Monday, 10 June 2013

Review: The Perks of Being a Beauty by Manda Collins

The Perks of Being a Beauty
Series:  Ugly Ducklings #3.5
Author: Manda Collins
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Genre:  Historical, Adult, Romance, Novella
Release Date:  June 18th 2013
Pages:  125
Format:  ebook
Source: Copy provided by publisher for review!
View/Purchase:  Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, The Book Depository
Rating

Reason chosen:  

The Ugly Duckling series is a favourite of mine!

Summary taken from Goodreads:

The beautiful Miss Amelia Snow is not accustomed to being snubbed by the gentlemen of the ton. But when her mother dies unexpectedly, forcing Amelia to take employment as companion to a wealthy cit’s daughter, she quickly learns to play down her looks or risk losing her position. When her employers, the Smithsons, decide to throw a country house party, she is determined to fade into the background. But how can she when the Smithson’s guest of honor is Lord Quentin Fortescue, the childhood friend who stole her heart?

Younger son, Lord Quentin Fortescue, is far more interested in his host’s cotton mills in the north than he is in courting the man’s dim-witted daughter. But it’s the girl’s companion who makes him look twice. Years ago, Miss Amelia Snowe rejected his proposal without a backward glance. Quentin has molded himself into just the sort of man she’d have wanted back then, but is Amelia still the smug beauty who broke his heart? And can either of them risk their newfound positions to indulge the fiery attraction that burns between them? 

Review:

This review will be pretty short as it was a pretty short novella. Amelia Snow was someone I came to hate in the series because of her stuck-up attitude, but in the final book of the series we definitely see a change in her, and understand why she is the way she is. Having lost her mother and her wealth she is now in a much lower position than what she is accustomed too, and finally feeling the sting of Karma. But, I will admit I felt bad for her. No one really deserve to be treated horribly especially when her mother was her puppeteer, and she had learnt her lesson. This novel is a lot different than the other in the series, mainly because its a Novella and doesn’t really have a mystery like the others do, so it focuses straight on the romance, how Amelia spends her time, and there is a lot of class talk. Its a cute novella, but nothing compared to the full-length novels in the series. 

Good:

Amelia--a completely different person

Quentin Fortescue--a good guy, doing his best to take care of his responsibilities while still pinning for Amelia after all these years. Love him

Bad: 

A little slow for my liking.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the book was easy to follow. In the previous ones I occasionally got confused by the three different names that each person had for themselves, but that isn’t really an issue in this novel. I also liked that there wasn’t a lot of talk about clues compared to the other novels and focused on the romance and the main characters. This novella was still a good finishing point for the series; it’s always nice to see the snobby girl learn her lesson, and that everyone can change when given the chance.

Previously In the Series:

How to Dance With a Duke (#1)->Click for review
How to Romance a Rake (#2) ->Click for review
How to Entice an Earl (#3) ->Click for review

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you like regency styled romance novel with a side of mystery then pick up this lovely series

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Read Completely: 
Yes

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Author Website/Blog: http://www.mandacollins.com
Twitter:  @MandaCollins
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mandacollinsauthor

This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.

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