Living in her overprotective dad’s basement, shy Belle lives her life through books. Being a part of the Naughty Princess Club is the first adventure she’s ever had, plus she desperately needs the money to save one of her favorite places – the local library.
But when her new friends and new business gets her kicked out of her dad’s house, Belle is rescued by the surly Vincent “Beast” Adams who invites her to be his house guest until she gets back on her feet. Despite his attitude problem and long list of rules, Belle finds herself warming to the muscled man with a penchant for growling and starts seeing a gentle side to him that wasn’t there before.
Yet there’s a room that Beast keeps locked and Belle keeps getting hints that Beast is hiding something…can a nerdy librarian tame the beast or will their romance be over before it has a chance to blossom?
*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads
*Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press (Swerve), for sending a copy of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
In Bed with the Beast is the second installment of the modern and somewhat steamy fairytale retelling series Naughty Princess Club by Tara Sivec. Where the first book is a Cinderella retelling, the second one, as the title clearly implies is based on Beauty and the Beast. Isabelle “Belle” Reading is the youngest of the Naughty Princess Club. She is also demure and someone you will least expect to be in a stripping business. But her beloved library where she works is on the verge of closing down if she can’t find money to tide the place until they find a solution. Her salary is certainly not enough and even with Cindy giving her cut on her gigs is not covering it. But before she can do anything about it, her overprotective and overly strict father kicked her out after finding out about her friends and their business. Without anywhere else to go, she camped in the library. Surprisingly, it is the grumpy Vincent “Beast” Adams who comes to her rescue. He offered her a place to stay and be his guest until such time that she can find a place of her own. Belle knows she has to do something more to earn money and decided that it is time for her to take the Charming stage. However, she doesn’t have much experience when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex and if she’s to be a stripper, she needs all the practice she can get. And what more suitable practice than to live with a sulky man such as Vincent. To her astonishment, they get along so well and Belle finds herself fancying him. But he’s obviously hiding something and Belle can’t seem to crack it out of him. Could it possibly ruin the attraction that’s developing between them?
The moment I read the first book, At the Stroke of Midnight, I knew I would love this series. It is hilarious and the characters are all so lovely and charming. Plus, the covers of each novel are beautiful. Surprisingly, the next book focuses on Belle. Which I’m also excited about because there’s not enough Belle in Cindy’s story. I devoured the pages happily. As usual, the names and some circumstances are quite similar to the fairytale. I adore Belle and her endless spewing of random facts at any given time. By the way, I learned a lot from this book just by Belle spurting out weird facts every so often. Her passion for books and the desire to save the library is endearing. I love how she came out of her shell from a shy girl to an independent, self-assured woman. How she finally stood up for herself and finds her voice and who she wants to be. Vincent, on the other hand, is not as bad-tempered as he led people to believe. He is quite gentle and has a big heart and just totally intriguing since he gives off a mysterious vibe. Belle and Vincent are just so good together. The dynamics between Cindy, Belle, and Ariel is wonderful. I love their friendship and so are their bickerings. I enjoyed the minor characters as well, especially Mrs. Potter, Belle’s dad and PJ’s mom.
This book had me laugh out loud and chuckle countless of time that I even shared it with my husband as he wanted to know why I’m laughing hysterically. There’s not much conflict in the story which make it for light reading, which I don’t really mind. There’s a right amount of humor, romance, sexiness, and empowerment to keep me entertained anyway. Tara Sivec’s writing is impressive as always and I’m pretty sure there’s not a lot who can do humor, romance and steamy so well. Despite being part of a series, it can very well read as a standalone but I definitely recommend reading the first one, too. I can’t wait for Ariel’s story and I’m certain it will be a hoot. Just like the first, I’d say in order to fully enjoy it, do not take things too seriously as it can be over the top at times and may seem unrealistic. It’s part of its charm. Overall, a fun and entertaining read with lovable characters. If you’re looking for a hilarious, sexy romcom, this is definitely it.