Sexy and Sweet Love Story
I really enjoyed this romance. I wouldn’t exactly call it a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast, because the only similarity between the two books are the riff on the name and the fact that the woman is beautiful while the man has an appearance that people stare at. He is not a recluse by any means. I sometimes hate in books when one of the main characters has anything like a deformity, scars, or something that forces him or her to hide away or even to hate his/her own appearance.
However I truly liked this book because there was never anything said about Stephen hating his appearance or wanting to hide away. He actually wanted to be with someone who accepted him and wasn’t afraid to be seen with him. I genuinely felt for him when people stared or talked about him, but there was a scene when Tamara explains things to him in a great way.
“Say there’s a hundred people in here, right now.” She leaned a little closer, speaking only for him. “Of those one hundred people, chances are there’s really only ten who aren’t so wrapped up in what’s going on with them to even notice you. And of those ten? Five want to be you. They like what you’re wearing, they find you attractive, something. And then the other five? You’ll never make them happy. They’ll hate you, think terrible things about you, whatever. Why live your life for those five miserable people? Are they more important than your happiness? No, they aren’t. So tonight—those five people who want to stare at you or me—why do they matter more than the person sitting across the table? And if they do, why are you here with the wrong person?”
Tamara is a beautiful Korean girl who works in a largely male industry, video gaming. She works as a beta tester, but also had a job on a YouTube channel hosting a show about gaming. She has had experiences where the men that want to date her, want a hot Asian girlfriend and don’t even bother to know who she is as a person. She also has had bad experiences where she was put in the limelight and vilified. That is why she started to date Stephen online without showing her face.
I liked the fact that they have similar issues with people staring at them all the time, but for completely different reasons. I also like the fact that they are both insecure in their own ways. Stephen is also very cute in that he has OCD and writes a lot in a notebook before he speaks because he is afraid of saying the wrong thing. I don’t know why it is but guys with anxiety and/or OCD are so cute in books. I like confidence in guys but if written well, when they don’t have confidence it can be very hot.
The romance was off the charts steamy in this book, from the start, even when they were just online, it was great. The fact that Tamara thought he was handsome from the first time she googled him, was awesome. It was a sweet romance, but also a hot and heavy one. There was the perfect balance of each. The book also had some very funny moments, so I thought overall it was great.