Friday, July 14, 2017

ARC Review: Cutie and the Beast (Fae Out of Water #1) by E.J. Russell

Cutie and the Beast (Fae Out of Water, #1)Blurb:
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.

Todd's rating:

I truly enjoyed the first two-thirds of this book, but then it fell a bit flat to me.

When the story began, quirky temp worker David's character was lots of fun to read, as he invariably got himself into one sticky situation after another, especially where his bosses were concerned.

Then it was a joy to see him finally find his footing and become more useful around the supernatural psychologist's office than grumpy doctor Alun ever imagined.

I really enjoyed David's interactions with Alun's Clients and his extremely unorthodox methods of helping those in need, particularly the young dragon prince and the aging leader of the vampire clan.

The banter and snark between the bizarre office temp and the obstinate doctor was very entertaining to watch.

However, once they visited Faerie, the world from which Alun had been exiled, because he was no longer beautiful (#ShallowMuch), the previous dynamic changed a bit and it didn't quite hold my interest as it had before.

The book was a tiny bit predictable, but I didn't really mind. It was pretty low-steam and did end with an HEA, but David's antics kept me (mostly) entertained, so I will most likely read the next two books in the series, those for Alun's brothers.

I'd rate this one at around 3.25 stars.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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