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Beauregard and the Beast

(Once Upon a Vegas Night #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  46 reviews

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 reputation,

Kindle Edition, Dreamspun Desires #88, 208 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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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
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!
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
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
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
Maureen Marshall
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
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.
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
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!
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!!
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
Harlow Massey
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
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
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, romance, queer
This debut MM romance is light and breezy, an enjoyable fast read with minimal drama for the sake of drama. We have Adam, who wants to win his MMA title bout, and Beauregard, aka Bo, who wants to earn enough money to support his sister. The thing that brings both these people together is Bo’s job as a personal assistant to Adam, and despite the employer/employee relationship, the attraction is mutual from the start.

Evie did a great job in writing a clear story (I can only imagine how many times
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
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
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
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.
T Paul
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an absolutely fantastic story. The characters are likable, actually they’re lovable, and the story is great. From beginning to end it engages the reader and gives them a wonderful read. Our heroes, Adam and Bo, deliver a performance that draws you in and wraps around you, emotionally. Their drama, their relationships outside of one another, their personal relationship as well as the storyline in sound and entertaining. This author has given us a chance to enter the worlds of Adam an ...more
Jordyn Kross
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a total page-turner. I loved the contrast between Bo and Beast (Adam). They had an adorable meet-cute in the opening and their relationship grows into a lovingly hot HEA. Overall the story is light-hearted, touching on some deep emotional topics, but not getting too angsty. A fun read and I look forward to the author's next book.
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.
Katy Beth Mckee
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-books, m-m, sports
I like how these two guys are coming together. Both have true feelings but both of them seem to let those feelings be tucked deep inside each for their own reasons. It takes a crisis to finally get them to admit what they both want and work out how to make it happen.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This made me want to go back and read Santino Hasell’s Illegal Contact which had the same storyline but soo much better. Sadly he was cancelled 😔
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good debut.
The writing style was nice and fluent and the characters were very likeable.
The only thing missing for me was drama and/or conflict, because that means more heat building up to the two MC’s finally getting together.
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.
Elle Schroder
Adam Littrell is an MMA fighter who has earned the nickname The Beast and he's known for being surly and never so much as even smiling for his fans.  Bo Wilkins is his new live-in personal assistant.

I really liked both characters.  I loved the singing and the creative non-swearing, in particular.

As he bent to pick up the throw pillows they'd tossed off the couch, he belted out the opening lyrics of "Hot Patootie, Bless My Soul" from Rocky Horror.  Complete with Meat Loaf's high-pitched hoot at t
Amelia Foster
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a “where do I begin?” type of review because Beauregard and the Beast has SO MUCH to offer I know I’ll miss something and also probably want to kick myself for not leading with a different shining moment, but here goes anyway!

First off, Beauregard and the Beast is a gender bending Beauty and the Beast retelling which basically has me all in just based solely on the concept. Ms. Drae did NOT disappoint in pulling details from the original story, most importantly the library. I
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Evie Drae is a registered nurse by day and an award-winning male/male romance writer by night. She has won first place in seven Romance Writers of America® (RWA®) competitions, including the prestigious title “Best of the Best” in the 2018 Golden Opportunity Contest. She is a double finalist in the 2019 Golden Heart®, in both the Contemporary Romance and Romantic Suspense categories, and finished ...more