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Friday, April 23, 2021

Grey's Promotions Presents: The Belle And The Beard by Kate Canterbary; #ReleaseBlitz, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Live

The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary is now live! 

Rating:  3.5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.
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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Grey’s Promotions and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". 

Jasper-Anne Cleary’s guide to salvaging your life when you find yourself publicly humiliated, out of work, and unemployable at 35—not to mention newly single:

1. Run away. Seriously, there’s no shame in disappearing. Go to that rustic old cottage your aunt left you. Look out for the colony of bats and the leaky roof. Oh, and the barrel-chested neighbor with shoulders like the broad side of a barn. Definitely look out for him.

2. Stop wallowing and stay busy. It doesn’t matter whether you know how to bake or fix things around the house. Do it anyway. Dust off your southern hospitality and feed that burly, bearded neighbor some pecan pie.

3. Meet new people. Chat up the grumpy man-bear, pretend to be his girlfriend when his mother puts you two on the spot, agree to go as his date to a big family party. Don’t worry—it’s only temporary.

4. Cry it out. Screwing up your life entitles you to wine, broody-moody music, and uninterrupted sobbing. 

5. Get over it all by getting under someone. Count on your fake boyfriend to deliver some very real action between the sheets. 

6. Move on. The disappearing act, the cottage, the faux beau—none of it can last forever. 

Linden Santillian’s guide to surviving the invasion when a hell-in-heels campaign strategist moves in next door:

1. Do not engage. There is no good reason you should chop her wood, haul her boxes, or pick her apples. 

2. Do not accept gifts, especially not the homemade ones. Disconnect the doorbell, toss your phone over a bridge, hide in the basement if you must, but do not eat her pie. 

3. Do not introduce her to your friends and family. They’ll favor her over you and never let you forget it.

4. Do not intervene when she’s crying on the back porch. Ignore every desire to fix the entire world for her. By no means should you take her into your arms and memorize her peach-sweet curves. 

5. Do not take her to bed, even if it’s just to get her out of your system.

6. Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with her.

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My Thoughts:

Linden is concerned about who his new neighbor is.  Jasper is trying to start fresh but it may be a lot of work.  He likes things a certain way. Her life seems complicated.  He’s all about telling it like it is and no thought to how the other person might feel.  She’s all about doing things her way.

As I was getting to know our main characters, I loved how each had issues about the other.  It made it a necessity to keep turning the page.  The author was good in creating one situation after another between them.  The back and forth was almost nonstop.  

Sadly, it just felt more like friends with benefits once they got past all the issues.  It’s tagged as a romantic comedy but I’m afraid that I missed the comedy part somehow.  When I read about the book, at the beginning, I went in expecting a fairy tale retelling for modern times and somehow I missed that mark as well.

I was not feeling them as a couple but I could see them as really good friends.  Jasper seems to have a very complicated life.  Linden seems more of a take life as it is but has opinions about certain things.  His job was interesting since my uncle was in the forestry business.  And maybe that was part of my issue when it came to Linden’s job.  

Living in that state my whole life, and having gone to the Cape a time or two, I could see Linden working in the Berkshires – felt that area may have been more suited to his job.  I know this is a work of fiction but my mind just wouldn’t connect him to the Cape.  When Jasper was in his space, I couldn’t feel a connection that we expect to grow into more.  It was like I was reading two separate stories with no thought of one ending.  The ending was great but I still didn’t feel that connection two people would have when they get that close.  I have read one of the author’s other books and just because I couldn’t connect here doesn’t mean that I’m not going to check out more of her work.

Meet Kate:

USA Today Bestseller Kate Canterbary writes smart, steamy contemporary romances loaded with heat, heart, and happy ever afters. Kate lives on the New England coast with her husband and daughter.

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