The Perks of Being a Beauty by Manda Collins

 The Perks of Being a Beauty

Published: June 18, 2013

Publisher’s Blurb:

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?

Tags: Romance, Historical, England

Heat Level: 1.5

REVIEW RATING : 4 stars

REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:

Amelia Snowe was once the belle of the ball. She was determined to marry someone from peerage. But that all changed when her mother died. She’s been left penniless. Now she works as a lady’s companion. Instead of her past horrible behavior, she’s now the epitome of grace and civility.

While assisting her companion at a house party, she’s faced once again with her childhood friend and former suitor, Quentin Fortesque. Since he’s the younger son of a duke, Amelia didn’t marry him. She spurned his proposal and set off for London to find someone more acceptable to her mother.

Amelia is not the same woman Quentin knew all those years ago. She’s….something more…. Something better.  Slowly Quentin realizes that he still loves Amelia. Now he just has to get Amelia to realize she loves him.  He’ll do anything to win her over.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’ve not read the others in the Ugly Duckling Series, but I will definitely have to go back to read them. Reading about the exploits of Amelia toward these other ladies, makes me want to read the other books. She’s was absolutely boorish to them!

Even though I have not read the others in the series, I was not lost in this story. There is enough back information in the book to let me know what happened without it taking over the current story. It’s all told through Amelia and others as part of conversations with Quentin. Quentin has been out of the country, so he had no idea what all Amelia had done in London. So, it worked rather nicely for these conversations.

Dealing with all the backstabbing that goes on in polite society makes one realize that society is not all that polite! Rules to follow, games to play, and treachery at every corner make it all that much more intriguing.

The Perks of Being a Beauty is relatively short story, but definitely worth reading!

**At the time of the review, this book was available from Amazon for $1.99**

ABOUT LEE ANNE:

I am a happily married mother of three very busy children.  Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.

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