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Cutie and the Beast

(Cipher Office #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Living with her mother seemed like a good idea at the time. But Elliott Donovan’s living arrangements are not working for her anymore. Desperate to get back on her financial feet after a divorce and out from under her mother’s thumb, Elliott takes a job in the child care center at Weight Expectations, a local gym.

It has everything she needs – family friendly hours, more pa
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Smartypants Romance (first published April 7th 2020)
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Aug 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-audio
3.5 stars

Cutie and the Beast has the best premise. I love a good single parent romance and this book featured a single dad and single mom, both with daughters the same age. It definitely had some fun moments!

Elliot is recently divorced and living with her mother and daughter until she can get back on her feet. She finally got a good job and is moving in the right direction. Able is a single father who lives in a house far too big and far too expensive for only him, his daughter, and his one inc
DJ Sakata
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic-comedy
Favorite Quotes:

“I’m making a hard rule — no glitter. I don’t care what projects the kids have, do not bring glitter in this room.” I laugh at her insistence, mostly because I get where she’s coming from. “Agreed. I am not vacuuming satan’s decorations off this floor.”

I could have probably bounced a quarter off the abs on her. I, on the other hand, have lost actual quarters in my fat roll.

“Cougar guidelines?” “Half your age plus seven is how young you can date without it looking weird… When you’
Elliot and Abel have a few things in common, both have gone through divorces and are now responsible for taking care of their respective daughters. Mabel is Abel's energetic little girl and Ainsley is Elliot's bubbly child. Also, they are both working at Weight Expectations - Abel as a personal trainer and Elliot as the daycare's (afternoon) manager.

When Abel finds himself looking for a roommate and Elliot is really struggling to be back at her mom's house - they figure out that it's the perfec
Penny Reid
Apr 14, 2020 marked it as to-read

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Living with her mother seemed like a good idea at the time. But Elliott Donovan’s living arrangements are not working for her anymore. Desperate to get back on her financia
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Feb 11, 2020 marked it as to-read

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this was an okay read...
I did skip some..
if you are in the mood for a low angst romance story with two single divorced parents of two same-aged girls
Jessica Alcazar

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Single parent romance books are one of my go-to tropes in this genre. Throw in double single parents and you have nowhere to go but up. Right? …. YES, RIGHT, AND UP WE WENT!! You guys, I just finished this read last night and it was the best evening read I’ve had in a while. It made me happy from beginning to end and I slept like a baby after I finished :)

These two were ridiculously perfect togethe
Caitlin Reads
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cutie and the Beast was such a cute and fun book. I was intrigued by Abel in Weight Expectations and was excited to read his story. I always love single dad stories and Abel was no exception. He had been through a rough time as an ex WE fighter,recently divorced father with a gym that just burned down. It was fun to see his comeback and growth in this novel. I also really enjoyed reading about Elliot. She was honest and refreshing as well as an amazing mother. Her and Abel had so much chemistry ...more
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*** 4 Stars***

I’m a sucker for single parent romances and having TWO single parents had me making all kinds of grabby hands at Cutie and the Beast, also the fact that I really liked Abel in Weight Expectations definitely upped the ante for me and I ended up thoroughly enjoying this slow burn romance. It had me pulling out my hair at times, but it was a fun, cute read filled with real, everyday issues that parents ~ regardless if they are single or not have to deal wi
Izzie d
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I really struggled with this one.
I'm sorry to say the start was just sooooo boring.
I def won't reread.
I like this author so I was very disappointed.
It took me ages to work out the Hero's child's age. Felt to me like contradictory things, some made her seem really young, carrying her in a blanket in the early mornings then being expected to clean up dishes and the mess she made.
Ex drama on both sides.
No intimate scenes other than the Hero and heroine.
Sheila'S Book Corner
Cutie and the Beast is a fun, sweet and entertaining romance with plenty of banter.
Trainer and single dad Abel (aka The Beast) is doing his best to make ends meet and raise his eight year old daughter.
Cute single mom Elliott and new manager of the gym’s daycare needs to move out of her mom’s house if she hopes to preserve their good relationship and not get on each other’s last nerve.

Abel and Elliott decide to combine resources. On paper it seems a perfect arrangement but real life can throw
Michele Allen
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It’s nice to get back to Weight Expectations and learn more about Abel and what a good guy he is. I always enjoy ME’s books...I love her writing style and her characters always feel so real and relatable.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abel, who had a RUN of bad luck in WE, gets his chance to shine this time around. Just to recap: his wife left him, the gym burning down hit him in a very financial manner, and...uhh, wait. Maybe that was everything. Regardless, he's now a single dad struggling to do this parenting thing without messing up his kid too badly and he's looking to bring in a roommate to help ease the financial burden a bit.

Lucky for him, Elliott needs exactly what he's offering. I'm not just talking about the roomma
Nicole Emerald Book Reviews  McCurdy
Cutie and the Beast By ME Carter





‘“Thirty-five, huh?”

She drops her spoon and wipes her mouth with a napkin. “I don’t feel as old as my birthdate says I am.”

“You lied to your daughter?” I say with a snicker.

“I let her do the math. Who am I to say she’s wrong? It would break her heart to know she subtracted wrong.”’

Cutie and the Beast was peppered with some truly funny and witty repartee between our hero and heroine, however it also seemed to cement them tog
Mar 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
Our hero is a character I liked in Weight Expectations, so I was predisposed to like him in this one. He is newly divorced and trying to raise his eight-year-old girl alone. Enter a new girl working in the day care center of his gym. She also has an eight-year-old girl and the two are best friends. Our heroine is living with her mother after her divorce, but it's making her nuts.
Our hero has a house and needs a roommate to help cover costs if he doesn't want to lose his house. Our heroine need
May 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Another unfortunate title, but this was actually a really cute story.
I was a bit hesitant to start this one because I really didn’t like the first book in this series, but I was very pleasantly surprised! This was a really sweet slow burn love story about two single parents and I really loved how the author really incorporated the kids’ struggles as well.
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute story about two divorced single parents, looking forward next book in the series.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arcs
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an arc in exchange of a honest review.
Review to come
Heather andrews
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abel must be the logical one, “it’s not a far stretch. You’re hot. I’m hot. We came here with our kids. Who wouldn’t think we’re together?” Elliot has no filter, “what do you think of oral?” I choke on my bite of ice cream, completely caught off guard by Elliot’s candor." I liked this book, I liked Abel. ...more
Lady Heather

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

"5- It takes a Village to Raise a Child, Stars!

This was a wonderfully written contemporary romance about two single parents who are from totally different backgrounds. They would not have met under normal circumstances but as "fate" would have it, they are introduced to one another by a co-worker and come to a decision that they might be able to help one another out.

These characters Able (Beast) and Elliott (Cutie) are doing their best to raise their daughters
Big Joe  Rossi
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elliot is a divorced mom to an 8 yr old daughter and living with her mom making it all the more stressful. Abel is a divorced father to an 8 yr old daughter strapped for cash after a fire at his job as a trainer scattered is clientele. A coworker fixes the problem for both. You have Elliot move in and split the bills, case closed. Only what happens when you find each other attractive and you all act like a family and lines start blurring.

ME Carter has written a wonderful little single parents ro
Paula  Phillips
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
As those who have read the earlier books in the series will remember that the OG gym burned down. Cutie and the Beast by M.E Carter are set in the new gym and feature Abel who is one of the trainers at the gym. We learn that Abel's wife has just left them and run off to live her dream of being a model and social influencer. That has left Abel to try and figure out how to juggle between his job as a personal trainer and a single dad of Mabel who is used to being the center of attention and I have ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun, sweet story! I'm totally in love with Abel and Elliott.

Abel is a single dad just trying to make it through each day with this 8-year-old daughter Mabel. His wife left the two of them to pursue a life as a supermodel - living emotional scars on his daughter and leaving him tight finances. So when he decides to rent a room in his home, the last person he even thought about was renting to another single parent. Especially one who was cute and slowing started to mean more to him
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arcs
3.5 stars

The set up for this book was really cute!

Abel, the personal trainer at Weight Expectations, appeared in M.E. Carter's previous book in the Smartypantsromance Cipher Office series. I really liked him and was excited to see he would be in Cutie and The Beast. He is a single father to Mabel who needs a roommate to help cover the cost of his house.

The story introduces Elliott, a single mom who gets a job in the childcare center at the gym. She needs to move out of her mother's house, and so
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

Disclaimer: An eARC was provided via Smartypants Romance and the Author in exchange for an honest review. The Thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed in the review are therefore, my own.

A light hearted emotional romance between two divorced single parents with a foundation laid on friendship and a family they make of their own.

Elliot and Abel cross paths when they are both struggling and juggling with a whole lot of responsibilities of not just their jobs; but also of bringing up their dau
Messy Bun Book Blog
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow...just wow! M.E. has always impressed me with how she’s able to bring realistic situations into her books without making them dreary or frustrating (I mean I’m reading to escape), and Cutie & the Beast was no exception!
Abel was a character that I’ve been SUPER curious about since Weight Expectations. He seemed too good to be true, so I loved seeing that he was flawed like the rest of us. His love for his daughter & guilt over his ex made him almost blind to his daughter’s behavior.
Elliott w
Jan 05, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For all the single parents out there this book is for YOU! I really enjoyed this single parent/roommate closed door romance. Elliot and Abel decide to become roommates after meeting at the gym where they both work. Each are single with 8 year old daughters and having someone to help lighten the load really becomes appealing. As their daughters bond so do they and eventually they decide to take a chance on love.

This book does such a great job representing the challenges of co-parenting and singl
Cali Jewel
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this fun, sexy, laugh out loud and heartwarming romance filled with engaging charters, witty and memorable dialog, heart racing twists and emotionally thrilling turns. Was a great read from beginning to end. Exciting and sweetly thrilling journey!
Erica Testa
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cutie and the Beast

“Because no matter where this relationship goes, no matter if or how it ends, this is love right here. It’s not the kind that bowls you over so nothing else matters. It’s not the kind that fizzles when the lust is gone. It’s the kind that starts with two people being best friends and grows until they become “your person”.
That’s the best kind of love there is.”

Abel and Elliot are both single parents who need the other’s help. Elliot is looking to move out of her mother’s house
Ashley (Kindled Souls Book Blog)
I don't spend a lot of time at the gym. In fact, you could say I've spent more time at Weight Expectations over the last year than I have any real-life gym. (And since I've spent zero hours inside the walls of a real gym, that statement would be absolutely factual.) However, I'd like to think that if I lived in Chicago I would visit Weight Expectations if for no other reason than to meet this cast of characters.

'Cutie and the Beast' is a roommates to friends to lovers story featuring two single
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