Beau and Bett by Kathy Berla was a sweet, cute retelling, that was both intriguing and fun.
My first read from this author I went in opened minded, as fairytale retellings are my favourite thing to read. I have to say for a fairly short read this book was well written, smooth and it delivered what it set out to. But I don’t quite know if it’s a retailing, as most of the elements I loved about Beauty and The Beast, weren’t there. I mean it took place on weekends, there wasn’t a lot of time to truly connect, and the romance, though sweet and realistic, did feel rushed.
The gender swap was neat and original, and brought a new element to the story. Beau was a fun MC, and I liked his voice and narrative. Bett was, okay, we get to know her and why she is the why she is, and all that jazz, but I felt like due to her grandmother being a nasty, you-know-what, and it took away from Bett being, you know, The Beast. For me there was no true redemption, and I think there was a little missed opportunity there.
Overall this book was a fun little read that had me hooked, and I look forward to more from this author. To end this book gets my super high recommedantion and my stamp of approval.
-Review by @eawalsh