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Bella and the Beast

(Cinderella Sisterhood #4)

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  488 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Bella Jones' father, Sir Seymour Jones, was an explorer/adventurer who revealed to her on his deathbed that the late Duke of Aylwin, whom he helped inquire antiquities in Egypt, had promised him half of a pharaoh's treasure. However, Bella must find the map to the hidden trove to prevent her and her brother and sister from living in poverty.

Bella takes a job as a curator
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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Susana

DNF at 41%
I just can't take any more of this... thing.

Full rant review to come.

Arc provided by St. Martin's Press through Netgalley

Release Date: November 3rd



Confession time:

This story provoked such a reaction in me _ and no, it wasn't a good one_ that even after deciding to DNF it, I am still mad as... hell.

Yes, I am not being impartial, because back in the day when I started reading historical romances, most guys behaved as atrociously as this did does, and I would read them and like them.

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Stacey is Sassy
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Beasts who don’t recognise love.

***3.5 Stars***

A wee bit spoilery, so proceed with caution


Yep, we’ve been here before. Those blasted men and their inability to see what’s right in front of them. In Bella and the Beast we have the beastly Miles Grayson, Duke of Aylwin, who is paying for his sins. Unfortunately, he’s such a grouchy man that everyone else around him seems to pay for his sins too. Miles is studying Egyptian hieroglyphics to unlock the secrets of the pyramids. It is his lifelong miss
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
A cute & fine read. It was very sappy and cutesy. It definitely is not a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It's about an intelligent penniless spinster girl with an agenda of finding a treasure, works for a grouchy hermit of a man (he's young and hot). Slight murder mystery. More romance and everyone being suspicious of everyone. The end.
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

*May Contain Spoilers*

Bella and the Beast is part of a sweet and fun fairy tale retelling series "Cinderella Sisterhood" and I have enjoyed (for the most part ) each installment in the series. These books aren't going to work for everyone, but they REALLY work for me. There is just something about these books and the couples I have read so far that I am totally on board with. This book features the retelling (which is pretty obvious) Beauty
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Unfortunately, I didn't like this as much as the last book. "Beauty and the Beast" retellings have to be very good to win me over, and I wasn't convinced of the love connection until the very end. But overall, this was entertaining.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.
Esther
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Netgalley for an honest review.

2.5


Heroine, Bella who is after a treasure map that will save her siblings and herself from poverty. She gets a job in the hero's home who she believes has this map. The hero, Miles is a Duke and a recluse and not very happy person. These two do not like each other in the beginning and fought their attraction but finally give in as the story progresses. The heroine I liked okay, but Miles not very much.Miles doesn't come across well in this story and he does some th
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Ruth
I honestly do not understand why this book was nominated for a RITA. The romance is completely unbelievable. The heroine has spent her entire life as her father's research assistant, housekeeper, and nanny to her twin siblings. She's so starved for physical intimacy that she would fall in love with a tree if it had an arm shaped branch she could lean on. There is no romantic interaction between the hero and the heroine. Bickering is not falling in love. And as for calling the hero a beast, a fab ...more
Nidofito

Unconvincing.

That's the word I would use for this book. Actually, lame-ass would also be a pretty good substitute.

The blurb. Sounds pretty good, right? Hidden Egyptian treasure, unconventional heroine, and an ass of hero that reforms? I'd read that.

How disappointing to find that the only Egyptian treasure we find is what's been hogged from fifteen years ago, painted ankles as the only unconventional thing about Bella, and Miles' personality not changing but being swept under the rug.

Every reaso
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Meredith
Oct 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Book provided by netgalley in exchange for a honest review.


DNF at 65%

I struggled to make it as far as I did. The characters were flat and I couldn't make myself care.

Miles the hero of the story was boring and brooding. The heroine Bella was just boring.

After Bella's father dies she returns to England to find the Duke and search for a map to a treasure. Miles the Duke hires Bella to see if she can remember anything from the night his dad was murdered. The pace of the story was very slow. At 65%
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Diane K. Peterson
This was a very interesting and enjoyable book. Obviously, it employs the Beauty and the Beast theme and it does that very well. Bella and Miles were great, sympathetic characters. There was a bit of mystery and intrigue that enhanced the story. It could have been a 5-star book except for a couple of things: crippling issues were resolved too easily, a small amount of headhopping, and overuse of the word "core." Very good book, but a little short of terrific.
XxTainaxX
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't know that Bella would qualify as a curator but the girl has the enthusiasm to get things done. Miles is a grump. A suspicious grump. He does have his reasons. Bella sees beyond his rough exterior to the man that her former acquaintance has become. Good development. Interesting plot.

ARC received in exchange for honest review.
Angela Simmons
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m always looking for something a little different in my romances, so I was intrigued when I stumbled across the cover for Bella and the Beast and noticed that the heroine of a historical romance had a tattoo on her ankle. Then I read the description and knew that I had to read this book.

Here’s what’s going on: Bella Jones has just returned to England with her younger siblings. Having been raised by her explorer father abroad, she doesn’t really fit into English society and she doesn’t really
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Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Bella Jones grew up with her father Sir Seymour Jones, moving from one place to another, digging sites and studying archaeological artifacts. When her father died, he told her to find Sir Aylwin and claim the other half of the pharaoh's inheritance. Thanks to Lady Milford, Bella learned about that the Duke of Aylwin was looking for a curator for Egyptian artifacts, and Bella grabbed that opportunity to investigate. Little did she know that she was being match-made and that the Duke was very much ...more
Sylvia
This is the four installment of the Cinderella Sisterhood Series. This is the first book, I have read from this author. I can't wait to read more. Isabella Jones is the daughter of Sir Seymour Jones who was a fellow scholar and explorer with Mile's father. Bella is independent and feisty. I could not stop laughing when she pull a dagger on the owner of the dress shop.
Miles Grayson, the Duke of Aylwin filled in his day with the research or a detailed examination and analysis of many Egyptian art
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Shanice Singh
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. There were several times that I forgot that this had anything to do with a Beauty and a beast yet this was such an intriguing novel. Bella sets out to find hidden treasure her father mentioned on his deathbed in order to take care of her younger siblings. To get the treasure she needs to find a map that's in the possession of the beastly Miles, rude and arrogant as well as totally opposed to people. However while spending time with Miles, treasure takes back seat in Bella's mi ...more
Cocktails and Books
3.5 Cocktails

I enjoyed the archeological aspect of the story, but there just wasn't anything in the interactions between either of these characters that made me believe their romance. They went from being so absolutely combative with each other to suddenly being in love. I didn't buy it and it took away from the part of the story I did like.
AnnMarie
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bella and the Beast is the fourth book in the 'Cinderella Sisterhood' series by Olivia Drake. I haven't read any of the other books, so can safely say this book can be read as a stand alone book with no problem.

The story is about Bella Jones, and Miles Grayson, the Duke of Aylwin. Bella has been living with her father and two young siblings abroad. On his death bed his father tells Bella that she must return to England, to look for Aylwin. Apparently he has the other half to a treasure map which
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Phoenix77
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
My reaction to the RITA nominated Bella and the Beast just goes to show just how subjective readers’ tastes can be. Obviously the book was highly regarded by the RWA and I suppose some people are comfortable ignoring the triggers that I thought slightly distasteful. Unfortunately I found myself seeing red too often by a dull premise and horribly one-dimensional characters.

When a story is patterned after Beauty and the Beast there needs to be someone who either looks or acts in a completely “beas
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Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
Review Originally Posted at Ramblings From This Chick
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If you hadn't guessed it from the title, Bella and the Beast is a historical romance with a Beauty and the Beast fairy tale influence. It's the fourth book in the Cinderella Sisterhood series by Olivia Drake. I am a huge lover of fairy tales, and Beauty and the Beast was my favorite for quite a long time. When I got the chance to review this book I was pretty excited!

Bella Jones is a 29 year old spinster
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Celia Moontown
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading Olivia Drake and I must say its a very nice find. Its a good old regency romance with plenty of mystery thrown in. This book is part of a series (Cinderella Sisterhood), but you do not need to have read the previous books to enjoy it. The plot description pretty much sells it all-a missing treasure map, ancient Egyptian mysteries and an undeniably handsome duke prowling around- what more do you really need for a light read that helps you escape the drudgery of every ...more
eyes.2c
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A captivating read!

From the opening I felt like I'd stumbled into a scene worthy of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. Only set back a couple of hundred years to Regency England. Here it's the Cinderella Sisterhood and the magic artifact is not denim jeans but Garnett beaded slippers, (to me) reminiscent of those Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz.
Bella Jones has returned from Persia with her younger brother and sister to a small cottage in Oxford, England. On his deathbed her father, a
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SaturNalia
Bella is the daughter of an archeologist and has been traveling with her nomadic family in foriegn lands since childhood. She doesn't know a thing about society rules, but she needs money to support herself and her siblings after her parent's death. A fairy godmother of sorts points her in the direction of Miles, a beastly duke. Their father's worked together in Egypt and he needs a curator for all of his ancient artifacts. I love the Beauty and the Beast trop, and this started out well enough. ...more
Douglas Meeks
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think I have enjoyed reading about 1 historical romance that I can say I enjoyed ( a book called How the Marquess Was Won: Pennyroyal Green Series) and the genre as a whole usually does not interest me because of the restrictions put upon the characters, especially females.

Now with that said I can safely say I REALLY enjoyed this one, I think on of my PR type contacts must have sent this to me because I can't see me picking it out but I was in a odd mood the other night and grabbed it and was
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Heroes & Heartbreakers
This review originally appeared on Heroes and Heartbreakers:
http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com...

Bella Jones has a mission—to provide for her fifteen-year-old twin brother and sister, Cyrus and Lila, whom she had helped raise since the time of their birth when she was fourteen. After the recent loss of their father, Sir Seymour Jones, an archeologist, while they all lived in Persia, Bella moved the three of them to England, to the small cottage in Oxford they inherited. Bella’s reason for mov
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Barbara Rogers
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks so much for the eARC. This was my first book by this author, but it definitely won't be my last.

Everything is in here -- Egyptian priests, murder, attempted murder, robbery, suspense, ghosts -- not to mention romance. I read it straight through without stopping!! I love that several of the books I've read lately are based on fairy tales -- this one -- Beauty and the Beast .

Bella Jones, daughter of a famed archaeologist is left with no money and two young siblings to care for after her fat
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Heather
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first novel that I have read by Olivia Drake. While historical romances are not usually my first choice when I pick up a book, I did enjoy this one. Although I will say that it took me a while to get into the story, since at times the storyline was on the slow side. While there was a hint of the paranormal early on in the story, it really did not play much of a role in the developing relationship between Bella and the "beast," Miles. In reality, Miles was simply a man very much set i ...more
Kim
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, net-galley, kindle, n
Bella’s father was an Egyptologist and on his deathbed he tells his daughter, Bella, that he was promised some ‘treasure’ by the Duke of Aylwin and that she needs to find the other half of a treasure map.
She wants to help her family so decides that she needs to investigate. She takes a curators job helping the late duke’s son, Miles, catalogue some Egyptian artefacts. He doesn’t present as a very welcoming character. He is quite unpleasant- but Bella gets under his skin. They don’t like each oth
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Isha Coleman
Bella and The Beast is an adventurous read that intermingles with a burgeoning love story. Olivia Drake did an exquisite job with her descriptive writing. It makes the story so much more enjoyable because the reader feels like they are a part of the story and experiencing the exotic locations first hand. I was even a fan of Bella. Determined to provide for her siblings she did not sit back and wait to be rescued. She took charge and went to any means necessary. Strong female characters are a gre ...more
Nomosf
Dec 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
The storyline was interesting but the writing inconsistent. Quick read, shallow and predictable characters. It played better as a mystery, not enough historical detail or romance to really fit in either of those categories.
dakotapie
Nov 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this one. Decided right away to scrap it.
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Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

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