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Beauregard and the Beast

(Once Upon a Vegas Night #1)

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A Once Upon a Vegas Night Tale

His greatest prize can’t be won in the octagon.

Champion MMA fighter Adam Littrell needs no distractions as he prepares for the fight that will determine whether he retires. But when he opens the door of his swanky Las Vegas home to his new personal assistant, Bo Wilkins, staying focused becomes a struggle.

Aware of Adam’s surly repu

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Kindle Edition, Dreamspun Desires #88, 208 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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Sheri
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s not often that I go out on a limb and try new authors these days. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s simply a time management deal. However, when this crossed my path something about it called to me. Could be my long love for my favorite Disney movie or maybe it was the MMA fighting that caught my attention? Whatever the reason, I’m glad. Drae’s voice was fresh and the characters clear and endearing. The burn was slow but steady. And despite one frustrating scene near the end, I was a happ ...more
Deana Birch
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once and a while you come across a debut author and you ask yourself, “How is this their FIRST book?” Ms. Drae’s writing is flawless and her reboot of Beauty and the Beast is a true, sweet pleasure for the romantics among us. This was a great case of physical opposites attracting and realizing they had more in common than initially perceived. Bo and Adam’s story is realistically weaved through the pages while respecting the confines of a retelling. It was an easy, fun read with bits of ste ...more
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4.5 stars

Evie Davis is a new to me author who created an enjoyable read. I was skeptical when I began this book because I couldn’t see how the Beast, a MMA fighter, could ever fall for Beauregard, nerdy book worm. I was wrong big time in this! I was surprised and a total sucker for these two.

I was immediately drawn into this story. Adam is a MMA fighter with quite the reputation in the ring. His reputation has expanded to outside the ring as well and is known to be a little surly. I liked his pe
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Luna Joya
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done on this retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale!

Adam as the Beast is more of a big teddy bear IMHO but he's a heavyweight UFC champion. So he's got the cred to back the Beast title and think of that beastly body as more action-hero. When he meets Beauregard "Bo" who is his LIVE-IN assistant, things just get hotter.

This is a sweet story and a sexy M/M romance with a lot of...anticipation. (See what I did there? Because that was the feeling the whole way through.) And it has t
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Ella Stainton
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just devoured BEAUREGARD AND THE BEAST in a single sitting and it was adorably sweet and like a lovable MMA fighter, made me all gooey inside! Bo and Adam were definitely a fairy tale couple and their affection was inherent in every aspect of their romance.
Grumbly Adam might need someone to organize his life, but the last thing he (thinks he) wants is a relationship. Until adorkable Bo insists *he's* the one not looking for love. The slow burn develops as a friendship until they have to admit
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Felicia Grossman
This is such a sweet, loving retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set, of all places, in the world of MMA. Adam, our beast is surly, at times, for sure, but also funny and charming and loving. Bookish Bo is his perfect foil and match. This opposites-attract story is just warm and lovely and a great, quick, fun, happy read. The HEA is so satisfying and the writing superb. I can't wait to see what else Evie Drae has in store. A definite cozy bedtime read for romance lovers.
Marit
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this retelling. It was the perfect balance of staying true to the original while making it completely fresh. The writing was perfect and the characters both sweethearts. Super fun read!
Marian Thorpe
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adam is the Beast, a mixed-martial-arts champion who has never let anyone close to him: his career’s always come first. But he isn’t a youngster any more, and his ring persona has very little to do with who he really is.
One thing Adam truly is, however, is disorganized, which is why he needs a personal assistant. Enter Beauregard, a bookish guy with a sister in college to support. He’s also almost irresistibly cute. The attraction between them is immediate, but inappropriate: Adam is Beau’s emp
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Lily Michaels
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In an updated (and much needed) change from the original story, our adorkably precious Beauregard “Bo” Wilkins is not kidnapped by The Beast. Instead he is hired to be the PA for the hulking MMA fighter who, from all appearances, earned such a fear inducing moniker honestly. So sweet, kinda innocent Bo feels like he might be traipsing into the lion’s den by taking the job.

But you know what they say about assumptions.

Adam “Beast” Littrell is anything but the intimidating creature the media hypes
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Natosha Wilson
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by this book. Not because it was such a great read but because it was such a sweet read as well. When you think of an MMA fighter, you automatically think of gruff and moody, or at least I do. But not in this book. Adam, aka Beast, isthis sweet teddy bear of a man instead of the Beast everyone believes him to be because of his MMA career. This book was truly a good read. I enjoyed it and I really enjoyed the characters in it. Definitely a book I recommend for others to read becau ...more
T.K. Barber
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an adorable, sexy, squeal-worthy book. Their chemistry was so perfect, and Adam was such a lovable goofball at his core, even though he had the “Beast” persona to contend with.

Ms. Drae has such a fun, relatable way of writing, too, that just sucks you right in and keeps you in the story.

I loved the growth both characters went through as well, and Lulu is such a crack-up!

All-in-all I’m just thrilled I got to read it, and can’t wait to read more!!
Coralie Moss
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cover grabbed me and the slow-burn between Bo and Adam kept me reading.
LOVED this debut, sweet m/m romance. More, please!
Joyfully Jay
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


So, you can bet this is a fun twist on Beauty and the Beast. There aren’t any jealous lovers, or (currently) dying family members, but there is a bit of drama that pulls Bo away from Adam just as they have finally begun to acknowledge their growing love. At times, Bo feels he must choose between loving Adam and caring for his sister, but the situation isn’t as dire as all that, as he eventually gets schooled. During the months they spend together, Adam demonstrat
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Sandra
As you probably surmised from the title, this is a retelling to some extent of Beauty and The Beast, in which the beast is not a cursed prince, but a famous MMA fighter named Adam who's been dubbed The Beast because of his performances in the ring, and our beauty's name is Beauregard who goes by Bo and becomes the Beast's new PA.

Adam is only a beast in the ring, and it's a persona he wears in public only. Privately, he's a generous, kind, and somewhat goofy guy, grumpy in the morning BC (before
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Amy Dufera
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beauregard and the Beast is a thought-provoking romance by Evie Drae.

Beau, a PA, falls for his new boss, Adam, aka "The Beast. Beau's a selfless man, whose every move is driven by the need to help his sister. Lonely and miserable, together these two are able to overcome their problems.

The dichotomy of the Beast's personality, versus the real man behind the persona, Adam, is wonderfully done. Beauregard's an ass to the world, but he's actually a gentle giant. The reader is fully able to see the d
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Sarah Smith
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the sweetest! Serious gave me warm and fuzzies the entire time I read it! Okay, so it's definitely got loads of steamy scenes, which is always a plus, but honestly the thing that I loved most about this book is how it depicted just how nervous and excited you get when you fall in love with someone. That's something that's so hard to capture with words, yet Evie does it so well in her writing.

I absolutely adored the fun retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Adam was my favorite kind o
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Scott Beebe
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd waited four months for the August release of this book. Chomped at the bit. Could hardly contain myself after reading snippets inserted online. Early on in my exposure to them, Beau and Adam were two guys with whom I'd wanted to spend a great deal of time.

That day finally came, and now after finishing this novel I can proudly say with utmost certainty:

For anyone circling this book, I can assure you that what you've got in your sights is a lovely M/M fairy tale of two memorable characters who
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Just Gimme Da Books
I've been dying to read this book ever since Evie started posting snippets of it on Twitter while it was still a WIP. Bo and Adam are such delightful characters, and their romance had me swooning from the get-go--long before they even realized they were totally in love. I enjoy a good slow burn, especially when it's topped with some delightful sweet. This book gave me all the best tingles in all the best places. I was rooting for their relationship the whole time, and when the black moment hit, ...more
Jess Heyle
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first venture into the MM romance genre. I generally stick to ff but because I adore anything Evie writes I was excited to read this. I was not at all disappointed. In fact, I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed not only the writing, which I knew I would like, but the beautiful storyline and the characters that made me fall in love with them. Bo and Adam are both relatable, adorable and perfect for each other. Lulu is the perfect addition to the pairs dynamic. By the end of ...more
C.B.
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you win even if you think you lose. Adam, 38 focused on upcoming MMA fight determining if it's time to retire. Bo, 25, his new personal assistant, is a bit of a distraction. Adam, did flings and wanted to avoid the temptation of Bo who preferred long term relationships. Did Kyle his friend and manager pick Bo deliberately hoping to encourage Adam to have a life? Adam had a reputation of being a dumb jock. He had quit school early to pursue his career, so he's been working over 21 years ...more
T Paul
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely fairy tale ending with all the trimmings a good love story should have. From the very beginning this book showed the potential to be a keeper. Adorable characters made the relationship jump off the pages. Enough anxious moments to keep the reader invested with a storyline and a happy ending to close the deal. A job well done, a story well told and book well worth climbing into.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Erin Robinson
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Practically perfect

This book's retelling of Beauty and the Beast was a delight to read from start to finish. I literally couldn't put it down. The characters were well constructed, lovable and flawed in their own ways. As far as romance goes, this is a highlight of my reading year.
Mim  Crenshaw
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fairytale retelling with one heckuva twist. I couldn't put this one down. I read this one in record time. The storyline was amazing and just flowed, and I loved the characters and their interactions. It was just too good.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Evie Drae
This is a re-released second edition of my debut novel first released by Dreamspinner Press on 08/20/2019. I received my rights back due to some unfortunate financial difficulties at DSP and self published the manuscript. Keep an eye out for more MM fairy tale retellings in the Once Upon a Vegas Night Tale series coming soon!! 💕🌈
Jess Kinslow
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely devoured this book in one sitting. It was a slow burn but when the action finally happened boy howdy did it happen! It's going to be on my re-read list for years to come. Bo was adorable, Adam was adorable and I loved all the side characters! Loved it.
Sylvia
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read, engaging, fully developed characters, great plot and characters you will definitely fall in love with. I’m not sure if I have ever read a book by this author but I am officially a fan.-Enjoy

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kristina
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, the story was gripping, the characters made me giggle at parts and almost cry in others. 

Adam was so amusing; I never knew what he was going to do next. His true self was so different from "the Beast" it made me sad to know he had to hide who be truly was. 

Bo was adorable; he was very much like myself in several ways that at times it was like reading about things that I went through. 

Evie Drea is another new-to-me author and this book has made me ready to devour whatever I can
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L H
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love fairy tales and I like when they are retold with a different spin. This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You have to love the Beast in this story. Adam is bluster on the outside and a softy on the inside. And he really cares about Bo, his new assistant and his version of beauty. They get to know each other as they work together and find their HEA. So engaging and a consuming read for me.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Joscelyn Smith
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for Beauty and the Beast and I love seeing different authors' vision of the beloved fairy tale. This was a great reboot and I am absolutely blown away that this is the debut for the author. I cannot wait for their next book.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Michelle Orloff
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable, sweet, spicy m/m retelling of Beauty & the Beast, complete with swoony library scene. Light on the sports aspect, heavy on the feels. ...more
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