Monday, July 24, 2017

Cutie and the Beast by E.J. Russell

Title: Cutie and the Beast
Author: E.J. Russell
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance (m/m)
Series: Fae Out of Water #1
Main Characters: David and Alun
Release Date: July 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.


My Review:
ooh, I really enjoyed this first book in the series and am now ready for the other two. hehe, but I guess I'm supposed to talk about this one first. 

David is a mess. He seems to be a bit of a jinx. Wherever he goes, chaos follows...to the point where's he's been banned from actually working in an office by his temp service. But an awful flu virus is going around which means he gets an assignment he was never meant to have...working in therapist, Alun's office. Oh, and he's a human...something that should never work in a therapists office who deals with troubled paranormals every day.

Alun is a fae, but he's been cursed. It looks like he has some sort of birth defect that deformed his face...into the face of a beast, but instead he'd dealing with a 200 year curse. But it works well for him as a therapist. His patients, who are also paranormal beings, see that everything in his world hasn't been perfect.

Poor Alun...my heart hurt for him. He truly feels he doesn't deserve love. And David with all his naturally helpful and caring ways is totally confusing to him. He has no idea what to make of him. David is awkward, but it's done in such a sweet way, and the thing is he knows he's awkward and has just learned to accept and embrace it. He only wants to help people, so he figures as long as he isn't hurting anyone, then it's okay to be awkward.

The book was fun and incredibly creative. It takes place in our world where no humans know that the supernaturals exist. Alun actually has a support group for humans who have been traumatized by their surprising interactions with supernatural beings. But there are all these supernaturals out there...fae, vampires, druids, and shifters. And David has a natural affinity to seeing new treatments for a lot of their maladies. 

I enjoyed the book and can't wait for the next two, featuring Alun's brothers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for honest review.

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