Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: Cutie and the Beast
SERIES: Fae out of Water #1
AUTHOR: E.J. Russell
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 303 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2017
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.
I absolutely LOVED this story. From the very beginning the writing style and the snarky tone made this story interesting and easy to read. Then the main characters started to reveal themselves and their insecurities and personalities and I was hooked for sure.
I loved Alun and David and the way there were such opposites yet so in sync. Everything they did had the same intention and outcome, they were just extremely different in how they approached things. David was so snarky and sarcastic and just plain blunt in the ways he put the “old people” in their places and opened their minds to new possibilities! It was so great.
And I loved the “Beauty and the Beast” aspect of the story and how the author made it so unique to this story. Alun’s struggles were heartbreaking because of the history and the reasoning behind his appearance. It was so great to see the little signs that things were healing as the story moved forward and to see that Alun was soooooo oblivious to it all because of his guilt and grief. It was so well done! I absolutely fell in love with David and Alun and I was soooooooo happy this story ended as it did.
Finally, my favorite part of this book was the world itself. The rules and setup of the supernatural communities and the various beings were fantastic and utterly spellbinding. I was enthralled from the get go and my interest never wavered. I am so eager to learn more about all the characters and see what is next in this world. There is so much potential for greatness and I am ready for the next installment.
This story so much fun yet had so much more underneath its surface. The fantasy, the depth, the romance, it was all so well done and so cohesive and comprehensive that I give this one 5 very enthusiastic stars and recommend this to all fantasy genre fans. This was my kind of story and I hope you will feel the same.