#Review IN BED WITH THE BEAST by Tara Sivec


A tale as old as time: she needs a place to stay, he's a grump with a secret and an extra room...can love find a way?

Meet the Naughty Princess Club, a series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that brings readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that three women fall into once they decide to strut their stuff and bring on their own happily ever after.

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?

In Bed with the Beast may be the second book in The Naughty Princess Club series, but it’s also my first book by Tara Sivec. When I received this novel I hadn’t idea about what to expect, except for the obvious: a retelling of one of my favorite stories ever, The Beauty and The Beast.

Isabelle Reading, or Belle, is a librarian but she’s also the youngest member of the Naughty Princess Club. Belle has been sheltered by her father her whole life. She has limited experience when it comes to 'human interaction'. She hasn't lots of friends... and she’s also like a walking encyclopedia that usually vomits random facts about any subject when she's stressed or nervous. Like the other members of this particular club, Belle has a strong reason to become a stripper, and it is to save the library where she works. 

Before diving deeper into this book, I read At the Stroke of Midnight (first book in the series) where the author introduced her 3 heroines: Cindy, Belle and Ariel, and also introduced the heroes: PJ, Beast and Eric. The funny and lighthearted narration is a constant in this series so far, besides witty dialogues and moments of sexual tension charged with lots of humor.

While in the first book these girls made their first attempt as business women founding The Naughty Princess Club, and Cindy became an actual stripper, it's in this book where things starts to get interesting. With a growing audience, the girls need to up their game and get Belle and Ariel to book their own shows, but they aren't ready yet.

But not being ready doesn't change the fact that Belle is desperate for making her own money. The library has a countdown to being shut, and her relationship with her father is tense because of those 'riffraff hookers' she's friends with.

Belle is pretty much innocent. She has a good heart and a good head over her shoulders, but when her father threw her to the streets she couldn't burden her friends with her problems and started to live in the library. The reasons to save that place were bigger. She wasn't just saving her place of work or the place where she's been happiest, but her home.

And then the bouncer at Charming's, Vincent "Beast" Adams, offers her a place to stay and things starts to get hot.

I loved evolution of this story as we get to see each step of Belle’s adventure, not just becoming a Naughty Princess but gaining confidence and finding her own voice. She has the opportunity to experience life in a way she hadn't before, stepping out of her comfort zone and taking risks. This journey wasn't just about Belle (or the other girls) becoming a stripper, it's about being empowered and owning her own femininity in the way she wants to. And part of that process is also fall in love, being hurt, and found forgiveness in her heart when the time comes.

Belle has dreamed her whole life with living a fairy tale, while Beast thinks he's nobody's hero. But he isn't all he thinks about himself. He can be broody, grouchy and volatile but, just as in the fairy tale, he has his reasons. Underneath it all, he has a big heart. I loved him, madly! Even though Belle and Vincent seemed like they didn't belong together, they were a perfect!

I don’t know if I have the right words to express how much I love this series so far. The author balanced the perfect amount of humor, romance and sexiness in this wonderful twist of the traditional fairy tale. This book isn't just about a innocent librarian open her eyes and finding love, it was about women taking care of themselves and taking actions to make their dreams come true, and I can't wait for the next installment to be published. If you're considering give this book a chance, then you're in for a treat.

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