A Contemporary retelling of my favorite fairytale…Beauty and the Beast? Yes, Please!
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Launch – Note from the Author
Hi. 🙂 And welcome to the blog tour for my new Harlequin Romance release, Beauty & Her Boss (Once Upon a Fairytale, book 1). Deacon and Gabrielle’s story is loosely based on one of my favorite stories, Beauty and the Beast…
Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt
A tall police officer with salt-and-pepper hair stepped just inside the room. “We’ve contacted the complainant.”
“And…” Gaby knew this was the time for restraint but there was so much on the line.
The officer shook his head. “He refused to meet with you.”
That was not what she’d wanted to hear. She was hoping to plead with the man and hopefully get him to drop the charges. Her father was not physically well and punishing him would not help anyone, least of all Deacon Santoro. “Surely there has to be some way I can speak with him.”
The officer cleared his throat. “I was about to tell you that he’s on the phone. You may speak with him at my desk.”
Jorie Loves A Story – Review
“The best romance is the kind which knits together at a slower pace – such as the one starting to bloom between Gabrielle and Deacon. . .
Whilst at the same time, Ms Faye was building a strong narrative about second chances, new beginning and how the heart can mend in the hours where your not focusing on what has caused ou the most pain. She takes a direct approach of showing the humanistic side of the Beast as she hones in on hte legacy of the fairy tale – shifting in and out of the origins and her own visions of how to tell the story. In this way, it’s quite the enjoyable read…”
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang! – Excerpt
Take care of Gabrielle.
Those words haunted him each night in his short and troubled sleep. Until now, he’d never understood what they meant. He didn’t know anyone named Gabrielle. But suddenly a jagged piece of a memory from the accident came back to him. It wasn’t an image but rather a voice. The woman from the accident had told him to take care of her niece.
And it was his chance to make sure the woman’s final words were fulfilled. The need to help Gabrielle was overwhelming. But how? He needed time to absorb this revelation—to form a viable plan.
Deacon cleared his throat. “I didn’t know she was your aunt. No one told me.”
Paulette’s Papers – Excerpt
At this point, Deacon should just hang up, but he couldn’t do it. The father may have stepped over the line, but the daughter hadn’t. And those words kept haunting him—take care of Gabrielle.
“What do you have in mind?” he asked.
“I could go outside and talk to the media. I could explain my father’s actions—”
“Don’t. The less said the better.” All the while, he was considering how best to help this woman, who obviously had too much on her plate.
“So if my father and I agree not to say another word, you will see that the charges are dropped?”
“No. Not only has my name been slandered in the news, but my assistant was coming back from lunch when your father’s protest was at its height. She was verbally assaulted and had things thrown at her. She has quit. And the temp agency doesn’t want to send anyone else.”
“Oh.” Gabrielle paused. “I don’t know what you want me to do to make this right.”
I Am A Reader – Excerpt
The Malibu beach house was a stunning piece of midcentury architecture. Gabrielle slowed the car to a stop to have a better look around. Feeling as though someone was staring at her, she glanced up at the massive white mansion. There was no one standing in any of the windows. But there was a window on the top floor where the sheers moved. Cold fingertips inched down her spine.
Stop it. You’re just being melodramatic. It’s not like this is a haunted mansion.
Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review
“This [i]s a delightful, well-written, modern retell of the classic Fairy Tale of Beauty and the Beast.
The character and scenes were depicted in a way which “draws the reader in”.
The Book cover and Title are both eye-catching and “fitting”.”
Brooke Blogs – Excerpt
A movement in the corner of her eye caught her attention. Her gaze strayed across the outline of a figure in the distance.
“Excuse me,” Gabrielle called out as she rushed forward.
The man’s back was to her.
She called out again.
The man straightened from where he was bent over a rosebush. He was wearing jeans, a black long-sleeved shirt and a ball cap. He didn’t turn around. Did he hear her?
“Hey, could you tell me where to go?” Not about to continue screaming across the grounds, she started down to a set of stained concrete steps leading to the garden.
Wishful Endings – Review
“This was a good mix of romance that was partially sweet and some places with a little more heat. There was also humor and heartbreak, making for an overall heartwarming read.”
Becky on Books – Excerpt
“Will you be showing me what I need to do?”
The woman shook her head. “Not me, dearie. I wouldn’t have a clue. I’m the housekeeper and cook.”
Gaby was disappointed. Working with Mrs. Kupps would have certainly made her workday interesting. “Do you know who will be showing me what I need to do?”
“I assume that would be Mr. Santoro.”
“Oh, will he be out soon?”
The woman clucked her tongue. “Mr. Santoro does not get out much these days.”
Among the Reads – Review
“Author Jennifer Faye’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast was done quite well. The premise behind Gaby needing to work for Deacon made sense. I appreciated the way the author took elements of the story and made it her own, not feeling like she needed to make every major plot element conform to the events of the fairy tale.”
Book Reviews & More by Kathy – Excerpt
He should have never agreed to bring Gabrielle here.
The decision had been made in haste.
And it was a mistake.
Deacon paced back and forth in his private study. This woman with the honeyed voice was dangerous, as she was poised to be a distraction from the stark reality of his situation. She would make him think about all of the damage that had been done. If only he could remember the accident—remember if he was at fault.
Bookworm Lisa – Review
“This book was easy to get into. The characters, the story…I enjoyed it all…
The book had many of the aspects of Beauty and the Beast. Deacon is scarred, both emotionally and physically. Gabby is a person to look past the outward appearance and see the heart of the person in front of her.”
underneath the covers – Excerpt
“If you would just tell me where to meet you, we can sit down and go over what is expected of me.” Gabrielle’s voice cut through his thoughts.
“That won’t be necessary.”
“Of course it is.”
He could hear the confusion in her voice. She wasn’t the first assistant that had been uncomfortable with his distant style of management, but it was the way it had to be. He didn’t need anyone eyeing him with pity. He didn’t deserve anyone feeling sorry for him. It was best for him to keep to the shadows. The accident had left permanent scars on him both inside and out. His career as an actor was over. And he was now struggling to find a new position for himself in the background of Hollywood.
Simply Kelina – Review
“This was my first book by Jennifer Faye, but it will not be my last. I ended up loving this!
I am a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast, so it was so fun to read this modern day twist on the story.”
Teatime and Books – Excerpt
THIS DEFINITELY WASN’T her best first day on the job.
In fact, it ranked right up there as one of the worst.
And the day wasn’t over yet.
A loud crack of thunder shook the windows at the same time as lightning lit up the sky around the guesthouse. Gabrielle rushed to close the French doors. Somehow the weather seemed rather fitting.
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader – Review
“Beauty and Her Boss by Jennifer Faye is book one in Once Upon a Fairytale series…
This story is sweet and loving. I enjoyed the read.”
Thoughts of a Blonde – Excerpt
The first set of doors she came to had frosted-glass inserts. One door stood ajar. She peered inside, wondering if at last she’d come face-to-face with Deacon Santoro, the larger-than-life legend. But the room appeared to be empty—except for all of the books lining the bookshelves.
Her eyes widened as she took in what must be thousands of titles. She stepped farther into the room, finding the bookcases rose up at least two stories. Like a bee to honey, she was drawn to the remarkable library. There was a ladder that glided along a set of rails to reach the top shelves. And a spiral staircase for the second floor of shelves with yet another ladder. It was truly remarkable.
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven’t already…
About Beauty and her BossTitle: Beauty and her Boss
Series: Once Upon a Fairytale #1
Author: Jennifer Faye
Publisher: Harlequin, Harlequin Romance
Publication date: March 1st 2018
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
An innocent beauty, a scarred hero...
Could she be the one to open up his heart? Handsome but guarded former Hollywood star Deacon Santoro prefers the confines of his mansion since an accident left him scarred both inside and out. But he promised to protect sparky beauty Gabrielle Dupre, his new PA.
Can Gabrielle convince Deacon that love will give them the fairy-tale ending they deserve?
1 winner will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card, Lindor Truffles, Beauty & Her Boss mug, Beauty & the Beast Adult Coloring Book, colored pencils, Lindt Chocolate, candle, roses, stickers, pen, book magnet and bookmarks
Ends March 14th