Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla. This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with the roles reversed. It is loosely based on the story. Its the story of Beau LeFrancois and Bettina Diaz. They meet when Beau’s mom wrecks Bett’s luxury SUV and doesn’t have the money or insurance to cover the damage. Luckily no one was injured. Beau’s dad is out of work and his mom having this wreck causes his family major financial stress so Beau goes to the Diaz’s Ranch and asks if he can work off the debt for his family. He’s heard of “Bett” and her being called “The Beast” because of her crazy temper but he plans on just staying away from her and doing his job. Only Bett is fascinated with Beau and almost follows him along like a puppy. When Beau really gets to know Bett her realizes there is more to her than just a temper. His feelings begin to change towards her. Is he actually beginning to have feelings for “The Beast’? Read Beau & Bett to find out if their romance makes it! Sweet short story!
Beau and Bett is a brilliant modern take on a classic fairytale. I’ve read many books by Kathryn Berla and this by far my favourite. I was hooked from the get-go with this read, and even with it being a quick read I felt a-lot went on and we got a good insight into both Beau & Bett journeys. Both the main characters had great interactions with each other and I loved getting to know them both, you grew to love them both in different ways and wish they would get a HEA. This is definitely an all-rounder read, that can be enjoyed and loved by all.
I highly recommend this read, and cant wait to read more from this author!
Reviewed by @tillytillzz
Beau and Bett by Kathryn Berla is a young adult contemporary romance, which has a bit of a Beauty and the Beast feel to it, but with a modern twist. It is a sweet story that reverses the traditional roles in the classic Beauty and the Beast. It was definitely an interesting take on the classic fairy tale- and as I have read several of Ms. Berla’s books now, so I was happy to jump in and follow along.
Ms. Berla wrote the story in such a way that it felt ‘current’, entirely realistic, and believable. I liked Beau, but I couldn’t quite connect with Bett which made it difficult for me to like her- even though I really wanted to.
As with all Ms. Berla’s stories, his book delivers a great message- about family, friendship, being true to yourself, standing up for yourself, speaking up, and being heard.
Thank you, Ms. Berla!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla is a five star novel. This is my second novel by this author and I have loved them both! This was like a modern day yelling of Beauty and the Beast. The roles are reversed, but it still did the trick! When we are introduced to Beau, his family is struggling. With dad out of work and all the bills piling up and mom having an accident, Beau knows he needs to do something to help out. When he goes to the estate of the rich kid his mom had an accident with, he asks them for a job to pay the bill to fix the car. Little does he know how awful Bett can be. As he gets to know her more, he realizes there is much more to her life than just being an awful, spoiled rich girl.
Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla is a reboot of the classic Beauty and the Beast. Beau is a kind, young man who is working off his family’s debt to Bett’s. Bett is a beastly, unkind teen girl. Will Beau’s kindness rub off on her rough exterior? This is a quick read and it was a good story. The story of Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite tales and this did keep the spirit of the story despite all the changes. I am glad that the author took the liberty to make it her own and not just change one detail. I did miss some of my favorite parts of the original but did enjoy this as well. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Review by @sherimichelle1
Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla is a fun modern day fairy tale. Her characters resemble the fairytale but there are many more layers to their characters. I was a little skeptical because I love Beauty and the Beast. I was blown away. There were some harsh moments with the Beau and Bett but that was to be expected. Overall I would recommend this story to everyone. There needs to be a little more fairy tale stories in this chaotic world.
My sentimental heart loves fairy tales and has a soft spot for modern reimaginings of my favorites. So I was hopeful of what I might find in these pages. Berla did not disappoint. Beau and Bett is such a fun, YA retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale. I thought this take was fresh, well written, and well done. I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read and cannot wait to read more from this author!
Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla
Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla was an excellent family oriented and fun romance. It was a beautiful modern day beauty and the beast type story. I loved the main character Beau as he works to pay for his mothers accident at the Diaz Ranch. I also loved how Bett aka Bettina ‘s character developed and blossomed as the story was told. She was a beautiful soul and I felt that it was easy to relate to her character.
I could not put this book down and loved how easily the story seemed to flow from one page to the other. I also felt like I learned more about various berries with this book as well. It would definitely be fitting for younger readers and does not have any explicit content. This was the first book I have read from this author and I look forward to more from her in the future.
This book was loosely written around beauty and the beast but it was reversed. The H/Beau is the “sometimes” caring/sweet one that you couldn’t help but like when he finally make up his mind. The h/Bett is the one that is rough around the edges and has a lot of faults. I have to be honest and say it took a while for me to warm up to Bett. She was a hard character to like but once you squeezed past that rough exterior it was easier to like her. I liked watching these guys and seeing where their story was headed. The banter between the two was the best part of the story. Overall it was a nice story and I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author and seeing what stories she puts out into the world.
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