Beauty, Inc. (The Pennymaker Tales #3) by Tara Lain 5* (preorder here)
BLURB: Is beauty only skin deep?
Chemist Dr. Robert “Belle” Belleterre loves flowers, green trees, his best friend Judy, and “his baby:” the new face cream he developed to help put his father’s small cosmetics company on the map. Sadly he gets no help from his alcoholic, gambling-addicted father, who loses Belle in a poker game to Magnus Strong, the CEO of Beauty, Inc., the largest American cosmetics company—a man infamous for his scarred ugliness.
Belle finds himself uprooted from his home, living in a wildly crazy apartment in New York owned by Mr. Pennymaker, and completely unprepared for his mad attraction to the charismatic Strong. Feeling like a traitor, Belle fights his passion only to see more and more of the goodness and humility hidden by Strong’s ugly face. But when Belle’s family starts manipulating his life again, the odds turn against happiness for beautiful Belle and his beloved beast.
My Review: First of all I have to say I received a free copy from Tara in exchange for an honest review. Then I have to tell you that Beauty and The Beast is one my all time favourite fairy tales.
This version was beautifully written but also had all those trademark Tara Lain touches that I have come to love. Characters that are real from the minute you meet them on the page, touches of magic and humour, as well as a storyline that is interesting and new. I honestly don't want to give too much away as I hate spoilers, but I will say I want Mr. P. and all the residents of his magical house to come and live near me. I highly recommend this to all those who love Tara Lain's writings or cannot resist modern takes on favourite fairy tales. I can't wait for #4 in this wonderful series as they just keep getting better and better.