The Reluctant Beauty (Book 4, Once Upon A Romance Series)

The Reluctant Beauty (Book 4, Once Upon A Romance Series)

by Laurie LeClair

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The Reluctant Beauty (Book 4, Once Upon A Romance Series) by Laurie LeClair

In this Once Upon A Romance Series romantic comedy novella, tall, quirky Peg Newbury needs a date for a day, or two tops, when her strikingly beautiful and perfectly coiffed family comes for a visit. They worry about their ugly duckling daughter and long for her to meet a prince, settle down, start a family and live a perfect life just like them. However, Peg loves her job as the executive assistant at King’s Department Store and accepts she’s a career woman, far from pretty, and not likely to end up a happily ever after.

She can’t convince her family, though. At her wit’s end, she resorts to drastic steps and thinks her best solution is to get a guy to pose as her beau. She hopes that a pretend boyfriend will get them to stop worrying and let her be. Yet as much as she protests against a relationship her heart is in for a surprise when she hires a rent-a-date who prefers her just the way she is.

Rocker Austin Rhoades, fresh off a two year around-the-world gig, wants out of the spotlight. He’s in Dallas to see his half-sister before he hightails it out of town and heads for his much-needed R&R. When he meets and becomes fascinated with adorable Peg and her funny sayings, he ends up extending his visit. He realizes that his cover is sure to be blown the longer he stays and the more time he spends with her. But, Austin thinks he has escaped notice until her family, assuming they’re engaged, blabs to the press and starts planning the non-existent wedding.

The more Peg and Austin try to keep the status quo the more difficult it is to keep their growing attraction under wraps.

Can a reluctant beauty who’s never considered herself a love interest accept that she’s the perfect catch?

Books in the Once Upon A Romance Series:
If The Shoe Fits – Book 1
Waking Sleeping Beauty – Book 2
Taming McGruff – Book 3
The Reluctant Beauty – Book 4 (novella)

Start reading this laugh out loud contemporary romance now!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148290964
Publisher: Laurie LeClair
Publication date: 02/22/2014
Series: Once Upon A Romance Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 527,485
File size: 500 KB

About the Author

Bestselling author Laurie LeClair writes romantic comedies, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. Laurie has a not-so-secret love for characters who make her laugh, cry, and who linger in her mind long after the story ends. Laurie’s habit of daydreaming has gotten her into a few scrapes and launched her to take up her dream of writing. Finally, she can put all those stories in her head to rest as she brings them to life on the page.

Laurie loves to write, read, bake, travel and discover new adventures. She considers herself a New Texan (New England born and raised and now living in Texas). She lives in Central Texas with her husband, Jim. Laurie loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her at

Books by Laurie LeClair:

Once Upon A Romance Series: (romantic comedy)
If The Shoe Fits, Book 1
Waking Sleeping Beauty, Book 2
Taming McGruff, Book 3
The Reluctant Beauty, Book 4

The Heart Romance Series: (contemporary romance)
Secrets Of The Heart, Book 1
Crimes Of The Heart, Book 2
Lies Of The Heart, Book 3

The Long Journey Home (women's fiction/inspirational romance)

The Bounty Hunter Series: (romantic suspense)
Murphy’s Law, Book 1
Riley’s Rules, Book 2

Wanted: Fairy Godmother (romantic comedy)

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The Reluctant Beauty (Book 4, Once Upon A Romance Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute and very short a couple grammatical errors but not many . Love the various characters
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