Nov 04 2015

Book Spotlight & Review: Bella and the Beast by Olivia Drake

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Book Spotlight, Historical Romance, Reviews / Leave a Comment


Even a confirmed bachelor can meet his match. Because sometimes fairy tales do come true…


Bella Jones feels like a fish out of water in civilized England. Raised abroad by her explorer father, she’s amused by the very proper manners of the nobility. Nevertheless, to save her younger siblings from ruin, she must infiltrate a ducal household in order to find the map to an ancient treasure trove. Alas, the haughty, handsome duke stands in her way…unless she can tame his beastly temper, that is.

Miles Grayson, the Duke of Aylwin, prefers antiquities to, well, everything else. Especially prying females with their irksome questions. But Bella’s blue eyes and beguiling smile are improbably charming, and the temptation of her kiss is impossible to resist. As the pair are swept into a mystery that reaches back to their childhoods, Miles realizes that Bella has made the rarest discovery of all—the key to his heart…


About the Author:

Shortly after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism, Olivia Drake sold her first novel two weeks after sending it to a publisher. She now lives in Texas in a cozy cottage with a feisty cat, a loving husband, and two wonderful daughters who still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

Many of you already know Olivia as Barbara Dawson Smith, author of 24 historical romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller and winner of numerous honors, including the Golden Heart Award and the coveted Rita Award for excellence in the historical romance genre.



Review of Bella and the Beast

Review (4.75 Stars):  I’ve been a huge fan of this series from the very first book, If the Slipper Fits and I loved every minute of Bella and the Beast.  Bella and the Beast was a charming fairy-tale romance that was filled with passion, rich history and two characters that couldn’t be better suited for one another.  I loved how Bella was so determined to take care of her family after the death of her father and the only way that she knew how, was to take a job as the assistant of the man who may hold the key to changing her life.

The mystery in this book added to this story and I loved learning about the Egyptian artifacts that resided in Duke Aylwin’s home.  This is the fourth book in the Cinderella Sisterhood series and I can’t wait to read book number five which is due out next year.

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