Is beauty only skin deep?
Chemist Dr. Robert "Belle" Belleterre loves flowers, green trees, his best friend Judy, and "his baby": the new face cream he developed to help put his father's small cosmetics company on the map. Sadly he gets no help from his alcoholic, gambling-addicted father, who loses Belle in a poker game to Magnus Strong, the CEO of Beauty, Inc., the largest American cosmetics company - a man infamous for his scarred ugliness.
Belle finds himself uprooted from his home, living in a wildly crazy apartment in New York owned by Mr. Pennymaker, and completely unprepared for his mad attraction to the charismatic Strong. Feeling like a traitor, Belle fights his passion, only to see more and more of the goodness and humility hidden by Strong's ugly face. But when Belle's family starts manipulating his life again, the odds turn against happiness for beautiful Belle and his beloved beast.
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Loooooooove this series! Adore this book!
- Scott Butterfield
If one truly loves you, they see past the scars.
I've had this question so many times, and I have literally hundreds of Audiobooks in my library so this is no longer any easy question. I loved it, will that suffice?
When Belle went after Strong at the hospital.
He takes these characters and makes them people in your mind with voice and tones.
When Strong brought Judy to New York.
I am so enjoying this series of fairy tales with a thoroughly modern twist. Lane continues to take the classics, bend and twist them just enough that they have her stamp on them, but they are still staying true enough to the original story arc to be just as beloved.
In this recreation of the story, Belle is lost by his gambling, alcoholic father in a poker game to Magnus Strong, the billionaire that helms a lucrative company who is very handsome, if you can look past the scars. Strong could see just by Belle's body language that he was eternally unhappy. And then seeing how underappreciated he was with his own family, he sought to help him, and ended falling in love with him instead. Strong and Belle both have a lot to learn about being independent, being in love and being honest with themselves before they can truly be happy together.
I absolutely adored the tone Williams used for Strong. It was this gravelly, intense baritone that fit Strong's characteristics perfectly. Definitely a must listen. And though this book is part of a series, each book is written to stand alone. The commonality with each story is Mr. Pennymaker and his bag of tricks.
- Tams (TTC Books and more) "Avid reader, reviewer, blogger and budding author."