ARC Review: The Perks of Being a Beauty by Manda Collins

Posted June 28, 2013 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

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ARC Review: The Perks of Being a Beauty by Manda Collins
The Perks of Being a Beauty
by Manda Collins

3 Stars


Released: June 18, 2013
Series: Ugly Ducklings #3.5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: ARC

…it didn’t particularly wow me, but it was a nice gentle read ~ Under the Covers

Miss Amelia Snow is infamous amoungst the ton for her beauty and also her cruel tongue. But soon after turning a new leaf and apologizing to the three girls, the “Ugly Ducklings”, whom she bullied the most she has come upon hard times and now works as a ladies companion. In her new circumstances she never expected to see Lord Quentin Fortescue the man she refused and broke his heart as well as her own, and she certainly never expected to still be in love with him after all this  time. Could he still feel the same way?

After reading the Ugly Duckling books I wasn’t sure Manda Collins could turn it round and make me actually like Amelia Snow, but she did! Not only did I like her, I was rooting for her to get her man. It was great to see her such a changed person from the first class bitch she was in the other books and I am glad she got her happy ending.

Like with the previous Manda Collins book it didn’t particularly wow me, but it was a nice gentle read and it was nice to have that closure on the Ugly Duckling series. Essentially it was sweet and romantic, with a good hero and a surprisingly likable heroine and it kept me entertained.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Manda Collins

Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with two cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and always lots of books.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

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I just finished the ugly ducklings and saw this book. I’m glad that manda collins finds a way to make Amelia likable because I was definitely worried.


Thanks Suz!