and her son and with the Vampire. That was really nice. And I loved David's aunt, even if she'd been keeping secrets from him. Overall, I think this was an amazing start of the series. I'm really fond of Beauty and the Beast retellings and this was a fantastic one. It was engaging and hilarious, sweet and cute, intriguing, with some angst and action thrown in for good measure. I can't wait to read Alun's brother's stories, I really liked them both in this book. *** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley by Riptide Publishing for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***