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Bette & the Beast

(Hotel Ever After #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Bette owns Fairhaven's only bookstore...but only barely. She's struggling with bills, but she refuses to sell to the hotel mogul Richard Dickson because he only wants to tear down the beloved store and replace it with a hotel. Can these two find a compromise and save the bookstore?

Each of the Hotel Ever After books is (very) loosely based on a fairy tale. Which means they'
ebook, 76 pages
Published September 13th 2016
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it


This was a super cute and super short little read loosely based on the fairytale Beauty And The Beast Bette owns a bookstore called HAPPILY EVER AFTER It's not doing very well. In fact, it is basically falling apart. Dickson Hotels has been trying to buy it from her, but Bette refuses to sell.


One day her Dad asks her to go on a blind date with a client of his, and that date turns into some sexy times in her bookstore. Unfortunately, some truths come to light and Bette is NOT a happy cam
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: totally-safe
Beauty and the beast themed
Cute,fun ,fast, safe read
No epilogue Boo!
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars

This was my first time ever reading anything by Liza Penn. I am a big fan of fairytale retellings, so when I saw this one I knew I had to request it. If you couldn't tell from the title, this one is loosely based off of Beauty and the Beast. This was a really quick read at only about 75 pages.

Liza Penn definitely has a knack for writing some steamy scenes! There were only a couple of them but they were sizzling. I would consider this an insta-love/lust romance. I have to say th
Lauren Seiberling
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sexy spin on Beauty and the Beast!

This book is meant to be a quick read, and boy, did I tear through this one! As Liza says in the preface, it was "perfect for an afternoon tryst." :)

I really enjoyed the writing style, especially Bette's "voice," even getting a few chuckles along the way. I also met some of Bette's friends, and I wonder if they will have their own books in the series? (I hope so! The friends have very unique personalities!)

Being that this is a short read, the romance between B
Paula  Phillips
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
What drew me first to this book was that the title was similar to Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast would have to be my second favorite fairytale, first is Cinderella. I also have a thing for reading fairytale renditions, so when I saw that this was loosely based on Beauty and the Beast I was hooked. The second thing was that the main female character Bette owned a bookshop which I loved and she also ran a storytime for the children - which in my job as a Children's Librarian - I do thi ...more
Liza Penn
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: romance, sexy, fairy-tales
Hi everyone! I'm the author of this book, and I thought I'd use this space to tell you a little bit about the inspiration behind Bette & the Beast.

All of the Hotel Ever After Books are: short, sexy, modern, and inspired by a fairy tale

They're not literal retellings--don't expect magic or fairy godmothers. Instead, I hid details of my favorite fairy tales in each story. In this one, I was inspired by the story of Beauty and the Beast.

Bette's name is a play on "Belle," which means "Beauty." In th
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
review to come
Jennifer Holzapfel
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Bette Franklin owns Happily Ever After Bookstore. She loves the building with all her heart, warts and all. It is of the beautiful art deco style. She has just thrown away another offer to buy her store by the Dickson Corporation. Her best friend Aria works for pretty much free. The building has many problems and Bette is trying to keep her head above water. Her dad Tom is a real estate agent and keeps telling her to sell, but Tom has arrived to beg and plead with his daughter to go out to dinne ...more
Cheryl Whitty
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This a short novella introducing us to Hotel Ever After, Bette owns a beautiful, but rundown Book shop called HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
The Beast of the title is Richard, the Hotel Developer wanting to buy the shop so he can build his Hotel.
Bette's father sets up a dinner meeting, without Bette not realising who he really is. They fall very quickly in lust, which turns into love.
This is a very short novella, and everything happens very quickly, which is the nature of the beast.
That being said, they gre
Sexy and short instant attraction/love romance in a small town

Bette and the Beast was my first time reading anything by Liza Penn and overall I enjoyed this sexy and short instant attraction/love romance that puts a twist on it’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Obviously, to fully enjoy this you have to be opened minded to a fast pace but this plot worked well and was interesting from start to finish to see how things turned out.

There was a good connection and chemistry between the two chara
Candy Hernandez
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Based on the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, and as a fan of fairy tale retellings, I was excited to read this. Aaaand I very much enjoyed it! Its a perfect afternoon read with its fast paced storytelling. Its a short sweet romantic story about Bette who owns a bookstore with the name ” Happily Ever After” which she saved for a very long time to buy the place. But as much as she love it, the business is not doing very good. The bookstore looks dilapidated and looks to be falling apart. ...more
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Bette is the owner of an independent bookstore in the small town of Fairhaven. Hotel mogul Richard Dickson wants to buy it but Bette refuses. She knows that he’s only going to tear it down to build a monstrous hotel instead. Her bookstore is more than a business; it’s a part of her. But as the bills pile up and her father pressures her to sell, she caves in. Bette’s in for a surprise when she discovers that Richard is not the cold-hearted man she assumes he is. Will she let him in or will they b ...more
Cindy Caron
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a promising new series this seems. If the rest of the saga follows the footprints this book has set out, it is sure to be an absolute hit! Even though the book is relatively short, it is not lacking in any way, in fact, it is chalked full of excitement and action, with emotions on every level. Well written and easy to follow, you will not want to miss out on it.
Bette is a bit of a loner, finding it very difficult to put herself out there and mainly keeping to herself in the protection of t
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
This was a quick afternoon read that brought 'Beauty and the Beast' in to the modern 21st century and has allowed for more of the fairytale land to live in today's world. Bette I found to be sweet and strong. She would not allow for her cherished book store to be sold just to be torn down and an expensive hotel put in its place. Richard Dickson finds a way to meet the stubborn bookstore owner while at the same time discovery his past with a new fresh look about it.

In this journey to Bette’s HE
Liz Gavin
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
3 *** Sexy new take on a classic

Even though I knew this was a short-story, I couldn't help feeling things were a bit rushed, mainly with the insta-love between the two main characters. I also had trouble connecting with Bette. Like her, I'm crazy about books, to the point that my ideal heaven is a library. Seriously. I almost passed out in giddy elation when I visited Trinity College's old library in Dublin. So I had a hard time believing someone who loves books so much would throw one at somebo
Amy~My Book Obsession~
This was a fast read and can be read in one sittings.

I like the story and how it had elements of Beauty and the Beast but not so close you know what will happen next.
Bette is a sweet woman who wants nothing more than to keep her story and maybe find love. She works hard which leaves little social life.
Her father wants her to live a little so he set up a date for her. This is when the fun begin. She meets her Beast!

Heat builds between them until they let it burn them.

However, there is a secr
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First book by this Author I have read and it will not be the last one I now want all of the ones in this series could not put down. What happens when you have an older building you love and can not afford the repairs and a development company wants it? Bette owns Fairhaven's only bookstore but is having problems keeping the bills paid her Father wants her to go out with someone to talk about a deal he wants to close. She meets Richard Dickson not knowing who he really is and they have a wild tim ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a cute, romantic, fun loving retelling of the story. I love how this version was sexy, and dirty! Great set up for the next book and I am loving on the remakes. 

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Liza Penn is the pseudonym of an author living with her family in the piedmont of the Carolinas. She writes the Hotel Ever After books for fun and values her privacy.

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Hotel Ever After (4 books)
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  • Aria & the Sea (Hotel Ever After, #3)
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