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Beauty and the Boss (Modern Fairytales) by [Alberts, Diane]
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  • "Ms. Alberts has a way of weaving drama, lust, passion, and love into one heartfelt romance." -- Michelle @ Goodreads
  • "Definitely one you want to read." -- Bette Hansen @ NetGalley
  • "This was a fun, sweet, sexy modern take on Beauty and the Beast with some Cinderella moments thrown in." -- Kim Bias @ NetGalley

Product Details

  • File Size: 1161 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (November 16, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0151U7WH2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,572 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Casey M. Britton on December 3, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Review for Ramblings From This Chick. ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.com

I have read quite a few books at this point from Diane Alberts/Jen McLaughlin, so when I saw she was doing a series based on fairytales I was really excited. I really love modern fairytales and I couldn't wait to see what she would bring to the table with Beauty and the Boss. While this one was okay, I did have some problems with the story.

Benjamin Gale III (as he is referred to multiple times here, in case the reader might forget) doesn't believe in love. He has a lot to prove when it comes to his family's business, and he has no time for anything else but work. Maggie Donovan has had her share of back luck with men, and at this point she isn't looking for love ever. But the attraction between her and her boss Benjamin (also known as The Beast around the office) comes to a head one night while they are working late, despite the fact that office relationships are forbidden. So when Maggie claims to be his fiance when they are confronted with his mother and a difficult situation, Maggie and Benjamin agree to go along with the ruse to benefit them both. But as they spend more time together, the lines between real and fake begin to blur. When Benjamin is given the ultimatum to give her up or lose everything, will he choose the life he has known and been expected to live, or the chance at love and a future with Maggie?

While Maggie and Benjamin (I refuse to call him Benji like Maggie did) were likable enough characters, I felt like they were so cliched and too cookie-cutter to really stand out here. Benjamin was your typical workaholic rich alpha, grumpy and unapproachable to all but Maggie. Maggie was your cute and sweet, yet terribly naive small town farm girl transported to the big city.
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Sometimes you read a story and you think you feel like you could really know these people. I loved the characters of Benjamin and Maggie. They were opposite types but were both broken in their own way. They were so complicated and developed that I got their connection right from the start. I laughed at the inner dialogue that Maggie kept letting slip out, and when she kept wishing for a meteor shower of some other catastrophe to save her from some embarrassment, I completely felt where she was coming from. The pace of the story was steady and the dialogue was often really funny. The scenes smoothly transitioned to the next and the plot was easy to follow as it evolved. The one constant thing throughout this book was my desire for Benjamin's Mom to just die an awful death or go to prison. She is evil personified, a nasty piece of work. The times when I thought she had won, I wanted to just crawl into the book and punch her myself. The premise of the story developed as a reaction to her vileness but then it just grew. In every scene that she was involved in, I hated her so much more than I did before. Benjamin and Maggie took the whole, fake it till you make it, vibe to a totally different level. I know the whole fake fiance thing is a trope that has been used many times in the past, but I really like the way this one fleshed out. The love scenes were like magic and very well described. I really enjoyed reading this book and watching the characters grow really made it worth the time it took to read it.
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Rating 4.5/5

This is a delightful twist on the fairytale ‘Beauty and the Beast’, a highly enjoyable romance filled novella.

The boss is Benjamin Gale the third, CEO of his family’s company, totally goal orientated and nicknamed the Beast by most of the folks who work in the office. The noteworthy exception to this is equally hardworking researcher, Maggie Donovan, who is the only one he’s ever heard defending him. When both are working late one night he decides to invite her to join him dining with another member of the board – then that gentleman cancels, leaving the two of them dining in his office when his nemesis – his mother – appears. She’s the epitome of the evil stepmother – wicked, manipulative, threatening, spiteful, a nasty person who has never shown him any love. Relationships in the office are banned so now his mother tries to sack Maggie and threatens to have him ousted from his position. Maggie, however, is made of sterner stuff and proclaims they’ve been dating for ages before she joined the firm and they’re now secretly engaged! To find out what happens next, you’ll just have to read this yourself!

The story is an engaging tale, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader enthralled. His ‘mother’ is determined to thwart their romance and manipulate both their lives to achieve her own goals, which is certainly not his happiness! It is a cute and charming tale, befitting its fairytale basis and a very enjoyable read.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
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This was a great twist on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast. I love how Diane Alberts wrote this story and helps to remind us that sometimes you have to step back and look at your situation to figure out where you are supposed to be and what makes you truly happy.

Maggie is one of the CEO's of the company that she and Benjamin work for. While relationships in the office is prohibited, Maggie has had her fair share of looks at Benjamin as well as all the other ladies in the office. Benjamin is know as the Beast to the employees because he has no use for relationships and has pretty much sworn them off.

When Benjamin asks Maggie to be his date to a family dinner so that his mother will not be on him about a date, they both know that they are taking a risk with their company. While at the dinner, Maggie happens to belt out that she and Benjamin are engaged and with the shock and surprise of all in attendance, Maggie has made her bed to lie in now. Can she keep up the front she needs to in order to make everyone believe that she and Benjamin are truly engaged? Will Benjamin and Maggie be able to keep their emotions and feelings for each other at bay while they are in the office or is that all in jeopardy now as well? You will love the way that Diane Alberts uses the classic fairy tale to make her own story with Benjamin and Maggie. A really great read! Will this fairy tale end in a HEA as all the classics do?
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