“Cutie and the Beast” by E.J. Russell is a gay paranormal romance that features somewhat inept David Evans as he is assigned to temp for the irascible Dr. Alun Kendrick, a psychologist with a very unusual clientele. Despite Alun’s disfigurement and determined effort to rid himself of the tenacious human who has inexplicably been assigned to his office, David soon changes Alun’s attitude and his clientele’s lives, but only time will tell if the assignment will prove fatal.
This story is part of the ‘Fae Out of Water’ series and is such a fun tale! Not only is the imaginative take on a beloved fairy tale aptly told, but there are such fun elements that I was reading faster and faster to find out what would happen next. There are many laugh-out-loud moments (I will be picturing scenes from this story every time I hear the song YMCA), wonderful twists on the standard elements of paranormal stories to explain why several of the beings are consulting Alun, and clever solutions to some of the problems. I loved that there was an allusion to a character from another of the author’s fun stories and I was delighted to discover that there were two more brothers who each has his own story to be told, and immediately added them to my TBR list. “Cutie and the Beast” is a great combination of humor, fantasy, and romance, and I will definitely be looking for other tales by this talented author!
Book one in the new Fae Out of Water series
Temp worker David Evans has been dreaming of Dr. Alun Kendrick ever since that one transcription job for him, because holy cats, that voice. Swoon. So when his agency offers him a position as Dr. Kendrick’s temporary office manager, David neglects to mention that he’s been permanently banished from offices. Because, forgiveness? Way easier than permission.
Alun Kendrick, former Queen’s Champion of Faerie’s Seelie Court, takes his job as a psychologist for Portland’s supernatural population extremely seriously. Secrecy is paramount: no non-supe can know of their existence. So when a gods-bedamned human shows up to replace his office manager, he intends to send the man packing. It shouldn’t be difficult — in the two hundred years since he was cursed, no human has ever failed to run screaming from his hideous face.
But cheeky David isn’t intimidated, and despite himself, Alun is drawn to David in a way that can only spell disaster: when fae consort with humans, it never ends well. And if the human has secrets of his own? The disaster might be greater than either of them could ever imagine.
Word count: 76,300; page count: 303